Modern Movie Takes on Shakespeare Plays and Classic Literature


For your Valentine’s Day movie binge, how about a play on the classics.

ISO a fun, flirtatious film to fawn over during the season of love? Here, we curated a handful of movies with a bit of a, ahem, dramatic backstory. Think A-list flicks based on (or riffing on) Shakespearean tragedies, Jane Austen novels, and other historical or theatrical pieces you might remember from back in high school or college (totally would’ve beat the CliffsNotes). Who knew? So whether you’ve seen them a hundred times or you’re watching for the first time, don your comfiest sweats, grab the popcorn and press play on these “Easy A” classic rom-coms. Because what better way to spend V Day?! As Shakespeare (probably) would’ve said, “If movies be the food of love, play on…

She’s the Man →Twelfth Night, Shakespeare

10 Things I Hate About You → The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare

The Lion King → Hamlet, Shakespeare

West Side Story → Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare

Clueless → Emma, Jane Austen

Easy A → The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne

Bridget Jones Diary → Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen


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