The Best Paul Robeson Movies  

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

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

List features The Tallest Tree in Our Forest, Big Fella and more films.

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Irene Dunne, Paul Robeson, Hattie McDaniel
Show Boat is a 1936 film. Directed by James Whale, it is based on the musical Show Boat by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, which the team adapted from the Show Boat by Edna Ferber. In 1929 ...more
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Paul Robeson, Cedric Hardwicke, Roland Young
King Solomon's Mines is a 1937 British adventure film directed by Robert Stevenson and starring Paul Robeson, Cedric Hardwicke, Anna Lee, John Loder and Roland Young. The first of five film ...more
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Paul Robeson, Edward Chapman, Simon Lack
The Proud Valley is a 1940 Ealing Studios film starring the African-American actor Paul Robeson. Filmed on location in the South Wales coalfield the heart of the main coal mining region of ...more
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Billie Holiday, Paul Robeson, Rex Ingram
The Emperor Jones is a 1933 film adaptation of the Eugene O'Neill play of the same title, directed by Dudley Murphy, featuring Paul Robeson, Dudley Digges, Frank H. Wilson, and Fredi Washington. ...more
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Paul Robeson, Elisabeth Welch, Esme Percy
Song of Freedom is a 1936 British film starring Paul Robeson. One of two elements pivotal to the plot is an opera composer named Gabriel Donizetti, presumably suggested by the historical opera ...more
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Rita Hayworth, Henry Fonda, Ginger Rogers
Tales of Manhattan is a 1942 American anthology film directed by Julien Duvivier. Thirteen writers, including Ben Hecht, Alan Campbell, Ferenc Molnár, Samuel Hoffenstein, and Donald Ogden ...more
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Paul Robeson
The Song of the Rivers is a 1954 documentary film production by the East Germany's Deutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft. Dutch filmmaker Joris Ivens was the leading director. The sprawling film ...more
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Big Fella Paul Robeson, James Hayter, Elisabeth Welch
Big Fella is a 1937 British musical drama film directed by J. Elder Wills and starring Paul Robeson, Elisabeth Welch and Roy Emerton. It is loosely based on the novel Banjo by Harlem Renaissance ...more
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Paul Robeson, Leslie Banks, Nina Mae McKinney
Sanders of the River is a 1935 British film directed by the Hungarian-British director, Zoltán Korda, based on the stories of Edgar Wallace. It is set in British Nigeria. The lead ...more
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Camille Charlie Chaplin, Paul Robeson, Sinclair Lewis
Camille is a short film by Ralph Barton, the creation of which is described in Bruce Kellner's The Last Dandy, a biography of Barton. This 33-minute silent film, an ostensible adaptation of La ...more
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Native Land Paul Robeson
Native Land is a 1942 documentary film directed by Leo Hurwitz and Paul Strand. A combination of a documentary format and staged reenactments, the film depicted the struggle of trade unions ...more
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Borderline Paul Robeson, H.D., Bryher
Borderline is a 1930 film, written and directed by Kenneth Macpherson and produced by the Pool Group in Territet, Switzerland. The silent film, with English inter-titles, is primarily noted for ...more
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Jericho Paul Robeson
Jericho is a 1937 British drama film directed by Thornton Freeland and starring Paul Robeson, Henry Wilcoxon and Wallace Ford. It is also known by the alternative title Dark Sands. Paul Robeson ...more
My Song Goes Forth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Paul Robeson Movies
My Song Goes Forth Paul Robeson
My Song Goes Forth, is the first documentary about South Africa as apartheid was being imposed. The film features singer, actor and civil rights activist Paul Robeson singing the title song and ...more
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Paul Robeson, Dudley Digges, Mercedes Gilbert
Body and Soul is a 1925 race film produced, written, directed, and distributed by Oscar Micheaux and starring Paul Robeson in his motion picture debut.
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The Tallest Tree in Our Forest
The Tallest Tree in our Forest is a 1977 documentary film directed and written by Gil Noble, about singer, actor and activist, Paul Robeson. The Tallest Tree was shot on 16mm film and was ...more