5 Movies Based on Shakespeare Plays

At times you may be watching a new movie and realize that it is very similar to another movie you may have seen before. That is probably because the overall plot was based on a Shakespearian play! We searched for top movies with a Shakespearian plot. Some of what we found was completely obvious while others would have you saying, “Duh! How did I not make the connection?”

1. The Lion King

Although this Disney movie has been connected to other mythologies such as the biblical story of Joseph and Moses, The Lion King’s story plot can definitely be connected to the play ‘Hamlet.’ The act of Scar killing Mufasa to become king and Timon and Pumbaa playing the role of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Hamlet’s friends, can all be tied into the play.

Other movies based on ‘Hamlet’: The Bad Sleep Well, and Strange Brew

2. 10 Things I Hate About You

This one couldn’t be clearer. The plot for this movie is almost exactly like that of ‘The Taming of the Shrew.’ In the movie Bianca (Bianca) can’t date Cameron (Lucentio) until Katherina (Katherina) dates so, she gets set up with bad boy Patrick (Petruchio).

Other movies based on ‘The Taming of the Shrew’: Deliver us From Eva, and Kiss Me Kate

3. Romeo Must Die

This one is definitely a little more difficult to make out but, the story line can be connected to that of ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ The bigger difference is that the relationship’s issue is not much about family loyalty as it is about race, and, even though it incorporates a love story, the movie is more of an action film.

Other movies based on ‘Romeo and Juliet’: West Side Story, and Warm Bodies

4. Get Over It

This movie may have the most obvious connection to a Shakespearian play than the rest of the movies. The storyline is based on a high school play on ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ As the plot unravels, the drama on the stage ends up playing out in the movie’s storyline, of course.

5. She’s the Man

Although the movie has some plot twists, it can be connected to ‘The Twelfth Night.’ In the movie, Viola poses as her twin brother so that she can play on the men’s soccer team and also ends up pursuing her brother’s roommate. In the play, however, Viola gets separated from her brother and poses as a male to help the Duke pursue a romantic interest but later ends up falling in love with the Duke.

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