The Top 10 Shakespeare Films

By February 10, 2015Top 10 Lists

The influence of Shakespeare extends to every art form, as other writers, composers and artists have adapted or transposed his work to every other artistic medium, including music (for example, the operas of Verdi and Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District), visual art (the Shakespeare paintings of Millais and Fuseli), and other branches of literature, from poetry (the Romantics first celebrated Shakespeare as the universal poet) to fiction (including Borges, whose short story, Everything and Nothing, is perhaps the greatest ever literary response to Shakespeare).

Shakespeare’s influence is equally keenly felt in the “seventh art form”, cinema. Almost since the beginning of film, at the end of the 19th century, a succession of great directors (including Olivier, Welles, Kurosawa, Brook and Luhrmann) have sought to translate his works to the screen. These are some of the greatest successes.