7 films (you probably didn't realise were) based on Shakespeare's work


1. My Own Private Idaho

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Way before Brokeback Mountain was being described as the "gay cowboy movie", My Own Private Idaho was known as the "gay hustler film".

The Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix award-nominated movie is loosely based on Shakespeare's Henry IV, pulling in aspects from parts one and two of the Bard's histories.

2. 10 Things I Hate About You

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With a Nineties cast featuring some of the decade's most prevalent stars: Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Alex Mack's Larisa Oleynik, 10 Things I Hate About You was based on the Bard's comedy The Taming Of The Shrew.

In the high-school film, Bianca can't date until her sister Kat does, something the elder Stratford girl is uninterested in doing, until that is Patrick Verona (Ledger) enters to put a cat among the pigeons.

There's a healthy dose of Shakespeare quoted, mainly during English classes, but even the poster plays homage to other works. The tagline: "How do I loathe thee, let me count the ways" plays with the famous line "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways" from Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 43.

3. She's The Man

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Shakespeare's comedies are awash with plots where people get confused for other people - often women dressed as men. That's certainly the case in Twelfth Night which doubles as a story guide for 2006 flick She's The Man.

Amanda Bynes impersonates her brother so he can ditch school. Ignoring the practicalities of how this would actually work (which Shakespeare seemed to do too) Viola (Bynes) rocks up at the boarding school. She then falls for a guy, who thinks she's a dude with a host of other romantic confusions along the way. Shakespeare would be proud.

4. Warm Bodies

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Shakespeare's works are divided into histories, comedies and tragedies but the team behind horror flick Warm Bodies resurrected Romeo and Juliet for a completely different genre.

Nicholas Hoult steps up as the re-imagined Romeo, actually called R who is a zombie while Juliet is Julie - a scavenger in a futuristic world. Think of it as Romeo and Juliet and Zombies - but better, according to reviews from 2013. There are other movie remakes of Romeo and Juliet, but they're a bit obvious to make the cut. West Side Story for one.

5. Throne Of Blood

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Heading further back in time, Akira Kurosawa's 1957 film Throne Of Blood is a reworking of Macbeth. Fans of the film will be keen to point out that it's much more than a "straightforward adaptation", it's definitely not a case of just swapping Scotland for Japan.

6. Forbidden Planet

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The 1950s sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet is said to be inspired by the storm-lashed island plot of The Tempest. In the Bard's work there's only three people left on an island - the former Duke of Milan Prospero and his daughter Miranda, plus native Caliban.

In the film, we have Dr Morbius and his daughter Altaira as the only two survivors on the planet Altair IV and science replaces the role of magic. There's even academic papers dedicated to comparisons of the two works.

7. Big Business

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Shakespeare's The Comedy Of Errors provides a loose plot for the Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin movie Big Business (1988). There's two sets of twins in the film who get mixed up at birth only to meet 40 years later through a series of unexpected turns. To make it doubly confusing, the two sets of twins share the same names.