50 Greatest Shakespeare Movies

Criteria: These are the greatest movies based on the plots of the plays by William Shakespeare chosen for their critical acclaim, popularity, and influence in the film industry.

Includes direct and indirect adaptations of Shakespeare's plays.

 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)




Last Updated: 2007-02-19
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