films The Best Modern Versions of Shakespeare Plays  

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List Rules Film adaptations of Shakespearean plays, set in the modern day.

List of the best modernized versions of Shakespeare plays. There are movies out there based on the plays of William Shakespeare that came out centuries after the plays were first published. After all, they did not exactly have cameras in the days Romeo & Juliet was first performed, let alone the technology that enabled Tromeo & Juliet to be the epic movie it is today.

The most popular example of a Shakespeare modernization is 10 Things I Hate About You. The 1999 teenage rom-com is a retelling of The Taming of the Shrew, starring Heath Ledger. But even widely known, classic movie masterpieces, like West Side Story and The Lion King, are merely modern day renditions of Shakespeare's writing. Ralph Fiennes's Coriolanus and Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho are examples of today's celebrities doing their take on the most classic of classics: the centuries-old theater pieces of William Shakespeare. That is why we see Hamlet set in today's Manhattan, just as we see Macbeth take place in a fast food joint in Scotland, Pennsylvania.

Vote up your favorite modern day version of one of Shakespeare's classics, or vote down the films you thought didn't quite translate to today's world.
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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Modern Versions of Shakespeare Plays
The Lion King Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick - Hamlet

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10 Things I Hate About You is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Modern Versions of Shakespeare Plays
10 Things I Hate About You Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union, Heath Ledger - The Taming of the Shrew

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Tromeo & Juliet is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Modern Versions of Shakespeare Plays
Tromeo & Juliet Ian Fraser Kilmister, Debbie Rochon, Charis Michelsen - Romeo and Juliet?

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West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Modern Versions of Shakespeare Plays
West Side Story Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin - Romeo and Juliet

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She's the Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Modern Versions of Shakespeare Plays
She's the Man Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Jessica Lucas - Twelfth Night

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Coriolanus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Modern Versions of Shakespeare Plays
Coriolanus Jessica Chastain, Gerard Butler, Ralph Fiennes - Coriolanus

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Ran is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Modern Versions of Shakespeare Plays
Ran Tatsuya Nakadai, Susumu Terajima, Jinpachi Nezu - King Lear

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Kiss Me Kate is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Modern Versions of Shakespeare Plays
Kiss Me Kate Ann Miller, Keenan Wynn, Kathryn Grayson - The Taming of the Shrew

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O is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Modern Versions of Shakespeare Plays
O Julia Stiles, Martin Sheen, Josh Hartnett - Othello

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Strange Brew is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Modern Versions of Shakespeare Plays
Strange Brew Max von Sydow, Rick Moranis, Mel Blanc - Hamlet

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Forbidden Planet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Modern Versions of Shakespeare Plays
Forbidden Planet Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon - The Tempest

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Love's Labour's Lost is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Modern Versions of Shakespeare Plays
Love's Labour's Lost Alicia Silverstone, Kenneth Branagh, Emily Mortimer - Love's Labour's Lost

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Romeo Must Die is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Modern Versions of Shakespeare Plays
Romeo Must Die Grace Park, Aaliyah, DMX - Romeo and Juliet

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My Own Private Idaho is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Modern Versions of Shakespeare Plays
My Own Private Idaho Keanu Reeves, Jim Caviezel, River Phoenix - Henry IV, Part 1

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Gnomeo & Juliet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Modern Versions of Shakespeare Plays
Gnomeo & Juliet Ozzy Osbourne, Emily Blunt, Hulk Hogan - Romeo and Juliet

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The Bad Sleep Well is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Modern Versions of Shakespeare Plays
The Bad Sleep Well Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Chishū Ryū - Hamlet

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Chicken Rice War is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Modern Versions of Shakespeare Plays
Chicken Rice War Kevin Murphy, Tanya Chua, Pierre Png - Romeo and Juliet

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Big Business is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Modern Versions of Shakespeare Plays
Big Business Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin, Seth Green - The Comedy of Errors

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Scotland, PA is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Modern Versions of Shakespeare Plays
Scotland, PA Christopher Walken, Amy Smart, Andy Dick - Macbeth

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Deliver Us from Eva is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Modern Versions of Shakespeare Plays
Deliver Us from Eva Gabrielle Union, LL Cool J, Meagan Good - The Taming of the Shrew

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Let the Devil Wear Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Modern Versions of Shakespeare Plays
Let the Devil Wear Black Mary-Louise Parker, Jacqueline Bissett, Norman Reedus - Hamlet

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A Thousand Acres is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Modern Versions of Shakespeare Plays
A Thousand Acres Michelle Pfeiffer, Michelle Williams, Jessica Lange - King Lear

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The Sea Prince and the Fire Ch... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Modern Versions of Shakespeare Plays
The Sea Prince and the Fire Child Keiko Han, Tōru Furuya, Kenji Utsumi - Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo & Juliet: Sealed with a ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Modern Versions of Shakespeare Plays
Romeo & Juliet: Sealed with a Kiss Phil Nibbelink, Chip Albers, Michael Toland - Romeo and Juliet

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Basilisk: The Serpent King is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Modern Versions of Shakespeare Plays
Basilisk: The Serpent King Yancy Butler - Richard III

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King of Texas is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Modern Versions of Shakespeare Plays
King of Texas Patrick Stewart, Lauren Holly, Marcia Gay Harden - King Lear

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Men of Respect is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Modern Versions of Shakespeare Plays
Men of Respect Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Rod Steiger - MacBeth

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Love Is All There Is is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Modern Versions of Shakespeare Plays
Love Is All There Is Angelina Jolie, Joy Behar, Connie Stevens - Romeo and Juliet

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My Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Modern Versions of Shakespeare Plays
My Kingdom Richard Harris, Lynn Redgrave, Paul McGann - Richard III