There are tons of famous plays, and the glitz and glamour of attending the theatre is a truly unique experience. While few things are more powerful than the excitement of live theatre, many plays were just so good, they were begging to be turning into a movie. Tennessee Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire were both made into successful film adaptations, and Glengarry Glen Ross was originally based on a David Mamet play. What are the best movies based on plays? Vote up the best films below and see where your favorites rank.
This movies on this list were all based on plays and have been ranked by users as the best. They span many genres as well, including films adapted from Shakespeare plays. Whether you like drama, thrillers, hilarious comedy, or even musicals, there is certainly a movie here that you will enjoy.
Vote up the best films below, that started life as a play for the stage, or add one you love that isn't already on the list.
Directed by: Elia KazanBased on the Tennessee Williams play of the same name.
Directed by: Miloš FormanBased on Peter Shaffer's play of the same name.
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Based on Murray Burnett and Joan Alison's play, Everybody Comes to Rick's.
Directed by: Mike NicholsBased on the Edward Albee play of the same name.
Directed by: Richard BrooksBased on the Tennessee Williams play of the same name.
Directed by: Gene Saks
Based on Neil Simon's play of the same name.
FencesDenzel Washington, Viola Davis
Directed by: Denzel Washington
Based on August wilson's play of the same name
Directed by: Frank CapraBased on Joseph Kesselring's play of the same name.
Directed by: Volker SchlöndorffBased on Arthur Miller's play of the same name.
Directed by: Daniel Petrie
Based on Lorraine Hansberry's play of the same name.
Directed by: James FoleyBased on the David Mamet play of the same name.
Directed by: Bruce Beresford
Based on Alfred Uhry's play of the same name.
Directed by: George Cukor
Based on George Bernard Shaw's play, Pygmalion.
Directed by: Tod Browning, Karl Freund
Based on Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston's play of the same name.
Directed by: Terence Young
Based on Frederick Knott's play of the same name.
Directed by: Rob Reiner
Based on Aaron Sorkin's play of the same name.
Directed by: Stanley KramerBased on Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee's play of the same name.
Directed by: Robert De NiroBased on Chazz Palminteri's play of the same name.
Directed by: Nicholas HytnerThe Crucible is a 1996 drama film written by Arthur Miller and based on his play of the same... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Mike NicholsBased on Patrick Marber's play of the same name.
Directed by: Nicholas Hytner
Based on Alan Bennett's play, The Madness of George III.
Directed by: Baz LuhrmannRomeo + Juliet is a 1996 American romantic drama film adaptation of William Shakespeare's... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Ron HowardBased on Peter Morgan's play of the same name.
Directed by: John WellsBased on Tracy Letts's play of the same name.
Directed by: Mike NicholsBased on Tony Kushner's play of the same name.