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The Best Harry Belafonte Movies

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

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

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different films, including Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends and White Man's Burden.

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    Carmen Jones

    Dorothy Dandridge, Diahann Carroll

    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
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    Buck and the Preacher

    Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte

    Released1972

    Directed bySidney Poitier

    Buck and the Preacher is a 1972 American Western film starring Sidney Poitier as Buck and Harry Belafonte as the Preacher. Buck is a trail guide leading groups of former slaves trying to homestead in...  more
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    The World, the Flesh and the Devil

    Harry Belafonte, Inger Stevens

    Released1959

    Directed byRanald MacDougall

    The World, the Flesh and the Devil is a 1959 American science fiction doomsday film written and directed by Ranald MacDougall. The film stars Harry Belafonte, who was then at the peak of his film...  more

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    #159 of 320 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time#11 of 14 Underrated Sci-Fi Movies Where There’s Only One Person Left Alive

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    Odds Against Tomorrow

    Shelley Winters, Harry Belafonte

    Released1959

    Directed byRobert Wise

    Odds Against Tomorrow is a 1959 film noir produced and directed by Robert Wise for HarBel Productions, a company founded by the film's star, Harry Belafonte. Belafonte selected Abraham Polonsky to...  more
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    Island in the Sun

    Joan Collins, Dorothy Dandridge

    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
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    Uptown Saturday Night

    Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor

    Released1974

    Directed bySidney Poitier

    Uptown Saturday Night is a 1974 comedy film written by Richard Wesley, and directed by Sidney Poitier, who also stars in this film, along with Bill Cosby and Harry Belafonte. Cosby and Poitier teamed...  more

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    #445 of 552 The Best '70s Movies#985 of 1,142 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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    White Man's Burden

    John Travolta, Seth Green

    Released1995

    Directed byDesmond Nakano

    White Man's Burden is a 1995 drama feature film about racism in an alternative America where black and white Americans have reversed cultural roles. The film was written and directed by Desmond...  more
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    William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe

    William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe is a documentary film about the late American civil rights attorney William Kunstler directed by daughters Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler that premiered...  more
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    Kansas City

    Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released1996

    Directed byRobert Altman

    Kansas City is a 1996 crime film, directed by Robert Altman, and featuring numerous jazz tracks. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Miranda Richardson, Harry Belafonte, Michael Murphy and Steve Buscemi starred....  more
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    Bobby

    Lindsay Lohan, Demi Moore

    Released2006

    Directed byEmilio Estevez

    Bobby is a 2006 American drama film written and directed by Emilio Estevez, and starring an ensemble cast. The screenplay is a fictionalized account of the hours leading up to the June 5, 1968...  more
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    Sing Your Song

    Whoopi Goldberg, Sidney Poitier

    Released2011

    Directed bySusanne Rostock

    SING YOUR SONG (Oct. 17) celebrates the life of singer-actor-activist Harry Belafonte. A tenacious hands-on activist, Belafonte’s groundbreaking career paralleled the American civil rights movement....  more
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    Bright Road

    Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte

    Released1953

    Directed byGerald Mayer

    Bright Road is a 1953 film written by Emmet Lavery and directed by Gerald Mayer....  more
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    The Great Depression

    Harry Belafonte

    Released2009

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    The Incomparable Nat King Cole

    Harry Belafonte

    Released2002

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    We Are the World: The Story Behind the Song

    We Are the World: The Story Behind the Song is a 1985 documentary film directed by Tom Trbovich....
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    The Legendary Nat King Cole

    Harry Belafonte

    Released2004

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    Independent Lens: When I Rise

    Harry Belafonte

    Released2010

    Directed byMat Hames

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    The History Makers: Courage

    Harry Belafonte, Angela Davis

    Released2004

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    Roots of Rhythm

    Harry Belafonte, Celia Cruz

    Released1997

    Directed byHoward B. Dratch, Eugene Roscow

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    Harry Belafonte: An Evening With Harry Belafonte & Friends

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    Sometimes I Look at My Life

    Harry Belafonte

    Released1982

    Directed byOrlando Rojas

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    The Angel Levine

    Eli Wallach, Harry Belafonte

    Released1970

    Directed byJán Kadár

    The Angel Levine is a 1970 American film directed by Jan Kadar and based on a short story by Bernard Malamud about an impoverished New York City tailor unable to work due to health problems, creating...  more
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    Remembering Nat King Cole

    Sammy Davis, Jr.

    Released1991

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    Scandalize My Name

    Scandalize My Name is a 1998 documentary film written and directed by Alexandra Isles...
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    Released2007

    Directed byBruce Ricker