Award-winning actress Cicely Tyson has died at the age of 96. Here are the top five movies she has been a significant part of.

Cicely Tyson was an African-American actress and fashion model from Harlem, with a seven-decade-long career who excelled in theatre, film and television.

She became best known for her remarkable portrayal of strong African-American women, receiving three Emmy Awards, four Black Reel Awards, one Tony Award and an Oscar nomination.

Her career and talent are astonishing, and the roles she has played are hard to forget. Here are the top five movies Cicely Tyson has played in.


Sounder is a 1972 American drama film, directed by Martin Ritt, and starring Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield and Kevin Hooks.

Cicely Tyson played the role of Rebecca Morgan in the film Sounder. She was nominated for both the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her work in the movie.

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman is a 1974 American television film based on the novel of the same name by Ernest J. Gaines.

The film was directed by John Korty and starred the protagonist Cicely Tyson, as well as, Michael Murphy, Ricard Dysart, Katherine Helmond and Odetta.


Hoodlum is a 1997 American crime drama film that gives a fictionalised account of the gang war between the Italian/Jewish mafia alliance and the black gangsters of Harlem that took place in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

It is directed by Bill Luke and stars Laurence Fishburne, Tim Roth, and Andy García and Cicely Tyson.

Diary of a Mad Black Woman

Diary of a Mad Black Woman is a 2005 romantic comedy-drama film written by and starring Tyler Perry, which was inspired by the play of the same name.

It is directed by Darren Grant and stars Kimberly Elise, Steve Harrys, Shemar Moor and Cicely Tyson.

The Help

The Help is a 2011 period drama film directed by Tate Taylor, based on Kathryn Stockett’s novel of the same name.

It stars Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone and Cicely Tyson.

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