Shakespeare movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant shakespeare movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out visually appealing, stylized, melancholic, talky, dramatic and thought provoking films and TV shows about / with shakespeare, adaptation, runaway, betrayal, dialogue, culture clash, mentor, catastrophe, storytelling and transformation plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, UK, Italy and other countries.
shakespeare movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as shakespeare: Macbeth (2015), The Merchant of Venice (2004), Anonymous (2011), Romeo and Juliet (1968), Romeo + Juliet (1996), Twelfth Night or What You Will (1996), Hamlet (1996), Hamlet (1990), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999), Henry V (1989).

List of shakespeare movies

Macbeth (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Feature film adaptation of Shakespeare's Scottish play about General Macbeth whose ambitious wife urges him to use wicked means in order to gain power of the throne over the sitting king, Duncan.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, stylized, brutal, psychological ...
Plot: shakespeare, medieval, ambition, betrayal, murder, crown, throne, witch, insanity, brutality, suspense, prophecy ...
Time: middle ages, 11th century, 70s, 1930s
Place: scotland, california, europe
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The Merchant of Venice (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Italy, Luxembourg, USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: 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.
Style: sexy, talky, melancholic, stylized, tense ...
Plot: shakespeare, renaissance, women, friends, love and romance, jewish, prejudice, segregation, culture clash, farce, social decay, life is a bitch ...
Time: 16th century, 1930s, 18th century
Place: venice, italy, england, europe
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Anonymous (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I, and the Essex Rebellion against her, the story advances the theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford who penned Shakespeare's plays.
Style: stylized, serious, intense, atmospheric, thought provoking ...
Plot: shakespeare, conspiracy theory, politics, writers, betrayal, political intrigue, medieval, poet, incestuous sex, lifestyle, literature, father son relationship ...
Time: 16th century, 1930s, 18th century
Place: england, london, scotland, europe, new york ...
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Romeo and Juliet (1968)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Italy
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Director Franco Zeffirelli's beloved version of one of the most well-known love stories in the English language. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall in love against the wishes of their feuding families. Driven by their passion, the young ...
Style: romantic, sweet, colourful, emotional, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: forbidden love, shakespeare, shakespeare's romeo and juliet, tragic love, family feud, fall in love, love story, unfulfillment, love, young love, parents and children, true love ...
Time: 1930s
Place: italy, paris france, new york, england, europe
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Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Mexico, Australia
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In director Baz Luhrmann's contemporary take on William Shakespeare's classic tragedy, the Montagues and Capulets have moved their ongoing feud to the sweltering suburb of Verona Beach, where Romeo and Juliet fall in love and secretly wed. ...
Style: romantic, stylized, sexy, emotional, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, date night, girls' night, kids
Plot: forbidden love, love story, tragic love, shakespeare, shakespeare's romeo and juliet, love and romance, young lovers, star crossed lovers, teen romance, love, true love, suicide ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, paris france, usa
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Twelfth Night or What You Will (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: 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.
Style: humorous, feel good, stylized, light, witty ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: cross dressing, shakespeare, twins, mistaken identity, love triangle, comedy of errors, beach, disguise, sea disaster, couples, disorder, fall in love ...
Time: 19th century, 1930s, 1890s, victorian era, 18th century
Place: london, england, cornwall
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Hamlet (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 242 min.
Story: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, captivating, serious, sexy ...
Plot: shakespeare, revenge, betrayal, tragedy, vengeance, medieval, royal family, ghost, funeral, intrigue, love and romance, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century, middle ages, 18th century
Place: europe, denmark, england
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Hamlet (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, melancholic, compassionate, bleak ...
Plot: shakespeare, medieval, murder, royal family, poisoning, tragic hero, family relations, state affairs, parents and children, spirit, dishonesty, unfulfillment ...
Time: middle ages
Place: denmark, england, europe
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A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: UK, Italy, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Shakespeare's comedy about two couples in love with the wrong partners, and how they are finally brought together rightly, thanks in part to the bungling work of Puck. It is completely in the language of the Bard, with Pfeiffer as the Fairy ...
Style: fairy tale, humorous, atmospheric, stylized, entertaining ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: magic, shakespeare, love story, mistaken identity, love, friendship, fairy, adaptation, farce, curses spells and rituals, fall in love, young lovers ...
Time: 19th century, 1930s, 18th century, victorian era
Place: england
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Henry V (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Gritty adaption of William Shakespeare's play about the English King's bloody conquest of France.
Style: epic, realistic, exciting, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: medieval, battles, war, shakespeare, politics, royal family, tragedy, king, king of england, mistress, military, state affairs ...
Time: 15th century, middle ages
Place: england, france, europe, london, scotland
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Othello (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The evil Iago pretends to be friend of Othello in order to manipulate him to serve his own end in the film version of this Shakespeare classic.
Style: atmospheric, melancholic, tense, sexy, visually appealing ...
Plot: interracial relations, shakespeare, black man white woman relationship, betrayal, racism, murder, tragedy, jealousy, tragic love, revenge, love and romance, rivalry ...
Time: 18th century, 1930s, 16th century, middle ages
Place: england, venice, italy, europe, mediterranean sea
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Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Young Shakespeare is forced to stage his latest comedy, "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter," before it's even written. When a lovely noblewoman auditions for a role, they fall into forbidden love -- and his play finds a new ...
Style: romantic, inspirational, sweet, sexy, feel good ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: forbidden love, cross dressing, shakespeare, love, writer's life, love and romance, theater, love story, playwright, couples, disguise, fall in love ...
Time: 16th century, 50s, 19th century, 1930s
Place: england, london, europe
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Coriolanus (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Caius Martius, aka Coriolanus, is an arrogant and fearsome general who has built a career on protecting Rome from its enemies. Pushed by his ambitious mother to seek the position of consul, Coriolanus is at odds with the masses and unpopular with ...
Style: tense, stylized, political, intense, psychological ...
Audience: date night
Plot: politics, vengeance, shakespeare, betrayal, tragedy, rivalry, manipulation, suspense, brutality, twists and turns, state affairs, leadership ...
Place: rome italy, england
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Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In this Shakespearean farce, Hero and her groom-to-be, Claudio, team up with Claudio's commanding officer, Don Pedro, the week before their wedding to hatch a matchmaking scheme. Their targets are sharp-witted duo Benedick and Beatrice -- a ...
Style: romantic, humorous, feel good, touching, melancholic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: opposites attract, countryside, shakespeare, wedding, honest, intrigue, happy ending, love and romance, aristocracy, comedy of errors, eligible bachelor, dishonesty ...
Time: 16th century, victorian era, 18th century
Place: italy, england, tuscany, europe, venice
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Titus (1999)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, Italy, UK
Duration: 162 min.
Story: Titus Andronicus returns from the wars and sees his sons and daughters taken from him, one by one. Shakespeare's goriest and earliest tragedy.
Style: sexy, disturbing, harsh, rough, serious ...
Plot: shakespeare, ancient, brutality, justice, ancient rome, secrets, sacrifice, war, head of state, state affairs, revenge, violence spree ...
Time: 1930s
Place: rome italy, ancient greece, europe, italy
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The Tempest (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An adaptation of the play by William Shakespeare. Prospera (a female version of Shakespeare's Prospero) is the usurped ruler of Milan who has been banished to a mysterious island with her daughter. Using her magical powers, she draws her ...
Style: surreal, serious, captivating, stylized, atmospheric ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: shakespeare, island, sorceress, storm, spirit, wizards and magicians, family relations, betrayal, vengeance, escapades, curses spells and rituals, love and romance ...
Time: 16th century, 17th century
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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Two minor characters from the play, "Hamlet" stumble around unaware of their scripted lives and unable to deviate from them.
Style: talky, funny, intellectual, philosophical, absurd ...
Plot: shakespeare, writers, destiny, life & death, mentor, literature, tragedy, runaway, justice, irreverent, dark humor, greed ...
Time: 17th century
Place: england, denmark, europe
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Macbeth (1971)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord siezes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches.
Style: disturbing, atmospheric, bleak, sexy, brutal ...
Plot: shakespeare, murder, medieval, guilt, witch, prophecy, betrayal, desert island, ambition, ghost, nude, female nudity ...
Time: 11th century, middle ages, 70s
Place: scotland, england, europe
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Hamlet (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Modern day adaptation of Shakespeare's immortal story about Hamlet's plight to avenge his father's murder in New York City.
Style: meditative, intense, psychological, cynical, serious ...
Plot: murder, revenge, shakespeare, ghost, tragedy, betrayal, vengeance, corporation, tragic hero, haunted by the past, poisoning, intrigue ...
Time: year 2000, 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, europe, usa, denmark
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National Theatre Live: Hamlet (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 217 min.
Story: Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, Doctor Strange) plays the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Now seen by over 900,000 people worldwide, the original broadcast returns to international cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th ...
Style: emotional, melancholic, intense, talky, atmospheric ...
Plot: theater, shakespeare, medieval, live performance, theatre play, royal court, queen, mother son relationship, adaptation, king, culture clash, couples ...
Time: middle ages
Place: europe, denmark
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West Side Story (1961)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: In the slums of the upper West Side of Manhattan, New York, a gang of Polish-American teenagers called the Jets compete with a rival gang of recently immigrated Puerto Ricans, the Sharks, to "own" the neighborhood streets. Tensions are ...
Style: stylized, sexy, breathtaking, dramatic, harsh ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: forbidden love, gang, rivalry, tragic love, interracial relations, dancing, shakespeare, racism, music, young love, love story, gang war ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city
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The Taming of the Shrew (1967)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Baptista, a rich Paduan merchant, announces that his fair young daughter, Bianca, will remain unwed until her older sister, Katharina, a hellish shrew, has wed. Lucentio, a student and the son of a wealthy Pisan merchant, has fallen in love with ...
Style: clever, humorous, witty, sexy, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: battle of the sexes, opposites attract, shakespeare, farce, wedding, marriage, renaissance, mentor, prejudice, culture clash, redemption, police investigation ...
Time: 18th century, 1930s, 20th century, 16th century
Place: london, new york, europe, italy
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Richard III (1995)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Shakespeare's Play transplanted into a 1930s setting.
Style: talky, atmospheric, stylized, witty, political ...
Plot: politics, royal family, shakespeare, murder, betrayal, manipulation, assassination, greed, ambition, battles, corrupted ruler, intrigue ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 18th century
Place: england, london, new york, germany, europe
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Ran (1985)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how their new-found power will corrupt them.
Style: visually appealing, atmospheric, thought provoking, breathtaking, cerebral ...
Plot: samurai, greed, vengeance, war, shakespeare, feudal japan, medieval, castle, betrayal, nihilism, insanity, politics ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages
Place: japan, tokyo, india, asia
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Much Ado About Nothing (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words.
Style: entertaining, light, romantic, talky, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: love, shakespeare, manipulation, obsession, twists and turns, matchmaking, love affair, verbal byplay, comedy of errors, opposites attract, estate, couples ...
Time: 1930s, 21st century
Place: sicily, california, london
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Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A version of Shakespeare's play, set in the world of warring indoor and outdoor gnomes. Garden gnomes Gnomeo and Juliet have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors. But with ...
Style: humorous, romantic, fairy tale, entertaining, colourful ...
Audience: kids, girls' night, family outing, teens, pre-teens ...
Plot: disney, forbidden love, shakespeare, true love, uninhibited rivalry, lovers apart, rivalry, happy ending, tragedy, love, toys, revenge ...
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She's the Man (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sport
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Viola Johnson is in a real jam. Complications threaten her scheme to pose as her twin brother, Sebastian, and take his place at a new boarding school. She falls in love with her handsome roommate, Duke, who loves beautiful Olivia, who has fallen for ...
Style: feel good, romantic, funny, humorous, sexy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, kids, date night ...
Plot: high school, teenager, cross dressing, soccer, tomboy, sport, teenage love, roommate, teen romance, teenage life, hidden identity, high school life ...
Time: 2000s, 80s, 21st century
Place: london, new jersey, canada, usa
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O (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Hot young stars, a hip, driving soundtrack, plus a provocative tale of jealousy and betrayal combine to create this controversial modern-day version of Shakespeare's classic, "Othello." O is Odin James (Mekhi Phifer), the ...
Style: intense, tense, serious, clever, sexy ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: basketball, high school, betrayal, interracial relations, shakespeare, shakespeare's othello, interracial romance, friends, suspense, manipulation, downfall, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa
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Chimes at Midnight (1965)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History, War
Country: Switzerland, Spain
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The career of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff as roistering companion to young Prince Hal, circa 1400-1413.
Style: gloomy, sexy, compassionate, tense, meditative ...
Plot: shakespeare, medieval, transformation, battles, betrayal, war, guilt, obsession, macabre, poetry, gangsters, crime gone awry ...
Time: middle ages, 15th century
Place: england, japan, australia, spain, europe ...
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My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In this loose adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henry IV," Mike Waters is a gay hustler afflicted with narcolepsy. Scott Favor is the rebellious son of a mayor. Together, the two travel from Portland, Oregon to Idaho and finally to the ...
Style: road movie, surreal, art house, touching, serious ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: gay, homosexual, homosexuality, friendship, lgbt, male prostitute, character study, friendship between men, love, gays and lesbians, prostitution, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: idaho, portland oregon, rome italy, seattle, italy ...
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