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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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    To Sir, with Love
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    To Sir, with Love

    Sidney Poitier, Lulu

    Released1967

    Directed byJames Clavell

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

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  • 2
    In the Heat of the Night
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    18

    In the Heat of the Night

    Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger

    Released1967

    Directed byNorman Jewison

    In the Heat of the Night is a 1967 American mystery drama film directed by Norman Jewison. It... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
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    20

    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

    Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier

    Released1967

    Directed byStanley Kramer

    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is a 1967 American comedy-drama film produced and directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Lilies of the Field
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    18

    Lilies of the Field

    Sidney Poitier, Ralph Nelson

    Released1963

    Directed byRalph Nelson

    Lilies of the Field is a 1963 film adapted by James Poe from the 1962 novel with the same name... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    A Raisin in the Sun
    80
    14

    A Raisin in the Sun

    Sidney Poitier, Louis Gossett

    Released1961

    Directed byDaniel Petrie

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

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  • 6
    The Defiant Ones
    72
    9

    The Defiant Ones

    Sidney Poitier, Tony Curtis

    Released1958

    Directed byStanley Kramer

    The Defiant Ones is a 1958 black and white film which tells the story of two escaped... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    A Patch of Blue
    73
    13

    A Patch of Blue

    Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters

    Released1965

    Directed byGuy Green

    A Patch of Blue is a 1965 American drama film directed by Guy Green about the relationship... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Duel at Diablo
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    18

    Duel at Diablo

    Sidney Poitier, James Garner

    Released1966

    Directed byRalph Nelson

    Duel at Diablo is a 1966 western film starring James Garner in his first Western since leaving... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    The Jackal
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    22

    The Jackal

    Bruce Willis, Richard Gere

    Released1997

    Directed byMichael Caton-Jones

    The Jackal is a 1997 American spy action thriller film directed by Michael Caton-Jones, and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 10
    Uptown Saturday Night
    84
    27

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Sneakers
    73
    22

    Sneakers

    Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd

    Released1992

    Directed byPhil Alden Robinson

    Sneakers is a 1992 caper film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, written by Robinson, Walter... more on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    A Warm December
    61
    15

    A Warm December

    Sidney Poitier, George Baker

    Released1973

    Directed bySidney Poitier

    A Warm December is a 1973 romance film directed by Sidney Poitier and starring him in the lead... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    They call me MISTER Tibbs
    59
    16

    They call me MISTER Tibbs

    Sidney Poitier, Ed Asner

    Released1970

    Directed byGordon Douglas

    They Call Me Mister Tibbs!, stylized with emphasis on "Mister", is a 1970 film, a sequel to... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    For Love of Ivy
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    25

    For Love of Ivy

    Sidney Poitier, Carroll O'Connor

    Released1968

    Directed byDaniel Mann

    For Love of Ivy is a 1968 romantic comedy film directed by Daniel Mann. The film stars Sidney... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    No Way Out
    39
    5

    No Way Out

    Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark

    Released1950

    Directed byJoseph L. Mankiewicz

    No Way Out is a 1950 black-and-white American film noir directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    A Piece of the Action
    57
    24

    A Piece of the Action

    Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones

    Released1977

    Directed bySidney Poitier

    A Piece of the Action is a 1977 comedy crime film starring Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby.... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Let's Do It Again
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    31

    Let's Do It Again

    Bill Cosby, Sidney Poitier

    Released1975

    Directed bySidney Poitier

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

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  • 18
    Blackboard Jungle
    50
    21

    Blackboard Jungle

    Sidney Poitier, Glenn Ford

    Released1955

    Directed byRichard Brooks

    Blackboard Jungle is a 1955 social commentary film about teachers in an inner-city school. It... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Little Nikita
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    Little Nikita

    Sidney Poitier, River Phoenix

    Released1988

    Directed byRichard Benjamin

    Little Nikita is a 1988 American cult drama film directed by Richard Benjamin and starring... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    Paris Blues
    42
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    Paris Blues

    Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier

    Released1961

    Directed byMartin Ritt

    Paris Blues is an American feature film made on location in Paris, starring Sidney Poitier as... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 21
    The Greatest Story Ever Told
    37
    12

    The Greatest Story Ever Told

    John Wayne, Charlton Heston

    Released1965

    Directed byGeorge Stevens, Jean Negulesco, David Lean

    The Greatest Story Ever Told is a 1965 American epic film produced and directed by George... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 22
    Mandela and de Klerk
    43
    19

    Mandela and de Klerk

    Michael Caine, Sidney Poitier

    Released1997

    Directed byJoseph Sargent

    Mandela and de Klerk is a 1997 television film directed by Joseph Sargent. Starring Sidney... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 23
    Brother John
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    19

    Brother John

    Sidney Poitier, Paul Winfield

    Released1971

    Directed byJames Goldstone

    Brother John is a 1971 drama film about an enigmatic African-American man who shows up every... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn
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    11

    The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn

    Mary-Louise Parker, Sidney Poitier

    Released1999

    Directed byGregg Champion

    The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn is a 1999 made-for-television film, first broadcast on 9 May... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    The Bedford Incident
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    6

    The Bedford Incident

    Donald Sutherland, Sidney Poitier

    Released1965

    Directed byJames B. Harris

    The Bedford Incident is a 1965 Anglo-American Cold War film starring Richard Widmark and... more on Wikipedia

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