The best movies with Sidney Poitier

List of the 10 best movies starring Sidney Poitier, order based on the average from the IMDB, TMDB and Rotten Tomatoes ratings
Sneakers
10

Sneakers

Role in movie: Donald Crease
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hen 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 back from their blackmailers.

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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
9

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Role in movie: Dr. John Wade Prentice
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att and Christina Drayton are a couple whose attitudes are challenged when their daughter brings home a fiancé who is black.

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Blackboard Jungle
8

Blackboard Jungle

Role in movie: Gregory W. Miller
R

ichard 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.

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Separate But Equal
7

Separate But Equal

Role in movie: Thurgood Marshall
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dramatization of the American court case that destroyed the legal validity of racial segregation. One of the most pivotal moments in 20th century American history is bracingly dramatized in Separate but Equal. In telling the detailed story of the Supreme Court's 1953 decision to abolish racial segregation in schools, this superb 1991 TV movie covers a broad spectrum of issues, never taking its "eyes off the prize" while its first-rate cast conveys the importance of the Supreme Court's ultimately unanimous decision.

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The Defiant Ones
6

The Defiant Ones

Role in movie: Noah Cullen
T

wo convicts, a white racist and an angry black, escape while chained to each other.

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The Wilby Conspiracy
5

The Wilby Conspiracy

Role in movie: Shack Twala
H

aving spent 10 years in prison for nationalist activities, Shack Twala is finally ordered released by the South African Supreme Court but he finds himself almost immediately on the run after a run-in with the police. Assisted by his lawyer Rina Van Niekirk and visiting British engineer Jim Keogh, he heads for Capetown where he hopes to recover a stash of diamonds, meant to finance revolutionary activities, that he had entrusted to a dentist before his incarceration. Along the way, they are followed by Major Horn of the South African State security bureau and it becomes apparent that he has no intention of arresting them until they reach their final destination

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To Sir, with Love
4

To Sir, with Love

Role in movie: Mark Thackeray
I

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

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A Patch of Blue
3

A Patch of Blue

Role in movie: 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.

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In the Heat of the Night
2

In the Heat of the Night

Role in movie: Det. Virgil Tibbs
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n African American detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racist southern town.

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A Raisin in the Sun
1

A Raisin in the Sun

Role in movie: Walter Lee Younger
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alter 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...

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Sidney Poitier

Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE (born February 20, 1927) is a Bahamian American actor, film director, author, and diplomat. In 1963, Poitier became the first black person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Lilies of the Field. The significance of this achievement was later bolstered in 1967 when he starred in three well-received films—To Sir, with Love; In the Heat of the Night; and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner—making him the top box office star of that year. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Poitier among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time, ranking 22nd on the list of 25. Poitier has directed a number of popular movies such as A Piece of the Action; Uptown Saturday Night, and Let's Do It Again (with friend Bill Cosby), and Stir Crazy (starring Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder). In 2002, 38 years after receiving the Best Actor Award, Poitier was chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive an Honorary Award, designated "To Sidney Poitier in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being." Since 1997 he has been the Bahamian ambassador to Japan. On August 12, 2009, Sidney Poitier was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America's highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama.  
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