Our film and theater experts rank and review the 25 best shakespeare movies of all time, including the most impressive adaptations of shakespeare hamlet ( 1996) given all the deep editing these texts often get for the screen, hats off to kenneth branagh for filming all four hours of the melancholy dane. Emulating the high culture of the comédie-française, french filmmakers organized a film d'art movement that cast high-profile actors in adaptations of famous plays, a movement that kenneth branagh (left) as hamlet, with julie christie as his mother, gertrude, in branagh's 1996 film version of shakespeare's hamlet. Macbeth, starring michael fassbender and marion cotillard, joins kenneth branagh's hamlet and orson welles's chimes at midnight in my top 10 films based on the stratford playwright's works.
To celebrate, this seems like a perfect time to talk about that most famous of british writers and the many great film versions of his work that are out there hamlet sir kenneth branagh's four-hour epic is probably the definitive adaptation of the story of the prince of denmark, but it's not for the faint of heart.
18 shakespeare film adaptations, ranked from worst to best byjulia seales in addition to making shakespeare's plays more accessible, film adaptations also show just how amazing his work really was kenneth branagh knows shakespeare, which is why his version of hamlet is my favorite. Hamlet is a 1996 film adaptation of william shakespeare's play hamlet, directed by kenneth branagh, who also stars as prince hamlet the film also features derek jacobi as king claudius, julie christie as queen gertrude, kate winslet as ophelia, michael maloney as laertes, richard briers as polonius, and nicholas.