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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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Sister Act is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies
Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel

Released: 1992

Directed by: Emile Ardolino

Sister Act is a 1992 American musical comedy film directed by Emile Ardolino and written by Joseph Howard, with musical arrangements by Marc Shaiman. It stars Whoopi Goldberg as a lounge singer ...more

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The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies
Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

Released: 1985

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

The Color Purple is a 1985 American period drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Alice Walker. It was Spielberg's eighth film as ...more

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Ghost is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies
Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Swayze

Released: 1990

Directed by: Jerry Zucker

Ghost is a 1990 American romantic fantasy/crime thriller film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn, and Whoopi Goldberg. It was written by Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Jerry ...more

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies
Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

Released: 1994

Directed by: Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers

The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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Sister Act 2: Back in th... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lauryn Hill, Maggie Smith

Released: 1993

Directed by: Bill Duke

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit is a 1993 American comedy film loosely based on the life of Crenshaw High School choir instructor Iris Stevenson, and starring Whoopi Goldberg. Directed by Bill ...more

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Jumpin' Jack Flash is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies
Whoopi Goldberg, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz

Released: 1986

Directed by: Penny Marshall

Jumpin' Jack Flash is a 1986 spy comedy film starring Whoopi Goldberg. The film was directed by Penny Marshall in her theatrical film directorial debut. The film was one of the first to feature ...more

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Corrina, Corrina is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies
Whoopi Goldberg, Ray Liotta, Joan Cusack

Released: 1994

Directed by: Jessie Nelson

Corrina, Corrina is a 1994 American feature film set in 1959 about a widower who hires a housekeeper/nanny to care for his daughter. It was written and directed by Jessie Nelson, in her feature ...more
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How Stella Got Her Groov... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies
Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Danny Glover

Released: 1998

Directed by: Kevin Rodney Sullivan

How Stella Got Her Groove Back is a 1998 romantic comedy film directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan, adapted from Terry McMillan's bestselling novel of the same title. The film stars Angela Bassett, ...more

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Clara's Heart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies
Whoopi Goldberg, Neil Patrick Harris, Kathleen Quinlan

Released: 1988

Directed by: Robert Mulligan

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Boys on the Side is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies
Drew Barrymore, Matthew McConaughey, Whoopi Goldberg

Released: 1995

Directed by: Herbert Ross

Boys on the Side is a 1995 American comedy-drama film directed by Herbert Ross. It stars Whoopi Goldberg, Drew Barrymore and Mary-Louise Parker as three friends on a cross-country road trip. The ...more

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Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies
Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton

Released: 2010

Directed by: Lee Unkrich

Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film, and the third film in the Toy Story series. It was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. ...more

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Ghosts of Mississippi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies
Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods

Released: 1996

Directed by: Rob 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 ...more

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Made in America is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies
Will Smith, Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Tilly

Released: 1993

Directed by: Richard Benjamin

Made in America is a 1993 comedy film released on May 28, 1993 by Warner Bros. starring Whoopi Goldberg and Ted Danson, and featuring Nia Long, Jennifer Tilly and Will Smith. The film was ...more
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The Associate is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies
Whoopi Goldberg, Allison Janney, Eli Wallach

Released: 1996

Directed by: Donald Petrie

The Associate is a 1996 film starring Whoopi Goldberg, Dianne Wiest, Eli Wallach, Timothy Daly, Bebe Neuwirth, Austin Pendleton and Lainie Kazan. The film is a remake of the 1979 French film ...more

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Burglar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies
Whoopi Goldberg, John Goodman, Lesley Ann Warren

Released: 1987

Directed by: Hugh 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.
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Fatal Beauty is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies
Whoopi Goldberg, Sam Elliott, Cheech Marin

Released: 1987

Directed by: Tom 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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Girl, Interrupted is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies
Angelina Jolie, Winona Ryder, Whoopi Goldberg

Released: 1999

Directed by: James Mangold

Girl, Interrupted is a 1999 American drama film, and an adaptation of Susanna Kaysen's 1993 memoir of the same name. The film chronicles Kaysen's 18-month stay at a mental institution. Directed ...more

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The Long Walk Home is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies
The Long Walk Home Whoopi Goldberg, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen

Released: 1990

Directed by: Richard 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 ...more

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Eddie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies
Donald Trump, Dennis Rodman, Whoopi Goldberg

Released: 1996

Directed by: Steve Rash

Eddie is a 1996 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 Rash.
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The Lion King 1½ ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies
Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Broderick, Cheech Marin

Released: 2004

Directed by: Bradley Raymond

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Sarafina! is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies
Whoopi Goldberg, Miriam Makeba, John Kani

Released: 1992

Directed by: Darrell Roodt

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

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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies
Cinderella Whitney Houston, Whoopi Goldberg, Bernadette Peters

Released: 1997

Directed by: Robert 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, ...more
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For Colored Girls is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies
Janet Jackson, Kerry Washington, Whoopi Goldberg

Released: 2010

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, Whoopi Goldberg

Released: 1991

Directed by: Michael 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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Madea Goes to Jail is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Whoopi Goldberg Movies
Sofía Vergara, Whoopi Goldberg, Tyler Perry

Released: 2009

Directed by: Tyler Perry

Madea Goes to Jail is a 2009 parodic comedy-drama film written and directed by Tyler Perry, which was based on his 2006 play. The play and the film deal with Perry's recurring character Madea ...more

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