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The Unfinished Journey
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The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll Miss Candy
1950
No Way Out Connie Brooks (uncredited)
The Jackie Robinson Story Rae Robinson
1951
The Tall Target Rachel
1954
Go, Man, Go! Irma Jackson
1957
Edge of the City Lucy Tyler
1958
St. Louis Blues Elizabeth
1959
Take a Giant Step Christine
Our Virgin Island Ruth
1961
A Raisin in the Sun Ruth Younger
1963
The Balcony Thief
Gone Are the Days! Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins
1967
The Incident Joan Robinson
1968
Up Tight! Laurie
1969
Deadlock Lucinda
1970
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis Self
1971
The Sheriff Sue Ann Lucas
1972
Black Girl Netta's mother
On Merit Narrator (voice)
Buck and the Preacher Ruth
To Be Young, Gifted and Black Lorraine Hansberry and other assorted characters
1974
It's Good to Be Alive Ruth Campanella
Wedding Band Julia Augustine
1976
Countdown at Kusini Leah Matanzima
1979
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Grandmother Baker
1980
All God's Children Irene Whitfield
1982
Cat People Female
1984
Go Tell It on the Mountain Mrs. Grimes
1989
Making 'Do the Right Thing' Herself
Do the Right Thing Mother Sister
1990
Love at Large Corrine Dart
Decoration Day Rowena
The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson Jackie's Mother
Zora is My Name! Zora Neale Hurston
1991
Jungle Fever Lucinda Purify
1992
Color Adjustment Narrator
1993
The Ernest Green Story Mrs. Lydia Wilson
Cop and a Half Rachel
1994
Whitewash Grandmother (voice)
The Stand Mother Abagail Freemantle
1995
Tuesday Morning Ride
Just Cause Evangeline Ferguson
1996
Mr. and Mrs. Loving Sophia
Captive Heart: The James Mink Story Indigo
1997
A Simple Wish Hortence
1998
A Time To Dance: The Life and Work of Norma Canner Narrator
1999
Passing Glory Mommit Porter
Paul Robeson: Here I Stand Self
Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years Annie Elizabeth 'Bessie' Delany
Baby Geniuses Margo
2000
Finding Buck McHenry Mrs. Henry
A Storm in Summer Grandmother
2001
Taking Back Our Town Emelda West
Feast of All Saints Elsie Claviere
2002
Theater Talk: A Raisin in the Sun Interviewee
2003
Beah: A Black Woman Speaks Herself
Unchained Memories
2004
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years
2005
Their Eyes Were Watching God Nanny
2006
Discovering William Greaves Herself
No. 2 Nanna Maria
2007
In the Shadow of Hollywood: Race Movies and the Birth of Black Cinema Herself
American Gangster Mama Lucas
Our Paul: Remembering Paul Robeson Self
Steam Doris
2009
America Mrs. Harper
2011
Politics of Love
Video Girl Valerie
2012
A Thousand Words Annie McCall
2013
Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal Self
Betty & Coretta Narrator
2014
Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee Self
2018
Poitier's Walter Lee
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