30 best movies based on plays

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1.
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
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Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her. (122 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
2.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
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Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son. (108 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
 
3.
Romeo and Juliet (1968)
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When two young members of feuding families meet, forbidden love ensues. (138 mins.)
 
4.
The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)
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When Algernon discovers that his friend, Ernest, has created a fictional brother for whenever he needs a reason to escape dull country life, Algernon poses as the brother, resulting in ever increasing confusion. (95 mins.)
Director: Anthony Asquith
 
5.
The Lion in Winter (1968)
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1183 AD: King Henry II's three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won't commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him. (134 mins.)
Director: Anthony Harvey
 
6.
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
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The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarriage. (120 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
7.
Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)
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The Disciples of James Dean meet up on the anniversary of his death and mull over their lives in the present and in flashback... (109 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
8.
Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
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The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth. (114 mins.)
 
9.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
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A bitter, aging couple, with the help of alcohol, use a young couple to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other. (131 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
10.
Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
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Author Eugene O'Neill gives an autobiographical account of his explosive homelife, fused by a drug-addicted mother... (174 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
11.
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
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An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years. (99 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
 
12.
The Ruling Class (1972)
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A member of the House of Lords dies, leaving his estate to his son. Unfortunately, his son thinks he is Jesus Christ. The other, somewhat more respectable, members of their family plot to steal the estate from him. Murder and mayhem ensue. (154 mins.)
Director: Peter Medak
 
13.
Doubt (2008)
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A Catholic school principal questions a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student. (104 mins.)
 
14.
Picnic (1955)
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Emotions are ignited amongst the complacent townsfolk when a handsome drifter arrives in a small Kansas community on the morning of the Labour Day picnic. (115 mins.)
Director: Joshua Logan
 
15.
You Can't Take It with You (1938)
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A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family. (126 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
16.
Sleuth (1972)
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A man who loves games and theater invites his wife's lover to meet him, setting up a battle of wits with potentially deadly results. (138 mins.)
 
17.
Amadeus (1984)
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The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum. (160 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
18.
Deathtrap (1982)
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A Broadway playwright puts murder in his plan to take credit for a student's script. (116 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
19.
Noises Off... (1992)
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A travelling theater group find so much action going on behind-the-scenes, they almost ruin the performances. (101 mins.)
 
20.
Barefoot in the Park (1967)
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Paul, a conservative young lawyer, marries the vivacious Corie. Their highly passionate relationship descends into comical discord in a five-flight New York City walk-up apartment. (106 mins.)
Director: Gene Saks
 
21.
Equus (1977)
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A psychiatrist attempts to uncover a troubled stable boy's disturbing obsession with horses. (137 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
22.
The Odd Couple (1968)
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Two friends try sharing an apartment, but their ideas of housekeeping and lifestyles are as different as night and day. (105 mins.)
Director: Gene Saks
 
23.
Julius Caesar (1953)
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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.)
 
24.
Hamlet (1948)
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Prince Hamlet struggles over whether or not he should kill his uncle, whom he suspects has murdered his father, the former king. (154 mins.)
 
25.
Our Town (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. People grow up, get married... (90 mins.)
Director: Sam Wood
 
26.
Butterflies Are Free (1972)
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A blind man moves into his own apartment against the wishes of his overprotective mother, and befriends the freethinking young woman next door. (109 mins.)
Director: Milton Katselas
 
27.
The Taming of the Shrew (1967)
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Brutish, fortune-hunting scoundrel Petruchio tames his wealthy, shrewish wife, Katharina. (122 mins.)
 
28.
The Sunshine Boys (1975)
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A vaudeville duo agree to reunite for a TV special, but it turns out that they can't stand each other. (111 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
 
29.
A Chorus of Disapproval (1989)
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A man new to a smallish British town joins an amateur theatre company. Once there, he discovers that... (105 mins.)
Director: Michael Winner
 
30.
Play It Again, Sam (1972)
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A neurotic film critic obsessed with the movie Casablanca attempts to get over his wife leaving him by dating again with the help of a married couple and his illusory idol, Humphrey Bogart. (85 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
 
31.
'Master Harold' ... And the Boys (2010)
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This movie is of Hally, an adolescent white South African. He is stuck between his intolerant father's outlook of him and those of his caretaker... (87 mins.)
Director: Lonny Price
 
32.
The Boys in the Band (1970)
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Tempers fray and true selves are revealed when a heterosexual is accidentally invited to a homosexual party. (118 mins.)
 
33.
Betrayal (1983)
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The reviewer above states that 'the entire story is told from the husband's point of view'. This is incorrect - the movie takes an objective point-of-view - the husband is not present in several of the segments. (95 mins.)