"Shakespeare is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest English language writers of all time. His beautiful language, insight into portraying human nature, and mastery in writing dirty jokes have all landed him an iconic place in the literary canon. It seems a natural consequence, then, that artists should want to translate Shakespeare's works into other mediums--including artwork, novelizations, and a seemingly infinite number of screen adaptations.
But which of these adaptations are the most successful at bringing Shakespeare's genius to a wider audience? How can movies compare to the Bard's original texts themselves? In honor of Shakespeare's death (April 23), Stacker sought to answer these questions by compiling a list of the 50 best Shakespeare film adaptations."