The best Sidney Poitier’s movies

Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier

20/02/1927- 07/01/2022
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The Jackal

The Jackal
6.4/10
Hired by a powerful member of the Russian mafia to avenge an FBI sting that left his brother dead, a psychopathic hitman known only as The Jackal proves an elusive target for the people charged with the task of bringing him down: a deputy FBI director, a Russian MVK Major, and a jailed IRA terrorist who can recognize him.

The Greatest Story Ever Told

The Greatest Story Ever Told
6.6/10
  • Genre: DramaHistory
  • Release: 15/02/1965
  • Character: Simon of Cyrene
From his birth in Bethlehem to his death and eventual resurrection, the life of Jesus Christ is given the all-star treatment in this epic retelling. Major aspects of Christ's life are touched upon, including the execution of all the newborn males in Egypt by King Herod; Christ's baptism by John the Baptist; and the betrayal by Judas after the Last Supper that eventually leads to Christ's crucifixion and miraculous return.

To Sir, with Love

To Sir, with Love
7.7/10
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release: 14/06/1967
  • Character: Mark Thackeray
Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
7.8/10
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release: 11/12/1967
  • Character: John Prentice
A couple's attitudes are challenged when their daughter brings home a fiancé who is black.

Sneakers

Sneakers
7.1/10
When shadowy U.S. intelligence agents blackmail a reformed computer hacker and his eccentric team of security experts into stealing a code-breaking 'black box' from a Soviet-funded genius, they uncover a bigger conspiracy. Now, he and his 'sneakers' must save themselves and the world economy by retrieving the box from their blackmailers.

I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro
7.9/10
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release: 03/02/2017
  • Character: Various Roles (archive footage)
Working from the text of James Baldwin’s unfinished final novel, director Raoul Peck creates a meditation on what it means to be Black in the United States.

In the Heat of the Night

In the Heat of the Night
7.9/10
An African American detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racist southern town.

Lilies of the Field

Lilies of the Field
7.6/10
  • Genre: ComedyDrama
  • Release: 04/06/1963
  • Character: Homer Smith
An unemployed construction worker heading out west stops at a remote farm in the desert to get water when his car overheats. The farm is being worked by a group of East European Catholic nuns, headed by the strict mother superior, who believes the man has been sent by God to build a much needed church in the desert.

Little Nikita

Little Nikita
6/10
Roy Parmenter is an FBI agent in San Diego; 20 years ago his partner was killed by a Soviet spy, nicknamed Scuba, still at large. Scuba is now trying to extort the Soviets; to prove he's serious, he's killing their agents one by one, including "sleepers," agents under deep cover awaiting orders. Roy interviews a high school lad, Jeff Grant, an applicant to the Air Force Academy. In a routine background check, Roy discovers that Jeff's parents are sleepers. He must see if Jeff is also a spy, confront the parents yet protect them, and catch his nemesis. Meanwhile, the Soviets have sent their own spy-catcher, the loner Karpov, to reel in Scuba. Alliances shift; it's cat and mouse.

To Sir, with Love II

To Sir, with Love II
6.3/10
  • Genre: DramaTV Movie
  • Release: 07/04/1996
  • Character: Mark Thackeray
Mark Thackeray (Poitier) is a West Indian, who in the 1967 film had taken teaching in a London East End school. He spent twenty years teaching and ten in administrative roles. He has taught the children of his former pupils, but is now retiring.

Shoot to Kill

Shoot to Kill
6.8/10
When a cunning murderer vanishes into the rugged mountains of the Pacific Northwest, pursuing FBI agent Warren Stantin must exchange familiar city streets for unknown wilderness trails. Completely out of his element, Stantin is forced to enlist the aid of expert tracker Jonathan Knox. It's a turbulent yet vital relationship they must maintain in order to survive... and one that becomes increasingly desperate when Knox's girlfriend Sarah becomes the killer's latest hostage!

Duel at Diablo

Duel at Diablo
6.6/10
While crossing the desert, a frontier scout, Jess Remsberg, rescues Ellen Grange from a pursuing band of Apaches, and returns her to her husband, Willard Grange. He is contracted to act as a scout for an Army cavalry unit. Willard, Ellen, and her infant son are along for the ride, as is horse trader Toller, a veteran of the 10th Cavalry. The party is trapped in a canyon by Chata, an Apache chief and grandfather of Ellen's baby. Willard is captured and tortured. Jess sneaks away and brings reinforcements just in time to save the day. Jess learns that the man he has been hunting is none other than Willard Grange.

A Patch of Blue

A Patch of Blue
8/10
  • Genre: DramaRomance
  • Release: 10/12/1965
  • Character: Gordon Ralfe
A blind, uneducated white girl is befriended by a black man, who becomes determined to help her escape her impoverished and abusive home life.

And the Oscar Goes To...

And the Oscar Goes To...
7.1/10
The story of the gold-plated statuette that became the film industry's most coveted prize, AND THE OSCAR GOES TO... traces the history of the Academy itself, which began in 1927 when Louis B. Mayer, then head of MGM, led other prominent members of the industry in forming this professional honorary organization. Two years later the Academy began bestowing awards, which were nicknamed "Oscar," and quickly came to represent the pinnacle of cinematic achievement.

The Long Ships

The Long Ships
6.1/10
Rolfe—a Viking leader with the cunning and devious mind of a pirate—tells other sailors of the mythical 'The Mother of Voices', a mammoth bell made of gold and as tall as three men, but he adds enough incorrect details to throw them off the proper trail. However, the leader of a group of ambitious Moors sees through Rolfe's story, and soon the two are in a breakneck race to be the first to find the precious bell.

The Defiant Ones

The Defiant Ones
7.6/10
  • Genre: CrimeDrama
  • Release: 14/08/1958
  • Character: Noah Cullen
Two convicts—a white racist and an angry black man—escape while chained to each other.

Blackboard Jungle

Blackboard Jungle
7.4/10
  • Genre: CrimeDrama
  • Release: 25/03/1955
  • Character: Gregory W. Miller
Richard Dadier is a teacher at North Manual High School, an inner-city school where many of the pupils frequently engage in anti-social behavior. Dadier makes various attempts to engage the students' interest in education, challenging both the school staff and the pupils. He is subjected to violence as well as duplicitous schemes.

A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun
8/10
  • Genre: DramaRomance
  • Release: 28/05/1961
  • Character: Walter Lee Younger
Walter Lee Younger is a young man struggling with his station in life. Sharing a tiny apartment with his wife, son, sister and mother, he seems like an imprisoned man. Until, that is, the family gets an unexpected financial windfall.

The Bedford Incident

The Bedford Incident
7.4/10
During a routine patrol, a reporter is given permission to interview a hardened cold-war warrior and captain of the American destroyer USS Bedford. The reporter gets more than he bargained for when the Bedford discovers a Soviet sub and the captain begins a relentless pursuit, pushing his crew to breaking point.

No Way Out

No Way Out
7.4/10
The Biddle brothers, shot while robbing a gas station, are taken to the prison ward of the County Hospital; Ray Biddle, a rabid racist, wants no treatment from black resident Dr. Luther Brooks. When brother John dies while Luther tries to save him, Ray is certain it's murder and becomes obsessed with vengeance. But there are black racists around too, and the situation slides rapidly toward violence.

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