Entertainment The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time  

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List Rules The 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 Matthew McConaughey filmography below. Movie trailers have been included below if you want a preview of the film. If you think the best Matthew McConaughey role isn't at the top, then vote it up. Don’t see it listed? Add it so that others may vote for it. After all, this list of the best Matthew McConaughey movies should be as comprehensive as possible. 

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. If you loved McConaughey as Baker Dill, check out the best Serenity quotes to relive some of his best lines.

Notable directors that have worked with Matthew McConaughey include names like Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Christopher Nolan. If Matthew McConaughey movies are your thing, then check out the greatest movies by Chiwetel Ejiofor and Christian Bale too.

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Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Bryan Cranston
The Lincoln Lawyer is a 2011 American thriller film adapted from the novel of the same name by Michael Connelly, starring Matthew McConaughey, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy and Marisa Tomei. ...more

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Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey
This film is a 1996 drama film adaptation of John Grisham's 1989 novel of the same name, directed by Joel Schumacher. Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, and Kevin Spacey ...more

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Matthew McConaughey, Kate Mara, January Jones
We Are Marshall is a 2006 American historical drama biopic film directed by McG. It depicts the aftermath of the 1970 incident that 37 football players on the Marshall University Thundering Herd ...more

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Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Bebe Neuwirth
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is a 2003 romantic comedy film, directed by Donald Petrie, starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey. It is based on a short cartoon book of the same name by ...more

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Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Paulson
Mud is a 2012 American drama film directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, and Reese Witherspoon. The film competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film

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Serenity is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 20+ Best Matthew McConaughey Movies of All Time
Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Diane Lane
Serenity is a 2019 American noir thriller-drama film directed by Steven Knight. The mysterious past of a fishing boat captain (Matthew McConaughey) living in the Caribbean comes back to haunt ...more

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Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey
Dazed and Confused is a 1993 coming of age comedy film written and directed by Richard Linklater. The film features a large ensemble cast of actors who would later become stars, including ...more

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Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Judy Greer
The Wedding Planner is a 2001 romantic comedy film directed by Adam Shankman, written by Michael Ellis and Pamela Falk, and starring Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey.

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Penélope Cruz, Matthew McConaughey, William H. Macy
Sahara, an American/Spanish 2005 action–comedy adventure film directed by Breck Eisner, is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Clive Cussler. It stars Matthew McConaughey, Steve ...more

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Zooey Deschanel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew McConaughey
Failure to Launch is a 2006 American romantic comedy film. In the movie a 35-year-old man lives in the home of his parents and shows no interest in leaving the comfortable life his parents, ...more

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Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Donald Sutherland
Fool's Gold is an 2008 American-Australian adventure-romance film from Warner Bros. Pictures about a recently divorced couple who rekindle their romantic life while searching for a lost ...more

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Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, Jay Leno
Contact is a 1997 American science fiction drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is a film adaptation of Carl Sagan's 1985 novel of the same name; Sagan and his wife Ann Druyan wrote the ...more

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Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon
Interstellar is a British-American 2014 science fiction epic film directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine. The film ...more

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Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto
Dallas Buyers Club is a 2013 American biographical drama film, co-written by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. Ron Woodroof was an AIDS patient diagnosed in ...more

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Olivia Munn, Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum
Magic Mike is a 2012 American comedy-drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, and Matthew McConaughey. The plot revolves ...more

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Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin
Amistad is a 1997 historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the true story of the 1839 mutiny aboard the slave ship La Amistad, during which Mende tribesmen taken and managed ...more

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Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe
Frailty is a 2002 psychological thriller film, directed by and starring Bill Paxton, and co-starring Matthew McConaughey. It marks Paxton's directorial debut. The plot focuses on the strange ...more

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Emma Stone, Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is a 2009 American romantic comedy film whose plot is based loosely on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Mark Waters directed a script by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. ...more

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Matthew McConaughey, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Christopher Lloyd
Angels in the Outfield is a 1994 remake of the 1951 film of the same name. The film stars Danny Glover, Tony Danza and Christopher Lloyd, and features several future stars, including Joseph ...more

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Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bon Jovi, Bill Paxton
U-571 is a 2000 film directed by Jonathan Mostow, and starring Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel, Thomas Kretschmann, Jon Bon Jovi, Jack Noseworthy, Will Estes and Tom Guiry. In ...more

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Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Gerard Butler
Reign of Fire is a 2002 post-apocalyptic action fantasy film directed by Rob Bowman and starring Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey and Gerard Butler. It takes place in the year 2020 in ...more

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Tom Cruise, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Robert Downey Jr.
Tropic Thunder is a 2008 American action satire comedy film written, produced and directed by Ben Stiller.

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Amy Adams, Robin Williams, Ben Stiller
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian is a 2009 American adventure comedy film directed by Shawn Levy, and starring Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Owen Wilson, Hank Azaria, Christopher Guest ...more

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie
The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American biographical black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese. The screenplay by Terence Winter is adapted from the eponymous memoir by Jordan Belfort and ...more

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Matthew McConaughey, Kris Kristofferson, Frances McDormand
Lone Star is a 1996 drama, mystery, romance film written and directed by John Sayles.