12 Movie Plots Swiped from Shakespeare

In a previous post (here), I mentioned eleven movies that borrowed from or based their plots on Shakespeare’s plays. Here are twelve more. The list, of course, is far from complete (and may never be):

My Own Private Idaho (1991) (draws from the Henry IV and Henry V plays)

O (2001) (an adaptation of Othello)

Ran (1985) (a Samurai version of King Lear)

Romeo Must Die (2000) (Romeo and Juliet, of course)

Scotland, PA (2001) (based on Macbeth)

She’s the Man (2006) (Twelfth Night in a suburban high school)

Strange Brew (1983) (a strange new Hamlet)

The Boys from Syracuse (1940) (based on Comedy of Errors)

Tower of London (1939) (who else but Richard III?)

Were the World Mine (2008) (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

West Side Story (1961) (a classic musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet)


Yellow Sky (1943) (a western version of The Tempest)


About writerhoss

I am a writer from southwestern Ohio, and a frequent speaker at churches, conferences, and retreats. My books include The Bard and the Bible (A Shakespeare Devotional).
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