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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 Cukor.

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. Mankiewicz.

Romeo and Juliet, (1954). Directed by Renato Castellani.

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 Zeffirelli.

King Lear, (1970), directed by Peter Brook.

King Lear, (1970), directed by Grigori Kozintsev.

Macbeth, (1972), directed by Roman Polanski (Bitter Moon).

Antony and Cleopatra, (1974), starring Patrick Stewart and Ben Kingsley. Directed by Trevor Nunn and John Schoffield.

Comedy of Errors (1978), starring Judi Dench and Francesca Annis and directed by Philip Casson and Trevor Nunn.

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 Edzard.

Much Ado about Nothing, (1993), directed by Kenneth Branagh.

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 Pacino.

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 Midsummer’s Night's Dream, (1999), starring Calista Flockhart, Michelle Pfiffer. Directed by Michael Hoffman.

Love's Labour’s Lost, (2000), directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Hamlet 2000, starring Ethan Hawke, Julia Stiles, Kyle MacLachlan. Directed by Michael Almereyda.

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