[[caption-width-right:350:"An old [[PrecisionFStrike nigger]] and an old Jew woman takin' off down the road together. That is one sorry sight."]]

->'''Daisy Werthan:''' Hoke?\\
'''Hoke Colburn:''' Yes'm?\\
'''Daisy Werthan:''' You're my best friend.\\
'''Hoke Colburn:''' Oh, go on Miss Daisy...\\
'''Daisy Werthan:''' No, really. You are... you are.\\
'''Hoke Colburn:''' Yes'm.

''Driving Miss Daisy'' is a 1987 play by Alfred Uhry, later adapted for the screen by its playwright and director Bruce Beresford, into a 1989 comedy-drama film and 1989's Best Picture UsefulNotes/AcademyAward winner. The film also made Jessica Tandy, age 80, the oldest winner of the Best Actress Oscar.

This play chronicles 25 years in the life of an elderly Jewish widow named Daisy Werthan, and her Black chauffeur, Hoke Colburn. He's hired by her son, Boolie, when she can no longer drive herself. At first, Ms. Daisy objects to the changes in her life. But eventually, the two transcend their differences to become lifelong friends. [[WriteWhoYouKnow The play was based on real people: Uhry's grandmother and her retainer.]]

This movie is not exceptionally well remembered today. Indeed, lots of people only know about it due to being one of the earlier lead roles of Creator/MorganFreeman and for the controversy of it winning when ''Film/DoTheRightThing'' wasn't even nominated (although [[MisaimedFandom it isn't, and was never intended to be, about race relations]], unlike the latter film). And sometimes for being called "bullshit" in Music/PublicEnemy's "Burn Hollywood Burn".

It was revived on Broadway in 2010 with Creator/JamesEarlJones as Hoke and Creator/VanessaRedgrave as Miss Daisy. When the production transferred to Australia, Creator/AngelaLansbury took on the role of Miss Daisy and it was later filmed for PBS' headline arts program ''Great Performances''.

!!This work features examples of:

* CallBack: In the beginning of the film Hoke describes how there's a nice patch of dirt in the backyard that he could turn into a vegetable garden, Daisy refuses and demands that he stop messing with her things. Near the end of the film (15-20 years later) they're seen working on a beautiful vegetable garden in her backyard.
* DeadpanSnarker: Miss Daisy.
* DeepSouth: Atlanta Georgia to be specific.
** Sometimes overlaps with SweetHomeAlabama and the state itself was visited once.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Daisy was really cold to Hoke at first, forbidding him from doing much anything. Through the movie, she grew fond of him.
* DramaticDrop: [[spoiler:Idella drops a bowl of peas when she dies.]].
* EthnicMenialLabor: Idella and Hoke.
* {{Flanderization}}: Not the movie itself, but you can bet that when someone parodies this movie, it will be a ShallowParody with Hoke done in an over-the-top minstrel style.
* GrandeDame: Daisy appears to begin the movie as a cynical version of this trope and move over towards the idealistic by the end.
* GreedyJew: {{Lampshaded}} by Daisy as she hates being reminded how wealthy she is by anyone.
** Her real issue is that her ''son'' is wealthy, and by extension, so is she.
* InformedJudaism: Neither Daisy nor Boolie advertise their Jewishness very much, beyond Daisy's cynical "all these Christians giving their money to Georgia Power" comment on ostentatious Christmas lights displays.
** Boolie states he can't attend Martin Luther King's speech because his racist fellow businessmen would start dealing with New York Jews instead of a Georgia Jew like him.
** InsistentTerminology: The gift she gives Hoke (to help him learn to read) is ''not'' a Christmas gift, because as a Jew, she can't give them. Even though it's December 25.
* MinimalistCast: The play only has three characters seen on stage -- Miss Daisy, Hoke, and Boolie. The film obviously subverts this.
* OddFriendship: As lampshaded by the picture's quote.
* OldRetainer: Hoke and previously Idella.
* OscarBait: Obvious attempt, and succeeded (won Best Picture.) Trying to get anyone to remember the movie in a serious context is surprisingly difficult, however.
* RacistGrandma: Subverted. See ScrewPolitenessImASenior below.
* RuleOfThree: Boolie.
-->'''Boolie:''' "Goodbyeeee...!"
-->''*car drives away*''
-->'''Boolie:''' "Good luuuck...!"
-->'''Boolie:''' ''*silently*'' "Good ''God''."
* SanitySlippage: Poor Daisy.
* ScareChord: {{GASP}} An empty tin of salmon!
* SecretlyWealthy: Miss Daisy wishes and tries to act like this, she does not succeed.
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior Miss Daisy, and to some extent also Hoke. Surprisingly enough, Miss Daisy is ''not'' overtly racist nor is her son. She does still despise Hoke at the beginning, for patronizing her. To her son too.
** She doesn't like Hoke ''because'' Boolie hired him. She's fiercely independent.
* TastesLikeFriendship: Inverted. Hoke feeding Daisy the Thanksgiving pie closed the play, signifying their long-lasting friendship.
* TimeSkip: As the play and film took place over a couple decades, this happened quite often.
* VerbingNouny: The name follows this naming scheme. ''Driving'' '''Miss Daisy'''
* WithDueRespect: Much of Hoke's discussion with Daisy is based on this.