Ram-30's Top 40 Shakespeare Movies

A list of my 50 favourite films that are directly based on the plays of William Shakespeare.
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1.
Henry V (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In the midst of the Hundred Years' War in 1415, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France. (137 mins.)
 
2.
Richard III (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Shakespeare's powerful tale of the wicked deformed king and his conquests, both on the battlefield and in the boudoir. (161 mins.)
 
3.
Hamlet (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Prince Hamlet struggles over whether or not he should kill his uncle, whom he suspects has murdered his father, the former king. (155 mins.)
 
4.
King Lear (1983 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An aging King invites disaster when he abdicates to his corrupt, toadying daughters and rejects his one loving, but honest one. (158 mins.)
Director: Michael Elliott
 
5.
Othello (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A general's marriage is destroyed when a vengeful lieutenant convinces him that his new wife has been unfaithful. (165 mins.)
Director: Stuart Burge
 
6.
As You Like It (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A duke usurps his brother's land and power, banishing him and his retinue into the forest of Arden. The banished duke's daughter... (96 mins.)
Director: Paul Czinner
 
7.
Throne of Blood (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (110 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
8.
Romeo and Juliet (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Young love is poisoned by a generations long feud between two noble families. (125 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
9.
Macbeth (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself. (113 mins.)
Director: Justin Kurzel
 
10.
Othello (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The general Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with one of his officers Michael Cassio when in reality it is all part of the scheme of a bitter lieutenant named Iago. (90 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
11.
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Theseus, Duke of Athens, is going to marry Hyppolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Demetrius is engaged with Hermia... (133 mins.)
 
12.
Julius Caesar (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The growing ambition of Julius Caesar is a source of major concern to his close friend Brutus. Cassius persuades him to participate in his plot to assassinate Caesar but they have both sorely underestimated Mark Antony. (120 mins.)
 
13.
Chimes at Midnight (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The career of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff as roistering companion to young Prince Hal, circa 1400-1413. (113 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
14.
Macbeth (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord seizes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches. (140 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
15.
Hamlet (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing. (242 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
 
16.
Love's Labour's Lost (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
An update of the classic Shakespeare story, director Kenneth Branagh shot this movie like a classic 30s musical. The film tells the story of four best friends who swear off love. (93 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
 
17.
Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well. (111 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
 
18.
Twelfth Night or What You Will (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Shakespeare's comedy of gender confusion, in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores, only to be pursued by the woman he loves. (134 mins.)
Director: Trevor Nunn
 
19.
Othello (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The evil Iago pretends to be friend of Othello in order to manipulate him to serve his own end in the film version of this Shakespeare classic. (123 mins.)
Director: Oliver Parker
 
20.
Ran (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him. (162 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
21.
Richard III (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The classic Shakespearean play about a murderously scheming king staged in an alternative fascist England setting. (104 mins.)
 
22.
Great Performances (1971 TV Series)
Episode: Macbeth (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Sir Patrick Stewart stars in a gripping Tony-nominated production.
 
23.
The Taming of the Shrew (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Brutish, fortune-hunting scoundrel Petruchio tames his wealthy, shrewish wife, Katharina. (122 mins.)
 
24.
Romeo and Juliet (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When the now-famous "star-crossed lovers" of two feuding families meet, forbidden love ensues. (138 mins.)
 
25.
Hamlet (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge. (135 mins.)
 
26.
Titus (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Titus returns victorious from war, only to plant the seeds of future turmoil for himself and his family. (162 mins.)
Director: Julie Taymor
 
27.
The Merchant of Venice (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In 16th century Venice, when a merchant must default on a large loan from an abused Jewish moneylender for a friend with romantic ambitions, the bitterly vengeful creditor demands a gruesome payment instead. (131 mins.)
Director: Michael Radford
 
28.
The Tempest (1998 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
An adaptation of Shakespeare's classic is set in the Mississippi bayous during the Civil War. (120 mins.)
Director: Jack Bender
 
29.
King Lear (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The Shakespeare tragedy that gave us the expression "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have... (137 mins.)
Director: Peter Brook
 
30.
Hamlet (2009 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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. (180 mins.)
Director: Gregory Doran
 
31.
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue. (120 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
 
32.
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Lovers' lives are complicated by city law, feuding faerie royalty, and... love. (116 mins.)
Director: Michael Hoffman
 
33.
King Lear (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him... (139 mins.)
 
34.
Hamlet at Elsinore (1964 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
(170 mins.)
Director: Philip Saville
 
35.
Coriolanus (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A banished hero of Rome allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city. (123 mins.)
Director: Ralph Fiennes
 
36.
Hamlet (2000 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
The classic Shakespeare tragedy is revisioned in America at the turn of the 20th Century. Campbell Scott (Singles... (178 mins.)
 
37.
Macbeth (1961 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The Scottish lord Macbeth, chooses evil as the way to fulfill his ambition for power. He commits regicide... (85 mins.)
Director: Paul Almond
 
38.
Hamlet (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Nicol Williamson takes the lead role in this star-studded 1969 version of William Shakespeare's tragedy... (117 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
 
39.
Romeo & Juliet (1993 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The Stratford Festival stage production of Shakespeare's drama. (162 mins.)
Director: Norman Campbell
 
40.
Tempest (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A sobering mid-life crisis fuels dissatisfaction in Philip Dimitrius, to the extent where the successful... (140 mins.)
Director: Paul Mazursky