Favorite Shakespeare film adaptations

Shakespeare’s Globe offers excellent videos of theatrical productions. Here are my favorite screen adaptations.

  1. The Merchant of Venice (2004), directed by Michael Radford, featuring Al Pacino as Shylock and Jeremy Irons as Antonio.
  2. Titus (1999), directed by Julie Taymor, featuring Anthony Hopkins as Titus Andronicus and Jessica Lange as Tamora.
  3. Romeo + Juliet (1996), directed by Baz Luhrmann,  featuring Leonardo DiCaprio as Romeo and Claire Danes as Juliet. Runner-up: Romeo & Juliet (1968) directed by Franco Zeffirelli. shakespeare.gif
  4. Much Ado About Nothing (1993), directed by Kenneth Branagh, featuring Emma
    Thompson as Beatrice and Kenneth Branagh as Benedick. Runner-up: Much Ado About Nothing (2012), directed by Joss Wheldon.
  5. Macbeth (2015), directed by Justin Kurzel, featuring Michael Fassbender as Macbeth and Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth. Runner-up: Macbeth (1971), directed by Roman Polanski.
  6. Hamlet (1996), directed by Kenneth Branagh, featuring Kenneth Branagh as Hamlet. Runners-up: Hamlet (1948), directed by Laurence Olivier, featuring Laurence Olivier as Hamlet. Hamlet (1990), directed by Franco Zeffirelli, featuring Mel Gibson as Hamlet.
  7. King Lear (1971), directed by Peter Brook, featuring Paul Scofield as King Lear.
  8. The Tempest (2010), directed by Julie Taymor, featuring Helen Mirren as Prospera.
  9. Henry V (1989), directed by Kenneth Branagh, featuring Kenneth Branagh as Henry V.
  10. Richard III (1995), directed by Richard Loncraine, featuring Ian McKellan as Richard III. Runner-up: Looking for Richard (1996), directed by Al Pacino.
  11. Coriolanus (2011), directed by Ralph Fiennes, featuring Ralph Fiennes as Coriolanus.
  12. Julius Caesar (1953), directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, featuring Marlon Brando as Caesar.
  13. Othello (1995), directed by Oliver Parker, featuring Laurence Fishburne as Othello and Kenneth Branagh as Iago. Runner-up: Othello (1952), directed by Orson Welles, featuring Orson Welles as Othello.
  14. Twelfth Night (1996), directed by Trevor Nunn, featuring Helena Bonham Carter as Olivia and Imogen Stubbs as Viola.



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