Shakespearean Films

How wonderful it is to see a film based on a play or satire of Bill Shakespeare, his words so placed together, some points very comedic in ways modern comedy is placed, sometimes as dramatic as most dramatic films are of today.These are some films which were chosen for for either sexual appeal to a serious world around his mind.
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Antony and Cleopatra (1972)
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After the murder of her lover Caesar, Egypt's queen Cleopatra needs a new ally. She seduces his probable successor Mark Antony. This develops into real love and slowly leads to a war with the other possible successor: Octavius. (138 mins.)
Director: Charlton Heston
“ Come, thou monarch of the vine,
Plumpy Bacchus with pink eyne! ” - forrestpowell12
 
2.
Cleopatra (1963)
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Queen Cleopatra of Egypt experiences both triumph and tragedy as she attempts to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome. (192 mins.)
 
3.
Great Performances (1971 TV Series)
Episode: Macbeth (2010)
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Sir Patrick Stewart stars in a gripping Tony-nominated production.
 
4.
Henry V (1944)
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In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415. (137 mins.)
 
5.
Coriolanus (2011)
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A banished hero of Rome allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city. (123 mins.)
Director: Ralph Fiennes
 
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The Merchant of Venice (2004)
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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
 
7.
Richard III (1995)
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The classic Shakespearean play about a murderously scheming king staged in an alternative fascist England setting. (110 mins.)
 
8.
The Tempest (2010)
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Shakespeare's epic play is translated from page to screen, with the gender of the main character, Prospero, changed from male to female. (110 mins.)
Director: Julie Taymor
 
9.
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.)
 
10.
Pericles, Prince of Tyre (1984 TV Movie)
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When Pericles discovers the dread answer to Antioch's riddle, he flees for his life straight into famine... (177 mins.)
 
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Troilus & Cressida (1981 TV Movie)
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During the Trojan War, a Trojan warrior is distraught when his lover takes up with a Greek. (190 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Miller
 
12.
Othello (1995)
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The Moorish general Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his lieutenant Michael Cassio when in reality it is all part of the scheme of a bitter ensign named Iago. (123 mins.)
Director: Oliver Parker
 
13.
The Taming of the Shrew (1967)
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Brutish, fortune-hunting scoundrel Petruchio tames his wealthy, shrewish wife, Katharina. (122 mins.)
 
14.
Titus Andronicus (1999)
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A classic and intense horror/drama about the all consuming nature of revenge. (147 mins.)
 
15.
Antony and Cleopatra (1974 TV Movie)
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After the murder of her lover Julius Caesar, Egypt's queen Cleopatra needs a new ally. She seduces his probable successor Mark Antony. This develops into real love and slowly leads to a war with the other possible successor, Octavius. (161 mins.)
Director: Jon Scoffield
 
16.
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
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Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue. (120 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
 
17.
King Lear (1971)
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The Shakespeare tragedy that gave us the expression "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have... (137 mins.)
Director: Peter Brook
 
18.
Macbeth (1971)
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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
 
19.
Throne of Blood (1957)
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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. (110 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
20.
Timon of Athens (1981 TV Movie)
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Timon loves to give parties and objects to friends, but when he cannot pay his creditors, his "friends" refuse to help him, and he becomes a misanthropic hermit. (128 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Miller
 
21.
Timon of Athens (2009)
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Set in modern day San Francisco (Athens), Timon is a flamboyant playboy, who has become famous in the big city for his kinky parties... (89 mins.)
 
22.
As You Like It (2006)
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Rosalind, the daughter of Duke Senior (the banished duke), is raised at the court of Duke Frederick... (127 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
 
23.
The Comedy of Errors (1989 TV Movie)
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Two identical twins and their two servants (also identical twins) are separated in a ship-wreck. When, years later, they all show up in the same town, mistaken identities abound. (138 mins.)
Director: Richard Monette
 
24.
Love's Labour's Lost (2000)
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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
 
25.
Measure for Measure (2006)
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Contemporary re-working of the Shakespeare's problem play set in the British army. (80 mins.)
Director: Bob Komar
 
26.
Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor (1953 Short Film)
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Johnny Green conducts the MGM Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the title work. (9 mins.)
 
27.
Twelfth Night or What You Will (1996)
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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
 
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The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1966 TV Movie)
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In 16th century Italy, two inseparable friends suddenly become rivals for the love of a noblewoman. (90 mins.)
Director: Harald Benesch