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The Best Cicely Tyson Movies

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

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

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  • 1

    The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

    Cicely Tyson, Katherine Helmond
    The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman is a 1974 television movie directed by John Korty,...  more

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  • 2

    The Help

    Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain
    The Help is a 2011 American period drama film directed and written by Tate Taylor, and adapted...  more

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  • 3

    The Rosa Parks Story

    Angela Bassett, Cicely Tyson
    The Rosa Parks Story is a 2002 American television movie written by Paris Qualles and directed...  more

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  • 4

    Because of Winn-Dixie

    Elle Fanning, AnnaSophia Robb
    Because of Winn-Dixie is a 2005 American family comedy-drama film adapted from the book of the...  more

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  • 5

    Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All

    Diane Lane, Donald Sutherland
    Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All is a 1994 two part Television film written by Joyce...  more
  • 6

    Fried Green Tomatoes

    Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker
    Fried Green Tomatoes is a 1991 comedy-drama film based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at...  more

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  • 7

    The Women of Brewster Place

    Oprah Winfrey, Robin Givens
    The Women of Brewster Place is an American television miniseries that was broadcast on March...  more

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  • 8

    The Blue Bird

    Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Fonda
    The Blue Bird is a 1976 American/Soviet fantasy film directed by George Cukor. The screenplay...  more

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  • 9

    Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion

    Blair Underwood, Keke Palmer
    Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion is a 2006 American comedy-drama film directed by Tyler...  more

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  • 10

    Mama Flora's Family

    Queen Latifah, Shemar Moore
    Mama Flora's Family is a 1998 drama film directed by Peter Werner....
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    Diary of a Mad Black Woman

    Tyler Perry, Shemar Moore
    Diary of a Mad Black Woman is a 2005 romantic comedy-drama film written by and starring Tyler...  more

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    The Concorde...Airport '79

    Alain Delon, Robert Wagner
    The Concorde ... Airport '79 is a 1979 American disaster film. The film was the fourth and...  more

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  • 13

    The Grass Harp

    Edward Furlong, Jack Lemmon
    The Grass Harp is a 1995 American comedy-drama film. It is based on the novella by Truman...  more
  • 14

    Aftershock: Earthquake in New York

    Jennifer Garner, Erika Eleniak
    Aftershock: Earthquake in New York is a 1999 miniseries that was broadcast in the United...  more

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  • 15


    Carl Lumbly, Suzzanne Douglas
    Sounder is a 2003 Disney channel drama film directed by Kevin Hooks, based on the 1970 Newbery...  more


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  • 16

    A Woman Called Moses

    Orson Welles, Cicely Tyson
    A Woman Called Moses is a television miniseries based on the life of Harriet Tubman, the...  more
  • 17

    A Lesson Before Dying

    Don Cheadle, Cicely Tyson
    A Lesson Before Dying is a television film released in 1999 adapted from the Ernest J. Gaines...  more
  • 18


    Queen Latifah, Tim Roth
    This film is a 1997 drama film written by Chris Brancato and directed by Bill Duke....  more

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  • 19

    Always Outnumbered

    Laurence Fishburne, Natalie Cole
    Always Outnumbered is a television film based on the novel Always Outnumbered, Always...  more
  • 20

    The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia

    Katee Sackhoff, Chad Michael Murray
    The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia is a 2013 psychological horror film that...  more
  • 21

    The Comedians

    Elizabeth Taylor, James Earl Jones
    The Comedians is a 1967 film directed and produced by Peter Glenville, based on the novel of...  more
  • 22

    Why Did I Get Married Too?

    Dwayne Johnson, Janet Jackson
    Why Did I Get Married Too? is a 2010 American comedy-drama film produced by Lionsgate and...  more

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  • 23

    Fat Rose and Squeaky

    Cicely Tyson, Louise Fletcher
  • 24


    Farrah Fawcett, Cicely Tyson
    Jewel is a 2001 drama film directed by Paul Shapiro....  more
  • 25

    Alex Cross

    Tyler Perry, Rachel Nichols
    I, Alex Cross is a 2012 mystery thriller film directed by Rob Cohen....  more