Watchworthy

The Best Billy Dee Williams Movies 

Reference
Updated September 21, 2019 353 votes 95 voters 10k views 48 items

List Rules Vote for your favorite movies, regardless of critic reviews or how big the role was.

List of the best Billy Dee Williams movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Billy Dee Williams'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 Billy Dee Williams movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Billy Dee Williams movies will be at the top of the list. Billy Dee Williams has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Billy Dee Williams movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Billy Dee Williams films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

These films, like Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III and Deadly Illusion include images when available.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Billy Dee Williams movies?" and "What are the greatest Billy Dee Williams roles of all time?"

Movie fans who love Billy Dee Williams have also been known to enjoy films starring James Earl Jones and Sammy Davis, Jr..

Data-driven recommendations based on voting from over 40 million monthly visits to Ranker. Try the free app
list ordered by
1
Star Wars Episode V: The... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Billy Dee Williams Movies
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1980

Directed by: Irvin Kershner

The Empire Strikes Back is a 1980 American epic space opera film directed by Irvin Kershner. Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan wrote the screenplay, with George Lucas writing the film's story ...more

More Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back 

Here's Why The Last Jedi And Empire Strikes Back Are Pretty Much The Same Movie #5 of 191 The Best Alien Movies Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

2
Ranker Video
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1983

Directed by: Richard Marquand

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi is a 1983 American epic space opera film directed by Richard Marquand, and the third and final film in the original Star Wars trilogy. After a daring ...more

More Star Wars: Episode VI –Return of the Jedi 

#12 of 191 The Best Alien Movies Ever Made #3 of 11 Every Star Wars Movie, Ranked Best to Worst #10 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

3
Ranker Video
Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams

Released: 1971

Directed by: Buzz Kulik

Brian's Song is a 1971 ABC Movie of the Week that recounts the details of the life of Brian Piccolo, a Wake Forest University football player stricken with terminal cancer after turning pro, ...more

More Brian's Song 

#350 of 726 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #44 of 293 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry #57 of 153 The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made

4
Ranker Video
Diana Ross, Richard Pryor, Billy Dee Williams

Released: 1972

Directed by: Sidney J. Furie

Lady Sings the Blues is a 1972 American biographical drama film directed by Sidney J. Furie about jazz singer Billie Holiday loosely based on her 1956 autobiography which, in turn, took its ...more

More Lady Sings the Blues 

#96 of 726 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #228 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #55 of 123 The Most Rewatchable Movie Musicals

5
Ranker Video
Mahogany Diana Ross, Anthony Perkins, Billy Dee Williams

Released: 1975

Directed by: Berry Gordy

Mahogany is a 1975 American romantic drama film directed by Berry Gordy and produced by Motown Productions. The Motown founder Gordy took over the film direction after British filmmaker Tony ...more

More Mahogany 

#342 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #126 of 726 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #502 of 804 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

6
Ranker Video
Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Dave Chappelle

Released: 2002

Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee

Undercover Brother is a 2002 American action comedy film starring Eddie Griffin and directed by Malcolm D. Lee. The screenplay is by Michael McCullers and co-executive producer John Ridley, who ...more

More Undercover Brother 

#323 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #137 of 726 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #894 of 1,030 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

7
Batman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Billy Dee Williams Movies
Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

Released: 1989

Directed by: Tim Burton

Batman is a 1989 American superhero film directed by Tim Burton, based on the DC Comics character. The Dark Knight of Gotham City (Michael Keaton) begins his war on crime with his first major ...more

More Batman 

#26 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #38 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetimelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

8
Ranker Video
Richard Pryor, James Earl Jones, Billy Dee Williams

Released: 1976

Directed by: John Badham

The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings is a comedic sports film about a team of enterprising ex-Negro League baseball players in the era of racial segregation. Loosely based upon ...more

More The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings 

#471 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #36 of 40 Great Historical Black Movies Based On True Stories #36 of 88 The All-Time Best Baseball Films

9
Ranker Video
Angela Bassett, Terrence Howard, Vanessa L. Williams

Released: 1992

Directed by: Karen Arthur

The Jacksons: An American Dream is a four-hour American miniseries broadcast in two halves on ABC and originally broadcast on November 15 through November 18, 1992. It is based upon the history ...more

More The Jacksons: An American Dream 

#105 of 726 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #103 of 170 The Best Miniseries in TV History #17 of 47 The Best Terrence Howard Movies

10
Ranker Video
Richard Pryor, Billy Dee Williams, Noble Willingham

Released: 1973

Directed by: Sidney J. Furie

Hit! is a 1973 action film directed by Sidney J. Furie and starring Billy Dee Williams and Richard Pryor. It is about a federal agent trying to destroy a drug zone after his daughter dies from a ...more
11
Ranker Video
Sylvester Stallone, Billy Dee Williams, Rutger Hauer

Released: 1981

Directed by: Gary Nelson, Bruce Malmuth

Nighthawks is a 1981 American thriller film directed by Bruce Malmuth and starring Sylvester Stallone, Rutger Hauer, Billy Dee Williams, Lindsay Wagner, Persis Khambatta and Nigel Davenport. The ...more

More Nighthawks 

#406 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #41 of 92 The Most Rewatchable Action Movies #23 of 68 The Best Sylvester Stallone Movies

12
Ranker Video
Billy Dee Williams, R. G. Armstrong, D'Urville Martin

Released: 1972

Directed by: Oscar Williams

The Final Comedown is a 1972 blaxploitation drama film written, produced and directed by Oscar Williams and starring Billy Dee Williams and D'Urville Martin. The film is an examination of racism ...more
13
Ranker Video
Julianne Moore, Will Ferrell, Tiffani Thiessen

Released: 2000

Directed by: Reginald Hudlin

The Ladies Man is a 2000 American comedy film that stars actor, comedian and former Saturday Night Live cast member Tim Meadows. It was directed by Reginald Hudlin. The movie focuses on the ...more
14
Ranker Video
Zoe Saldana, Gabrielle Union, Billy Dee Williams

Released: 2007

Directed by: Jordan Walker-Pearlman

Constellation is a film that was released by Codeblack Entertainment and 20th Century Fox in 2007. It had its French premiere in Cannes, and in Britain premiered as a special screening at the ...more
15
Ranker Video
Jack Lemmon, Billy Dee Williams, Anne Meara

Released: 1970

Directed by: Arthur Hiller

The Out-of-Towners is a 1970 comedy film written by Neil Simon, directed by Arthur Hiller, and starring Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis. It was released by Paramount Pictures on May 28, 1970. Much ...more

More The Out-of-Towners 

#1,378 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #409 of 1,030 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #362 of 1,209 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

16
Ranker Video
Richard Pryor, Billy Dee Williams, Rosey Grier

Released: 1970

Directed by: George McCowan

Black Brigade is the DVD release title of the television movie Carter's Army, which aired as an ABC Movie of the Week on January 27, 1970. The movie is a war drama that stars a host of prominent ...more
17
Ranker Video
Kristen Bell, Carrie Fisher, Seth Rogen

Released: 2009

Directed by: Kyle Newman

Fanboys is a 2009 comedy film directed by Kyle Newman and starring Sam Huntington, Chris Marquette, Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel and Kristen Bell. It was released in the United States on February 6, ...more

More Fanboys 

#557 of 1,209 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #354 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time #93 of 204 The Best Geek Movies

18
Ranker Video
Snoop Dogg, Jason Alexander, Diamond Dallas Page

Released: 2006

Directed by: Stacy Title

Hood of Horror is a horror film adaptation of a fictional comic book, which is an anthology of three short tales set in an urban milieu in a style reminiscent of Tales From The Crypt and Tales ...more
19
Ranker Video
LL Cool J, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dave Chappelle

Released: 1998

Directed by: Daisy von Scherler Mayer

Woo is a 1998 romantic comedy film, directed by Daisy V.S. Mayer, and starring Jada Pinkett Smith in the title role. Tommy Davidson co-stars. Woo was filmed in 1996.

More Woo 

#205 of 726 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #79 of 119 The Best R-Rated Sex Comedies #24 of 31 The Best Black Comedy Movies of the '90s

20
Ranker Video
Lauren Holly, Aimee Teegarden, Peter Fonda

Released: 2009

Directed by: Scott D. Rosenbaum

The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll is a music-themed drama film starring Kevin Zegers and Jason Ritter and directed by Scott Rosenbaum. The screenplay was written by Scott Rosenbaum and Jasin ...more
21
Ranker Video
Carmen Electra, Cybill Shepherd, Malcolm McDowell

Released: 2010

Directed by: Chris D'Arienzo

Barry Munday is a 2010 American comedy film directed by Chris D'Arienzo; it is based on the novel Life is a Strange Place by Frank Turner Hollon. The film stars Patrick Wilson as the titular ...more
22
Ranker Video
Melanie Griffith, Tom Berenger, Billy Dee Williams

Released: 1984

Directed by: Abel Ferrara

Fear City is a 1984 American action-thriller directed by Abel Ferrara. The lead roles are played by Billy Dee Williams and Tom Berenger. In 2012 the film was released on Blu-ray by Shout!
23
Ranker Video
Billy Dee Williams, Phylicia Rashād, Jennifer Freeman

Released: 2000

Directed by: Jordan Walker-Pearlman

The Visit is the story of Alex Waters, a dying young man serving out a prison sentence for a rape he says he didn't commit. The movie follows Alex, his family, and his girlfriend as they try to ...more
24
Ranker Video
Valerie Bertinelli, Billy Dee Williams, Doris Roberts

Released: 2008

Directed by: Jack Smight, Jim Dziura

Number One with a Bullet is a 2008 music documentary film written by Jim Dziura and Joshua Krause and directed by Jim Dziura.
25
Ranker Video
Billy Dee Williams, Tracy Scoggins, Jeff Conaway

Released: 1993

Directed by: Ricardo Jacques Gale

Alien Intruder is a 1993 action/science fiction film by Nick Stone and Ricardo Jacques Gale. It stars Maxwell Caulfield, Tracy Scoggins, Billy Dee Williams, Gary Roberts, Richard Cody, and ...more