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The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies

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List of the best Whoopi Goldberg movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Whoopi Goldberg was appearing in her one-woman show on Broadway when Steven Spielberg cast her in her breakout role in The Color Purple in 1985. Whoopi Goldberg'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 Whoopi Goldberg movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Whoopi Goldberg movies will be at the top of the list. Whoopi Goldberg has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Whoopi Goldberg movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Whoopi Goldberg films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

List includes Sister Act, Ghost and more.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Whoopi Goldberg movies?" and "What are the greatest Whoopi Goldberg roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Goldberg's comedy, you might also enjoy our list of best Robin Williams movies and best Billy Crystal movies. If you loved Goldberg as Tonia, check out the best Nobody's Fool quotes to relive some of her best lines.


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    The Color Purple

    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg
    The Color Purple is a 1985 American period drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on...  more

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  • 2

    Sister Act

    Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith
    Sister Act is a 1992 American musical comedy film directed by Emile Ardolino and written by...  more

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  • 3


    Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg
    Ghost is a 1990 American romantic fantasy/crime thriller film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi...  more

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  • 4

    The Lion King

    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons
    The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature...  more

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  • 5

    Jumpin' Jack Flash

    Whoopi Goldberg, Phil Hartman
    Jumpin' Jack Flash is a 1986 spy comedy film starring Whoopi Goldberg. The film was directed...  more

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    Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lauryn Hill
    Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit is a 1993 American comedy film loosely based on the life of...  more

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  • 7

    Corrina, Corrina

    Whoopi Goldberg, Ray Liotta
    Corrina, Corrina is a 1994 American feature film set in 1959 about a widower who hires a...  more
  • 8

    Rat Race

    Whoopi Goldberg, Amy Smart
    Rat Race is a 2001 American ensemble comedy film directed by Jerry Zucker, written by Andy...  more

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  • 9

    The Pagemaster

    Macaulay Culkin, Whoopi Goldberg
    The Pagemaster is a 1994 American live-action/animated fantasy adventure film starring...  more

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  • 10

    Alice in Wonderland

    Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Kingsley
    Alice in Wonderland is a television film first broadcast in 1999 on NBC and then shown on...  more
  • 11

    Racing Stripes

    Hayden Panettiere, Snoop Dogg
    Racing Stripes is a 2005 American sports comedy-drama family film, directed by Frederik Du...  more

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  • 12

    How Stella Got Her Groove Back

    Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett
    How Stella Got Her Groove Back is a 1998 romantic comedy film directed by Kevin Rodney...  more

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  • 13

    Toy Story 3

    Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg
    Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film, and the third film in the Toy...  more

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  • 14

    Clara's Heart

    Whoopi Goldberg, Neil Patrick Harris
    Clara's Heart is a 1988 American drama film, based on Joseph Olshan's acclaimed novel of the...  more
  • 15

    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie

    Whoopi Goldberg, John Goodman
    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie is a 1998 animated film about Rudolph the Red-Nosed...  more
  • 16

    Boys on the Side

    Drew Barrymore, Matthew McConaughey
    Boys on the Side is a 1995 American comedy-drama film directed by Herbert Ross. It stars...  more

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    Girl, Interrupted

    Angelina Jolie, Winona Ryder
    Girl, Interrupted is a 1999 American drama film, and an adaptation of Susanna Kaysen's 1993...  more

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  • 18

    The Associate

    Whoopi Goldberg, Allison Janney
    The Associate is a 1996 film starring Whoopi Goldberg, Dianne Wiest, Eli Wallach, Timothy...  more

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    Whoopi Goldberg, John Goodman
    Burglar is a 1987 American comedy film directed by Hugh Wilson and distributed by Warner Bros....  more
  • 20

    Made in America

    Will Smith, Whoopi Goldberg
    Made in America is a 1993 comedy film released on May 28, 1993 by Warner Bros. starring Whoopi...  more
  • 21

    Fatal Beauty

    Whoopi Goldberg, Sam Elliott
    Fatal Beauty is a 1987 American comedic action thriller film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Sam...  more
  • 22

    The Lion King 1½

    Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Broderick
    The Lion King 1½ is a 2004 direct-to-video animated buddy film produced by Walt Disney...  more

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  • 23

    The Player

    Julia Roberts, Bruce Willis
    The Player is a 1992 American satirical film directed by Robert Altman from a screenplay by...  more

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  • 24


    Dennis Rodman, Whoopi Goldberg
    Eddie is a 1996 American sports comedy film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Frank Langella. The...  more

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  • 25


    Whitney Houston, Whoopi Goldberg
    Cinderella is a 1997 American romantic musical fantasy telefilm produced by Walt Disney...  more