A Definitive Ranking Of The Top 20 Shakespeare Film Adaptations

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We all had to learn about Shakespeare in school. While some of us might have appreciated the complex characters and occasional funny fool, we usually found the language too confusing to be appreciated fully. The fact that we had to memorize verses for exam essays didn't help, either. Same goes with listening to our English teacher try and do his best Romeo. Nope. Thankfully, most Shakespeare lessons included a movie where we could more fully appreciate the works.

Since those dreaded days of high school English, you've probably discovered that there are a lot of Shakespeare adaptations. Some are more traditional retellings of the Bard's classic plays while others take more creative views of them. And some of them have been more successful than others.

If you're looking to study up on some Shakespeare during your next Netflix and chill session, but you want to make sure that you actually watch some good films, we've ranked 20 Shakespeare movie adaptions from worst to best. Don't worry, we will not be holding an exam at the end of the lesson.