Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey, born Orpah Gail Winfrey on January 29, 1954, is an American television host, actress, producer, and philanthropist, best known for her self-titled, multi-award winning talk show, which has become the highest-rated program of its kind in history. She has been ranked the richest African American of the 20th century, the greatest black philanthropist in American history, and was once the world's only black billionaire. Winfrey was born into poverty in rural

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Bee Movie (2007)

Barry B. Benson, a bee who has just graduated from college, is disillusioned at his lone career choice: making honey. On a special trip outside the hive, Barry's life is saved by Vanessa, a florist in New York City. As their relationship blossoms, he discovers ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Hickner  •  Simon J. Smith
CAST:  Jerry Seinfeld  •  Renée Zellweger  •  Matthew Broderick  •  Jim Cummings

Barry B. Benson, a bee who has just graduated from college, is disillusioned at his lone career choice: making honey. On a special trip outside the hive, Barry's life is saved by Vanessa, a florist in New York City. As their relationship blossoms, he discovers ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Hickner  •  Simon J. Smith
CAST:  Jerry Seinfeld  •  Renée Zellweger  •  Matthew Broderick  •  Jim Cummings

Charlotte's Web (2006)

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Wilbur the pig is scared of the end of the season, because he knows that come that time, he will end up on the dinner table. He hatches a plan with Charlotte, a spider that lives in his pen, to ensure that this will never happen.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Winick
CAST:  Julia Roberts  •  Steve Buscemi  •  John Cleese  •  Oprah Winfrey

Wilbur the pig is scared of the end of the season, because he knows that come that time, he will end up on the dinner table. He hatches a plan with Charlotte, a spider that lives in his pen, to ensure that this will never happen.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Winick
CAST:  Julia Roberts  •  Steve Buscemi  •  John Cleese  •  Oprah Winfrey

The Color Purple (1985)

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An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie, an African-American woman living in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. After Celie's abusive father marries her off to the equally debasing 'Mister' Albert Johnson, things go from bad to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Margaret Avery  •  Danny Glover  •  Akosua Busia

An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie, an African-American woman living in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. After Celie's abusive father marries her off to the equally debasing 'Mister' Albert Johnson, things go from bad to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Margaret Avery  •  Danny Glover  •  Akosua Busia

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

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A waitress, desperate to fulfill her dreams as a restaurant owner, is set on a journey to turn a frog prince back into a human being, but she has to face the same problem after she kisses him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Clements  •  John Musker
CAST:  Anika Noni Rose  •  Bruno Campos  •  Keith David  •  Michael-Leon Wooley

A waitress, desperate to fulfill her dreams as a restaurant owner, is set on a journey to turn a frog prince back into a human being, but she has to face the same problem after she kisses him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Clements  •  John Musker
CAST:  Anika Noni Rose  •  Bruno Campos  •  Keith David  •  Michael-Leon Wooley

Throw Momma From the Train (1987)

Larry Donner, an author with a cruel ex-wife, teaches a writing workshop in which one of his students, Owen, is fed up with his domineering mother. When Owen watches a Hitchcock classic that seems to mirror his own life, he decides to put the movie's plot into ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Danny DeVito
CAST:  Danny DeVito  •  Billy Crystal  •  Kim Greist  •  Anne Ramsey

Larry Donner, an author with a cruel ex-wife, teaches a writing workshop in which one of his students, Owen, is fed up with his domineering mother. When Owen watches a Hitchcock classic that seems to mirror his own life, he decides to put the movie's plot into ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Danny DeVito
CAST:  Danny DeVito  •  Billy Crystal  •  Kim Greist  •  Anne Ramsey

Beloved (1998)

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After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved". Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things start to happen...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Oprah Winfrey  •  Danny Glover  •  Thandiwe Newton  •  LisaGay Hamilton

After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved". Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things start to happen...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Oprah Winfrey  •  Danny Glover  •  Thandiwe Newton  •  LisaGay Hamilton

Our Friend, Martin (1999)

What begins as a routine class project for a diverse group of sixth-graders turns into a magical, time-traveling adventure they'll never forget! Authentic historical footage of Martin Luther King Jr. is blended with colorful animation as the students learn about - ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Brousseau  •  Vincenzo Trippetti
CAST:  Ed Asner  •  Angela Bassett  •  Lucas Black  •  Theodore Borders

What begins as a routine class project for a diverse group of sixth-graders turns into a magical, time-traveling adventure they'll never forget! Authentic historical footage of Martin Luther King Jr. is blended with colorful animation as the students learn about - ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Brousseau  •  Vincenzo Trippetti
CAST:  Ed Asner  •  Angela Bassett  •  Lucas Black  •  Theodore Borders

The Women of Brewster Place (1989)

A multigenerational story of the lives of several black women who call an inner-city tenement home.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Donna Deitch
CAST:  Oprah Winfrey  •  Mary Alice  •  Olivia Cole  •  Robin Givens

A multigenerational story of the lives of several black women who call an inner-city tenement home.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Donna Deitch
CAST:  Oprah Winfrey  •  Mary Alice  •  Olivia Cole  •  Robin Givens

Ocean's Thirteen (2007)

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Danny Ocean's team of criminals are back and composing a plan more personal than ever. When ruthless casino owner Willy Bank doublecrosses Reuben Tishkoff, causing a heart attack, Danny Ocean vows that he and his team will do anything to bring down Willy Bank along ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Brad Pitt  •  Matt Damon  •  Al Pacino

Danny Ocean's team of criminals are back and composing a plan more personal than ever. When ruthless casino owner Willy Bank doublecrosses Reuben Tishkoff, causing a heart attack, Danny Ocean vows that he and his team will do anything to bring down Willy Bank along ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Brad Pitt  •  Matt Damon  •  Al Pacino

Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives (2003)

When the Civil War ended in 1865, more than four million slaves were set free. Over 70 years later, the memories of some 2,000 slave-era survivors were transcribed and preserved by the Library of Congress. These first-person anecdotes, ranging from the brutal to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thomas Lennon  •  Ed Bell
CAST:  Roscoe Lee Browne  •  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Ruby Dee  •  LaTanya Richardson Jackson

When the Civil War ended in 1865, more than four million slaves were set free. Over 70 years later, the memories of some 2,000 slave-era survivors were transcribed and preserved by the Library of Congress. These first-person anecdotes, ranging from the brutal to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thomas Lennon  •  Ed Bell
CAST:  Roscoe Lee Browne  •  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Ruby Dee  •  LaTanya Richardson Jackson

Selma (2014)

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"Selma," as in Alabama, the place where segregation in the South was at its worst, leading to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson that ultimately led to the signing of the Voting Rights Act.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ava DuVernay
CAST:  David Oyelowo  •  Tom Wilkinson  •  Carmen Ejogo  •  André Holland

"Selma," as in Alabama, the place where segregation in the South was at its worst, leading to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson that ultimately led to the signing of the Voting Rights Act.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ava DuVernay
CAST:  David Oyelowo  •  Tom Wilkinson  •  Carmen Ejogo  •  André Holland

Native Son (1986)

In 1940s Chicago, a young black man takes a job as a chauffeur to a white family, which takes a turn for the worse when he accidentally kills the teenage daughter of the couple and then tries to cover it up.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerrold Freedman
CAST:  Victor Love  •  Matt Dillon  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  Geraldine Page

In 1940s Chicago, a young black man takes a job as a chauffeur to a white family, which takes a turn for the worse when he accidentally kills the teenage daughter of the couple and then tries to cover it up.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerrold Freedman
CAST:  Victor Love  •  Matt Dillon  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  Geraldine Page

The Armstrong Lie (2013)

In 2009, Alex Gibney was hired to make a film about Lance Armstrong’s comeback to cycling. The project was shelved when the doping scandal erupted, and re-opened after Armstrong’s confession. The Armstrong Lie picks up in 2013 and presents a riveting, insider's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alex Gibney
CAST:  Lance Armstrong  •  Betsy Andreu  •  Frankie Andreu  •  Reed Albergotti

In 2009, Alex Gibney was hired to make a film about Lance Armstrong’s comeback to cycling. The project was shelved when the doping scandal erupted, and re-opened after Armstrong’s confession. The Armstrong Lie picks up in 2013 and presents a riveting, insider's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alex Gibney
CAST:  Lance Armstrong  •  Betsy Andreu  •  Frankie Andreu  •  Reed Albergotti

Lincoln (1992)

Famous actors read testimonies from people close to Lincoln about him and his actions during the Civil War.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James A. Edgar  •  Peter W. Kunhardt
CAST:  Jason Robards  •  James Earl Jones  •  Glenn Close  •  Richard Widmark

Famous actors read testimonies from people close to Lincoln about him and his actions during the Civil War.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James A. Edgar  •  Peter W. Kunhardt
CAST:  Jason Robards  •  James Earl Jones  •  Glenn Close  •  Richard Widmark

Life Itself (2014)

The surprising and entertaining life of renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert (1942-2013): his early days as a freewheeling bachelor and Pulitzer Prize winner, his famously contentious partnership with Gene Siskel, his life-altering marriage, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve James
CAST:  Roger Ebert  •  Stephen Stanton  •  Werner Herzog  •  Martin Scorsese

The surprising and entertaining life of renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert (1942-2013): his early days as a freewheeling bachelor and Pulitzer Prize winner, his famously contentious partnership with Gene Siskel, his life-altering marriage, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve James
CAST:  Roger Ebert  •  Stephen Stanton  •  Werner Herzog  •  Martin Scorsese

The Butler (2013)

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A look at the life of Cecil Gaines who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler from 1952 to 1986, and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lee Daniels
CAST:  Forest Whitaker  •  David Banner  •  Michael Rainey Jr.  •  LaJessie Smith

A look at the life of Cecil Gaines who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler from 1952 to 1986, and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lee Daniels
CAST:  Forest Whitaker  •  David Banner  •  Michael Rainey Jr.  •  LaJessie Smith

Are All Men Pedophiles? (2012)

We live in a society that both condemns pedophiles and sexualizes young girls. The film explores the many dangers children face and exposes the systematic violation of children rights by societies, presenting the testimony of both victims and perpetrators. It also ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jan-Willem Breure
CAST:  Jan-Willem Breure  •  Dick Swaab  •  Corine de Ruiter  •  Savannah van Zweeden

We live in a society that both condemns pedophiles and sexualizes young girls. The film explores the many dangers children face and exposes the systematic violation of children rights by societies, presenting the testimony of both victims and perpetrators. It also ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jan-Willem Breure
CAST:  Jan-Willem Breure  •  Dick Swaab  •  Corine de Ruiter  •  Savannah van Zweeden

Making a Scene (2013)

For this year's Movies Issue, The New York Times Magazine commissioned lines from an eclectic and talented group of screenwriters — writers responsible for some of the best scripts of 2013. We asked them each to write a single line for us — not a scene, a script or ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Janusz Kamiński
CAST:  Oscar Isaac  •  Oprah Winfrey  •  Bradley Cooper  •  Robert Redford

For this year's Movies Issue, The New York Times Magazine commissioned lines from an eclectic and talented group of screenwriters — writers responsible for some of the best scripts of 2013. We asked them each to write a single line for us — not a scene, a script or ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Janusz Kamiński
CAST:  Oscar Isaac  •  Oprah Winfrey  •  Bradley Cooper  •  Robert Redford

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2016)

A celebration of Dr. Maya Angelou by weaving her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos, which paint hidden moments of her exuberant life during some of America’s most defining civil rights moments. From her upbringing in the Depression-era ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Hercules  •  Rita Coburn Whack
CAST:  Maya Angelou  •  Bill Clinton  •  Hillary Clinton  •  Common

A celebration of Dr. Maya Angelou by weaving her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos, which paint hidden moments of her exuberant life during some of America’s most defining civil rights moments. From her upbringing in the Depression-era ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Hercules  •  Rita Coburn Whack
CAST:  Maya Angelou  •  Bill Clinton  •  Hillary Clinton  •  Common

Before Women Had Wings (1997)

Alcoholic Billy reflects on his country-music career that never happened and beats his wife Glory Marie, also a drunk. Grown-up son Hank has moved away, but teenaged Phoebe and sensitive nine-year-old Bird have to live in the bleak alcoholic atmosphere. Problems ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lloyd Kramer
CAST:  Oprah Winfrey  •  Ellen Barkin  •  Tina Majorino  •  Julia Stiles

Alcoholic Billy reflects on his country-music career that never happened and beats his wife Glory Marie, also a drunk. Grown-up son Hank has moved away, but teenaged Phoebe and sensitive nine-year-old Bird have to live in the bleak alcoholic atmosphere. Problems ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lloyd Kramer
CAST:  Oprah Winfrey  •  Ellen Barkin  •  Tina Majorino  •  Julia Stiles
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