Shakespearean Films

by forrestpowell12 | created - 08 Apr 2012 | updated - 09 Apr 2012 | Public

How wonderful it is to see a film based on a play or satire of Bill Shakespeare, his words so placed together, some points very comedic in ways modern comedy is placed, sometimes as dramatic as most dramatic films are of today.These are some films which were chosen for for either sexual appeal to a serious world around his mind.

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1. 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: 702

Come, thou monarch of the vine, Plumpy Bacchus with pink eyne!

2. Cleopatra (1963)

G | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History

60 Metascore

Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt experiences both triumph and tragedy as she attempts to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Pamela Brown

Votes: 27,127 | Gross: $57.78M

3. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: Macbeth (2010)

Not Rated | 160 min | Music

Sir Patrick Stewart stars in a gripping Tony-nominated production.

Director: Rupert Goold | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Kate Fleetwood, Oliver Burch, Suzanne Burden

Votes: 950

4. Henry V (1944)

Not Rated | 137 min | Biography, Drama, History

In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.

Director: Laurence Olivier | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Robert Newton, Leslie Banks, Felix Aylmer

Votes: 5,349

5. 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: 29,955 | Gross: $0.76M

6. 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: 33,463 | Gross: $3.77M

7. Richard III (1995)

R | 110 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, War

The classic Shakespearean play about a murderously scheming King staged in an alternative fascist England setting.

Director: Richard Loncraine | Stars: Ian McKellen, Annette Bening, Christopher Bowen, Edward Jewesbury

Votes: 13,061 | Gross: $2.60M

8. The Tempest (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

43 Metascore

Shakespeare's epic play is translated from page to screen, with the gender of the main character, Prospero, changed from male to female.

Director: Julie Taymor | Stars: Helen Mirren, Felicity Jones, Djimon Hounsou, Russell Brand

Votes: 7,160 | Gross: $0.28M

9. 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: 9,640

10. Pericles, Prince of Tyre (1984 TV Movie)

177 min | Drama

When Pericles discovers the dread answer to Antioch's riddle, he flees for his life straight into famine, shipwreck, love, fatherhood, and another shipwreck; he loses his wife and daughter,... See full summary »

Director: David Hugh Jones | Stars: Edward Petherbridge, John Woodvine, Edita Brychta, Mike Gwilym

Votes: 81

11. 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: 104

12. Othello (1995)

R | 123 min | Drama, Romance

The Moorish General Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his Lieutenant Michael Cassio, when in reality, it is all part of the scheme of a bitter Ensign named Iago.

Director: Oliver Parker | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Kenneth Branagh, Irène Jacob, Nathaniel Parker

Votes: 8,672 | Gross: $2.11M

13. The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

Approved | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Brutish, fortune-hunting scoundrel Petruchio (Richard Burton) tames his wealthy, shrewish wife, Katharina (Dame Elizabeth Taylor).

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

Votes: 6,839 | Gross: $8.00M

14. 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: 88

15. 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: 123

16. 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: 199,248 | Gross: $46.35M

17. King Lear (1971)

GP | 137 min | Drama

The Shakespeare tragedy that gave us the expression "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child." King Lear has not one but two ungrateful children, and it's ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Brook | Stars: Paul Scofield, Irene Worth, Cyril Cusack, Susan Engel

Votes: 711

18. Macbeth (1971)

R | 140 min | Biography, Drama, History

A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord seizes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jon Finch, Francesca Annis, Martin Shaw, Terence Bayler

Votes: 11,769

19. Throne of Blood (1957)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, History

A war-hardened general, egged on by his ambitious wife, works to fulfill a prophecy that he would become lord of Spider's Web Castle.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Minoru Chiaki, Isuzu Yamada, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 41,047

20. Timon of Athens (1981 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

Timon loves to give parties and objects to friends, but when he cannot pay his creditors, his "friends" refuse to help him, and he becomes a misanthropic hermit.

Director: Jonathan Miller | Stars: John Fortune, John Bird, Tony Jay, David Kinsey

Votes: 92

21. Timon of Athens (2009)

89 min | Drama

Set in modern day San Francisco (Athens), Timon is a flamboyant playboy, who has become famous in the big city for his kinky parties, and the lavish gifts he bestows on artists, merchants ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Shaw Fisher | Stars: Bryan Arnold, Steve Bologna, Nick Boscetti, Janaya Casey

22. 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: 2,899

23. The Comedy of Errors (1989 TV Movie)

138 min | Comedy

Two identical twins and their two servants (also identical twins) are separated in a ship-wreck. When, years later, they all show up in the same town, mistaken identities abound.

Director: Richard Monette | Stars: Geordie Johnson, Keith Dinicol, Nicholas Pennell, James Blendick

Votes: 47

24. 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: 4,218 | Gross: $0.28M

25. Measure for Measure (2006)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama

Contemporary re-working of the Shakespeare's problem play set in the British army.

Director: Bob Komar | Stars: Josephine Rogers, Daniel Roberts, Simon Phillips, Emma Agerwald

Votes: 55

26. Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor (1953)

Passed | 9 min | Short, Music

Johnny Green conducts the MGM Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the title work.

Stars: Johnny Green, The MGM Symphony Orchestra

Votes: 114

27. 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: 5,392 | Gross: $0.55M

28. The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1966 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

In 16th century Italy, two inseparable friends suddenly become rivals for the love of a noblewoman.

Director: Harald Benesch | Stars: Leopold Biberti, Jürgen Kloth, Lothar Berg, Anne-Marie Lermon

Votes: 10



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