The Best Cicely Tyson Movies 

Updated June 11, 2019 713 votes 178 voters 23.3k views 40 items

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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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Cicely Tyson, Katherine Helmond, Odetta

Released: 1973

Directed by: John Korty

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Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard

Released: 2011

Directed by: Tate Taylor

The Help is a 2011 American period drama film directed and written by Tate Taylor, and adapted from Kathryn Stockett's 2009 novel of the same name. Featuring an ensemble cast, the film is about ...more

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Angela Bassett, Cicely Tyson, Afemo Omilami

Released: 2002

Directed by: Julie Dash

The Rosa Parks Story is a 2002 American television movie written by Paris Qualles and directed by Julie Dash. Angela Bassett portrays Rosa Parks, and Cicely Tyson a supporting role as her ...more
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Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker, Chris O'Donnell

Released: 1991

Directed by: Jon Avnet

Fried Green Tomatoes is a 1991 comedy-drama film based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. Directed by Jon Avnet. It tells the story of a Depression-era friendship ...more

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Oprah Winfrey, Robin Givens, Cicely Tyson

Released: 1989

Directed by: Donna Deitch

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 ...more

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Mama Flora's Family Queen Latifah, Shemar Moore, Cicely Tyson

Released: 1998

Directed by: Peter Werner

Mama Flora's Family is a 1998 drama film directed by Peter Werner.
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Tyler Perry, Shemar Moore, Tamara Taylor

Released: 2005

Directed by: Darren Grant

Diary of a Mad Black Woman is a 2005 romantic comedy-drama film written by and starring Tyler Perry, which was inspired by the play of the same name. It is Perry's debut feature film, and the ...more

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Blair Underwood, Keke Palmer, Lynn Whitfield

Released: 2006

Directed by: Tyler Perry

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Orson Welles, Cicely Tyson, Will Geer

Released: 1978

Directed by: Paul Wendkos

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 ...more
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Sounder Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Taj Mahal

Released: 2003

Directed by: Kevin Hooks, Martin Ritt

This is a coming-of-age story of a boy living in the Depression era of the South. "Boy" (Daniel Lee Robertson III) learns the hard way about the realities of being black, poor and ...more

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Queen Latifah, Tim Roth, Laurence Fishburne

Released: 1997

Directed by: Bill Duke

This film is a 1997 drama film written by Chris Brancato and directed by Bill Duke.

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Don Cheadle, Cicely Tyson, Mekhi Phifer

Released: 1999

Directed by: Joseph Sargent

A Lesson Before Dying is a television film released in 1999 adapted from the Ernest J. Gaines novel of the same title.
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Dwayne Johnson, Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry

Released: 2010

Directed by: Tyler Perry

Why Did I Get Married Too? is a 2010 American comedy-drama film produced by Lionsgate and Tyler Perry Studios and stars Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry, and Tasha Smith. It is the sequel to Why Did I ...more

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Richard Pryor, Cicely Tyson, George Coe

Released: 1981

Directed by: Oz Scott, Michael Schultz

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Elizabeth Taylor, James Earl Jones, Richard Burton

Released: 1967

Directed by: Peter Glenville

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, ...more
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Paula Patton, Terrence Howard, André 3000

Released: 2006

Directed by: Bryan Barber

Idlewild is an American musical film, released August 25, 2006, written and directed by Bryan Barber. The film stars André 3000 and Big Boi of the hip hop duo Outkast, and Idlewild ...more
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Tyler Perry, Rachel Nichols, Matthew Fox

Released: 2012

Directed by: Rob Cohen

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Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All Diane Lane, Donald Sutherland, Cicely Tyson

Released: 1994

Directed by: Ken Cameron

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Laurence Fishburne, Natalie Cole, Laurie Metcalf

Released: 1998

Directed by: Michael Apted

Always Outnumbered is a television film based on the novel Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned by author Walter Mosley. It first aired on pay television channel HBO in 1998.
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Elle Fanning, AnnaSophia Robb, Jeff Daniels

Released: 2005

Directed by: Wayne Wang

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Denzel Washington, Cicely Tyson, Jason Bernard

Released: 1975

Directed by: Bud Greenspan

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 ...more
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Fat Rose and Squeaky Cicely Tyson, Louise Fletcher, Julie Brown

Released: 2006

Directed by: Sam Irvin

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Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Fonda, Ava Gardner

Released: 1976

Directed by: George Cukor

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 ...more

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Alain Delon, Robert Wagner, George Kennedy

Released: 1979

Directed by: David Lowell Rich

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Edward Furlong, Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek

Released: 1995

Directed by: Charles Matthau

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