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Best Walter Matthau Movies

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List of the best Walter Matthau movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Walter Matthau has starred in countless films, but one of his best roles has to be that of Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple. Walter Matthau's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Walter Matthau movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Walter Matthau movies will be at the top of the list. Walter Matthau has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Walter Matthau movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Walter Matthau films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Walter Matthau role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Walter Matthau performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different films, like Grumpy Old Men and Bad News Bears.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Walter Matthau movies?" and "What are the greatest Walter Matthau roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Matthau's buddy comedies, you might also enjoy our list of best Jack Lemmon movies and best Burgess Meredith movies.


Walter Matthau was no stranger to working with popular directors, including Roman Polanski, Billy Wilder and Sidney Lumet. Walter Matthau was in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Jack Lemmon and Jason Robards Jr. in terms of fame and success.


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    Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Herb Edelman

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    Walter Matthau, Norman Fell, Don Siegel

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    Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah, Jack Lemmon

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    George Burns, Phyllis Diller, Walter Matthau

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    Jerry Stiller, Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw

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    Tatum O'Neal, Jackie Earle Haley, Walter Matthau

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    Sophia Loren, Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah

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    Walter Matthau, Sam Waterston, Ned Beatty

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    Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Lurene Tuttle

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    Walter Matthau, Doris Roberts, Elaine May

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    Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Coburn

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    Susan Sarandon, Carol Burnett, Jack Lemmon Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson, Art Carney

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    Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Natasha Lyonne

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    Goldie Hawn, Ingrid Bergman, Walter Matthau

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    Walter Matthau, Lee Grant, Maureen Stapleton

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    Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon

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    Edward Furlong, Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek

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    Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Larry Hagman

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    Jack Lemmon, Dyan Cannon, Walter Matthau

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    Meg Ryan, Tim Robbins, Stephen Fry

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    Jack Lemmon, Christine Baranski, Amy Yasbeck

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    Andy Griffith, Walter Matthau, Lee Remick

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    Barbra Streisand, Louis Armstrong, Walter Matthau

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    Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Klaus Kinski

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    Kirk Douglas, George Kennedy, Walter Matthau

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    Jane Fonda, Bill Cosby, Michael Caine

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    Walter Matthau, Charles Aidman, Ellen Geer

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    Lucille Ball, Jayne Mansfield, Carl Reiner

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    Carol Burnett, Cloris Leachman, Walter Matthau

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    Walter Matthau, Alexis Smith, Murray Hamilton

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    Craig T. Nelson, Walter Matthau, Martha Plimpton

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    Jack Nicholson, Walter Matthau, Larry Hagman

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    Ellen Burstyn, Walter Matthau, William Schallert

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    Bruce Dern, Louis Gossett, Jr.

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    Debbie Reynolds, Tony Curtis, Ellen Burstyn

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    Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, Victoria Principal

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    Walter Matthau, Jill Clayburgh, Jan Sterling

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    Carol Burnett, John Stamos, Walter Matthau

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    Walter Matthau, Charlotte Lewis, Emilio Fernández

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    The Incident Walter Matthau, Harry Morgan, Susan Blakely

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    Julie Andrews, Tony Curtis, Bob Newhart

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    Elvis Presley, Walter Matthau, Vic Morrow

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    Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Victoria Jackson

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    Robin Williams, Walter Matthau, Jerry Reed

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    Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore Walter Matthau, Harry Morgan, Susan Blakely

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    Burt Lancaster, Walter Matthau, John Carradine

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    Meg Ryan, Diane Keaton, Lisa Kudrow

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    Marlon Brando, Ringo Starr, Richard Burton

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    Walter Matthau, Roberto Benigni, Franco Fabrizi

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