Shakespeare movies are so numerous, they form their
own sub genre. With over 250 Shakespeare movies produced,
Shakespeare film adaptations such as Baz Luhrman's "Romeo
and Juliet", the Shakespeare inspired "Shakespeare
in Love" and the more recent "Hamlet 2000",
prove that Shakespeare films adaptations and movies
retain their enduring appeal.
As an example of Shakespeare's enduring popularity,
sixty one film adaptations and twenty one TV adaptations
alone have been made of Hamlet, the earliest being in
1907 and the latest in 2000. A chronological compilation
of the most notable adaptations follows:
The Taming of the Shrew, (1929), featuring Douglas
Fairbanks and Mary Pickford.
Romeo and Juliet, (1935). Directed by George
A Midsummer Night's Dream, (1935). Directed
by Max Reinhardt and William Dieterle.
As You Like It, (1936). Directed by Paul Czinner.
Henry V, (1945). Directed by Lawrence Olivier.
Macbeth, (1948). Directed by Orson Welles (War
of the Worlds, Animal Farm, 1984).
Hamlet, (1948). Directed. by Lawrence Olivier.
Othello, (1952). Directed by Orson Welles.
Julius Caesar, (1953). Directed by Joseph L.
Romeo and Juliet, (1954). Directed by Renato
Richard III, (1955). Directed by Lawrence Olivier.
Othello, (1956). Directed by Sergei Jutkevitsh.
Forbidden Planet (based on The Tempest),
(1956). Directed by Fred M. Wilcox.
Throne of Blood / The Castle of the Spider's Web
/ Cobweb Castle (1957), (derived from Macbeth).
Directed by Akira Kurosawa.
The Tempest (1960), (TV) starring Richard Burton.
Directed by George Schaefer.
Hamlet (1964), starring Richard Burton. Directed
by Bill Colleran and John Gielgud.
Hamlet, (1964), directed by Grigori Kozintsev.
The Taming of the Shrew, (1967), starring Elizabeth
Taylor and Richard Burton. Directed by Franco Zeffirelli
Romeo and Juliet, (1968), directed by Franco
King Lear, (1970), directed by Peter Brook.
King Lear, (1970), directed by Grigori Kozintsev.
Macbeth, (1972), directed by Roman Polanski
Antony and Cleopatra, (1974), starring Patrick
Stewart and Ben Kingsley. Directed by Trevor Nunn and
Comedy of Errors (1978), starring Judi Dench
and Francesca Annis and directed by Philip Casson and
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, (1980), (BBC-TV)
starring Patrick Stewart and directed by Rodney Bennett.
The Merry Wives of Windsor, (1982), (BBC-TV),
starring Ben Kingsley and directed by David Hugh Jones.
The Tempest, (1982), directed by Paul Mazursky.
Ran (1985), (based on King Lear), directed
by Akira Kurosawa.
King Lear, (1987), directed by Jean-Luc Godard.
Henry V, (1989), directed by Kenneth Branagh.
Romeo and Juliet, (1990), starring Francesca
Annis, Vanessa Redgrave and Ben Kingsley. Directed by
Armando Acosta II.
Hamlet, (1991), directed by Franco Zeffirelli.
Prospero's Books, (1991), (based on The Tempest),
directed by Peter Greeneway.
As You Like It, (1992), directed by Christine
Much Ado about Nothing, (1993), directed by
Othello, (1995), directed by Oliver Parker.
William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, (1996),
starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Claire Danes. Directed
by Baz Luhrman.
Hamlet, (1996), starring Kenneth Branagh, Richard
Attenborough, Judi Dench, Billy Crystal and Kate Winslet.
Directed by Kenneth Branagh.
Twelfth Night, (1996), starring Helena Bonham
Carter, Nigel Hawthorne, Ben Kingsley, Imogen Stubbs
and Mel Smith. Directed by Trevor Nunn.
Looking for Richard, (1996), directed by Al
Shakespeare in Love, (1998), starring Gwyneth
Paltrow, Geoffrey Rush and Judi Dench. Directed by John
Madden, written by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard. Loosely
inspired by Cesario / Viola of Twelfth Night Or What
You Will and Romeo and Juliet.
10 Things I Hate About You, (1999), (based on
The Taming of the Shrew), starring Julia Stiles
and Heather Ledge. Directed by Gil Junger.
A Midsummers Night's Dream, (1999), starring
Calista Flockhart, Michelle Pfiffer. Directed by Michael
Love's Labours Lost, (2000), directed
by Kenneth Branagh.
Hamlet 2000, starring Ethan Hawke, Julia Stiles,
Kyle MacLachlan. Directed by Michael Almereyda.
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