Yesterday the great Paul Newman would have been 85 years old, and I feel pretty confident saying that when it comes to an actor with the perfect balance of talent, humility and jaw-dropping good looks, there isn't an actor working today who can touch him. Newman's career spanned decades and he could play erotically-charged Alpha-males like Ben Quick or broken men like Frank Galvin with ease. He was a man's man who had a heart and a conscience and he brought that into every role he played, and when we lost him in 2008, I think we all knew that we'd never see anyone quite like him again.
Newman struggled against his good looks for most of his career and like the man of pure class that he was, he could even joke about it, famously saying: "I picture my epitaph: `Here lies Paul Newman, who died a failure because his eyes turned brown." Luckily, Newman was a talented actor and you can watch his films and witness one of Hollywood's greatest talents, or you can also watch those movies and let your mind wander to some less high-minded pursuits.
The one thing you can count on in this world is the power of a pretty face (whether it's a man or a woman), and Newman spent his career walking the tight-rope between being the handsome leading man and the serious actor. So, in honor of that tightrope, I've made a list of five films that are not only great performances, but are also your chance to develop a brand new movie crush. Because if you weren't already a little bit in love with Paul Newman, after watching these movies, you will be.
After the jump; five Paul Newman performances to make you swoon...