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List of the best Joanne Woodward movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Joanne Woodward's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Joanne Woodward movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Joanne Woodward movies will be at the top of the list. Joanne Woodward has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Joanne Woodward movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Joanne Woodward films to end the squabble once and for all.

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Rachel, Rachel Joanne Woodward, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Estelle Parsons Rachel, Rachel is a 1968 American drama Technicolor film produced and directed by Paul Newman. The screenplay by Stewart Stern is based on the 1966 novel A Jest of God by Margaret Laurence.

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The Long, Hot Summer Paul Newman, Angela Lansbury, Orson Welles The Long, Hot Summer is a 1958 film directed by Martin Ritt. The screenplay was written by Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank, Jr., based in part on three works by William Faulkner: the 1931 ...more

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The Three Faces of Eve Joanne Woodward, Lee J. Cobb, Nancy Kulp The Three Faces of Eve is a 1957 American CinemaScope film adaptation based on a book by psychiatrists Corbett H. Thigpen and Hervey M. Cleckley, who also helped write the screenplay. It was ...more

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The Fugitive Kind Marlon Brando, Joanne Woodward, Anna Magnani The Fugitive Kind is a 1959 American drama film starring Marlon Brando and Anna Magnani, and directed by Sidney Lumet. The screenplay by Meade Roberts and Tennessee Williams was based on the ...more

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Sybil Sally Field, Joanne Woodward, Brad Davis Sybil is a 1976 American drama film that originally aired as a made-for-television miniseries. It is based on the book of the same name.

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Mr. & Mrs. Bridge Paul Newman, Kyra Sedgwick, Blythe Danner Mr. & Mrs. Bridge is a 1990 Merchant Ivory film based on the novels by Evan S. Connell of the same name. It is directed by James Ivory, with a screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and produced ...more

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The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds Joanne Woodward, Richard Venture, Nell Newman The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds is a 1972 American drama film produced and directed by Paul Newman. The screenplay by Alvin Sargent is based on the Pulitzer Prize for ...more

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The Sound and the Fury Yul Brynner, Joanne Woodward, Jack Warden The Sound and the Fury is a film directed by Martin Ritt that was released in 1959.

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Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams Joanne Woodward, Martin Balsam, Sylvia Sidney Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams is a 1973 Technicolor film which tells the story of a New York City housewife who rethinks her relationships with her husband, her children and her mother. The movie ...more

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The Glass Menagerie John Malkovich, Joanne Woodward, Karen Allen The Glass Menagerie is a 1987 American drama film directed by Paul Newman. It is a replication of a production of the Tennessee Williams play of the same title that originated at the ...more

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Philadelphia Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving Philadelphia is a 1993 American drama film and one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to acknowledge HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, and homophobia. It was written by Ron Nyswaner, directed by ...more

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Paris Blues Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, Louis Armstrong Paris Blues is an American feature film made on location in Paris, starring Sidney Poitier as expatriate jazz musician Eddie Cook, and Paul Newman as trombone-playing Ram Bowen. The two men ...more

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From the Terrace Paul Newman, Barbara Eden, Myrna Loy From the Terrace is a 1960 American drama film directed by Mark Robson and starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Myrna Loy, Barbara Eden, Ina Balin, and Leon Ames. The screenplay was written by ...more

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A Kiss Before Dying Robert Wagner, Joanne Woodward, Mary Astor A Kiss Before Dying is a 1956 American color film noir, directed by Gerd Oswald in his directorial debut. The screenplay was written by Lawrence Roman, based on Ira Levin's 1953 novel of the ...more

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They Might Be Giants George C. Scott, Joanne Woodward, Rue McClanahan They Might Be Giants is a 1971 film based on the play of the same name starring George C. Scott and Joanne Woodward. Occasionally cited mistakenly as a Broadway play, it never in fact opened in ...more

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A Big Hand for the Little Lady Henry Fonda, Burgess Meredith, Joanne Woodward A Big Hand for the Little Lady is a 1966 Technicolor western film, made by Eden Productions Inc. and released by Warner Bros. The movie was produced and directed by Fielder Cook from a ...more

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Winning Paul Newman, Robert Wagner, Joanne Woodward Winning is a 1969 American motion picture starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. The film is about a racecar driver who aspires to win the Indianapolis 500. A number of racecar drivers and ...more

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The Drowning Pool Paul Newman, Melanie Griffith, Joanne Woodward The Drowning Pool is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Stuart Rosenberg, and based upon Ross Macdonald's novel The Drowning Pool. The film stars Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, and Anthony ...more

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The Age of Innocence Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Daniel Day-Lewis The Age of Innocence is a 1993 American film adaptation of Edith Wharton's 1920 novel of the same name. The film was released by Columbia Pictures, directed by Martin Scorsese, and stars Daniel ...more

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Count Three and Pray Joanne Woodward, Raymond Burr, Allison Hayes Count Three and Pray is a 1955 CinemaScope western film starring Van Heflin, Joanne Woodward and Raymond Burr. It was based on the story "Calico Pony". It premiered in Woodward's home ...more

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WUSA Paul Newman, Cloris Leachman, Anthony Perkins WUSA is a 1970 American drama film, directed by Stuart Rosenberg. It was written by Robert Stone, based on his novel A Hall of Mirrors. The story involves a radio station in New Orleans with the ...more

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The End Sally Field, Burt Reynolds, Carl Reiner The End is a 1978 black comedy-buddy film, directed by and starring Burt Reynolds. The cast also features Dom DeLuise, Sally Field, Strother Martin, David Steinberg, Joanne Woodward, Norman ...more

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Rally Round the Flag, Boys! Paul Newman, Joan Collins, Tuesday Weld Rally Round the Flag, Boys! is a 1958 film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Max Shulman, directed by Leo McCarey, starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, and released by 20th ...more

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A New Kind of Love Frank Sinatra, Paul Newman, Eva Gabor A New Kind of Love is a 1963 American romantic comedy film directed by Melville Shavelson and starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Frank Sinatra sings "You Brought a New Kind of Love ...more

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Blind Spot Laura Linney, Ming-Na Wen, Allison Janney Blind Spot is a 1993 drama film directed by Michael Toshiyuki Uno.

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Do You Remember Love Joanne Woodward, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Judith Barsi Do You Remember Love? is a 1985 television film directed by Jeff Bleckner.

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The Stripper Joanne Woodward, Claire Trevor, Gypsy Rose Lee The Stripper is a drama film about a struggling, aging actress turned stripper and the people she knows, played by Joanne Woodward. It is based on the play A Loss of Roses by William Inge. This ...more

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Breathing Lessons is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Joanne Woodward Movies
Breathing Lessons James Garner, Joanne Woodward, Paul Winfield A married couple review their lives and renew their love for one another while driving to a friend's funeral.

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Harry & Son Morgan Freeman, Paul Newman, Ellen Barkin Harry & Son is a 1984 American drama film directed by Paul Newman, who also stars. The screenplay by Newman and Ronald Buck focuses on the relationship between a blue-collar worker and his ...more

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A Fine Madness Sean Connery, Joanne Woodward, Jean Seberg A Fine Madness is a motion picture comedy based on the 1964 novel by Elliott Baker that tells the story of Samson Shillitoe, a frustrated poet unable to finish a grand tome. It stars Sean ...more

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Empire Falls Paul Newman, Helen Hunt, Robin Wright Empire Falls is a two-part mini-series that aired on HBO in 2005. It was based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name which was written by Richard Russo. It was nominated for and ...more

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Women – for America, for the World Joanne Woodward Women – for America, for the World is a 1986 American short documentary film directed by Vivienne Verdon-Roe about women anti-nuclear activists. It won an Academy Award in 1987 for Documentary ...more

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World of Raptors Joanne Woodward

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My Knees Were Jumping: Remembering the Kindertransport Joanne Woodward, Kurt Fuchel, Erika Estis

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Crisis at Central High Joanne Woodward, Charles Durning, William Russ Crisis at Central High is a 1981 made-for-television movie about the Little Rock Integration Crisis of 1957, based on a draft of the memoir by the same name by former assistant principal ...more

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No Down Payment Joanne Woodward, Tony Randall, Pat Hingle No Down Payment is a 1957 film drama directed by Martin Ritt. It was scripted by Philip Yordan, who fronted for a then uncredited and blacklisted Ben Maddow and is based on the novel of the same ...more