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Movie Adaptations of Shakespeare’s Dramas That You Should Watch At Least Once!


Shakespeare day is celebrated on April 23rd every year and when it comes to the best dramas, Shakespeare’s name is always on top. Well, while it is not easy to understand the writing style, Shakespeare’s plays are a must read at least once. 

So, if you are someone who finds it difficult to read the plays but you can watch an adaptation of the plays, here is a list of movies that have been adapted from William Shakespeare’s plays. 

West Side Story 

West Side Story is a musical romance film based on Shakespeare’s famous tragedy Romeo and Juliet. The modern adaptation is set in Lincoln Square Manhattan and revolves around a bunch of high school kids. When young Tony sees Maria at a high school dance in 1957 New York City, it’s love at first sight. Their budding romance adds fuel to the fire between the competing gangs, the Jets and Sharks, who are fighting for control of the streets. West Side Story is a very famous and well-scripted adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. So, if you like to watch different adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays this one is not to miss. If you want to watch your favorite movies check out Spectrum TV. Spectrum has is one of the largest TV providers in the US, and for a good cable TV service in HD, it is best to get the Spectrum Select Package. This way you get all the channels in HD and can watch on demand content even on the go. 


Hamlet is a drama romance film based on one of Shakespeare’s best tragedies. When Hamlet returns home, the discovery that the current monarch, Claudius, with the help of his mother Gertrude murdered his father traumatises Prince Hamlet. Hamlet plots vengeance and accidentally kills Polonius, the father of his love, Ophelia, setting off a chain reaction that culminates in a climactic and tragic conclusion. Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s best tragedies, and if you want to watch the best version of Hamlet’s adaptations, watch this 1996 unabridged film. 

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing is a 1993 romantic comedy film based on Shakespeare’s play. Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into expressing their true emotions for one other by Hero and Claudio, a much-in-love young couple who are about to marry. Their strategy works flawlessly.  

Richard III

Richard III is a British drama historical film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play Richard III. The story revolves around Richard III, who descends into madness because of his violent thirst for the British throne. The film is set in the 1930s when England is ripped apart by civil war, with the rivalling houses of York and Lancaster at odds. Richard wishes to establish a fascist dictatorship, but must first overcome the hurdles in his way, which include his brother, nephews, and brother’s wife. Richard’s ambitions are jeopardised when the Duke of Buckingham abandons him.

Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love is a romance drama film based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The story revolves around a fictional romance between William Shakespeare and a young woman who dresses up as a man in order to star in one of the writer’s plays. Shakespeare, who is suffering from a writer’s block, is in desperate need of a new inspiration. He quickly finds inspiration in the form of a gorgeous female aristocrat, but her audacity in agreeing to appear in his play puts their already unlawful relationship in jeopardy.

10 Things I Hate About You

10 Things I Hate About You is a romance comedy high school film that is adapted by William Shakespeare’s comedy The Taming of the Shrew. The story of the film revolves around Kat Stratford. She is attractive, intelligent, and unpleasant to most of her peers, therefore she does not attract many suitors. Unfortunately, for Bianca, family rules prohibit her from dating until Kat has a boyfriend, so strings are pulled to put the dour damsel in distress up for a romance. Soon after, Kat meets Patrick Verona, a dashing newcomer. Will Kat let her defences down long enough to fall for Patrick’s effortless charm?

William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is based on Shakespeare’s comedy of the same name. Well, in this adaptation of the comedy, the world of humanity collides with the realm of magic. Hermia is about to marry Demetrius, but she genuinely loves Lysander. Helena, Hermia’s best friend, is in love with Demetrius, and there are plenty of other romantic entanglements in the woods, with married fairy rulers Titania and Oberon flirting with various loves and each other.

Well, O is a high school basketball drama romance adapted by one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies ‘Othelo’ that revolves around a young black man named Odin who is convinced by a cunning best friend Hugo, that his girlfriend is cheating on him. Of course, Odin is unaware that Hugo’s actions are driven by his own envy of Odin’s good fortune. In the classic Shakespearean tradition, it is a sticky situation. 

She’s the Man

She’s the man is a romance comedy film adapted from one of William Shakespeare’s most famous comedies Twelfth Night. The story revolves around Viola Johnson who is in serious trouble. Complications jeopardise her plan to impersonate her twin brother, Sebastian, and enrol in a new boarding school in his place. She falls in love with Duke, her lovely roommate, who is in love with Olivia, who is in love with Sebastian. As if that were not enough, Viola’s twin arrives early from London, unaware that his sister has already taken his place on campus.

As You Like It

As You Like It is a romance drama film that is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s drama of the same name. The story revolves around the daughter of a Duke Rosalind. Rosalind’s uncle exiles her after her younger brother banishes her. In the Forest of Arden, she disguises herself as a boy named Ganymede and encounters Orlando her love interest.

Final Words

Well, if you find it difficult to read Shakespeare’s plays and writing style, watch these movies instead.

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