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50 Greatest Shakespeare Movies

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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.
Title - (Director, Year) [Shakespeare Play]


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Last Updated: 2010-02-24
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  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)






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