10 Awesome Movies Inspired by Shakespeare

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Photo credit: Mirisch company

Photo credit: Mirisch company

4. West Side Story

Hands up if you guessed which play as soon as you read the heading? Yup, this tale of star-crossed lovers comes courtesy of Romeo and Juliet. Except, instead of warring families it’s warring street gangs, and everything’s resolved by belting out a sensational show tune instead of rapier battles. Well, mostly. And, thank goodness, the ages of Romeo and Juliet have been upped-from seventeen and fourteen to something that resembles acceptable. It’s romantic, tragic and dramatic-and even features the presto-marriage scene.

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