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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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Notable directors that have worked with Sidney Poitier include names like Phil Alden Robinson, Otto Preminger and Richard Brooks. Is Sidney Poitier your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best James Earl Jones and Louis Gossett, Jr. films lists too.

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In the Heat of the Night Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant In the Heat of the Night is a 1967 American mystery drama film directed by Norman Jewison. It is based on John Ball's 1965 novel of the same name which tells the story of Virgil Tibbs, a black ...more

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To Sir, with Love Sidney Poitier, Lulu, Patricia Routledge To Sir, with Love is a 1967 British drama film, starring Sidney Poitier, that deals with social and racial issues in an inner-city school. James Clavell directed and wrote the film's screenplay, ...more

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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is a 1967 American comedy-drama film produced and directed by Stanley Kramer and written by William Rose. It stars Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine ...more

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Lilies of the Field Sidney Poitier, Ralph Nelson, Lilia Skala Lilies of the Field is a 1963 film adapted by James Poe from the 1962 novel with the same name by William Edmund Barrett, and stars Sidney Poitier, Lilia Skala, Stanley Adams, and Dan Frazer. It ...more

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The Defiant Ones Sidney Poitier, Tony Curtis, Lon Chaney The Defiant Ones is a 1958 black and white film which tells the story of two escaped prisoners, one white and one black, who are shackled together and who must co-operate in order to survive. It ...more

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A Raisin in the Sun Sidney Poitier, Louis Gossett, Jr. A Raisin in the Sun is a 1961 drama film, starring Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeil, Diana Sands, Roy Glenn, and Louis Gossett, and adapted from the play of the same name by Lorraine ...more

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A Patch of Blue Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, John Qualen A Patch of Blue is a 1965 American drama film directed by Guy Green about the relationship between a black man, Gordon, and a blind white female teenager, Selina, and the problems that plague ...more

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They call me MISTER Tibbs Sidney Poitier, Ed Asner, Martin Landau They Call Me Mister Tibbs!, stylized with emphasis on "Mister", is a 1970 film, a sequel to 1967's In the Heat of the Night. The title was taken from a line in the first film. Sidney ...more

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Blackboard Jungle Sidney Poitier, Glenn Ford, Anne Francis Blackboard Jungle is a 1955 social commentary film about teachers in an inner-city school. It is based on the novel of the same name by Evan Hunter.

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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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The Greatest Story Ever Told John Wayne, Charlton Heston, Angela Lansbury The Greatest Story Ever Told is a 1965 American epic film produced and directed by George Stevens. It is a retelling of the story of Jesus Christ, from the Nativity through the Resurrection. ...more

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The Bedford Incident Donald Sutherland, Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark The Bedford Incident is a 1965 Anglo-American Cold War film starring Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier, and co-produced by Richard Widmark. The cast also features Eric Portman, James MacArthur, ...more

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The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn Mary-Louise Parker, Sidney Poitier, Dianne Wiest The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn is a 1999 made-for-television film, first broadcast on 9 May 1999 on CBS. This movie stars Sir Sidney Poitier as the title character, a rural Georgia carpenter, ...more

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Porgy and Bess Sidney Poitier, Sammy Davis, Jr. Porgy and Bess is a 1959 American musical film directed by Otto Preminger. It is based on the 1935 opera of the same name by George Gershwin, DuBose Heyward, and Ira Gershwin, which is in turn ...more

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To Sir, with Love II Sidney Poitier, Lulu, Daniel J. Travanti To Sir, with Love II is a 1996 American television film. It is a sequel to the 1967 British film, To Sir, with Love. Like the first film, it deals with social issues in an inner city school. It ...more

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Shoot to Kill Kirstie Alley, Tom Berenger, Sidney Poitier Shoot to Kill is an adventure thriller movie released in 1988 starring Sidney Poitier, Tom Berenger, Clancy Brown, Andrew Robinson and Kirstie Alley. The film was directed by Roger

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Buck and the Preacher Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee Buck and the Preacher is a 1972 American Western film starring Sidney Poitier as Buck and Harry Belafonte as the Preacher. Buck is a trail guide leading groups of former slaves trying to ...more

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The Last Brickmaker In America Sidney Poitier, Piper Laurie, Wendy Crewson The Last Brickmaker In America is a 2001 film directed by Gregg Champion.

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The Jackal Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Jack Black The Jackal is a 1997 American spy action thriller film directed by Michael Caton-Jones, and starring Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, and Sidney Poitier. The film is a loose remake of the 1973 movie ...more

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Uptown Saturday Night Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Sidney Poitier Uptown Saturday Night is a 1974 comedy film written by Richard Wesley, and directed by Sidney Poitier, who also stars in this film, along with Bill Cosby and Harry Belafonte. Cosby and Poitier ...more

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Sneakers Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley Sneakers is a 1992 caper film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, written by Robinson, Walter Parkes, and Lawrence Lasker and starring Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley, Mary McDonnell, ...more

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A Warm December Sidney Poitier, George Baker, Rudolph Walker A Warm December is a 1973 romance film directed by Sidney Poitier and starring him in the lead role as Dr. Matt Younger. It also starred Jamaican actress Esther Anderson as Catherine, Matt's ...more

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Duel at Diablo Sidney Poitier, James Garner, Bibi Andersson Duel at Diablo is a 1966 western film starring James Garner in his first Western since leaving Maverick and Sidney Poitier in his first Western. Based on Marvin H. Albert's 1957 novel Apache ...more

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The Long Ships Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark, Leonard Rossiter The Long Ships is a 1964 British-Yugoslavian adventure film shot in Technirama directed by Jack Cardiff and stars Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, and Russ Tamblyn.

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For Love of Ivy Sidney Poitier, Carroll O'Connor, Beau Bridges For Love of Ivy is a 1968 romantic comedy film directed by Daniel Mann. The film stars Sidney Poitier, Abbey Lincoln, Beau Bridges, Nan Martin, Lauri Peters and Carroll O'Connor. The story was ...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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A Piece of the Action Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones, Sidney Poitier A Piece of the Action is a 1977 comedy crime film starring Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby. Poitier also directed the film. This was the third film pairing of Poitier and Cosby following Uptown ...more

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Band of Angels Clark Gable, Sidney Poitier, Yvonne De Carlo Band of Angels is a 1957 romantic drama film set in the American South before and during the American Civil War, based on the novel of the same name by Robert Penn Warren. It starred Clark ...more

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Edge of the City Sidney Poitier, John Cassavetes, Ruby Dee Edge of the City is a 1957 American drama film directed by Martin Ritt, starring John Cassavetes and Sidney Poitier. It was Ritt's debut film as a director. Robert Alan Aurthur's screenplay was ...more

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Something of Value Rock Hudson, Sidney Poitier, Wendy Hiller Something of Value is a 1957 drama directed by Richard Brooks and starring Rock Hudson, Dana Wynter and Sidney Poitier. The film was reissued under the title Africa Ablaze. The movie, based on ...more

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Mandela and de Klerk Michael Caine, Sidney Poitier, John Carson Mandela and de Klerk is a 1997 television film directed by Joseph Sargent. Starring Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine. it documents the negotiations between De Klerk and Mandela for the ...more

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Paris Blues Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, Louis Armstrong Paris Blues is an American feature film made on location in Paris, starring Sidney Poitier as expatriate jazz musician Eddie Cook, and Paul Newman as trombone-playing Ram Bowen. The two men ...more

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Little Nikita Sidney Poitier, River Phoenix, Loretta Devine Little Nikita is a 1988 American cult drama film directed by Richard Benjamin and starring River Phoenix and Sidney Poitier. The film marks the first collaboration between Phoenix and Poitier.

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Brother John Sidney Poitier, Paul Winfield, Will Geer Brother John is a 1971 drama film about an enigmatic African-American man who shows up every time a relative is about to die. In this story, he returns to his Alabama hometown as his sister is ...more

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The Slender Thread Anne Bancroft, Sidney Poitier, Ed Asner The Slender Thread is a 1965 film starring Anne Bancroft and Sidney Poitier. It was the first feature length film directed by Academy Award-winning director, producer and actor Sydney Pollack. ...more

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Cry, the Beloved Country Sidney Poitier, Canada Lee, Charles Carson Cry, the Beloved Country is a 1951 British drama film directed by Zoltán Korda. Based on the novel of the same name by Alan Paton, it stars Canada Lee, Sidney Poitier, and Charles Carson. ...more

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The Wilby Conspiracy Michael Caine, Sidney Poitier, Rutger Hauer The Wilby Conspiracy is a 1975 thriller film directed by Ralph Nelson and filmed in Kenya. It was written by Rodney Amateau, based on the 1972 novel by Peter Driscoll. It had a limited release ...more

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Pressure Point Sidney Poitier, Bobby Darin, Peter Falk Pressure Point is a 1962 drama film about a prison psychiatrist who is called upon to treat a Nazi sympathizer during World War II. It stars Sidney Poitier and Bobby Darin. The film was based on ...more

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The Mark of the Hawk Sidney Poitier, Eartha Kitt, John McIntire The Mark of the Hawk is a 1957 drama film, directed by Michael Audley with a screenplay by Lloyd Young and H. Kenn Carmichael. The film stars Eartha Kitt and Sidney Poitier.

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Separate but Equal Sidney Poitier, Burt Lancaster, Cleavon Little Separate But Equal is a 1991 American television movie depicting the landmark Supreme Court desegregation case Brown v. Board of Education, based on the phrase "Separate but equal". ...more

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Free of Eden Sidney Poitier, Phylicia Rashād, Sydney Tamiia Poitier Free of Eden is a 1998 drama TV movie directed by Leon Ichaso.

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All the Young Men Sidney Poitier, Alan Ladd, Ingemar Johansson All the Young Men is a 1960 Korean War feature film starring Alan Ladd and Sidney Poitier dealing with desegregation in the United States Marine Corps.

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The Organization Sidney Poitier, Raúl Juliá, Daniel J. Travanti The Organization is a 1971 American film starring Sidney Poitier as Virgil Tibbs. It was the last of the trilogy featuring the police detective Tibbs that had begun with In the Heat of the ...more

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Good-bye, My Lady Sidney Poitier, Walter Brennan, Louise Beavers Good-bye, My Lady is a 1956 American film adaptation of the novel Good-bye, My Lady by James H. Street. The book had been inspired by Street's original 1941 story which appeared in The Saturday ...more

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Children of the Dust Farrah Fawcett, Jim Caviezel, Sidney Poitier Children of the Dust is an American Western television miniseries, based on Clancy Carlile's novel of the same name. Featuring an ensemble cast led by Academy Award winning actor Sidney Poitier, ...more

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The Lost Man Sidney Poitier, Joanna Shimkus The Lost Man is a 1969 American film, written and directed by Robert Alan Aurthur, loosely based on F.L. Green's novel Odd Man Out, which was made originally into a 1947 film with James Mason.

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Red Ball Express Sidney Poitier, Jeff Chandler Red Ball Express is a 1952 World War II war film directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Jeff Chandler. The film is based on the real Red Ball Express convoys that took place after the D-Day ...more

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Go, Man, Go! Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Dane Clark Go, Man, Go! is a 1954 sports film starring Dane Clark, Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Patricia Breslin and The Harlem Globetrotters. Clark plays Abe Saperstein, the organizer of the Globetrotters. ...more

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Virgin Island Sidney Poitier, John Cassavetes, Virginia Maskell Virgin Island is a 1958 drama film directed by Pat Jackson.

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David and Lisa Brittany Murphy, Sidney Poitier David and Lisa is a 1998 tv film directed by Lloyd Kramer.