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Movie Release Date Character Age at Release
How It Feels to Be Free 01/18/21 Self (archival footage) 96
A Fall from Grace 01/17/20 Alice 95
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool 08/23/19 Self 94
Last Flag Flying 11/03/17 Mrs. Hightower 92
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise 10/14/16 Herself 91
Showing Roots 04/23/16 Hattie 91
The Trip to Bountiful 03/08/14 Mrs. Watts 89
And the Oscar Goes To... 02/01/14 89
The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia 02/01/13 Mama Kay 88
Alex Cross 10/18/12 Nana Mama 87
The Help 08/09/11 Constantine Jefferson 86
Why Did I Get Married Too? 04/02/10 Ola 85
Relative Stranger 03/14/09 Pearl 84
Idlewild 08/25/06 Mother Hopkins 81
Fat Rose and Squeaky 08/11/06 Celine 81
Madea's Family Reunion 02/24/06 Myrtle 81
Diary of a Mad Black Woman 02/25/05 Myrtle 80
Because of Winn-Dixie 02/18/05 Gloria Dump 80
The Rosa Parks Story 02/24/02 Leona Edwards McCauley 77
Jewel 02/07/01 Cathedral 76
A Lesson Before Dying 05/22/99 Tante Lou 74
Always Outnumbered 03/21/98 Luvia 73
Ms. Scrooge 12/10/97 Ms. Ebenita Scrooge 72
Hoodlum 08/27/97 Stephanie St. Clair 72
Blessed Assurance 08/17/97 Vesta Lotte Battle 72
The Road to Galveston 01/24/96 71
Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All 05/01/94 Castralia, Marsden Family House Slave / Maid 69
House of Secrets 10/31/93 Evangeline 68
Duplicates 03/18/92 Dr. Randolph 67
Fried Green Tomatoes 12/27/91 Sipsey 67
Heat Wave 08/13/90 Ruthana Richardson 65
The Kid Who Loved Christmas 01/01/90 Etta 65
The Women of Brewster Place 03/19/89 64
Intimate Encounters 09/28/86 Dr. Claire Dalton 61
Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story 05/19/86 Muriel 61
Acceptable Risks 03/02/86 61
Playing with Fire 04/13/85 Carol Phillips 60
Benny's Place 05/31/82 Odessa 57
Night of 100 Stars 03/08/82 57
The Marva Collins Story 12/01/81 Marva Collins 56
Bustin' Loose 05/22/81 Vivian Perry 56
The Concorde... Airport '79 08/17/79 Elaine 54
A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich 02/03/78 Sweets 53
Wilma 12/19/77 Blanche Rudolph 53
Just an Old Sweet Song 09/25/76 Priscilla Simmons 51
The River Niger 04/14/76 Mattie Williams 51
The Blue Bird 04/05/76 Tylette 51
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Cagney 03/18/74 Herself 49
Free to Be… You and Me 03/11/74 Herself 49
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman 01/31/74 Jane Pittman 49
Sounder 09/24/72 Rebecca Morgan 47
Neighbors 11/18/71 46
Marriage: Year One 10/15/71 Emma Teasley 46
To Be Young, Gifted and Black: The World of Lorraine Hansberry in Her Own Words 03/02/69 44
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter 07/31/68 Portia 43
The Comedians 10/31/67 Marie Therese 42
A Man Called Adam 03/16/66 Claudia Ferguson 41
The Last Angry Man 10/22/59 Girl Left on Porch (uncredited) 34
Odds Against Tomorrow 10/15/59 Jazz Club Bartender (uncredited) 34
Carib Gold 09/30/57 Dottie 32
The Other Boys of Summer None Narrator 96