Shakespeare plays that have been given the modern treatment

By Anna Redman

Michael Fassbender takes to the big screen in the newest adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth, the tale of a greedy Scotsman who spirals into despair after his ambition gets the better of him. When you read between the lines of Shakespeare's unique wording and rhythm of language, the age-old play suddenly has the undertones of a modern-day thriller and is among his many works to stand the test of time.

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Many other actors have appeared in movies based on the bard's tales. Some are obvious, like Kate Winslet in Hamlet, Christian Bale in A Midsummer Night's Dream or Helen Mirren in The Tempest, while others, like the late actor Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles in 10 Things I Hate About You, are more cryptic.

As we prepare to enjoy director Justin Kurzel's reimagining of a play dating back to the 1600s, we take a look at some of the major motion pictures with more original titles that have the writings of Shakespeare at their core.

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