The Best Sidney Poitier Movies Films

The Best Sidney Poitier Movies

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List of the best Sidney Poitier movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Sidney Poitier's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Sidney Poitier movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Sidney Poitier movies will be at the top of the list. Sidney Poitier has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Sidney Poitier movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Sidney Poitier films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Sidney Poitier role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Sidney Poitier performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

Uptown Saturday Night and Go, Man, Go! are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Sidney Poitier movies?" and "What are the greatest Sidney Poitier roles of all time?"


Notable directors that have worked with Sidney Poitier include names like Phil Alden Robinson, Otto Preminger and Richard Brooks. Is Sidney Poitier your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best James Earl Jones and Louis Gossett, Jr. films lists too.



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    To Sir, with Love

    Sidney Poitier, Lulu, Patricia Routledge

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    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

    Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy

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    - 10
    Lilies of the Field

    Sidney Poitier, Ralph Nelson, Lilia Skala

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  4. 4
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    In the Heat of the Night

    Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant

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  5. 5
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    - 7
    A Raisin in the Sun

    Sidney Poitier, Louis Gossett, Jr.

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  6. 6
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    The Defiant Ones

    Sidney Poitier, Tony Curtis, Lon Chaney

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    They call me MISTER Tibbs

    Sidney Poitier, Ed Asner, Martin Landau

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    A Patch of Blue

    Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, John Qualen

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    The Greatest Story Ever Told

    John Wayne, Charlton Heston, Angela Lansbury

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  10. 10
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    - 9
    Shoot to Kill

    Kirstie Alley, Tom Berenger, Sidney Poitier

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    A Warm December

    Sidney Poitier, George Baker, Rudolph Walker

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  12. 12
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    Blackboard Jungle

    Sidney Poitier, Glenn Ford, Anne Francis

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  13. 13
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    The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn

    Mary-Louise Parker, Sidney Poitier, Dianne Wiest

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  14. 14
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    Porgy and Bess

    Sidney Poitier, Sammy Davis, Jr.

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    The Last Brickmaker In America

    Sidney Poitier, Piper Laurie, Wendy Crewson

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    To Sir, with Love II

    Sidney Poitier, Lulu, Daniel J. Travanti

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    Buck and the Preacher

    Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee

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    Uptown Saturday Night

    Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Sidney Poitier

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    The Jackal

    Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Jack Black

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    A Piece of the Action

    Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones, Sidney Poitier

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    No Way Out

    Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark, Ruby Dee

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    Sneakers

    Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley

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    Let's Do It Again

    Bill Cosby, Sidney Poitier, Ossie Davis

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    For Love of Ivy

    Sidney Poitier, Carroll O'Connor, Beau Bridges

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    Duel at Diablo

    Sidney Poitier, James Garner, Bibi Andersson

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    Mandela and de Klerk

    Michael Caine, Sidney Poitier, John Carson

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    The Bedford Incident

    Donald Sutherland, Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark

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    Brother John

    Sidney Poitier, Paul Winfield, Will Geer

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    Band of Angels

    Clark Gable, Sidney Poitier, Yvonne De Carlo

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    Separate but Equal

    Separate but Equal Sidney Poitier, Burt Lancaster, Cleavon Little

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    The Long Ships

    Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark, Leonard Rossiter

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    Paris Blues

    Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, Louis Armstrong

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    Little Nikita

    Sidney Poitier, River Phoenix, Loretta Devine

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    The Wilby Conspiracy

    Michael Caine, Sidney Poitier, Rutger Hauer

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    Something of Value

    Rock Hudson, Sidney Poitier, Wendy Hiller

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    No image

    Free of Eden Sidney Poitier, Phylicia Rashād, Sydney Tamiia Poitier

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    Cry, the Beloved Country

    Sidney Poitier, Canada Lee, Charles Carson

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    The Slender Thread

    Anne Bancroft, Sidney Poitier, Ed Asner

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    All the Young Men

    Sidney Poitier, Alan Ladd, Ingemar Johansson

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    Children of the Dust

    Farrah Fawcett, Jim Caviezel, Sidney Poitier

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    The Mark of the Hawk

    The Mark of the Hawk Sidney Poitier, Eartha Kitt, John McIntire

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    Edge of the City

    Sidney Poitier, John Cassavetes, Ruby Dee

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    Pressure Point

    Sidney Poitier, Bobby Darin, Peter Falk

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    Sepia Cinderella

    Sepia Cinderella Billy Daniels, Fred Gordon, Hilda Offley

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    The Organization

    Sidney Poitier, Raúl Juliá, Daniel J. Travanti

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    The Lost Man

    The Lost Man Sidney Poitier, Joanna Shimkus

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    Red Ball Express

    Sidney Poitier, Jeff Chandler

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    Good-bye, My Lady

    Good-bye, My Lady Sidney Poitier, Walter Brennan, Louise Beavers

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    David and Lisa

    David and Lisa Brittany Murphy, Sidney Poitier

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    Go, Man, Go!

    Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Dane Clark

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