In Verona, the ancient feud between the two families, the Montagues and the Capulets results in a street fight.
Lord and Lady Capulet are making their daughter, Juliet, marry Count Paris, whom she does not love.
At the Capulet's party, the Montague's son Romeo sees Juliet and is enamored. Juliet also falls for Romeo. Meanwhile, Juliet's cousin Tybalt plots to kill Romeo.
Romeo's friend Friar Laurence marries Romeo and Juliet, and Juliet's closest friend, her nurse, is the witness for the wedding.
In a street fight, Tybalt kills Romeo's best friend, Mercutio. Romeo kills Tybalt in revenge, and is banished from Verona.
Friar Laurence comes up with a plan to get Romeo and Juliet together. When Juliet pretends to be dead, Paris visits her grave and is killed by Romeo. Romeo does not know that Juliet is not dead, and poisons himself. Juliet wakes to find Romeo dead, and stabs herself. The parents (minus Lady Montague who died of grief) arrive with Friar Laurence and the nurse. The Montagues and Capulets decide to end their feud