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The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies

Updated June 14, 2019 12.0k votes 1.6k voters 145.5k 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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  • 1
    The Color Purple
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    The Color Purple

    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1985

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 2
    Sister Act
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    Sister Act

    Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith

    Released1992

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

    Sister Act is a 1992 American musical comedy film directed by Emile Ardolino and written by... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Ghost
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    Ghost

    Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1990

    Directed byJerry Zucker

    Ghost is a 1990 American romantic fantasy/crime thriller film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    The Lion King
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    The Lion King

    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons

    Released1994

    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

    The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
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    Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lauryn Hill

    Released1993

    Directed byBill Duke

    Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit is a 1993 American comedy film loosely based on the life of... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Jumpin' Jack Flash
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    Jumpin' Jack Flash

    Whoopi Goldberg, Phil Hartman

    Released1986

    Directed byPenny Marshall

    Jumpin' Jack Flash is a 1986 spy comedy film starring Whoopi Goldberg. The film was directed... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Corrina, Corrina
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    Corrina, Corrina

    Whoopi Goldberg, Ray Liotta

    Released1994

    Directed byJessie Nelson

    Corrina, Corrina is a 1994 American feature film set in 1959 about a widower who hires a... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    How Stella Got Her Groove Back
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    How Stella Got Her Groove Back

    Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett

    Released1998

    Directed byKevin Rodney Sullivan

    How Stella Got Her Groove Back is a 1998 romantic comedy film directed by Kevin Rodney... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Ghosts of Mississippi
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    37

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Toy Story 3
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    Toy Story 3

    Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released2010

    Directed byLee Unkrich

    Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film, and the third film in the Toy... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    Clara's Heart
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    Clara's Heart

    Whoopi Goldberg, Neil Patrick Harris

    Released1988

    Directed byRobert Mulligan

    Clara's Heart is a 1988 American drama film, based on Joseph Olshan's acclaimed novel of the... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Boys on the Side
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    Boys on the Side

    Drew Barrymore, Matthew McConaughey

    Released1995

    Directed byHerbert Ross

    Boys on the Side is a 1995 American comedy-drama film directed by Herbert Ross. It stars... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    The Associate
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    The Associate

    Whoopi Goldberg, Allison Janney

    Released1996

    Directed byDonald Petrie

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

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  • 14
    Girl, Interrupted
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    Girl, Interrupted

    Angelina Jolie, Winona Ryder

    Released1999

    Directed byJames Mangold

    Girl, Interrupted is a 1999 American drama film, and an adaptation of Susanna Kaysen's 1993... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    The Long Walk Home
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Burglar
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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.... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Made in America
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    Made in America

    Will Smith, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1993

    Directed byRichard Benjamin

    Made in America is a 1993 comedy film released on May 28, 1993 by Warner Bros. starring Whoopi... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    Fatal Beauty
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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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    The Lion King 1½
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    31

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    Sarafina!
    157
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    Sarafina!

    Whoopi Goldberg, Miriam Makeba

    Released1992

    Directed byDarrell Roodt

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  • 21
    For Colored Girls
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    For Colored Girls

    Janet Jackson, Kerry Washington

    Released2010

    Directed byTyler Perry

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  • 22
    Cinderella
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Eddie
    172
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    Eddie

    Donald Trump, Dennis Rodman

    Released1996

    Directed bySteve Rash

    Eddie is a 1996 comedy film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Frank Langella. The film barely broke... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Soapdish
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    35

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Madea Goes to Jail
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    Madea Goes to Jail

    Sofía Vergara, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released2009

    Directed byTyler Perry

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