The Toptober Tens #4 – Paul Newman Films

For this month’s next Toptober Tens, Here are my Top Ten Favorite Paul Newman films.

Keep in mind, that these are all solely my opinion and part of what I would like to do is open conversation and dialogue between us all over the choices in these lists

Off we go….


10. Exodus (1960)

9. Slap Shot (1977)

8. The Verdict (1982)

7. The Young Philadelphians (1959)

6. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

5. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid (1969)

4. The Sting (1973)

3.  Cool Hand Luke (1967)

2.  Nobody’s Fool (1994)

  1. The Towering Inferno (1974)


What do you think?

10 thoughts on “The Toptober Tens #4 – Paul Newman Films

  1. Great list, but there were so many terrific Paul Newman performances that I’d have to narrow down a list of close to 20 to whittle it down to a Top Ten and that being said – The Towering Inferno wouldn’t even make the cut on my Top 20, much less end up at #1. First of all it’s one of those Irwin Allen all star extravaganzas that doesn’t call for a lot of acting. For most of these “stars” – it was a paycheck in an exciting movie. Steve McQueen actually fought to get billing a hair higher than Newman – but McQueen spent his entire career being jealous of him anyway. Newman could’ve sleep walked his way through the role of the architect whose building burns down because people skimped on the materials to build it.

    Six of your ten would make my list as well but in a juggled order. truth is – with Newman movies – I could have a logjam at the top and name 4 or 5 as tied for 1st place. And I had to leave a bunch of titles off the list (Somebody Up There Likes Me, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, The Prize, What A Way To Go – an ensemble – it’s really Shirley MacLaine’s movie, Sweet Bird of Youth. Harper, Fort Apache The Bronx to name a few).

    My Top 10 would be: (and if you ask tomorrow, the order might change): 1). The Verdict 2). Cool Hand Luke 3).The Sting 4).The Hustler 5). Nobody’s Fool 6).Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 7). Hud 8). Slap Shot 9). Hombre 10). Absence of Malice.

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    • not a fan of the hustler 😦

      i found towering inferno to be extremely thrilling and one of the best of the crop of 70’s disaster flicks.

      i knew abt the newman/mcqueen rivalry but find it so petty.


      • Surprised about The Hustler. It was far darker than Color of Money but also a much better movie. Agree that INFERNO was one of the best of the 70s disaster flix – but still doesn’t make it one that would make my Top 10 in any other category but 70s disaster flix.


  2. I just realized – The Color of Money – for which he won his only competitive Oscar – isn’t even on my list. That’s because The Hustler was a much better movie and he should have won for that and a couple of others. Money is good, but not even one of Newman’s best (IMO)

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  3. Butch Cassidy or The Sting or Cool Hand Luke are probably my top 3 Paul Newman films. Towering Inferno? Really? Slapshot is also underrated and Color of Money is a lot of people’s favorite, though it’s mostly forgotten over the others I’ve mentioned.

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  4. Addendum to an earlier comment on Towering Inferno. I spoke to someone over the weekend who was on publicity for the movie – and McQueen and Newman BOTH fought over the billing on it. The compromise that was made: They shared billing on the same title card – with McQueen’s name to the left and slightly elevated over Newman’s on the prints of the movie released in the US/domestic and Newman was on the left and slightly higher than McQueen’s on the prints of the film released in foreign territories.

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