Study Help Film Versions


Adaptations of Shakespeare's plays and other works have been featured in nearly 500 films and/or videos world-wide. That makes Shakespeare the most filmed playwright of all time! Here are the best, and most noteworthy, versions of The Taming of the Shrew that can help you study and better understand the play.

The Taming of the Shrew

  • 1980
  • Director: Jonathan Miller
  • Not rated

John Cleese stars in this funny and poignant adaptation of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. This BBC version makes the play accessible and relevant by illuminating our shared sense of humanity and longing for connection.

The Taming of the Shrew

  • 1967
  • Director: Franco Zeffirelli
  • Not rated

A big blustery gasbag version of the Shakespeare play. This "Shrew" is less about taming, and more about maiming. It's worth watching though, just to see stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton go at it to see who can out-act each other.