Oprah Winfrey Filmography

The talk-show queen has some serious acting chops

Everyone remembers Oprah Winfrey from her long-running, record-breaking daytime television talk show "The Oprah Winfrey Show." But both before her television debut and after, Winfrey has produced, starred in and voiced characters in movies on the big and small screens. 

Here's a recap of some Oprah performances and projects she's passionate about. 

The Color Purple - 1985

The Color Purple. Warner Home Video

Based on the 1982 novel by Alice Walker, "The Color Purple" launched not only Oprah's acting career but the careers of Whoopi Goldberg and Danny Glover. Stephen Spielberg directed the 1985 movie and Oprah often mentioned on her long-running daytime talk show that she did everything in her power to land the role of Sophia.

She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance. She later produced a stage version of "The Color Purple" on Broadway, starring Jennifer Hudson.

Native Son - 1986

Native Son. Monterey Video

In her second film role, Oprah appeared in the 1986 film "Native Son," also starring Matt Dillon, Elizabeth McGovern and Victor Love.

The film follows the story of Bigger Thomas, a man who takes a job as a chauffeur for a wealthy family. After an unfortunate chain of events, Bigger accidentally murders his employer's daughter and attempts to cover it up by placing the blame on her liberal boyfriend to protect himself from the unfair trial he knows he would receive as an African-American man in 1940s Chicago.

Beloved - 1998

Beloved. Walt Disney

In 1998, Oprah's dream of having the much loved and critically acclaimed Toni Morrison novel "Beloved" appear on the big screen came true. Reuniting with Danny Glover, her co-star from "The Color Purple," the pair played Sethe and Paul D.

Along with the characters of Denver and Beloved, Morrison's tale of enslavement, sacrifice and growth was brought to the masses. While the film was praised by the critics, it didn't succeed as planned at the box office.

Their Eyes Were Watching God, 2005

Based on Zora Neale Hurston's 1937 novel, this made-for-television movie tells the story of free-spirited Janie Crawford. It was produced by Oprah's Harpo Productions and starred Academy Award winner Halle Berry.

Charlotte's Web - 2006

Charlotte's Web. Paramount

Oprah's voice was featured along with those of Julia Roberts, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Dakota Fanning, Kathy Bates and Robert Redford in the 2006 film "Charlotte's Web," based on the children's novel of the same name.

Oprah lent her voice to the character of Gussie the Goose in the barn where the much loved Wilbur the pig and Charlotte the spider hatch their plan to keep Wilbur off the family's dinner plate. This film was Oprah's first work as a voice artist.

Bee Movie - 2007

Bee Movie. Dreamworks

In the 2007 animated film "Bee Movie," starring the voices of Jerry Seinfeld, Renee Zellweger and Matthew Broderick, Oprah played the role of Judge Bumbleton. The film followed the story of Barry B. Benson (Seinfeld), a bee, as he sued the world for honey theft with the help of his human companion Vanessa Bloome (Zellweger) and best friend Adam Flayman (Broderick). Oprah's voice and likeness were used in the film as she portrayed the judge in the case of Benson vs. the world.

The Princess and the Frog - 2009

The Princess and the Frog. Disney

The 2009 movie The Princess and the Frog" features Oprah as the voice of Eudora, mother of the main character Princess Tiana. The Disney film is a return to hand-drawn animation that follows the story of a young princess in New Orleans and her experiences with a frog prince.