Showing best popular movies like Shakespeare In Love:

Want more independent & international films similar to Shakespeare In Love?
<< FIND THEM HERE! >>
Shakespeare In Love (1998)
Comedy, Drama, History, Romance

Shakespeare In Love (1998)

Will Shakespeare is a known but struggling poet, playwright and actor who not only has sold his next play to both Philip Henslow and Richard Burbidge but now faces a far more difficult problem: he is bereft of ideas and has yet to begin writing. He is in search of his muse, the woman who will inspire him but all attempts fail him until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps. She loves the theatre and would like nothing more than to take to the stage but is forbidden from doing so as only men can be actors. She is also a great admirer of Shakespeare's works. Dressing as a man and going by the name of Thomas Kent, she auditions and is ideal for a part in his next play. Shakespeare soon sees through her disguise and they begin a love affair, one they know cannot end happily for them as he is already married and she has been promised to the dour Lord Wessex. As the company rehearses his new play, Will and Viola's love is transferred to the written page leading to the masterpiece that is Romeo and Juliet. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  rivalry,  sexuality,  guilt,  deception,  dance,  jealousy
Mood:parody,  satire
Locations:beach
Characters:actor,  psychiatrist,  actress
Story:playwright,  muse,  male drag,  play rehearsal,  queen of england,  gender disguise,  long blonde hair,  blonde woman,  theatrical producer,  mise en abyme,  elizabethan era,  church of england,  1590s,  binding breasts,  theatrical troupe,  river thames,  shakespeare play,  play within a film,  woman dressed as man,  debt collector,  castaway,  unwanted kiss,  nobility,  marriage of convenience,  reference to shakespeare's romeo and juliet,  androgyny,  sexual identity,  stuttering,  16th century,  star crossed lovers,  famous score,  writer's block,  wager,  show business,  theatre production,  tavern,  assumed identity,  autograph,  drag,  inspiration,  arrogance,  balcony,  love at first sight,  rowboat,  arranged marriage,  backstage,  rehearsal,  blockbuster,  mouse,  loss of virginity,  farce,  reference to william shakespeare,  kissing while having sex,  therapy,  cross dressing,  queen,  acting,  underwater,  premarital sex,  gift,  falling in love,  bracelet,  scream,  mistaken identity,  audition,  theater,  no opening credits,  disguise,  name in title,  sword fight,  prayer,  prostitution,  extramarital affair,  falling from height,  brawl,  love triangle,  london england,  face slap,  blonde,  fistfight,  three word title,  chase,  dancing,  character name in title,  bare breasts,  sex scene,  kiss,  dog

Anonymous (2011)
Drama, Thriller

Anonymous (2011)

Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, is presented as the real author of Shakespeare's works. Edward's life is followed through flashbacks from a young child, through to the end of his life. He is portrayed as a child prodigy who writes and performs A Midsummer Night's Dream for a young Elizabeth I. A series of events sees his plays being performed by a frontman, Shakespeare. (Read More)

Themes:writing
Characters:actress,  actor
Story:elizabethan era,  shakespeare play,  reference to shakespeare's romeo and juliet,  16th century,  playwright,  rowboat,  backstage,  reference to william shakespeare,  kissing while having sex,  queen,  prayer,  london england,  face slap,  chase,  dancing,  sex scene,  kiss,  dog

Want to refine your search by certain categories/keywords? Please email us and explain your needs!

All About Eve (1950)
Drama

All About Eve (1950)

Eve (Anne Baxter) is waiting backstage to meet her idol, aging Broadway star Margo Channing (Bette Davis). It seems innocent enough as Eve explains that she has seen Margo in EVERY performance of her current play. Only playwright/critic DeWitt (George Sanders) sees through Eve's evil plan, which is to take her parts and her fiance, Bill Simpson (Gary Merrill). When the fiance shows no interest, she tries for playwright Lloyd Richards (Hugh Marlowe), but DeWitt stops her. After she accepts her award, she decides to skip the after-party and goes to her room, where a young woman named Phoebe has sneaked into her room and fallen asleep. This is where the "Circle of Life" now comes to fruition as Eve will get played like she played Margo. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  deception,  jealousy
Mood:satire
Characters:actress,  actor
Story:playwright,  backstage,  theatrical producer,  show business,  rehearsal,  blockbuster,  reference to william shakespeare,  acting,  audition,  theater,  face slap,  character name in title,  kiss

The Libertine (2004)
Drama, Romance

The Libertine (2004)

In 1660, with the return of Charles II to the English throne, theater, the visual arts, science and sexual promiscuity flourish. Thirteen years later, in the midst of political and economical problems, Charles II asks for the return of his friend John Wilmot, aka the second Earl of Rochester, from exile back to London. John is a morally-corrupt drunkard and a sexually- active cynical poet. When the King asks John to prepare a play for the French ambassador so as to please him, John meets the aspiring actress Elizabeth Barry in the playhouse and decides to make her into a great star. He falls in love with her and she becomes his mistress. During the presentation to the Frenchman, he falls into disgrace with the court. When he was thirty-three years old and dying of syphilis and alcoholism, he converts to being a religious man. (Read More)

Themes:writing
Characters:actress,  actor
Story:wager,  theatre production,  playwright,  backstage,  rehearsal,  reference to william shakespeare,  falling in love,  theater,  prostitution,  extramarital affair,  london england,  face slap,  dancing,  dog,  kiss

Tootsie (1982) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Tootsie (1982)

Michael Dorsey is an unemployed actor with an impossible reputation. In order to find work and fund his friend's play he dresses as a woman, Dorothy Michaels, and lands the part in a daytime drama. Dorsey loses himself in this woman role and essentially becomes Dorothy Michaels, captivating women all around the city and inspiring them to break free from the control of men and become more like Dorsey's initial identity. This newfound role, however, lands Dorsey in a hot spot between a female friend/'lover,' a female co-star he falls in love with, that co-star's father who falls in love with him, and a male co-star who yearns for his affection. (Read More)

Characters:actress,  actor
Story:gender disguise,  audition,  unwanted kiss,  playwright,  autograph,  drag,  rehearsal,  blockbuster,  farce,  cross dressing,  premarital sex,  scream,  disguise,  love triangle,  dancing,  character name in title

Want to refine your search by certain categories/keywords? Please email us and explain your needs!

The Producers (2005)
Comedy, Musical

The Producers (2005)

New York, 1959. Max Bialystock was once the king of Broadway, but now all his shows close on opening night. Things turn around when he's visited by the neurotic accountant Leo Bloom, who proposes a scheme tailor-made for producers who can only make flops: raise far more money than you need, then make sure the show is despised. No one will be interested in it, so you can pocket the surplus. To this end, they produce a musical called Springtime for Hitler written by escaped Nazi Franz Liebken. Then they get the insanely flamboyant Roger De Bris to direct. Finally, they hire as a lead actress the loopy Swedish bombshell Ulla (whose last name has over 15 syllables). As opening night draws near, what can go wrong? Well, there's no accounting for taste... This is why The Producers (2005) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998). (Read More)

Themes:writing,  guilt,  deception
Characters:actress,  actor
Story:show business,  theatre production,  playwright,  backstage,  rehearsal,  reference to william shakespeare,  audition,  prayer,  face slap,  blonde,  dancing,  kiss

Barton Fink (1991)
Comedy, Drama, Thriller

Barton Fink (1991)

In 1941, New York intellectual playwright Barton Fink comes to Hollywood to write a Wallace Beery wrestling picture. Staying in the eerie Hotel Earle, Barton develops severe writer's block. His neighbor, jovial insurance salesman Charlie Meadows, tries to help, but Barton continues to struggle as a bizarre sequence of events distracts him even further from his task. (Read More)

Themes:writing
Locations:beach
Story:writer's block,  playwright,  muse,  premarital sex,  scream,  theater,  brawl,  dancing,  character name in title

The Piano (1993)
Drama, Music, Romance

The Piano (1993)

It is the mid-nineteenth century. Ada is a mute who has a young daughter, Flora. In an arranged marriage she leaves her native Scotland accompanied by her daughter and her beloved piano. Life in the rugged forests of New Zealand's North Island is not all she may have imagined and nor is her relationship with her new husband Stewart. She suffers torment and loss when Stewart sells her piano to a neighbour, George. Ada learns from George that she may earn back her piano by giving him piano lessons, but only with certain other conditions attached. At first Ada despises George but slowly their relationship is transformed and this propels them into a dire situation. (Read More)

Locations:beach
Story:famous score,  arranged marriage,  kissing while having sex,  underwater,  gift,  falling in love,  scream,  extramarital affair,  love triangle,  face slap,  sex scene

Want to refine your search by certain categories/keywords? Please email us and explain your needs!

Tristan + Isolde (2006) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998)
Drama, Romance

Tristan + Isolde (2006)

An affair between the second in line to Britain's throne and the princess of the feuding Irish spells doom for the young lovers.

Themes:rivalry,  guilt,  dance
Locations:beach
Story:long blonde hair,  blonde woman,  star crossed lovers,  rowboat,  kissing while having sex,  queen,  bracelet,  disguise,  sword fight,  extramarital affair,  love triangle,  blonde,  three word title,  dancing,  character name in title,  kiss

Gangs Of New York (2002)
Crime, Drama

Gangs Of New York (2002)

Having seen his father killed in a major gang fight in New York, young Amsterdam Vallon is spirited away for his own safety. Some years later, he returns to the scene of his father's death, the notorious Five Points district in New York. It's 1863 and lower Manhattan is run by gangs, the most powerful of which is the Natives, headed by Bill "The Butcher" Cutting. He believes that America should belong to native-born Americans and opposes the waves of immigrants, mostly Irish, entering the city. It's also the time of the Civil War and forced conscription leads to the worst riots in US history. Amid the violence and corruption, young Vallon tries to establish himself in the area and also seek revenge over his father's death. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy
Story:tavern,  rowboat,  kissing while having sex,  premarital sex,  theater,  no opening credits,  sword fight,  prayer,  prostitution,  brawl,  face slap,  fistfight,  chase,  dancing,  sex scene,  dog,  kiss

The Bodyguard (1992)
Action, Drama, Music, Romance

The Bodyguard (1992)

A pop singer has been receiving threatening notes, and her manager hires a bodyguard known for his good work. The bodyguard ruffles the singer's feathers and most of her entourage by tightening security more than they feel is necessary. The bodyguard is haunted by the fact that he was on Reagan's secret service staff but wasn't there to prevent the attack by Hinckley. Eventually the bodyguard and the singer start an affair, and she begins to believe his precautions are necessary when the stalker strikes close to home. This is why The Bodyguard (1992) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998). (Read More)

Themes:sexuality,  guilt,  jealousy
Characters:actress
Story:love at first sight,  blockbuster,  premarital sex,  falling in love,  extramarital affair,  falling from height,  brawl,  fistfight,  chase,  dancing,  dog,  kiss

Want to refine your search by certain categories/keywords? Please email us and explain your needs!

Adoration (2013)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

Lil ('Naomi Watts' (qv)) and Roz ('Robin Wright (V)' (qv)) are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town. As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers. One summer, all four are confronted by simmering emotions that have been mounting between them, and each find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  jealousy
Locations:beach
Characters:actress,  actor
Story:play rehearsal,  theatre production,  audition,  extramarital affair,  face slap,  blonde,  dancing,  kiss

Hollywood Homicide (2003) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Hollywood Homicide (2003)

When not solving murders in Tinseltown, Detective Joe Gavilan and his rookie partner Kasey Calden both moonlight in other fields: Gavilan sells real estate (poorly), and Calden aspires to become an actor (Brando, namely). Assigned to the vicious in-club slaying of a promising young rap act, the two detective delve into the recording industry where they hope to find answers - ideally ones that also come with property buyers or auditions. (Read More)

Characters:actor
Story:drag,  kissing while having sex,  premarital sex,  mistaken identity,  audition,  falling from height,  brawl,  fistfight,  chase,  kiss

Beauty And The Beast (2017)
Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Beauty And The Beast (2017)

Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  dance,  jealousy
Story:star crossed lovers,  famous score,  tavern,  blockbuster,  reference to william shakespeare,  queen,  no opening credits,  disguise,  sword fight,  falling from height,  brawl,  love triangle,  chase,  dancing,  character name in title,  kiss,  dog

Want to refine your search by certain categories/keywords? Please email us and explain your needs!

Elizabeth (1998)
Biography, Drama, History

Elizabeth (1998)

This film details the ascension to the throne and the early reign of Queen Elizabeth the First, as played by Cate Blanchett. The main focus is the endless attempts by her council to marry her off, the Catholic hatred of her and her romance with Lord Robert Dudley.

Themes:dance
Story:queen,  queen of england,  elizabethan era,  church of england,  river thames,  star crossed lovers,  16th century,  rowboat,  kissing while having sex,  prayer,  face slap,  dancing,  character name in title

Robin Hood (2010)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance

Robin Hood (2010)

Birth of a legend. Following King Richard's death in France, archer Robin Longstride, along with Will Scarlett, Alan-a-Dale and Little John, returns to England. They encounter the dying Robert of Locksley, whose party was ambushed by treacherous Godfrey, who hopes to facilitate a French invasion of England. Robin promises the dying knight he will return his sword to his father Walter in Nottingham. Here Walter encourages him to impersonate the dead man to prevent his land being confiscated by the crown, and he finds himself with Marian, a ready-made wife. Hoping to stir baronial opposition to weak King John and allow an easy French take-over, Godfrey worms his way into the king's service as Earl Marshal of England and brutally invades towns under the pretext of collecting Royal taxes. Can Robin navigate the politics of barons, royals, traitors, and the French? This is why Robin Hood (2010) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998). (Read More)

Locations:beach
Story:unwanted kiss,  rowboat,  kissing while having sex,  queen,  no opening credits,  sword fight,  falling from height,  brawl,  london england,  face slap,  fistfight,  dancing,  character name in title,  kiss,  dog

Boys Don't Cry (1999) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance

Boys Don't Cry (1999)

Based on actual events. Brandon Teena is the popular new guy in a tiny Nebraska town. He hangs out with the guys, drinking, cussing, and bumper surfing, and he charms the young women, who've never met a more sensitive and considerate young man. Life is good for Brandon, now that he's one of the guys and dating hometown beauty Lana; however, he's forgotten to mention one important detail. It's not that he's wanted in another town for GTA and other assorted crimes, but that Brandon Teena was actually born a woman named Teena Brandon. When his best friends make this discovery, Brandon's life is ripped apart. (Read More)

Themes:sexuality,  dance
Story:gender disguise,  binding breasts,  unwanted kiss,  sexual identity,  love at first sight,  cross dressing,  disguise,  three word title,  kiss

Want to refine your search by certain categories/keywords? Please email us and explain your needs!

The Three Stooges (2012)
Comedy, Family

The Three Stooges (2012)

Left on the doorstep of an orphanage run by nuns at birth, three friends Moe, Larry and Curly spend their time eye poking and slapping each other all the day long. But when their orphanage suddenly goes bankrupt, the three Stooges set out to save it by journeying into the world to find a way to raise the money required. But their quest brings them into being used in a murder scheme and landing them into a popular reality show. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Story:farce,  cross dressing,  audition,  no opening credits,  disguise,  extramarital affair,  falling from height,  brawl,  love triangle,  face slap,  fistfight,  three word title,  chase

The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen (1988)
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen (1988)

The fantastic tale of an 18th century aristocrat, his talented henchmen and a little girl in their efforts to save a town from defeat by the Turks. Being swallowed by a giant sea-monster, a trip to the moon, a dance with Venus and an escape from the Grim Reaper are only some of the improbable adventures. (Read More)

Themes:dance,  jealousy
Locations:beach
Characters:actress,  actor
Story:wager,  theatre production,  rowboat,  backstage,  mouse,  queen,  theater,  falling from height,  dancing,  character name in title,  kiss,  dog

Nothing To Lose (1997)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Nothing To Lose (1997)

When a man (Robbins) believes he has discovered that his wife is having an affair with his boss, it sets off a chain reaction of events. First he wanders into a ghetto where a robber (Lawrence) tries to take his money at gunpoint, but instead sets a wild ride from California to Arizona. The two eventually become reluctant friends. Discussing robbery techniques, they decide to get back at the boss by robbing an office safe containing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Life is further complicated by another pair of robbers who chase the first two for infringing on their territory. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Story:balcony,  farce,  premarital sex,  mistaken identity,  extramarital affair,  brawl,  face slap,  fistfight,  chase,  dancing

Want to refine your search by certain categories/keywords? Please email us and explain your needs!

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)

On New Year's Eve, inside a police station that's about to be closed for good, officer Jake Roenick must cobble together a force made up cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kill mobster Marion Bishop. This is why Assault On Precinct 13 (2005) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998). (Read More)

Themes:deception
Characters:psychiatrist
Story:long blonde hair,  blonde woman,  no opening credits,  brawl,  blonde,  fistfight,  chase,  dog,  kiss

Braveheart (1995)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Braveheart (1995)

William Wallace is a Scottish rebel who leads an uprising against the cruel English ruler Edward the Longshanks, who wishes to inherit the crown of Scotland for himself. When he was a young boy, William Wallace's father and brother, along with many others, lost their lives trying to free Scotland. Once he loses another of his loved ones, William Wallace begins his long quest to make Scotland free once and for all, along with the assistance of Robert the Bruce. (Read More)

Story:nobility,  famous score,  arranged marriage,  blockbuster,  kissing while having sex,  no opening credits,  disguise,  sword fight,  prayer,  falling from height,  london england,  sex scene

She's The Man (2006)
Comedy, Romance, Sport

She's The Man (2006)

Here's the thing! Viola's soccer team at Cornwall gets cut. She wants to join the boys team, but they do not allow girls. So she thinks "If you can't join them, beat them". So she does! She disguises herself as her twin brother Sebastian, and goes out for the rival school, Illyria, boys' soccer team and makes it. Unfortunately, she didn't plan falling in love with her roommate Duke. But Duke has his eyes on Olivia. What makes matters worse is that Olivia starts to fall for Sebastian because he/she has a sensitive side. If things couldn't get more problematic, the real Sebastian (who was in London working on his music) comes home early. He arrives on campus and has no clue that he was replaced by his twin sister. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Story:gender disguise,  binding breasts,  woman dressed as man,  androgyny,  assumed identity,  reference to william shakespeare,  cross dressing,  falling in love,  disguise,  love triangle,  london england,  face slap,  kiss

Want to refine your search by certain categories/keywords? Please email us and explain your needs!

Nine (2009)
Drama, Musical, Romance

Nine (2009)

Arrogant, self-centered movie director Guido Contini finds himself struggling to find meaning, purpose, and a script for his latest film endeavor. With only a week left before shooting begins, he desperately searches for answers and inspiration from his wife, his mistress, his muse, and his mother. As his chaotic profession steadily destroys his personal life, Guido must find a balance between creating art and succumbing to its obsessive demands. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  sexuality,  jealousy
Locations:beach
Characters:actress,  actor
Story:muse,  writer's block,  autograph,  inspiration,  extramarital affair,  love triangle,  chase,  dancing,  kiss

Lovelace (2013) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Locations:beach
Characters:actress
Story:autograph,  reference to william shakespeare,  audition,  name in title,  prayer,  prostitution,  face slap,  chase,  dancing,  character name in title,  kiss

Romeo And Juliet (1968)
Drama, Romance

Romeo And Juliet (1968)

Shakespeare's classic tale of romance and tragedy. Two families of Verona, the Montagues and the Capulets, have been feuding with each other for years. Young Romeo Montague goes out with his friends to make trouble at a party the Capulets are hosting, but while there he spies the Capulet's daughter Juliet, and falls hopelessly in love with her. She returns his affections, but they both know that their families will never allow them to follow their hearts. This is why Romeo And Juliet (1968) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998). (Read More)

Story:shakespeare play,  nobility,  star crossed lovers,  famous score,  balcony,  loss of virginity,  sword fight,  brawl,  character name in title

Want to refine your search by certain categories/keywords? Please email us and explain your needs!

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:deception,  jealousy
Story:tavern,  rowboat,  blockbuster,  queen,  disguise,  prostitution,  falling from height,  brawl,  london england,  fistfight,  chase,  character name in title,  dog

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

A sumptuous and sensual tale of intrigue, romance and betrayal set against the backdrop of a defining moment in European history: two beautiful sisters, Anne and Mary Boleyn, driven by their family's blind ambition, compete for the love of the handsome and passionate King Henry VIII.

Themes:dance,  jealousy
Locations:beach
Story:queen of england,  nobility,  16th century,  arranged marriage,  queen,  extramarital affair,  love triangle,  face slap,  dancing,  character name in title,  kiss,  dog

Team America: World Police (2004) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998)
Action, Comedy

Team America: World Police (2004)

The North American counter-terrorism force Team America attacks a group of terrorists in Paris. Later, the leader of the organization, Spottswoode, invites the famous Broadway actor Gary Johnston to join his world police and work undercover in Cairo, infiltrating a terrorist organization in the hope they will disclose their plan of destroying the world. Team America destroy the cell of terrorists, but then the Panama Canal is attacked by the criminals as a payback. Gary feels responsible for the death of many innocents and leaves the counter-terrorism organization. When the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Il, joins a group of pacifist actors and actresses with the intention of using weapons of massive destruction, Team America tries to avoid the destruction of the world. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  jealousy
Mood:parody,  satire
Characters:actor
Story:tavern,  backstage,  acting,  underwater,  premarital sex,  disguise,  sword fight,  falling from height,  kiss

Want to refine your search by certain categories/keywords? Please email us and explain your needs!

Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

Young lovers Hero and Claudio are to be married in one week. To pass the time, they conspire with Don Pedro to set a "lover's trap" for Benedick, an arrogant confirmed bachelor, and Beatrice, his favorite sparring partner. Meanwhile, the evil Don Jon conspires to break up the wedding by accusing Hero of infidelity. In the end, though, it all turns out to be "much ado about nothing." (Read More)

Themes:deception,  dance,  jealousy
Story:shakespeare play,  nobility,  16th century,  reference to william shakespeare,  mistaken identity,  dancing,  dog,  kiss

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

Themes:guilt,  deception
Story:tavern,  rowboat,  queen,  no opening credits,  sword fight,  brawl,  face slap,  fistfight,  chase,  character name in title,  kiss

Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Story:assumed identity,  blockbuster,  mouse,  loss of virginity,  premarital sex,  audition,  disguise,  prayer,  prostitution,  extramarital affair,  chase,  dancing,  sex scene,  dog

Want to refine your search by certain categories/keywords? Please email us and explain your needs!

Ben-hur (2016) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History

Ben-hur (2016)

Themes:deception,  jealousy
Locations:beach
Story:wager,  balcony,  queen,  gift,  no opening credits,  sword fight,  dancing,  character name in title,  dog

High-rise (2015)
Drama

High-rise (2015)

Class struggle becomes all too real as a young doctor moves into a modern apartment block in suburban 1975 London. Drugs, drink & debauchery dissolve into murder, mayhem and misogyny in this pseudo-post-apocalyptic breakdown of societal norms.

Mood:satire
Characters:psychiatrist,  actress
Story:autograph,  balcony,  no opening credits,  extramarital affair,  falling from height,  london england,  face slap,  dancing,  bare breasts,  kiss,  dog

Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Comedy, Drama

Synecdoche, New York (2008)

Theater director Caden Cotard is mounting a new play. Fresh off of a successful production of Death of a Salesman, he has traded in the suburban blue-hairs and regional theater of Schenectady for the cultured audiences and bright footlights of Broadway. Armed with a MacArthur grant and determined to create a piece of brutal realism and honesty, something into which he can put his whole self, he gathers an ensemble cast into a warehouse in Manhattan's theater district. He directs them in a celebration of the mundane, instructing each to live out their constructed lives in a small mock-up of the city outside. As the city inside the warehouse grows, Caden's own life veers wildly off the tracks. The shadow of his ex-wife Adele, a celebrated painter who left him years ago for Germany's art scene, sneers at him from every corner. Somewhere in Berlin, his daughter Olive is growing up under the questionable guidance of Adele's friend, Maria. He's helplessly driving his marriage to actress Claire into the ground. Sammy Barnathan, the actor Caden has hired to play himself within the play, is a bit too perfect for the part, and is making it difficult for Caden to revive his relationship with the alluringly candid Hazel. Meanwhile, his therapist, Madeline Gravis, is better at plugging her best-seller than she is at counselling him. His second daughter, Ariel, is disabled. And a mysterious condition is systematically shutting down each of his autonomic functions, one by one. As the years rapidly pass, Caden buries himself deeper into his masterpiece. Populating the cast and crew with doppelgangers, he steadily blurs the line between the world of the play and that of his own deteriorating reality. As he pushes the limits of his relationships, both personally and professionally, a change in creative direction arrives in Millicent Weems, a celebrated theater actress who may offer Caden the break he needs. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  sexuality
Characters:actress,  actor
Story:mise en abyme,  rehearsal,  reference to william shakespeare,  therapy,  audition,  theater,  blonde,  three word title,  bare breasts

Want to refine your search by certain categories/keywords? Please email us and explain your needs!

Spellbound (1945)
Film-noir, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Spellbound (1945)

Dr. Constance Petersen (Ingrid Bergman) is a psychiatrist at Green Manors mental asylum. The head of Green Manors has just been replaced, with his replacement being the renowned Dr. Anthony Edwardes (Gregory Peck). Romance blossoms between Dr. Petersen and Dr. Edwards but Dr. Edwards starts to show odd aversions and personality traits. It is discovered that he is an impostor, and amnesiac, and may have killed the real Dr. Edwardes. Dr. Petersen is determined to discover the truth through unlocking the secrets held in the impostor's mind, a process which potentially puts her and others' lives at risk. This is why Spellbound (1945) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998). (Read More)

Themes:guilt
Characters:psychiatrist
Story:unwanted kiss,  famous score,  assumed identity,  autograph,  love at first sight,  therapy,  falling in love,  falling from height

Mirror Mirror (2012) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy

Mirror Mirror (2012)

After a beloved King vanishes, his ruthless wife seizes control of the kingdom and keeps her beautiful 18-year-old stepdaughter, Snow White, hidden away in the palace. But when the princess attracts the attention of a charming and wealthy visiting prince, the jealous Queen banishes the girl to a nearby forest. Taken in by a band of rebellious but kindhearted dwarfs, Snow White blossoms into a brave young woman determined to save her country from the Queen. With the support of her new friends, she roars into action to reclaim her birthright and win back her Prince in this magical adventure comedy that will capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences the world over. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  dance,  jealousy
Story:queen,  no opening credits,  disguise,  sword fight,  chase,  character name in title,  kiss

Wicker Park (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Wicker Park (2004)

Matthew, a young advertising executive in Chicago, puts his life and a business trip to China on hold when he thinks he sees Lisa, the love of his life who walked out on him without a word two years earlier, walking out of a restaurant one day. With a little help from his friend Luke, Matthew obsessively and relentlessly tracks Lisa down and while doing so, runs into another young woman calling herself Lisa whom, unknown to Matthew, is an actress named Alex and may hold the key to Lisa's disappearance, and discovery. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Characters:actress
Story:shakespeare play,  assumed identity,  love at first sight,  backstage,  rehearsal,  premarital sex,  dancing,  sex scene,  kiss

Want to refine your search by certain categories/keywords? Please email us and explain your needs!

Titanic (1997)
Drama, Romance

Titanic (1997)

84 years later, a 100 year-old woman named Rose DeWitt Bukater tells the story to her granddaughter Lizzy Calvert, Brock Lovett, Lewis Bodine, Bobby Buell and Anatoly Mikailavich on the Keldysh about her life set in April 10th 1912, on a ship called Titanic when young Rose boards the departing ship with the upper-class passengers and her mother, Ruth DeWitt Bukater, and her fiance, Caledon Hockley. Meanwhile, a drifter and artist named Jack Dawson and his best friend Fabrizio De Rossi win third-class tickets to the ship in a game. And she explains the whole story from departure until the death of Titanic on its first and last voyage April 15th, 1912 at 2:20 in the morning. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  jealousy
Story:star crossed lovers,  famous score,  arrogance,  love at first sight,  rowboat,  arranged marriage,  blockbuster,  loss of virginity,  kissing while having sex,  underwater,  premarital sex,  gift,  no opening credits,  prayer,  falling from height,  love triangle,  face slap,  chase,  dancing,  bare breasts,  sex scene,  kiss

A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Crime, Drama, Sci-fi

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Protagonist Alex DeLarge is an "ultraviolent" youth in futuristic Britain. As with all luck, his eventually runs out and he's arrested and convicted of murder and rape. While in prison, Alex learns of an experimental program in which convicts are programmed to detest violence. If he goes through the program, his sentence will be reduced and he will be back on the streets sooner than expected. But Alex's ordeals are far from over once he hits the mean streets of Britain that he had a hand in creating. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  sexuality,  deception
Mood:satire
Characters:psychiatrist,  actor
Story:therapy,  famous score,  blockbuster,  premarital sex,  scream,  no opening credits,  disguise,  falling from height,  brawl,  london england,  fistfight,  three word title

Victor Frankenstein (2015) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Victor Frankenstein (2015)

James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protege Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor's experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation. This is why Victor Frankenstein (2015) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998). (Read More)

Themes:deception
Story:assumed identity,  underwater,  no opening credits,  falling from height,  brawl,  london england,  face slap,  fistfight,  chase,  dancing,  character name in title

Want to refine your search by certain categories/keywords? Please email us and explain your needs!

Wo Hu Cang Long (2000)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

Wo Hu Cang Long (2000)

In 19th century Qing Dynasty China, a warrior gives his sword, Green Destiny, to his lover to deliver to safe keeping, but it is stolen, and the chase is on to find it. The search leads to the House of Yu where the story takes on a whole different level.

Story:male drag,  tavern,  arranged marriage,  underwater,  premarital sex,  gift,  no opening credits,  sword fight,  brawl,  chase,  kiss

Troy (2004)
Drama, History, Romance

Troy (2004)

As the Greeks fall, they decided to head back home. King Priam decides to have one last battle with the Greeks to leave Troy for good. It was a night battle so the Greeks didn't knew, raining them down with flaming arrows and lighting huge balls of dry branches and rolling them down at the beach. It was a battle that Achilles wasn't in, but his cousin Patroclus pretended to be him by wearing his armor, his sword, his helmet, and his moves. Hector finally had a battle with Achilles not knowing it wasn't him. Patroclus was fast but Hector was faster, causing him to cut Patroclus's neck and finishing him with a sword to the heart. (Read More)

Locations:beach
Story:long blonde hair,  blockbuster,  kissing while having sex,  queen,  gift,  mistaken identity,  sword fight,  falling from height,  blonde,  sex scene,  kiss

Hamlet (1996)
Drama

Hamlet (1996)

Hamlet, son of the king of Denmark, is summoned home for his father's funeral and his mother's wedding to his uncle. In a supernatural episode, he discovers that his uncle, whom he hates anyway, murdered his father. In an incredibly convoluted plot--the most complicated and most interesting in all literature--he manages to (impossible to put this in exact order) feign (or perhaps not to feign) madness, murder the "prime minister," love and then unlove an innocent whom he drives to madness, plot and then unplot against the uncle, direct a play within a play, successfully conspire against the lives of two well-meaning friends, and finally take his revenge on the uncle, but only at the cost of almost every life on stage, including his own and his mother's. (Read More)

Characters:actor
Story:shakespeare play,  star crossed lovers,  queen,  premarital sex,  sword fight,  falling from height,  face slap,  character name in title

Want to refine your search by certain categories/keywords? Please email us and explain your needs!

Seeking Justice (2011) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Seeking Justice (2011)

In New Orleans, English teacher of the high school Rampart High, Will Gerard, and his wife, musician Laura Gerard, are in love with each other. One night, Laura leaves a rehearsal and is assaulted, while Will is playing chess with his friend Jimmy. Will is visiting her in hospital when, out of the blue, a stranger named Simon tells him that he belongs to an organization of vigilantes and offers to eliminate the assailant. In return, the organisation would want a favor from Will in the future. Will agrees, and the criminal is murdered. Six months later, Simon collects his debt with Will. He demands that Will kill Alan Marsh, a pedophile. Will accidentally kills Alan and soon he learns that the victim was an awarded journalist that was investigating the organization. Now he seeks evidences to prove his innocence but the network of the organization is powerful and is seeking Will out to eliminate him. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Story:blonde woman,  rehearsal,  reference to william shakespeare,  kissing while having sex,  disguise,  falling from height,  brawl,  blonde,  fistfight,  chase,  kiss

Lolita (1997)
Drama, Romance

Lolita (1997)

Humbert Humbert, a British professor coming to the US to teach, rents a room in Charlotte Haze's house, but only after he sees her 14-year-old daughter, Dolores (Lolita), to whom he is immediately attracted. Though he hates the mother, he marries her as this is the only way to be close to the girl, who will prove to be too mature for her age. They start a journey together, trying to hide they're not just (step)father and daughter, throughout the country, being followed by someone whom Humbert first suspects to be from the police. The profound jealousy, and maybe some guilt from the forbidden love, seem slowly to drive the man emotionally labile. This is why Lolita (1997) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998). (Read More)

Themes:writing,  sexuality,  guilt,  jealousy
Story:playwright,  backstage,  loss of virginity,  face slap,  dancing,  character name in title,  dog,  kiss

Original Sin (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Original Sin (2001)

When a man selects a mail order bride, he is surprised to see the beauty who appears before him. She alleges that she sent false photos to him to assure that he would love her for what she is and not for her beauty. However, what she is is a con artist, prostitute, and actress, who teams with a fellow actor to steal money from men. What she does not expect is that she falls in love with her new husband and ultimately must decide between him and her sadistic former lover. Contains explicit sex including sadistic acts as Thomas Jane cuts Jolie's back with a knife as part of their lovemaking. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  dance
Characters:actress,  actor
Story:unwanted kiss,  theatre production,  backstage,  kissing while having sex,  prayer,  dancing,  sex scene,  kiss

Want to refine your search by certain categories/keywords? Please email us and explain your needs!

Atonement (2007)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War

Atonement (2007)

In 1939, Robbie Turner is a private in the British Army, he and his battalion who are heading to France to fight in the war. A stint in the army is not where his life was headed, which took a radical turn four years earlier at the Tallis estate where he grew up as his mother worked as the Tallis' live-in housekeeper. As such, he grew up with the three Tallis children: son Leon, and daughters Cecilia and Briony. Robbie and Cecilia were just getting to the stage of their lives of being able to confess their true love for each other. But then thirteen year old aspiring writer Briony also had a crush on the older Robbie. Based on two incidents she saw between Cecilia and Robbie (one only from afar), on reading a private letter Robbie wrote to Cecilia and on her own feelings for Robbie, Briony told some truths and half-truths about Robbie which resulted in this turn in his life. Robbie is able to reconnect with Cecilia before he is shipped off to France, and lives only to be able to head back to London to be with Cecilia and make up for the missing four years they could not spend together due to Briony's actions. A year later, Briony, now eighteen, also arrives in London to start working as a nurse to support the war effort. By this time, she is aware of the damage her thirteen year old self caused, and wants to atone for that error to both Cecilia from who she has been estranged, and Robbie who she has not seen since. She will make this atonement even if neither Robbie or Cecilia will ever speak to her, or if it takes the rest of her life. (Read More)

Themes:writing,  guilt,  jealousy
Locations:beach
Story:star crossed lovers,  playwright,  rowboat,  rehearsal,  loss of virginity,  reference to william shakespeare,  underwater,  premarital sex,  mistaken identity,  london england,  kiss,  dog

Johnny English Reborn (2011) is one of the best movies like Shakespeare In Love (1998)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Johnny English Reborn (2011)

Rowan Atkinson returns to the role of the accidental secret agent who doesn't know fear or danger in the comedy spy-thriller Johnny English Reborn. In his latest adventure, the most unlikely intelligence officer in Her Majesty's Secret Service must stop a group of international assassins before they eliminate a world leader and cause global chaos. In the years since MI-7's top spy vanished off the grid, he has been honing his unique skills in a remote region of Asia. But when his agency superiors learn of an attempt against the Chinese premier's life, they must hunt down the highly unorthodox agent. Now that the world needs him once again, Johnny English is back in action. With one shot at redemption, he must employ the latest in hi-tech gadgets to unravel a web of conspiracy that runs throughout the KGB, CIA and even MI-7. With mere days until a heads of state conference, one man must use every trick in his playbook to protect us all. For Johnny English, disaster may be an option, but failure never is. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Characters:psychiatrist
Story:queen,  mistaken identity,  disguise,  name in title,  falling from height,  brawl,  london england,  fistfight,  three word title,  chase,  dancing,  character name in title,  dog

Wild Wild West (1999)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi, Western

Wild Wild West (1999)

Jim West is a guns-a-blazing former Civil War hero. Artemus Gordon is an inventive U.S. Marshal who excels in disguise. When the United States is threatened by psychotic Confederate Arliss Loveless, President Ulysses Grant teams the duo up to bring him to justice. On a hazard-packed train journey from Washington D.C. to Utah, West and Gordon must combine their skills to best Loveless and his diabolical machines. (Read More)

Story:disguise,  drag,  blockbuster,  cross dressing,  sword fight,  prostitution,  brawl,  love triangle,  fistfight,  three word title,  chase,  character name in title

Want to refine your search by certain categories/keywords? Please email us and explain your needs!

Showing 50 most popular matches above.
Looking for arthouse and lower-budget films similar to Shakespeare In Love?
<< FIND THEM HERE! >>
(Poster artwork courtesy of TheMovieDB.org)