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

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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: Josie Rourke | Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Mark Gatiss, Hadley Fraser, Jaqueline Boatswain

2. Vesele zene vindzorske (1959 TV Movie)

Musical

9.0
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Writer: William Shakespeare | Director: Daniel Marusic

3. As You Like It (1963 TV Movie)

140 min

8.9
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Writer: William Shakespeare | Directors: Michael Elliott, Ronald Eyre | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Patrick Allen, Max Adrian, Patrick Wymark

4. Othello (1968 TV Movie)

170 min | Drama, Romance

8.9
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Writers: William Shakespeare, Franz Peter Wirth | Director: Franz Peter Wirth | Stars: Wolfgang Reichmann, Heidelinde Weis, Stefan Wigger, Karl Michael Vogler

5. 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

6. The Comedy of Errors (1987 TV Movie)

Comedy

8.8
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Writers: Titus Maccius Plautus, William Shakespeare | Director: Robert Woodruff | Stars: Karla Burns, Ethyl Eichelberger, Avner Eisenberg, Sophie Hayden

7. The Tempest (II) (2014)

169 min | Comedy, Drama

8.7
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Prospero, Duke of Milan, usurped and exiled by his own brother, holds sway over an enchanted island. He is comforted by his daughter Miranda and served by his spirit Ariel and his deformed ... See full summary »

Writer: William Shakespeare | Director: Jeremy Herrin | Stars: Roger Allam, Jason Baughan, Jessie Buckley, Sam Cox

8. König Richard II (1968 TV Movie)

140 min

8.7
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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

9. Ein Wintermärchen (1965 TV Movie)

155 min | Drama

8.7
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Writers: William Shakespeare, Hans Rothe | Director: Gerhard Klingenberg | Stars: Peter Lühr, Agnes Fink, Cornelia Froboess, Sascha Hehn

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

142 min | Music

8.7
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Writers: Arrigo Boito, William Shakespeare | Director: Brian Large | Stars: Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming, James Morris, Jane Bunnell

11. Der Widerspenstigen Zähmung (1971 TV Movie)

Comedy

8.6
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Writer: William Shakespeare | Director: Otto Schenk | Stars: Heinz-Leo Fischer, Erwin Faber, Wolfgang Hübsch, Klaus Maria Brandauer

12. The Hollow Crown (2012– )
Episode: Henry IV, Part 1 (2012)

Drama, History

8.6
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1403:- Henry IV finds himself facing uprisings from the Welsh chieftain Owen Glendower and impetuous young Harry Hotspur,son of the Duke of Northumberland,angry with the king for not paying... See full summary »

Writers: Richard Eyre, William Shakespeare | Director: Richard Eyre | Stars: Alun Armstrong, Joe Armstrong, John Ashton, Will Attenborough

13. Live from Lincoln Center (1976– )

Music, Musical

8.5
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Stars: Beverly Sills, Louis Perry, Zubin Mehta, Audra McDonald

14. An Age of Kings (1960– )

60 min | Drama

8.5
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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

15. The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1966 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

8.5
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Writers: William Shakespeare, Erich Fried | Director: Harald Benesch | Stars: Lothar Berg, Leopold Biberti, Jürgen Kloth, Anne-Marie Lermon

16. Great Performances: Dance in America (1976– )
Episode: 'The Dream' with American Ballet Theatre (2004)

55 min | Music

8.5
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American Ballet Theatre production of "The Dream', Frederick Ashton's one-act ballet based on Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" featuring music by Mendelssohn. Taped July 2003 at ... See full summary »

Writer: William Shakespeare | Director: Matthew Diamond | Stars: Stella Abrera, Julio Bragado-Young, Pierce Brosnan, Ethan Brown

17. The Hollow Crown (2012– )
Episode: Henry V (2012)

Drama, History

8.5
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Hal is now a responsible monarch as Henry V,his rejection of Falstaff hastening the latter's death. Told by courtiers that,through Edward III,he has a claim to the French throne he makes ... See full summary »

Writers: Ben Power, William Shakespeare, Thea Sharrock | Director: Thea Sharrock | Stars: Edward Akrout, Tom Hiddleston, Tom Brooke, Geraldine Chaplin

18. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: Play On! (2000)

Biography, Drama, Music

8.5
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Writers: William Shakespeare, Cheryl L. West | Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Richard Allen, Natalie Venetia Belcon, Yvette Cason, Shirley Claudia Charles

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

Drama, History

8.4
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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

20. Wishbone (1995–1999)

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

8.4
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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

21. Hamlet (1964)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama

8.4
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Writers: Grigori Kozintsev, Boris Pasternak, William Shakespeare | Director: Grigori Kozintsev | Stars: Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy, Mikhail Nazvanov, Elza Radzina, Yuri Tolubeyev

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

90 min

8.4
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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

23. The Wars of the Roses (1965 TV Mini-Series)

Drama

8.4
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A filmed theatre production of four of Shakespeare's historical plays condensed down into a trilogy.

Stars: David Warner, Peggy Ashcroft, Anthony Boden, Philip Brack

24. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: King Lear (2008)

150 min | Biography, Drama, Music

8.4
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King Lear decides to abdicate and divide his kingdom between his three daughters.

Writer: William Shakespeare | Director: Trevor Nunn | Stars: Ian McKellen, William Gaunt, Philip Winchester, Ben Meyjes

25. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: King Lear (1974)

175 min | Biography, Drama, Music

8.4
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King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly ... See full summary »

Writer: William Shakespeare | Director: Edwin Sherin | Stars: Douglass Watson, Paul Sorvino, Raul Julia, James Earl Jones

26. The Hollow Crown (2012– )
Episode: Richard II (2012)

Drama, History

8.4
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Fey,vain and foolish,young Richard initiates his downfall by banishing Henry Bolingbroke and the Earl of Mowbray as a resolution to their feud and then confiscating the lands of his uncle,... See full summary »

Writers: Rupert Goold, Ben Power, William Shakespeare | Director: Rupert Goold | Stars: David Bradley, Richard Bremmer, Daniel Boyd, Peter De Jersey

27. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Thomas Adès: The Tempest (2012)

Music

8.4
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Composer Ades employs a variety of musical styles, from dissonance to tonality, even a passacaglia for voices. The story follows Shakespeare's play: the banished magician Prospero regains his humanity after outsiders visit his island.

Writers: Meredith Oakes, William Shakespeare | Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Simon Keenlyside, Isabel Leonard, Audrey Luna, Alan Oke

28. The Black Adder (1983)

35 min | Comedy, History

8.3
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In the Middle Ages, Prince Edmund the Black Adder constantly schemes and endeavors to seize the crown from his father and brother.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed, Elspet Gray, Tim McInnerny

29. Ran (1985)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama, War

8.3
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An elderly lord abdicates to his three sons, and the two corrupt ones turn against him.

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Masato Ide, William Shakespeare | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryû

30. King Lear (1971)

139 min | Drama

8.3
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King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly ... See full summary »

Writers: Grigori Kozintsev, Boris Pasternak, William Shakespeare | Directors: Grigori Kozintsev, Iosif Shapiro | Stars: Jüri Järvet, Elza Radzina, Galina Volchek, Valentina Shendrikova

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

88 min | Comedy

8.3
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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

32. Matinee Theatre (1955–1958)

60 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

8.3
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A daily anthology show, featuring orginal material, as well as adaptations of literary classics.

Stars: John Conte, Johnny Crawford, Sarah Churchill, Peggy McCay

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

140 min | Musical, Drama, Romance

8.3
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Writers: William Shakespeare, Gérard Presgurvic | Directors: Redha, Gilles Amado | Stars: Damien Sargue, Cécilia Cara, Gregori Baquet, Philippe Da Villa

34. Macbeth (III) (1960 TV Movie)

108 min | Drama

8.3
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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

35. Evocator (2009)

Short, Comedy, Drama

8.3
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Writer: Matt Zemlin | Director: Matt Zemlin | Stars: Matt Zemlin, Colin Smith, Sam Lohan, Liz Maine

36. Romeo and Juliet (1984 TV Movie)

140 min | Drama, Romance, Music

8.3
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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

37. Midsummer Night's Dream (1971 TV Movie)

140 min

8.3
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Writers: Jean-Christophe Averty, William Shakespeare | Director: Jean-Christophe Averty | Stars: Claude Jade, Christine Delaroche, Michel Ruhl, Dominique Seriana

38. Komödie der Irrungen (1965 TV Movie)

90 min

8.3
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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

39. Was Ihr wollt (1968 TV Movie)

120 min

8.3
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Writers: Heinz Hilpert, William Shakespeare | Director: Ludwig Cremer | Stars: Johanna von Koczian, Erika Pluhar, Bruni Löbel, Martin Benrath

40. Zweierlei Maß (1964 TV Movie)

135 min

8.3
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Writers: Paul Verhoeven, William Shakespeare, Hans Rothe | Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Hans Caninenberg, Heidelinde Weis, Lothar Blumhagen, Martin Berliner

41. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Otello (1978)

210 min | Music

8.3
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The Metropolitan Opera's first live telecast of the 1978-79 season, and the first presentation of Verdi's "Otello" ever on the "Live from the Met" PBS TV series.

Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: Jon Vickers, Renata Scotto, Cornell MacNeil, Jean Kraft

42. ShakespeaRe-Told (2005– )
Episode: The Taming of the Shrew (2005)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.3
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A young harridan MP marries a title in order to advance towards her goal of becoming party leader.

Writers: William Shakespeare, Sally Wainwright | Director: David Richards | Stars: Shirley Henderson, David Mitchell, Simon Chandler, Jaime Murray

43. Saturday Night Live (1975– )

TV-PG | 90 min | Comedy, Music | Active

8.2
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The classic late night live sketch comedy show.

Creator: Lorne Michaels | Stars: Don Pardo, Lenny Pickett, Darrell Hammond, Seth Meyers

44. Throne of Blood (1957)

Unrated | 110 min | Action, Drama

8.2
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A war-hardened general, egged on by his ambitious wife, works to fulfill a prophecy that he would become lord of Spider's Web Castle.

Writers: Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto, Ryûzô Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Minoru Chiaki, Isuzu Yamada, Takashi Shimura

45. Hamlet (2009 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama

8.2
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The RSC puts a modern-spin on Shakespeare's Hamlet, in this filmed for television version of their stage production. The Prince of Denmark seeks vengeance after his father is murdered and his mother marries the murderer.

Writer: William Shakespeare | Director: Gregory Doran | Stars: David Tennant, Patrick Stewart, Penny Downie, Oliver Ford Davies

46. Julius Caesar (2011)

117 min | Drama

8.2
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William Shakespeare's epic tale of conspiracy, loyalty and betrayal. Rome is destroyed, their world has crumbled, but life must go on. Survival drives people in a broken world, where ... See full summary »

Writers: Adam Lee Hamilton, John Montegrande, William Shakespeare | Directors: Adam Lee Hamilton, John Montegrande | Stars: Jordan Daws, Paul Syrstad, Saul Matlock, Ryan Jay Jones

47. 'As You Like It' at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (2010 Video)

149 min | Comedy

8.2
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Writer: William Shakespeare | Director: Thea Sharrock | Stars: Gareth Bennett-Ryan, Michael Benz, Philip Bird, Sophie Duval

48. The Comedy of Errors (1989 TV Movie)

138 min | Comedy

8.2
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Writers: Titus Maccius Plautus, William Shakespeare | Director: Richard Monette | Stars: Geordie Johnson, Keith Dinicol, Nicholas Pennell, James Blendick

49. Otello (1992 TV Movie)

147 min | Drama, Music, Romance

8.2
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Writers: Arrigo Boito, William Shakespeare | Director: Brian Large | Stars: Plácido Domingo, Kiri Te Kanawa, Sergei Leiferkus, Claire Powell

50. Falstaff (1979)

126 min | Musical, Comedy

8.2
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Writers: Arrigo Boito, William Shakespeare | Director: Götz Friedrich | Stars: Karan Armstrong, Gabriel Bacquier, Ulrik Cold, Max René Cossotti