Want to know the best Sidney Poitier movies? How about the worst Sidney Poitier movies? Curious about Sidney Poitier’s box office grosses or which Sidney Poitier movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Sidney Poitier movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences and which got the worst reviews? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.
This page comes from a request by my mother-in-law, mimic. She suggested Sidney Poitier many months ago. Sorry mimic that it took so long to finally produce this hub….but here it is for your viewing pleasure.
Sidney Poitier (1927-) could be considered the Jackie Robinson of Hollywood. His career broke down numerous racial barriers. Poitier’s performance in 1958’s The Defiant Ones, earned him an Oscar® nomination for Best Actor. His nomination was the first time a black actor had every earned a nomination in the Best Actor category. Five years later he would become the first black actor to win the Best Actor Oscar® for 1963’s Lillies of the Field. In 1967, Poitier had three monster hits and was voted as top box office star of the year….once again a first for a black actor. And finally as the 1970s rolled along, Poitier turned his focus to behind the camera. Poitier would direct nine films from 1972 to 1990.
From pbs.org “More than an actor (and Academy-Award® winner), Sidney Poitier is an artist. A writer and director, a thinker and critic, a humanitarian and diplomat, his presence as a cultural icon has long been one of protest and humanity. His career defined and documented the modern history of blacks in American film, and his depiction of proud and powerful characters was and remains revolutionary.”
His IMDb page shows 55 acting credits and 9 directing credits from 1947-2015. This page will rank 46 Sidney Poitier movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television appearances,cameos and straight to DVD movies were not included in the rankings.
Sidney Poitier Movies Can Be Ranked 6 Ways In This Table
The really cool thing about this table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.
- Sort Sidney Poitier movies by his co-star in the movie
- Sort Sidney Poitier movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost
- Sort Sidney Poitier movies by yearly box office rank
- Sort Sidney Poitier movies how they were received by critics and audiences. 60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie
- Sort by how many Oscar® nominations and how many Oscar® wins each Sidney Poitier movie received.
- Sort Sidney Poitier movies by Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score. UMR Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.
|Rank||Movie (Year)||UMR Co-Star Links||Adjusted BO Domestic (mil)||Box Office Rank by Year||Critic Audience Rating||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score|
|In the Heat of the Night (1967)||Rod Steiger & Warren Oates||$167.20||22nd of 1967||84.00%||07 / 05||76.20|
|Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)||Spencer Tracy & Katherine Hepburn||$395.10||2nd of 1968||71.00%||10 / 02||72.45|
|To Sir, With Love (1967)||Judy Geesen||$332.70||8th of 1968||83.50%||00 / 00||70.24|
|Defiant Ones, The (1958)||Tony Curtis||$110.40||28th of 1958||79.00%||09 / 02||68.29|
|Blackboard Jungle (1955)||Glenn Ford||$252.90||12th of 1955||75.00%||04 / 00||67.85|
|Lilies of the Field (1963)||Lilia Skala||$79.80||35th of 1963||85.00%||05 / 01||67.80|
|Patch of Blue, A (1965)||Shelley Winters||$140.70||10th of 1966||87.00%||05 / 01||67.17|
|Stir Crazy (1980) *** Director Only||Gene Wilder & Richard Pryor||$328.40||3rd of 1980||68.50%||00 / 00||63.20|
|Porgy and Bess (1959)||Dorothy Dandridge & Sammy Davis, Jr.||$116.40||29th of 1959||77.00%||04 / 01||58.93|
|Let's Do It Again (1975) ***||Bill Cosby||$147.00||13th of 1975||71.00%||00 / 00||56.15|
|Sneakers (1992)||Robert Redford||$104.50||30th of 1992||75.50%||00 / 00||52.16|
|Greatest Story Ever Told, The (1965)||Charlton Heston & Claude Rains||$155.50||11th of 1965||50.00%||05 / 00||49.60|
|Band of Angels (1957)||Clark Gable||$107.50||33rd of 1957||69.00%||00 / 00||49.09|
|Raisin in the Sun, A (1961)||Claudia McNeil||$39.10||72nd of 1961||86.00%||00 / 00||47.73|
|Uptown Saturday Night (1974) ***||Bill Cosby & Richard Pryor||$101.10||29th of 1974||67.00%||00 / 00||47.16|
|No Way Out (1950)||Richard Widmark||$67.70||87th of 1950||77.00%||01 / 00||47.08|
|Shoot to Kill (1988)||Tom Berenger||$60.10||39th of 1988||72.50%||00 / 00||43.39|
|Something of Value (1957)||Rock Hudson||$94.60||45th of 1957||57.50%||00 / 00||41.68|
|Bedford Incident, The (1965)||Richard Widmark & Donald Sutherland||$21.20||103rd of 1965||80.50%||00 / 00||41.13|
|Good-bye, My Lady (1956)||Walter Brennan||$21.50||141st of 1956||79.00%||00 / 00||40.46|
|Slender Thread, The (1965)||Anne Bancroft||$27.90||69th of 1965||73.50%||02 / 00||39.66|
|For Love of Ivy (1968)||Abbey Lincoln & Beau Bridges||$102.20||19th of 1968||49.50%||01 / 00||39.50|
|Edge of the City (1957)||John Cassavetes||$33.50||113th of 1957||71.50%||00 / 00||38.79|
|Pressure Point (1962)||Bobby Darin & Peter Falk||$25.40||112th of 1962||73.00%||00 / 00||38.25|
|Piece of the Action, A (1977) ***||Bill Cosby||$55.20||50th of 1977||62.50%||00 / 00||37.94|
|Paris Blues (1961)||Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward||$35.80||74th of 1961||64.50%||01 / 00||36.27|
|Buck and the Preacher (1972) ***||Harry Belafonte||$46.60||39th of 1972||59.50%||00 / 00||35.18|
|Our Virgin Island (1959)||John Cassavetes||$32.10||106th of 1959||64.00%||00 / 00||35.06|
|Little Nikita (1988)||River Phoenix||$3.60||168th of 1988||72.50%||00 / 00||34.63|
|Go, Man, Go! (1954)||Dane Clark||$73.30||69th of 1954||48.50%||00 / 00||34.16|
|They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970)||Martin Landau||$38.70||44th of 1970||59.50%||00 / 00||33.96|
|All the Young Men (1960)||Alan Ladd||$50.60||40th of 1960||55.50%||00 / 00||33.92|
|Jackal, The (1997)||Bruce Willis & Richard Gere||$100.90||33rd of 1997||36.00%||00 / 00||33.06|
|Warm December, A (1973) ***||Ester Anderson||$23.10||76th of 1973||62.50%||00 / 00||32.96|
|Long Ships, The (1964)||Richard Widmark||$46.90||42nd of 1964||54.00%||00 / 00||32.65|
|Duel at Diablo (1966)||James Garner||$25.30||103rd of 1966||58.50%||00 / 00||31.41|
|Lost Man, The (1969)||Joanna Shimkus||$31.40||56th of 1969||56.00%||00 / 00||31.19|
|Red Ball Express (1952)||Jeff Chandler||$63.90||78th of 1952||44.00%||00 / 00||30.58|
|Brother John (1971)||Will Geer & Bradford Dillman||$12.40||112th of 1971||60.50%||00 / 00||30.36|
|Cry, the Beloved Country (1952)||Canada Lee||$17.00||163rd of 1952||58.00%||00 / 00||29.90|
|Organization, The (1971)||Barbara McNair||$41.80||44th of 1971||49.50%||00 / 00||29.74|
|Wilby Conspiracy, The (1975)||Michael Caine||$12.50||103rd of 1975||52.50%||00 / 00||26.61|
|Mark of the Hawk, The (1957)||Eartha Kitt||$28.40||138th of 1957||45.50%||00 / 00||25.78|
|Hanky Panky (1982) *** Director Only||Gene Wilder||$28.20||69th of 1982||45.50%||00 / 00||25.75|
|Ghost Dad (1990) *** Director Only||Bill Cosby||$49.20||50th of 1990||31.00%||00 / 00||22.20|
|Fast Forward (1985) *** Director Only||John Scott Clough||$6.60||131st of 1985||34.00%||00 / 00||17.00|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Sidney Poitier Table
- Fifteen Sidney Poitier movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark. That is a percentage of 32.60% of his movies listed. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) was his biggest box office hit.
- An average Sidney Poitier movie grosses $83.90 million in adjusted box office gross.
- Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter. 27 Sidney Poitier movies are rated as good movies…or 58.56% of his movies. In the Heat of the Night (1967) is his highest rated movie while Ghost Dad (1990) is his lowest rated movie.
- Twelve Sidney Poitier movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 26.08% of his movies.
- Six Sidney Poitier movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 13.04% of his movies.
- An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00. 20 Sidney Poitier movies scored higher that average….or 43.47% of his movies. In the Heat of the Night (1967) got the the highest UMR Score while Fast Forward (1985) got the lowest UMR Score.
Possibly Interesting Facts About Sidney Poitier
1. On the American Film Institutes 25 Greatest Male Stars of All-Time poll….they ranked Sidney Poitier as the 22nd greatest star.
2. If you have ever played the Kevin Bacon game….Sidney Poitier is a great source of possible links….check out some of his co-stars. Richard Widmark(3 times), Glenn Ford, Clark Gable, Paul Newman, Charlton Heston, Rod Steiger, James Garner, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Shelly Winters, Richard Gere, Bruce Willis, Robert Redford, Tony Curtis, Michael Caine and Sammy Davis Jr.
3. Sidney Poitier has been married twice in his life. His first marriage to Juanita Hardy lasted from 1950-1965….they have 4 daughters. His second marriage was in 1976 to Joanna Shimkus…. they also have 2 daughters.
4. Since retiring from acting, Poitier has been very busy. From 1998 to 2003 he was on the Disney Board of Directors. He has also been the Bahamas Ambassador to Japan and UNESCO since 1997…..he still holds that position.
5. In 2002 he was awarded a Honorary Oscar®….”For his extraordinary performances and unique presence on the screen and for representing the industry with dignity, style and intelligence”
6. Sidney Poitier was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1974. Sidney Poitier was one of the founders of First Artist Production Company along with his friends Paul Newman, Barbra Streisand and Steve McQueen.
7. Sidney Poitier was nominated for two Oscars® for acting and six Golden Globe® nominations for acting. He won one Oscar® and one Golden Globe® and they were for the same movie….1963’s Lillies of the Field.
8. When Sidney Poitier appeared as a high school student in his first box office hit …..1955’s The Blackboard Jungle….he was almost 30 years old.
9. Of all the movies Sidney Poitier has appeared in….his personal favorite is 1967’s In the Heat of the Night. Speaking of 1967….for the first time ever in doing these hubs….an actor’s top three Movie Score movies came from one year….1967. #1 Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, #2 In the Heat of the Night, and #3 To Sir With Love were all made in 1967.
10. Check out Sidney Poitier‘ career compared to current and classic actors. Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.