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The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies

Updated June 14, 2019 15.0k votes 1.6k voters 146.4k views

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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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    Burglar

    Whoopi Goldberg, John Goodman

    Released1987

    Directed byHugh Wilson

    Burglar is a 1987 American comedy film directed by Hugh Wilson and distributed by Warner Bros. The film stars Whoopi Goldberg and Bobcat Goldthwait....  more
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    Fatal Beauty

    Whoopi Goldberg, Sam Elliott

    Released1987

    Directed byTom Holland

    Fatal Beauty is a 1987 American comedic action thriller film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Sam Elliott, directed by Tom Holland. The screenplay was written by Hilary Henkin and Dean Riesner. The...  more
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    The Lion King 1½

    Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Broderick

    Released2004

    Directed byBradley Raymond

    The Lion King 1½ is a 2004 direct-to-video animated buddy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and DisneyToon Studios and released by Walt Disney Home Entertainment on February 10, 2004. The film...  more

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    The Player

    Julia Roberts, Bruce Willis

    Released1992

    Directed byRobert Altman

    The Player is a 1992 American satirical film directed by Robert Altman from a screenplay by Michael Tolkin based on his own 1988 novel of the same name. It is the story of Hollywood studio executive...  more

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    Eddie

    Dennis Rodman, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1996

    Directed bySteve Rash

    Eddie is a 1996 American sports comedy film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Frank Langella. The film barely broke even at the box office, grossing $31,387,164 in the US. The film was directed by Steve...  more

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    Cinderella

    Whitney Houston, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1997

    Directed byRobert Iscove

    Cinderella is a 1997 American romantic musical fantasy telefilm produced by Walt Disney Television. The film stars Brandy, Whitney Houston, Paolo Montalban, Bernadette Peters, Whoopi Goldberg, Victor...  more
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    The I Love Lucy 50th Anniversary Special

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released2001

    The I Love Lucy 50th Anniversary Special is a Special Tribute TV Movie about "I Love Lucy"....
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    Ghosts of Mississippi

    Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1996

    Directed byRob Reiner

    Ghosts of Mississippi is a 1996 American drama film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, and James Woods. The plot is based on the true story of the 1994 trial of Byron...  more

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    The Rugrats Movie

    Whoopi Goldberg, Tim Curry

    Released1998

    Directed byNorton Virgien, Igor Kovalyov

    The Rugrats Movie is a 1998 American animated adventure-comedy film, produced by Paramount Pictures Corporation, and co-produced with Nickelodeon Movies and Klasky Csupo. The film was distributed by...  more

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    The Long Walk Home

    Whoopi Goldberg, Sissy Spacek

    Released1990

    Directed byRichard Pearce

    The Long Walk Home is a 1990 film starring Sissy Spacek and Whoopi Goldberg, and directed by Richard Pearce. Set in Alabama, it is based on a screenplay about the Montgomery Bus Boycott by John Cork...  more

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    Everyone's Hero

    Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released2006

    Directed byChristopher Reeve, Daniel St. Pierre, Colin Brady

    Everyone's Hero is a 2006 Canadian-American computer animated sports comedy family film, directed by Colin Brady, Christopher Reeve, and Daniel St. Pierre, with music by John Debney. The majority of...  more
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    Good Fences

    Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover

    Released2003

    Directed byErnest R. Dickerson

    Good Fences, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Ryan Michelle Bathe Ashley Archer and Mo'Nique, is a made-for-TV movie that debuted in 2003. It is about the stresses of prejudice on an upwardly...  more
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    Doogal

    Kylie Minogue, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released2006

    Directed byJean Duval, Frank Passingham, Dave Borthwick

    Doogal is a 2006 film written by ... and directed by ......  more

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    Destination Anywhere: The Film

    Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1997

    Directed byMark Pellington

    Destination Anywhere: The Film is an American film inspired by and featuring music and concepts from Jon Bon Jovi's second solo record Destination Anywhere. The film and album was released in June,...  more
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    If I Had Known I Was a Genius

    Sharon Stone, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released2007

    Directed byDominique Wirtschafter

    If I Had Known I Was a Genius is a film directed by Dominique Wirtschafter and written by Markus Redmond. The film premiered January 23, 2007 at the Sundance Film Festival....  more
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    For Colored Girls

    Janet Jackson, Kerry Washington

    Released2010

    Directed byTyler Perry

    For Colored Girls is a drama film to be released on 14 January 2011, directed by Tyler Perry....  more

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    Sarafina!

    Whoopi Goldberg, Miriam Makeba

    Released1992

    Directed byDarrell Roodt

    Sarafina! is a 1992 South African film starring Leleti Khumalo, Whoopi Goldberg, Miriam Makeba, John Kani and Tertius Meintjies....  more
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    Bogus

    Whoopi Goldberg, Haley Joel Osment

    Released1996

    Directed byNorman Jewison

    Bogus is a 1996 American fantasy film directed by Norman Jewison, written by Alvin Sargent, and starring Whoopi Goldberg, Gérard Depardieu, and Haley Joel Osment. It features magic tricks with...  more
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    A Little Bit of Heaven

    Kate Hudson, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released2011

    Directed byNicole Kassell

    A Little Bit of Heaven is a 2011 romantic comedy directed by Nicole Kassell and starring Kate Hudson and Gael García Bernal....  more
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    Kiss Shot

    Whoopi Goldberg, Dennis Franz

    Released1989

    Directed byJerry London

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    Pauly Shore Is Dead

    Britney Spears, Paris Hilton

    Released2003

    Directed byPauly Shore

    This film is an American comedy/mockumentary motion picture released in 2003 starring actor and comedian Pauly Shore. The cameo-filled movie begins as a semi-autobiographical retelling of Shore's...  more
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    Soapdish

    Robert Downey Jr., Teri Hatcher

    Released1991

    Directed byMichael Hoffman

    Soapdish is a 1991 comedy film which tells a backstage story of the cast and crew of a popular fictional television soap opera. It stars Sally Field as an aging soap star, joined by Kevin Kline,...  more

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    The Deep End of the Ocean

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1999

    Directed byUlu Grosbard

    The Deep End of the Ocean is an American motion picture drama directed by Ulu Grosbard, and starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Treat Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Jonathan Jackson and Ryan Merriman. It is an...  more

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    Call Me Claus

    Whoopi Goldberg, Nigel Hawthorne

    Released2001

    Directed byPeter Werner, Robert Costanzo

    Call Me Claus is a television movie starring Whoopi Goldberg. The movie involves Santa Claus who needs a replacement Santa after serving his 200-year reign. He decides on Lucy Collins, an eccentric,...  more
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    The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns

    Whoopi Goldberg, Randy Quaid

    Released1999

    Directed byJohn Henderson

    The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns is a 1999 Hallmark Entertainment made-for-TV fantasy movie. It stars Randy Quaid, Colm Meaney, Kieran Culkin, Roger Daltrey, Caroline Carver and Whoopi Goldberg....  more