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Film as Literature: Films Based on Plays

Films Based on Plays



10 Things I Hate About You

Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

After the Fox

After the Fox by Neil Simon

Agnes of God

Agnes of God by John Pielmeier


Alfie by Bill Naughton

Angels in America

Angels in America by Tony Kushner

Annie Get Your Gun

Annie Get Your Gun by Sidney Sheldon

As You Like It

As You Like It by William Shakespeare

Arsenic and Old Lace

Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring

Barefoot in the Park

Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon

Biloxi Blues

Biloxi Blues by Neil Simon

Boys from Syracuse

Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare

Boys in the Band

Boys in the Band by Matt Crowley

Brighton Beach Memoirs

Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon

Bye Bye Birdie

Bye Bye Birdie by Michael Stewart


I Am A Camera by Christopher Isherwood


Camelot by Rodgers and Hammerstein


Everybody Comes to Rick’s by Murray Bennett and Joan Alison

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams


Chicago by Maurine Dallas Watkins

Chimes at Midnight

Henry IV by William Shakespeare

Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean by Ed Graczyk


Coriolanus by William Shakespeare

Country Girl

Country Girl by Clifford Odets


Crucible by Arthur Miller


Cymbaline by William Shakespeare

Death and the Maiden

La Muerte y la Doncella by Ariel Dorfman


Deathtrap by Ira Levin

Dial M for Murder

Dial M for Murder by Frederick Knott

Don’t Drink the Water

Don’t Drink the Water by Woody Allen

Double Life

Othello by William Shakespeare


Dreamgirls by Bill Condon


Romancers by Edmond Rostand

Few Good Men

Few Good Men by Aaron Sorkin


Gaslight by Patrick Hamilton

Gin Game

Gin Game by D.L. Coburn

Glengarry Glen Ross

Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet

Goodbye Girl

Goodbye Girl by Neil Simon


Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Henry V

Henry V by William Shakespeare

His Girl Friday

The Front Page by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur


Homecoming by Harold Pinter

How to Marry a Millionaire

The Greeks Had A Word For It by Zoe Akins


Macbeth by William Shakespeare

I Ought To Be In Pictures

I Ought To Be In Pictures by Neil Simon

Ideal Husband

Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde

Importance of Being Ernest

Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde


Kind Sir by Norman Krasna

Jake’s Women

Jake’s Women by Neil Simon

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

King John

King John by William Shakespeare

King Lear

King Lear by William Shakespeare

Kiss Me Kate

Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

Lady Windemere’s Fan

Lady Windemere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde

Laramie Project

Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman

Laughter on the 23rd Floor

Laughter on the 23rd Floor by Neil Simon

Little Foxes

Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman

London Suite

London Suite by Neil Simon

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill

Lost in Yonkers

Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon

Love! Valour! Compassion!

Love! Valour! Compassion! By Terrence McNally

Man of La Mancha

Man of La Mancha by Dale Wasserman

Merchant of Venice

Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

Merry Wives of Windsor

Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare

Midsummer Night’s Dream

Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

My Fair Lady

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

My Own Private Idaho

Henry IV by William Shakespeare


Idioglossia by Mark Handley

Noises Off

Noises Off by Michael Frayn

Odd Couple

Odd Couple by Neil Simon

On Golden Pond

On Golden Pond by Ernest Thompson


Othello by William Shakespeare

Our Town

Our Town by Thorton Wilder

Prelude to a Kiss

Prelude to a Kiss by Craig Lucas


Proof by David Auburn

Richard III

Richard III by William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard

Six Degrees of Separation

Six Degrees of Separation by John Guare

Stalag 17

Stalag 17 by Donald Bevan & Edmund Trzcinski

Star Spangled Girl

Star Spangled Girl by Neil Simon

Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling

Streetcar Named Desire

Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

Strictly Ballroom

Strictly Ballroom by Baz Luhrmann

Suddenly, Last Summer

Suddenly, Last Summer by Tennessee Williams

Sunshine Boys

Sunshine Boys by Neil Simon

Taming of the Shrew

Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare


Tempest by William Shakespeare

These Three

Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare

Tower of London

Richard III by William Shakespeare

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

West Side Story

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? By Edward Albee

Winslow Boy

Winslow Boy by Terrence Rattigan

Winter’s Tale

Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare

Woman of No Importance

Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde

You Can’t Take It With You

You Can’t Take It With You by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart