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Happy Birthday Shakespeare: 17 Best Shakespeare Movies

"Well, I think I remember Mel Gibson correctly, and he didn't say that."

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Whether you’re a traditionalist or you enjoy the kind of director that takes some creative liberties, we’ve got something for everyone on this list of 17 Shakespeare movies that are sure to enliven your movie marathon celebrating Shakespeare’s birthday on April 23.

Titus, 1999

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This adaptation of Shakespeare’s bloodiest play directed by Julie Taymor stars Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, and Alan Cummings.

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10 Things I Hate About You, 1999

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This teen rom-com adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew is just so, so excellent, and has aged like a fine wine. We miss you, Heath Ledger.

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Romeo and Juliet, 1968

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The Zeffirelli version of Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers is basically the gold standard of Shakespeare adaptations.

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Romeo + Juliet, 1996

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But then of course, there’s Baz Luhrman’s psychedelic romp starring teen heart-throbs Leo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. That aquarium scene? We’re done. Bye.

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Much Ado About Nothing, 1993

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Emma Thompson can do no wrong. She is perfect.

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Henry V, 1944

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Before there was Kenneth Branagh, there was Sir Laurence Oliver.

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Henry V, 1989

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But Kenneth Branagh ain’t bad.

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Hamlet, 1948

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Alas, poor Yorrick, I knew him well.

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Hamlet, 1990

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To quote Cher in Clueless, “Well, I think I remember Mel Gibson correctly, and he didn’t say that.”

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Hamlet, 1996

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This epic adaptation by Kenneth Branagh is worth a watch, especially for die-hard Shakespeare fans, with its four hour, twenty minute run time.

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Othello, 1995

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That handkerchief is up to no good, mark our words.

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O, 2001

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Another incredibly satisfying teen rom-com adaptation, this time of Othello, starring Julia Stiles.

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Throne of Blood, 1957

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Akira Kurosawa’s 1957 adaptation of Macbeth covers the play’s themes of destiny and revenge in feudal Japan.

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Macbeth, 1971

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Macbeth‘s unique violence, which hedges on the paranormal, seems particularly suited to the talents of director Roman Polanski.

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A Performance of Macbeth, 1979

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When you want Macbeth done right, you ask Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Judi Dench.

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Scotland, Pa., 2001

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This hilarious adaptation of Macbeth turns an envious Scottish general into a hamburger-slinging fast food kingpin.

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Macbeth, 2015

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This most recent adaptation stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard as Shakespeare’s most notorious couple.

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Related: Words Shakespeare Invented That We Still Use Today