SHAKESPEARE ON SCREEN

by Maximilliann | created - 08 Jun 2014 | updated - 05 May 2017 | Public

The best versions of Shakespeare's plays. His tragedies, historic dramas and comedies, performed by their eclectic authors, from the classic versions of Orson Welles and Sir Lawrence Olivier, to the musical versions of Kenneth Branagh.

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1. Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

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

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: 42,482 | Gross: $22.55M

2. Much Ado About Nothing (2010)

Not Rated | 68 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

An adaptation of Shakespeare's play set in a modern day high school. Cast and crew was comprised entirely of students from East Hollywood High School in Salt Lake City, UT.

Director: Brandon Arnold | Stars: Jimmy Cudahy, Brighton Metz, Jake Larrabee, Robin Noble

Votes: 8

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

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

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: 15,454 | Gross: $4.33M

4. Love's Labour's Lost (2000)

PG | 93 min | Romance, Comedy, Musical

35 Metascore

An update of the classic Shakespeare story, Director Sir Kenneth Branagh shot this movie like a classic 1930s musical. This movie tells the story of four best friends who swear off love.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Alessandro Nivola, Alicia Silverstone, Natascha McElhone, Kenneth Branagh

Votes: 4,198 | Gross: $0.28M

5. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)

Approved | 133 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Theseus, Duke of Athens, is going to marry Hyppolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Demetrius is engaged with Hermia, but Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius. Oberon and Titania, of the ... See full summary »

Directors: William Dieterle, Max Reinhardt | Stars: James Cagney, Dick Powell, Ian Hunter, Verree Teasdale

Votes: 2,888

6. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1996)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

A boy dreams the play. Authority in Athens is shaky: Hermia rejects her father's choice, the Duke backs her father, and the Duchess sides with Hermia. Dad's choice, Demetrius, pursues ... See full summary »

Director: Adrian Noble | Stars: Lindsay Duncan, Alex Jennings, Desmond Barrit, Finbar Lynch

Votes: 326

7. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)

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

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: 23,336 | Gross: $16.07M

8. The Merchant of Venice (1980 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 157 min | Comedy, Drama

A rich merchant, Antonio is depressed for no good reason, until his good friend Bassanio comes to tell him how he's in love with Portia. Portia's father has died and left a very strange ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Gold | Stars: John Franklyn-Robbins, John Rhys-Davies, Alan David, John Nettles

Votes: 222

9. The Merchant of Venice (2004)

R | 131 min | Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Radford | Stars: Al Pacino, Joseph Fiennes, Lynn Collins, Jeremy Irons

Votes: 33,130 | Gross: $3.77M

10. The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

Approved | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Brutish, fortune-hunting scoundrel Petruchio tames his wealthy, shrewish wife, Katharina.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Cyril Cusack, Michael Hordern

Votes: 6,722 | Gross: $8.00M

11. The Taming of the Shrew (1976 TV Movie)

102 min | Comedy, Romance

San Francisco's A.C.T. company presents Shakespeare's classic take with a Commedia dell'Arte flair, as if it were a inn yard performance by a traveling company.

Directors: William Ball, Kirk Browning | Stars: Raye Birk, Earl Boen, Ron Boussom, Barbara Dirickson

Votes: 233

12. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

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

70 Metascore

A pretty, popular teenager can't go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does.

Director: Gil Junger | Stars: Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik

Votes: 271,405 | Gross: $38.18M

13. As You Like It (1936)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Comedy, Romance

A Duke usurps his brother's land and power, banishing him and his entourage into the forest of Arden. The banished Duke's daughter, Rosalind, remains with her cousin Celia. She has fallen ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Czinner | Stars: Elisabeth Bergner, Laurence Olivier, Sophie Stewart, Henry Ainley

Votes: 611

14. As You Like It (1978 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 151 min | Comedy

After the overthrowing of Duke Senior by his tyrannical brother, Senior's daughter Rosalind disguises herself as a man and sets out to find her banished father while also counseling her clumsy suitor Orlando in the art of wooing.

Director: Basil Coleman | Stars: Helen Mirren, Brian Stirner, Richard Pasco, Angharad Rees

Votes: 266

15. As You Like It (1992)

G | 117 min | Romance

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.

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

Votes: 72

16. As You Like It (2006)

PG | 127 min | Drama, Comedy, Romance

A daughter of the powerful Duke must show her courage and inventiveness to be with the man she loves.

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

Votes: 2,863

17. 'As You Like It' at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (2010 Video)

149 min | Comedy

Shakespeare's tale of young love, betrayal, cross-dressing, and redemption.

Director: Thea Sharrock | Stars: Gareth Bennett-Ryan, Michael Benz, Philip Bird, Sophie Duval

Votes: 106

18. Twelfth Night, or What You Will (1988 TV Movie)

155 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A noblewoman disguises herself as a young man and falls for her employer, a lovesick count. Unfortunately, the count's beloved falls for the disguised noblewoman and a comedy of unrequited love and mistaken identities ensues.

Director: Paul Kafno | Stars: Frances Barber, Christopher Hollis, Julian Gartside, Tim Barker

Votes: 173

19. Twelfth Night or What You Will (1996)

PG | 134 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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: 5,355 | Gross: $0.55M

20. Twelfth Night, or What You Will (1998 TV Movie)

180 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Viola and her twin brother Sebastian are separated after a shipwreck on the coast of Illyria, and each believes the other drowned. Viola disguises herself as a male page named Cesario and ... See full summary »

Stars: Helen Hunt, Kyra Sedgwick, Philip Bosco, Paul Rudd

Votes: 233

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

125 min | Drama, Comedy, Romance

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

Director: Tim Supple | Stars: Parminder Nagra, Ronny Jhutti, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Burt Caesar

Votes: 119

22. The Merry Wives of Windsor (1982 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 170 min | Comedy, Romance

When Sir John Falstaff decides that he wants to have a little fun he writes two letters to a pair of Window wives: Mistress Ford and Mistress Page. When they put their heads together and ... See full summary »

Director: David Hugh Jones | Stars: Alan Bennett, Richard O'Callaghan, Tenniel Evans, Bryan Marshall

Votes: 113

23. The Merry Wives of Windsor (2011)

Not Rated | 135 min | Comedy

Imagining that Mistress Ford and Mistress Page have each fallen for him, the fat knight Sir John Falstaff decides to seduce them both, as much for their husbands' money as for their ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Luscombe | Stars: Christopher Benjamin, Serena Evans, Sarah Woodward, Andrew Havill

Votes: 23

24. Romeo and Juliet (1936)

Passed | 125 min | Drama, Romance

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: 1,562

25. Romeo and Juliet (1954)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama, Romance

In Shakespeare's classic play, the Montagues and Capulets, two families of Renaissance Italy, have hated each other for years, but the son of one family and the daughter of the other fall desperately in love and secretly marry.

Director: Renato Castellani | Stars: Laurence Harvey, Susan Shentall, Flora Robson, Norman Wooland

Votes: 439

26. Romeo and Juliet (1968)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Romance

When two young members of feuding families meet, forbidden love ensues.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Leonard Whiting, Olivia Hussey, John McEnery, Milo O'Shea

Votes: 27,448 | Gross: $38.90M

27. Romeo & Juliet (1978 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 168 min | Drama, Romance

Two teenagers fall in love, but their feuding families and fate itself cause the relationship to end in tragedy.

Director: Alvin Rakoff | Stars: Patrick Ryecart, Rebecca Saire, Celia Johnson, Michael Hordern

Votes: 360

28. Romeo + Juliet (1996)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance

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: 196,321 | Gross: $46.35M

29. Romeo & Juliet (II) (2013)

PG-13 | 113 min | Drama, Romance

41 Metascore

Romeo and Juliet secretly wed despite the sworn contempt their families hold for each other. It is not long, however, before a chain of fateful events changes the lives of both families forever.

Director: Carlo Carlei | Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Damian Lewis, Laura Morante

Votes: 10,310 | Gross: $1.16M

30. Romeo and Juliet (I) (2014)

Not Rated | 135 min | Romance

Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad take on the title characters in a modern adaptation of the timeless classic, Romeo and Juliet. This Broadway stage production is being broadcast in movie theaters.

Director: Don Roy King | Stars: Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad, Donté Bonner, Christian Camargo

Votes: 362

31. Cymbeline (1982 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 175 min | Drama, Comedy

Cymbeline, the King of Britain, is angry that his daughter Imogen has chosen a poor (but worthy) man for her husband. So he banishes Posthumus, who goes to fight for Rome. Imogen (dressed ... See full summary »

Director: Elijah Moshinsky | Stars: Richard Johnson, Michael Pennington, Claire Bloom, Robert Lindsay

Votes: 138

32. Cymbeline (2014)

R | 98 min | Drama

54 Metascore

A gritty story of a take-no-prisoners war between dirty cops and an outlaw biker gang. A drug kingpin is driven to desperate measures.

Director: Michael Almereyda | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, John Leguizamo

Votes: 3,395

33. Julius Caesar (1950)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, History

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: David Bradley | Stars: Charlton Heston, Grosvenor Glenn, Harold Tasker, David Bradley

Votes: 342

34. Julius Caesar (1953)

Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

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: 9,470

35. Julius Caesar (1970)

G | 117 min | Drama, History, War

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

Votes: 1,385

36. Julius Caesar (1979 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 161 min | Drama, History

The assassination of the would be ruler of Rome at the hands of Brutus and company has tragic consequences for Brutus and the republic.

Director: Herbert Wise | Stars: Richard Pasco, Charles Gray, Keith Michell, David Collings

Votes: 189

37. Caesar Must Die (2012)

Unrated | 77 min | Drama

77 Metascore

Inmates at a high-security prison in Rome prepare for a public performance of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar."

Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani | Stars: Cosimo Rega, Salvatore Striano, Giovanni Arcuri, Antonio Frasca

Votes: 5,710

38. Antony and Cleopatra (1972)

Not Rated | 160 min | Drama, History

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.

Director: Charlton Heston | Stars: Charlton Heston, Hildegard Neil, Eric Porter, John Castle

Votes: 691

39. Antony and Cleopatra (1974 TV Movie)

161 min | Drama, History, Romance

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.

Director: Jon Scoffield | Stars: Richard Johnson, Janet Suzman, Rosemary McHale, Mavis Taylor Blake

Votes: 122

40. Antony and Cleopatra (1984 TV Movie)

179 min | Drama, History, Romance

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.

Director: Lawrence Carra | Stars: James Avery, Sharon Barr, Michael Billington, Earl Boen

Votes: 89

41. Titus (1999)

R | 162 min | Drama, History, Thriller

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: 18,910 | Gross: $1.92M

42. Titus Andronicus (1999)

147 min | Drama, Horror

A classic and intense horror/drama about the all consuming nature of revenge.

Director: Christopher Dunne | Stars: Candy K. Sweet, Lexton Raleigh, Tom Dennis, Levi Tinker

Votes: 87

43. Coriolanus (2011)

R | 123 min | Drama, Thriller, War

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: 29,739 | Gross: $0.76M

44. Troilus & Cressida (1981 TV Movie)

190 min | Drama

During the Trojan War, a Trojan warrior is distraught when his lover takes up with a Greek.

Director: Jonathan Miller | Stars: Charles Gray, Anton Lesser, Tony Steedman, Suzanne Burden

Votes: 100

45. Hamlet (1948)

Not Rated | 154 min | Drama

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: 13,963

46. Hamlet (I) (1964)

191 min | Drama

The highly successful 1964 Richard Burton Broadway production of "Hamlet", deliberately staged in the style of a "dress rehearsal", but performed in front of a live audience.

Directors: Bill Colleran, John Gielgud | Stars: Richard Burton, Hume Cronyn, Alfred Drake, Eileen Herlie

Votes: 377

47. Hamlet (1964)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama

When the king of Denmark dies suddenly, his son, crown prince Hamlet, returns home to find that his uncle Claudius has usurped the throne and married Hamlet's recently widowed mother. Then, one night, Hamlet is visited by his father's ghost who commands him to avenge his murder at the hands of Claudius.

Director: Grigoriy Kozintsev | Stars: Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy, Mikhail Nazvanov, Elza Radzina, Yuriy Tolubeev

Votes: 2,268

48. Hamlet at Elsinore (1964 TV Movie)

170 min | Drama

Hamlet suspects his uncle has murdered his father to claim the throne of Denmark and the hand of Hamlet's mother, but the Prince cannot decide whether or not he should take vengeance.

Director: Philip Saville | Stars: Christopher Plummer, Robert Shaw, Alec Clunes, Michael Caine

Votes: 140

49. Hamlet (1969)

G | 117 min | Drama