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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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    Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah, Jack Lemmon

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    Tatum O'Neal, Jackie Earle Haley, Walter Matthau

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    Walter Matthau, Norman Fell, Don Siegel

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    Sophia Loren, Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah

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    Phyllis Diller, George Burns, Walter Matthau

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    Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Lurene Tuttle

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    Walter Matthau, Sam Waterston, Ned Beatty

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    Robert Shaw, Jerry Stiller, Walter Matthau

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    Walter Matthau, Doris Roberts, Conrad Bain

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    Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Coburn

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    Lea Thompson, Ben Stein, Christopher Lloyd

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    Susan Sarandon, Jack Lemmon, Carol Burnett

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    Walter Matthau, Lee Grant, Maureen Stapleton

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    Edward Furlong, Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek

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    Walter Matthau, Art Carney, Glenda Jackson

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    Goldie Hawn, Ingrid Bergman, Walter Matthau

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    Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon

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    Andy Griffith, Rip Torn, Walter Matthau

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    Henry Fonda, Larry Hagman, Dom DeLuise

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    Meg Ryan, Tim Robbins, Stephen Fry

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    Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Rue McClanahan

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    Jack Lemmon, Amy Yasbeck, Walter Matthau

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    Kirk Douglas, Walter Matthau, Carroll O'Connor

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    Walter Matthau, Charles Aidman, Ellen Geer

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    Barbra Streisand, Louis Armstrong, Walter Matthau

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    Jane Fonda, Bill Cosby, Michael Caine

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    Cloris Leachman, Carol Burnett, Walter Matthau

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    Jack Nicholson, Larry Hagman, Walter Matthau

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    Ellen Burstyn, Walter Matthau, William Schallert

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    Craig T. Nelson, Walter Matthau, Martha Plimpton

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    Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Paula Prentiss

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    Debbie Reynolds, Tony Curtis, Ellen Burstyn

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    Walter Matthau, Alexis Smith, Murray Hamilton

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    Lucille Ball, Jayne Mansfield, Carl Reiner

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    Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, Victoria Principal

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    Carol Burnett, John Stamos, Walter Matthau

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    Bruce Dern, Louis Gossett, Jr., Walter Matthau

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    Meg Ryan, Diane Keaton, Lisa Kudrow

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    Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Victoria Jackson

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    Julie Andrews, Bob Newhart, Tony Curtis

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    Burt Lancaster, Walter Matthau, John Carradine

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

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    Marlon Brando, Ringo Starr, Richard Burton

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    Walter Matthau, Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi

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    Walter Matthau, Charlotte Lewis, Emilio Fernández

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    Elvis Presley, Walter Matthau, Vic Morrow

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    Ann-Margret, Walter Matthau, David Faustino

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    Walter Matthau, Carol Grace, Bruce MacFarlane

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    Walter Matthau, Jan Sterling, Jill Clayburgh

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