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1. No Way Out (1950)

Approved | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A black doctor is assigned to treat two white racist suspects who are brothers, and when one dies it causes tension that could start a race riot.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Richard Widmark, Linda Darnell, Stephen McNally, Sidney Poitier

Votes: 3,443

2. Cry, the Beloved Country (1951)

103 min | Drama

In the back country of South Africa, black minister Stephen Kumalo (Canada Lee) journeys to the city to search for his missing son, only to find his people living in squalor and his son a ... See full summary »

Director: Zoltan Korda | Stars: Canada Lee, Sidney Poitier, Charles Carson, Joyce Carey

Votes: 479

3. Red Ball Express (1952)

Approved | 83 min | Action, Drama, War

Story of the military truck drivers who kept the Allied armies supplied in Europe during WW2.

Director: Budd Boetticher | Stars: Jeff Chandler, Alex Nicol, Charles Drake, Judith Braun

Votes: 420

4. Go Man Go (1954)

82 min | Drama, Sport

The story of Abe Saperstein and the creation of the Harlem Globetrotters.

Director: James Wong Howe | Stars: Dane Clark, Patricia Breslin, Sidney Poitier, Anatol Winogradoff

Votes: 81

5. Blackboard Jungle (1955)

Approved | 101 min | Crime, Drama

A new English teacher at a violent, unruly inner-city school is determined to do his job, despite resistance from both students and faculty.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Glenn Ford, Anne Francis, Louis Calhern, Margaret Hayes

Votes: 7,083

6. Good-bye, My Lady (1956)

Approved | 94 min | Drama

An old man and a young boy who live in the southeastern Mississippi swamps are brought together by the love of a dog.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Walter Brennan, Phil Harris, Brandon De Wilde, Sidney Poitier

Votes: 596

7. Edge of the City (1957)

Approved | 85 min | Drama

Two New York City longshoremen Axel Nordmann, an Army deserter and Tommy Tyler, an easy-going freight car loader whose growing friendship is threatened by Charles Malik, a notably repellent punk.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: John Cassavetes, Sidney Poitier, Jack Warden, Kathleen Maguire

Votes: 2,043

8. Something of Value (1957)

Approved | 113 min | Drama, War

Even though Peter and Kimani grow up together, Kimani soon finds that different races are treated differently. After the father of Kimani is jailed for following tribal customs, Kimani ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Rock Hudson, Dana Wynter, Wendy Hiller, Juano Hernandez

Votes: 781

9. Band of Angels (1957)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, History, Romance

Mantha Starr grows up as a privileged southern Belle in the ante-bellum South but after her father dies broke, her world is destroyed when she discovers her mother was black.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Clark Gable, Yvonne De Carlo, Sidney Poitier, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Votes: 1,723

10. The Mark of the Hawk (1957)

Approved | 83 min | Drama

The man called Obam struggles with the increasingly hostile forces facing each other in a colonial African country. The African natives want their land and lives back from the British ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Audley | Stars: Eartha Kitt, Sidney Poitier, Juano Hernandez, John McIntire

Votes: 156

11. The Defiant Ones (1958)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama

Two escaped convicts chained together, white and black, must learn to get along in order to elude capture.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel, Charles McGraw

Votes: 11,091

12. Porgy and Bess (1959)

138 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A woman whose past is scorned by nearly everyone around her meets a man who'd love her regardlessly- if only everyone else would allow them to.

Directors: Otto Preminger, Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge, Sammy Davis Jr., Pearl Bailey

Votes: 1,314

13. Our Virgin Island (1958)

84 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Two newly weds buy a small private island in the British Virgin Islands and live a happy life without the comforts of modern society.

Director: Pat Jackson | Stars: John Cassavetes, Virginia Maskell, Sidney Poitier, Isabel Dean

Votes: 72

14. All the Young Men (1960)

Approved | 87 min | Action, Drama, War

During the Korean War,a platoon leader dies leaving his inexperienced black sergeant in charge of his squad of belligerent and racist white men.

Director: Hall Bartlett | Stars: Alan Ladd, Sidney Poitier, James Darren, Glenn Corbett

Votes: 401

15. A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

Approved | 128 min | Drama

A substantial insurance payment could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for a poor black family.

Director: Daniel Petrie | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee, Diana Sands

Votes: 5,670

16. Paris Blues (1961)

Approved | 98 min | Drama, Music, Romance

During the 1960s, two American ex-pat jazz musicians living in Paris meet and fall in-love with two American tourist girls.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Sidney Poitier, Louis Armstrong

Votes: 2,060

17. Pressure Point (1962)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

A black prison psychiatrist is assigned the distasteful task of helping a paranoid American Nazi charged with sedition.

Directors: Hubert Cornfield, Stanley Kramer | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Bobby Darin, Peter Falk, Carl Benton Reid

Votes: 1,093

18. Lilies of the Field (1963)

Unrated | 94 min | Drama

A traveling handyman becomes the answer to the prayers of nuns who wish to build a chapel in the desert.

Director: Ralph Nelson | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Lilia Skala, Lisa Mann, Isa Crino

Votes: 7,548

19. The Long Ships (1964)

Not Rated | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A vagabond Viking adventurer and a Moor both compete to find "The Mother of All Voices," a legendary golden bell near the Pillars of Hercules.

Director: Jack Cardiff | Stars: Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, Russ Tamblyn, Rosanna Schiaffino

Votes: 2,042

20. The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

G | 225 min | Biography, Drama, History

An all-star, large scale epic film that chronicles the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.

Directors: George Stevens, David Lean, Jean Negulesco | Stars: Max von Sydow, Dorothy McGuire, Charlton Heston, Michael Anderson Jr.

Votes: 7,497 | Gross: $15.47M

21. The Bedford Incident (1965)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, Thriller

An American destroyer captain is determined to confront a Soviet submarine caught violating territorial waters. Perhaps too determined.

Director: James B. Harris | Stars: Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, James MacArthur, Martin Balsam

Votes: 4,003

22. A Patch of Blue (1965)

Unrated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

A blind, uneducated white girl is befriended by a black man, who becomes determined to help her escape her impoverished and abusive home life by introducing her to the outside world.

Director: Guy Green | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Hartman, Wallace Ford

Votes: 6,171

23. The Slender Thread (1965)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

A college volunteer at the crisis phone gets a call from a suicide caller.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Anne Bancroft, Telly Savalas, Steven Hill

Votes: 1,401

24. Duel at Diablo (1966)

Approved | 103 min | Western

In Apache territory, a supply army column heads for the next fort, an ex-scout searches for the killer of his Indian wife, and a housewife abandons her husband in order to re-join her Apache lover's tribe.

Director: Ralph Nelson | Stars: James Garner, Sidney Poitier, Bibi Andersson, Dennis Weaver

Votes: 2,381

25. To Sir, with Love (1967)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End.

Director: James Clavell | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Judy Geeson, Christian Roberts, Suzy Kendall

Votes: 13,516 | Gross: $42.43M

26. In the Heat of the Night (1967)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

75 Metascore

An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant

Votes: 57,092 | Gross: $24.38M

27. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

63 Metascore

A couple's attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African American fiancé.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, Katharine Houghton

Votes: 33,371 | Gross: $56.70M

28. For Love of Ivy (1968)

G | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Upon learning their maid will be leaving to earn an education, the son of the family decides to set her up with a man.

Director: Daniel Mann | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Abbey Lincoln, Beau Bridges, Nan Martin

Votes: 565

29. The Lost Man (1969)

M | 122 min | Drama

A gang of black militants plots to rob a factory to finance their "revolutionary struggle."

Director: Robert Alan Aurthur | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Joanna Shimkus, Al Freeman Jr., Michael Tolan

Votes: 127

30. They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

In San Francisco, a high-priced call girl is murdered and the case is assigned to Police Lieutenant Virgil Tibbs.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Martin Landau, Barbara McNair, Anthony Zerbe

Votes: 2,608 | Gross: $5.12M

31. Brother John (1971)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A man who returns to his hometown for a funeral may have a much larger purpose in life than those around him can see.

Director: James Goldstone | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Will Geer, Bradford Dillman, Beverly Todd

Votes: 480

32. The Organization (1971)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Crime, Drama

In San Francisco, Police Lieutenant Virgil Tibbs helps a group of idealistic vigilantes expose a drug ring controlled by powerful businessmen.

Director: Don Medford | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Barbara McNair, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Sheree North

Votes: 1,198

33. Buck and the Preacher (1972)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

A wagon master and a con-man preacher help freed slaves dogged by cheap-labor agents out West.

Directors: Sidney Poitier, Joseph Sargent | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Cameron Mitchell

Votes: 1,220

34. A Warm December (1973)

PG | 99 min | Drama, Romance

Dr. Matt Younger and his daughter arrive for a month-long visit to London for dirt-bike racing and unexpectedly, a new romance for the widowed Dr. Younger. His new love interest is the ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Poitier | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Ester Anderson, Yvette Curtis, George Baker

Votes: 284

35. Uptown Saturday Night (1974)

PG | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

At Madame Zenobia's illegal nightclub, when Steve Jackson and Wardell Franklin get robbed of their wallets containing a winning lottery ticket, they set out to recover it.

Director: Sidney Poitier | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Harry Belafonte, Flip Wilson

Votes: 1,700

36. The Wilby Conspiracy (1975)

PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

57 Metascore

Black anti-apartheid activist and British engineer are forced to run from South African secret police.

Director: Ralph Nelson | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Michael Caine, Nicol Williamson, Prunella Gee

Votes: 1,410

37. Let's Do It Again (1975)

PG | 110 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Two Atlanta men raise funds for their charity by rigging boxing matches in New Orleans but their tricks attract the mob's attention.

Director: Sidney Poitier | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Calvin Lockhart, John Amos

Votes: 2,492

38. A Piece of the Action (1977)

PG | 135 min | Crime, Comedy

Dave Anderson and Manny Durrell are two high-class sneak thieves who have never been caught. Joshua Burke is a retired detective who has enough evidence on the both of them to put them ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Poitier | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones, Denise Nicholas

Votes: 882

39. Shoot to Kill (1988)

R | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

An FBI agent teams up with a tracker to pursue a murderer after he vanishes into the mountains and infiltrates a hiking group.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Tom Berenger, Kirstie Alley, Clancy Brown

Votes: 10,254 | Gross: $29.30M

40. Little Nikita (1988)

PG | 98 min | Drama, Thriller

An FBI agent works to uncover an All-American family as Soviet sleeper agents and gets caught up in friendship with their unaware son.

Director: Richard Benjamin | Stars: Sidney Poitier, River Phoenix, Richard Jenkins, Caroline Kava

Votes: 4,310 | Gross: $1.73M

41. Separate But Equal (1991– )

PG | 190 min | Drama, History

A dramatization of the American court case that destroyed the legal validity of racial segregation.

Stars: Sidney Poitier, Burt Lancaster, Richard Kiley, Cleavon Little

Votes: 572

42. Sneakers (1992)

PG-13 | 126 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A security pro finds his past coming back to haunt him, when he and his unique team are tasked with retrieving a particularly important item.

Director: Phil Alden Robinson | Stars: Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Sidney Poitier, Jo Marr

Votes: 47,426 | Gross: $51.43M

43. Children of the Dust (1995– )

R | 175 min | Western

Gypsy Smith, is a gunfighter and a bounty hunter. When he leads the US army into a Cheyenne camp to capture a suspected Indian renegade, a long train of events begins that finally lead to ... See full summary »

Stars: Sidney Poitier, Michael Moriarty, Joanna Going, Hart Bochner

Votes: 442

44. To Sir, with Love II (1996 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama

After thirty years teaching in London, Mark Thackeray retires and returns to Chicago. There, however, the challenge of reaching kids in an inner city school proves too much to resist.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Christian Payton, Dana Eskelson, Fernando López

Votes: 862

45. Mandela and de Klerk (1997 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama

On June 12, 1964, Nelson Mandela, along with a number of political detainees, was sentenced to life imprisonment in what remains the most sensational treason trial in the history of South ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Michael Caine, Tina Lifford, Gerry Maritz

Votes: 514

46. David and Lisa (1998 TV Movie)

86 min | Drama, Romance

Lukas Haas portays David, a withdrawn but apparent near genius, who fears being touched. Brittney Murphy plays Lisa, a young woman seemingly suffering from split personalities who speaks ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Kramer | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Lukas Haas, Brittany Murphy, Debi Mazar

Votes: 561

47. The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn (1999 TV Movie)

PG | 85 min | Drama

A 91 year old carpenter (Sidney Poitier), who is still in completely good health, has to fight developers who are trying to force him to sell his land.

Director: Gregg Champion | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Dianne Wiest, Mary-Louise Parker, George Newbern

Votes: 904

48. The Last Brickmaker in America (2001 TV Movie)

PG | 85 min | Drama

A man must cope with the loss of his wife and the obsolescence of his job before finding redemption by becoming a role model to an equally lost 13-year-old.

Director: Gregg Champion | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Cody Newton, Piper Laurie, Jay O. Sanders

Votes: 436