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1. Ran (1985)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama

8.3
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96 Metascore

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.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryû

Votes: 78,703 | Gross: $3.52M

2. The Dresser (2015 TV Movie)

105 min | Drama

6.9
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A drama, based on a successful play, about an ageing actor and his personal assistant.

Director: Richard Eyre | Stars: Emily Watson, Ian McKellen, Sarah Lancashire, Anthony Hopkins

Votes: 1,257

3. St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold (2009)

106 min | Adventure, Comedy

5.4
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The girls of St. Trinians are on the hunt for buried treasure after discovering headmistress Miss Fritton is related to a famous pirate.

Directors: Oliver Parker, Barnaby Thompson | Stars: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, David Tennant, Talulah Riley

Votes: 6,391

4. A Thousand Acres (1997)

R | 105 min | Drama

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"King Lear" set on a farm in Iowa.

Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse | Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Lange, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jason Robards

Votes: 4,346 | Gross: $7.93M

5. King Lear (1987)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

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Everything returns to normal after Chernobyl. That is, everything but art. Most of the great works are lost, and it is up to people like William Shakespear Junior the Fifth to restore the ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Woody Allen, Freddy Buache, Leos Carax, Julie Delpy

Votes: 950

6. King Lear (1983 TV Movie)

158 min | Drama

7.8
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An aging King invites disaster when he abdicates to his corrupt, toadying daughters and rejects his one loving, but honest one.

Director: Michael Elliott | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Colin Blakely, Anna Calder-Marshall, Jeremy Kemp

Votes: 611

7. King Lear (1971)

GP | 137 min | Drama

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The Shakespeare tragedy that gave us the expression "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child." King Lear has not one but two ungrateful children, and it's ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Brook | Stars: Paul Scofield, Irene Worth, Cyril Cusack, Susan Engel

Votes: 585

8. The King Is Alive (2000)

R | 110 min | Drama

6.4
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52 Metascore

When a bus breaks down in the desert, the passengers decide to stage "King Lear."

Director: Kristian Levring | Stars: Miles Anderson, Romane Bohringer, David Bradley, David Calder

Votes: 1,684 | Gross: $0.10M

9. King Lear (1971)

139 min | Drama

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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. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly ... See full summary »

Directors: Grigori Kozintsev, Iosif Shapiro | Stars: Jüri Järvet, Elza Radzina, Galina Volchek, Valentina Shendrikova

Votes: 1,031

10. King of Texas (2002 TV Movie)

95 min | Drama, Western

6.5
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In this adaptation of Shakespeare's King Lear, self-made ranch tycoon John Lear divides his holdings among his daughters but finds that once they have his property, they reject him.

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Marcia Gay Harden, Lauren Holly, Roy Scheider

Votes: 525

11. My Kingdom (2001)

Unrated | 117 min | Drama, Crime

6.2
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45 Metascore

Modern story inspired by King Lear set in contemporary Liverpool.

Director: Don Boyd | Stars: Richard Harris, Lynn Redgrave, Reece Noi, Tom Bell

Votes: 561 | Gross: $0.00M

12. King Lear (1982 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama

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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. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Miller | Stars: John Shrapnel, Norman Rodway, Michael Kitchen, Michael Hordern

Votes: 183

13. King Lear (1999)

190 min | Drama

6.0
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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. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly ... See full summary »

Directors: Brian Blessed, Tony Rotherham | Stars: Brian Blessed, Hildegard Neil, Jason Riddington, Phillipa Peak

Votes: 64

14. King Lear

Drama | Announced

Shakepeare's classic tale of an aging king who splits up his kingdom for his three daughters to govern, but is misled about their affections, and driven into exile.

Director: Michael Radford

15. National Theatre Live: King Lear (2011)

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Director: Robin Lough | Stars: Michael Hadley, Paul Jesson, Alec Newman, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 15

16. Im Schloß der blutigen Begierde (1968)

77 min | Horror

4.9
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In an ancient castle, a mad scientist is trying to revive his dead daughter by an operation, but there are certain body parts he needs that he can't get. His problem is solved when a group ... See full summary »

Director: Adrian Hoven | Stars: Janine Reynaud, Howard Vernon, Michel Lemoine, Elvira Berndorff

Votes: 87

17. King Lear (1974– )

20 min | Drama

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When King Lear decides to step down from his throne, he decides to divide his kingdom among his three daughters with tragic results.

Stars: Patrick Mower, Ann Lynn, Philip Brack, Beth Harris

Votes: 62

18. The Tragedy of King Lear (1982 Video)

182 min | Drama

6.8
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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. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Cooke | Stars: Mike Kellin, Darryl Hickman, Charles Aidman, David Groh

Votes: 8

19. William Shakespare - Kral Lear (1982 TV Movie)

172 min | Drama

7.0
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Director: Okan Uysaler | Stars: Cüneyt Gökçer, Zafer Ergin, Sönmez Atasoy, Aykut Sözeri

Votes: 8

20. King Lear (II) (1910)

16 min | Short, Drama

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King Lear decides to divide his kingdom amongst his three daughters. The oldest two daughters fawn insincerely over their father, and get most of his possessions. The youngest daughter, ... See full summary »

Director: Gerolamo Lo Savio | Stars: Ermete Novelli, Francesca Bertini, Olga Giannini Novelli, Giannina Chiantoni

Votes: 133

21. König Lear (1992 TV Movie)

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Stars: Rolf Boysen, Gisela Stein, Manfred Zapatka, Franziska Walser

22. King Lear (1916)

63 min | Drama

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Lear is an old man blind to his weaknesses. He decides to divide his kingdom among his three daughters according to who recites the best declaration of love. Goneril and Regan pretend to ... See full summary »

Director: Ernest C. Warde | Stars: Frederick Warde, Lorraine Huling, Wayne Arey, J.H. Gilmour

Votes: 42

23. King Lear (1909)

16 min | Drama, Short

5.6
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Directors: J. Stuart Blackton, William V. Ranous | Stars: William V. Ranous, Julia Arthur, Florence Auer, Maurice Costello

Votes: 45

24. King Lear (1976)

Drama

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Director: Steven Rumbelow | Stars: Chris Auvache, Monica Buford, Stuart Cox, Paul Haley

Votes: 12

25. Gunasundari Katha (1949)

172 min

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Loosely based on Shakespeare's King Lear.

Director: Kadri Venkata Reddy | Stars: Sriranjani, Siva Rao Kasturi, Sivaram Vallabhajosyula, Govindrajulu Subba Rao

Votes: 18

26. A Taste of Shakespeare (1995– )

50 min

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Stars: Eric Weinthal, Daniel Kash, Brian Tree, Holly Lewis

27. King Lear (I) (1910)

Short, Drama

5.3
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Director: Giuseppe de Liguoro | Stars: Giuseppe de Liguoro, Carlo Campogalliani, Arturo Padovani

Votes: 12

28. Kong Lear (1985 TV Mini-Series)

189 min | Comedy, Drama, History

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Stars: Knut Wigert, Kirsten Hofseth, Oda Schjøll, Marianne Krogh

29. The Tragedy of King Lear Part 1 (1948 TV Movie)

108 min | Drama

6.0
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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. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly ... See full summary »

Director: Royston Morley | Stars: Archie Angus, Michael Ashwin, John Baker, Nicolette Bernard

Votes: 7

30. King Lear: A Critical Guide (1997 Video)

Documentary, Short

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Director: Lara Lowe | Stars: Peter Balderstone, Brian Blessed, Mark Burgess, Mark Denny

31. Kung Lear (1997 TV Movie)

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Director: Peter Oskarson | Stars: Anders Andersson, Tilde Björfors, Annika Brunsten, Maria Eggers

32. Le roi Lear (2007 TV Movie)

161 min | Drama

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Director: Don Kent | Stars: Michel Piccoli, Anne See, Lisa Martino, Julie-Marie Parmentier

Votes: 12

33. Rei Lear (1998 TV Movie)

110 min | Drama

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34. König Lear (2008 TV Movie)

140 min

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Stars: Gert Voss, Andrea Clausen, Caroline Peters, Adina Vetter

35. Le roi Lear (1981 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama

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Director: Jean-Marie Coldefy | Stars: Catherine Berriane, Jean-Luc Buquet, Éric Frey, Yves Gourvil

36. Re Lear (1979 TV Movie)

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Director: Carlo Battistoni | Stars: Franco Alpestre, Tino Carraro, Agostino De Berti, Renato De Carmine

37. Le roi Lear (1965 TV Movie)

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Director: Jean Kerchbron | Stars: Michel Etcheverry, Jean-Paul Moulinot, François Chaumette, Silvia Monfort

38. Getting Lear (2009)

Documentary

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Did Shakespeare create King Lear for the purpose of educating his audience on the issues of aging, retirement, and ultimately death? A retired English professor and a group of his friends ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Ramsey | Stars: Sarah Jane Fridlich, Ben Gunter, Adrian LePeltier, Peg O'Keef

39. King Lear (1969 TV Movie)

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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. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Tillemans | Stars: Bert André, Hector Camerlynck, Walter Claessens, Jo Coppens

40. El rey Lear (2005 TV Movie)

Drama

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Director: Luis de la Hidalga

41. Teatro de siempre (1966–1979)
Episode: El Rey Lear (1967)

92 min | Drama

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Director: Ricardo Lucía | Stars: Manuel Dicenta, Asunción Sancho, María José Alfonso, Alicia Hermida

42. Gran teatro (1960–1965)
Episode: El Rey Lear (1964)

Drama

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Stars: María José Alfonso, Jesús Aristu, Jaime Blanch, Fernando Cebrián

43. Shakespeare: The King's Man (2012– )
Episode: Incertainties (2012)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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When Queen Elizabeth died without an heir, the English throne passed to the Scottish King James I. He was elusive, intellectual, and a foreigner with Catholic sympathies. Shakespeare ... See full summary »

Director: Steven Clarke | Stars: James Shapiro, Raymond Coulthard, Jamie Ballard, Jodie McNee

44. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: King Lear (1974)

175 min | Biography, Drama, Music

8.6
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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. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin Sherin | Stars: Douglass Watson, Paul Sorvino, Raul Julia, James Earl Jones

Votes: 94

45. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: King Lear (2008)

150 min | Biography, Drama, Music

8.5
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King Lear decides to abdicate and divide his kingdom between his three daughters.

Director: Trevor Nunn | Stars: Ian McKellen, William Gaunt, Philip Winchester, Ben Meyjes

Votes: 231

46. Performance (1992– )
Episode: King Lear (1998)

150 min | Drama

7.9
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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. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Eyre | Stars: Paul Rhys, Finbar Lynch, Timothy West, David Burke

Votes: 224

47. BBC Play of the Month (1965–1983)
Episode: King Lear (1975)

Drama

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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. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Miller | Stars: Sarah Badel, Geoffrey Collins, Angela Down, Roger Elliott

Votes: 13

48. Omnibus (1952–1961)
Episode: King Lear (1953)

75 min | Drama, History, Music

6.9
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An old king, stepping down from the throne, disinherits his favorite daughter on a mad whim and gives his kingdom to his two older daughters, both of whom prove treacherous.

Director: Andrew McCullough | Stars: Orson Welles, Natasha Parry, Arnold Moss, Bramwell Fletcher

Votes: 127

49. A Taste of Shakespeare (1995– )
Episode: King Lear (2001)

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Director: Eric Weinthal | Stars: Geoffrey Bowes, Steve Cumyn, Philippa Domville, David Fox

50. Slings and Arrows (2003–2006)
Episode: The Promised End (2006)

48 min | Comedy

9.0
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"King Lear" finally opens with the original cast intact.

Director: Peter Wellington | Stars: Paul Gross, Stephen Ouimette, Martha Burns, Susan Coyne

Votes: 52