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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 A Time to Kill 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 ...more

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The Lincoln Lawyer 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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We Are Marshall 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 plane crash that killed 37 football players on the Marshall University ...more

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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days 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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Mud 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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Dazed and Confused 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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The Wedding Planner 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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Sahara 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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Failure to Launch 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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Contact 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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Fool's Gold 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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Magic Mike 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

Young Matthew McConaughey Pictures

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Amistad 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 abducted for the ...more

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Interstellar 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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Frailty 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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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past 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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Angels in the Outfield 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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Dallas Buyers Club 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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Reign of Fire 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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U-571 Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bon Jovi, Bill Paxton U-571 is a 2000 war 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. ...more

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Tropic Thunder 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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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 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

The Best Matthew McConaughey Characters

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

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EDtv Matthew McConaughey, Elizabeth Hurley, Ellen DeGeneres EDtv is a 1999 American satirical comedy film directed by Ron Howard. An adaptation of the Quebec film Louis 19, le roi des ondes, it stars Matthew McConaughey, Jenna Elfman, Woody Harrelson, ...more

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The Paperboy Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron The Paperboy is a 2012 American thriller film starring Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, John Cusack, and Nicole Kidman. Directed by Lee Daniels, it is based on the 1995 novel The Paperboy by ...more

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Two for the Money Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey, Rene Russo Two for the Money is a 2005 American drama-sports film directed by D. J. Caruso and starring Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey, Rene Russo, Armand Assante and Carly Pope. The film is about the ...more

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The Newton Boys Cameron Diaz, Matthew McConaughey, Liam Neeson The Newton Boys is a 1998 American comedy-drama film based on the true story of the Newton Gang, a family of bank robbers from Uvalde, Texas. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Skeet Ulrich, ...more

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Bernie Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine Bernie is a 2011 black comedy film directed by Richard Linklater, and written by Linklater and Skip Hollandsworth. The film stars Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey. It is ...more

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Boys on the Side Drew Barrymore, Matthew McConaughey, Whoopi Goldberg Boys on the Side is a 1995 American comedy-drama film directed by Herbert Ross. It stars Whoopi Goldberg, Drew Barrymore and Mary-Louise Parker as three friends on a cross-country road trip. The ...more

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Free State of Jones Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali Free State of Jones is a 2016 American film inspired by the life of Newton Knight and his armed revolt against the Confederacy in Jones County, Mississippi, throughout the American Civil War. ...more

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Thirteen Conversations About One Thing Matthew McConaughey, Alan Arkin, John Turturro Thirteen Conversations About One Thing is a 2001 American drama film directed by Jill Sprecher. The screenplay by Sprecher and her sister Karen focuses on five seemingly disparate individuals in ...more

Matthew McConaughey's Loves & Hookups

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Killer Joe Matthew McConaughey, Gina Gershon, Juno Temple Killer Joe is a 2011 American Southern Gothic crime film directed by William Friedkin. The screenplay by Tracy Letts is based on his 1993 play of the same name. The film stars Matthew ...more

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Tiptoes Kate Beckinsale, Matthew McConaughey, Gary Oldman Tiptoes is a 2003 film starring Matthew McConaughey, Kate Beckinsale, Patricia Arquette and Gary Oldman. The film was screened at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. It was never released ...more

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The Sea of Trees Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe, Naomi Watts The Sea of Trees is a 2015 American drama mystery film directed by Gus Van Sant. An American man (Matthew McConaughey) attempting to commit suicide travels to Mount Fuji's "Suicide ...more

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Glory Daze Ben Affleck, Alyssa Milano, Matthew McConaughey Glory Daze is an independent film starring Ben Affleck, Sam Rockwell, French Stewart and Alyssa Milano. It had a limited release in 1995.

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My Boyfriend's Back Matthew McConaughey, Renée Zellweger, Philip Seymour Hoffman My Boyfriend's Back is a 1993 American romantic black comedy film directed by Bob Balaban which tells the story of Johnny Dingle, a teenage boy who returns from the dead as a zombie to meet ...more

Things Your Mother Told You... That She Was Right About

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation Matthew McConaughey, Renée Zellweger, Debra Marshall Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation is a 1994 independent American horror film written and directed by Kim Henkel, and starring Renée Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey. The plot ...more

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MichaelChoi added The Dark Tower Idris Elba, Tom Taylor, Matthew McConaughey The Dark Tower is a 2017 science fantasy western horror film directed by Nikolaj Arcel, based on the series of novels of the same name by Stephen King. Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) is a young ...more

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Sing Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane Sing is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical comedy film produced by Illumination Entertainment. The film stars the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, ...more

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

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Larger than Life Matthew McConaughey, Bill Murray, Janeane Garofalo Larger Than Life is a 1996 American comedy film starring Bill Murray.

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Surfer, Dude Matthew McConaughey, Willie Nelson, Woody Harrelson Surfer, Dude is a 2008 American comedy film starring Matthew McConaughey in the title role directed by S.R. Bindler. Woody Harrelson claims the film is the most "non-work" he has ever ...more

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Scorpion Spring Matthew McConaughey, Alfred Molina, Rubén Blades Scorpion Spring is a 1996 Crime and Thriller film written and directed by Brian Cox.

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Magnificent Desolation: Walking On The Moon 3D John Travolta, Tom Hanks, Morgan Freeman Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D is a 2005 IMAX 3D documentary film about the first humans on the Moon, the twelve astronauts in the Apollo program. It is co-written, produced and ...more

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Making Sandwiches Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Eric Roberts "Making Sandwiches" is a short film written and directed by American film star Sandra Bullock. Shot in Ventura, California in 1996, it debuted at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, and ...more