1977 – Slap Shot

★★★★☆ USA. 2h2m. Sports / Comedy. Directed by George Roy Hill. Written by Nancy Dowd. Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper. Edited by Dede Allen. Music by Elmer Bernstein. Starring Paul Newman, Strother Martin, Michael Ontkean, Jennifer Warren, Lindsay Crouse, Jerry Houser, Andrew Duncan, Jeff Carlson, Steve Carlson, David Hanson, Yvon Barrette, Allan Nicholls, Brad Sullivan, Stephen Mendillo, Yvan Ponton, Matthew Cowles, Kathryn Walker, Melinda Dillon, M. Emmet Walsh, Swoosie Kurtz.

Depicts a minor league ice hockey team that resorts to violent play to gain popularity in a declining factory town.

1973 – The Sting

★★★★★ USA. 2h9m. Crime / Comedy. Directed by George Roy Hill. Written by David S. Ward. Cinematography by Robert Surtees. Edited by William Reynolds. Music by Marvin Hamlisch. Starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Robert Earl Jones, Charles Durning, Ray Walston, Eileen Brennan, Harold Gould, John Hefferman, Dana Elcar.

Involves a complicated plot by two professional grifters (Paul Newman and Robert Redford) to con a mob boss (Robert Shaw). The film was directed by George Roy Hill, who had directed Newman and Redford in the western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Released on Christmas Day of 1973, The Sting was a massive critical and commercial success and was hugely successful at the 46th Academy Awards, being nominated for ten Oscars and winning seven, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Writing (Original Screenplay). Regarded as one of the greatest films ever made.

1966 – Torn Curtain

★★★☆☆ USA. 2h8m. Thriller. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Brian Moore, Willis Hall, Keith Waterhouse. Cinematography by John F. Warren. Edited by Bud Hoffman. Music by John Addison. Starring Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, Lila Kedrova, Hansjörg Felmy, Tamara Toumanova, Wolfgang Kieling, Ludwig Donath, Günter Strack.

An American physicist pretends to defect to the USSR in order to steal scientific secrets, and his wife decides to come with him, unaware that he’s pretending.

1982 – The Verdict

★★★★☆ USA. 2h9m. Drama. Directed by Sidney Lumet. Written by David Mamet (screenplay) and Barry Reed (“The Verdict”). Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak. Edited by Peter C. Frank. Starring Paul Newman, Charalotte Rampling, Jack Warden, James Mason, Milo O’Shea, Lindsay Crouse, Edward Binns, Julie Bovasso, Roxanne Hart.

A down-on-his-luck alcoholic lawyer accepts a medical malpractice case to improve his own situation, but discovers along the way that he is doing the right thing.

The Verdict garnered critical acclaim and box office success. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Actor in a Leading Role (Paul Newman), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (James Mason), Best Director (Sidney Lumet), Best Picture, and Best Adapted Screenplay (David Mamet).