List of Shakespeare Films on the iTunes Store

If you like Shakespeare, you may like to watch the many filmed adaptations of his plays. You may want to buy them, to add to your collection, or you may simply want to rent a movie of a Shakespeare play to watch one evening.

Here is a list of all the Shakespeare adaptations I could find on the iTunes Store. I started making this list for myself, but realized that others might find it useful. The links are to the US iTunes Store; other country stores may or may not have all of these films, and others countries may have films that are not on this list.

I’ve put the names of actors, and, in some cases, directors under each graphic. I’ve also put star ratings next to the ones that I’ve seen, and, in some cases, links to reviews on my website.

All’s Well That Ends Well

Antony and Cleopatra

Charlton Heston, Hildegard Neil, Eric Porter, 1972

As You Like It

★★★★ Brendan Hughes, Naomi Frederick, Laura Rogers, Dominic Rowan, Philip Bird, Jack Laskey, 2010 (Globe Theatre stage production)

The Comedy of Errors


★★★★ Greard Butler, Ralph Fiennes, Harry Fenn, Jessica Chastain, Vanessa Redgrave, 2012



Laurence Olivier, Leslie Banks, Basil Sydney, Eileen Herlie, Norman Wooland, 1948

★★★★★ Kenneth Branagh (dir.), Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Kate Winslet, Jack Lemmon, Billy Crystal, Charlton Heston, 1996

★★★★★ Gregory Doran (dir.), David Tenant, Patrick Stewart, Penny Downie, Oliver Ford Davies, Peter De Jersey, Mariah Gale, 2010 (Royal Shakespeare Company, filmed for TV)

★★★★ Franco Zeffirelli (dir.), Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates, Paul Scofield, Ian Holm, Helena Bohnam Carter, 1990

Ethan Hawke, Sam Shepard, Kyle MacLachlan, Steve Sahn, Julia Stiles, Diane Venora, Karl Geary, Liev Schreiber, Bill Murray, 2000

Henry IV Part 1

★★★★ Richard Eyre (dir.), Jeremy Irons, Simon Russell Beale, Tom Hiddleston, Julie Walters, Maxine Peake, Michelle Dockery, 2012 (Part of the four-part TV series The Hollow Crown)

Henry IV Part 2

Richard Eyre (dir.), Jeremy Irons, Simon Russell Beale, Tom Hiddleston, Julie Walters, Maxine Peake, Michelle Dockery, 2012 (Part of the four-part TV series The Hollow Crown)

Henry V

Laurence Olivier, Leslie Banks, Robert Newton, Renee Asherson, Leo Genn, 1944

Tom Hiddleston, John Hurt, Anton Lesser, Julie Walters, Paterson Joseph, 2012 (Part of the four-part TV series The Hollow Crown)

Henry VI Part 1

Henry VI Part 2

Henry VI Part 3

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

Joseph L. Mankiewicz (dir.), Marlon Brando, John Gielgud, James Mason, Calhern Louis, 1953

King John

King Lear

Loves Labour’s Lost

Kenneth Branagh, Matthew Lillard, Alicia Silverstone, Allessandro Nivola, Adrien Lester, Natascha McElhone, Timothy Spall, Nathan Lane, 2000

Philip Cumbus, Michelle Terry, Thomasin Rand, Paul Ready, Tom Stuart, 2010 (Globe Theatre stage production)


Patrick Stewart, Michael Feast, Scott Handy, Kate Fleetwood, 2010

Roman Polanski (dir.), Jon Finch, Francesca Annis, Martin Shaw, 1971

Measure for Measure

The Merchant of Venice

★★★★★ Michael Radford (dir.), Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Joseph Fiennes, Lynn Collins, 2004

Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright, Jeremy Brett, Michael Jayston, 1973

The Merry Wives of Windsor

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Everett, Stanley Tucci, Anna Friel, Calista Flockhart, Christian Bale, 1999

Peter Hall (dir.), Helen Mirren, Paul Rogers, Judi Dench, Ian Holm, Ian Richardson, 1969

James Cagney, Dick Powell, Ian Hunter, 1935

Much Ado About Nothing

★★★ Joss Whedon (dir.), Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Reed Diamond, Clark Gregg, Fran Kranz, 2013

Kenneth Branagh (dir.), Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Richard Briers, Keanu Reeves, Kate Beckinsale, Robert Sean Leonard, Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton, 1998


Laurences Fishburne, Irene Jacob, Kenneth Branagh, 1995


Richard II

Richard III

Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud, Claire Bloom, 1955

Romeo & Juliet

Baz Luhrmann (dir.), Leonardo DiCaprio, Clare Danes, John Leguizamo, Harold Perrineau, Paul Sorvino, Paul Rudd, 1996

Franco Zeffirelli (dir.), Olivia Hussey, Leonard Whiting, Milo O’Shea, Michael York, John McEnery, 1968

George Cukor (dir.), Leslie Howard, Norma Shearer, John Barrymore, Edna May Oliver, Basil Rathbone, 1936

The Taming of the Shrew

Franco Zeffirelli (dir.), Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Hordern, Natasha Pyne, 1967

The Tempest

Christopher Plummer, Geraint Wyn Davies, James Blendick, 2010

★★★ Julie Taymor (dir.), Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Reeve Carney, Tom Conti, Chris Cooper, Alan Cumming, Ben Wishaw, Alfred Molina, 2010

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

Troilus & Cressida

Twelfth Night

Trevor Nunn (dir.), Helena Bonham Carter, Richard E. Grant, Nigel Hawthorne, Ben Kingsley, Toby Stephens, Imogen Stubbs, 1996

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Winter’s Tale

About Shakespeare

Looking for Richard, Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey,, Winona Ryder, Aidan Quinn, 2007

Shakespeare Uncovered, Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Trevor Nunn, Joely Richardson and David Tennant, 2013

★★★★★ Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, 1998