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List of Diahann Carroll Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

2. Claudine (1974)
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6
Claudine
PG
24
6

Claudine is a romantic drama film which revolves around a single mother named Claudine Price, who lives on welfare with her six kids. Her life takes a turn when she meets Rupert Marshall, but due to poverty and restrictions in the welfare system, as well as the hostility of her children, they face multiple struggles in their relationship.

Role:
Claudine
Starring:
James Earl Jones, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Tamu Blackwell, David Kruger
Directed By:
John Berry
3. The Five Heartbeats (1991)
20
2
The Five Heartbeats
R
20
2
Starring:
Harry Lennix, Robert Townsend, Leon, Michael Wright
Directed By:
Robert Townsend
4. America Salutes Richard Rodgers: The Sound of His Music (1976)
14
2
America Salutes Richard Rodgers: The Sound of His Music
14
2
Role:
Herself
Starring:
Lena Horne, Gene Kelly, Vic Damone, Sammy Davis Jr.
Directed By:
Dwight Hemion
7. Carmen Jones (1954)
14
2
Carmen Jones
14
2

Set during World War II, the film revolves around Carmen Jones, who works in a parachute factory. When she is arrested after having a fight with a co-worker, she seduces a young soldier, Joe, in order to avoid imprisonment. But, the problem arises when another man enters her life and she leaves Joe.

Starring:
Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Dandridge, Pearl Bailey, Olga James, Joe Adams
Directed By:
8. Eve's Bayou (1997)
15
2
Eve's Bayou
R
15
2

Eve Batiste is a ten year old girl who lives in a prosperous community in Louisiana with her siblings. Her father, Louis, is a well-respected doctor in the entire community. Their lives take a turn when one night Eve witnesses her father having sex with a family friend and eventually realizes that her father is not who he seems.

Starring:
Samuel L. Jackson, Meagan Good, Debbi Morgan, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Lynn Whitfield
Directed By:
Kasi Lemmons
9. Mo' Better Blues (1990)
14
2
Mo' Better Blues
R
14
2

Forced by his mother to take trumpet lessons, Bleek Gilliam eventually becomes the leader of a successful jazz quintet. However, although he is in a relationship with a girl named Indigo, he is unable to commit to her, since he is also interested in other women.

Directed By:
10. The Split (1968)
11
2
The Split
R
11
2

Based on Richard Stark’s novel The Seventh, the movie follows a professional thief McClain as he, along with an old friend, plots to rob a football arena. They put together a team and successfully carry out the job. Things, though, take a darker turn when a murder takes place, the money goes missing, a corrupt detective appears and the gang members doubt McClain’s intention. 

Role:
Ellen 'Ellie' Kennedy
Directed By:
Gordon Flemyng
11. Hurry Sundown (1967)
10
2
Hurry Sundown
10
2

In rural Georgia, bigoted, greedy Henry Warren and his wife Julie Ann plan to sell their land but to do so they need to sell two adjoining lands. When the landowners, Reeve and Rad form an alliance against Henry, a desperate Henry resolves to heinous tactics including involving the KKK to get what he wants. 

Role:
Vivian Thurlow
Starring:
Faye Dunaway, George Harris Kennedy, Jr, Robert Reed, Michael Caine, Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Robert Hooks
Directed By:
12. Peeples (2013)
8
2
Peeples
PG-13
8
2

Peeples is a romantic comedy film which tells the story of Wade Walker, who falls in love with a gorgeous young woman named Grace. However, Grace feels that her family might not accept their relationship. Therefore, hoping to win them over, and ask for their daughter’s hand in marriage, Wade decides to crash their annual reunion.

Starring:
Kerry Washington, Tyler James Williams, S. Epatha Merkerson, David Alan Grier, Melvin Van Peebles, Craig Robinson
Directed By:
Tina Gordon Chism
13. The Little Mermaid (2018)
6
1
The Little Mermaid
PG
6
1

The Little Mermaid is a fantasy romantic comedy adventure film which tells the story of Xuan, a business tycoon, whose project causes lot of aquatic people to fall sick and even die. The remaining survivors decide to send Shan, a beautiful young mermaid, to seduce and assassinate him. She pretends to be a dancer and eventually meets Xuan, and after spending some time with him, they both fall for each other. Things get even more complicated when Xuan learns about Shan’s real identity.   

Starring:
Shirley MacLaine, Poppy Drayton, Jo Marie Payton, Gina Gershon, William Moseley
Directed By:
Chris Bouchard, Blake Harris
14. The Masked Saint (2016)
7
1
The Masked Saint
PG-13
7
1
Role:
Ms. Edna
Starring:
Roddy Piper, Lara Jean Chorostecki, Brett Granstaff, T.J. McGibbon
Directed By:
Warren P. Sonoda

TV Movie(s)

1. Sister, Sister (1982)
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3
Sister, Sister
16
3
Role:
Carolyne Lovejoy
Starring:
Paul Winfield, Rosalind Cash, Dick Anthony Williams, Irene Cara
Directed By:
John Berry
2. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1979)
15
3
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
15
3
Role:
Vivian
Starring:
Esther Rolle, Ruby Dee, Paul Benjamin, Roger E. Mosley
Directed By:
Fielder Cook
3. Death Scream (1975)
10
2
Death Scream
10
2
Starring:
Ed Asner, Tina Louise, Eric Braeden, Art Carney, Cloris Leachman, Helen Hunt, Lucie Arnaz
Directed By:
Richard T. Heffron
4. The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)
4
1
The Star Wars Holiday Special
4
1
Starring:
Carrie Fisher, Bea Arthur, Harrison Ford, Art Carney, James Earl Jones, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels
Directed By:
Steve Binder, David Acomba
5. Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years (1999)
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2
Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years
14
2
Role:
Sadie Delany
Starring:
Della Reese, Audra McDonald, Ruby Dee, Amy Madigan, Mykelti Williamson
Directed By:
Lynne Littman
6. A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle (1994)
11
2
A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle
11
2
Role:
Lydia Bishop
Starring:
Hal Holbrook, Robert Englund, Barbara Hale, Dixie Carter
Directed By:
Helaine Head
7. Jackie's Back! (1999)
10
2
Jackie's Back!
10
2
Starring:
Kathy Griffin, Tom Arnold, Rudy Ray Moore, Ricki Lake, Dolly Parton, Eva Marie Saint, Rosie O'Donnell
Directed By:
Robert Townsend
8. Livin' for Love: The Natalie Cole Story (2000)
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2
Livin' for Love: The Natalie Cole Story
12
2
Role:
Maria Cole
Starring:
Natalie Cole, James McDaniel, Theresa Randle, Randy J. Goodwin
Directed By:
Robert Townsend
9. The Sweetest Gift (1998)
11
2
The Sweetest Gift
11
2
Role:
Mrs. Wilson
Starring:
Helen Shaver, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Bernard Browne, Marcia Bennett
Directed By:
Stuart Margolin
10. The Courage to Love (2000)
9
2
The Courage to Love
PG-13
9
2
Starring:
Vanessa Lynn Williams, Vanessa Williams, Gil Bellows, Lisa Bronwyn Moore, Karen Williams
Directed By:
Kari Skogland
11. From the Dead of Night (1989)
9
2
From the Dead of Night
9
2
Starring:
Lindsay Wagner, Bruce Boxleitner, Robert Prosky, Merritt Butrick
Directed By:
Paul Wendkos
12. Murder in Black and White (1990)
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2
Murder in Black and White
11
2
Role:
Margo Stover
Starring:
Keith David, Richard Crenna, Cliff Gorman, Sam Coppola
Directed By:
Robert Iscove
13. The Front (2010)
7
1
The Front
TV-14
7
1
Starring:
Dane DeHaan, Andie MacDowell, Joe Grifasi, Daniel Sunjata
Directed By:
Tom McLoughlin
14. At Risk (2010)
6
1
At Risk
TV-PG
6
1
Starring:
Andie MacDowell, Dane DeHaan, Annabeth Gish, Barclay Hope
Directed By:
Tom McLoughlin

Animation(s)

ABC Weekend Specials (1977)
ABC Weekend Specials
Starring:
Jane Krakowski, Drew Barrymore, Fred Savage, Christian Slater, Nancy McKeon, Joely Fisher, Slim Pickens
Directed By:
Harvey S. Laidman, Robert Chenault, Arthur Lubin, Claude Kerven, Ron Underwood
The Legend of Tarzan (2001)
The Legend of Tarzan
TV-Y
Starring:
Craig Ferguson, Tara Strong, Sheena Easton, Mark Harmon, Jim Cummings, Bruce Campbell, Fred Willard
Directed By:
Don MacKinnon, Victor Cook, Nicholas Filippi, Sean Bishop
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995)
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child
TV-Y
Starring:
Katey Sagal, Rosie Perez, Shawn Wayans, Lou Diamond Phillips, Marc Anthony, Pam Grier, Will Ferrell
Directed By:
Vincent Waller, Anthony Bell, Bruce W. Smith, Ed Bell

TV Shows and Videos

Naked City (1958)
Naked City
Starring:
Christopher Walken, Mickey Rooney, Telly Savalas, Burt Reynolds, Leslie Nielsen, Jon Voight, Cicely Tyson
Directed By:
Stuart Rosenberg, John Brahm, William A. Graham, David Lowell Rich, Elliot Silverstein
Peter Gunn (1958)
Peter Gunn
Starring:
James Coburn, Gavin MacLeod, Sterling Holloway, George Harris Kennedy, Jr, Anna Lee, George Kennedy, Craig Stevens
Directed By:
Blake Edwards, Robert Altman
The Eleventh Hour (1962)
The Eleventh Hour
Starring:
Kurt Russell, Leonard Nimoy, Elizabeth Montgomery, Dina Merrill, Frankie Avalon, James Franciscus, Inger Stevens
Directed By:
Jack Arnold, Richard Donner, Paul Nickell, Don Medford
Julia (1968)
Julia
TV-G
Role:
Julia Baker (86 episodes, 1968-1971)
Starring:
Jodie Foster, Susan Olsen, Mary Wickes, Bob Hope, Don Ameche, Paul Winfield, Betty Beaird
Directed By:
Coby Ruskin, Ezra Stone, Fletcher Markle, Hal Kanter, Hollingsworth Morse
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best TV Star - Female
ABC Stage 67 (1966)
ABC Stage 67
Role:
Herself (2 episodes, 1967)
Starring:
Dustin Hoffman, Olivia de Havilland, Anne Bancroft, John Huston, Alan Arkin, Jason Robards, John Gielgud
Directed By:
Ted Kotcheff, Stanley Prager
White Collar (2009)
White Collar
TV-PG
Starring:
Matt Bomer, Adam Goldberg, Lena Headey, Hilarie Burton, Aidan Quinn, Alexandra Daddario, Laura Vandervoort
Directed By:
John T. Kretchmer, Russell Lee Fine, Paul Holahan, Michael Smith, Sanford Bookstaver
Roots: The Next Generations (1979)
Roots: The Next Generations
Starring:
Andy Griffith, Rosey Grier, Ossie Davis, Henry Fonda, Marlon Brando, Kim Fields, Dina Merrill
Directed By:
John Erman, Charles S. Dubin
Grey's Anatomy (2005)
Grey's Anatomy
TV-14
Starring:
Demi Lovato, Sarah Paulson, Seth Green, Holland Roden, Lee Majors, Missi Pyle, Christina Ricci
Directed By:
Denzel Washington, Rob Corn, Chandra Wilson, Kevin McKidd, Debbie Allen
Sally Hemings: An American Scandal (2000)
Sally Hemings: An American Scandal
Role:
Betty Hemings
Starring:
Mare Winningham, Sam Neill, Amelia Heinle, Mario Van Peebles
Directed By:
Charles Haid
Lonesome Dove: The Series (1994)
Lonesome Dove: The Series
Starring:
Kim Coates, Rae Dawn Chong, Adam Beach, Olivia Hussey, Lee Majors, George Harris Kennedy, Jr, Scott Bairstow
Directed By:
George Mendeluk, Sidney J. Furie, Mark Sobel, Donald Shebib, Michael Keusch
Diary of a Single Mom (2009)
Diary of a Single Mom
Starring:
Billy Dee Williams, Monica Calhoun, Janice Lynde, Valery M. Ortiz
Soul Food (2000)
Soul Food
Starring:
Tyra Banks, Michael Jai White, Boris Kodjoe, Terrence Howard, Laz Alonso, Idris Elba, Gary Dourdan
Directed By:
Salim Akil, Oz Scott, Ken Girotti, Kevin Hooks, Jeffrey W. Byrd
Twice in a Lifetime (1999)
Twice in a Lifetime
Starring:
Ralph Macchio, Lesley Ann Warren, Daniel Baldwin, Wil Wheaton, Sarah Gadon, Michael Cera, Patrick Duffy
Half & Half (2002)
Half & Half
Starring:
Kel Mitchell, Nicole Scherzinger, Cris Judd, Shemar Moore, Alan Thicke, Tatyana Ali, Taraji P. Henson
Directed By:
Ellen Gittelsohn, Victor Gonzalez, Maynard C. Virgil I
Evening Shade (1990)
Evening Shade
Starring:
Alexa Vega, Robert Urich, Leah Remini, Billy Bob Thornton, Charles Durning, Raquel Welch, Marilu Henner
Directed By:
Burt Reynolds, Harry Thomason, James Hampton, David Steinberg, Robby Benson
A Different World (1987)
A Different World
Starring:
Alfonso Ribeiro, Damon Wayans, Gilbert Gottfried, Lisa Bonet, Dean Cain, Jada Pinkett Smith, Roseanne Barr
Directed By:
Debbie Allen, Ellen Gittelsohn, Neema Barnette, Henry Chan, Glynn Turman
Dynasty (1981)
Dynasty
TV-PG
Starring:
Brian Dennehy, John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Heather Locklear, Rock Hudson, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Collins
Directed By:
Gabrielle Beaumont, Bruce Bilson, Gwen Arner, Nancy Malone, Jerry Jameson
Strong Medicine (2000)
Strong Medicine
Starring:
Diane Ladd, Dakota Fanning, Janina Gavankar, Ellen Pompeo, Danica McKellar, Keke Palmer, Paula Malcomson
Directed By:
John Perrin Flynn, Joe Napolitano, Steve De Jarnatt, Jerry London, Philip Casnoff
The Love Boat (1977)
The Love Boat
TV-G
Starring:
Tanya Roberts, Hayley Mills, Abe Vigoda, Ed Begley Jr., Kathy Bates, Jerry Mathers, John Ratzenberger
Directed By:
Richard Kinon, Roger Duchowny, Robert Scheerer, Allen Baron, Ted Lange
Back to You (2007)
Back to You
Starring:
Hailee Steinfeld, Laura Marano, Josh Gad, Tia Carrere, Kelsey Grammer, Cody Christian, Fred Willard
Directed By:
James Burrows
Whoopi (2003)
Whoopi
Starring:
Krysten Ritter, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Swayze, Celeste Holm, Eli Wallach, Omid Djalili, Wren T. Brown
Directed By:
Terry Hughes
Burke's Law (1994)
Burke's Law
Starring:
Eva Gabor, Adam West, Denise Richards, Tom Bosley, Margot Kidder, Buddy Ebsen, Rita Moreno
Directed By:
Dennis Dugan, Gilbert M. Shilton, Tony Mordente, Gus Trikonis, James L. Conway
The Colbys (1985)
The Colbys
Starring:
Charlton Heston, Katharine Ross, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Barbara Stanwyck, John Forsythe, Maxwell Caulfield, Emma Samms
Directed By:
Gabrielle Beaumont, Gwen Arner, Jerome Courtland, Richard Kinon, Robert Scheerer
The Sinbad Show (1993)
The Sinbad Show
TV-PG
Starring:
Jay Leno, Salma Hayek, Naya Rivera, Pam Grier, Sinbad, T.K. Carter
Directed By:
Rob Schiller, Chuck Vinson, Debbie Allen
General Electric Theater (1953)
General Electric Theater
Starring:
Bob Crane, Agnes Moorehead, Paul Muni, Anne Baxter, Ethel Merman, Janet Gaynor, Steve Allen
Directed By:
Herschel Daugherty, Don Medford, James Neilson, Jules Bricken, Mitchell Leisen
Touched by an Angel (1994)
Touched by an Angel
TV-G
Starring:
Haley Joel Osment, Dick Van Patten, Cynthia Nixon, Veronica Cartwright, George Dzundza, Marcia Cross, Jena Malone
Directed By:
Peter H. Hunt, Timothy Van Patten, Victor Lobl, Bethany Rooney, Stuart Margolin
The Court (2002)
The Court
Starring:
Sally Field, Robin Thomas, Tim Bagley, Harper Roisman, Alfred Dennis
Directed By:
Tom Moore, Jonathan Kaplan, Charles Haid, Jesús Salvador Treviño

Diahann Carroll Awards

Golden Globe Awards
Julia Best TV Star - Female 1969
Grammy Awards
Winner Best Original Cast Show Album 1963