My Favorite Shakespeare Films

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1.
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.)
 
2.
The First Part of Henry the Sixth (1983 TV Movie)
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(188 mins.)
Director: Jane Howell
 
3.
The Second Part of Henry the Sixth (1983 TV Movie)
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(203 mins.)
Director: Jane Howell
 
4.
The Third Part of Henry the Sixt (1983 TV Movie)
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(211 mins.)
Director: Jane Howell
 
5.
Richard III (1983 TV Movie)
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Richard of Gloucester uses murder and manipulation to claim England's throne. (239 mins.)
Director: Jane Howell
 
6.
Richard III (1995)
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The classic Shakespearean play about a murderously scheming king staged in an alternative fascist England setting. (104 mins.)
 
7.
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
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A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays. (123 mins.)
Director: John Madden
 
8.
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
 
9.
Romeo and Juliet (1968)
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When the now-famous "star-crossed lovers" of two feuding families meet, forbidden love ensues. (138 mins.)
 
10.
Hamlet (1996)
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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
 
11.
Hamlet (1990)
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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge. (135 mins.)
 
12.
Hamlet (1964)
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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered by Claudius, Hamlet's uncle. Claudius usurps the throne of Denmark, and marries Hamlet's recently widowed mother. Hamlet is tormented, haunted, and increasingly unstable. (140 mins.)
 
13.
Hamlet Goes Business (1987)
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A bizarre black-and-white film noir reworking of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'. After the death of his father... (86 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
 
14.
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)
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Two minor characters from the play, "Hamlet" stumble around unaware of their scripted lives and unable to deviate from them. (117 mins.)
Director: Tom Stoppard
 
15.
The Hamlet Adventure (2008 Documentary)
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Obsessed by Hamlet's tragic character since adolescence, writer-producer Stanislav Semerdjiev ventures... (81 mins.)
 
16.
Hamlet 2 (2008)
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In this irreverent comedy, a failed actor-turned-worse-high-school-drama-teacher rallies his Tucson, AZ students as he conceives and stages politically incorrect musical sequel to Shakespeare's Hamlet. (92 mins.)
Director: Andrew Fleming
 
17.
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
 
18.
Titus (1999)
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Titus returns victorious from war, only to plant the seeds of future turmoil for himself and his family. (162 mins.)
Director: Julie Taymor
 
19.
King Lear (1971)
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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... (139 mins.)
 
20.
Ran (1985)
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Set in Japan in the 16th century (or so), an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them, or cause them to turn on each other...and him... (162 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
21.
Scotland, Pa. (2001)
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A modernized retelling of "MacBeth" set in 1970s suburban Pennsylvania. Joe McBeth, an unambitious hamburger stand employee, is driven to success by his scheming wife. (104 mins.)
 
22.
Henry V (1989)
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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.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
 
23.
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)
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Lovers' lives are complicated by city law, feuding faerie royalty, and... love. (116 mins.)
Director: Michael Hoffman