Weird History The Best Movies About William Shakespeare, Ranked  

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List Rules Only 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.

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Shakespeare in Love is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About William Shakespeare, Ranked
Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench
Shakespeare in Love is a 1998 British-American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John Madden, written by Marc Norman and playwright Tom Stoppard. The film depicts an imaginary love affair ...more

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Bill is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About William Shakespeare, Ranked
Bill Mathew Baynton, Martha Howe-Douglas, Ben Willbond
Bill is a 2015 British family adventure comedy film directed by Richard Bracewell. Set during his "lost years," the film depicts William Shakespeare (Mathew Baynton) during his rice ...more

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Anonymous is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About William Shakespeare, Ranked
Vanessa Redgrave, Rhys Ifans, Derek Jacobi
Anonymous is a 2011 political thriller and historical drama film. Directed by Roland Emmerich and written by John Orloff, the movie is a fictionalized version of the life of Edward de Vere, 17th ...more

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Blackadder: Back & Forth is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About William Shakespeare, Ranked
Kate Moss, Hugh Laurie, Colin Firth
Blackadder: Back & Forth is a 1999 short comedy history film written by Richard Curtis, Ben Elton and directed by Paul Weiland.

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A Waste of Shame is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About William Shakespeare, Ranked
Tom Hiddleston, Rupert Graves, Zoë Wanamaker
A Waste of Shame is a 90-minute television drama on the circumstances surrounding William Shakespeare's composition of his sonnets. It takes its title from the first line of Sonnet 129. It was ...more

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

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All Is True is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About William Shakespeare, Ranked
Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen
All Is True is a 2018 film directed by Kenneth Branagh. After the Globe Theatre burns down in 1613, during a performance of his play Henry VIII, William Shakespeare (Kenneth Branagh) returns ...more