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List of Ossie Davis Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Hill (1965)
12
2
The Hill
TV-14
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Jacko King
Director:
Sidney Lumet
Genres:
Drama, War
Star Cast:
Sean Connery, Harry Andrews, Ian Bannen, Alfred Lynch
3. Do the Right Thing (1989)
11
3
Do the Right Thing
R
11
3

Sal Fragione, owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn, thinks of his eatery as a part of the community. Local customer Buggin’ Out objects that pictures of only Italian-Americans are displayed on pizzeria’s wall of fame, but being an African-American neighborhood, the wall should have black celebrities. As Sal differs, tensions over racism escalate and on one hot summer day, the frustrations explode.

As:
Cast
Role:
Da Mayor
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
5. Malcolm X (1992)
10
3
Malcolm X
PG-13
10
3

The movie is a dramatization of different events of the life of controversial African-American icon, Malcolm X. The film focuses on his early criminal endeavors, his imprisonment, his conversion to Islam, his joining and leaving the Nation of Islam, his marriage, his experiences with racial violence against blacks, his fight for racial unity and his assassination.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Biography, Drama, History
6. Black Girl (1972)
11
2
Black Girl
PG
11
2
As:
Director
Director:
Ossie Davis
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Claudia McNeil, Brock Peters, Leslie Uggams, Louise Stubbs, Peggy Pettit
7. Let's Do It Again (1975)
11
2
Let's Do It Again
PG
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Crime, Action
Star Cast:
John Amos, Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Jimmie Walker, Calvin Lockhart
9. Shock Treatment (1964)
11
2
Shock Treatment
11
2

An actor is hired to locate one million dollars in stolen loot which is hidden in an insane asylum. Therefore he fakes an insanity to enter the asylum and look for it.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Denis Sanders
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Lauren Bacall, Roddy McDowall, Olive Deering, Stuart Whitman, Carol Lynley
10. Gone Are the Days! (1963)
11
2
Gone Are the Days!
11
2

Gone are the Days! is a comedy drama film which tells the story of a self-ordained Reverend Judson, who returns to his hometown to build an integrated church. However, he is short of funds. Therefore, he asks his fiancée to masquerade as his dead cousin, hoping to gain access to her unclaimed inheritance.

As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Reverend Purlie Victorious Judson
Director:
Nicholas Webster
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Alan Alda, Sorrell Booke, Ruby Dee, Godfrey Cambridge, Hilda Haynes
11. How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass (2003)
10
3
How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass
R
10
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Granddad
Director:
Mario Van Peebles
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Adam West, Rainn Wilson, Mario Van Peebles, Joy Bryant, T.K. Carter, Terry Crews
12. The Cardinal (1963)
11
2
The Cardinal
TV-14
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
History, Drama, War
Star Cast:
John Huston, Dorothy Gish, Cecil Kellaway, Maggie McNamara, Tom Tryon
13. Gordon's War (1973)
11
2
Gordon's War
R
11
2
As:
Director
Director:
Ossie Davis
Genres:
Adventure, Crime
Star Cast:
Paul Winfield, Tony King, Gilbert Lewis, Carl Lee, David Downing
14. Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)
11
2
Cotton Comes to Harlem
R
11
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Ossie Davis
Genres:
Comedy, Action
Star Cast:
Redd Foxx, Godfrey Cambridge, Raymond St. Jacques, Calvin Lockhart, Judy Pace
15. Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
10
3
Bubba Ho-Tep
R
10
3

The film revolves around Elvis Presley and a black John F Kennedy, who are staying in a nursing home, where suddenly an Egyptian mummy appears and begin draining out the souls of old people. The two unite and decide to fight back. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Jack
Director:
Don Coscarelli
Genres:
Fantasy, Comedy, Mystery, Horror
Star Cast:
Bruce Campbell, Ella Joyce, Heidi Marnhout, Bob Ivy
16. Hot Stuff (1979)
10
2
Hot Stuff
PG
10
2

With an aim to apprehend criminals, three Miami cops set up a fencing operation and try to record the details from the burglars as they bring in the stolen stuff. As their superiors don’t support their idea, the cops try to run their business by re-selling the stolen goods. Before long, the local kingpin finds out and sends his goons after them.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Captain John Geiberger
Director:
Dom DeLuise
Genres:
Crime, Action, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jerry Reed, Suzanne Pleshette, Dom DeLuise, Luis Avalos
17. Grumpy Old Men (1993)
10
2
Grumpy Old Men
PG-13
10
2

Two former best friends, Max and John, who are now rivals, live in the same neighborhood. Their rivalry escalates even further, when a woman moves into the house across the street and they both start to like her. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Donald Petrie
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
18. A Man Called Adam (1966)
10
2
A Man Called Adam
10
2

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:
Nelson Davis
Director:
Leo Penn
Genres:
Drama, Music
Star Cast:
Cicely Tyson, Morgan Freeman, Lola Falana, Sammy Davis Jr., Louis Armstrong
19. The Client (1994)
10
2
The Client
PG-13
10
2

The Client is a 1994 legal thriller film, which tells the story of a young boy who witnesses the suicide of a lawyer, and also has information regarding the disappearance of a politician. He hires a lawyer for protection when the District Attorney tries to use him to take down the mobsters. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Crime
21. Cool Red (1976)
10
2
Cool Red
PG
10
2
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Ernest Motapo
Director:
Ossie Davis
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Ruby Dee, Greg Morris, Tom Aldredge, Michael Ebert
22. The Joe Louis Story (1953)
10
2
The Joe Louis Story
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Robert Gordon
Genres:
Drama, Biography, Film-Noir, Sport
Star Cast:
Paul Stewart, James Edwards, John Marley, Hilda Simms
24. Gladiator (1992)
9
2
Gladiator
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Rowdy Herrington
Genres:
Action, Drama, Sport
Star Cast:
Cuba Gooding Jr., Brian Dennehy, James Marshall, Richard Lexsee
25. Sam Whiskey (1969)
10
2
Sam Whiskey
M
10
2

Seduced by the charming young widow Laura Breckenridge and her money, former gambler Sam Whiskey, agrees to take on a dangerous mission with his two companions. They are to dive to the bottom of Colorado's Platte River to recover gold bars stolen by her dead husband and return those discreetly to the Denver Mint without raising suspicion.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jed Hooker
Director:
Arnold Laven
Genres:
Western, Comedy
Star Cast:
Burt Reynolds, Angie Dickinson, William Schallert, Clint Walker
26. The House of God (1984)
10
2
The House of God
R
10
2

After the chief resident of a teaching hospital suffers a breakdown, the young doctors are guided by a senior resident, who is a cynic.

As:
Cast
Director:
Donald Wrye
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
James Cromwell, Gilbert Gottfried, Tim Matheson, Michael Sacks, Charles Haid
27. Jungle Fever (1991)
9
3
Jungle Fever
R
9
3

Jungle Fever is a romantic drama film which tells the story of Flipper, an African American lawyer who begins an affair with his secretary. His wife throws him out of the house, when she comes to know about this. Soon he decides to begin courting his mistress, although other people don’t approve of this.

As:
Cast
Role:
The Good Reverend Doctor Purify
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Romance
30. Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
9
2
Joe Versus the Volcano
PG
9
2

Joe Banks, a hypochondriac tired of his dreary job, learns that he has only few days to live. Quitting his job, he accepts an offer to jump in a Pacific Island volcano as per the superstition of the natives. Traveling aboard a yacht, he falls for Captain Patricia as they survive adversities together. But can he forget his commitment to the volcano?

As:
Cast
Director:
John Patrick Shanley
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
31. Doctor Dolittle (1998)
8
1
Doctor Dolittle
PG-13
8
1

Dr. Doolittle, a noted surgeon, hits his head on the windshield while swerving his car to avoid running over a dog. It triggers in him a long dormant gift, enabling him to understand what animals and birds are saying and communicate with them. Although initially skeptical, he finally learns to appreciate his gifts and starts treating both animals and humans. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Archer Dolittle
Director:
Betty Thomas
Genres:
Fantasy, Family, Comedy
32. Slaves (1969)
8
1
Slaves
8
1

Cassy and Luke are two black slaves who are sold to a sadistic plantation owner named MacKay. They soon decide to fight for their freedom, and MacKay’s mistress eventually decide to join them.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Luke
Director:
Herbert J. Biberman
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Dionne Warwick, Gale Sondergaard, Stephen Boyd, Marilyn Clark
34. Cop & ½ (1993)
6
1
Cop & ½
PG
6
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Henry Winkler
Genres:
Crime, Comedy, Family
Star Cast:
Burt Reynolds, Ray Sharkey, Ruby Dee, Holland Taylor, Norman D. Golden II
35. Beah: A Black Woman Speaks (2003)
12
2
Beah: A Black Woman Speaks
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself
Director:
LisaGay Hamilton
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Ruby Dee, Beah Richards, Bill Cobbs, LisaGay Hamilton
36. Alyson's Closet (1998)
10
2
Alyson's Closet
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Rick Page
Genres:
Short, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Suzzanne Douglas, Eddie Karr, Tobijah Tyler, Melinda Renee
37. Here's to Life! (2000)
9
2
Here's to Life!
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Duncan Cox
Director:
Arne Olsen
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
James Whitmore, Kim Hunter, Eric McCormack, Marya Delver
38. Proud (2004)
8
2
Proud
PG
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Lorenzo DuFau
Director:
Mary Pat Kelly
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Aidan Quinn, Vernel Bagneris, Janet Hubert, Reggie Austin
39. The Unfinished Journey (1999)
7
1
The Unfinished Journey
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Narration (voice)
Director:
Steven Spielberg
Genres:
Documentary, Short, History
Star Cast:
Edward James Olmos, Sam Waterston, Ruby Dee, Maya Angelou
40. Avenging Angel (1985)
7
1
Avenging Angel
R
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Captain Harry Moradian
Director:
Robert Vincent O'Neill
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Crime
Star Cast:
Rory Calhoun, Robert F. Lyons, Susan Tyrrell, Betsy Russell

TV Movie(s)

1. Purlie (1981)
14
3
Purlie
14
3
As:
Writer
Director:
Rudi Goldman
Genres:
Comedy, Family, Musical
Star Cast:
Melba Moore, Sherman Hemsley, Robert Guillaume, Rhetta Hughes, Clarice Taylor
2. Teacher, Teacher (1969)
13
2
Teacher, Teacher
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Charles Carter
Director:
Fielder Cook
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
David McCallum, George Grizzard, Billy Schulman, Sally Chamberlin
3. The Outsider (1967)
12
2
The Outsider
12
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Michael Ritchie
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Ann Sothern, Edmond O'Brien, Darren McGavin, Nancy Malone, Shirley Knight
5. The Sheriff (1971)
11
2
The Sheriff
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
James Lucas
Director:
David Lowell Rich
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Edward Binns, Kaz Garas, Lynda Day George, Kyle Johnson
6. Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige (1981)
11
2
Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Richard A. Colla
Genres:
Biography, Sport, Drama
Star Cast:
Louis Gossett Jr., Cleavon Little, Beverly Todd, Clifton Davis
7. All God's Children (1980)
11
2
All God's Children
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Blaine Whitfield
Director:
Jerry Thorpe
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Richard Widmark, Ruby Dee, Mariclare Costello, Ned Beatty
8. The Tenth Level (1976)
11
2
The Tenth Level
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Reed
Director:
Charles S. Dubin
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
William Shatner, John Travolta, Lindsay Crouse, Lynn Carlin
9. Billy: Portrait of a Street Kid (1977)
10
2
Billy: Portrait of a Street Kid
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Fredericks
Director:
Steve Gethers
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Dolph Sweet, Tina Andrews, Roxie Roker, Chick Vennera
10. Freedom Road (1979)
9
2
Freedom Road
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Ján Kadár
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Kris Kristofferson, Edward Herrmann, Ron O'Neal, John McLiam, Muhammad Ali
11. John Brown's Raid (1960)
8
2
John Brown's Raid
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Dangerfield Newby
Director:
Sidney Lumet
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Robert Duvall, James Mason, Wesley Addy, Roberts Blossom
12. The Emperor Jones (1955)
13
2
The Emperor Jones
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Brutus Jones
Genres:
Drama
13. The Ghosts of Christmas Eve (1999)
12
2
The Ghosts of Christmas Eve
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
The Caretaker
Director:
Hart Perry
Star Cast:
Michael Crawford, Jewel Kilcher, Allie Sheridan
14. The Secret Path (1999)
11
2
The Secret Path
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Bruce Pittman
Genres:
Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Della Reese, Crystal Bernard, Ron White, Yvonne Zima
15. Home of the Brave (1996)
11
2
Home of the Brave
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Erasmus Jones
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Celeste Holm, Gerald McRaney, Austin O'Brien, Eddie Karr
16. The Ernest Green Story (1993)
11
2
The Ernest Green Story
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Eric Laneuville
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Robert Alexander, Morris Chestnut, Steven Allen, Katherine Bernhardt
17. Miss Evers' Boys (1997)
11
2
Miss Evers' Boys
PG
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Joseph Sargent
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
Laurence Fishburne, Alfre Woodard, Craig Sheffer, Joe Morton, Obba Babatundé
19. Deacons for Defense (2003)
10
2
Deacons for Defense
R
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Reverend 'Rev' Gregory
Director:
Bill Duke
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Forest Whitaker, Chris Britton, Jonathan Silverman, Gene Mack
22. A Vow to Cherish (1999)
10
2
A Vow to Cherish
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Alexander Billman
Director:
John Schmidt
Genres:
Family, Drama
Star Cast:
Ken Howard, Barbara Babcock, Donna Bullock, D. David Morin
23. Ray Alexander: A Menu for Murder (1995)
9
2
Ray Alexander: A Menu for Murder
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Uncle Phil
Director:
Gary Nelson
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
James Coburn, Louis Gossett Jr., Beverly Johnson, Tracy Nelson
24. Finding Buck McHenry (2000)
9
2
Finding Buck McHenry
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Buck McHenry
Director:
Charles Burnett
Genres:
Family, Sport, Drama
Star Cast:
Ruby Dee, Ernie Banks, Michael Schiffman, Duane McLaughlin
25. J.C. Leyendecker: The Great American Illustrator (2000)
8
1
J.C. Leyendecker: The Great American Illustrator
8
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Narrator
Director:
Amy Stone
Genres:
Biography
26. Ray Alexander: A Taste for Justice (1994)
8
1
Ray Alexander: A Taste for Justice
8
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Uncle Phil
Director:
Gary Nelson
Genres:
Mystery, Drama
Star Cast:
James Coburn, Louis Gossett Jr., Tracy Nelson, Willie Garson
27. The Android Affair (1995)
7
1
The Android Affair
PG-13
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Winston
Director:
Richard Kletter
Genres:
Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Saul Rubinek, Griffin Dunne, Harley Jane Kozak, Peter Outerbridge

Animation(s)

Dinosaur (2000)
Dinosaur
PG
Plot:

Dinosaur is an animated comedy film, which tells the story of a family of lemurs who raise an orphaned dinosaur. However, meteors ruin their green paradise, after which along with other herbivores, they try to find a home. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Yar (voice)
Director:
Eric Leighton, Ralph Zondag
Genres:
Adventure, Thriller, Family, Animation
Star Cast:
The Red Shoes (1990)
The Red Shoes
As:
Cast
Role:
Narrator / Alphonse (voice)
Director:
Michael Sporn
Genres:
Short, Family, Drama, Animation
Star Cast:
Diana Cherkas, Devon Collins, Meghan Duffy, Hilda Correa
Legend of the Candy Cane (2001)
Legend of the Candy Cane
As:
Cast
Director:
John Schmidt
Genres:
Family, Comedy, Animation, Drama
Star Cast:
Tom Bosley, Florence Henderson, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Paige O'Hara

TV Shows and Videos

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Ghost of Christmas Eve (2001)
Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Ghost of Christmas Eve
As:
Cast
Director:
Hart Perry
Genres:
Music
Star Cast:
Jewel Kilcher, Allie Sheridan, Michael Crawford
Ossie and Ruby! (1980)
Ossie and Ruby!
As:
Cast
Star Cast:
Robert Hooks, Cleavon Little, Kevin Hooks, Donald Bogle
King (1978)
King
As:
Cast
Director:
Abby Mann
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Cicely Tyson, Roscoe Lee Browne, Tony Bennett, Paul Winfield, Lonny Chapman
Thomas Jefferson (1997)
Thomas Jefferson
As:
Cast
Role:
Narrator (2 episodes, 1997)
Director:
Ken Burns
Genres:
History, Documentary
Star Cast:
Gwyneth Paltrow, Sam Waterston, Gore Vidal, Michael Potts
The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People (1973)
The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People
As:
Cast
Director:
Jeff Bleckner, Sheldon Larry, Roger Englander, David Saperstein, Jerome Schnur
Genres:
Music, Family
Star Cast:
Valerie Bertinelli, Kevin Kline, Michael Tilson Thomas
Philly (2001)
Philly
As:
Cast
Director:
Rick Wallace, Kevin Hooks, Joe Ann Fogle, Michael Switzer
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Page Kennedy, Pauley Perrette, Missi Pyle, Kim Delaney, Tom Everett Scott, Rick Hoffman
City of Angels (2000)
City of Angels
As:
Cast
Director:
Paris Barclay, Greg Beeman, Joe Ann Fogle, Dianne Houston, Rick Wallace
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Vivica A. Fox, Viola Davis, Maya Rudolph, Blair Underwood, Michael Warren, Hill Harper
The Client (1995)
The Client
As:
Cast
Role:
Judge Harry Roosevelt (14 episodes, 1995-1996)
Director:
James Quinn, Michael W. Watkins, Vern Gillum, Steven Robman, Michael Pavone
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Scarlett Johansson, Alice Ghostley, James Cromwell, Polly Holliday, David Barry Gray, John Heard

Ossie Davis Awards

Grammy Awards
Winner Best Spoken Word Album 2007