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The Best Movies About William Shakespeare, Ranked

Updated December 26, 2018 43 votes 32 voters 1.4k views7 items

List RulesOnly movies that feature William Shakespeare as a main character.

From documentaries to biopics, we're ranking the best movies about William Shakespeare. The English poet and playwright has been depicted numerous times in film and TV, but this list only features movies where the Bard is the central character. What is the best William Shakespeare movie?

Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Shakespeare in Love depicts a young Shakespeare stuck in a love affair. Other good William Shakespeare documentaries and biographical films include Anonymous, A Waste of Shame, and Miguel and William.

Vote up the best movies about William Shakespeare, and feel free to add your favorites if they're missing from the list.

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    Shakespeare in Love is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About William Shakespeare, Ranked
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    Shakespeare in Love

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Madden

    Shakespeare in Love is a 1998 British-American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John... more on Wikipedia

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    Anonymous is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About William Shakespeare, Ranked
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    Anonymous

    Vanessa Redgrave, Rhys Ifans

    Released2011

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

    Anonymous is a 2011 political thriller and historical drama film. Directed by Roland Emmerich... more on Wikipedia
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    Blackadder: Back & Forth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About William Shakespeare, Ranked
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    Blackadder: Back & Forth

    Kate Moss, Hugh Laurie

    Released1999

    Directed byPaul Weiland

    Blackadder: Back & Forth is a 1999 short comedy history film written by Richard Curtis, Ben... more on Wikipedia
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    A Waste of Shame is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About William Shakespeare, Ranked
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    A Waste of Shame

    Tom Hiddleston, Rupert Graves

    Released2005

    Directed byJohn McKay

    A Waste of Shame is a 90-minute television drama on the circumstances surrounding William... more on Wikipedia
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    Miguel and William is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About William Shakespeare, Ranked
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    Miguel and William

    Geraldine Chaplin, Elena Anaya

    Released2007

    Directed byInés París

    Miguel and William is a 2007 romantic comedy film directed by Inés París.
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    Bill is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About William Shakespeare, Ranked
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    Bill

    Mathew Baynton, Martha Howe-Douglas

    Released2015

    Directed byRichard Bracewell

    Bill is a 2015 British family adventure comedy film directed by Richard Bracewell. Set during... more on Wikipedia
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    All Is True is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About William Shakespeare, Ranked
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    All Is True

    Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench

    Released2018

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

    All Is True is a 2018 film directed by Kenneth Branagh. After the Globe Theatre burns down in... more on Wikipedia
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