It’s difficult to pick only a handful of Paul Newman movies that encompass the scope and extent of his long and varied career, but these titles represent a sampling of him at his onscreen best. They’re all available on DVD at the Kansas City Public Library.
The Left-Handed Gun (1958)
As Billy the Kid, Newman made quite an impression (the role had been intended for James Dean) in this new type of psychological Western.
The Hustler (1961)
Newman starred as pool hustler Fast Eddie Felsen in a game where the stakes prove too high.
Newman is Hud Bannon caught up in a fierce struggle with the values of his rancher/father played by Melvyn Douglas.
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Newman plays a convict with a mind of his own in this Oscar-winning performance.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Newman and Robert Redford clicked as two legendary outlaws in this one.
Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990)
Newman and his wife, Joanne Woodward, excelled in playing Kansas City couple Walter and Ivory Bridge; many scenes were filmed locally.
Road to Perdition (2002)
As an Irish crime boss, Newman delivered a short but powerful performance in this movie that starred Tom Hanks.
Empire Falls (2005)
A large cast, including Newman, brought the Richard Russo novel to life in this HBO production.
What are your favorite Newman movies?