What were 5 plays that Shakespeare has received much critical praise for?
Shakespeare's greatest plays are generally considered to be:
As far as a fifth play is concerned, opinions vary. The possible choices would include:
As You Like It
Antony and Cleopatra
All of these plays are thoroughly covered by eNotes, which you can access by clicking on the first reference link below. The material available in eNotes references includes many hundreds of questions and answers about most of Shakespeare's plays, including such popular ones as:
The Merchant of Venice
Romeo and Juliet
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Taming of the Shrew
King Henry V
Much Ado About Nothing
But there is widespread agreement that his four greatest plays are Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, and Othello, with Hamlet being frequently nominated as the greatest play ever written.