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The Best Matthew McConaughey Characters

Updated March 29, 2020 3.6k votes 539 voters 27.8k views39 items

List RulesVote for your favorite Matthew McConaughey character or performance, which doesn't have to be their best movie.

Matthew McConaughey characters list, ranked from best to worst along with movie clips when available. These roles are ordered by the number of votes they receive, so only the greatest roles played by Matthew McConaughey are at the top of the list. Items include everything from Dirk Pitt to Mickey Haller. The ability to play any kind of role is what makes an actor or actress great, and the diversity of the characters listed below is a testament to that. This list includes both Matthew McConaughey's movie and TV performances, so you don't have to choose between one or the other.

If you're asking yourself, "Who is the best Matthew McConaughey character?" or "What are the top Matthew McConaughey performances of all time?" then this list will help you out.

Do you think the best Matthew McConaughey performance isn't as high as it should be? Then vote it up so that it can be number one. You can also make your own version of this greatest Matthew McConaughey roles list by re-ranking it and putting it in your own order.

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  • 1
    170
    22

    Rust Cohle

    True Detective
  • 2
    124
    18

    Finn Finnegan

    Fool's Gold
  • 3
    116
    19

    Rick Peck

    Tropic Thunder
  • 4
    114
    19

    Dirk Pitt

    Sahara
  • 5
    110
    17

    Jake Tyler Brigance

    A Time to Kill
  • 6
    108
    22
  • 7
    104
    20

    Mickey Haller

    The Lincoln Lawyer
  • 8
    87
    11

    Buddy Deeds

    Lone Star
  • 9
    91
    14

    Ed 'Eddie' Pekurny

    EDtv
  • 10
    102
    24

    Cooper

    Interstellar
  • 11
    95
    20

    David Wooderson

    Dazed and Confused
  • 12
    111
    33
  • 13
    103
    28

    Benjamin Barry

    How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
  • 14
    126
    51

    Ron Woodroof

    Dallas Buyers Club
  • 15
    94
    28

    Mark Hanna

    The Wolf of Wall Street
  • 16
    59
    11

    Steve Addington

    Surfer Dude
  • 17
    53
    10

    Rad Thibodeaux

    King of the Hill
  • 18
    75
    32

    Lt. Andrew Tyler

    U-571
  • 19
    59
    20

    Connor Mead

    The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
  • 20
    65
    27

    Dallas

    Magic Mike
  • 21
    61
    25

    Steve Edison

    The Wedding Planner
  • 22
    58
    23

    Tripp

    Failure to Launch
  • 23
    53
    21

    Jack Lengyel

    We Are Marshall
  • 24
    80
    57

    Mud

    Mud
  • 25
    50
    33

    Willis Newton

    The Newton Boys