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1. Komödie der Irrungen (1965 TV Movie)

90 min

9.4
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Writers: Titus Maccius Plautus, Hans Rothe, William Shakespeare | Director: Hans-Dieter Schwarze | Stars: Claus Biederstaedt, Erik Schumann, Irene Marhold, Hildegard Schmahl

2. Was Ihr wollt (1968 TV Movie)

120 min

9.4
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Writers: Heinz Hilpert, William Shakespeare | Director: Ludwig Cremer | Stars: Johanna von Koczian, Erika Pluhar, Bruni Löbel, Martin Benrath

3. As You Like It (1963 TV Movie)

140 min

9.3
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Writer: William Shakespeare | Directors: Michael Elliott, Ronald Eyre | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Patrick Allen, Max Adrian, Patrick Wymark

4. National Theatre Live (2009– )

9.1
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Stars: Nick Sampson, Simon Russell Beale, Alex Jennings, Helen Mirren

5. Vesele zene vindzorske (1959 TV Movie)

Musical

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Writer: William Shakespeare | Director: Daniel Marusic

6. National Theatre Live (2009– )
Episode: 50 Years on Stage (2013)

9.1
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Royal National Theatre celebrates 50 years.

Writers: Alan Ayckbourn, Alan Bennett, Howard Brenton, George Farquhar, David Hare, Tony Kushner, Harold Pinter, Peter Shaffer, William Shakespeare, Tom Stoppard | Stars: Roger Allam, Jonathan Bailey, Alan Bennett, Michael Brett

7. National Theatre Live (2009– )
Episode: Coriolanus (2014)

9.1
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When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus... See full synopsis »

Writer: William Shakespeare | Director: Tim Van Someren | Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Mark Gatiss, Hadley Fraser, Jacqueline Boatswain

8. Roméo & Juliette: De la haine à l'amour (2002 Video)

140 min | Musical, Drama, Romance

9.0
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Writers: William Shakespeare, Gérard Presgurvic | Directors: Redha, Gilles Amado | Stars: Damien Sargue, Cécilia Cara, Gregori Baquet, Philippe Da Villa

9. The Comedy of Errors (1987 TV Movie)

Comedy

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Writers: Titus Maccius Plautus, William Shakespeare | Director: Robert Woodruff | Stars: Karla Burns, Ethyl Eichelberger, Avner Eisenberg, Sophie Hayden

10. Two Gentlemen of Verona (1964 TV Movie)

110 min | Comedy

9.0
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Writers: William Shakespeare, Hans Rothe | Director: Hans-Dieter Schwarze | Stars: Hans Karl Friedrich, Norbert Hansing, Rolf Becker, Heidelinde Weis

11. König Richard II (1968 TV Movie)

140 min

9.0
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Writers: William Shakespeare, August Wilhelm von Schlegel | Director: Franz Josef Wild | Stars: Hannes Messemer, Ernst Fritz Fürbringer, Maria Hofen, Paul Verhoeven

12. Shaw vs. Shakespeare II: The Tragedy of Julius Caesar (1970)

Documentary, Short

9.0
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Writer: John Barnes | Director: John Barnes | Stars: Ernest Graves, Barnard Hughes, Richard Kiley, Donald Madden

13. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Otello (1996)

142 min | Music

9.0
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Writers: Arrigo Boito, William Shakespeare | Director: Brian Large | Stars: Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming, James Morris, Jane Bunnell

14. Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare (1982 TV Movie)

90 min

8.9
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Ian McKellen, alone on stage, with no props or scenery, performs monologues from Shakespeare and discusses some of his plays.

Writers: Ian McKellen, William Shakespeare | Director: Kirk Browning | Star: Ian McKellen

15. Twelfth Night (II) (1957 TV Movie)

Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.9
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Writers: William Nichols, William Shakespeare | Director: David Greene | Stars: Max Adrian, Lloyd Bochner, Richard Buck, William Cottrell

16. Romeo and Juliet (1984 TV Movie)

140 min | Drama, Romance, Music

8.9
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Performance of ballet by The Royal Ballet, recorded at Covent Garden, July 1984.

Writers: Sergei Radlov, Sergei Prokofiev, William Shakespeare | Stars: Alessandra Ferri, Wayne Eagling, David Drew, Leslie Edwards

17. Macbeth: Folger Shakespeare Library Edition (2009 Video)

124 min | Drama

8.9
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Writer: William Shakespeare | Directors: Aaron Posner, Teller | Stars: Evander Duck Jr., Dale Girard, Eric Hissom, Cleo House Jr.

18. Haider (2014)

160 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

8.8
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A young man returns to Kashmir after his father's disappearance to confront uncle - the man who had a role in his father's fate.

Writers: William Shakespeare, Basharat Peer, Vishal Bhardwaj | Director: Vishal Bhardwaj | Stars: Shahid Kapoor, Tabu, Shraddha Kapoor, Kay Kay Menon

19. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1959 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

8.8
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Writer: William Shakespeare | Director: Peter Hall | Stars: Georgine Anderson, Stephanie Bidmead, Michael Blakemore, David Buck

20. Zweierlei Maß (1964 TV Movie)

135 min

8.8
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Writers: Paul Verhoeven, William Shakespeare, Hans Rothe | Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Hans Caninenberg, Heidelinde Weis, Lothar Blumhagen, Martin Berliner

21. Falstaff (1995 TV Movie)

144 min | Comedy, Music

8.8
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Writers: Carlo Prospers Defranceschi, William Shakespeare | Directors: Agnes Méth, Claus Viller | Stars: John Del Carlo, Teresa Ringholz, Richard Croft, Delores Ziegler

22. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (2000 TV Movie)

88 min | Comedy

8.7
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Three guys, one dead playwright, and 37 plays, all in under two hours. In this universally acclaimed theater experience, Adam Long (one of the troupe's founding members), Reed Marin, and ... See full summary »

Writers: Adam Long, Daniel Singer, Jess Winfield | Director: Paul Kafno | Stars: Adam Long, Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor, Daniel Singer

23. Der Widerspenstigen Zähmung (1971 TV Movie)

Comedy

8.7
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Writer: William Shakespeare | Director: Otto Schenk | Stars: Heinz-Leo Fischer, Erwin Faber, Wolfgang Hübsch, Klaus Maria Brandauer

24. Otello (1992 TV Movie)

147 min | Drama, Music, Romance

8.7
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Writers: Arrigo Boito, William Shakespeare | Director: Brian Large | Stars: Plácido Domingo, Kiri Te Kanawa, Sergei Leiferkus, Claire Powell

25. Der Sturm (1969 TV Movie)

140 min

8.7
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Writers: Fritz Kortner, William Shakespeare, A.W. von Schlegel | Directors: Stefan Meuschel, Fritz Kortner | Stars: Martin Held, Rakhchandeh Ettehad, Hans Dieter Zeidler, Hülya Kumbaracilar

26. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Falstaff (1992)

127 min | Music

8.7
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Writer: Arrigo Boito | Director: Brian Large | Stars: Paul Plishka, Bruno Pola, Frank Lopardo, Piero De Palma

27. Wishbone (1995–1999)
Episode: The Prince of Wags (1999)

TV-Y | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

8.7
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Joe is elected captain of the basketball team. Wishbone, as Prince Hal, in Shakespeare's "Henry IV, Part I" must learn to be a leader as well.

Writers: Laurie Barth, Raymond Ricord, William Shakespeare | Director: Rick Duffield | Stars: Soccer the Dog, Larry Brantley, Jordan Wall, Christie Abbott

28. Masterpiece Classic (1971– )

Drama

8.6
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An anthology drama series featuring primarily British productions.

Stars: Alistair Cooke, Laura Linney, David Bamber, JJ Feild

29. Live from Lincoln Center (1976– )

Music, Musical

8.6
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Stars: Beverly Sills, Louis Perry, Zubin Mehta, Audra McDonald

30. An Age of Kings (1960– )

60 min | Drama

8.6
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A linking together of Shakespeare's history plays chronicling the rise and fall of monarchs over the 86 years between Richard II and Richard III.

Stars: David Andrews, Patrick Garland, Julian Glover, John Ringham

31. A Midsummer Night's Dream (2005 TV Movie)

157 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Music

8.6
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Writers: Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears, William Shakespeare | Director: François Roussillon | Stars: David Daniels, Ofelia Sala, Emil Wolk, Gordon Gietz

32. The Comedy of Errors (1989 TV Movie)

138 min | Comedy

8.6
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Writers: Titus Maccius Plautus, William Shakespeare | Director: Richard Monette | Stars: Geordie Johnson, Keith Dinicol, Nicholas Pennell, James Blendick

33. Macbeth (III) (1960 TV Movie)

108 min | Drama

8.6
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Hallmark Hall of Fame's second version of Shakespeare's classic play, with the same two stars and the same director as its first version, but a different supporting cast.

Writers: George Schaefer, William Shakespeare, Anthony Squire | Director: George Schaefer | Stars: Maurice Evans, Judith Anderson, Michael Hordern, Ian Bannen

34. National Geographic Specials (1965– )

60 min | Documentary, History

8.6
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For over 30 years, the National Geographic Society has presented specials on nature, foreign culture, scientific breakthroughs, and things which fall under the general category of "neat ... See full summary »

Stars: Alexander Scourby, Leslie Nielsen, Joseph Campanella, Richard Kiley

35. The fairy queen (La reine des fées) (1989 TV Movie)

Comedy, Fantasy, Music

8.6
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Writer: William Shakespeare | Director: Yvon Gérault | Stars: Paul Greenwood, David Killick, Sylvestra Le Touzel, John Elmes

36. Antonius und Cleopatra (1963 TV Movie)

110 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.6
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Writers: William Shakespeare, Hans Rothe | Director: Rainer Wolffhardt | Stars: Peter Pasetti, Lola Müthel, Gerd Baltus, Carl Lange

37. Twelfth Night (1957 TV Movie)

Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.6
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Writers: Théodore Lascaris, William Shakespeare | Director: Claude Loursais | Stars: Pierre Vaneck, Raphaël Albert-Lambert, Pierre Gilles, Annie Girardot

38. Ages of Man (1966 TV Movie)

103 min | Drama

8.6
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Performance of extracts from Shakespeare's plays.

Writer: William Shakespeare | Director: Paul Bogart | Star: John Gielgud

39. An Age of Kings (1960– )
Episode: Henry IV Part 1: Rebellion from the North (1960)

Drama

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Writer: William Shakespeare | Director: Michael Hayes | Stars: David Andrews, Angela Baddeley, Geoffrey Bayldon, Jeremy Bisley

40. The Sonnet Project (2013– )
Episode: Sonnet #135 (2014)

Comedy, Drama, History

8.6
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Writers: Valerie Politis, William Shakespeare | Director: Valerie Politis | Stars: Kalae Nouveau, Many Styles

42. The Hollow Crown (2012 TV Mini-Series)

Drama, History

8.5
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A mini-series of adaptations of Shakespeare's history plays: Richard II, Henry IV Parts One and Two, and Henry V.

Stars: Simon Russell Beale, Tom Hiddleston, Tom Georgeson, James Laurenson

43. Wishbone (1995–1999)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

8.5
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An intelligent and witty dog imagines himself in the role of characters from classic books and gets involved in similar real-life adventures.

Creator: Rick Duffield | Stars: Larry Brantley, Jordan Wall, Christie Abbott, Adam Springfield

44. Omnibus (1952–1961)

55 min | Drama, History, Music

8.5
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Starting out as a live show from New York City, "Omnibus" was hosted by Alastair Cooke and featured everything from discussions about science and the arts to original works by such ... See full summary »

Stars: Alistair Cooke, Leonard Bernstein, Helen Hayes, Royal Dano

45. Hamlet (1964)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama

8.5
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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered by Claudius, Hamlet's uncle. Claudius usurps the throne of Denmark, and marries Hamlet's recently widowed mother. Hamlet is tormented, haunted, and increasingly unstable.

Writers: Grigori Kozintsev, Boris Pasternak, William Shakespeare | Director: Grigori Kozintsev | Stars: Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy, Mikhail Nazvanov, Elza Radzina, Yuri Tolubeyev

46. Camera Three (1955–1979)

30 min | Music

8.5
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Stars: James Macandrew, Margaret Croyden, Lois Nettleton, Michael Kane

47. The Boys from Syracuse (1986 TV Movie)

Comedy, Musical, Romance

8.5
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A taping of the Rogers & Hart musical comedy, as performed at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.

Writers: George Abbott, William Shakespeare | Director: Norman Campbell | Stars: Colm Feore, Geraint Wyn Davies, Keith Thomas, Benedict Campbell

48. Amleto di Carmelo Bene (da Shakespeare a Laforgue) (1978 TV Movie)

Drama

8.5
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An experimental video variation on Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Director: Carmelo Bene | Stars: Alfiero Vincenti, Carmelo Bene, Jean-Paul Boucher, Franco Leo

49. Falstaff (1982 TV Movie)

139 min | Comedy, Music

8.5
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The libretto (plot) is the substance of Shakespeare's comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor. A trio of beautiful, and now revengeful ladies see Sir John Falstaff for what he is: an old, ... See full summary »

Writers: Arrigo Boito, William Shakespeare | Director: Brian Large | Stars: Renato Bruson, Leo Nucci, Dalmacio Gonzalez, Michael Sells

50. A Tribute to John F. Kennedy from the Arts (1963 TV Movie)

Drama, Music

8.5
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A quickly organized live tribute to President Kennedy, honoring his interest and encouragement of the arts, and featuring an impressive list of actors in dramatic readings as well as ... See full summary »

Stars: Fredric March, Marian Anderson, Sidney Blackmer, Florence Eldridge