The Best Walter Matthau Movies

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List of the best Walter Matthau movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Walter Matthau has starred in countless films, but one of his best roles has to be that of Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple. Walter Matthau's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Walter Matthau movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Walter Matthau movies will be at the top of the list. Walter Matthau has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Walter Matthau movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Walter Matthau films to end the squabble once and for all.

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The list you're viewing is made up of many different films, like Grumpy Old Men and Bad News Bears.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Walter Matthau movies?" and "What are the greatest Walter Matthau roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Matthau's buddy comedies, you might also enjoy our list of best Jack Lemmon movies and best Burgess Meredith movies.
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  • Hopscotch
    Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson, Sam Waterston
    • Released: 1980
    • Directed by: Ronald Neame
  • The Odd Couple
    Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, John Fiedler
    • Released: 1968
    • Directed by: Gene Saks
  • Grumpy Old Men
    Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret
    • Released: 1993
    • Directed by: Donald Petrie
  • Fail Safe
    Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Larry Hagman
    • Released: 1964
    • Directed by: Sidney Lumet
  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
    Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam
    • Released: 1974
    • Directed by: Joseph Sargent
  • The Bad News Bears
    Walter Matthau, Tatum O'Neal, Vic Morrow
    • Released: 1976
    • Directed by: Michael Ritchie
  • Charley Varrick
    Walter Matthau, Joe Don Baker, Felicia Farr
    • Released: 1973
    • Directed by: Don Siegel
  • Charade
    Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau
    • Released: 1963
    • Directed by: Stanley Donen
  • The Fortune Cookie
    Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ron Rich
    • Released: 1966
    • Directed by: Billy Wilder
  • The Sunshine Boys
    Walter Matthau, George Burns, Richard Benjamin
    • Released: 1975
    • Directed by: Herbert Ross
  • Grumpier Old Men
    Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret
    • Released: 1995
    • Directed by: Howard Deutch
  • Plaza Suite
    Walter Matthau, Maureen Stapleton, Barbara Harris
    • Released: 1971
    • Directed by: Arthur Hiller
  • Cactus Flower
    Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman, Goldie Hawn
    • Released: 1969
    • Directed by: Gene Saks
  • JFK
    Kevin Costner, Sissy Spacek, Joe Pesci
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: Oliver Stone
  • A New Leaf
    Walter Matthau, Elaine May, Jack Weston
    • Released: 1971
    • Directed by: Elaine May
  • The Odd Couple II
    Jack Lemmon, Christine Baranski, Amy Yasbeck
    • Released: 1998
    • Directed by: Howard Deutch
  • The Front Page
    Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Carol Burnett
    • Released: 1974
    • Directed by: Billy Wilder
  • Lonely Are the Brave
    Kirk Douglas, Gena Rowlands, Walter Matthau
    • Released: 1962
    • Directed by: David Miller
  • Out to Sea
    Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Dyan Cannon
    • Released: 1997
    • Directed by: Martha Coolidge
  • Pete 'n' Tillie
    Walter Matthau, Carol Burnett, Geraldine Page
    • Released: 1972
    • Directed by: Martin Ritt
  • Dennis the Menace
    Walter Matthau, Mason Gamble, Joan Plowright
    • Released: 1993
    • Directed by: Nick Castle
  • Ensign Pulver
    Jack Nicholson, Walter Matthau, Larry Hagman
    • Released: 1964
    • Directed by: Joshua Logan
  • California Suite
    Alan Alda, Jane Fonda, Maggie Smith
    • Released: 1978
    • Directed by: Herbert Ross
  • Earthquake
    Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy
    • Released: 1974
    • Directed by: Mark Robson
  • House Calls
    Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson, Art Carney
    • Released: 1978
    • Directed by: Howard Zieff