Shakespeare on Film/TVby Reel-addicted | created - 18 May 2014 | updated - 23 Jun 2014 | Public
Noteworthy film adaptations of plays or films inspired by Shakespeare and his work. A couple of documentaries included as well.
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1. A Performance of Macbeth (1979 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 145 min | Drama
Macbeth is a daring member of the Scottish military who receives a revelation from three menacing sorceresses that he will someday become the King of Scotland. This information gives him a ... See full summary »
2. Henry V (1989)
PG-13 | 137 min | Action, Biography, Drama
In the midst of the Hundred Years War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.
Votes: 26,945 | Gross: $10.16M
3. Henry IV Part 1 (2012)
Not Rated | 166 min | Drama
The first installment of what is widely acknowledged to be Shakespeare's greatest historical saga, Henry IV, Part I is an epic tale of power, treachery and war, exploring the complexity of ... See full summary »
Globe Theatre Production with Roger Allam --part 2 as well
5. Richard III (1955)
Not Rated | 161 min | Biography, Drama, History
Shakespeare's powerful tale of the wicked deformed King and his conquests, both on the battlefield and in the boudoir.
6. 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.
Votes: 8,671 | Gross: $2.11M
7. Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well.
Votes: 42,985 | Gross: $22.55M
Kenneth Branagh & Emma Thompson
8. Hamlet at Elsinore (1964 TV Movie)
170 min | Drama
Hamlet suspects his uncle has murdered his father to claim the throne of Denmark and the hand of Hamlet's mother, but the Prince cannot decide whether or not he should take vengeance.
9. 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.
Votes: 5,393 | Gross: $0.55M
10. A Midwinter's Tale (1995)
R | 99 min | Comedy
A group of theater actors plays "Hamlet" in a provincial village, faced with their own temptations, disappointments, and joys.
Votes: 2,251 | Gross: $0.35M
A sweet little film about an amateur production of HAMLET directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Michael Maloney, Richard Briers, Nicholas Farrell, and John Sessions.
11. 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.
12. Ran (1985)
R | 162 min | Action, Drama
In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him.
Votes: 102,273 | Gross: $3.52M
Re-working of KING LEAR
15. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, History
A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.
Votes: 204,318 | Gross: $100.32M
16. Hamlet (1996)
PG-13 | 242 min | Drama
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing.
Votes: 34,612 | Gross: $4.41M
17. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)
PG | 117 min | Comedy, Drama
Two minor characters from the play 'Hamlet' stumble around unaware of their scripted lives and unable to deviate from them.
Votes: 19,860 | Gross: $0.74M
18. The Dresser (1983)
PG | 118 min | Drama
Personal Assistant Norman (Sir Tom Courtenay) of deteriorating veteran actor Sir (Albert Finney) struggles to get him through a difficult performance of King Lear.
Votes: 4,470 | Gross: $5.31M
19. Playing Shakespeare (1982– )
John Barton holds a master class in how to play Shakespeare, using members of the RSC doing scenes, sonnets, and commentary as prime examples.
How to act Shakespeare featuring Judi Dench, Ian McKellan, Roger Rees, Patrick Stewart, David Suchet, Sinead Cusack, Alan Howard, Michael Pennington, and more... TERRIFIC!!
20. Much Ado About Nothing (I) (2012)
PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words.
Votes: 15,569 | Gross: $4.33M
21. The Merchant of Venice (2004)
R | 131 min | Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 33,464 | Gross: $3.77M
24. Shakespeare Uncovered (2012– )
55 min | Documentary
Various actors discuss Shakespeare plays. Each episode is presented by one actor and, in most cases, the actor discusses one play. However, some episodes cover more than one play. For ... See full summary »
25. Discovering Hamlet (1990 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 53 min | Drama, Documentary
A unique, behind-the-scenes look at Shakespeare's great play. In 1988, rising star Kenneth Branagh played the Prince of Denmark for the first time. His guide through four weeks of ... See full summary »
27. Richard II (1978 TV Movie)
158 min | Biography, Drama, History
The incompetent King Richard II is deposed by Henry Bolingbroke and undergoes a crisis of identity once he is no longer King.
Sir Derek Jacobi as Richard II, Sir John Gielgud as Gaunt, Jon Finch as Bolingbroke