The Best Walter Matthau Movies Films

The 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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    The Odd Couple

    Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Herb Edelman

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    Grumpy Old Men

    Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah, Jack Lemmon

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    Charley Varrick

    Walter Matthau, Norman Fell, Don Siegel

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    The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

    Jerry Stiller, Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw

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    The Sunshine Boys

    George Burns, Phyllis Diller, Walter Matthau

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    The Bad News Bears

    Tatum O'Neal, Jackie Earle Haley, Walter Matthau

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    Grumpier Old Men

    Sophia Loren, Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah

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    Hopscotch

    Walter Matthau, Sam Waterston, Ned Beatty

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    The Fortune Cookie

    Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Lurene Tuttle

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    A New Leaf

    Walter Matthau, Doris Roberts, Elaine May

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    Charade

    Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Coburn

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    The Front Page

    Susan Sarandon, Carol Burnett, Jack Lemmon

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    Cactus Flower

    Goldie Hawn, Ingrid Bergman, Walter Matthau

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    Dennis the Menace

    Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Natasha Lyonne

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    House Calls

    Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson, Art Carney

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    Plaza Suite

    Walter Matthau, Lee Grant, Maureen Stapleton

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    JFK

    Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon

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    The Grass Harp

    Edward Furlong, Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek

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    Fail Safe

    Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Larry Hagman

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    Out to Sea

    Jack Lemmon, Dyan Cannon, Walter Matthau

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    I.Q.

    Meg Ryan, Tim Robbins, Stephen Fry

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    The Odd Couple II

    Jack Lemmon, Christine Baranski, Amy Yasbeck

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    A Face in the Crowd

    Andy Griffith, Walter Matthau, Lee Remick

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    Lonely Are the Brave

    Kirk Douglas, George Kennedy, Walter Matthau

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    Hello, Dolly!

    Barbra Streisand, Louis Armstrong, Walter Matthau

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    California Suite

    Jane Fonda, Bill Cosby, Michael Caine

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    Buddy Buddy

    Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Klaus Kinski

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    Pete 'n' Tillie

    Carol Burnett, Cloris Leachman, Walter Matthau

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    Kotch

    Walter Matthau, Charles Aidman, Ellen Geer

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    A Guide for the Married Man

    Lucille Ball, Jayne Mansfield, Carl Reiner

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    Goodbye Charlie

    Debbie Reynolds, Tony Curtis, Ellen Burstyn

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    I'm Not Rappaport

    Craig T. Nelson, Walter Matthau, Martha Plimpton

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    Ensign Pulver

    Jack Nicholson, Walter Matthau, Larry Hagman

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    Mrs. Lambert Remembers Love

    Ellen Burstyn, Walter Matthau, William Schallert

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    First Monday in October

    Walter Matthau, Jill Clayburgh, Jan Sterling

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    Casey's Shadow

    Walter Matthau, Alexis Smith, Murray Hamilton

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    The Laughing Policeman

    Bruce Dern, Louis Gossett, Jr.

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    Earthquake

    Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, Victoria Principal

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    The Incident

    The Incident Walter Matthau, Harry Morgan, Susan Blakely

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

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    Love After Death

    Carol Burnett, John Stamos, Walter Matthau

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    Pirates

    Walter Matthau, Charlotte Lewis, Emilio Fernández

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    The Survivors

    Robin Williams, Walter Matthau, Jerry Reed

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    Little Miss Marker

    Julie Andrews, Tony Curtis, Bob Newhart

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    Hanging Up

    Meg Ryan, Diane Keaton, Lisa Kudrow

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    Neil Simon's I Ought to Be in Pictures

    Ann-Margret, Walter Matthau, David Faustino

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    The Couch Trip

    Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Victoria Jackson

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    The Kentuckian

    Burt Lancaster, Walter Matthau, John Carradine

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    King Creole

    Elvis Presley, Walter Matthau, Vic Morrow

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    The Little Devil

    Walter Matthau, Roberto Benigni, Franco Fabrizi

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