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The Best Paul Newman Movies

Updated October 16, 2019 8.5k votes 1.6k voters 83.2k 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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  • 1
    Cool Hand Luke
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    The Hustler
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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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    The Sting
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 5
    Hud
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    50

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    The Verdict
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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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
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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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Hombre
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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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Nobody's Fool
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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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Slap Shot
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 11
    The Color of Money
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    77

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    The Long, Hot Summer
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Road to Perdition
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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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Absence of Malice
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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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Sweet Bird of Youth
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
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    39

    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,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 17
    Sometimes a Great Notion
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Harper
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    The Secret War of Harry Frigg
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    21

    The Secret War of Harry Frigg

    Paul Newman, Sylva Koscina

    Released1968

    Directed byJack Smight

    The Secret War of Harry Frigg is a 1968 comedy film set in World War II. It was directed by... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    The Drowning Pool
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    The Drowning Pool

    Paul Newman, Melanie Griffith

    Released1975

    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

    The Drowning Pool is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Stuart Rosenberg, and based... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Torn Curtain
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Empire Falls
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    Empire Falls

    Paul Newman, Helen Hunt

    Released2005

    Directed byFred Schepisi

    Empire Falls is a two-part mini-series that aired on HBO in 2005. It was based on the Pulitzer... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 23
    Exodus
    90
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Mr. & Mrs. Bridge
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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... more on Wikipedia

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    From the Terrace
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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... more on Wikipedia