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List of Cicely Tyson Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

2. Sounder (1972)
18
2
Sounder
G
18
2

Sounder is a period drama film which takes us to the time of the Great Depression. The story revolves around an African-American sharecropper family in the Deep South, who are going through economic and personal hardships during the Great Depression. Things get worse after the father is imprisoned for stealing food.

As:
Cast
Role:
Rebecca Morgan
Director:
Martin Ritt
Genres:
Drama, Family
Star Cast:
Kevin Hooks, Paul Winfield, Carmen Mathews, Taj Mahal
3. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968)
14
2
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
G
14
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Robert Ellis Miller
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke, Chuck McCann, Peter Mamakos
4. Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
22
3
Fried Green Tomatoes
PG-13
22
3

It is an Oscar nominated film depicting the story of Evelyn Couch, an unhappy middle aged housewife, whose life is changed when she befriends a colorful old lady named Ninny Threadgoode.  The narrative alters several times between Evelyn’s life and Ninny’s tale about her free spirited sister-in-law Idgie, making it a highly enjoyable drama film.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Sipsey
Director:
Jon Avnet
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, Jessica Tandy
5. Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)
11
3
Odds Against Tomorrow
11
3

David Burke is a former cop whose career had a downfall due to his refusal to work with state crime investigators. He soon hires a tough ex-con artist named Earle Slater, to help him rob a bank. Earle is promised $50,000 if the robbery is a success. Burke also recruits another man named Johnny Ingram, who works at a nightclub. Although Ingram doesn’t want the job, he is forced to accept due to his debts.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Robert Wise
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Wayne Rogers, Harry Belafonte, Shelley Winters, Will Kuluva, Robert Ryan, Ed Begley
6. The Last Angry Man (1959)
10
3
The Last Angry Man
10
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Daniel Mann
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Betsy Palmer, Paul Muni, David Wayne, Luther Adler,
7. A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich (1978)
10
4
A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich
PG
10
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Sweets
Director:
Ralph Nelson
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Glynn Turman, Paul Winfield, Larry B. Scott, Helen Martin
8. A Man Called Adam (1966)
14
3
A Man Called Adam
14
3

A Man Called Adam is a musical drama film, which tells the story of Adam Johnson, a talented jazz musician. However, he is suffering from alcoholism and guilt, due to the fact that his family died in a car accident, for which he blames himself.

As:
Cast
Role:
Claudia Ferguson
Director:
Leo Penn
Genres:
Drama, Music
Star Cast:
Ossie Davis, Morgan Freeman, Lola Falana, Sammy Davis Jr., Louis Armstrong
10. The River Niger (1976)
13
5
The River Niger
R
13
5

This drama film takes us to a poor African-American neighborhood in Los Angeles, and it revolves around a poet Johnny Williams, who takes up a low paying job as a house painter, in order to survive and make ends meet. When he learns that his wife has terminal cancer, he grows more worried, regarding his family’s plight.

As:
Cast
Role:
Mattie Williams
Director:
Krishna Shah
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
James Earl Jones, Glynn Turman, Louis Gossett Jr., Jonelle Allen
11. Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)
12
1
Because of Winn-Dixie
PG
12
1

Because of Winn-Dixie is a comedy drama film which tells the story of ten-year-old Opal, who adopts an unkempt dog which she finds at a supermarket. She names it Winn-Dixie. Soon, with the help the dog, Opal starts to befriend several people.

As:
Cast
Role:
Gloria
Director:
Wayne Wang
Genres:
Comedy, Family, Drama
12. Bustin' Loose (1981)
9
2
Bustin' Loose
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Vivian Perry
Director:
Michael Schultz, Oz Scott
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Richard Pryor, Vincent Price, Angel Ramirez Jr., Jimmy Hughes
13. Hoodlum (1997)
13
1
Hoodlum
R
13
1

This crime drama film takes us to the 1930s and revolves around two gangs who fight for control over various illegal businesses in Harlem. One is headed by Bumpy Johnson, an African American gangster, while the other one is run by Dutch Schultz, a Caucasian criminal.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Stephanie St. Clair
Director:
Bill Duke
Genres:
Drama, Crime
14. Idlewild (2006)
12
1
Idlewild
R
12
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Bryan Barber
Genres:
Crime, Musical, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Ving Rhames, Terrence Howard, André Benjamin, Big Boi, Paula Patton
15. The Blue Bird (1976)
7
1
The Blue Bird
G
7
1

In this US-Soviet co-production, peasant kids, Tyltyl and Mytyl, set out to look for the Blue Bird of Happiness to make a young sick girl in the neighbourhood happy. The journey takes the two siblings to the kingdoms of past and future as well as the land of night and luxury. Accompanying them on their journey are human forms of various living and non-living things.

As:
Cast
Role:
Tylette
Director:
Genres:
Family, Adventure, Mystery, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Star Cast:
16. A Fall from Grace (2020)
9
1
A Fall from Grace
TV-MA
9
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Alice
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Tyler Perry, Crystal R. Fox, Phylicia Rashad, Mehcad Brooks
17. Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)
9
1
Diary of a Mad Black Woman
PG-13
9
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Darren Grant
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Shemar Moore, Tyler Perry, Kimberly Elise, Steve Harris, Shemar Moore
19. Alex Cross (2012)
7
1
Alex Cross
PG-13
7
1

Detroit detective and psychologist Alex Cross is pitted against Picasso, a brutal serial killer who targets wealthy and tortures before killing them. As Cross foils some of his murderous attempts, Picasso gets back by first killing rookie Monica Ashe and then Cross’s pregnant wife, Maria. Now it’s a personal vendetta for Cross to nail Picasso and find out who is behind him. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Rob Cohen
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery, Action, Crime
Star Cast:
Jean Reno, Yara Shahidi, Tyler Perry, Edward Burns, Carmen Ejogo
20. The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013)
7
8
The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia
R
7
8

This mystery horror film tells the story of Andy and Lisa, who move into an old house in Georgia, along with their daughter. Soon, they learn that they are not the only inhabitants in the house. They find themselves in the presence of a mysterious force.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Tom Elkins
Genres:
Thriller, Horror, Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Abigail Spencer, Chad Michael Murray, Katee Sackhoff, Morgana Shaw, Emily Alyn Lind, Grant James
24. Fat Rose and Squeaky (2006)
10
1
Fat Rose and Squeaky
10
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Celine
Director:
Sam Irvin
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Louise Fletcher, Julie Brown, Lea DeLaria, Jo Anderson

TV Movie(s)

1. The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974)
26
2
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
TV-PG
26
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Jane Pittman
Director:
John Korty
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Richard Dysart, Will Hare, Joel Fluellen, Eric Brown
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Best Lead Actress in a Drama, Primetime Emmy Award for Actress of the Year - Special
2. The Marva Collins Story (1981)
13
2
The Marva Collins Story
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Marva Collins
Director:
Peter Levin
Genres:
Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Ed Asner, Morgan Freeman, Rodrick F. Wimberly, Mashaune Hardy, Brett Bouldin
3. Just an Old Sweet Song (1976)
12
2
Just an Old Sweet Song
12
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Robert Ellis Miller
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Kevin Hooks, Edward Binns, Mary Alice, Sonny Jim Gaines
4. Neighbors (1971)
10
2
Neighbors
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Fielder Cook
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jane Wyatt, Andrew Duggan, Raymond St. Jacques, Vikki Thomas
5. Marriage: Year One (1971)
9
2
Marriage: Year One
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
William A. Graham
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Agnes Moorehead, Sally Field, Bob Balaban, Neville Brand, William Windom
6. Always Outnumbered (1998)
10
2
Always Outnumbered
R
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Laurie Metcalf, Laurence Fishburne, Daniel Williams, Bill Cobbs, Natalie Cole
7. Wilma (1977)
10
1
Wilma
10
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Blanche Rudolph
Director:
Bud Greenspan
Genres:
Biography, Sport, Drama
Star Cast:
Denzel Washington, Shirley Jo Finney, Jason Bernard, Joe Seneca
8. Benny's Place (1982)
8
1
Benny's Place
8
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Odessa
Director:
Michael Schultz
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Bever-Leigh Banfield, David Harris, Louis Gossett Jr., Terry Alexander
9. The Rosa Parks Story (2002)
15
2
The Rosa Parks Story
15
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Julie Dash
Genres:
Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Angela Bassett, Peter Francis James, Tonea Stewart, Von Coulter
10. The Trip to Bountiful (2014)
15
2
The Trip to Bountiful
15
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mrs. Watts
Director:
Michael Wilson
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Vanessa Lynn Williams, Keke Palmer, Blair Underwood, Vanessa Williams, Arthur French
11. The Road to Galveston (1996)
10
2
The Road to Galveston
PG-13
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Jordan Roosevelt
Director:
Michael Toshiyuki Uno
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
James McDaniel, Piper Laurie, Starletta DuPois, Tess Harper
12. Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (1994)
9
2
Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Marsden Family House Slave Castralia / Maid
Director:
Ken Cameron
Genres:
Drama, War
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special
13. A Lesson Before Dying (1999)
11
2
A Lesson Before Dying
PG-13
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Tante Lou
Director:
Joseph Sargent
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Don Cheadle, Mekhi Phifer, Irma P. Hall, Brent Jennings
14. Heat Wave (1990)
9
2
Heat Wave
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Ruthana Richardson
Director:
Kevin Hooks
Genres:
Drama, History
Star Cast:
James Earl Jones, David Strathairn, Blair Underwood, Adam Arkin
15. The Price of Heaven (1997)
10
3
The Price of Heaven
10
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Vesta Lotte Battle
Director:
Peter Bogdanovich
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Lori Loughlin, George Wendt, Grant Show, Cari Shayne
16. Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story (1986)
9
2
Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Muriel
Director:
Richard T. Heffron
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Martin Sheen, Stan Shaw, Joe Seneca, Roxanne Hart
18. Clippers (1991)
8
1
Clippers
8
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Matthew Diamond
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
John Amos, Barry Shabaka Henley, Phill Lewis, Arnold Stang
19. When No One Would Listen (1992)
8
1
When No One Would Listen
8
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Armand Mastroianni
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Michele Lee, James Farentino, John Spencer, Anndi McAfee
20. Playing with Fire (1985)
8
1
Playing with Fire
8
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Carol Phillips
Director:
Ivan Nagy
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Gary Coleman, Ron O'Neal, Tammy Lauren, Yaphet Kotto
21. Jewel (2001)
10
1
Jewel
10
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Cathedral
Director:
Paul Shapiro
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Farrah Fawcett, Patrick Bergin, Robin Dunne, Ashley Wolfe
22. Relative Stranger (2009)
7
1
Relative Stranger
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Pearl
Director:
Charles Burnett
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Dana Davis, Eriq La Salle, Michael Beach, Michael Michele
23. Riot (1997)
8
1
Riot
R
8
1
As:
Cast
Director:
David C. Johnson, Richard Di Lello, Galen Yuen, Alex Munoz
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Lucy Liu, Mako Iwamatsu, Luke Perry, Mako, John Ortiz, Kieu Chinh
24. Acceptable Risks (1986)
7
1
Acceptable Risks
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Rick Wallace
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Brian Dennehy, Richard Gilliland, Christine Ebersole, Kenneth McMillan
25. Intimate Encounters (1986)
7
1
Intimate Encounters
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Ivan Nagy
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
James Brolin, Veronica Cartwright, Mitchell Anderson, Gary Bayer, Gina Calabrese
26. House of Secrets (1993)
6
1
House of Secrets
6
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Evangeline
Director:
Mimi Leder
Genres:
Romance, Thriller, Mystery
Star Cast:
Melissa Gilbert, Bruce Boxleitner, Michael Boatman, Kate Vernon
27. Duplicates (1992)
8
1
Duplicates
PG-13
8
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Randolph
Director:
Sandor Stern
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Drama
Star Cast:
Lane Smith, Gregory Harrison, William Lucking, Kim Greist
28. Ms. Scrooge (1997)
11
3
Ms. Scrooge
G
11
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Ms. Ebenita Scrooge
Director:
John Korty
Genres:
Fantasy, Drama
Star Cast:
Katherine Helmond, Michael Beach, RaéVen Kelly, John Bourgeois
29. Bridge of Time (1997)
5
1
Bridge of Time
5
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Guardian
Director:
Jorge Montesi
Genres:
Adventure, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Nigel Havers, Josette Simon, Susan Dey, Cotter Smith

Animation(s)

TV Shows and Videos

King (1978)
King
As:
Cast
Role:
Coretta Scott King
Director:
Abby Mann
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Ossie Davis, Roscoe Lee Browne, Tony Bennett, Paul Winfield, Lonny Chapman
How to Get Away with Murder (2014)
How to Get Away with Murder
TV-14
As:
Cast
Director:
Bill D'Elia, Mike Listo, Laura Innes, Stephen Williams, Jet Wilkinson
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Kerry Washington, Famke Janssen, Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee
Here Come the Brides (1968)
Here Come the Brides
As:
Cast
Director:
Jerrold Bernstein, Richard Kinon, E.W. Swackhamer, Paul Junger Witt, Bob Claver
Genres:
Comedy, Adventure, Western
Star Cast:
Bruce Lee, Majel Barrett, Denver Pyle, Ed Asner, Jane Wyatt, Robert Brown, Bobby Sherman
A Woman Called Moses (1978)
A Woman Called Moses
As:
Cast
Director:
Paul Wendkos
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Orson Welles, John Getz, Jason Bernard, Judyann Elder
The Women of Brewster Place (1989)
The Women of Brewster Place
As:
Cast
Director:
Donna Deitch
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Robin Givens, Jackée Harry, Moses Gunn, Oprah Winfrey,
Cowboy in Africa (1967)
Cowboy in Africa
As:
Cast
Director:
Allen Reisner, Alex March, Earl Bellamy, Lawrence Dobkin, Andrew McCullough
Genres:
Adventure
Star Cast:
Anne Baxter, James Whitmore, Chuck Connors, Ronald Howard, Tom Nardini
Aftershock: Earthquake in New York (1999)
Aftershock: Earthquake in New York
As:
Cast
Director:
Mikael Salomon
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Drama
Star Cast:
Tom Skerritt, Jennifer Garner, Charles S. Dutton, Lisa Nicole Carson
Fly (2018)
Fly
As:
Cast
Director:
Todd Bridges
Genres:
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Star Cast:
Todd Bridges, Tatyana Ali, Bruce Boxleitner, Mindy Cohn, Ella Joyce

Cicely Tyson Awards

Primetime Emmy Awards
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Best Lead Actress in a Drama 1974
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Actress of the Year - Special 1974
Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special 1994