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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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    Larry Haines, Jack Lemmon, Carole Shelley

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    Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith, Buck Henry

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    Joe Don Baker, Walter Matthau, Benson Fong

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    Ann-Margret, Sophia Loren, Burgess Meredith

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    Steve Allen, Abraham Murphy, Walter Matthau

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    Jackie Earle Haley, Tatum O'Neal, Walter Matthau

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    Glenda Jackson, Sam Waterston, Walter Matthau

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    Elaine May, James Coco, David Doyle

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    Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Marge Redmond

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    Earl Hindman, Héctor Elizondo, Walter Matthau

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    James Coburn, Peter Stone, Stanley Donen

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    Paul Winfield, Ben Stein, Joan Plowright

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    Carol Burnett, Jack Lemmon, Vincent Gardenia

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    Mary Steenburgen, Roddy McDowall, Piper Laurie

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    Glenda Jackson, Art Carney, Thayer David

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    Lee Grant, Barbara Harris, Walter Matthau

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    Jack Weston, Walter Matthau, Irene Hervey

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    Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Vincent D'Onofrio

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    Burl Ives, Anthony Franciosa, Lee Remick

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    Dom DeLuise, Fritz Weaver, Henry Fonda

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    Frank Whaley, Joseph Maher, Alice Playten

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    Dyan Cannon, Donald O'Connor, Rue McClanahan

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    Jay O. Sanders, Christine Baranski, Jack Lemmon

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    Carroll O'Connor, Bill Bixby, George Kennedy

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    Michael Crawford, Tommy Tune, Barbra Streisand

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    Walter Matthau, Felicia Farr, Deborah Winters

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    James Coburn, Bill Cosby, Elaine May

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    Walter Matthau, Whit Bissell, Harry Caesar

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    Klaus Kinski, Miles Chapin, Jack Lemmon

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    Geraldine Page, Carol Burnett, Rene Auberjonois

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    Burl Ives, Diana Sands, Al Freeman

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    Ellen Burstyn, Walter Matthau, Michelle Bauer

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    Amy Irving, Craig T. Nelson, Peter Friedman

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    Pat Boone, Ellen Burstyn, Debbie Reynolds

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    Art Carney, Sid Caesar, Inger Stevens

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    Bruce Dern, Albert Paulsen, Anthony Zerbe

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    Charles Grodin, David Clennon, Michael DeLorenzo

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    Carol Burnett, Walter Matthau, Dawn Greenhalgh

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    Geneviève Bujold, George Kennedy, Pedro Armendáriz

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

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    Lisa Kudrow, Diane Keaton, Cloris Leachman

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    Bob Newhart, Kenneth McMillan, Lee Grant

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    Burt Lancaster, John Carradine, Walter Matthau

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    Jill Clayburgh, Martin Agronsky, Jan Sterling

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    Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Walter Matthau

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    James Coburn, Julian Beck, Ringo Starr

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    Liliane Montevecchi, Carolyn Jones, Dean Jagger

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    Walter Matthau, Cris Campion, Roger Ashton-Griffiths

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    Ann-Margret, David Faustino, Dinah Manoff

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    Walter Matthau, Carol Grace, Bruce MacFarlane

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