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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?"

Notable directors that worked with Ossie Davis include names like Joel Schumacher, Spike Lee and Sidney Lumet.

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Do the Right Thing Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike 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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Malcolm X Denzel Washington, Al Sharpton, Nelson Mandela - 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 stars Denzel Washington in the title role, as ...more

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Jungle Fever Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah - 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 ...more

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She Hate Me Monica Bellucci, Kerry Washington, Jim Brown - 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 ...more

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School Daze Samuel L. Jackson, Laurence Fishburne, Spike 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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Joe Versus the Volcano Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Carol Kane - 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 is ...more

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Bubba Ho-Tep Paul Giamatti, Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis - 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 ...more

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Grumpy Old Men Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah, Jack Lemmon - 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. ...more

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Dr. Dolittle Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock - 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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Gladiator Cuba Gooding Jr., Brian Dennehy, Ossie Davis - Gladiator is a 1992 American sports drama film directed by Rowdy Herrington, and starring Cuba Gooding Jr., James Marshall, Brian Dennehy, and Robert Loggia. The film tells the story of two ...more

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Get on the Bus Bernie Mac, Randy Quaid, Andre Braugher - 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 ...more

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The Hill Sean Connery, Ossie Davis, Michael Redgrave - 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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The Stand Stephen King, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald - The Stand is a 1994 American television miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. King also wrote the teleplay, and has a cameo role in the series. It was directed by Mick ...more

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No Way Out Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark, Ruby Dee - 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

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Dinosaur Hayden Panettiere, Julianna Margulies, Alfre Woodard - 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 ...more

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Baadasssss! Nia Long, Terry Crews, Joy Bryant - Baadasssss! is a 2003 American biopic, written, produced, directed by, and starring Mario Van Peebles. The film is based on the struggles of Van Peebles' father Melvin Van Peebles, as he ...more

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Sam Whiskey Burt Reynolds, Angie Dickinson, Ossie Davis - 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, ...more

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Let's Do It Again Bill Cosby, Sidney Poitier, Ossie Davis - 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 ...more

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The Client Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Mary-Louise Parker - The Client is a 1994 American legal thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher, and starring Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones and Brad Renfro in his film debut. It is based on the novel of the ...more

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The Ernest Green Story Ruby Dee, Morris Chestnut, Ossie Davis - 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 ...more

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Miss Evers' Boys Laurence Fishburne, Alfre Woodard, Ossie Davis - 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 ...more

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The Scalphunters Burt Lancaster, Shelley Winters, Telly Savalas - 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 ...more

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Harry & Son Morgan Freeman, Paul Newman, Ellen Barkin - 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 ...more

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King 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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Avenging Angel Betsy Russell, Ossie Davis, Ross Hagen - Avenging Angel is a 1985 film directed by Robert Vincent O'Neill and written by Robert Vincent O'Neill with Joseph Michael Cala. The movie is a sequel to 1984's Angel and was followed by the ...more

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The Soul Collector Hilary Duff, Melissa Gilbert, Bruce Greenwood - The Soul Collector is a 1999 Christian television movie. Echo Bridge Home Entertainment announced The Soul Collector on DVD.

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I'm Not Rappaport Craig T. Nelson, Walter Matthau, Martha Plimpton - I'm Not Rappaport is a 1996 film adaptation by Herb Gardner of his play by the same name. Also directed by Gardner, the film starred Walter Matthau, Ossie Davis, Amy Irving, Craig T. Nelson, ...more

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Slaves Dionne Warwick, Ossie Davis, Stephen Boyd - Slaves is a 1969 American drama film directed by Herbert Biberman. It was entered into the 1969 Cannes Film Festival. The film stars Dionne Warwick, Ossie Davis, and Stephen Boyd.

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Gone Are the Days! Alan Alda, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis

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Proud Aidan Quinn, Ossie Davis, Stephen Rea - Proud is a 2004 film directed by Mary Pat Kelly and stars veteran actor and activist Ossie Davis, in his final film performance. The motion picture was filmed in Elmira NY and Buffalo, NY. The ...more

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Directors: Sidney Lumet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ossie Davis Movies
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Deacons for Defense Forest Whitaker, Ossie Davis, Jonathan Silverman - Deacons for Defense is a 2003 American television drama film directed by Bill Duke. The television film stars; Forest Whitaker, Christopher Britton, Ossie Davis, Jonathan Silverman, Adam Weiner, ...more

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Here's to Life! Ossie Davis, Eric McCormack, James Whitmore - Here's to Life is a 2000 film directed by Arne Olsen.

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The History Makers: Success Isaac Hayes, Ossie Davis

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Chasing Secrets Madeline Zima, Ossie Davis, Della Reese - Chasing Secrets is a 1999 drama film directed by Bruce Pittman.

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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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Finding Buck McHenry Ernie Banks, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis - Finding Buck McHenry is a 2001 NAACP Awards nominated Tv Special.

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A Man Called Adam Morgan Freeman, Louis Armstrong, Sammy Davis^! Jr. - 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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Arthur Ashe: Citizen of the Wo... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ossie Davis Movies
Arthur Ashe: Citizen of the World Maya Angelou, John McEnroe, Billie Jean King - Arthur Ashe: Citizen of the World is a 1994 sports documentary film written by Frank Deford and directed by Julie Anderson.

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The House of God Michael Richards, James Cromwell, Joe Piscopo - The House of God is a 1984 film directed by Donald Wrye.

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Unchained Memories: Readings f... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ossie Davis Movies
Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett, Don Cheadle - Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives is a 2003 documentary film written by Mark Jonathan Harris, directed by Ed Bell and Thomas Lennon.

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Shock Treatment Lauren Bacall, Roddy McDowall, Carol Lynley - Shock Treatment is a 1964 film directed by Denis Sanders.

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Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in H... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ossie Davis Movies
Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem Denzel Washington, Willie Nelson, Al Sharpton - Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem is a 2004 documentary film written by Ruth Adkins Robinson.

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Paul Robeson: Here I Stand Ossie Davis - Paul Robeson: Here I Stand is a documentary film released in 1999 that explores the life and career of Paul Robeson, the controversial African-American athlete-actor-singer-activist. It was ...more

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Why Can't We Be a Family Again... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ossie Davis Movies
Why Can't We Be a Family Again? Ossie Davis - Why Can't We Be a Family Again? is a 2002 American short documentary film directed by Murray Nossel about two African American brothers in Brooklyn struggling to reunite with their mother, a ...more

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The Tenth Level John Travolta, William Shatner, Ossie Davis - The Tenth Level is a 1976 TV-movie starring William Shatner. Inspired by the Stanley Milgram obedience research, this TV movie chronicles a psychology professor's study to determine why people, ...more

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A Vow to Cherish Ossie Davis, Ken Howard, Barbara Babcock - 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.

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The Ghosts of Christmas Eve Jewel, Ossie Davis, Allie Sheridan - The Ghosts of Christmas Eve is a 1999 made-for-TV movie showcasing a Christmas music performance by Trans-Siberian Orchestra, starring Ossie Davis and Allie Sheridan with guest performers ...more