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The Best Maggie Smith Movies 

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List of the best Maggie Smith movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Maggie Smith's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Maggie Smith movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Maggie Smith movies will be at the top of the list. Maggie Smith has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Maggie Smith movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Maggie Smith films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Maggie Smith role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Maggie Smith performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

Items here include everything from Nowhere to Go to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Maggie Smith movies?" and "What are the greatest Maggie Smith roles of all time?"

Notable directors that have worked with Maggie Smith include names like Steven Spielberg, Robert Altman and Chris Columbus. Is Maggie Smith your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best Emma Thompson and Lillian Gish films lists too.

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The Prime of Miss Jean B... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Maggie Smith Movies
Maggie Smith, Pamela Franklin, Celia Johnson

Released: 1969

Directed by: Ronald Neame

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a 1969 British drama DeLuxe Color film, based on the novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark. The novel was turned into a play by Jay Presson Allen ...more
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Harry Potter and the Dea... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Maggie Smith Movies
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

Released: 2011

Directed by: David Yates

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is a 2011 fantasy film directed by David Yates, based on the novel by J. K. Rowling and the final film in the series. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron ...more

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A Room with a View is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Maggie Smith Movies
Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Judi Dench

Released: 1985

Directed by: James Ivory

A Room with a View is a British romance drama film directed by James Ivory and produced by Ismail Merchant of E. M. Forster's 1908 novel of the same name. The film follows closely the novel by ...more

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The Best Exotic Marigold... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Maggie Smith Movies
Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson

Released: 2011

Directed by: John Madden

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a 2012 British comedy-drama film, directed by John Madden. The screenplay, written by Ol Parker, is based on the 2004 novel These Foolish Things, by Deborah ...more

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Harry Potter and the Sor... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Maggie Smith Movies
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough

Released: 2001

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released in the United States, India and Pakistan as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) is a 2001 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus based on ...more

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Sister Act is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Maggie Smith Movies
Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel

Released: 1992

Directed by: Emile Ardolino

Sister Act is a 1992 American musical comedy film directed by Emile Ardolino and written by Joseph Howard, with musical arrangements by Marc Shaiman. It stars Whoopi Goldberg as a lounge singer ...more

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California Suite is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Maggie Smith Movies
Jane Fonda, Bill Cosby, Michael Caine

Released: 1978

Directed by: Herbert Ross

California Suite is a 1978 American comedy film directed by Herbert Ross. The screenplay by Neil Simon is based on his play of the same title. Similar to his earlier Plaza Suite, the film ...more
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Harry Potter and the Cha... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Maggie Smith Movies
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, John Cleese

Released: 2002

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a 2002 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. ...more

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Death on the Nile is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Maggie Smith Movies
Bette Davis, Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury

Released: 1978

Directed by: John Guillermin

This film is a 1978 British film based on the Agatha Christie mystery novel of the same name, directed by John Guillermin and adapted by Anthony Shaffer. The film features the Belgian detective ...more

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Harry Potter and the Gob... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Maggie Smith Movies
Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe

Released: 2005

Directed by: Mike Newell

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a 2005 fantasy film directed by Mike Newell and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film, ...more

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Harry Potter and the Ord... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Maggie Smith Movies
Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe

Released: 2007

Directed by: David Yates

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a 2007 fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The ...more

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Harry Potter and the Pri... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Maggie Smith Movies
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

Released: 2004

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a 2004 fantasy film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. ...more

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My House in Umbria is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Maggie Smith Movies
Maggie Smith, Chris Cooper, Timothy Spall

Released: 2003

Directed by: Richard Loncraine

My House in Umbria is a 2003 HBO made-for-television movie, based on the novella of the same name by William Trevor and published along with another novella in the volume Two Lives. The film ...more
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Harry Potter and the Hal... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Maggie Smith Movies
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter

Released: 2009

Directed by: David Yates

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a 2009 fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The ...more

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Murder by Death is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Maggie Smith Movies
Maggie Smith, Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness

Released: 1976

Directed by: Robert Moore

This film is a 1976 American mystery comedy film with a cast featuring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie ...more

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Gosford Park is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Maggie Smith Movies
Helen Mirren, Clive Owen, Maggie Smith

Released: 2001

Directed by: Robert Altman

Gosford Park is a 2001 British mystery film directed by Robert Altman and written by Julian Fellowes. The film stars an ensemble cast, which includes Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, ...more
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A Bed Among the Lentils ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Maggie Smith Movies
Maggie Smith

Released: 1988

Directed by: Alan Bennett

"Bed Among the Lentils" is a dramatic monologue written by Alan Bennett in 1987 for television, as part of his Talking Heads series for the BBC. The series became very popular, moving ...more
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The Lonely Passion of Ju... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Maggie Smith Movies
Maggie Smith, Bob Hoskins, Wendy Hiller

Released: 1987

Directed by: Jack Clayton

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne is a 1987 drama film made by HandMade Films Ltd. and United British Artists starring Maggie Smith and Bob Hoskins. It was directed by Jack Clayton and ...more
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A Private Function is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Maggie Smith Movies
Maggie Smith, Michael Palin, Pete Postlethwaite

Released: 1984

Directed by: Malcolm Mowbray

A Private Function is a 1984 British comedy film starring Michael Palin and Maggie Smith. The film was predominantly filmed in Ilkley, Ben Rhydding, and Barnoldswick West Yorkshire. The film was ...more
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The Secret Garden is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Maggie Smith Movies
Maggie Smith, Irène Jacob, Kate Maberly

Released: 1993

Directed by: Agnieszka Holland

The Secret Garden is a 1993 British drama fantasy film directed by Agnieszka Holland and starring Kate Maberly, Heydon Prowse, Andrew Knott, John Lynch and Maggie Smith. It was written by ...more

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Suddenly, Last Summer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Maggie Smith Movies
Rob Lowe, Maggie Smith, Natasha Richardson

Released: 1993

Directed by: Richard Eyre

Suddenly, Last Summer is a 1993 drama film directed by Richard Eyre.
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Evil Under the Sun is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Maggie Smith Movies
Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg, Peter Ustinov

Released: 1982

Directed by: Guy Hamilton

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Sister Act 2: Back in th... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Maggie Smith Movies
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lauryn Hill, Maggie Smith

Released: 1993

Directed by: Bill Duke

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit is a 1993 American comedy film loosely based on the life of Crenshaw High School choir instructor Iris Stevenson, and starring Whoopi Goldberg. Directed by Bill ...more

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Tea with Mussolini is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Maggie Smith Movies
Cher, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith

Released: 1999

Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli

Tea with Mussolini is a 1999 Anglo-Italian semi-autobiographical film directed by Franco Zeffirelli, scripted by John Mortimer, telling the story of young Italian boy Luca's upbringing by a ...more
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Hook is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Maggie Smith Movies
Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams

Released: 1991

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Hook is a 1991 American fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie. When Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman) kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan ...more

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