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1. Romeo + Juliet (1996)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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60 Metascore

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

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 172,643 | Gross: $46.34M

2. Macbeth (2015)

R | 113 min | Drama, War

6.7
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71 Metascore

Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.

Director: Justin Kurzel | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jack Madigan, Frank Madigan

Votes: 39,263

3. The Hollow Crown (2012– )

150 min | Drama, History

8.5
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A mini-series of adaptations of Shakespeare's history plays: Richard II, Henry IV Parts One and Two, and Henry V.

Stars: Anton Lesser, Simon Russell Beale, Tom Hiddleston, Tom Georgeson

Votes: 3,773

4. Shakespeare in Love (1998)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.2
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87 Metascore

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.

Director: John Madden | Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 180,125 | Gross: $100.24M

5. The Dresser (2015 TV Movie)

105 min | Drama

6.8
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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: 1,631

6. Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Keanu Reeves, Kate Beckinsale

Votes: 38,027 | Gross: $22.55M

7. Hamlet (1996)

PG-13 | 242 min | Drama

7.8
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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.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Julie Christie, Derek Jacobi, Kate Winslet

Votes: 31,167 | Gross: $4.41M

8. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008)

PG-13 | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.2
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63 Metascore

Carmen Lowell is working on the backstage of a play at Yale. When the lead actress, her friend Julia, invites her to Vermont with her to work on a play with a professional cast, she decides... See full summary »

Director: Sanaa Hamri | Stars: America Ferrera, Alexis Bledel, Amber Tamblyn, Blake Lively

Votes: 22,937 | Gross: $44.09M

9. Wicker Park (2004)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.0
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40 Metascore

A young Chicago advertising executive believes a woman he sees in a café is his long-lost love. His belief leads to obsession, as he puts his life on hold in order to trail her.

Director: Paul McGuigan | Stars: Josh Hartnett, Diane Kruger, Matthew Lillard, Rose Byrne

Votes: 45,984 | Gross: $12.83M

10. The Tempest (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

5.4
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43 Metascore

Shakespeare's epic play is translated from page to screen, with the gender of the main character, Prospero, changed from male to female.

Director: Julie Taymor | Stars: Helen Mirren, Felicity Jones, Djimon Hounsou, Russell Brand

Votes: 6,323 | Gross: $0.26M

11. Anonymous (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, History, Thriller

6.9
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50 Metascore

The theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, who penned Shakespeare's plays. Set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I and the Essex rebellion against her.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, David Thewlis, Sebastian Armesto

Votes: 35,155 | Gross: $4.46M

12. Get Over It (2001)

PG-13 | 87 min | Comedy, Romance

5.8
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52 Metascore

When Berke Landers, a popular high school basketball star, gets dumped by his life-long girlfriend, Allison, he soon begins to lose it. But with the help of his best friend Felix's sister ... See full summary »

Director: Tommy O'Haver | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Ben Foster, Melissa Sagemiller, Sisqó

Votes: 15,867 | Gross: $11.56M

13. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

6.5
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61 Metascore

Lovers' lives are complicated by city law, feuding faerie royalty, and... love.

Director: Michael Hoffman | Stars: Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Everett, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 21,615 | Gross: $16.07M

14. Titus (1999)

R | 162 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.2
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57 Metascore

Titus returns victorious from war, only to plant the seeds of future turmoil for himself and his family.

Director: Julie Taymor | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, Osheen Jones, Dario D'Ambrosi

Votes: 17,576 | Gross: $1.92M

15. Henry V (1989)

PG-13 | 137 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.7
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83 Metascore

In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Simon Shepherd, James Larkin

Votes: 23,919 | Gross: $10.16M

16. Coriolanus (2011)

R | 123 min | Drama, Thriller, War

6.2
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79 Metascore

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

Director: Ralph Fiennes | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Brian Cox, Lubna Azabal

Votes: 27,533 | Gross: $0.76M

17. Much Ado About Nothing (I) (2012)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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78 Metascore

A modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese

Votes: 14,282 | Gross: $4.33M

18. Hamlet (1990)

PG | 135 min | Drama

6.8
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53 Metascore

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates, Paul Scofield

Votes: 18,181 | Gross: $20.71M

19. Burke and Hare (2010)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Thriller

6.2
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46 Metascore

A black comedy about two 19th century grave robbers who find a lucrative business providing cadavers for an Edinburgh medical school.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Bill Bailey, Tom Wilkinson, Michael Smiley, Tim Curry

Votes: 16,679 | Gross: $0.00M

20. As You Like It (2006)

PG | 127 min | Drama, Comedy, Romance

6.3
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Rosalind, the daughter of Duke Senior (the banished duke), is raised at the court of Duke Frederick (who is younger brother to Duke Senior and took over his dukedom), with her cousin Celia ... See full summary »

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Takuya Shimada, Brian Blessed, Richard Clifford, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 2,494

21. Macbeth (1971)

R | 140 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord seizes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jon Finch, Francesca Annis, Martin Shaw, Terence Bayler

Votes: 10,051

22. Julius Caesar (1953)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, History

7.4
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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.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Louis Calhern, Marlon Brando, James Mason, John Gielgud

Votes: 8,113

23. Me and Orson Welles (2008)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama

6.8
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73 Metascore

In 1937, a teenager is cast in the Mercury Theatre production of "Julius Caesar", directed by a young Orson Welles.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Zac Efron, Claire Danes, Christian McKay, Zoe Kazan

Votes: 9,466 | Gross: $1.19M

24. 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.

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

Votes: 11,857 | Gross: $2.60M

25. Twelfth Night or What You Will (1996)

PG | 134 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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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.

Director: Trevor Nunn | Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Richard E. Grant, Imogen Stubbs, Steven Mackintosh

Votes: 4,895 | Gross: $0.55M

26. Hamlet (1948)

Unrated | 155 min | Drama

7.8
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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.

Director: Laurence Olivier | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, John Laurie, Esmond Knight

Votes: 12,129

27. Private Romeo (2011)

94 min | Drama, Romance

5.9
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53 Metascore

A modern take on Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'. Set at an isolated all-boys military academy, it follows the forbidden relationship between two cadets.

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

Votes: 1,659

28. Othello (1951)

90 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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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.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Micheál MacLiammóir, Robert Coote, Suzanne Cloutier

Votes: 5,424

29. Hamlet 2 (2008)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Music

6.4
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54 Metascore

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.

Director: Andrew Fleming | Stars: Steve Coogan, Elisabeth Shue, Catherine Keener, J.J. Soria

Votes: 15,308 | Gross: $4.88M

30. Macbeth (1948)

Passed | 92 min | Drama, History, War

7.6
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In fog-dripping, barren and sometimes macabre settings, 11th-century Scottish nobleman Macbeth is led by an evil prophecy and his ruthless yet desirable wife to the treasonous act that ... See full summary »

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Jeanette Nolan, Dan O'Herlihy, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 4,813

31. Hunky Dory (2011)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.1
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46 Metascore

In the heat of the summer of 1976, drama teacher Vivienne fights sweltering heat and general teenage apathy to put on an end-of-term version of Shakespeare's The Tempest.

Director: Marc Evans | Stars: Minnie Driver, Kristian Gwilliam, Adam Byard, Aled Pugh

Votes: 909 | Gross: $0.02M

32. Julius Caesar (1970)

G | 117 min | Drama, History, War

6.1
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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 ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Burge | Stars: Charlton Heston, Jason Robards, John Gielgud, Richard Johnson

Votes: 1,153

33. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1968)

124 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

6.5
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A film adaptation of William Shakespeare's famous play in which four lovers sort out their problems with the help of fairies at midnight in the forest of Athens.

Director: Peter Hall | Stars: Derek Godfrey, Barbara Jefford, Nicholas Selby, Hugh Sullivan

Votes: 524

34. Richard III (1955)

Not Rated | 161 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.6
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Shakespeare's powerful tale of the wicked deformed king and his conquests, both on the battlefield and in the boudoir.

Director: Laurence Olivier | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Cedric Hardwicke, Nicholas Hannen, Ralph Richardson

Votes: 3,189

35. Love Is All There Is (1996)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Romance

5.1
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Romeo & Juliet gets transplanted to the Bronx.

Directors: Joseph Bologna, Renée Taylor | Stars: Lainie Kazan, Joseph Bologna, Barbara Carrera, Renée Taylor

Votes: 1,005 | Gross: $0.03M

36. Rwanda & Juliet (2016)

88 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

7.8
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RWANDA & JULIET is a feature-length documentary that follows ivy league professor emeritus Andrew Garrod to Kigali, Rwanda, where he mounts Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet with Rwandan ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Proudfoot | Stars: Tété Roca, Andrew Garrod

Votes: 10

37. Romeo and Juliet (1936)

Passed | 125 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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Young love is poisoned by a generations long feud between two noble families.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, John Barrymore, Edna May Oliver

Votes: 1,292

38. The Picture of Dorian Gray (2007)

Mystery, Thriller

5.1
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A contemporary adaptation of Oscar Wilde classic tale of vanity.

Director: Duncan Roy | Stars: David Gallagher, Noah Segan, Christian Camargo, Aleksa Palladino

Votes: 294

39. Hamlet (1969)

G | 117 min | Drama

7.1
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Nicol Williamson takes the lead role in this star-studded 1969 version of William Shakespeare's tragedy. Prince Hamlet mourns both his father's death and his mother's remarriage to Claudius... See full summary »

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Nicol Williamson, Judy Parfitt, Anthony Hopkins, Marianne Faithfull

Votes: 604

40. King Lear (2016 Video)

180 min | Drama

8.0
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Don Warrington stars as the tragic monarch in this acclaimed version of the Shakespeare play recorded at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.

Director: Michael Buffong | Stars: Don Warrington, Alfred Enoch, Miltos Yerolemou, Rakie Ayola

Votes: 6

41. A Floresta Que Se Move (2015)

99 min | Drama, Thriller

6.1
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Based on William Shakespeare's "Macbeth". Elias is a successful executive who works in the second largest private bank in Brazil. One day, Elias meets a mysterious woman who claims to be ... See full summary »

Director: Vinicius Coimbra | Stars: Bruno Aldecosea, Fernando Alves Pinto, Ângelo Antônio, Ana Paula Arósio

Votes: 130

42. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (2000 TV Movie)

88 min | Comedy

8.7
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Three guys, one dead playwright, and 37 plays, all in under two hours. In this universally acclaimed theater experience, Adam Long (one of the troupe's founding members), Reed Marin, and ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Kafno | Stars: Adam Long, Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor, Daniel Singer

Votes: 710

43. Miranda's Letter (2016 Video)

5 min | Short, Drama

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Miranda's Letter takes as a starting point the 'missing women' in Shakespeare, in this instance, The Tempest, and imagines what Miranda's mother would have wanted to say to her daughter. Commissioned as part of Shakespeare Lives 2016.

Director: Teresa Griffiths | Stars: Raffey Cassidy, Anne-Marie Duff, William Shimell, Frankie Fox

44. The Boys from Syracuse (1940)

73 min | Comedy, Musical

7.1
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The action takes place in Ephesus in ancient Asia Minor, and the story concerns the efforts of two boys from Syracuse, Anthipholus and his servant Dromio, to find their long-lost twins who,... See full summary »

Director: A. Edward Sutherland | Stars: Allan Jones, Irene Hervey, Martha Raye, Joe Penner

Votes: 71

45. Othello: Desdemona's Death (2013)

12 min | Short, Drama

8.1
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Shakespeare's Othello with a modern twist and a female lead.

Director: Tate Chmielewski | Stars: Tucky Williams, Lauren Virginia Albert

Votes: 11

46. Catch My Soul (1974)

PG | 97 min | Musical, Drama

5.9
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Set in the American Southwest, Othello is a wandering evangelist who happens onto Iago's remote commune.

Director: Patrick McGoohan | Stars: Richie Havens, Lance LeGault, Season Hubley, Tony Joe White

Votes: 33

47. Dear Mr Shakespeare: Shakespeare Lives (2016)

5 min | Short, Drama

8.2
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An evocative and imaginative exploration of the racial tensions in Othello and how the themes in Shakespeare's play still resonate today.

Director: Shola Amoo | Stars: Ashley Thomas, Phoebe Boswell, Elisa Lasowski

Votes: 12

48. A Winter's Tale: Shakespeare Lives (2016)

4 min | Short

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Inspired by Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce creates an other-worldly response to the play.

Director: Carl Hunter | Star: Joseph Mawle

49. Macbeth: Shakespeare Lives (2016)

2 min | Short, Drama

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A contemporary take on Lady Macbeth, summoning up her demons. A mix of live action and animation.

Director: David Wilson | Star: Vicky McClure

50. Rehearsals for War (1998)

113 min | Drama

7.0
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A group of actors meet with little money in a unofficial theatre in Naples' Spanish Boroughs. Director's plan is to travel to Sarajevo, still under siege, to stage a classic Eschilus' play ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Martone | Stars: Andrea Renzi, Iaia Forte, Maurizio Bizzi, Salvatore Cantalupo

Votes: 87