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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies

    The Color Purple

    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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

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    Ghost is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies


    Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg


    Directed byJerry Zucker

    Ghost is a 1990 American romantic fantasy/crime thriller film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi... more
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    Sister Act is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies

    Sister Act

    Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith


    Directed byEmile Ardolino

    Sister Act is a 1992 American musical comedy film directed by Emile Ardolino and written by... more
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    The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies

    The Lion King

    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons


    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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

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    Sister Act 2: Back in the Habi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies

    Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lauryn Hill


    Directed byBill Duke

    Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit is a 1993 American comedy film loosely based on the life of... more
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    Corrina, Corrina is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies

    Corrina, Corrina

    Whoopi Goldberg, Ray Liotta


    Directed byJessie Nelson

    Corrina, Corrina is a 1994 American feature film set in 1959 about a widower who hires a... more
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    Jumpin' Jack Flash is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies

    Jumpin' Jack Flash

    Whoopi Goldberg, Phil Hartman


    Directed byPenny Marshall

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

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    How Stella Got Her Groove Back is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies

    How Stella Got Her Groove Back

    Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett


    Directed byKevin Rodney Sullivan

    How Stella Got Her Groove Back is a 1998 romantic comedy film directed by Kevin Rodney... more

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    Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies

    Toy Story 3

    Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg


    Directed byLee Unkrich

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

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    Ghosts of Mississippi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies

    Ghosts of Mississippi

    Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg


    Directed byRob Reiner

    Ghosts of Mississippi is a 1996 American drama film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Alec... more

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    Clara's Heart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies

    Clara's Heart

    Whoopi Goldberg, Neil Patrick Harris


    Directed byRobert Mulligan

    Clara's Heart is a 1988 American drama film, based on Joseph Olshan's acclaimed novel of the... more
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    Boys on the Side is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies

    Boys on the Side

    Drew Barrymore, Matthew McConaughey


    Directed byHerbert Ross

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

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    Girl, Interrupted is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies

    Girl, Interrupted

    Angelina Jolie, Winona Ryder


    Directed byJames Mangold

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

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    The Associate is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies

    The Associate

    Whoopi Goldberg, Allison Janney


    Directed byDonald Petrie

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

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    The Long Walk Home is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies

    The Long Walk Home

    Whoopi Goldberg, Sissy Spacek


    Directed byRichard Pearce

    The Long Walk Home is a 1990 film starring Sissy Spacek and Whoopi Goldberg, and directed by... more
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    Burglar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies


    Whoopi Goldberg, John Goodman


    Directed byHugh Wilson

    Burglar is a 1987 American comedy film directed by Hugh Wilson and distributed by Warner Bros.... more
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    Fatal Beauty is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies

    Fatal Beauty

    Whoopi Goldberg, Sam Elliott


    Directed byTom Holland

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

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    Made in America is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies

    Made in America

    Will Smith, Whoopi Goldberg


    Directed byRichard Benjamin

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

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    The Lion King 1½ is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies

    The Lion King 1½

    Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Broderick


    Directed byBradley Raymond

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

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    Sarafina! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies


    Whoopi Goldberg, Miriam Makeba


    Directed byDarrell Roodt

    Sarafina! is a 1992 South African film starring Leleti Khumalo, Whoopi Goldberg, Miriam... more

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    Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies


    Whitney Houston, Whoopi Goldberg


    Directed byRobert Iscove

    Cinderella is a 1997 American romantic musical fantasy telefilm produced by Walt Disney... more
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    Eddie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies


    Donald Trump, Dennis Rodman


    Directed bySteve Rash

    Eddie is a 1996 comedy film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Frank Langella. The film barely broke... more
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    For Colored Girls is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies

    For Colored Girls

    Janet Jackson, Kerry Washington


    Directed byTyler Perry

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

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    Soapdish is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies


    Robert Downey Jr., Teri Hatcher


    Directed byMichael Hoffman

    Soapdish is a 1991 comedy film which tells a backstage story of the cast and crew of a popular... more
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    Star Trek Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies

    Star Trek Nemesis

    Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hardy


    Directed byStuart Baird

    Star Trek: Nemesis is a 2002 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. It... more

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