5 Shakespeare Movies You Might Not Know Were Shakespeare

10 things I hate about you
10 Things I Hate About You DVD; Amazon.com
In honor of Shakespeare's birthday, we've rounded up our five favorite movies inspired by the prolific bard. Popular flicks like Shakespeare in Love and Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet are the obvious choices; we chose adaptations in which the representation of the classic plays is much more subtle.


1. 10 Things I Hate About You: Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew gets a modern-day face-lift in this high school comedy starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger. Because of its cult-like following, the movie even inspired a TV show on ABC Family.

2. O: Again with teenagers in high school doing Shakespeare, this dark film is an update of Othello. The coach's son, Hugo, is a little too jealous of teammate Odin ... well, you know how this ends.

3. She's the Man: And while we're on the subject of teenage flicks, this one's a twist on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Main character Viola is disguised as a man; chaos ensues.

4. The Lion King: King is killed by brother; son of king must avenge his death. It's impossible not to see the similarities between this Disney film and Hamlet. (I thought this list wasn't supposed to be obvious!)

5. West Side Story: Musical adaption of Romeo and Juliet is just as heart-breaking as the real deal.

What's your favorite Shakespeare-inspired movie?

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