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1. Romeo + Juliet (1996)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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60 Metascore

Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.

Writers: William Shakespeare, Craig Pearce, Baz Luhrmann | Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo, Harold Perrineau

2. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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70 Metascore

A new kid must find a guy to date the meanest girl in school, the older sister of the girl he has a crush on, who cannot date until her older sister does.

Writers: Karen McCullah, Kirsten Smith | Director: Gil Junger | Stars: Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik

3. She's the Man (2006)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

6.4
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45 Metascore

When her brother decides to ditch for a couple weeks in London, Viola heads over to his elite boarding school, disguises herself as him, and proceeds to fall for one of her soccer teammates. Little does she realize she's not the only one with romantic troubles, as she, as he, gets in the middle of a series of intermingled love affairs.

Writers: Ewan Leslie, Karen McCullah, Kirsten Smith | Director: Andy Fickman | Stars: Amanda Bynes, Laura Ramsey, Channing Tatum, Vinnie Jones

4. West Side Story (1961)

Unrated | 152 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

7.6
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Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.

Writers: Ernest Lehman, Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins | Directors: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise | Stars: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn

5. Never Been Kissed (1999)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.0
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60 Metascore

A journalist enrolls in her old highschool as part of her research for a story.

Writers: Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein | Director: Raja Gosnell | Stars: Drew Barrymore, David Arquette, Michael Vartan, Molly Shannon

6. Coriolanus (2011)

R | 123 min | Drama, Thriller, War

6.1
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79 Metascore

A banished hero of Rome allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city.

Writers: John Logan, William Shakespeare | Director: Ralph Fiennes | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Brian Cox, Lubna Azabal

7. My Own Private Idaho (1991)

R | 104 min | Drama

7.1
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77 Metascore

Two best friends living on the streets of Portland as hustlers embark on a journey of self discovery and find their relationship stumbling along the way.

Writers: William Shakespeare, Gus Van Sant | Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo, William Richert

8. O (2001)

R | 95 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

6.2
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53 Metascore

An update of Shakespeare's 'Othello' with a young cast, set in a high school and centered around basketball player Odin.

Writers: William Shakespeare, Brad Kaaya | Director: Tim Blake Nelson | Stars: Mekhi Phifer, Julia Stiles, Martin Sheen, Josh Hartnett

9. Haider (2014)

160 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

8.7
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A young man returns to Kashmir after his father's disappearance to confront uncle - the man who had a role in his father's fate.

Writers: William Shakespeare, Basharat Peer, Vishal Bhardwaj | Director: Vishal Bhardwaj | Stars: Shahid Kapoor, Tabu, Shraddha Kapoor, Kay Kay Menon

10. Hamlet (2000)

R | 112 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

6.0
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70 Metascore

Modern-day New York City adaptation of Shakespeare's immortal story about Hamlet's plight to avenge his father's murder.

Writers: William Shakespeare, Michael Almereyda | Director: Michael Almereyda | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Kyle MacLachlan, Diane Venora, Sam Shepard

11. Hamlet (2009 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama

8.2
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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.

Writer: William Shakespeare | Director: Gregory Doran | Stars: David Tennant, Patrick Stewart, Penny Downie, Oliver Ford Davies

12. Richard III (1995)

R | 104 min | Drama, War

7.5
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The classic Shakespearean play about a murderously scheming king staged in an alternative fascist England setting.

Writers: William Shakespeare, Ian McKellen, Richard Loncraine | Director: Richard Loncraine | Stars: Ian McKellen, Annette Bening, Jim Broadbent, Robert Downey Jr.

13. Tromeo and Juliet (1996)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

6.2
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A modern, punk adaptation of Shakespeare's classic. Told irreverently, this film attempts to impact the viewer in the same way theatre-goers were effected in Shakespeare's time. Bawdy, ... See full summary »

Writers: James Gunn, Lloyd Kaufman, Andrew Deemer, Jason Green, Phil Rivo | Director: Lloyd Kaufman | Stars: Jane Jensen, Will Keenan, Valentine Miele, William Beckwith

14. Macbeth (I) (2006)

109 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

4.9
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51 Metascore

A contemporary retelling of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" set in the ganglands of Melbourne.

Writers: Victoria Hill, William Shakespeare, Geoffrey Wright | Director: Geoffrey Wright | Stars: Chloe Armstrong, Hanna Griffiths, Kate Bell, Miranda Nation

15. Kiss Me Kate (1953)

Approved | 109 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.3
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Fred and Lilly are a divorced pair of actors who are brought together by Cole Porter who has written a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew. Of course, the couple seem to act a great ... See full summary »

Writers: Dorothy Kingsley, Sam Spewack, Bella Spewack | Director: George Sidney | Stars: Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ann Miller, Keenan Wynn

16. Private Romeo (2011)

98 min | Drama

6.3
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53 Metascore

Shakespeare's original lines from Romeo & Juliet are almost exclusively spoken in a military academy setting of his tale at which gay love blooms between two cadets.

Writers: Alan Brown, William Shakespeare | Director: Alan Brown | Stars: Hale Appleman, Charlie Barnett, Adam Barrie, Chris Bresky

17. Scotland, Pa. (2001)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Crime

6.8
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49 Metascore

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.

Writers: William Shakespeare, Billy Morrissette | Director: Billy Morrissette | Stars: James Le Gros, Maura Tierney, Christopher Walken, Kevin Corrigan

18. Tempest (1982)

PG | 140 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

6.5
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A sobering mid-life crisis fuels dissatisfaction in Philip Dimitrius, to the extent where the successful architect trades his marriage and career in for a spiritual exile on a remote Greek ... See full summary »

Writers: Leon Capetanos, Paul Mazursky, William Shakespeare | Director: Paul Mazursky | Stars: John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Susan Sarandon, Vittorio Gassman

19. Omkara (2006)

155 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.2
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Shakespeare's masterpiece "Othello" set in modern India. A politically-minded enforcer's misguided trust in his lieutenant leads him to suspect his wife of infidelity.

Writers: Vishal Bhardwaj, Robin Bhatt, Abhishek Chaubey, William Shakespeare | Director: Vishal Bhardwaj | Stars: Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma

20. ShakespeaRe-Told (2005 TV Mini-Series)

Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.0
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A modern re-telling of four William Shakespeare stories.

Stars: Nick Malinowski, Shirley Henderson, James McAvoy, Sarah Parish

21. Kebab Connection (2004)

96 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

6.8
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In Hamburg, Ibrahim "Ibo" Secmez, of Turkish descent, wants to direct the first German kung-fu movie. For now, he makes commercials for his uncle's kebab restaurant. Titzie, an aspiring ... See full summary »

Writers: Fatih Akin, Ruth Toma, Jan Berger, Anno Saul, Ralph Schwingel | Director: Anno Saul | Stars: Denis Moschitto, Nora Tschirner, Emanuel Bettencourt, Numan Acar

22. Othello (2001 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

7.6
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Shakespeare's Othello retold in modern London; racial tension in the police force collides with jealousy and revenge. An officer suspects his new bride of infidelity.

Writers: Andrew Davies, William Shakespeare | Director: Geoffrey Sax | Stars: Eamonn Walker, Christopher Eccleston, Keeley Hawes, Richard Coyle

23. A Midsummer Night's Rave (2002)

R | 85 min | Drama

5.1
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Writer: Robert Raymond | Director: Gil Cates Jr. | Stars: Andrew Keegan, Chad Lindberg, Lauren German, Corey Pearson

24. Maqbool (2003)

132 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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Macbeth meets the Godfather in present-day Bombay. The Scottish tragedy set in the contemporary underworld of India's commercial capital; two corrupt, fortune telling policemen take the ... See full summary »

Writers: Abbas Tyrewala, Vishal Bhardwaj, William Shakespeare | Director: Vishal Bhardwaj | Stars: Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Pankaj Kapur, Naseeruddin Shah

25. China Girl (1987)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.1
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A modern day Romeo & Juliet story is told in New York when an Italian boy and a Chinese girl become lovers, causing a tragic conflict between ethnic gangs.

Writer: Nicholas St. John | Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: James Russo, Richard Panebianco, Sari Chang, David Caruso

26. Twelfth Night, or What You Will (2003 TV Movie)

125 min | Drama, Comedy, Romance

6.4
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Multicultural version of the Shakespearean tale Twelth Night, Made in modern day society featuring Anglo-Indian cast.

Writers: William Shakespeare, Andrew Bannerman, Tim Supple | Director: Tim Supple | Stars: Parminder Nagra, Ronny Jhutti, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Burt Caesar

27. As You Like It (1992)

G | 117 min | Romance

5.7
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Hiding out in an industrial wasteland from the murderous wrath of a regional ruler, a woman, disguised as a boy, gives wooing lessons to the edgy lad who proclaims he loves her.

Writer: William Shakespeare | Director: Christine Edzard | Stars: James Fox, Cyril Cusack, Andrew Tiernan, Cate Fowler

28. Joe MacBeth (1955)

90 min | Crime, Drama

6.3
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Shakespeare (more-or-less) in modern gangster setting. Lily MacBeth pushes her husband Joe to rub out the reigning crime boss and become the new "kingpin" himself. Success is short- lived, ... See full summary »

Writers: Ken Hughes, Philip Yordan | Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Paul Douglas, Ruth Roman, Bonar Colleano, Grégoire Aslan

29. Hamlet the Vampire Slayer (2008)

85 min | Comedy

2.8
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Hamlet is haunted by the possibility that his Latin Lover Uncle Claudio is a vampire who murdered Hamlet's father in order to become king and seduce Hamlet's mother, Gertrude. As the ... See full summary »

Writers: Aaron Frale, Jason Witter | Director: Jason Witter | Stars: Kevin R. Elder, Leslie Nesbit, Doug Montoya, Summer Olsson

30. Richard III (2005)

54 min | Drama

7.1
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Shakespeare's classic play is transferred to warring gang factions of a notorious, contemporary Brighton housing project.

Writers: Maximilian Day, William Shakespeare | Director: Maximilian Day | Stars: Matthew Beggs, Michael Bowlby, Judy Carey, Leo Carey

31. The Stratford Adventure (1954)

45 min | Documentary, Short

6.7
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The story of the founding, by Stratford-born journalist Tom Patterson, of the Stratford Shakespearean Festival of Canada, which opened in July of 1953 with a performance of "Richard III" ... See full summary »

Writer: Gudrun Parker | Director: Morten Parker | Stars: Michael Bates, Timothy Findley, Alec Guinness, Tyrone Guthrie