Award-winning actress Dame Maggie Smith has earned her respect over the years from the collection of Maggie Smith films out there. To say this woman's got talent is an understatement. She's genius. If you're a fan like me, then you may have seen most of these Maggie Smith films but wouldn't mind watching them again.
1. The Harry Potter Series
Maggie Smith films include the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Smith plays Professor Minerva McGonagall, head of the Gryffindor house and teacher of Transfiguration. In the final film, Hogwarts is under attack and spells must be cast to defend the school. McGonagall looks at the school and the spirit it's created before lifting her wand to start casting defenses. That scene is so powerful to me because you can see the impact her years at Hogwarts had on her, the commodity of the cast and the love of the crew. She is such a great actress!
2. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Maggie Smith stars as Miss Jean Brodie, a teacher in her prime at a school in Scotland. One of the most famous lines from this film that Smith says is Give me a girl at an impressionable age, and she's mine for life. And in this film, you can see just how her teaching techniques affect the various girls in her class. Smith won her first Academy Award for this film.
Peter Banning, portrayed by Robin Williams, may be all grown up but that doesn't mean he can't go back to Neverland. Maggie Smith plays the elderly Wendy in this film. I loved this film as a kid because Williams practically needs to relearn everything he knew to save his kids from Captain Hook. It's a challenge because being away has made him forget things like how to fly and who he was. Smith tries to tell him but Williams must discover it for himself with the help of Tinker Bell and the lost boys. It's a good film for children and any fan of Neverland.
4. My House in Umbria
Smith won two Primetime Emmy Awards for her role in the film My House In Umbria. Smith plays a novelist who, while on the train one day, gets bombed by a terrorist. She invites three survivors to come stay at her home in Umbria, Italy as they recover. I find it interesting that this film presents Aimee, a mute who stopped speaking because of the trauma of the accident. The psychology-lover in me finds that fascinating since she speaks as the film progresses and she begins to heal. The two others have quirks of their own that make this movie a classic.
5. A Room with a View
I love when Harry Potter characters star in other films together. Helena Bonham Carter and Maggie Smith both take the stage as cousins in the film A Room with a View. Smith serves as Carter's chaperone during her stay in Italy. But as soon as men mix their way into the situation, things get complicated as Smith tries to serve as moral guide and Carter gets caught up in what to do.
6. Sister Act
Remember that time Maggie Smith starred alongside Whoopi Goldberg in the Sister Act films? I do! She plays Mother Superior over the disguised Goldberg, a singer who witnessed a horrible crime. Goldberg tries to act discreet but finds that task harder than she anticipated. Check out this film for laughs, mobs, and a story you won't forget!
7. Tea with Mussolini
The upper-crust ladies of Italy take in a street-boy and raise him to be a gentlemen. This film is chock-full of Academy Award Nominated actresses, such as Cher, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, and Maggie Smith. Their lifestyle may have to change with the start of World War II but these ladies stick to their class. It's a powerful and well-produced film.
Maggie Smith is an incredible actress, as you can see from her various films. These are just some of the Maggie Smith films that I have come to love. What are some films by her to check out? What did you think of these ones?