1) 10 Things I Hate About You
Based on: The Taming of the Shrew
So maybe this one isn’t such a secret. A tale of teenagers in love gets a little help from everyone’s favorite bard, boosting it to classic status. Cameron wants to date the beautiful Bianca, but she can’t go out with anyone unless her sister Kat is also dating someone. Thus, Cameron bribes the new kid Patrick to woo Kat, which he does successfully. However, Patrick starts to realize that he has feelings for Kat too…which is right when Kat finds out about the bet. Full of teen angst, great music, and a ton of big- name stars early in their career (RIP Heath Ledger, we miss you), 10 Things I Hate About You really brings out the romantic in all of us.
2) Deliver Us from Eva
Also based on: The Taming of the Shrew
Yes, another Taming of the Shrew adaptation, but this time we’re dealing with adults. Eva is a perfectionist who is always looking out for her little sisters. This means being especially critical of their husbands, who eventually enlist Ray to woo her and get her out of the picture so they can live in peace. And while the story of The Taming of the Shrew is relatively simple, Deliver Us from Eva throws in kidnapping, faking a death, and even a soap-opera-style reveal at a funeral. Transformed into a look at early 2000s life, the film stars Gabrielle Union and LL Cool J, who make a great couple with some real chemistry. It hits home how even though the Bard’s version hasn’t aged all that well, there is still a good story underneath the Renaissance gender politics.