Best Shakespeare Films
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Best Shakespeare Films

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This is a list of what we consider to be the best Shakespeare films. There are a number of other great films which use Shakespeare’s storylines and characters as inspiration and modernise the text; however, this list features films that have remained true to Shakespeare’s text.

All of these films include actors who speak Shakespeare’s words excellently. Kenneth Branagh and Laurence Olivier are two of the greatest Shakespearean actors of all time and their performances in the films within the list are outstanding, so definitely check those films out. Watching these films is a fantastic way to familiarise yourself with the Bards great plays. Film is a great medium to finally see all that Shakespeare had us imagine for hundreds of years.

We are open to suggestions on what are the best Shakespeare Films, so let us know your thoughts below.

  • Hamlet

    Kenneth Branagh (1996)

  • Romeo and Juliet
    Romeo and Juliet

    Baz Luhrmann (1996)

  • Henry V
    Henry V

    Kenneth Branagh (1989)

  • Much Ado About Nothing
    Much Ado About Nothing

    Kenneth Branagh (1994) 

  • Richard the Third
    Richard the Third

    Richard Loncraine (1996)

  • Othello

    Oliver Parker (1995)

  • Hamlet

    Laurence Olivier (1948)

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Michael Hoffman (1999)

  • The Merchant of Venice
    The Merchant of Venice

    Michael Radford (2004)

  • Twelfth Night
    Twelfth Night

    Trevor Nunn (1996)

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One response to “Best Shakespeare Films”

  1. Kim Titus says:

    Roman Polanski’s film version of the Scottish Tragedy belongs on the list. Also Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet is an excellent version.

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