In honor of 'Gnomeo & Juliet,' the latest Shakespearean film adaptation to hit theaters, we've come up with a short guide to introducing kids to the Bard's work. We've left off some of the bloodier or mature works altogether (no 'Titus,' 'Tempest,' 'Merchant of Venice,' 'Richard III,' etc.) to narrow down the field to an abridged list of classics and comedies that kids, tweens and teens would be most familiar with or find most accessible. Check out our suggestions and get thee to the video store or Netflix queue to curate your own mini-Shakespeare festival.

Kids:
'Gnomeo & Juliet' (2011, G)
Common Sense Media Rating:5+
Why See It: It's Shakespeare-meets-Elton John by way of warring English garden gnomes. It sounds a bit mad, but it's a wonderful way to introduce young kids to the themes in Shakespeare's tragic play (less war, more love, down with useless discrimination, etc.). Plus, there's no double suicide to worry about, because this Gnomeo and Juliet get to live happily ever after.
William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet Movie Poster
William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet
PG-131996
Based on 20 critics

Baz Luhrmann helped adapt this classic Shakespearean romantic tragedy for the screen, updating the setting... Read More

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Romeo and Juliet
PG1968
In Theaters on 1968

In the Italian city of Verona, the Montague and the Capulet families are perpetually feuding. When Romeo... Read More

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West Side Story
1961
In Theaters on October 18, 1961

A musical in which a modern day Romeo and Juliet are involved in New York street gangs. On the harsh... Read More

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March 15, 2017
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10 Things I Hate About You
PG-131999
Based on 26 critics

Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) is beautiful, smart and quite abrasive to most of her fellow teens, meaning... Read More

February 23, 2017
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Much Ado About Nothing
PG-131993
In Theaters on May 7, 1993

In this Shakespearean farce, Hero (Kate Beckinsale) and her groom-to-be, Claudio (Robert Sean Leonard),... Read More

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Gnomeo & Juliet
G2011
Based on 28 critics

In Stratford-Upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare, Miss Capulet and Mr. Montague feud over whose... Read More

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Hamlet
PG-131996
In Theaters on December 25, 1996

In the only unabridged film version of the classic play, here updated to the 19th century, Prince Hamlet... Read More