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The Best Cicely Tyson Movies

Updated June 11, 2019 790 votes 189 voters 24.3k views40 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.

These films, like The Help and Neighbors include images when available.

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    Carib Gold

    Cicely Tyson, Ethel Waters

    Released1956

    Directed byHarold Young

    Carib Gold is a maritime themed B-movie, written and filmed almost entirely in Key West, Florida, with locally-cast musicians and extras. It is most notable for its largely African-American cast...  more
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    Idlewild

    Paula Patton, Terrence Howard

    Released2006

    Directed byBryan 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 features musical...  more
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    King

    Tony Bennett, Cicely Tyson

    Released1978

    Directed byAbby Mann

    King: The Martin Luther King Story originated as a three-part miniseries, first telecast February 12, 13 and 14, 1978....  more
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    The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

    Alan Arkin, Cicely Tyson

    Released1968

    Directed byRobert Ellis Miller

    The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter is a 1968 American film adaptation of the Carson McCullers novel of the same name. It was directed by Robert Ellis Miller. It stars Alan Arkin and introduced Sondra...  more
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    Bustin' Loose

    Richard Pryor, Cicely Tyson

    Released1981

    Directed byOz Scott, Michael Schultz

    Bustin' Loose is a film released by Universal Pictures in 1981 starring Richard Pryor as an ex-con who gets a second chance after violating his probation. School teacher Vivian Perry hires him to...  more
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    Heat Wave

    James Earl Jones, Charlie Korsmo

    Released1990

    Directed byKevin Hooks

    Heat Wave is a film directed by Kevin Hooks released on August 13, 1990....  more
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    Neighbors

    Cicely Tyson, Jane Wyatt

    Released1971

    Directed byFielder Cook

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    A Man Called Adam

    Morgan Freeman, Louis Armstrong

    Released1966

    Directed byLeo Penn

    A Man Called Adam is a 1966 dramatic film starring Sammy Davis, Jr., Ossie Davis and Cicely Tyson. Directed by Leo Penn, it tells the story of a self-destructive jazz musician, played by Davis, and...  more
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    Wilma

    Denzel Washington, Cicely Tyson

    Released1975

    Directed byBud 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 the...  more
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    The Price of Heaven

    Lori Loughlin, Cicely Tyson

    Released1997

    Directed byPeter Bogdanovich

    The Price of Heaven is a 1997 drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich....
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    Riot

    Lucy Liu, Sugar Ray Leonard

    Released1997

    Directed byJoseph Merhi, Richard DiLello, David C. Johnson, Alex Munoz, Galen Yuen

    Riot is a 1997 American television movie starring Luke Perry, Mario Van Peebles, and Lucy Liu. It was written and directed by four writers and directors of four different racial groups prominent in...  more
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    The Road to Galveston

    Cicely Tyson, Akin Babatunde

    Released1996

    Directed byMichael Toshiyuki Uno

    The Road to Galveston is a 1996 drama film written by Tony Lee and directed by Michael Toshiyuki Uno....
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    Relative Stranger

    Cicely Tyson, Dan Castellaneta

    Released2009

    Directed byCharles Burnett

    Relative Stranger is a 2009 drama film written by Eric Haywood and directed by Charles Burnett....
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    The River Niger

    James Earl Jones, Louis Gossett

    Released1976

    Directed byKrishna Shah

    The River Niger is a 1976 film adaptation of the 1972 Joseph A. Walker play of the same title. The film was directed by Krishna Shah, and starred James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson, and Louis Gossett,...  more
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    A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich

    Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield

    Released1978

    Directed byRalph Nelson

    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