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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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  • This biopic tells the story of civil rights activist Rosa Parks (Angela Bassett) from her days as a private-school student to her public battle against racism and segregation. As a secretary for the ...more
  • In 1960s Mississippi, Southern society girl Skeeter (Emma Stone) returns from college with dreams of being a writer. She turns her small town on its ear by choosing to interview the Black women who ...more
  • Mama Flora's Family is a 1998 drama film directed by Peter Werner.
  • The Women of Brewster Place is an American television miniseries that was broadcast on March 19 and 20, 1989 on ABC. The miniseries is based upon the critically acclaimed 1982 novel of the same name ...more
  • Beginning during the racial turmoil of 1960s Louisiana, 110-year-old ex-slave Jane Pittman (Cicely Tyson) grants an interview to a persistent journalist and relates the remarkable story of her life. ...more
  • After 18 years of marriage to lawyer Charles (Steve Harris), Helen (Kimberly Elise) is shocked when he announces he's ending their marriage and shacking up with Brenda (Lisa Marcos). Helen retreats ...more
  • Sounder is a 2003 Disney channel drama film directed by Kevin Hooks, based on the 1970 Newbery Medal-winning novel Sounder by William H. Armstrong. The heartwarming tale of a young boy's courageous ...more
  • On one of trapped housewife Evelyn Couch's (Kathy Bates) Wednesday nursing home visits, she encounters Ninny Threadgoode (Jessica Tandy), a colorful old woman who brightens Evelyn's outlook by ...more
  • The Comedians is a 1967 film directed and produced by Peter Glenville, based on the novel of the same name by Graham Greene, who also wrote the screenplay. The stars were Richard Burton, Elizabeth ...more
  • A Woman Called Moses is a television miniseries based on the life of Harriet Tubman, the escaped African American slave who helped to organize the Underground Railroad, and who led dozens of African ...more
  • In the Bahamas for their annual reunion, four couples are eager to share news about their lives over the past year. But when one's ex-husband arrives to break up her marriage and win her back, the ...more
  • Grant Wiggins (Don Cheadle) is an African-American schoolteacher in the pre-Civil Rights Movement South who feels conflicted about his status as one of the only educated black men in his area. When ...more
  • Having just been released from jail, Bumpy Johnson (Laurence Fishburne) returns to his criminal ways as a linchpin in the African-American-run numbers racket. However, Bumpy's longtime friend ...more
  • A reticent piano player, named Percival (André Benjamin), along with Rooster (Antwan A. Patton), his flamboyant lead performer and manager, struggle to keep their speakeasy, in the Prohibition-era ...more
  • Parole officer Donald (Robert Christian) compels his foul-mouthed ex-con charge Joe Braxton (Richard Pryor) to escort a bus full of special education students from Philadelphia to the Pacific ...more
  • Alex Cross (Tyler Perry) works as a detective/psychologist for the Detroit Police Department along with his lifelong friend, Tommy Kane (Edward Burns), and detective Monica Ashe (Rachel Nichols). ...more
  • Abandoned by her mother years ago, Opal (AnnaSophia Robb), a 10-year-old girl, moves with her preacher father (Jeff Daniels) to a small town in Florida. Lonely and missing her old friends, Opal is ...more
  • Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion is a 2006 American comedy-drama film directed by Tyler Perry, based on the stage production and a sequel to Diary of a Mad Black Woman. After Madea (Tyler Perry) ...more
  • Wilma is a 1977 television movie directed by Bud Greenspan. The story of American track sprinter Wilma Rudolph (Shirley Jo Finney), who overcame physical handicaps to win three gold medals in the ...more
  • Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All is a 1994 two part Television film written by Joyce Eliason and based on the 1989 novel by Allan Gurganus. It was directed by Ken Cameron and starred Diane ...more
  • In the 1940s, young Collin (Edward Furlong) arrives in a small, sleepy southern town after his mother's death and moves in with his aging spinster cousins, Dolly (Piper Laurie) and Verena (Sissy ...more
  • The Blue Bird is a 1976 American/Soviet fantasy film directed by George Cukor. The screenplay by Hugh Whitemore, Alfred Hayes, and Aleksei Kapler is based on L'Oiseau bleu by Maurice Maeterlinck. It ...more
  • The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia is a 2013 psychological horror film that serves as a brother film to The Haunting in Connecticut by Gold Circle Films. The script was written by David ...more
  • Aftershock: Earthquake in New York is a 1999 miniseries that was broadcast in the United States on CBS in two parts, with the first part aired on November 14 and the second on November 16. It was ...more
  • A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich is a 1978 film directed by Ralph Nelson. The screenplay was written by Alice Childress, based on her novel of the same name. It was shot on location in South ...more