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There are a lot of adaptations, and many fine BBC productions that are videotaped, but my list is based on: 1. Big screen adaptations that deliver both the big speeches AND the story. Some of the more recent Shakespeare adaptations have really fallen short by being overwhelmed by their concepts to some degree. That would explain why you don't see some good individual performances on this list, like Claire Daines as Juliet; and or more Olivier choices. I went with the stronger film overall, buoyed of course by star power. Naturally these are my personal preferences, you will have others. Maybe you like adaptations like 'Ten Things I Hate About You", or Clueless, or even "O". However, they are also modern text versus iambic, so I disqualified them. I broke my own rules with "Ran" and with with West Side story (sorry), but I think these carry the stories better, even if they aren't in original text. I'm really waiting for a version of R & J that shows the couple as slightly less than sympathetic. I also listed two versions of Henry V, which I think are mostly a dead heat, but they have strengths in different areas, and I didn't want to flip a coin, and insult either Olivier or Branagh for their fine work. Enjoy.