Adapted from and Inspired by the Bard

Watching the first few minutes of Olivier's Henry V last night got me to thinking about all the movies that come from Shakespeare.

Often we get straight adaptations of the play to the screen, such as the many versions of Hamlet. We also have stories based on Shakespeare but set in a different milieu, like Kiss Me Kate.

Let's list them here!

Note: I probably won't list EVERY version of the plays themselves -- I should think a few representative ones would suffice. I am more interested in films based on the Bard's work or directly inspired by it. They could also be stories that include performances of Shakespeare, such as Dead Poets Society.

  • Henry V
  • Henry V
  • Hamlet
  • Hamlet
  • Hamlet
  • Hamlet
  • Romeo + Juliet
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • King Lear
  • Julius Caesar
  • Twelfth Night
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Titus
  • Richard III
  • Richard III
  • Othello
  • Othello
  • Love's Labour's Lost
  • 10 Things I Hate About You
  • Kiss Me Kate
  • O
  • She's the Man
  • Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
  • Shakespeare in Love
  • Hamlet 2
  • Strictly Ballroom
  • Dead Poets Society
  • Macbeth
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth
  • Coriolanus
  • Ran
  • Scotland, Pa.
  • Throne of Blood
  • The Merchant of Venice