Favorite Screen Adaptations of Shakespeare

  1. Romeo and Juliet - 1968
    Zefirelli's is my pick for this one. It's timeless and I love the performances. (Although Baz Luhrmann's is fun too.)
  2. Much Ado About Nothing - 1993
    I have two picks for this one! My first is Kenneth Branagh's, because Emma Thompson is kween & Michael Keaton is hilarious as Dogberry, the incompetent chief of police.
  3. & 2012
    Second is Joss Whedon's. I just really love this movie in general. Black and white, modern setting, same witty dialogue.
  4. Macbeth - 1979
    I still think this play hasn't been done to justice, but I do like the feel and style of this one by the Shakespeare Production Company, especially this intro: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DFK-SuLeHpk. Also Judi Dench is my favorite Lady Macbeth.
  5. A Midsummer Night's Dream - 1999
    Michelle Pfeiffer! Rupert Everett! Kevin Kline! Christian Bale! I think this is one of those movies that you can love without having any previous knowledge of the play.
  6. The Taming of The Shrew - 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
    While this isn't an exact, word-for-word adaptation like the others, it is a wonderfully modern interpretation AND an amazing movie.
  7. Richard III - Looking for Richard (1996)
    I admit that I don't know a lot about this play or its screen adaptations, but Al Pacino and his fellow actors and Shakespeare enthusiasts do a good job of dissecting it in this documentary. (Plus Winona Ryder is in there, so).