9 Times Romeo And Juliet Took On New Life In Movies

Shakespeare's most famous tragedy has inspired many a film - even if it wasn't always obvious.

  1. 1

    West Side Story (1961)

    West Side Story is the top of almost every Shakespearean-inspired film list, and with good reason. Combine the tale with rival gangs and it's a true modern tragedy.

  2. 2

    Romeo + Juliet (1996)

    This Baz Luhrmann remake incorporated a bunch of modern twists like the setting and music - and Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes - into the classic tale of lost love.

  3. 3

    The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride (1998)

    When Simba's daughter falls for a lion from the wrong side of the Pride Lands, Romeo & Juliet's storyline gets a twist (and a killer soundtrack).

  4. 4

    Shakespeare In Love (1998)

    Add more Shakespeare to one of his own plays and you get this Gwyneth Paltrow film about the (fictional) star-crossed love that inspired his writing.

  5. 5

    Romeo Must Die (2000)

    If you've ever watched (or read) this Shakespeare classic and decided it need a bit more action, this is the adaptation for you.

  6. 6

    Bring It On: In It To Win It (2007)

    This cheerleading flick is more West Side Story than Romeo and Juliet, just with a lot less dying in the end (spoilers).

  7. 7

    Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (2010)

    Shakespeare's tale goes to camp in this Disney Channel tv movie with the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato in the starring roles.

  8. 8

    Gnomeo and Juliet (2011)

    What happens when you throw Shakespearean tragedies against garden gnomes? A sassy cartoon featuring an amazing voice cast.

  9. 9

    Warm Bodies (2013)

    Zombies are the name of the game when it comes to this Shakespearean adaptation starring Nicholas Hoult.

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