10 Unparalleled Shakespeare Movie Adaptation

With playful animated adaptations like The Lion King or Hamlet, 10 Things I Hate About You, and The Taming of the Shrew, we’re no stranger to a Shakespeare story. 

But what are some of the best Shakespeare movie adaptations out there to watch? Let’s get into it. 

The Tragedy of Macbeth (2022)

Starring Denzel Washington as Macbeth and Frances McDormand as Lady Macbeth, the movie is a pretty spot-on interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s most iconic tragedies (and my personal favorite). 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2017)

The show is about a group of people trying to understand love and acceptance within their group but is mixed with a traveling group of theatre people (that feature Nick Bottom’s turn into a donkey) as well as a fairy queen and more. 

Macbeth (2015)

My favorite thing about modern Shakespeare adaptations: Characters having sex while plotting things. With Lady M and Macky, it works wonderfully and brings to life their warped relationship with each other. They love each other so much through their murderous ways. 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999)

Back to the world of A Midsummer’s Night Dream, the 1999 film, directed by Michael Hoffman, gave us Christian Bale as Lysander and Calista Flockhart in inspired casting. Set more in the standard staging for the show, the 1999 movie is still a great look at Helena, one of my all-time favorite Shakespeare women.