20 Great Great Movies and Biography ..Paul Newman

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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.

List of the best Paul Newman movies:

 1.Cool Hand Luke

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 Luke, a prisoner in a Florida prison camp who refuses to submit to the system. The film, set in the early 1950s, is based on Donn Pearce’s 1965 novel of the same name. Pearce sold the story to Warner Brothers, who then hired him to write the script.

2.Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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 Robert LeRoy Parker, known to history as Butch Cassidy, and his partner Harry Longabaugh, the “Sundance Kid”, as they migrate to Bolivia while on the run from the law in search of a more successful outlaw career.

3.The Hustler

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 small-time pool hustler “Fast Eddie” Felson and his desire to break into the “major league” of professional hustling and high-stakes wagering by high-rollers that follows it.

4.The Sting

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 Newman and Redford in the western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

5.Hud

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 was their first film for Paramount Pictures. Hud was filmed on location on the Texas Panhandle and in Claude, Texas. Its screenplay was by Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank, Jr. and was based on Larry McMurtry’s 1961 novel, Horseman…

6.Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

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 James Poe. One of the top-ten box office hits of 1958, the film stars Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman

7. HOMBRE 

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..

8.The Color of Money

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 Cruise, with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Helen Shaver, and John Turturro. The film featured an original score by Robbie Robertson.

 

9.The Long, Hot Summer

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 “Spotted Horses”, the 1939 short story “Barn Burning”, and the 1940 novel The Hamlet. The title is taken from The Hamlet, as Book Three is called “The Long Summer

10.Nobody’s Fool

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 Taylor Vince, Gene Saks, Josef Sommer, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Philip Bosco. The film was written for the screen and directed by Robert Benton.

11.Road to Perdition

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 Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law, and Daniel Craig.

12.Absence of Malice

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 used in journalism classes to illustrate the conflict between disclosing damaging personal information and the public’s right to know.

13.Harper

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 writings. The film stars Paul Newman as the eponymous Lew Harper. Goldman received a 1967 Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay.

14.Sometimes a Great Notion

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 by Ken Kesey, the first of his books to be adapted for the screen. Filmed in the summer of 1970, it was released that New Year’s Eve.

 

15.Torn Curtain

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 pretends to defect to East Germany as part of a clandestine mission to obtain the solution of a formula resin and escape back to the United States.

 

16.The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

Paul Newman, Ava Gardner

Released: 1972

Directed by: John 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..

17.The Long, Hot Summer

Paul Newman, Angela Lansbury

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..

18.The Drowning Pool

Paul Newman, Melanie Griffith

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..

19.Road to Perdition

Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig

Released: 2002

Directed by: Sam 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…

20.Exodus

Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint

Released: 1960

Directed by: Otto 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..

BIOGRAPHY

Paul Newman turned to acting after getting kicked off the football team in college. He made his Broadway debut in 1953 and began doing television and films, eventually becoming known as one of the finest actors of his time. He created a food company, Newman’s Own, that donates all proceeds to charity. Newman died of cancer on September 26, 2008.

Paul Leonard Newman was born on January 26, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio. Newman grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, with his older brother Arthur and his parents, Arthur and Teresa. His father owned a sporting-goods store and his mother was a homemaker who loved the theatre. Newman got his first taste of acting while doing school plays, but it was not his first love at the time. In high school, he played football and hoped to be a professional athlete.

Graduating high school in 1943, Newman briefly attended college before enlisting in the U.S. Navy Air Corps. He wanted to be a pilot, but he was told that he could never fly a plane as he was colorblind. He ended up serving as a radio operator and spent part of World War II serving in the Pacific.

After leaving the military in 1946, Newman attended Kenyon College in his home state of Ohio. He was on an athletic scholarship and played on the school’s football team. But after getting into some trouble, Newman changed course. “I got thrown in jail and kicked off the football team. Since I was determined not to study very much, I majored in theater the last two years,” he told Interview magazine in 1998.

After finishing college in 1949, Newman did summer stock theater in Wisconsin where he met his first wife, actress Jacqueline Witte. The couple soon married, and Newman continued to act until his father’s death in 1950. He and his wife moved to Ohio to run the family business for a time. Their first child, a son named Scott, was born there. After asking his brother to take over the business, Newman and his family relocated to Connecticut, where he studied at the Yale School of Drama.

Running out of money, Newman left Yale after a year and tried his luck in New York. He studied with Lee Strasberg at the famed Actor’s Studio alongside Marlon Brando, James Dean and Geraldine Page.

 

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