Watchworthy
2.2k voters

The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time

Updated January 23, 2020 9.5k votes 2.2k voters 256.1k 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.

Photo:

list.itemsDescription

...more
  • The Lincoln Lawyer1
    395
    75

    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
  • A Time to Kill2
    423
    86

    A Time to Kill

    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey

    Released1996

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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

    This film is a 1996 drama film adaptation of John Grisham's 1989 novel of the same name,... more on Wikipedia
  • Interstellar3
    199
    36

    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
  • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days4
    355
    110

    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
  • Dallas Buyers Club5
    148
    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

    More Dallas Buyers Club 

    #170 of 1,189 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#69 of 204 The Best Drug Movies of All Time

  • We Are Marshall6
    281
    82

    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
  • Dazed and Confused7
    248
    76

    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
  • Mud8
    294
    86

    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
  • Sahara9
    212
    72

    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

    More Sahara 

    #1166 of 1,540 The Most Rewatchable Movies#331 of 541 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

  • The Wedding Planner10
    252
    105

    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
  • Failure to Launch11
    227
    93

    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
  • Frailty12
    126
    41

    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
  • Serenity13
    479
    132

    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

    More Serenity 

    #98 of 242 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time#9 of 35 The Best Suspense Movies On Amazon Prime

  • The Wolf of Wall Street14
    95
    14

    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
  • Fool's Gold15
    219
    84

    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

    More Fool's Gold 

    #19 of 42 The Best Gold Things#11 of 32 Great Movies Set on the Beach

  • Contact16
    160
    57

    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

    More Contact 

    #81 of 97 The Best Movies to Watch on Mushrooms#27 of 186 The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

  • Magic Mike17
    185
    90

    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

    More Magic Mike 

    #331 of 355 The Best Rainy Day Movies#173 of 836 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

  • Angels in the Outfield18
    123
    43

    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

    More Angels in the Outfield 

    #15 of 145 The Most Inspirational Sports Movies#448 of 1,137 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

  • U-57119
    119
    46

    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

    More U-571 

    #10 of 51 The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time#64 of 214 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

  • Tropic Thunder20
    129
    57

    Tropic Thunder

    Ben Stiller, Jack Black

    Released2008

    Directed byBen Stiller

    Tropic Thunder is a 2008 American action satire comedy film directed by Ben Stiller. Through a... more on Wikipedia

    More Tropic Thunder 

    #412 of 553 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made#235 of 374 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked

  • Reign of Fire21
    109
    45

    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

    More Reign of Fire 

    #24 of 317 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time#64 of 94 The 35+ Greatest Dystopian Action Movies

  • Ghosts of Girlfriends Past22
    179
    79

    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

    More Ghosts of Girlfriends Past 

    #13 of 73 The Best Fantasy Romance Movies#40 of 82 The Best '00s Christmas Movies

  • Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian23

    Released2009

    Directed byShawn Levy

    Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian is a 2009 American adventure comedy film... more on Wikipedia

    More Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 

    #452 of 925 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films#101 of 111 The Best Native American Movies

  • Free State of Jones24
    46
    14

    Free State of Jones

    Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

    Released2016

    Directed byGary Ross

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

    More Free State of Jones 

    #26 of 72 The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made#22 of 86 The Best Drama Movies for Action Fans

  • Tiptoes25
    96
    28

    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