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The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time

Updated January 23, 2020 9.4k votes 2.2k voters 254.9k views50 items

List RulesThe best movies starring Matthew McConaughey.

The best Matthew McConaughey movies of all time prove that he is one of the top actors currently working. Since he first started out in the mid ‘90s, he has been a popular go-to leading man for filmmakers. McConaughey has appeared in plenty of blockbusters and critically-acclaimed movies, earning awards and accolades along the way. His highest grossing movies have been well-received at the box office and his lifetime box office total exceeds $1.5 billion.

Originally from Uvalde, Texas, McConaughey attended University of Texas and graduated with a degree in Radio-Television-Film. After university, he worked in local TV commercials and eventually moved on to small roles in TV and movies. His first big role was as the lawyer Jake Brigance in the movie A Time to Kill.

Since first capturing audiences' attention with his scene-stealing performance as David Wooderson in Dazed and Confused in 1993, Matthew McConaughey has been a favorite of critics and fans alike. By the 2000s, the best Matthew McConaughey movies featured him in leading roles—often romantic comedies. But by 2012, he recognized that he was being typecast and chased more dramatic roles. Now, he still plays the leading man, but in a wider variety of movies. His recent hits have included Interstellar and Free State of Jones.

So what are the best Matthew McConaughey movies of all time? Is it The Lincoln Lawyer or We Are Marshall? See what fans have ranked as their favorites in the filmography below. And if you think his best role isn't at the top, then vote it up. Don’t see it listed? Add it so that others may vote for it. 

If you are a fan of dramatic or comedic movies starring Matthew McConaughey, you might also like our list of the best Woody Harrelson movies or our list of the best Kate Hudson movies. And if you loved McConaughey as Baker Dill, check out the best Serenity quotes to relive some of his best lines.

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    The Lincoln Lawyer
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    The Lincoln Lawyer

    Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei

    Released2011

    Directed byBrad Furman

    The Lincoln Lawyer is a 2011 American thriller film adapted from the novel of the same name by... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    A Time to Kill
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    A Time to Kill

    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey

    Released1996

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    For more like this, check out our Sandra Bullock movies list.

  • 3
    How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
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    How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

    Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2003

    Directed byDonald Petrie

    How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is a 2003 American romantic comedy film directed by Donald... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Interstellar
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    Interstellar

    Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2014

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Interstellar is a British-American 2014 science fiction epic film directed by Christopher... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Dallas Buyers Club
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    21

    Dallas Buyers Club

    Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2013

    Directed byJean-Marc Vallée

    Dallas Buyers Club is a 2013 American biographical drama film, co-written by Craig Borten and... more on Wikipedia

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    We Are Marshall
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    We Are Marshall

    Matthew McConaughey, Kate Mara

    Released2006

    Directed byJoseph McGinty Nichol

    We Are Marshall is a 2006 American historical drama biopic film directed by McG. It depicts... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Dazed and Confused
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    Dazed and Confused

    Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich

    Released1993

    Directed byRichard Linklater

    Dazed and Confused is a 1993 coming of age comedy film written and directed by Richard... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Mud
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    Mud

    Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2012

    Directed byJeff Nichols

    Mud is a 2012 American drama film directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Matthew McConaughey,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Sahara
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    Sahara

    Penélope Cruz, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2005

    Directed byBreck Eisner

    Sahara, an American/Spanish 2005 action–comedy adventure film directed by Breck Eisner, is... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    The Wedding Planner
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    The Wedding Planner

    Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2001

    Directed byAdam Shankman

    The Wedding Planner is a 2001 romantic comedy film directed by Adam Shankman, written by... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Failure to Launch
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    Failure to Launch

    Zooey Deschanel, Sarah Jessica Parker

    Released2006

    Directed byTom Dey

    Failure to Launch is a 2006 American romantic comedy film. In the movie a 35-year-old man... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Frailty
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    Frailty

    Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton

    Released2001

    Directed byBill Paxton

    Frailty is a 2002 psychological thriller film, directed by and starring Bill Paxton, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Serenity
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    Serenity

    Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway

    Released2019

    Directed bySteven Knight

    Serenity is a 2019 American noir thriller-drama film directed by Steven Knight. The mysterious... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    The Wolf of Wall Street
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    The Wolf of Wall Street

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2013

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American biographical black comedy film directed by Martin... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Fool's Gold
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    Fool's Gold

    Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2008

    Directed byAndy Tennant

    Fool's Gold is an 2008 American-Australian adventure-romance film from Warner Bros. Pictures... more on Wikipedia

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    Contact
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    Contact

    Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster

    Released1997

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Contact is a 1997 American science fiction drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is a... more on Wikipedia

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  • 17
    Magic Mike
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    Magic Mike

    Olivia Munn, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2012

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    Magic Mike is a 2012 American comedy-drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    Angels in the Outfield
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    Angels in the Outfield

    Matthew McConaughey, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Released1994

    Directed byWilliam Dear

    Angels in the Outfield is a 1994 remake of the 1951 film of the same name. The film stars... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    U-571
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    U-571

    Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bon Jovi

    Released2000

    Directed byJonathan Mostow

    U-571 is a 2000 film directed by Jonathan Mostow, and starring Matthew McConaughey, Bill... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    Tropic Thunder
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    Tropic Thunder

    Ben Stiller, Jack Black

    Released2008

    Directed byBen Stiller

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  • 21
    Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
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    Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

    Emma Stone, Jennifer Garner

    Released2009

    Directed byMark Waters

    Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is a 2009 American romantic comedy film whose plot is based loosely... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    Reign of Fire
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    Reign of Fire

    Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2002

    Directed byRob Bowman

    Reign of Fire is a 2002 post-apocalyptic action fantasy film directed by Rob Bowman and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

    Released2009

    Directed byShawn Levy

    Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian is a 2009 American adventure comedy film... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Free State of Jones
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    Free State of Jones

    Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

    Directed byGary Ross

    Free State of Jones is a 2016 American film inspired by the life of Newton Knight and his... more on Wikipedia

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    Tiptoes
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    Tiptoes

    Kate Beckinsale, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2003

    Directed byMatthew Bright

    Tiptoes is a 2003 film starring Matthew McConaughey, Kate Beckinsale, Patricia Arquette and... more on Wikipedia

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