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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.

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Cicely Tyson, Katherine Helmond, Odetta The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman is a 1974 television movie directed by John Korty, based on the novel by Ernest J. Gaines. Story of a black woman in the South who was born into slavery in ...more

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Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard 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 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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Elizabeth Taylor, James Earl Jones, Richard Burton 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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Don Cheadle, Cicely Tyson, Mekhi Phifer 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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Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker, Chris O'Donnell 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 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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Queen Latifah, Shemar Moore, Cicely Tyson Mama Flora's Family is a 1998 drama film directed by Peter Werner.

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Tyler Perry, Shemar Moore, Tamara Taylor 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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Orson Welles, Cicely Tyson, Will Geer 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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Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Taj Mahal 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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Dwayne Johnson, Janet Jackson, 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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Tyler Perry, Maya Angelou, Cicely Tyson Madea's Family Reunion is a 2002 video of the stage play with the same name directed by Tyler Perry and Elvin Ross.

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

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

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Oldest Living Confederate Wido... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cicely Tyson Movies
Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All Diane Lane, Donald Sutherland, Cicely Tyson 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 ...more

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Richard Pryor, Cicely Tyson, George Coe 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 ...more

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Paula Patton, Terrence Howard, AndrĂ© 3000 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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Denzel Washington, Cicely Tyson, Jason Bernard 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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Elle Fanning, AnnaSophia Robb, Jeff Daniels Because of Winn-Dixie is a 2005 American family comedy-drama film adapted from the book of the same name by Kate DiCamillo, written by Joan Singleton, produced by Trevor Albert and directed by ...more

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Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Fonda, Ava Gardner 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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Jennifer Garner, Erika Eleniak, Cicely Tyson 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 ...more

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Edward Furlong, Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek The Grass Harp is a 1995 American comedy-drama film. It is based on the novella by Truman Capote; the screenplay was the final work of Oscar-winning screenwriter Stirling Silliphant. The film ...more

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Alain Delon, Robert Wagner, George Kennedy The Concorde ... Airport '79 is a 1979 American disaster film. The film was the fourth and final installment of the Airport series. Panned by critics, the film also flopped at the box office. ...more

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Farrah Fawcett, Cicely Tyson, Patrick Bergin Jewel is a 2001 drama film directed by Paul Shapiro.

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James Earl Jones, Louis Gossett, Jr. 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 ...more

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Alan Arkin, Cicely Tyson, Stacy Keach 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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Tony Bennett, Cicely Tyson, Ossie Davis King: The Martin Luther King Story originated as a three-part miniseries, first telecast February 12, 13 and 14, 1978.

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Katee Sackhoff, Chad Michael Murray, Abigail Spencer 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 ...more

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A Man Called Adam Morgan Freeman, Louis Armstrong, Sammy Davis 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, ...more

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Neighbors Cicely Tyson, Jane Wyatt, Raymond St. Jacques

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Laurence Fishburne, Natalie Cole, Laurie Metcalf 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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James Earl Jones, Charlie Korsmo, David Strathairn Heat Wave is a film directed by Kevin Hooks released on August 13, 1990.

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Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Glynn Turman 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

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Lucy Liu, Sugar Ray Leonard, Luke Perry 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 ...more

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Carib Gold Cicely Tyson, Ethel Waters, Geoffrey Holder 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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Fat Rose and Squeaky Cicely Tyson, Louise Fletcher, Julie Brown

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The Road to Galveston is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cicely Tyson Movies
The Road to Galveston Cicely Tyson, Akin Babatunde 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, Michael Michele Relative Stranger is a 2009 drama film written by Eric Haywood and directed by Charles Burnett.

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The Price of Heaven Lori Loughlin, Cicely Tyson, George Wendt The Price of Heaven is a 1997 drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich.