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The Best Joanne Woodward Movies 

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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.

If you think the best Joanne Woodward role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Joanne Woodward performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

Harry & Son and Mr. & Mrs. Bridge are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

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Joanne Woodward, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Estelle Parsons

Released: 1968

Directed by: Paul Newman

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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Joanne Woodward, Lee J. Cobb, Nancy Kulp

Released: 1957

Directed by: Nunnally Johnson

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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Paul Newman, Angela Lansbury, Orson Welles

Released: 1958

Directed by: Martin Ritt

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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Sally Field, Joanne Woodward, Brad Davis

Released: 1976

Directed by: Daniel Petrie

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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Paul Newman, Kyra Sedgwick, Blythe Danner

Released: 1990

Directed by: James Ivory

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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Joanne Woodward, Martin Balsam, Sylvia Sidney

Released: 1973

Directed by: Gilbert Cates

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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Marlon Brando, Joanne Woodward, Anna Magnani

Released: 1959

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

For the 1937 Tennessee Williams play, see Fugitive Kind.The Fugitive Kind is a 1960 American drama film starring Marlon Brando and Anna Magnani, and directed by Sidney Lumet. The screenplay by ...more
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Joanne Woodward, Richard Venture, Nell Newman

Released: 1972

Directed by: Paul 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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Paul Newman, Barbara Eden, Myrna Loy

Released: 1960

Directed by: Mark Robson

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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Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving

Released: 1993

Directed by: Jonathan Demme

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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Yul Brynner, Joanne Woodward, Jack Warden

Released: 1959

Directed by: Martin Ritt

The Sound and the Fury is a film directed by Martin Ritt that was released in 1959.
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Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, Louis Armstrong

Released: 1961

Directed by: Martin Ritt

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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John Malkovich, Joanne Woodward, Karen Allen

Released: 1987

Directed by: Paul Newman

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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George C. Scott, Joanne Woodward, Rue McClanahan

Released: 1971

Directed by: Anthony Harvey

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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Henry Fonda, Burgess Meredith, Joanne Woodward

Released: 1966

Directed by: Fielder Cook

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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Robert Wagner, Joanne Woodward, Mary Astor

Released: 1956

Directed by: Gerd Oswald

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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Paul Newman, Melanie Griffith, Joanne Woodward

Released: 1975

Directed by: Stuart Rosenberg

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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Joanne Woodward, Charles Durning, William Russ

Released: 1981

Directed by: Lamont Johnson

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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Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Daniel Day-Lewis

Released: 1993

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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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Paul Newman, Robert Wagner, Joanne Woodward

Released: 1969

Directed by: James Goldstone

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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Joanne Woodward, Claire Trevor, Gypsy Rose Lee

Released: 1963

Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner

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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Strategic Trust: The Making of a Nuclear-Free Palau Joanne Woodward

Released: 1984

Directed by: James Heddle

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Do You Remember Love Joanne Woodward, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Judith Barsi

Released: 1985

Directed by: Jeff Bleckner

Do You Remember Love? is a 1985 television film directed by Jeff Bleckner.
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Laura Linney, Ming-Na Wen, Allison Janney

Released: 1993

Directed by: Michael Toshiyuki Uno

Blind Spot is a 1993 drama film directed by Michael Toshiyuki Uno.
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Breathing Lessons James Garner, Joanne Woodward, Paul Winfield

Released: 1994

Directed by: John Erman

A married couple review their lives and renew their love for one another while driving to a friend's funeral.