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Henry V (1944)
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre opens up to become the world in this cinematic coup that marked Olivier's directing debut. His performance as the king who led England to victory against the French at Agincourt was the centerpiece of a film that was not just a propaganda tonic for wartime Britain but also a stirring, rousing adaptation.
Some purists have bristled at Olivier's trimming of Shakespeare's four-hour psychological drama into a lean 155 minutes, but there's no arguing with his performance, generally regarded as the definitive screen Hamlet. Olivier won Oscars for Best Actor and Best Picture.
Richard III (1955)
Another Shakespeare adaptation, another definitive performance by Olivier, as the villainous, hunchbacked monarch. Once again, he transforms himself utterly and sets himself up for a decades-long stretch of playing deliciously evil villains. Gary Susman
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