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Bette Davis in The Little Foxes (1941)

Edith Evans in The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)

Katharine Hepburn in The Lion in Winter (1968)

Mieko Harada in Ran (1985)

Sigourney Weaver in Working Girl (1988)

Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction (1987), Dangerous Liaisons (1988), and 101 Dalmatians (1996)

Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct (1992)

Meryl Streep in The Manchurian Candidate (2004),  The Devil Wears Prada (2006), and The Iron Lady (2011)

Uma Thurman in Kill Bill (2003/2004)

Isabelle Huppert in Elle (2016)


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Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)

Green Card (1990)

Forget Paris (1995)

Party Girl (1995)

The Truth about Cats and Dogs (1996)

Mrs. Winterbourne (1996)

Fools Rush In (1997)

Picture Perfect (1997)

There's Something about Mary (1998)

Never Been Kissed (1999)



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My Fair Lady  (based on George Bernard Shaw play, Pygmalion)                    Animated GIF

An Inspector Calls   (adapted from J.B. Priestley play)                                  Animated GIF

The Rocky Horror Picture Show  (adapted from Richard O'Brien musical)  Animated GIF

Witness for the Prosecution  (from Agatha Christie play)                   Animated GIF

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Blithe Spirit (1945) (Noël Coward)

The Browning Version (1951)(Terence Rattigan)

The Importance of Being Earnest (1952) (Oscar Wilde)

The Entertainer (1960) (John Osborne)

Betrayal (1983) (Harold Pinter)

The Dresser (1983) (Ronald Harwood)

Amadeus (1984) (Peter Shaffer)

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1990) (Tom Stoppard)

The Madness of King George (1994) (Alan Bennett)

Frost/Nixon (2008) (Peter Morgan)

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Some very free adaptations of Shakespeare:

The Comedy of Errors: The Boys from Syracuse (1940)

Hamlet: The Bad Sleep Well (1960), Johnny Hamlet (1968), Strange Brew (1983), The Lion King (1994), In the Bleak Midwinter (1995), Let the Devil Wear Black (1999)

Henry IV Part I / Henry  IV Part 2 / Henry V:  My Own Private Idaho (1991)

King Lear: Ran (1985), A Thousand Acres (1997)

Macbeth: Throne of Blood (1957), Men of Respect (1990)

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Get Over It (2001), Were the World Mine (2008), Strange Magic (2018)

Othello: A Double Life (1948), All Night Long (1962)

Richard III: Tower of London (1939)

Romeo and Juliet: West Side Story (1961), Romanoff and Juliet (1961), China Girl (1987), Love Is All There Is (1996), Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)

The Taming of the Shrew: You Made Me Love You (1933), Kiss Me, Kate (1953), 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

The Tempest: Yellow Sky (1948), Forbidden Planet (1956), Tempest (1982)

Twelfth Night: She's the Man (2006)

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Night Must Fall (1937) and The Corn Is Green (1945) (Emlyn Williams)

Romanoff and Juliet (1961) (Peter Ustinov)

A Man for All Seasons (1966) (Robert Bolt)

Sleuth (1972) (Anthony Shaffer)

The Man in the Glass Booth (1975) (Robert Shaw)

Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981) (Brian Clark)

Privates On Parade (1982) (Peter Nichols)

Noises Off (1992) (Michael Frayn)

Closer (2004) (Patrick Marber)



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Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924)

The NeverEnding Story (1984)

DragonHeart (1996)

Shrek (2001)

Spirited Away (2001)

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

Reign of Fire (2002)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Eragon (2006)

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

Maleficent (2014)


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Anna May Wong is the Daughter of the Dragon  (1931)                                                                                    e529b70f5088ff95eaeb847fe1374214.gif

the 'flagon with the dragon'  in The Court Jester                                        Animated GIF

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