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The Best Sidney Poitier Movies

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

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

Uptown Saturday Night and Go, Man, Go! are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

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  • 1

    Lilies of the Field

    Sidney Poitier, Ralph Nelson
    Lilies of the Field is a 1963 film adapted by James Poe from the 1962 novel with the same name...  more

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  • 2

    To Sir, with Love

    Sidney Poitier, Lulu
    To Sir, with Love is a 1967 British drama film, starring Sidney Poitier, that deals with...  more

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  • 3

    The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn

    Mary-Louise Parker, Sidney Poitier
    The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn is a 1999 made-for-television film, first broadcast on 9 May...  more
  • 4

    Buck and the Preacher

    Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte
    Buck and the Preacher is a 1972 American Western film starring Sidney Poitier as Buck and...  more
  • 5

    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

    Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier
    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is a 1967 American comedy-drama film produced and directed by...  more

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  • 6

    The Jackal

    Bruce Willis, Richard Gere
    The Jackal is a 1997 American spy action thriller film directed by Michael Caton-Jones, and...  more

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  • 7

    Uptown Saturday Night

    Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor
    Uptown Saturday Night is a 1974 comedy film written by Richard Wesley, and directed by Sidney...  more
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    Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd
    Sneakers is a 1992 caper film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, written by Robinson, Walter...  more

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  • 9

    In the Heat of the Night

    Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger
    In the Heat of the Night is a 1967 American mystery drama film directed by Norman Jewison. It...  more

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  • 10

    A Patch of Blue

    Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters
    A Patch of Blue is a 1965 American drama film directed by Guy Green about the relationship...  more

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  • 11

    A Raisin in the Sun

    Sidney Poitier, Louis Gossett
    A Raisin in the Sun is a 1961 drama film, starring Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeil,...  more

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  • 12

    The Last Brickmaker In America

    Sidney Poitier, Piper Laurie
    The Last Brickmaker In America is a 2001 film directed by Gregg Champion....  more
  • 13

    A Warm December

    Sidney Poitier, George Baker
    A Warm December is a 1973 romance film directed by Sidney Poitier and starring him in the lead...  more
  • 14

    For Love of Ivy

    Sidney Poitier, Carroll O'Connor
    For Love of Ivy is a 1968 romantic comedy film directed by Daniel Mann. The film stars Sidney...  more
  • 15

    Let's Do It Again

    Bill Cosby, Sidney Poitier
    Let's Do It Again is a 1975 film starring Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby and Jimmie Walker plus an...  more

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  • 16

    The Defiant Ones

    Sidney Poitier, Tony Curtis
    The Defiant Ones is a 1958 black and white film which tells the story of two escaped...  more

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  • 17

    A Piece of the Action

    Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones
    A Piece of the Action is a 1977 comedy crime film starring Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby....  more
  • 18

    Little Nikita

    Sidney Poitier, River Phoenix
    Little Nikita is a 1988 American cult drama film directed by Richard Benjamin and starring...  more

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  • 19

    Brother John

    Sidney Poitier, Paul Winfield
    Brother John is a 1971 drama film about an enigmatic African-American man who shows up every...  more
  • 20

    Mandela and de Klerk

    Michael Caine, Sidney Poitier
    Mandela and de Klerk is a 1997 television film directed by Joseph Sargent. Starring Sidney...  more
  • 21

    No Way Out

    Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark
    No Way Out is a 1950 black-and-white American film noir directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and...  more
  • 22

    Blackboard Jungle

    Sidney Poitier, Glenn Ford
    Blackboard Jungle is a 1955 social commentary film about teachers in an inner-city school. It...  more
  • 23

    The Wilby Conspiracy

    Michael Caine, Sidney Poitier
    The Wilby Conspiracy is a 1975 thriller film directed by Ralph Nelson and filmed in Kenya. It...  more
  • 24

    All the Young Men

    Sidney Poitier, Alan Ladd
    All the Young Men is a 1960 Korean War feature film starring Alan Ladd and Sidney Poitier...  more
  • 25

    The Bedford Incident

    Donald Sutherland, Sidney Poitier
    The Bedford Incident is a 1965 Anglo-American Cold War film starring Richard Widmark and...  more

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