5 Shakespeare Movie Couples We’re Still Obsessed With

Even though William Shakespeare would have turned 450 years old today, his plays’ themes are still completely relevant (and we love how he knew a thing or two about the challenges of being a newlywed!). In honor of his birthday, grab your partner, pick one of the below films to watch, and settle in for a night of pretty poetry (and a sword fight or two) from our favorite Shakespeare movie couples.

Photo: Gold Derby

Photo: Gold Derby

Shakespeare in Love

Why We Love It: Besides the interesting plot about Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) falling for his muse, let’s not forget that Gwyneth Paltrow won an Oscar for her role (during a time when she probably ate carbs).

Photo: NY Times

Photo: NY Times

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Why We Love It: Where else can you see Michelle Pfeiffer and Christian Bale frolicking in a forest?

Photo: Allstar/20th Century Fox/Sportsphoto

Photo: Allstar/20th Century Fox/Sportsphoto

Romeo + Juliet

Why We Love It: We were obsessed with Leo in Titanic, but let’s not forget when we officially fell in love with him as Romeo a year before. We’re still kind of sad that he and Claire didn’t date in real life.


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10 Things I Hate About You

Why We Love It: Based off of The Taming of the Shrew, this adaptation never gets old, and neither do Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles. In short: We burn, we pine, we perish.


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The Taming of the Shrew

Why We Love It: Classic movie lovers know that there’s no better Shakespeare movie pairing than Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

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