Select from the movie trailers and clips below for a look at some recent Shakespeare films from American studios or involving American actors, directors, or settings. We’ve included a few older films as well. Folger Shakespeare Library does not endorse these films, but presents them as a sampling of the wide range of Shakespeare’s role in modern American movies, from kung fu to comedy.
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2004. The Merchant of Venice
1996. Romeo + Juliet
1993. Much Ado About Nothing
1967. Taming of the Shrew
1953. Julius Caesar
Inspired by Shakespeare
2006. Romeo & Juliet: Sealed with a Kiss. Animated version with feuding seal families.
2006. She’s the Man. Twelfth Night in a private boys’ academy.
2001. Scotland, PA. Macbeth in a fast-food restaurant.
2000. Romeo Must Die. Romeo and Juliet adaptation with kung fu.
1998. The Tempest. The Tempest in the Civil War South
1996. Love is All There Is. A comic romp inspired by Romeo and Juliet.
1977. The Goodbye Girl. Romantic comedy that includes a production of Richard III.
1953. Kiss Me, Kate. Film version of the musical inspired by The Taming of the Shrew.