One of the wonderful things about William Shakespeare's works is how adaptable they are. Thus, our list contains adaptations both reverent (Sir Laurence Olivier's Hamlet) and revisionist (Ten Things I Hate About You, My Own Private Idaho). We've got the Bard in outer space (Forbidden Planet), in high school (O), and in feudal Japan (Throne of Blood). Our list also contains great performances from some of the finest actors ever to tackle Shakespeare's deft, mysterious verse, including Orson Welles, Kenneth Branagh, Denzel Washington, and Rick Moranis.
Though our list may seem to be madness, there is method in't: each of the films presented here has at least 20 reviews, so you won't see such classics as the Marlon Brando-toplined Julius Caesar or Olivier's Richard III. And we omitted movies like Shakespeare in Love and Looking For Richard, as we avoided films that weren't taken directly from a specific work and were primarily about staging the plays.
Can one desire too much of a good thing? Check out our list and be the judge. As the Bard might say, "The best is not, So long as we can say, 'this is the best-reviewed.'"
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