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Romeo and Juliet (1996)

A cornerstone of all forbidden love stories, Shakespeare’s infamous tragedy has been adapted to film on multiple occasions, but none better than Baz Lurhman’s 1996 effort in which the love story is played out on the hip modern streets of Verona, yet retaining the original dialogue. Leo burst onto the scenes as Hollywood’s new leading man in this film for his heartbreaking performance as Romeo Montague, one half of the star crossed lovers, who falls for Juliet Capulet (Claire Danes) in spite of their families’ long-standing feud. Romeo and Juliet defy their families’ disgust for each other and chose love; but it is a doomed love that ends in tragedy…

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