By Vlad Albescu
“Downton Abbey” is everything one can ask for when it comes to English period dramas about the early 20th century. Despite becoming closer to a soap opera in its later seasons, the quality of the performances provided by great British actors such as Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Elizabeth McGovern, Penelope Wilton, Brendan Coyle and, of course, the magnificent Maggie Smith, made for one of the best shows of this decade.
But there’s more than the amazing performances that deserve admiration. The costumes, the production design, John Lunn’s score (including the superb main theme song) and, more than anything, its ability to wind its way into the viewer’s affection are also just as praiseworthy.
The series was well received by critics and has earned numerous awards, including a Golden Globe for Best Miniseries in 2011, three Emmy Awards for Maggie Smith, a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe award for Joanne Froggatt and many others.
Below are 10 movies which fans of “Downton Abbey” might find enjoyable. Please let us know in the comments what other films would you add to this list and what are your thoughts on “Downton Abbey.”
1. Gosford Park (2001)
Nine years before “Downton Abbey,” Julian Fellowes served as screenwriter for this period mystery film which might be the closest thing to his famous British television series.
“Gosford Park” is directed by Robert Altman and stars a British ensemble cast which only the Harry Potter series might top: Maggie Smith, Helen Mirren, Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi, Charles Dance, Eileen Atkins, Kristin Scott Thomas, Stephen Fry, Emily Watson and Clive Owen, just to name a few.
“Gosford Park” and “Downton Abbey” differ in scope, but share a lot of common ground in setting, characters and execution. While “Downton Abbey” tells a story that spans over a
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