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List of Sidney Poitier Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. To Sir, with Love (1967)
104
6
To Sir, with Love
104
6
As:
Cast
Role:
Mark Thackeray
Director:
James Clavell
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Ann Bell, Christian Roberts, Judy Geeson, Suzy Kendall
2. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
81
3
In the Heat of the Night
81
3

Bill Gillespie, the bigoted police chief of Sparta, Mississippi, arrests African-American Philadelphia detective Virgil Tibbs for a businessman’s murder. After proving his credentials, Tibbs is reluctantly asked to assist the investigations. Facing risks, he delves deep into the case, but encounters difficulties from Gillespie on every step. As the two men learn to work together, Tibbs proves his mettle earning Gillespie’s respect. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Virgil Tibbs
Director:
Norman Jewison
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller, Mystery
Star Cast:
Rod Steiger, Harry Dean Stanton, Lee Grant, Larry Gates, Warren Oates
3. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
84
4
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
84
4

Joanna is a young woman who was raised with liberal values. One day, when she brings home her fiance, who is an African-American widowed physician, her parent’s attitudes are challenged. 

As:
Cast
Role:
John Prentice
Director:
Stanley Kramer
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Cecil Kellaway, Katharine Houghton
4. Lilies of the Field (1963)
81
2
Lilies of the Field
81
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Homer Smith
Director:
Ralph Nelson
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Lilia Skala, Lisa Mann, Isa Crino, Francesca Jarvis
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Drama
5. A Patch of Blue (1965)
70
5
A Patch of Blue
70
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Gordon Ralfe
Director:
Guy Green
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Shelley Winters, Ivan Dixon, Wallace Ford, Elizabeth Hartman
6. A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
60
5
A Raisin in the Sun
60
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Walter Lee Younger
Director:
Daniel Petrie
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Ivan Dixon, Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeil, Diana Sands
7. The Defiant Ones (1958)
44
5
The Defiant Ones
TV-PG
44
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Noah Cullen
Director:
Stanley Kramer
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Tony Curtis, Claude Akins, Carl Switzer, Charles McGraw, Theodore Bikel, Lon Chaney Jr.
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor
8. Blackboard Jungle (1955)
37
3
Blackboard Jungle
37
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Richard Brooks
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Glenn Ford, Richard Kiley, John Hoyt, Louis Calhern
10. The Bedford Incident (1965)
30
3
The Bedford Incident
30
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Ben Munceford
Director:
James B. Harris
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Richard Widmark, Donald Sutherland, James MacArthur, Martin Balsam, Wally Cox
11. No Way Out (1950)
29
7
No Way Out
29
7
As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Luther Brooks
Genres:
Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Ossie Davis, Richard Widmark, Stephen McNally, Linda Darnell, Mildred Joanne Smith
12. Uptown Saturday Night (1974)
35
4
Uptown Saturday Night
PG
35
4
As:
Cast, Director
Role:
Steve Jackson
Director:
Sidney Poitier
Genres:
Crime, Action, Comedy
Star Cast:
13. Let's Do It Again (1975)
33
6
Let's Do It Again
PG
33
6
As:
Cast, Director
Role:
Clyde Williams
Director:
Sidney Poitier
Genres:
Comedy, Crime, Action
Star Cast:
John Amos, Ossie Davis, Bill Cosby, Jimmie Walker, Calvin Lockhart
14. Brother John (1971)
33
3
Brother John
PG
33
3

Brother John tells the story of a man who visits his hometown in Alabama, after a long time, to attend his sister’s funeral. However, unknown to others, he is actually a messenger from heaven who has been sent to assess whether mankind is worthy of redemption. 

As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
John Kane
Director:
James Goldstone
Genres:
Drama, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Bradford Dillman, Will Geer, Ramon Bieri, Beverly Todd
15. Stir Crazy (1980)
28
3
Stir Crazy
R
28
3

Two friends are wrongfully accused and convicted, after which they are sent to prison. They realize that they have no other choice but to make a foolproof escape plan. They soon realize that the annual rodeo competition may provide them with a perfect opportunity to escape.  

As:
Director
Director:
Sidney Poitier
Genres:
Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Gene Wilder, Jonathan Banks, Craig T. Nelson, Richard Pryor, Georg Stanford Brown, JoBeth Williams
16. Shoot to Kill (1988)
41
6
Shoot to Kill
R
41
6
As:
Cast
Role:
Warren Stantin
Director:
Roger Spottiswoode
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Drama, Adventure, Crime
Star Cast:
Tom Berenger, Kirstie Alley, Clancy Brown, Richard Masur
18. They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970)
44
6
They Call Me Mister Tibbs!
GP
44
6
As:
Cast
Role:
Virgil Tibbs
Director:
Gordon Douglas
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Martin Landau, Ed Asner, Edward Asner, Anthony Zerbe, Barbara McNair
19. A Piece of the Action (1977)
33
4
A Piece of the Action
PG
33
4

A retired detective has all the evidences necessary for sending two smart thieves to jail. But he agrees to keep quiet provided they consent to work among delinquent youths. Having no other options, they soon start working as career counselors for equally unwilling inner city kids. But later as they start enjoying their job they find their past catching up with them. 

As:
Cast, Director
Role:
Manny Durrell
Director:
Sidney Poitier
Genres:
Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
James Earl Jones, Denise Nicholas, Bill Cosby, Hope Clarke
20. Pressure Point (1962)
20
5
Pressure Point
20
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Doctor
Director:
Stanley Kramer, Hubert Cornfield
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Bobby Darin, Peter Falk, Carl Benton Reid, Mary Munday
21. Good-bye, My Lady (1956)
16
6
Good-bye, My Lady
16
6

Orphan Skeeter lives with his toothless poor uncle, Jesse, in a Mississippi swamp cabin. One night they take in a strange dog that does not bark but rather laughs. When the rightful owner of the dog comes looking, Skeeter is forced to give up his new pet but gets a US $100 reward. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Gates Watson
Director:
William A. Wellman
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Walter Brennan, William Hopper, Phil Harris, Brandon De Wilde
22. Edge of the City (1957)
17
5
Edge of the City
17
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Tommy Tyler
Director:
Martin Ritt
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
John Cassavetes, Jack Warden, Ruby Dee, Kathleen Maguire
23. Cry, the Beloved Country (1951)
15
4
Cry, the Beloved Country
15
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Reverend Msimangu
Director:
Zoltan Korda
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Geoffrey Keen, Canada Lee, Charles Carson, Joyce Carey
24. Sneakers (1992)
24
4
Sneakers
PG-13
24
4

Martin Bishop, who runs a company that tests security systems, is blackmailed by government agents into getting a black box from its inventor. Bishop’s ex-girlfriend and his team of experts, who retrieve the device, discover that it can decode any encryption code. As Bishop realizes that those men were criminals and not government officers, they incriminate him in the murder of the inventor.

As:
Cast
Role:
Donald Crease
Director:
Phil Alden Robinson
Genres:
Mystery, Comedy, Crime, Thriller, Drama
25. Duel at Diablo (1966)
20
3
Duel at Diablo
20
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Toller
Director:
Ralph Nelson
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
James Garner, Dennis Weaver, Bibi Andersson, Bill Travers
26. Go Man Go (1954)
11
5
Go Man Go
11
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Inman Jackson
Director:
James Wong Howe
Genres:
Drama, Sport
Star Cast:
Dane Clark, Patricia Breslin, Anatol Winogradoff, Celia Brodkin
27. Buck and the Preacher (1972)
27
5
Buck and the Preacher
PG
27
5
As:
Cast, Producer, Director
Role:
Buck
Director:
Joseph Sargent, Sidney Poitier
Genres:
Adventure, Drama, Western
Star Cast:
Harry Belafonte, Cameron Mitchell, Ruby Dee, Denny Miller
29. For Love of Ivy (1968)
25
4
For Love of Ivy
G
25
4

African-American Ivy Moore, who has been working as a maid for years for the Austin family, decides to quit job to join secretarial school. Desperate to stop her, the Austins blackmail gambler and trucking executive Jack Parks into dating her. They truly fall for each other, but when Ivy learns that Parks was pressed into this romance, she breaks-up. Will they re-unite?

As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Jack Parks
Director:
Daniel Mann
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Beau Bridges, Lauri Peters, Nan Martin, Abbey Lincoln
30. The Jackal (1997)
29
2
The Jackal
R
29
2

A Russian mobster hires The Jackal, a mysterious highly-trained killer to eliminate a top government official. However, Jackal is chased by FBI’s Carter Preston and the Russian officer Valentina. The two also enlist the help of imprisoned Irish agent Mulqueen for the purpose. However, Jackal is not only smart and shrewd but also a master of disguise and absolutely ruthless.

As:
Cast
Role:
FBI Deputy Director Carter Preston
Director:
Michael Caton-Jones
Genres:
Action, Thriller, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Jack Black, Diane Venora, Mathilda May
31. Band of Angels (1957)
12
3
Band of Angels
12
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Rau-Ru
Director:
Raoul Walsh
Genres:
History, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Clark Gable, Yvonne De Carlo, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Rex Reason
33. Virgin Island (1958)
8
2
Virgin Island
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Marcus
Director:
Pat Jackson
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Adventure
Star Cast:
John Cassavetes, Virginia Maskell, Isabel Dean, Colin Gordon
34. The Wilby Conspiracy (1975)
15
3
The Wilby Conspiracy
TV-14
15
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Shack Twala
Director:
Ralph Nelson
Genres:
Adventure, Thriller, Drama, Action
Star Cast:
Michael Caine, Nicol Williamson, Saeed Jaffrey, Prunella Gee
35. Something of Value (1957)
9
3
Something of Value
TV-PG
9
3

Raised together since childhood, Peter, the son of a white Kenyan settler and Kimani, a black worker are close friends. Things begin to change when Kimani’s father is jailed for following a tribal tradition. Angered by this, he joins Mau Mau rebels, but cannot really accept many of their actions. The two friends finally come face to face when the rebels kill Peter’s brother-in-law.

As:
Cast
Director:
Richard Brooks
Genres:
Drama, War
Star Cast:
Rock Hudson, Wendy Hiller, Dana Wynter, Robert Beatty
36. Red Ball Express (1952)
11
2
Red Ball Express
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Robertson
Director:
Budd Boetticher
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
Charles Drake, Jeff Chandler, Alex Nicol, Judith Braun
37. The Long Ships (1964)
18
4
The Long Ships
18
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Aly Mansuh
Director:
Jack Cardiff
Genres:
Drama, Adventure, History
Star Cast:
Richard Widmark, Oskar Homolka, Rosanna Schiaffino, Russ Tamblyn
38. All the Young Men (1960)
12
3
All the Young Men
12
3

All the Young Men is an action war drama film, which takes us to the Korean War. When a lieutenant is killed, a black sergeant has to take charge of his squad. However, this proves to be a challenge, due to the racism being prevalent among the men in the squad. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Sgt. Eddie Towler
Director:
Hall Bartlett
Genres:
War, Action, Drama
Star Cast:
Alan Ladd, James Darren, Glenn Corbett, Mort Sahl
39. A Warm December (1973)
20
3
A Warm December
PG
20
3

On his trip to London with his daughter, Dr Matt Younger meets a beautiful dignitary Catherine Oswandu with whom he falls in love. However, strange men seem to be following her wherever she goes, and Dr Matt tries to find out who they are, and why they follow her.

As:
Cast, Director
Role:
Dr. Matt Younger
Director:
Sidney Poitier
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
George Baker, Johnny Sekka, Ester Anderson, Yvette Curtis
40. The Lost Man (1969)
12
5
The Lost Man
PG-13
12
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Jason Higgs
Director:
Robert Alan Aurthur
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Joanna Shimkus, Al Freeman Jr., Michael Tolan, Leon Bibb
41. The Organization (1971)
12
3
The Organization
GP
12
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Virgil Tibbs
Director:
Don Medford
Genres:
Action, Drama, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Sheree North, Barbara McNair, Fred Beir
42. Little Nikita (1988)
17
2
Little Nikita
PG
17
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Roy Parmenter
Director:
Richard Benjamin
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
River Phoenix, Richard Bradford, Richard Jenkins, Liver Phoenix, Caroline Kava
43. Sepia Cinderella (1947)
10
4
Sepia Cinderella
10
4
As:
Cast
Director:
Arthur H. Leonard
Genres:
Musical
Star Cast:
Billy Daniels, Sheila Guyse, Tondaleyo, Ruble Blakey
44. Hanky Panky (1982)
14
4
Hanky Panky
PG
14
4
As:
Director
Director:
Sidney Poitier
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Crime, Comedy, Mystery
Star Cast:
Richard Widmark, Gene Wilder, Kathleen Quinlan, Robert Prosky, Gilda Radner
45. The Mark of the Hawk (1957)
12
5
The Mark of the Hawk
12
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Obam
Director:
Michael Audley
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
John McIntire, Eartha Kitt, Juano Hernandez, Helen Horton
46. Ghost Dad (1990)
16
6
Ghost Dad
PG
16
6
As:
Director
Director:
Sidney Poitier
Genres:
Family, Comedy, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Jonathan Brandis, Denise Nicholas, Bill Cosby, Christine Ebersole, Ian Bannen, Barry Corbin
47. Fast Forward (1985)
7
3
Fast Forward
PG
7
3
As:
Director
Director:
Sidney Poitier
Genres:
Drama, Musical
Star Cast:
Don Franklin, Gretchen Palmer, John Scott Clough, Tamara Mark, Tracy Silver

TV Movie(s)

1. The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn (1999)
40
3
The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn
PG
40
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Noah Dearborn
Director:
Gregg Champion
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Mary-Louise Parker, Dianne Wiest, George Newbern, Roxzane T. Mims
2. The Last Brickmaker in America (2001)
26
3
The Last Brickmaker in America
PG
26
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Henry Cobb
Director:
Gregg Champion
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jay O. Sanders, Piper Laurie, Wendy Crewson, Mert Hatfield
3. Mandela and de Klerk (1997)
18
3
Mandela and de Klerk
PG-13
18
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Nelson Mandela
Director:
Joseph Sargent
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Michael Caine, Tina Lifford, Gerry Maritz, Ian Roberts
4. To Sir, with Love II (1996)
27
2
To Sir, with Love II
27
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mark Thackeray
Director:
Peter Bogdanovich
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Fernando López, Dana Eskelson, Christian Payton, Casey Lluberes
5. David and Lisa (1998)
9
3
David and Lisa
9
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Jack Miller
Director:
Lloyd Kramer
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Brittany Murphy, Allison Janney, Debi Mazar, Lukas Haas
6. Free of Eden (1998)
11
4
Free of Eden
TV-MA
11
4
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Will Cleamons
Director:
Leon Ichaso
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Phylicia Rashad, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Robert Hooks, Khalil Kain

TV Shows and Videos

Separate But Equal (1991)
Separate But Equal
PG
As:
Cast
Role:
Thurgood Marshall
Director:
George Stevens Jr.
Genres:
History, Drama
Star Cast:
Burt Lancaster, Richard Kiley, Cleavon Little, Gloria Foster

Sidney Poitier Awards

Academy Awards
Lilies of the Field Best Actor in a Leading Role 1964
Golden Globe Awards
Winner World Film Favorite - Male 1969
Lilies of the Field Best Actor - Drama 1964
BAFTA Awards
The Defiant Ones Best Foreign Actor 1959
Grammy Awards
Winner Best Spoken Word Album 2001