8 Reasons Our Love For 'Romeo + Juliet' Will Never Die, Even Though They Did

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Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann has made a name for himself as a director with enough visual flair and creative artistic design for several directors, and he cemented this reputation with 1996's Romeo + Juliet.

An iconic (if not entirely faithful) adaptation of William Shakespeare's best-known play, the movie featured Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes at the height of their young heartthrob years. It was a big success and has remained a cult favorite for decades, and here's a few reasons why.

Leo and Claire as the titular couple


Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes have come a long way since playing the baby-faced star-crossed lovers, but this is how we still love remembering both actors.

John Leguizamo as Tybalt


Tybalt, the Prince of Cats, is one of the most over-the-top and violent Shakespeare villains in the Bard's bibliography, and John Leguizamo gives him a performance to match. Turning the brute into a Latino gunslinger, this is still our favorite version of the character.

Harold Perrineau as Mercutio


Mercutio is a larger-than-life comedic genius of a character, and the second Harold Perrineau shows up in drag for the party at the Capulets' estate, it's obvious that he's perfect for the role. His costumes, mannerisms and lines are all amazingly over-the-top, and we love him for it.

We're done with the actors, so let's look at what we love about the movie itself...

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