The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time

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List Criteria: The best movies starring Matthew McConaughey.

The best Matthew McConaughey movies of all time prove that he is one of the top actors currently working. Since he first started out in the mid ‘90s, he has been a popular go-to leading man for filmmakers. McConaughey has appeared in plenty of blockbusters and critically-acclaimed movies, earning awards and accolades along the way. His highest grossing movies have been well-received at the box office and his lifetime box office total exceeds $1.5 billion.

Originally from Uvalde, Texas, McConaughey attended University of Texas and graduated with a degree in Radio-Television-Film. After university, he worked in local TV commercials and eventually moved on to small roles in TV and movies. His first big role was as the lawyer Jake Brigance in the movie A Time to Kill.

Since first capturing audiences' attention with his scene-stealing performance as David Wooderson in Dazed and Confused in 1993, Matthew McConaughey has been a favorite of critics and fans alike. By the 2000s, the best Matthew McConaughey movies featured him in leading roles—often romantic comedies. But by 2012, he recognized that he was being typecast and chased more dramatic roles. Now, he still plays the leading man, but in a wider variety of movies. His recent hits have included Interstellar and Free State of Jones.

So what are the best Matthew McConaughey movies of all time? Is it The Lincoln Lawyer or We Are Marshall? See what fans have ranked as their favorites in the Matthew McConaughey filmography below. Movie trailers have been included below if you want a preview of the film. If you think the best Matthew McConaughey role isn't at the top, then vote it up. Don’t see it listed? Add it so that others may vote for it. After all, this list of the best Matthew McConaughey movies should be as comprehensive as possible. 

If you are a fan of dramatic or comedic movies starring Matthew McConaughey, you might also like our list of the best Woody Harrelson movies or our list of the best Kate Hudson movies.

Notable directors that have worked with Matthew McConaughey include names like Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Christopher Nolan. If Matthew McConaughey movies are your thing, then check out the greatest movies by Chiwetel Ejiofor and Christian Bale too.

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    The Lincoln Lawyer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Bryan Cranston

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    We Are Marshall is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Matthew McConaughey, Kate Mara, January Jones

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    How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Bebe Neuwirth

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    Dazed and Confused is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time

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    Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey

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    A Time to Kill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time

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    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey

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    Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Paulson

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    Tropic Thunder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time

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    Tom Cruise, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Robert Downey Jr.

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    The Wedding Planner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Judy Greer

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    Failure to Launch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Zooey Deschanel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew McConaughey

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    Fool's Gold is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Donald Sutherland

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    Sahara is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Penélope Cruz, Matthew McConaughey, William H. Macy

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    Contact is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, Jay Leno

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    Magic Mike is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Olivia Munn, Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum

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    Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Emma Stone, Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey

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    Amistad is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin

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    EDtv is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time

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    Matthew McConaughey, Elizabeth Hurley, Ellen DeGeneres

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    Angels in the Outfield is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Matthew McConaughey, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Christopher Lloyd

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    Frailty is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe

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    Night at the Museum: Battle of... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Amy Adams, Robin Williams, Ben Stiller

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    Reign of Fire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Gerard Butler

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    U-571 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bon Jovi, Bill Paxton

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    Lone Star is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Matthew McConaughey, Kris Kristofferson, Frances McDormand

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    The Newton Boys is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Cameron Diaz, Matthew McConaughey, Liam Neeson

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    The Paperboy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron

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    Two for the Money is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey, Rene Russo

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    Bernie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine

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    Boys on the Side is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Drew Barrymore, Matthew McConaughey, Whoopi Goldberg

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    Thirteen Conversations About O... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Matthew McConaughey, Alan Arkin, John Turturro

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    Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

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    Tiptoes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Kate Beckinsale, Matthew McConaughey, Gary Oldman

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    My Boyfriend's Back is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Matthew McConaughey, Renée Zellweger, Philip Seymour Hoffman

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    Glory Daze is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Ben Affleck, Alyssa Milano, Matthew McConaughey

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    Surfer, Dude is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Matthew McConaughey, Willie Nelson, Woody Harrelson

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    Free State of Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Free State of Jones

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    The Wolf of Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie

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    Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The N... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Matthew McConaughey, Renée Zellweger, Debra Marshall

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    Dallas Buyers Club is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto

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    Kubo and the Two Strings is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Matthew McConaughey

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    Sing is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Sing

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    The Sea of Trees is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    The Sea of Trees Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts, Katie Aselton

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    Scorpion Spring is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Matthew McConaughey, Alfred Molina, Rubén Blades

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    Larger than Life is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Matthew McConaughey, Bill Murray, Janeane Garofalo

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    Magnificent Desolation: Walkin... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    John Travolta, Tom Hanks, Morgan Freeman

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    Making Sandwiches is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time


    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Eric Roberts

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