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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.

Walter Matthau was no stranger to working with popular directors, including Roman Polanski, Billy Wilder and Sidney Lumet. Walter Matthau was in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Jack Lemmon and Jason Robards Jr. in terms of fame and success.

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The Odd Couple Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Herb Edelman The Odd Couple is a 1968 American black comedy film written by Neil Simon, based on his play The Odd Couple, directed by Gene Saks, and starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. It is the story ...more

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Charley Varrick Walter Matthau, Norman Fell, Don Siegel Charley Varrick is a 1973 crime film directed by Don Siegel and starring Walter Matthau, Andrew Robinson, Joe Don Baker and John Vernon. The film was based on the novel The Looters by John H.

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Grumpy Old Men Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah, Jack Lemmon Grumpy Old Men is a 1993 American romantic comedy film starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Ann-Margret, with Burgess Meredith, Daryl Hannah, Kevin Pollak, Ossie Davis and Buck Henry. ...more

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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Jerry Stiller, Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is a 1974 American thriller film directed by Joseph Sargent, produced by Edgar J. Scherick, and starring Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam and ...more

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Hopscotch Walter Matthau, Sam Waterston, Ned Beatty Hopscotch is a 1980 American film directed by Ronald Neame and produced by Edie Landau and Ely A. Landau. It was written by Bryan Forbes and Brian Garfield, based on Garfield's novel of the same ...more

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The Bad News Bears Tatum O'Neal, Jackie Earle Haley, Walter Matthau The Bad News Bears is a 1976 comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie. It stars Walter Matthau and Tatum O'Neal. The film was followed by two sequels, The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training in ...more

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The Sunshine Boys George Burns, Phyllis Diller, Walter Matthau The Sunshine Boys is a 1975 American comedy film directed by Herbert Ross and produced by Ray Stark, released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and based on the play of the same name by Neil Simon, about ...more

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Grumpier Old Men Sophia Loren, Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah Grumpier Old Men is a 1995 romantic comedy film, and a sequel to the 1993 film Grumpy Old Men. The film stars Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret, and Sophia Loren, with Burgess Meredith, ...more

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The Fortune Cookie Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Lurene Tuttle The Fortune Cookie is a 1966 film starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in their first on-screen collaboration, and directed by Billy Wilder from a script by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond.

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Charade Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Coburn Charade is a 1963 Technicolor American romantic comedy/mystery film directed by Stanley Donen, written by Peter Stone and Marc Behm, and starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. The cast also ...more

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A New Leaf Walter Matthau, Doris Roberts, Elaine May A New Leaf is a dark comedy film based on the short story The Green Heart by Jack Ritchie, starring Elaine May, Walter Matthau, George Rose and James Coco. Better known for her collaboration as ...more

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Plaza Suite Walter Matthau, Lee Grant, Maureen Stapleton Plaza Suite is a 1971 American comedy film directed by Arthur Hiller. The screenplay by Neil Simon is based on his 1968 play of the same title. The film stars Walter Matthau, Maureen Stapleton, ...more

Dark Tales From Behind The Scenes Of Gone With The Wind

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The Front Page Susan Sarandon, Carol Burnett, Jack Lemmon The Front Page is a 1974 American comedy-drama film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. The screenplay by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond is based on Ben Hecht and ...more

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Cactus Flower Goldie Hawn, Ingrid Bergman, Walter Matthau Cactus Flower is a 1969 comedy film directed by Gene Saks and starring Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman, and Goldie Hawn, who won an Oscar for her performance. The screenplay was adapted by I. A. ...more

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House Calls Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson, Art Carney House Calls is a 1978 film comedy starring Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson, directed by Howard Zieff.

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Fail Safe Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Larry Hagman Fail-Safe is a 1964 Cold war thriller film directed by Sidney Lumet, based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler. It portrays a fictional account of a Cold War ...more

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JFK Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon JFK is a 1991 American historical legal-conspiracy thriller film directed by Oliver Stone. It examines the events leading to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and subsequent ...more

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Dennis the Menace Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Natasha Lyonne Dennis the Menace is a 1993 live-action American family film based on the Hank Ketcham comic strip of the same name. This, however, is not the first live-action Dennis the Menace film: The first ...more

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The Odd Couple II Jack Lemmon, Christine Baranski, Amy Yasbeck The Odd Couple II is the 1998 sequel to 1968's The Odd Couple. Written by Neil Simon, the film reunites Jack Lemmon as Felix Unger and Walter Matthau as Oscar Madison in their last film ...more

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Out to Sea Jack Lemmon, Dyan Cannon, Walter Matthau Out to Sea is a 1997 romantic comedy film starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Rue McClanahan, Dyan Cannon and Brent Spiner. It was the final film for both Donald O'Connor and Edward Mulhare. ...more

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I.Q. Meg Ryan, Tim Robbins, Stephen Fry I.Q. is a 1994 American romantic comedy film directed by Fred Schepisi and starring Tim Robbins, Meg Ryan, and Walter Matthau. The original music score was composed by Jerry Goldsmith. The film ...more

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Lonely Are the Brave Kirk Douglas, George Kennedy, Walter Matthau Lonely Are the Brave is a 1962 film adaptation of the Edward Abbey novel The Brave Cowboy. The film was directed by David Miller from a screenplay by Dalton Trumbo. It stars Kirk Douglas as ...more

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The Grass Harp Edward Furlong, Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek The Grass Harp is a 1995 American comedy-drama film. It is based on the novella by Truman Capote; the screenplay was the final work of Oscar-winning screenwriter Stirling Silliphant. The film ...more

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A Guide for the Married Man Lucille Ball, Jayne Mansfield, Carl Reiner A Guide for the Married Man is a 1967 American bedroom farce comedy film starring Walter Matthau, Robert Morse, and Inger Stevens. It was directed by Gene Kelly. It features a large number of ...more

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Kotch Walter Matthau, Charles Aidman, Ellen Geer Kotch is a 1971 American comedy-drama film directed by Jack Lemmon, which stars Walter Matthau, Deborah Winters, Felicia Farr, Charles Aidman and Ellen Geer. Adapted by John Paxton from the ...more

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A Face in the Crowd Andy Griffith, Walter Matthau, Lee Remick A Face in the Crowd is a 1957 film starring Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal and Walter Matthau, directed by Elia Kazan. The screenplay was written by Budd Schulberg, based on his short story ...more

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California Suite Jane Fonda, Bill Cosby, Michael Caine California Suite is a 1978 American comedy film directed by Herbert Ross. The screenplay by Neil Simon is based on his play of the same title. Similar to his earlier Plaza Suite, the film ...more

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Hello, Dolly! Barbra Streisand, Louis Armstrong, Walter Matthau Hello, Dolly! is a 1969 romantic comedy musical film based on the Broadway production of the same name. The film follows the story of Dolly Levi, as she travels to Yonkers, New York, to find a ...more

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Pete 'n' Tillie Carol Burnett, Cloris Leachman, Walter Matthau Pete 'n' Tillie is a 1972 American comedy-drama film starring Walter Matthau and Carol Burnett in the title roles. Its advertising tagline was "Honeymoon's over. It's time to get ...more

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First Monday in October Walter Matthau, Jill Clayburgh, Jan Sterling First Monday in October is a 1981 American film based on the play of the same name by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, and directed by Ronald Neame. Walter Matthau and Jill Clayburgh performed ...more

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Goodbye Charlie Debbie Reynolds, Tony Curtis, Ellen Burstyn Goodbye Charlie is a 1964 comedy film about a callous womanizer who gets his just reward. It was adapted from George Axelrod's play Goodbye, Charlie and starred Debbie Reynolds and Tony Curtis. ...more

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Ensign Pulver Jack Nicholson, Walter Matthau, Larry Hagman Ensign Pulver is a 1964 American Technicolor film in Panavision and a sequel to the 1955 film Mister Roberts. The movie stars Robert Walker, Jr., Burl Ives, Walter Matthau and Tommy Sands and ...more

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Buddy Buddy Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Klaus Kinski Buddy Buddy is a 1981 American comedy film directed by Billy Wilder that stars Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. The screenplay by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond is based on the 1973 French language ...more

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The Laughing Policeman Bruce Dern, Louis Gossett, Jr. The Laughing Policeman is an American police procedural film loosely based on the novel The Laughing Policeman by Sjöwall and Wahlöö. The setting of the story is transplanted from ...more

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King Creole Elvis Presley, Walter Matthau, Vic Morrow King Creole is a 1958 American musical drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Elvis Presley, Carolyn Jones, and Walter Matthau. Produced by Hal B. Wallis and based on the 1952 novel ...more

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Little Miss Marker Julie Andrews, Tony Curtis, Bob Newhart Little Miss Marker is a 1980 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Walter Bernstein, based on a short story by Damon Runyon. It stars Walter Matthau, Tony Curtis, Julie Andrews, Bob ...more

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I'm Not Rappaport Craig T. Nelson, Walter Matthau, Martha Plimpton I'm Not Rappaport is a 1996 film adaptation by Herb Gardner of his play by the same name. Also directed by Gardner, the film starred Walter Matthau, Ossie Davis, Amy Irving, Craig T. Nelson, ...more

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Earthquake Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, Victoria Principal Earthquake is a 1974 American ensemble disaster film directed and produced by Mark Robson. The plot concerns the struggle for survival after a catastrophic earthquake destroys most of the city ...more

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The Kentuckian Burt Lancaster, Walter Matthau, John Carradine The Kentuckian is a 1955 Technicolor and CinemaScope adventure film directed by Burt Lancaster, who also starred. This was one of only two films Lancaster directed, and the only one for which he ...more

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Neil Simon's I Ought to Be in Pictures Ann-Margret, Walter Matthau, David Faustino Neil Simon's I Ought to Be in Pictures is a 1982 American comedy-drama film directed by Herbert Ross and based on Neil Simon's play of the same name. The film stars Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret, ...more

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Casey's Shadow Walter Matthau, Alexis Smith, Murray Hamilton Casey's Shadow is a 1978 drama film directed by Martin Ritt and starring Walter Matthau. The film was based on the short story "Ruidoso" by John McPhee. Much of the exterior shots were ...more

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Against Her Will: An Incident ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Walter Matthau Movies
Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore Walter Matthau, Harry Morgan, Susan Blakely Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore is a 1992 American television drama.

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Pirates Walter Matthau, Charlotte Lewis, Emilio Fern├índez Pirates is a 1986 Franco-Tunisian adventure comedy film written by Gérard Brach, John Brownjohn, and Roman Polanski and directed by Polanski. It was screened out of competition at the ...more

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Mrs. Lambert Remembers Love Ellen Burstyn, Walter Matthau, William Schallert Mrs. Lambert Remembers Love is a 1991 drama film written by Janet Heaney and directed by Charles Matthau.

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The Incident Walter Matthau, Harry Morgan, Susan Blakely The Incident is a TV movie starring Walter Matthau, originally broadcast on the CBS network on March 4, 1990. The film marked Matthau's return to television after over 20 years.

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Mirage Gregory Peck, George Kennedy, Walter Matthau Mirage is a 1965 thriller directed by Edward Dmytryk from a screenplay by Peter Stone, based on the novel "Fallen Angel" written by Howard Fast under the pseudonym Walter Ericson; the ...more

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The Couch Trip Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Victoria Jackson The Couch Trip is a 1988 American comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie. It stars Dan Aykroyd, Walter Matthau, Charles Grodin and Donna Dixon.

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The Survivors Robin Williams, Walter Matthau, Jerry Reed The Survivors is a 1983 comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie. It stars Walter Matthau and Robin Williams.

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The Indian Fighter Kirk Douglas, Walter Matthau, Alan Hale^! Jr. The Indian Fighter is a 1956 American Western film directed by Andre De Toth and based upon an original story by Robert L. Richards.

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Incident in a Small Town is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Walter Matthau Movies
Incident in a Small Town Walter Matthau, Nick Stahl, Stephanie Zimbalist Incident in a Small Town is a 1994 TV Drama directed by Delbert Mann, starring Walter Matthau, Harry Morgan and Stephanie Zimbalist. This is the third television movie featuring the characters, ...more