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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.

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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A Time to Kill Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey

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The Lincoln Lawyer Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Bryan Cranston

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We Are Marshall Matthew McConaughey, Kate Mara, January Jones

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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Bebe Neuwirth

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Mud Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Paulson

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Dazed and Confused Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey

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The Wedding Planner Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Judy Greer

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Sahara Penélope Cruz, Matthew McConaughey, William H. Macy

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Failure to Launch Zooey Deschanel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew McConaughey

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Contact Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, Jay Leno

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Fool's Gold Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Donald Sutherland

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Interstellar Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

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Magic Mike Olivia Munn, Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum

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Amistad Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin

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Frailty Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe

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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Emma Stone, Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey

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Angels in the Outfield Matthew McConaughey, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Christopher Lloyd

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Reign of Fire Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Gerard Butler

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U-571 Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bon Jovi, Bill Paxton

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Tropic Thunder Tom Cruise, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Robert Downey Jr.

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Dallas Buyers Club Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto

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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Amy Adams, Robin Williams, Ben Stiller

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Lone Star Matthew McConaughey, Kris Kristofferson, Frances McDormand

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The Wolf of Wall Street Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie

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EDtv Matthew McConaughey, Elizabeth Hurley, Ellen DeGeneres

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The Paperboy Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron

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Two for the Money Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey, Rene Russo

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The Newton Boys Cameron Diaz, Matthew McConaughey, Liam Neeson

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Bernie Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine

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Boys on the Side Drew Barrymore, Matthew McConaughey, Whoopi Goldberg

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Free State of Jones Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali

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Thirteen Conversations About One Thing Matthew McConaughey, Alan Arkin, John Turturro

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Tiptoes Kate Beckinsale, Matthew McConaughey, Gary Oldman

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Killer Joe Matthew McConaughey, Gina Gershon, Juno Temple

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Glory Daze Ben Affleck, Alyssa Milano, Matthew McConaughey

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My Boyfriend's Back Matthew McConaughey, Renée Zellweger, Philip Seymour Hoffman

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The Sea of Trees Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe, Naomi Watts

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MichaelChoi added The Dark Tower Idris Elba, Tom Taylor, Matthew McConaughey

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Sing Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane

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Kubo and the Two Strings Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Matthew McConaughey

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation Matthew McConaughey, Renée Zellweger, Debra Marshall

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Surfer, Dude Matthew McConaughey, Willie Nelson, Woody Harrelson

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Larger than Life Matthew McConaughey, Bill Murray, Janeane Garofalo

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Scorpion Spring Matthew McConaughey, Alfred Molina, Rubén Blades

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Magnificent Desolation: Walking On The Moon 3D John Travolta, Tom Hanks, Morgan Freeman

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Making Sandwiches Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Eric Roberts