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List of Esther Rolle Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Nothing But a Man (1964)
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3
Nothing But a Man
13
3

Nothing But a Man is a romantic drama film which tells the story of an African American man and his school-teacher wife, who faces oppression and discrimination during the 1960s.

As:
Cast
Director:
Michael Roemer
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Ivan Dixon, Abbey Lincoln, Gloria Foster, Julius Harris,
2. Up the Down Staircase (1967)
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2
Up the Down Staircase
12
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Robert Mulligan
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Sorrell Booke, Jean Stapleton, Eileen Heckart, Ruth White, Sandy Dennis
3. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
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2
Driving Miss Daisy
PG
15
2

Adapted by Alfred Uhry from his own play, this movie begins when Miss Daisy’s son decides that his old mother needs to hire a chauffeur. Despite protests from her, he employs an African-American driver Hoke Colburn. After initial resistance, she eventually allows him to drive her. Over the next 25 years, as they learn more about life and each other, gradually a bond develops between them.

As:
Cast
Role:
Idella
Director:
Bruce Beresford
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd, Jessica Tandy, Patti LuPone, Jessica Tandy
4. Rosewood (1997)
16
2
Rosewood
R
16
2
As:
Cast
Director:
John Singleton
Genres:
History, Action, Drama
Star Cast:
Ving Rhames, Jon Voight, Don Cheadle, Bruce McGill, Loren Dean
5. Cape Fear (1991)
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2
Cape Fear
R
12
2

Max Cady, who served 14 years in jail for raping and brutalizing a young woman, believes that his defense attorney Sam Bowden deliberately withheld crucial evidence that would have lightened his sentence. He studied law and sculpted his body while in jail, and is now hell-bent on taking revenge by terrorizing the Bowden family.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Crime, Thriller
6. Down in the Delta (1998)
12
2
Down in the Delta
PG-13
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Annie
Director:
Maya Angelou
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Wesley Snipes, Alfre Woodard, Loretta Devine, Al Freeman Jr., Mary Alice
7. My Fellow Americans (1996)
10
2
My Fellow Americans
PG-13
10
2

Kramer and Douglas are two former US Presidents who are well-known for their rivalry. However, when they uncover a conspiracy against them by the current corrupt president, they join forces to expose him and clear their names.

As:
Cast
Director:
Peter Segal
Genres:
Adventure, Comedy
8. Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow! (1971)
9
2
Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow!
G
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Edward Mann
Genres:
Family, Drama
Star Cast:
Jack Klugman, Morgan Freeman, Val Avery, Norma French, Reuben Figueroa
9. Cleopatra Jones (1973)
9
2
Cleopatra Jones
PG
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Jack Starrett
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Action
Star Cast:
Shelley Winters, Bernie Casey, Brenda Sykes, Dan Frazer, Tamara Dobson
10. How to Make an American Quilt (1995)
9
2
How to Make an American Quilt
PG-13
9
2

Finn is a young graduate student who is going to get married to her fiancé Sam shortly. She visits her grandmother’s place, where she hears stories of romance and sorrow from her elders, as they are making a quilt.

As:
Cast
Director:
Jocelyn Moorhouse
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Comedy
11. House of Cards (1993)
9
2
House of Cards
PG-13
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Adelle
Director:
Michael Lessac
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Kathleen Turner, Tommy Lee Jones, Shiloh Strong, Asha Menina
12. The Mighty Quinn (1989)
9
2
The Mighty Quinn
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Carl Schenkel
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Action, Thriller, Mystery
Star Cast:
Denzel Washington, Mimi Rogers, M. Emmet Walsh, James Fox, Sheryl Lee Ralph
13. Don't Play Us Cheap (1973)
7
1
Don't Play Us Cheap
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Melvin Van Peebles
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Musical
Star Cast:
Mabel King, Thomas Anderson, Jay Van Leer, Robert Dunn
14. The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (1982)
7
1
The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Nurse
Director:
William Woodman
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Blanche Baker, Fredric Lehne, Alex Hyde-White, Terrance Michos
15. Train Ride (2000)
12
2
Train Ride
R
12
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Rel Dowdell
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Wood Harris, Joe Clair, Dakota Anderson, Thomas Braxton Jr.
16. P.K. and the Kid (1987)
8
2
P.K. and the Kid
PG-13
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Lou Lombardo
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Molly Ringwald, Alex Rocco, Charles Hallahan, Paul Le Mat, John DiSanti
17. Blackbird Fly (1991)
7
2
Blackbird Fly
7
2
As:
Cast
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Whoopi Goldberg, Garrett Morris, Rain Pryor

TV Movie(s)

1. Summer of My German Soldier (1978)
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2
Summer of My German Soldier
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Ruth
Director:
Michael Tuchner
Genres:
Romance, Drama, War
Star Cast:
Michael Constantine, Bruce Davison, Kristy McNichol, Barbara Barrie
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special
2. See China and Die (1981)
12
2
See China and Die
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Momma Sykes
Director:
Larry Cohen
Genres:
Crime, Mystery, Drama
Star Cast:
Laurence Luckinbill, Andrew Duggan, Frank Converse, Kene Holiday
3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1979)
12
2
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Momma
Director:
Fielder Cook
Genres:
Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Diahann Carroll, Ruby Dee, Paul Benjamin, Roger E. Mosley
5. Age-Old Friends (1989)
11
2
Age-Old Friends
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Allan Kroeker
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Hume Cronyn, Tandy Cronyn, Aaron Alexander, Frummie Blatt
7. Message from Nam (1993)
9
2
Message from Nam
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Paul Wendkos
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Billy Dee Williams, Hope Lange, Ed Flanders, Nick Mancuso

TV Shows and Videos

The Bold Ones: The Senator (1970)
The Bold Ones: The Senator
As:
Cast
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Hal Holbrook, Laurence Luckinbill, Anna Lee, Kevin Hagen, Michael Tolan, John Randolph
Flamingo Road (1980)
Flamingo Road
As:
Cast
Director:
Nick Havinga, Michael Preece, Don Weis, Bob Sweeney, Stan Lathan
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Mark Harmon, Mako Iwamatsu, John Beck, Morgan Fairchild, Howard Duff, Woody Brown
The New Odd Couple (1982)
The New Odd Couple
As:
Cast
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
John Schuck, Demond Wilson, Ron Glass, Sheila Anderson

Esther Rolle Awards

Primetime Emmy Awards
Summer of My German Soldier Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special 1979