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List of Sidney Poitier Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. To Sir, with Love (1967)
142
8
To Sir, with Love
142
8
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)
113
6
In the Heat of the Night
113
6

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. Lilies of the Field (1963)
113
2
Lilies of the Field
113
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
4. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
110
5
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
110
5

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
5. A Patch of Blue (1965)
91
6
A Patch of Blue
91
6
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)
83
7
A Raisin in the Sun
83
7
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)
61
8
The Defiant Ones
TV-PG
61
8

A truck transporting members of a chain gang meets  with an accident. Jackson and Cullen, two convicts who are chained together, flee. Though they both appear to be opposites in every way, they need to get along in order to dodge the arrest.

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)
53
5
Blackboard Jungle
53
5

Richard Dadier is a navy veteran, who takes up a job as a teacher at North Manual Trades High School. However, things are not quite easy for him, because Gregory Miller, along with other students engage in anti-social behavior. The class doesn’t show respect for Dadier, and things even get worse after Dadier is forced to subdue a student who attacks another teacher.

As:
Cast
Director:
Richard Brooks
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Glenn Ford, Richard Kiley, John Hoyt, Louis Calhern
10. The Bedford Incident (1965)
41
5
The Bedford Incident
41
5
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)
41
9
No Way Out
41
9
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)
54
7
Uptown Saturday Night
PG
54
7

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.

As:
Cast, Director
Role:
Steve Jackson
Director:
Sidney Poitier
Genres:
Crime, Action, Comedy
Star Cast:
13. Let's Do It Again (1975)
48
7
Let's Do It Again
PG
48
7
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)
50
4
Brother John
PG
50
4

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:
Paul Winfield, Bradford Dillman, Will Geer, Ramon Bieri, Beverly Todd
15. Stir Crazy (1980)
41
3
Stir Crazy
R
41
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)
53
6
Shoot to Kill
R
53
6

Shoot to Kill is an action thriller film which tells the story of Steve, a criminal who has been on the run in the forests of Northern America. Meanwhile, an FBI agent Warren is obsessed with capturing him.   

As:
Cast
Role:
Warren Stantin
Director:
Roger Spottiswoode
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Drama, Adventure, Crime
Star Cast:
Tom Berenger, Kirstie Alley, Clancy Brown, Richard Masur
17. They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970)
59
8
They Call Me Mister Tibbs!
GP
59
8
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)
46
6
A Piece of the Action
PG
46
6

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)
28
5
Pressure Point
28
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Doctor
Director:
Stanley Kramer, Hubert Cornfield
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Bobby Darin, Peter Falk, Carl Benton Reid, Mary Munday
21. Sneakers (1992)
33
4
Sneakers
PG-13
33
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
22. Edge of the City (1957)
23
6
Edge of the City
23
6
As:
Cast
Role:
Tommy Tyler
Director:
Martin Ritt
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
John Cassavetes, Jack Warden, Ruby Dee, Kathleen Maguire
23. Buck and the Preacher (1972)
39
6
Buck and the Preacher
PG
39
6
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
24. Good-bye, My Lady (1956)
20
6
Good-bye, My Lady
20
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
25. For Love of Ivy (1968)
38
4
For Love of Ivy
G
38
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
26. Cry, the Beloved Country (1951)
20
5
Cry, the Beloved Country
20
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Reverend Msimangu
Director:
Zoltan Korda
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Geoffrey Keen, Canada Lee, Charles Carson, Joyce Carey
27. Duel at Diablo (1966)
25
3
Duel at Diablo
25
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Toller
Director:
Ralph Nelson
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
James Garner, Bibi Andersson, Dennis Weaver, Bill Travers
29. Band of Angels (1957)
22
3
Band of Angels
22
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
30. The Jackal (1997)
36
2
The Jackal
R
36
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. Go Man Go (1954)
14
6
Go Man Go
14
6
As:
Cast
Role:
Inman Jackson
Director:
James Wong Howe
Genres:
Drama, Sport
Star Cast:
Dane Clark, Patricia Breslin, Anatol Winogradoff, Celia Brodkin
32. Virgin Island (1958)
15
2
Virgin Island
15
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Marcus
Director:
Pat Jackson
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Adventure
Star Cast:
John Cassavetes, Virginia Maskell, Isabel Dean, Colin Gordon
34. The Long Ships (1964)
29
4
The Long Ships
29
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Aly Mansuh
Director:
Jack Cardiff
Genres:
Drama, Adventure, History
Star Cast:
Richard Widmark, Oskar Homolka, Rosanna Schiaffino, Russ Tamblyn
35. The Wilby Conspiracy (1975)
19
3
The Wilby Conspiracy
TV-14
19
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Shack Twala
Director:
Ralph Nelson
Genres:
Adventure, Thriller, Drama, Action
Star Cast:
Michael Caine, Nicol Williamson, Saeed Jaffrey, Prunella Gee
36. Something of Value (1957)
16
3
Something of Value
TV-PG
16
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
37. A Warm December (1973)
34
3
A Warm December
PG
34
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
38. Red Ball Express (1952)
15
2
Red Ball Express
15
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Robertson
Director:
Budd Boetticher
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
Charles Drake, Jeff Chandler, Alex Nicol, Judith Braun
39. All the Young Men (1960)
14
3
All the Young Men
14
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
40. The Lost Man (1969)
16
5
The Lost Man
PG-13
16
5

Former US Army lieutenant Jason Higgs becomes a black militant during the 1960s Black Revolutionary Movement. He is forced to hide from the police when he commits a payroll heist in order to help his imprisoned brothers.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jason Higgs
Director:
Robert Alan Aurthur
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Paul Winfield, Joanna Shimkus, Al Freeman Jr., Michael Tolan, Leon Bibb
41. The Organization (1971)
19
4
The Organization
GP
19
4
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)
26
2
Little Nikita
PG
26
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)
12
4
Sepia Cinderella
12
4
As:
Cast, uncredited
Director:
Arthur H. Leonard
Genres:
Musical
Star Cast:
Billy Daniels, Sheila Guyse, Tondaleyo, Ruble Blakey
44. Hanky Panky (1982)
17
4
Hanky Panky
PG
17
4
As:
Director
Director:
Sidney Poitier
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Crime, Comedy, Mystery
Star Cast:
Gilda Susan Radner, Richard Widmark, Gene Wilder, Kathleen Quinlan, Robert Prosky, Gilda Radner
45. The Mark of the Hawk (1957)
14
5
The Mark of the Hawk
14
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Obam
Director:
Michael Audley
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
John McIntire, Eartha Kitt, Juano Hernandez, Helen Horton
46. Ghost Dad (1990)
22
6
Ghost Dad
PG
22
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)
10
3
Fast Forward
PG
10
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)
62
3
The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn
PG
62
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)
34
3
The Last Brickmaker in America
PG
34
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)
27
4
Mandela and de Klerk
PG-13
27
4
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)
38
2
To Sir, with Love II
38
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)
12
3
David and Lisa
12
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)
16
4
Free of Eden
TV-MA
16
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