William Shakespeare’s writings are so well-known and beloved, that it’s no wonder there have been countless adaptations of his works. Movie adaptations of Shakespearean plays are no exception.
Sure, we’re familiar with the 1998 Best Picture Academy Award-winning film version of Shakespeare in Love starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes, but you may not realize just how many modern movies are based on Shakespearean works. They range from the obvious (think Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing and William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet) to the more obscure (10 Things I Hate About You, West Side Story and Just One of the Guys) to the downright surprising (The Lion King? Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith? You bet!)
Here are a few lists of modern movies based on Shakespearean works: