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Shakespeare Adaptations

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People who added this item 87 Average listal rating (59 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 6.7
Carry On Cleo (1964)
This comedy is an adaptation of both Antony & Cleopatra and Julius Caesar.
People who added this item 103 Average listal rating (46 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.1
One among several Shakespeare films by Kenneth Brannagh, coming from the play of the same name.
One of, if not the, earliest film adaptations of As You Like It. It was also the first time Laurence Olivier appeared in a Shakespeare adaptation.

The film is quite faithful to the original play, only removing content and adding nothing.
People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.3
Angoor (1982)
A Bollywood adaptation of "A Comedy of Errors".
People who added this item 166 Average listal rating (84 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.8
This Orson Welles film is based on the character of Falstaff, who appears in multiple plays. The film takes elements from several works.
People who added this item 115 Average listal rating (81 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.7
Strange Brew (1983)
A modern adaptation of Hamlet.
People who added this item 117 Average listal rating (61 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.4
The Banquet (2006)
This loose adaptation of Hamlet takes place around the 10th century, in China.
People who added this item 199 Average listal rating (113 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8
This film takes the story of Hamlet in a Japanese context.
People who added this item 491 Average listal rating (269 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.7
A Franco Zeffirelli film, set in the original context.
People who added this item 593 Average listal rating (287 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
This Kenneth Brannagh film has one important distinction from most (nearly all) other Shakespeare film adatpations: it includes the entirety of the original text, making the full version last 242 minutes. There is also a cut version at 150 minutes.
People who added this item 205 Average listal rating (91 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6
Hamlet (2000)
A modern day adaptation of the play, set in New York City.
People who added this item 248 Average listal rating (140 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.6
A Best Picture winning film directed by and starring Laurence Olivier. It takes place in the original setting, but reduces the text.
People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 7.1
Low budget British adaptation of the play, based on the director's theater production.
People who added this item 43 Average listal rating (25 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.3
Hamlet (1964)
Russian adaptation of the play. The text was heavily cut, with several sequences presented visually rather than by dialogue.
People who added this item 94 Average listal rating (71 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.9
This film shows abridged versions of the plays Hamlet and Macbeth.
People who added this item 13 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 9 IMDB Rating 7.6
Hamlet (1964)
This Richard Burton film was originally scheduled to play in cinemas for one week, then be burned. A print was found in Burton's garage after his death. His widow authorized its release on DVD.
A spaghetti western adaptation of the play.
People who added this item 7591 Average listal rating (5354 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.5
This popular Disney animated film takes several elements from Shakespeare's Hamlet: the king murdered by his brother, the son who seeks revenge, the ghost of the king coming to see his son. No crazy Ophelia drowning, though.
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People who added this item 198 Average listal rating (130 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.2
People who added this item 238 Average listal rating (131 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
Kenneth Brannagh's directorial debut.
People who added this item 153 Average listal rating (76 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.1
Henry V (1944)
Another Laurience Olivier film, using the on-screen title of "The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France". Released during World War II, just in time for the Allied invasion of Normandy, the film was used as propaganda and moral boosting for British troops. The original text was modified accordingly.
People who added this item 172 Average listal rating (98 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Julius Caesar (1953)
A Joseph L. Mankiewicz, with, among others, Marlon Brando as Mark Antony. The film received several awards, and even granted Marlon Brando his third Best Actor nomination at the Academy Awards in three consecutive years.
People who added this item 33 Average listal rating (18 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.1
Julius Caesar (1970)
The first color release of the film. Charlton Heston plays Mark Antony, for the second of three times on screen.
This partially lost short black & white film is the first known adaptation of Shakespeare. Out of four scenes, only one remains, the death of King John.
People who added this item 45 Average listal rating (18 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 5.7
King Lear (1998)
Film directed by Jean-Luc Godard, and poorly received by critics. It is not a direct adaptation, but rather a film in a modern setting, with a descendant of Shakespeare attempting to restore his ancestor's plays.
People who added this item 22 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 0
People who added this item 12 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3
King Lear (1971)
A Peter Brooke film.
People who added this item 1059 Average listal rating (576 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.2
Ran (1985)
A Japanese adaptation of King Lear.
People who added this item 77 Average listal rating (40 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.1
People who added this item 65 Average listal rating (29 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6
People who added this item 113 Average listal rating (57 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
Macbeth (1948)
An Orson Welles film. While it is mostly faithful to the original play, it went through a few chances, among other reasons because of censorship.
People who added this item 36 Average listal rating (23 ratings) 4.9 IMDB Rating 4.6
Macbeth (2006)
An Australian adaptation of the play, taking it into modern Melbourne, with gangsters. It however largely uses the original dialogue (with Australian accents).
People who added this item 222 Average listal rating (125 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.4
Macbeth (1971)
A film by Roman Polanski, his first after the brutal murder of his wife. The story, co-written with Kenneth Tynan, takes various liberties from the original text. The film also has the special distinction of being produced, among others, by Hugh Hefner.
People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 10 IMDB Rating 0
People who added this item 8 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.2
People who added this item 18 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 8.2
Maqbool (2003)
People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 5.3
People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 5.3
Rave Macbeth (2001)
People who added this item 553 Average listal rating (354 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
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People who added this item 553 Average listal rating (318 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7
The surprisingly recent first full-length sound adaptation of the play of the same title. It is mostly faithful to the original. An important thing to note is that the film features Shylock as much as a victim than as a villain.
People who added this item 301 Average listal rating (166 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 5.7
Get Over It (2001)
People who added this item 606 Average listal rating (317 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.4
A Michael Hoffman adaptation of the play, which it follows rather faithfully. Among the cast are Kevin Cline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Calista Flockart and Christian Bale.
A Max Reinhardt, and Olivia de Havilland's first role. The German born director didn't speak English, so his instructions were translated by William Dieterle. The film was banned in Germany at the time because Reinhardt and the film's composer, Felix Mendelssohn, were of Jewish origins.
A mostly faithful adaptation of the play, directed by Peter Hall. The cast incldues Ian Holm, Judi Dench and Helen Mirren.
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There have been many, many, many, many adaptations of Shakespeare's works since the dawn of cinema. This list does not only include "by the book" adaptations, in their original time setting or following the dialogue word for word, but also loose adaptations.

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