On Friday, Joss Whedon‘s take on Much Ado About Nothing hits theaters. The film is being lauded as one of the funniest screen versions of William Shakespeare‘s work. Whedon’s rendition will join a long list of film adaptations of Shakespeare, whose material has served as the source material for everything from 10 Things I hate About You to West Side Story. In celebration of Shakespeare’s return to the big screen, we’ve rounded up the 15 best adaptations in modern film history.
15. Hamlet (2000)
Bill Murray, Ethan Hawke and Julia Stiles star in this modern-day version of Shakespeare’s play (the first of multiple Hamlet entries). It’s rewarded for its efforts to turn the story into a tech thriller.
Director Julie Taymor (The Lion King, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark) was the first to bring Shakespeare’s revenge tragedy, Titus Andronicus, to the big screen. While it doesn’t fully come together, it’s visually stunning and features wild performances from Jessica Lange and Alan Cumming.
13. Forbidden Planet
Probably the most unexpected adaption of a Shakespeare play, this sci-fi flick takes on The Tempest. It has all the campy delight of early space, adventure films.