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The Best Paul Newman Movies

Updated October 16, 2019 9.0k votes 1.7k voters 84.9k views58 items

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

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

This list below has a variety of famous Paul Newman films, like The Color of Money, Cool Hand Luke, and Road to Perdition, in it. Paul Newman's filmography is quite extensive, but this list has them all and answers the questions, "What are the best Paul Newman movies?" and "What are the greatest Paul Newman roles of all time?"

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    Cool Hand Luke

    Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper

    Released1967

    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

    Cool Hand Luke is a 1967 American prison drama film directed by Stuart Rosenberg, starring Paul Newman and featuring George Kennedy in an Oscar-winning performance. Newman stars in the title role as...  more

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    Hud

    Paul Newman, Yvette Vickers

    Released1963

    Directed byMartin Ritt

    Hud is a 1963 Western film directed by Martin Ritt and starring Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas and Patricia Neal. It was produced by Ritt and Newman's recently founded company, Salem Productions, and...  more

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    The Sting

    Paul Newman, Robert Redford

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

    The Sting is a 1973 American caper film set in September 1936, involving a complicated plot by two professional grifters to con a mob boss. The film was directed by George Roy Hill, who had directed...  more

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    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman

    Released1958

    Directed byRichard Brooks

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a 1958 American drama film directed by Richard Brooks. It is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name by Tennessee Williams adapted by Richard Brooks and...  more

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    The Hustler

    Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason

    Released1961

    Directed byRobert Rossen

    The Hustler is a 1961 American drama film directed by Robert Rossen from the Walter Tevis's 1959 novel of the same name Rossen and Sidney Carroll adapted for the screen. It tells the story of...  more

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    The Verdict

    Bruce Willis, Paul Newman

    Released1982

    Directed bySidney Lumet

    The Verdict is a 1982 courtroom drama film that tells the story of a down-on-his-luck alcoholic lawyer who takes a medical malpractice case to improve his own situation, but discovers along the way...  more

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    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    Paul Newman, Robert Redford

    Released1969

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 American Western film directed by George Roy Hill and written by William Goldman. Based loosely on fact, the film tells the story of Wild West outlaws...  more

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    The Color of Money

    Tom Cruise, Paul Newman

    Released1986

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Color of Money is a 1986 drama film directed by Martin Scorsese from a screenplay by Richard Price, based on the 1984 novel of the same name by Walter Tevis. The film stars Paul Newman and Tom...  more

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    Hombre

    Paul Newman, Martin Balsam

    Released1967

    Directed byMartin Ritt

    Hombre is a 1967 revisionist western film directed by Martin Ritt, based on the novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard and starring Paul Newman, Fredric March, Richard Boone, Martin Balsam, and...  more

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    Slap Shot

    Paul Newman, M. Emmet Walsh

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

    Slap Shot is a 1977 comedy film directed by George Roy Hill, written by Nancy Dowd and starring Paul Newman and Michael Ontkean. It depicts a minor league hockey team that resorts to violent play to...  more

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    Absence of Malice

    Paul Newman, Sally Field

    Released1981

    Directed bySydney Pollack

    Absence of Malice is a 1981 American drama film starring Paul Newman, Sally Field, and Bob Balaban, directed by Sydney Pollack. The title refers to the legal definition of libel defamation, and is...  more

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    Sometimes a Great Notion

    Paul Newman, Henry Fonda

    Released1970

    Directed byPaul Newman

    Sometimes A Great Notion is a 1971 American drama film directed by Paul Newman and starring Newman, Henry Fonda and Lee Remick. The screenplay by John Gay is based on the 1964 novel of the same title...  more
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    Somebody Up There Likes Me

    Paul Newman, Robert Duvall

    Released1956

    Directed byRobert Wise

    Somebody Up There Likes Me is a 1956 American drama film based on the life of middleweight boxing legend Rocky Graziano. Joseph Ruttenberg was awarded a 1956 Oscar in the category of Best...  more
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    The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

    Paul Newman, Ava Gardner

    Released1972

    Directed byJohn Huston

    The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean is a 1972 American western film written by John Milius, directed by John Huston, and starring Paul Newman. It was loosely based on the real-life, self-appointed...  more

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    The Long, Hot Summer

    Paul Newman, Angela Lansbury

    Released1958

    Directed byMartin 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 novella...  more
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    Exodus

    Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint

    Released1960

    Directed byOtto Preminger

    Exodus is a 1960 epic film made by Alpha and Carlyle Productions and distributed by United Artists. Produced and directed by Otto Preminger, the film was based on the 1958 novel Exodus, by Leon Uris....  more
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    Road to Perdition

    Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig

    Released2002

    Directed bySam Mendes

    Road to Perdition is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Sam Mendes. The screenplay was adapted by David Self, from the graphic novel of the same name by Max Allan Collins. The film stars Tom...  more

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    Mr. & Mrs. Bridge

    Paul Newman, Kyra Sedgwick

    Released1990

    Directed byJames 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 by...  more

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    Torn Curtain

    Paul Newman, Julie Andrews

    Released1966

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    Torn Curtain is a 1966 American political thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Paul Newman and Julie Andrews. Written by Brian Moore, the film is about an American scientist who...  more
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    Sweet Bird of Youth

    Paul Newman, Rip Torn

    Released1962

    Directed byRichard Brooks

    A 1962 film adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play featuring many actors from of the play's original 1959 New York production....  more
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    Fort Apache, The Bronx

    Paul Newman, Pam Grier

    Released1981

    Directed byDaniel Petrie

    Fort Apache, The Bronx is a 1981 crime drama film made by Producers Circle and Time-Life Films, and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Filmed on locations in the Bronx, New York City, New York, the...  more

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    Harper

    Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall

    Released1966

    Directed byJack Smight

    Harper, released in the UK as The Moving Target, is a 1966 film based on Ross Macdonald's novel The Moving Target and adapted for the screen by novelist William Goldman, who admired MacDonald's...  more
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    Nobody's Fool

    Bruce Willis, Paul Newman

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Benton

    Nobody's Fool is a 1994 American comedy-drama film based on the 1993 novel of the same name by Richard Russo. It stars Paul Newman, Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, Dylan Walsh, Pruitt...  more
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    From the Terrace

    Paul Newman, Barbara Eden

    Released1960

    Directed byMark 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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    The Young Philadelphians

    Paul Newman, Robert Vaughn

    Released1959

    Directed byVincent Sherman

    The Young Philadelphians is a 1959 drama film starring Paul Newman, Barbara Rush and Alexis Smith, and directed by Vincent Sherman. Robert Vaughn was nominated for the Academy Award for Best...  more