The Best Ossie Davis Movies

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

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

List is made up of many different films, including The History Makers: Success and No Way Out.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Ossie Davis movies?" and "What are the greatest Ossie Davis roles of all time?"


  • 1

    Do the Right Thing

    Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence


    Directed bySpike Lee

    Do the Right Thing is a 1989 American comedy-drama hood film produced, written, and directed by Spike Lee, who also played the part of Mookie in the film. Other members of the cast include Danny...  more

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  • 2

    Malcolm X

    Denzel Washington, Al Sharpton


    Directed bySpike Lee

    Malcolm X is a 1992 American biographical drama film about the African-American activist Malcolm X. Directed and co-written by Spike Lee. The film dramatizes key events in Malcolm X's life: his...  more

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  • 3

    Jungle Fever

    Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson


    Directed bySpike Lee

    Jungle Fever is a 1991 American romance drama film written, produced, and directed by Spike Lee, starring Wesley Snipes and Annabella Sciorra. It was Lee's fifth feature-length film. The film mainly...  more

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  • 4

    Joe Versus the Volcano

    Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan


    Directed byJohn Patrick Shanley

    Joe Versus the Volcano is a 1990 American romantic comedy film written and directed by John Patrick Shanley and starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Hanks plays a man who, after being told he has a rare...  more

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  • 5

    School Daze

    Samuel L. Jackson, Laurence Fishburne


    Directed bySpike Lee

    School Daze is a 1988 American musical-drama film, written and directed by Spike Lee, and starring Larry Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, and Tisha Campbell-Martin. Based in part on Spike Lee's...  more

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  • 6

    She Hate Me

    Monica Bellucci, Kerry Washington


    Directed bySpike Lee

    She Hate Me is a 2004 independent comedy-drama film directed by Spike Lee and starring Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington, Ellen Barkin, Monica Bellucci, Brian Dennehy, Woody Harrelson, Bai Ling and...  more

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  • 7

    Dr. Dolittle

    Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres


    Directed byBetty Thomas

    Dr. Dolittle is a 1998 American family comedy film starring Eddie Murphy as a doctor who discovers that he has the ability to talk to animals. The film was inspired by the series of children's...  more

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  • 8

    Grumpy Old Men

    Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah


    Directed byDonald Petrie

    Grumpy Old Men is a 1993 American romantic comedy film starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Ann-Margret, with Burgess Meredith, Daryl Hannah, Kevin Pollak, Ossie Davis and Buck Henry. Directed by...  more

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  • 9

    Bubba Ho-Tep

    Paul Giamatti, Bruce Campbell


    Directed byDon Coscarelli

    Bubba Ho-Tep is a 2002 American comedy horror film starring Bruce Campbell as Elvis Presley — now a resident in a nursing home. The film also stars Ossie Davis as Jack, a black man who claims to be...  more
  • 10

    The Ernest Green Story

    Ruby Dee, Morris Chestnut


    Directed byEric Laneuville

    The Ernest Green Story is a 1993 made-for-television movie which follows the true story of Ernest Green and eight other African-American high-school students as they embark on their historic journey...  more
  • 11

    The Hill

    Sean Connery, Ossie Davis


    Directed bySidney Lumet

    The Hill is a 1965 film directed by Sidney Lumet, set in a British army prison in North Africa in the Second World War. It stars Sean Connery, Harry Andrews, Ian Bannen, Ossie Davis, Ian Hendry,...  more

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  • 12


    Cuba Gooding Jr., Brian Dennehy


    Directed byRowdy Herrington

    Gladiator is a 1992 American sports drama film directed by Rowdy Herrington, and starring Cuba Gooding Jr., James Marshall, Brian Dennehy, and Robert Loggia. One is fighting to pay off gambling debts...  more
  • 13

    Get on the Bus

    Bernie Mac, Randy Quaid


    Directed bySpike Lee

    Get on the Bus is a 1996 film about a group of African-American men who are taking a cross-country bus trip in order to participate in the Million Man March. The film was directed by Spike Lee and...  more

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  • 14

    The Stand

    Stephen King, Rob Lowe


    Directed byMick Garris

    The Stand (ABC, 1994) is an American horror miniseries directed by Mick Garris, and based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. The remaining survivors after a deadly plague split into two...  more

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  • 15

    No Way Out

    Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark


    Directed byJoseph L. Mankiewicz

    No Way Out is a 1950 black-and-white American film noir directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and starring Richard Widmark, Linda Darnell, Stephen McNally and Sidney Poitier, who portrays a doctor...  more
  • 16

    Sam Whiskey

    Burt Reynolds, Angie Dickinson


    Directed byPeter Tewksbury, Arnold Laven

    Sam Whiskey is a 1969 comedy-western film directed by Arnold Laven and starring Burt Reynolds - one of his earlier films that began his climb to super stardom in the 1970s. Angie Dickinson, Clint...  more
  • 17


    Hayden Panettiere, Julianna Margulies


    Directed byRalph Zondag, Eric Leighton

    Dinosaur is a 2000 American live-action/computer-animated science fiction adventure film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation with The Secret Lab, and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the...  more

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  • 18

    Let's Do It Again

    Bill Cosby, Sidney Poitier


    Directed bySidney Poitier

    Let's Do It Again is a 1975 film starring Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby and Jimmie Walker plus an all star black cast. The film, directed by Poitier, is about blue-collar workers who decide to rig a...  more

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  • 19


    Nia Long, Terry Crews


    Directed byMario Van Peebles

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  • 20

    Miss Evers' Boys

    Laurence Fishburne, Alfre Woodard


    Directed byJoseph Sargent

    Miss Evers' Boys is a 1997 HBO television film starring Alfre Woodard and Laurence Fishburne, based on the true story of the decades-long Tuskegee experiment. It was directed by Joseph Sargent and...  more

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  • 21

    The Scalphunters

    Burt Lancaster, Shelley Winters


    Directed bySydney Pollack

    The Scalphunters is a 1968 American Western film starring Burt Lancaster, Ossie Davis and Telly Savalas. The film was directed by Sydney Pollack, with the score written by Elmer Bernstein. Davis was...  more
  • 22

    Harry & Son

    Morgan Freeman, Paul Newman


    Directed byPaul Newman

    Harry & Son is a 1984 American drama film directed by Paul Newman, who also stars. The screenplay by Newman and Ronald Buck focuses on the relationship between a blue-collar worker and his son, who...  more
  • 23

    A Vow to Cherish

    Ossie Davis, Ken Howard


    Directed byJohn Schmidt

    A Vow to Cherish is a 1999 family drama film written by Deborah Raney, Grenville Case, Beatrice Smickers and John Schmidt and directed by John Schmidt....  more
  • 24

    Here's to Life!

    Ossie Davis, Eric McCormack


    Directed byArne Olsen

    Here's to Life is a 2000 film directed by Arne Olsen....  more
  • 25

    Chasing Secrets

    Madeline Zima, Ossie Davis


    Directed byBruce Pittman

    Chasing Secrets is a 1999 drama film directed by Bruce Pittman....  more