Macbeth, 1908 film directed by J. Stuart Blackton.

William V. Ranous as Macbeth

Louise Carver as Lady Macbeth


Macbeth (USA, 1916 B&W, Silent, imdb)

John Emerson

Herbert Beerbohm Tree as Macbeth

Constance Collier as Lady Macbeth

Macbeth (USA, 1948)

In my humble opinion if you only ever get to see one version of Macbeth then this should be the one. Orson is magnificant, the music and atmosphere mind blowing as we pick towards the fatalistic doom of one driven by outside forces to die.

Orson Welles director and as Macbeth

Jeanette Nolan as Lady Macbeth


Hallmark Hall of Fame Macbeth (USA, TV, 1954, imdb)

Maurice Evans as Macbeth

Judith Anderson as Lady Macbeth


Hallmark Hall of Fame Macbeth (1960, imdb)

Emmy Award-winning remake, featuring an all-British supporting cast, and filmed on location in England and Scotland.

Maurice Evans as Macbeth

Judith Anderson as Lady Macbeth


Play of the Month: Macbeth (UK, TV, 1970; USA, TV, 1975)

John Gorrie director

Eric Porter as Macbeth

Janet Suzman as Lady Macbeth


Macbeth (USA and UK, 1971)

OK so I know Polanski isn't exactly flavour of the month but his Macbeth is a great work of art all the same. Something about the seventies aura (similarly Zeferelli's Romeo and Juliet) really brings the Shakespearean aura to life and Jon Finch is incredible. Well worth a looksie.

Roman Polanski director

Jon Finch as Macbeth

Francesca Annis as Lady Macbeth


Macbeth (1978 TV drama) (UK, 1978)

film of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Other Place production.

Trevor Nunn, director

Ian McKellen as Macbeth

Judi Dench as Lady Macbeth


Macbeth (UK, 1981)

Arthur Allan Seidelman director

Jeremy Brett as Macbeth

Piper Laurie as Lady Macbeth


BBC Television Shakespeare Macbeth (TV, UK, 1988) -

Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.

Jack Gold director

Nicol Williamson as Macbeth

Jane Lapotaire as Lady Macbeth


The Animated Shakespeare Macbeth (TV, Russia and UK, 1992)

Nicolai Serebryakov director

Brian Cox as the voice of Macbeth

Zoë Wanamaker as the voice of Lady Macbeth


Macbeth (UK, 1997)

Jeremy Freeston and Brian Blessed directors

Jason Connery as Macbeth

Helen Baxendale as Lady Macbeth


Macbeth (TV, UK, 1998)

Michael Bogdanov director

Sean Pertwee as Macbeth

Greta Scacchi as Lady Macbeth


Macbeth (Video, UK, 2001).

Film of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Swan production.

Gregory Doran director

Antony Sher as Macbeth

Harriet Walter as Lady Macbeth

Richard Armitage as Angus


Macbeth (Australia, 2006)

film set against the backdrop of a violent gang war in MelbourneAustralia.

Geoffrey Wright director

Sam Worthington as Macbeth

Victoria Hill as Lady Macbeth


Macbeth (TV, UK, 2010)

television adaptation of Royal Shakespeare Company's stage production

Rupert Goold director

Patrick Stewart as Macbeth

Kate Fleetwood as Lady Macbeth


Macbeth (UK, 2015) (review)

Justin Kurzel director

Michael Fassbender as Macbeth

Marion Cotillard as Lady MacbethMacbeth