50 Greatest Shakespeare Movies

 Title - (Director, Year) [Shakespeare Play]
1. Ran - (Kurosawa, 1985) [King Lear]

2. Hamlet - (Olivier, 1948)

3. West Side Story - (Robbins/Wise, 1961) [Romeo and Juliet]

4. Henry V - (Branagh, 1989)

5. Romeo and Juliet - (Zeffirelli, 1968)

6. Chimes at Midnight - (Welles, 1965) [Henry IV Part I/II, Richard II, Henry V, Merry Wives of Windsor]

7. Throne of Blood - (Kurosawa, 1957) [Macbeth]

8. The Lion King - (Allers, 1994) [Hamlet]

9. Macbeth - (Polanski, 1971)

10. Henry V - (Olivier, 1944)

11. Othello - (Welles, 1952)

12. Hamlet - (Branagh, 1996)

13. Shakespeare in Love - (Madden, 1998) [Romeo and Juliet, others]

14. My Own Private Idaho - (Van Sant, 1991) [Henry IV Part I/II, Henry V]

15. Othello - (Burge, 1965)

16. Julius Caesar - (Mankiewicz, 1953)

17. The Bad Sleep Well - (Kurosawa, 1960) [Hamlet]

18. Forbidden Planet - (Wilcox, 1956) [The Tempest]

19. Kiss Me Kate - (Sidney, 1953) [The Taming of the Shrew]

20. Richard III - (Loncraine, 1995)

21. Hamlet - (Colleran/Gielgud, 1964)

22. Macbeth - (Welles, 1948)

23. Hamlet - (Kozintsev, 1964)

24. Richard III - (Olivier, 1955)

25. Romeo and Juliet - (Luhrmann, 1996)

26. Looking for Richard - (Pacino, 1996) [Richard III]

27. Hamlet - (Zeffirelli, 1990)

28. Othello - (Parker, 1995)

29. King Lear - (Kozintsev, 1971)

30. A Midsummer Night's Dream - (Reinhardt, 1935)

31. O - (Nelson, 2001) [Othello]

32. The Taming of the Shrew - (Zeffirelli, 1967)

33. King Lear - (Elliott, 1983)

34. Titus - (Taymor, 1999) [Titus Andronicus]

35. King Lear - (Brook, 1971)

36. Scotland, PA - (Morrissette, 2001) [Macbeth]

37. The Merchant of Venice - (Radford, 2004)

38. Much Ado About Nothing - (Branagh, 1993)

39. Twelfth Night - (Nunn, 1996)

40. A Midsummer Night's Dream - (Hoffman, 1999)

41. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - (Stoppard, 1990) [Hamlet]

42. Prospero's Books - (Greenaway, 1991) [The Tempest]

43. Julius Caesar - (Bradley, 1950)

44. King Lear - (McCullough, 1953)

45. The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew - (Moranis, 1982) [Hamlet]

46. Romeo and Juliet - (Cukor, 1936)

47. Ten Things I Hate About You - (Junger, 1999) [The Taming of the Shrew]

48. Julius Caesar - (Burge, 1970)

49. King Lear - (Godard, 1987)

50. Hamlet - (Almereyda, 2000)



Ran - Trailer (1985)


Last Updated: 2007-02-19
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Criteria: These are the Greatest Shakespeare Movies chosen for their critical acclaim, popularity, and influence.

Includes direct and indirect adaptations of Shakespeare's plays.