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 realistic, dramatic, clever, sexy, light and visually appealing films and TV shows about / with shakespeare, betrayal, adaptation, runaway, shakespeare play, catastrophe, storytelling, tragedy, dialogue and mentor plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in UK, USA, Italy and other countries.
shakespeare movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet (1968), Shakespeare in Love (1998), Romeo + Juliet (1996), Hamlet (1996), 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), Sherlock Gnomes (2018), Romeo & Juliet (2013), The Merchant of Venice (2004), Hamlet (1990), Othello (1995).

List of shakespeare movies

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, emotional, sweet, colourful, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night
Plot: forbidden love, tragic love, romance, family feud, young love, unfulfillment, love and romance, parents and children, fall in love, true love, shakespeare, love story ...
Time: 1930s
Place: italy, europe, new york, england, paris france
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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: stylized, romantic, sweet, inspirational, witty ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: cross dressing, forbidden love, theater, writer's life, shakespeare, verbal byplay, hidden identity, unlikely couple, love and romance, lovers, theatre play, gender ...
Time: 16th century, 1930s
Place: england, europe, london
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Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Mexico, Australia, Canada
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: stylized, romantic, tense, suspense, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, tragic love, star crossed lovers, teen romance, young lovers, romance, true love, family feud, shakespeare, family relations, love and romance, gun violence ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, paris france
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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: atmospheric, stylized, serious, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: prince, murder, betrayal, royal family, funeral, shakespeare, intrigue, rivalry, love and romance, tragic hero, couples, royal court ...
Time: 19th century, middle ages, 1800s, 18th century
Place: denmark, europe, england
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10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Bianca, a tenth grader, has never gone on a date, but she isn't allowed to go out with boys until her older sister Kat gets a boyfriend. The problem is, Kat rubs nearly everyone the wrong way. But Bianca and the guy she has her eye on, Joey, ...
Style: romantic, witty, humorous, light, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, teen comedy, date night, girls' night ...
Plot: opposites attract, high school, teenage life, fall in love, unlikely couple, romance, teen romance, youth, teenager, teenage love, love and romance, initially antagonists ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: seattle washington, seattle, usa, washington d.c.
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Sherlock Gnomes (2018)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
Country: UK, USA, India, Canada, France, Belgium
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Garden gnomes, Gnomeo & Juliet, recruit renown detective, Sherlock Gnomes, to investigate the mysterious disappearance of other garden ornaments.
Style: funny, humorous, sweet, entertaining, comic
Audience: pre-teens, family outing
Plot: sherlock holmes, gnome, private detective, missing person, investigation, disguise, disappearance, shakespeare, search, missing, crime, trapped ...
Place: england, tower bridge london, london
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Romeo & Juliet (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In Verona, bad blood between the Montague and Capulet families leads to much bitterness. Despite the hostility, Romeo Montague manages an invitation to a masked ball at the estate of the Capulets and meets Juliet, their daughter. The two are ...
Style: romantic, dramatic, touching, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, star crossed lovers, young lovers, true love, tragic love, family feud, love and romance, shakespeare's romeo and juliet, uninhibited rivalry, parents and children, family relations, shakespeare ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages
Place: italy, 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: tense, talky, melancholic, sexy, stylized ...
Plot: loan, friends, love and romance, jewish, prejudice, social decay, life is a bitch, trial, friendship, religious intolerance, uninhibited rivalry, shakespeare play ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance, 1930s, 18th century
Place: venice, europe, italy, 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, bleak, realistic, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: murder, tragic hero, poisoning, revenge, state affairs, parents and children, royal family, family relations, unfulfillment, dishonesty, prince, spirit ...
Time: middle ages
Place: denmark, europe, england
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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: tense, melancholic, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Plot: black man white woman relationship, interracial relations, betrayal, vengeance, tragic love, murder, racism, jealousy, couples, love and romance, rivalry, friends ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages, 18th century, 1930s
Place: italy, venice, europe, mediterranean sea, england
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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: psychological, cynical, serious, meditative, intense ...
Plot: murder, haunted by the past, tragic hero, ghost, corporation, poisoning, betrayal, intrigue, vengeance, rivalry, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 2000
Place: new york, denmark, usa, europe
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All Is True (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A look at the final days in the life of playwright William Shakespeare.
Style: captivating, tense, psychological, touching, based on true events
Plot: british history, father daughter relationship, historical figure, family secrets, family secret, fictional biography, united kingdom, playwright, retirement, husband wife relationship, church, shakespeare ...
Time: 17th century
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Bill (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Family, History
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: What really happened during Shakespeare's 'Lost Years'? Hopeless lute player Bill Shakespeare leaves his home to follow his dream.
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, light, captivating ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: parody, assassination attempt, political intrigue, adventure, ambition, follow your dream, writer's life, rise to the top, escapades, artists and showbiz, royal family, royal court ...
Time: 16th century
Place: england, europe
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A Waste of Shame: The Mystery of Shakespeare and His Sonnets (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: In 1609, William Shakespeare published a collection of 154 sonnets, creating what is arguably the greatest lyric sequence in English literature - and at the center of this masterpiece lies a mystery that has endured for centuries. What are the ...
Plot: poetry, countess, shakespeare, brothel, poet, prostitute, platonic, gay interest
Time: 1600s
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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: intense, talky, captivating, epic, light ...
Plot: live performance, royal court, dealing with death, medieval, theater, runaway, theatre production, stage performance, castle, culture clash, tragic hero, shakespeare ...
Time: middle ages
Place: europe, denmark
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Complete Works (2014)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
TV show
Story: Comedy series set in the world of a collegiate Shakespeare competition. Hal, a Shakespeare-obsessed Midwesterner, makes it to the finals only to discover that the road to victory is often paved with douchebag-ery.
Style: not serious, realistic, humorous, captivating
Plot: ambition, actor's life, hopes, rivalry, artists and showbiz, passionate interest, actor, underdog, theater, shakespeare, geek, competition
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, italy
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Upstart Crow (2016)
Genre: Comedy, History
Country: UK
Duration: 29 min.
TV show
Story: Comedy about the life and times of William Shakespeare as he starts to make a name for himself in London, whilst also trying to balance life as a husband and father for his family in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Style: satirical, toilet humor, sitcom, light, entertaining ...
Plot: british history, satire, husband wife relationship, family relations, writers, british humour, poet, shakespeare, period piece, playwright, play
Time: 16th century
Place: england
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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: stylized, atmospheric, serious, captivating, surreal ...
Plot: island, sorceress, spirit, storm, wizards and magicians, family relations, danger, escapades, betrayal, vengeance, curses spells and rituals, love and romance ...
Time: 17th century, 16th century
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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, stylized, captivating, brutal, atmospheric ...
Plot: betrayal, murder, ambition, medieval, assassination, couple relations, state affairs, tragic hero, rise and fall, losing-it hero, witches, rivalry ...
Time: middle ages, 11th century, 70s, 1930s
Place: scotland, europe, california
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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, light, witty, colourful ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: comedy of errors, cross dressing, mistaken identity, twins, disguise, romance, gender bending, sea disaster, love, fall in love, couples, presumed dead ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian, 1890s, 1800s ...
Place: cornwall, england, london
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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: feel good, humorous, touching, stylized, romantic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: wedding, intrigue, countryside, opposites attract, romance, love and romance, couple relations, comedy of errors, aristocracy, dishonesty, unlikely couple, young lovers ...
Time: 16th century, 18th century
Place: italy, europe, tuscany, venice, england
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Henry V (1989)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Gritty adaption of William Shakespeare's play about the English King's bloody conquest of France.
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, rough, stylized ...
Plot: medieval, battles, war, politics, king, royal family, military, state affairs, mistress, love and romance, king of england, tragedy ...
Time: 15th century, 1400s
Place: france, europe, england, london, scotland
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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: humorous, stylized, atmospheric, entertaining, fairy tale ...
Audience: date night
Plot: fairy, friendship, magic, mistaken identity, curses spells and rituals, romance, fall in love, young lovers, luck, supernatural ability, legends and myths, love story ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1930s, 18th century
Place: england
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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, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: rivalry, betrayal, tragedy, politics, vengeance, leadership, state affairs, rise and fall, uninhibited rivalry, tragic hero, ambition, suicide ...
Place: rome italy, england
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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, captivating, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: politics, intrigue, political intrigue, inheritance, lifestyle, play, state affairs, dishonesty, political unrest, aristocracy, writer's life, desire for fame ...
Time: 16th century, 1930s, 18th century
Place: england, europe, london, new york, ireland ...
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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: witty, talky, clever, humorous, mind bending ...
Plot: destiny, existentialism, prince, tennis, actor, backstage, debate, actress, palaces castles and temples, mad, death sentence, cause and meaning ...
Time: 17th century
Place: europe, denmark, england
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Eating Out: Drama Camp (2011)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: With raging boy hormones and the laugh quotient turned on full, Chris Salvatore and Daniel Skelton return, along with Rebekah Kochan and cult icon Mink Stole in the fourth installment of Q. Allan Brocka's hilarious and over-the-top sexual ...
Style: sex comedy, not serious, semi serious, humorous, sexy ...
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, summer camp, gay interest, sexual relations, love affair, gender, love and romance, sexual content, summer, homosexuality, homosexual ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Titus (1999)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: UK, Italy, USA
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: rough, captivating, serious, harsh, stylized ...
Plot: sacrifice, head of state, state affairs, war, violence spree, life is a bitch, society, goth, brutality, betrayal, nudity (full frontal - brief), ancient ...
Time: ancient history, 1930s
Place: rome italy, europe, italy
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1Life (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 80 min.
TV show
Story: The struggles and political back stabbing among four friends vying for control over the app they created, '1Life'.
Style: suspense
Plot: technology, science, security, smartphone, hacker, shakespeare, loneliness, current affairs, julius caesar, betrayal, social media
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King Lear (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 233 min.
Story: King Lear is an in-depth study of love, power and death. Through this film Shakespeare is saying, "Don't blame the gods or the heaven's for the horrors committed on earth. No. Blame hellish inhumanity on those who inhabit the ...
Plot: shakespeare, shakespeare's king lear, tragedy
Place: britain
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