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The Best Dorothy Dandridge Movies

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

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

Items include everything from Hit Parade of 1943 to The Harlem Globetrotters.

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  • 1

    Carmen Jones

    Dorothy Dandridge, Diahann Carroll
    26
    9

    Released1954

    Directed byOtto Preminger

    Carmen Jones is a 1954 American musical film starring Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte, produced and directed by Otto Preminger. The screenplay by Harry Kleiner is based on the libretto for the...  more
  • 2

    Porgy and Bess

    Sidney Poitier, Sammy Davis
    19
    7

    Released1959

    Directed byOtto Preminger

    Porgy and Bess is a 1959 American musical film directed by Otto Preminger. It is based on the 1935 opera of the same name by George Gershwin, DuBose Heyward, and Ira Gershwin, which is in turn based...  more
  • 3

    Island in the Sun

    Joan Collins, Dorothy Dandridge
    15
    2

    Released1957

    Directed byRobert Rossen

    Island in the Sun is a 1957 drama film produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and directed by Robert Rossen. It features an ensemble cast including James Mason, Harry Belafonte, Joan Fontaine, Joan Collins,...  more
  • 4

    Tarzan's Peril

    Dorothy Dandridge, Lex Barker
    15
    7

    Released1951

    Directed byByron Haskin

    Tarzan's Peril is a 1951 film starring Lex Barker as Tarzan and Virginia Huston as Jane, and featuring Dorothy Dandridge as "Melmendi, Queen of the Ashuba." Some of it was shot in Kenya, making it...  more
  • 5

    Sundown

    Gene Tierney, Dorothy Dandridge
    8
    5

    Released1941

    Directed byHenry Hathaway

    Sundown is a 1941 American war film directed by Henry Hathaway and starring Bruce Cabot and Gene Tierney. The film's adventure story, set against a World War II backdrop in British East Africa, was...  more
  • 6

    Hit Parade of 1943

    Dorothy Dandridge, Susan Hayward
    4
    0

    Released1943

    Directed byAlbert S. Rogell

    Hit Parade of 1943 also known as Change of Heart is a 1943 musical film made by Republic Pictures. It was directed by Albert S. Rogell and produced by Albert J. Cohen from a screenplay by Frank Gill...  more
  • 7

    Lady from Louisiana

    John Wayne, Dorothy Dandridge
    2
    0

    Released1941

    Directed byBernard Vorhaus

    Lady from Louisiana is a 1941 American disaster film starring John Wayne. It was produced and directed by Bernard Vorhaus for Republic Pictures....  more
  • 8

    Tamango

    Dorothy Dandridge, Curd Jürgens
    4
    2

    Released1958

    Directed byJohn Berry

    Tamango is a 1958 French/Italian film directed by John Berry, a black-listed American director who exiled himself to Europe. Dorothy Dandridge and Curd Jürgens star in the film with co-stars Alex...  more
  • 9

    The Decks Ran Red

    Dorothy Dandridge, Broderick Crawford
    9
    0

    Released1958

    Directed byAndrew L. Stone

    The Decks Ran Red is a 1958 M-G-M seagoing suspense drama based on the book Infamy at Sea, and directed by Andrew L. Stone. The feature starred James Mason, Dorothy Dandridge, Broderick Crawford, and...  more
  • 10

    Atlantic City

    Louis Armstrong, Dorothy Dandridge
    2
    0

    Released1944

    Directed byRay McCarey

    Atlantic City is a 1944 musical romance directed by Ray McCarey. The film concerns the formative years of Atlantic City, New Jersey. Vaudeville acts are re-created in the story of how Atlantic City...  more
  • 11

    Bright Road

    Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte
    5
    0

    Released1953

    Directed byGerald Mayer

    Bright Road is a 1953 film written by Emmet Lavery and directed by Gerald Mayer....  more
  • 12

    The Murder Men

    James Coburn, Dorothy Dandridge
    2
    0

    Released1961

    Directed byJohn Peyser

    The Murder Men is a 1961 television film starring Peter Mark Richman, James Coburn, and Dorothy Dandridge....  more
  • 13

    Remains to Be Seen

    Angela Lansbury, Dorothy Dandridge
    2
    0

    Released1953

    Directed byDon Weis

    Remains to Be Seen is a 1953 comedy crime mystery musical film based on the story by Russel Crouse and Howard Lindsay, written by Sidney Sheldon and directed by Don Weis....  more
  • 14

    The Harlem Globetrotters

    Dorothy Dandridge, Thomas Gomez
    6
    0

    Released1951

    Directed byPhil Brown, Will Jason

    The Harlem Globetrotters is a 1951 film directed by Phil Brown and Will Jason....  more
  • 15

    Moment of Danger

    Dorothy Dandridge, Trevor Howard
    2
    0

    Released1960

    Directed byLászló Benedek

    Malaga is a film directed by László Benedek released on Oct 14, 1960....  more