After making his way into the movie business in 1954, via a role in The Silver Chalice, acclaimed actor Paul Newman worked his way up the Hollywood ladder to become one of the most popular faces on film. His movie career saw him headline a collection of great pictures, including a couple of epics, and he built up a loyal fan base in the process.

His pictures ranged from The Hustler and The Color of Money, to The Sting and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The actor crossed genres multiple times, and always gave a stellar performance.

But do you know the name of every Paul Newman film? No? Not a problem!

In this post I am taking a look back at the film career of Paul Newman, with a rundown of all his movies. I will be going through his films, decade-by-decade, to showcase all of the pictures in his portfolio.




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As noted above, Paul Newman’s movie career started in 1954 with a role in the film, The Silver Chalice. He then followed this up with parts in The Rack, Somebody Up There Likes Me, and Until They Sail.

The 1950s provided Newman with a good starting point and a variety of movies. He may not have become a legend from these movies alone, but they gave him solid foundations.

His movies in the 1950s included:

  • The Silver Chalice (1954)
  • The Rack (1956)
  • Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
  • Until They Sail (1957)
  • The Helen Morgan Story (1957)
  • The Long, Hot Summer (1958)
  • The Left Handed Gun (1958)
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
  • Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys! (1958)
  • The Young Philadelphians (1959)



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Onto the 1960s now, and with Newman building up a great deal of experience during the ’50s, this next decade is where he really came into his own. Notable pictures included Paris Blues and The Hustler, as well as Hud and The Prize.

However, two key pictures really stand out from this decade: Cool Hand Luke and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Both of these films proved popular with audiences, and all these years on they are still synonymous with the actor.

Newman’s movies during the 1960s included:

  • From the Terrace (1960)
  • Exodus (1960)
  • Paris Blues (1961)
  • The Hustler (1961)
  • Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)
  • Adventures of a Young Man (1962)
  • Hud (1963)
  • A New Kind of Love (1963)
  • The Prize (1963)
  • What a Way to Go! (1964)
  • The Outrage (1964)
  • Lady L (1965)
  • Harper (1966)
  • Torn Curtain (1966)
  • Hombre (1967)
  • Cool Hand Luke (1967)
  • The Secret War of Harry Frigg (1968)
  • Winning (1969)
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)



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Moving into the 1970s, and with Newman continuing to shine on the big screen, more roles followed. In 1973 he appeared in The Sting, while in 1974 he featured amongst a huge star cast in the disaster epic, The Towering Inferno.

Paul Newman’s movies in the ’70s included:

  • WUSA (1970)
  • Never Give an Inch (1971)
  • Pocket Money (1972)
  • The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)
  • The MacKintosh Man (1973)
  • The Sting (1973)
  • The Towering Inferno (1974)
  • The Drowning Pool (1975)
  • Silent Movie (1976)
  • Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson (1976)
  • Slap Shot (1977)
  • Quintet (1979)



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Onto the 1980s, and yet more movies followed. Newman kick-started the decade with When Time Ran Out…, before appearing in Fort Apache the Bronx, Absence of Malice, and The Color of Money.

Newman’s movies in the ’80s included:

  • When Time Ran Out… (1980)
  • Fort Apache the Bronx (1981)
  • Absence of Malice (1981)
  • The Verdict (1982)
  • Harry & Son (1984)
  • The Color of Money (1986)
  • Shadow Makers (1989)
  • Blaze (1989)



Image: ©Warner Bros. Pictures

Slipping into the 1990s and Newman’s movie output continued, but it also began to decrease as he reached later life. He appeared in films such as Mr. & Mrs. Bridges and The Hudsucker Proxy, before taking on roles in Nobody’s Fool and Message in a Bottle.

Newman’s movies during the 1990s included:

  • Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990)
  • The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
  • Nobody’s Fool (1994)
  • Twilight (1998)
  • Message in a Bottle (1999)



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And finally, moving into the 2000s which would become Paul Newman’s final decade on film. Before the actor passed away in 2008, he continued to appear in movies, ranging from the comic book crime film, Road to Perdition, to the animated Disney-Pixar movie, Cars.

Newman’s films in this decade included:

  • Where the Money Is (2000)
  • Road to Perdition (2002)
  • Our Town (2003)
  • Cars (2006)*
  • Meerkats: The Movie (2008)*

*Voice role



So, those are all of Paul Newman’s movies, but what are your favourites? Is The Sting the movie for you, or is The Towering Inferno your go-to picture?

Whatever your favourite Paul Newman movie, be sure to sound off in the comments section below.


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