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List of Harry Belafonte Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Player (1992)
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7
The Player
TV-MA
21
7

The Player is an American satirical black comedy film, which tells the story of Hollywood film producer Griffin Mill, who starts receiving threats anonymously. However, he is certain that David, a scriptwriter is behind it. He invites the latter to sort things out, but things take an ugly turn, and he ends up murdering him.  

Directed By:
2. BlacKkKlansman (2018)
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20
BlacKkKlansman
R
62
20

This biographical black comedy film, tells the story of how Ron Stallworth, an African-American detective, embarks on a mission to infiltrate a branch of the Ku Klux Klan, an infamous white supremacist group.  

Directed By:
3. Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)
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3
Odds Against Tomorrow
9
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.  

Role:
Johnny Ingram
Starring:
Shelley Winters, Wayne Rogers, Cicely Tyson, Will Kuluva, Robert Ryan, Ed Begley
Directed By:
Robert Wise
5. The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959)
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3
The World, the Flesh and the Devil
9
3
Role:
Ralph Burton
Directed By:
Ranald MacDougall
6. Carmen Jones (1954)
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3
Carmen Jones
8
3

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.

Role:
Joe
Starring:
Diahann Carroll, Dorothy Dandridge, Pearl Bailey, Olga James, Joe Adams
Directed By:
7. Bright Road (1953)
7
3
Bright Road
7
3

Jane Richards is new to her teaching career, and she begins teaching at a rural elementary school in Alabama. She becomes interested in one of her students named CT Young, who seems totally uninterested in his education, and takes two years to pass each grade.   

Role:
Mr. Williams - School Principal
Starring:
Dorothy Dandridge, Philip Hepburn, Barbara Randolph, Robert Horton
Directed By:
Gerald Mayer
8. Uptown Saturday Night (1974)
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3
Uptown Saturday Night
PG
6
3

In order to raise funds for their charity, Clyde and Billy rig a boxing match. However, this puts them against a group of gangsters who lost their money.

Role:
Geechie Dan Beauford
Starring:
Directed By:
9. Buck and the Preacher (1972)
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3
Buck and the Preacher
PG
6
3
Role:
Preacher
Starring:
Sidney Poitier, Cameron Mitchell, Ruby Dee, Denny Miller
Directed By:
11. Island in the Sun (1957)
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3
Island in the Sun
5
3

In this adaptation of Alec Waugh's 1955 novel, Island in the Sun, a political battle for the legislative office of Santa Marta rages on between an affluent white candidate, Maxwell Fleury and strong black union leader, David Boyeur. As the candidates compete against one another, interracial affairs happen, long kept family secrets are revealed, jealousy rocks a marriage and then a murder takes place.

Starring:
Joan Collins, James Mason, Joan Fontaine, Dorothy Dandridge, Michael Rennie
Directed By:
Robert Rossen
12. The Angel Levine (1970)
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3
The Angel Levine
PG-13
5
3

Morris Mishkin is an elderly impoverished tailor living in New York City, who is unable to work anymore due to health complications. His situation gets worse, because his wife also has been seriously ill for around two years. His life takes a turn when he meets a man called Alexander Levine, who claims to be his guardian angel.

Role:
Alexander Levine
Starring:
Eli Wallach, Zero Mostel, Milo O'Shea, Ida Kaminska
Directed By:
Ján Kadár
13. White Man's Burden (1995)
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4
White Man's Burden
R
5
4

Set in an alternative America where African Americans and White Americans have reversed roles, this drama thriller film tells the story of Louis Pinnock, a struggling white worker with a loving family, who works in a chocolate factory. While delivering a package for his African American CEO Thomas, he is mistaken for a voyeur, after which he not only gets beaten up, but also ends up losing his job. In order to get justice for himself, he decides to kidnap his boss.

Role:
Thaddeus Thomas
Starring:
Seth Green, Alexis Arquette, Carrie Snodgress, John Travolta, Kelly Lynch, Margaret Avery
Directed By:
Desmond Nakano
14. Grambling's White Tiger (1981)
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3
Grambling's White Tiger
4
3
Starring:
Caitlyn Jenner, Byron Stewart, Bill Overton, Dennis Haysbert
Directed By:
Georg Stanford Brown
15. Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You (2013)
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2
Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You
10
2
Role:
Himself
Starring:
Bill Cosby, Debbie Allen, Kaye Ballard, Dick Cavett
Directed By:
16. Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream (1995)
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2
Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream
9
2
Role:
Himself
Starring:
Hank Aaron, Dusty Baker, Yogi Berra, Barry Bonds
Directed By:
Michael Tollin
17. The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (2013)
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3
The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
TV-14
7
3
Role:
Himself - Presenter
Starring:
Tommy Chong, Chuck D., Michael DeRosier, William Drayton
Directed By:
Joel Gallen
18. Swing Vote (1999)
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3
Swing Vote
5
3
Role:
Will Dunn
Starring:
Ray Walston, James Whitmore, Robert Prosky, Andy Garcia
Directed By:
David Anspaugh

Animation Movies

Free to Be... You & Me (1974)
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3
Free to Be... You & Me
10
3
Role:
Himself
Starring:
Mel Brooks, Alan Alda, Marlo Thomas, Rita Coolidge
Directed By:
Bill Davis, Len Steckler, Fred Wolf
PB&J Otter
13
6
PB&J Otter
TV-Y
13
6
Starring:
Adam Rose, Brook Jenell Slack, Gina Marie Tortorici, Bruce Bayley Johnson
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child
9
5
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child
TV-Y
9
5
Starring:
Jimmy Smits, Dave Chappelle, Will Smith, Katey Sagal, James Earl Jones, Rosie Perez, Wesley Snipes
Directed By:
Vincent Waller, Anthony Bell, Bruce W. Smith, Ed Bell

TV Shows

ABC Stage 67
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3
ABC Stage 67
11
3
Starring:
Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Ingrid Bergman, Olivia de Havilland, Dina Merrill, Connie Stevens, Cliff Robertson
Directed By:
Ted Kotcheff, Stanley Prager
Front Row Center
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3
Front Row Center
8
3
Starring:
Lee Marvin, Eddie Albert, John Carradine, James Arness, Lloyd Bridges, Marion Ross, Anthony Perkins
Directed By:
Ralph Nelson, Fletcher Markle, Russell Stoneham
General Electric Theater
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8
General Electric Theater
17
8
Starring:
Agnes Moorehead, Anne Baxter, Rita Moreno, Jerry Mathers, Jackie Cooper, Frances Bavier, Ryan O'Neal
Directed By:
The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People
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4
The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People
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4
Starring:
Valerie Bertinelli, Ossie Davis, Kevin Kline, Michael Tilson Thomas
Directed By:
Jeff Bleckner, Sheldon Larry, Roger Englander, David Saperstein, Jerome Schnur

Harry Belafonte Awards

Primetime Emmy Awards
The Revlon Revue Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series 1960
Grammy Awards
Winner Best Engineering Contribution - Other than Classical or Novelty 1959
Winner Best Performance- Folk 1961
Winner Best Folk Recording 1966
Winner Lifetime Achievement Award 2000