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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.

If you think the best Walter Matthau role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Walter Matthau performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

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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    JFK

    Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman
    JFK is a 1991 American historical legal-conspiracy thriller film directed by Oliver Stone. It...  more

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    The Odd Couple

    Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau
    The Odd Couple is a 1968 American black comedy film written by Neil Simon, based on his play...  more

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    Grumpy Old Men

    Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah
    Grumpy Old Men is a 1993 American romantic comedy film starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau...  more

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    The Bad News Bears

    Tatum O'Neal, Jackie Earle Haley
    The Bad News Bears is a 1976 comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie. It stars Walter Matthau...  more

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    The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

    Jerry Stiller, Walter Matthau
    The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is a 1974 American thriller film directed by Joseph...  more

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    #182 of 306 The Greatest Movie Themes#13 of 46 The Best Train Movies

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    Charley Varrick

    Walter Matthau, Norman Fell
    Charley Varrick is a 1973 crime film directed by Don Siegel and starring Walter Matthau,...  more

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    Grumpier Old Men

    Sophia Loren, Ann-Margret
    Grumpier Old Men is a 1995 romantic comedy film, and a sequel to the 1993 film Grumpy Old Men....  more

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    A New Leaf

    Walter Matthau, Doris Roberts
    A New Leaf is a dark comedy film based on the short story The Green Heart by Jack Ritchie,...  more
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    Charade

    Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant
    Charade is a 1963 Technicolor American romantic comedy/mystery film directed by Stanley Donen,...  more

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    #572 of 1,184 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#181 of 230 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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    The Fortune Cookie

    Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau
    The Fortune Cookie is a 1966 film starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in their first...  more
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    Earthquake

    Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner
    Earthquake is a 1974 American ensemble disaster film directed and produced by Mark Robson. The...  more

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    King Creole

    Elvis Presley, Walter Matthau
    King Creole is a 1958 American musical drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring...  more
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    Goodbye Charlie

    Debbie Reynolds, Tony Curtis
    Goodbye Charlie is a 1964 comedy film about a callous womanizer who gets his just reward. It...  more
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    I'm Not Rappaport

    Craig T. Nelson, Walter Matthau
    I'm Not Rappaport is a 1996 film adaptation by Herb Gardner of his play by the same name. Also...  more
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    The Sunshine Boys

    George Burns, Phyllis Diller
    The Sunshine Boys is a 1975 American comedy film directed by Herbert Ross and produced by Ray...  more
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    Hopscotch

    Walter Matthau, Sam Waterston
    Hopscotch is a 1980 American film directed by Ronald Neame and produced by Edie Landau and Ely...  more
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    Dennis the Menace

    Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
    Dennis the Menace is a 1993 live-action American family film based on the Hank Ketcham comic...  more

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    The Front Page

    Susan Sarandon, Carol Burnett
    The Front Page is a 1974 American comedy-drama film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Jack...  more

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    #251 of 922 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films#576 of 1,139 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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    Plaza Suite

    Walter Matthau, Lee Grant
    Plaza Suite is a 1971 American comedy film directed by Arthur Hiller. The screenplay by Neil...  more
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    House Calls

    Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson
    House Calls is a 1978 film comedy starring Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson, directed by...  more
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    Fail Safe

    Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau
    Fail-Safe is a 1964 Cold thriller film directed by Sidney Lumet, based on the 1962 novel of...  more

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    Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore

    Walter Matthau, Harry Morgan
    Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore is a 1992 American television drama....  more
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    The Odd Couple II

    Jack Lemmon, Christine Baranski
    The Odd Couple II is the 1998 sequel to 1968's The Odd Couple. Written by Neil Simon, the film...  more

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    Incident in a Small Town

    Walter Matthau, Nick Stahl
    Incident in a Small Town is a 1994 TV Drama directed by Delbert Mann, starring Walter Matthau,...  more
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    Hanging Up

    Meg Ryan, Diane Keaton
    Hanging Up is a 2000 American comedy-drama film about a trio of sisters who bond over the...  more