Modern era adaptations of Shakespeare

by dourface | created - 01 May 2014 | updated - 10 Apr 2016 | Public

Plays written by William Shakespare set in the 20th century or later.

The Tempest, Measure for Measure, A Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, Love's Labour's Lost, A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI, Richard III, Coriolanus, Titus Andronicus, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, King Lear, Hamlet, Othello and Antony and Cleopatra.

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1. Yellow Sky (1948)

Approved | 98 min | Crime, Western

A pistol-packing tomboy and her grandfather discover a band of bank robbing bandits taking refuge in the neighboring ghost town.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Gregory Peck, Anne Baxter, Richard Widmark, Robert Arthur

Votes: 4,005

The Tempest

2. Forbidden Planet (1956)

G | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has.

Director: Fred M. Wilcox | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens

Votes: 42,576 | Gross: $3.00M

The Tempest

3. Tempest (1982)

PG | 140 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A sobering mid-life crisis fuels dissatisfaction in Philip Dimitrius, to the extent where the successful architect trades his marriage and career in for a spiritual exile on a remote Greek ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Mazursky | Stars: John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Susan Sarandon, Vittorio Gassman

Votes: 2,054 | Gross: $5.01M

The Tempest

4. The Journey to Melonia (1989)

104 min | Animation, Family, Adventure

When a ship sinks during a storm, a slave from the industrial island of Plutonia is washed up on the beaches of paradise island Melonia, where the "all-powerful" wizard Prospero and his strange friends reside.

Director: Per Åhlin | Stars: Allan Edwall, Robyn Carlsson, Olle Sarri, Tomas von Brömssen

Votes: 1,180

The Tempest

5. Measure for Measure (2006)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama

Contemporary re-working of the Shakespeare's problem play set in the British army.

Director: Bob Komar | Stars: Josephine Rogers, Daniel Roberts, Simon Phillips, Emma Agerwald

Votes: 55

Measure for Measure

6. Big Business (1988)

PG | 97 min | Comedy

Two couples of sisters from New York and from the countryside discover that they are connected in an incredible way.

Director: Jim Abrahams | Stars: Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin, Fred Ward, Edward Herrmann

Votes: 11,165 | Gross: $40.15M

A Comedy of Errors

7. Much Ado About Nothing (I) (2012)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

A modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese

Votes: 15,586 | Gross: $4.33M

Much Ado About Nothing

8. Love's Labour's Lost (2000)

PG | 93 min | Romance, Comedy, Musical

35 Metascore

An update of the classic Shakespeare story, Director Sir Kenneth Branagh shot this movie like a classic 1930s musical. This movie tells the story of four best friends who swear off love.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Alessandro Nivola, Alicia Silverstone, Natascha McElhone, Kenneth Branagh

Votes: 4,219 | Gross: $0.28M

Love's Labour's Lost

9. A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

51 Metascore

A wacky inventor and his wife invite two other couples for a weekend party at a romantic summer house in the 1900s countryside.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, José Ferrer, Julie Hagerty

Votes: 17,507 | Gross: $9.08M

A Midsummer Night's Dream

10. L.A. Story (1991)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

66 Metascore

With the help of a talking freeway billboard, a wacky weatherman tries to win the heart of an English newspaper reporter, who is struggling to make sense of the strange world of early 1990s Los Angeles.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Steve Martin, Victoria Tennant, Richard E. Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker

Votes: 28,219 | Gross: $28.86M

A Midsummer Night's Dream

11. Get Over It (2001)

PG-13 | 87 min | Comedy, Romance

52 Metascore

A high school senior's girlfriend breaks up with him. His friends try to make him think of something else. His friend's sister Kelly helps him with the school musical. Spending time with Kelly has an effect.

Director: Tommy O'Haver | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Ben Foster, Melissa Sagemiller, Sisqó

Votes: 17,313 | Gross: $11.56M

A Midsummer Night's Dream

12. A Midsummer Night's Rave (2002)

R | 85 min | Drama

William Shakespeare's classic tale of love and mischief "A midsummer night's dream" is re-imagined with Club kids at a rave in a L.A. warehouse. Love potions and drug deals gone bad, it's a high-energy, drug-fueled drama.

Director: Gil Cates Jr. | Stars: Andrew Keegan, Chad Lindberg, Lauren German, Corey Pearson

Votes: 469

A Midsummer Night's Dream

13. Were the World Mine (2008)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

A bullied and demoralized gay student at an all-boys school uses a magical flower derived from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream' to turn many in his community gay, including a comely rugby player for himself.

Director: Tom Gustafson | Stars: Tanner Cohen, Wendy Robie, Judy McLane, Zelda Williams

Votes: 5,071 | Gross: $0.12M

A Midsummer Night's Dream

14. As You Like It (1992)

G | 117 min | Romance

Hiding out in an industrial wasteland from the murderous wrath of a regional ruler, a woman, disguised as a boy, gives wooing lessons to the edgy lad who proclaims he loves her.

Director: Christine Edzard | Stars: James Fox, Cyril Cusack, Andrew Tiernan, Cate Fowler

Votes: 73

As You Like It

15. The Iron Strain (1915)

Passed | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

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Director: Reginald Barker | Stars: Dustin Farnum, Enid Markey, Charles K. French, Louise Glaum

Votes: 9

The Taming of the Shrew

16. Impossible Catherine (1919)

Comedy, Drama

The head of the Kimberly household rules it with an iron fist. Unfortunately the head of the Kimberly household isn't Grant (J.H. Gilmore), the father and wealthy Wall Street magnate -- ... See full summary »

Director: John B. O'Brien | Stars: Virginia Pearson, William B. Davidson, J.H. Gilmour, Edward Roseman

The Taming of the Shrew

17. You Made Me Love You (1933)

70 min | Comedy

A rich American businessman in London makes believe he's lost all his money so that his daughter will marry a composer.

Director: Monty Banks | Stars: Stanley Lupino, Thelma Todd, John Loder, Gerald Rawlinson

Votes: 29

The Taming of the Shrew

18. Kiss Me Kate (1953)

Approved | 109 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

An ex-husband and wife team star in a musical version of 'The Taming of the Shrew'; off-stage, the production is troublesome with ex-lovers' quarrels and a gangster looking for some money owed to them.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ann Miller, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 5,235

The Taming of the Shrew

19. McLintock! (1963)

Passed | 127 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

Wealthy rancher G.W. McLintock uses his power and influence in the territory to keep the peace between farmers, ranchers, land-grabbers, Indians and corrupt government officials.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Patrick Wayne, Stefanie Powers

Votes: 11,982

The Taming of the Shrew

20. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

A pretty, popular teenager can't go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does.

Director: Gil Junger | Stars: Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik

Votes: 276,932 | Gross: $38.18M

The Taming of the Shrew

21. Just One of the Guys (1985)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Romance

57 Metascore

Terry feels discriminated against when the summer jobs at Sun Tribune go to 2 guys. She decides to do something about it. She dresses like a guy and gets a haircut. Will students at the other high school notice? Girls notice "him".

Director: Lisa Gottlieb | Stars: Joyce Hyser, Clayton Rohner, Billy Jayne, Toni Hudson

Votes: 12,776 | Gross: $11.50M

Twelfth Night

22. Twelfth Night or What You Will (1996)

PG | 134 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Shakespeare's comedy of gender confusion, in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores, only to be pursued by the woman he loves.

Director: Trevor Nunn | Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Richard E. Grant, Imogen Stubbs, Steven Mackintosh

Votes: 5,400 | Gross: $0.55M

Twelfth Night

23. She's the Man (2006)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

45 Metascore

When her brother decides to ditch for a couple weeks, Viola heads over to his elite boarding school, disguised as him, and proceeds to fall for his school's star soccer player, and soon learns she's not the only one with romantic troubles.

Director: Andy Fickman | Stars: Amanda Bynes, Laura Ramsey, Channing Tatum, Vinnie Jones

Votes: 139,381 | Gross: $2.34M

Twelfth Night

24. My Own Private Idaho (1991)

R | 104 min | Drama

77 Metascore

Two best friends living on the streets of Portland as hustlers embark on a journey of self discovery and find their relationship stumbling along the way.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo, William Richert

Votes: 46,094 | Gross: $6.40M

Henry IV

25. Chimes at Midnight (1965)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, History

The career of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff as a roistering companion to young Prince Hal, circa 1400 to 1413.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau, Margaret Rutherford, John Gielgud

Votes: 7,040 | Gross: $0.12M

Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI and Richard III

26. Richard III (1995)

R | 110 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, War

The classic Shakespearean play about a murderously scheming King staged in an alternative fascist England setting.

Director: Richard Loncraine | Stars: Ian McKellen, Annette Bening, Christopher Bowen, Edward Jewesbury

Votes: 13,077 | Gross: $2.60M

Richard III

27. Looking for Richard (1996)

PG-13 | 111 min | Documentary, Drama

Al Pacino's deeply-felt rumination on Shakespeare's significance and relevance to the modern world through interviews and an in-depth analysis of "Richard III."

Director: Al Pacino | Stars: Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey, Frederic Kimball

Votes: 7,682 | Gross: $1.36M

Richard III

28. King Rikki (2002)

R | 91 min | Drama

In life, there's silver, and there's lead, says Rikki Ortega, as he moves to be king of the street in "Ánglio," L.A.'s east side. Older brothers and a brother-in-law are in his way. While ... See full summary »

Director: James Gavin Bedford | Stars: Jon Seda, Mario Lopez, Tonantzin Carmelo, Tim Perez

Votes: 154

Richard III

29. Coriolanus (2011)

R | 123 min | Drama, Thriller, War

79 Metascore

A banished hero of Rome allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city.

Director: Ralph Fiennes | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Brian Cox, Lubna Azabal

Votes: 29,986 | Gross: $0.76M

Coriolanus

30. Theater of Blood (1973)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

A Shakespearean actor takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition.

Director: Douglas Hickox | Stars: Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, Ian Hendry, Harry Andrews

Votes: 8,618

Titus Andronicus

31. Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953)

Approved | 102 min | Adventure, Drama

Fierce competition among sponge fishermen forces a Greek-American family to fish in the dangerous 12-mile reef area off the western coast of Florida.

Director: Robert D. Webb | Stars: Robert Wagner, Terry Moore, Gilbert Roland, J. Carrol Naish

Votes: 1,059

Romeo and Juliet

32. West Side Story (1961)

Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

86 Metascore

Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.

Directors: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise | Stars: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 90,118 | Gross: $43.66M

Romeo and Juliet

34. Ma che musica maestro (1971)

94 min | Musical, Comedy

The love story between two youths born in rival villages is hindered by the other inhabitants.

Director: Mariano Laurenti | Stars: Gianni Nazzaro, Agostina Belli, Franco Scandurra, Mario Maranzana

Votes: 11

Romeo and Juliet

35. China Girl (1987)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A modern day Romeo & Juliet story is told in New York when an Italian boy and a Chinese girl become lovers, causing a tragic conflict between ethnic gangs.

Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: James Russo, Richard Panebianco, Sari Chang, David Caruso

Votes: 1,461 | Gross: $1.26M

Romeo and Juliet

36. Love Is All There Is (1996)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Romance

Romeo & Juliet gets transplanted to the Bronx.

Directors: Joseph Bologna, Renée Taylor | Stars: Lainie Kazan, Joseph Bologna, Barbara Carrera, Renée Taylor

Votes: 1,097 | Gross: $0.03M

Romeo and Juliet

37. Romeo + Juliet (1996)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 199,553 | Gross: $46.35M

Romeo and Juliet

38. Tromeo and Juliet (1996)

R | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

Tromeo, a filmmaker, falls in love with Juliet, the daughter of a former partner who tried to steal his business from him.

Director: Lloyd Kaufman | Stars: Jane Jensen, Will Keenan, Valentine Miele, William Beckwith

Votes: 5,180

Romeo and Juliet

40. Amar te duele (2002)

R | 104 min | Drama, Romance

Renata is a young high-class girl and Ulises is a poor guy. They both fall in love, but they must fight against everyone, specially Renata's rich parents, who want to stop their love by ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Sariñana | Stars: Luis Fernando Peña, Martha Higareda, Ximena Sariñana, Karla Alvarado

Votes: 2,464

Romeo and Juliet

41. Private Romeo (2011)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Romance

53 Metascore

A modern take on Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'. Set at an isolated all-boys military academy, it follows the forbidden relationship between two cadets.

Director: Alan Brown | Stars: Hale Appleman, Charlie Barnett, Adam Barrie, Chris Bresky

Votes: 1,992

Romeo and Juliet

42. An Honourable Murder (1960)

69 min | Drama

Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is played in modern dress with Caesar as the chairman of a board of directors considering a merger with another company. The conspirators are his fellow ... See full summary »

Director: Godfrey Grayson | Stars: Norman Wooland, Margaretta Scott, Lisa Daniely, Douglas Wilmer

Votes: 19

Julius Caesar

43. Joe MacBeth (1955)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Shakespeare (more-or-less) in modern gangster setting. Lily MacBeth pushes her husband Joe to rub out the reigning crime boss and become the new "kingpin" himself. Success is short- lived, ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Paul Douglas, Ruth Roman, Bonar Colleano, Grégoire Aslan

Votes: 147

Macbeth

44. The Bad Sleep Well (1960)

Not Rated | 151 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A vengeful young man marries the daughter of a corrupt industrialist in order to seek justice for his father's suicide.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Masayuki Mori, Kyôko Kagawa, Tatsuya Mihashi

Votes: 9,819

Hamlet

45. Men of Respect (1990)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A hitman heeds a spiritualist's prophesies that he will rise to the head of his family. He starts his ascension by clandestinely executing the heads of the family and casting the blame on ... See full summary »

Director: William Reilly | Stars: John Turturro, Katherine Borowitz, Dennis Farina, Peter Boyle

Votes: 722 | Gross: $0.14M

Macbeth