1. MACBETH (1971)
Recovering from his pregnant wife’s murder at the hands of the Manson gang, Roman Polanski created an exceptionally bleak, bloody take on the Bard’s darkest tale. A teenaged Keith Chegwin had a small role!
2. THRONE OF BLOOD (1957)
Akira Kurosawa – the man behind The Seven Samurai – transposed Macbeth to feudal Japan for a black and white masterpiece oozing menace and a sense of the supernatural.
3. RAN (1985)
Kurosawa was at it again, this time using King Lear as the basis of his story about two sons who betray their warlord father. The director said it was his best film.
4. MACBETH (1948)
Orson Welles shot his version of the Scottish play in just 23 days with the director in the lead role and veterans from his recent Citizen Kane playing support.
5. ROMEO + JULIET (1996)
A youthful Leonardo DiCaprio fell for Claire Danes in Baz Luhrmann’s bright and energetic take on the Bard’s best known romance.