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1. National Theatre Live: 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: Tim Van Someren | Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Mark Gatiss, Hadley Fraser, Jacqueline Boatswain

Votes: 485

2. Shakespeares Sonette (2009 TV Movie)

110 min | Music

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Writers: Robert Wilson, Rufus Wainwright, William Shakespeare, Christa Schuenke, Martin Flörchinger | Director: Robert Wilson | Stars: Christina Drechsler, Anke Engelsmann, Ruth Glöss, Anna Graenzer

Votes: 14

3. Two Gentlemen of Verona (1964 TV Movie)

110 min | Comedy

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

Votes: 9

4. König Richard II (1968 TV Movie)

140 min

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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

Votes: 21

6. As You Like It (1963 TV Movie)

140 min

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

Votes: 48

7. 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

Votes: 62

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

124 min | Drama

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

Votes: 8

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

Documentary, Short

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

Votes: 5

10. Falstaff (1995 TV Movie)

144 min | Comedy, Music

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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

Votes: 10

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

142 min | Music

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

Votes: 25

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

140 min | Musical, Drama, Romance

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

Votes: 203

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

Comedy, Drama, Romance

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

Votes: 9

14. 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

Votes: 10

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

TV-Y | Adventure, Comedy, Family

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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

Votes: 8

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

90 min

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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

Votes: 53

17. Romeo and Juliet (1984 TV Movie)

140 min | Drama, Romance, Music

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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

Votes: 30

18. Otello (1992 TV Movie)

147 min | Drama, Music, Romance

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

Votes: 60

19. Zweierlei Maß (1964 TV Movie)

135 min

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

Votes: 18

20. An Age of Kings (1960– )
Episode: Henry IV Part 2: The Road to Shrewsbury (1960)

Drama

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

Votes: 10

21. Omnibus (1952–1961)

55 min | Drama, History, Music

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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

Votes: 101

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

88 min | Comedy

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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

Votes: 689

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

90 min | Drama

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

Votes: 27

24. Othello: Desdemona's Death (2013)

12 min | Short, Drama

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Shakespeare's Othello with a modern twist and a female lead.

Writers: William Shakespeare, Tucky Williams | Director: Tate Chmielewski | Stars: Tucky Williams, Lauren Virginia Albert

Votes: 6

25. Der Sturm (1969 TV Movie)

140 min

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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

Votes: 9

26. Küß mich Kätchen (1961 TV Movie)

150 min | Musical

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Writers: Günter Neumann, William Shakespeare, Bella Spewack, Sam Spewack | Director: Imo Moszkowicz | Stars: Hannelore Schroth, Gerhard Riedmann, Christiane Maybach, Harald Leipnitz

Votes: 14

27. Richard III (1973 TV Movie)

95 min | Drama

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Writers: György Fehér, William Shakespeare | Director: György Fehér | Stars: Péter Haumann, József Gáti, Tamás Major, Rita Békés

Votes: 7

28. Full of Sound & Fury; Signifying Nothing (2010)

4 min | Short, Horror

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A vaudeville rehearsal of 'Macbeth' goes awry.

Writers: Eduardo Noda, William Shakespeare | Director: Eduardo Noda | Stars: John J. Gulayets, Armando Canales

Votes: 220

29. Was Ihr wollt (1968 TV Movie)

120 min

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

Votes: 14

30. Masterpiece Classic (1971– )

Drama

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An anthology drama series featuring primarily British productions.

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

Votes: 236

31. National Geographic Specials (1965– )

60 min | Documentary, History

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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

Votes: 220

32. An Age of Kings (1960– )

60 min | Drama

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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

Votes: 89

33. Macbeth (III) (1960 TV Movie)

108 min | Drama

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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

Votes: 31

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

157 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Music

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

Votes: 5

35. Falstaff (1982 TV Movie)

139 min | Comedy, Music

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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

Votes: 27

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

Comedy, Fantasy, Music

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

Votes: 10

37. Ages of Man (1966 TV Movie)

103 min | Drama

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Performance of extracts from Shakespeare's plays.

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

Votes: 17

39. 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

Votes: 14

40. Falstaff (1999 TV Movie)

Comedy, Music

8.6
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The comic misadventures of Sir John Falstaff, adapted from "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and "Henry IV" by 'William Shakespeare'. Sir John Falstaff and his rascally friends, Bardolph and ... See full summary »

Writer: Arrigo Boito | Director: Humphrey Burton | Stars: Bryn Terfel, Barbara Frittoli, Roberto Frontali, Désirée Rancatore

Votes: 27

41. Othello (1968 TV Movie)

170 min | Drama, Romance

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Writers: Wolf Graf Baudissin, William Shakespeare, Karl-Heinz Stroux, Franz Peter Wirth | Director: Franz Peter Wirth | Stars: Wolfgang Reichmann, Heidelinde Weis, Stefan Wigger, Karl Michael Vogler

Votes: 22

42. 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

Votes: 8

43. The Supersizers Eat... (2007– )
Episode: Elizabethan (2008)

History

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Director: Tom Coveney | Stars: Giles Coren, Michael Dobson, Amanda Harris, David Lan

Votes: 5

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

210 min | Music

8.6
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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

Votes: 10

45. 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

Votes: 8

46. 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: Jimi James, Simon Russell Beale, Tom Hiddleston, Tom Georgeson

Votes: 2,382

47. Wishbone (1995–1999)

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

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

Votes: 2,083

48. Live from Lincoln Center (1976– )

Music, Musical

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

Votes: 96

49. National Theatre Live: Othello (2013)

198 min

8.5
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Writer: William Shakespeare | Director: Robin Lough | Stars: Jonathan Bailey, Sandy Batchelor, Adam Berry, David Carr

Votes: 35

50. The Comedy of Errors (1989 TV Movie)

138 min | Comedy

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

Votes: 41