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List of Matthew McConaughey Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
147
9
The Lincoln Lawyer
R
147
9

Mick Haller, a criminal defense attorney works in Los Angeles, from the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car. He gets the case to defend Beverly Hills playboy Louis Roulet. During the defense proceedings, he not only finds the dangerous Roulet guilty but that he is also the murderer in Haller’s past case.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Mick Haller
Director:
Brad Furman
Genres:
Crime, Thriller, Drama
2. A Time to Kill (1996)
130
6
A Time to Kill
R
130
6

Heartbroken African-American father, Carl Lee Hailey, kills two rapists who raped and tried to hang his ten years old daughter, Tonya. He then recruits Jake Brigance to defend him. Unfortunately, Jake has to go up against not only an all-white racist jury in Canton, Mississippi but the Ku Klux Klan and racist US police officers.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jake Tyler Brigance
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller
Awards:
MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
3. Interstellar (2014)
100
17
Interstellar
PG-13
100
17

In a post-apocalyptic Earth menaced by crop blights and dust storms, physicist Professor Brand sends a team of researchers led by former NASA pilot Cooper to carry frozen human embryos onboard spacecraft Endurance through a wormhole to a distant galaxy with three potentially habitable planets which can be the new home for the human race.

As:
Cast
Role:
Cooper
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Drama, Adventure
4. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
102
13
Dallas Buyers Club
R
102
13

A biographical drama, the movie follows a Dallas electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof who is diagnosed with AIDS in 1985. With very little research and a lot of stigma attached to the disease, Ron finds it difficult to get medicines. He then begins to smuggle unapproved drugs to treat himself and other AIDS patients in the Dallas Buyers Club.

As:
Cast
Role:
Ron Woodroof
Director:
Jean-Marc Vallée
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Denis O'Hare, Steve Zahn
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
5. Free State of Jones (2016)
114
4
Free State of Jones
R
114
4

Free State of Jones is a war drama film, which tells the story of a medic who took part in the American Civil War. However, after being disillusioned by the Confederate government, he returns to his hometown and leads a militia of fellow deserters and women in an uprising against the government.    

As:
Cast
Role:
Newton Knight
Director:
Gary Ross
Genres:
Drama, War, History, Action, Biography
Star Cast:
6. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
79
9
The Wolf of Wall Street
R
79
9

This biographical film focuses on the rise of Jordan Belfort from an entry-level employee at a brokerage firm to founding his own firm that engaged in massive security scams involving widespread corruption on Wall Street. However, his decadent lifestyle of sex, drugs and excess led to his downfall by attracting the attention of the FBI.

As:
Cast
Role:
Mark Hanna
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Crime, Biography
7. We Are Marshall (2006)
87
4
We Are Marshall
PG
87
4

Set in the backdrop of the 1971 plane crash that killed 75 Marshal University football players, staff members and fans, the film focuses on Jack Lengyel, the new coach, who with the help of a few surviving members, sets out to rebuild the team. Thus he not only keeps the university’s football program alive, but also heals the grieving community. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Jack Lengyel
Director:
McG
Genres:
Drama, Sport
Star Cast:
January Jones, Anthony Mackie, Matthew Fox, David Strathairn
8. Mud (2012)
62
12
Mud
PG-13
62
12

Two teenagers Ellis and Neckbone discover fugitive Mud, wanted for murder ,living in a boat on a small island in the Mississippi River. They agree to help him reunite with his lover Juniper. But things take a violent turn when the family of the man he killed arrives to take revenge.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Mud
Director:
Jeff Nichols
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
9. Dazed and Confused (1993)
50
8
Dazed and Confused
R
50
8

Dazed and Confused is a coming-of-age comedy film that follows the activities of students on the last day of academic year at Lee High School in Texas in 1976. The seniors delight in hazing the new students, especially Mitch Kramer. They enjoy an evening roaming around a pool hall and follow it up with a keg party.

As:
Cast
Director:
Richard Linklater
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
10. Contact (1997)
48
8
Contact
PG
48
8

As hope in extraterrestrial life exploration dwindles, a SETI scientist stumbles upon a sequenced signal. She is faced with the challenge of deciphering the message under massive global scrutiny. This science-fiction drama is an adaptation of Carl Sagan's 1985 novel of the same name.

As:
Cast
Director:
Robert Zemeckis
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
11. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
66
6
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
PG-13
66
6

Andie, a journalist, is writing an article on How to lose a guy in 10 days. Ben, an advertising agency executive accepts the challenge to make a woman fall in love with him 10 days so as to get a big diamond merchant account. The two find themselves together and do their best to win.

As:
Cast
Role:
Ben Barry
Director:
Donald Petrie
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Kate Hudson, Bebe Neuwirth, Adam Goldberg, Kathryn Hahn, Annie Parisse
12. Frailty (2001)
43
7
Frailty
R
43
7

Wesley Doyle, detective-in-charge of the ‘God’s Hands’ serial murders, is shocked when youngster Fenton Meiks reveals that his fanatically religious widower father received a vision telling him to ‘destroy demons residing in humans.’ Though Fenton detested, he couldn’t go against father, while younger brother Adam hero-worshipped father, and after father’s death, continues as ‘God’s Hands.’ But is it really as it appears?

As:
Cast
Role:
Adam Meiks
Director:
Genres:
Crime, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Matt O'Leary, Jeremy Sumpter
13. Amistad (1997)
38
4
Amistad
TV-MA
38
4

Based on true events of 1839, the film depicts the slave revolt led by Mende tribal chief, Cinque aboard, the Spanish slave-ship, La Amistad, traveling from Cuba to US. The chained African slaves take over the ship but reach US shore. A formerly-freed slave fights in the court for their freedom, while ex-president, John Quincy Adams, represents them in the Supreme Court.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Roger Sherman Baldwin
Director:
Genres:
Drama, History
Star Cast:
Anthony Hopkins, Morgan Freeman, Anna Paquin, Nigel Hawthorne, Djimon Hounsou
15. Sahara (2005)
54
2
Sahara
PG-13
54
2

Dirk Pitt, a former US Navy seal and explorer, reaches West African desert looking for the ‘Ship of Death,’ a lost Civil War ironclad battleship with secret treasure. He and his associate help UN scientist Dr. Eva Rojas, who is investigating the source of a deadly disease plaguing Africa. While connecting pieces of puzzle, they discover a link between the two mysteries. 

As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Dirk Pitt
Director:
Breck Eisner
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Comedy, Adventure
Star Cast:
Penelope Cruz, Rainn Wilson, William H. Macy, Steve Zahn, Penélope Cruz
16. U-571 (2000)
43
3
U-571
PG-13
43
3

When a Nazi U-boat is severely damaged during World War II, it sends out a distress signal which is intercepted by the US Navy. The US Navy captures the U-boat to recover an Enigma machine. But soon they end up in a battle for survival when a German destroyer arrives and attempts to destroy the captured U-571. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Lt. Andrew Tyler
Director:
Jonathan Mostow
Genres:
Action, War
Star Cast:
17. Lone Star (1996)
24
5
Lone Star
R
24
5

When a 40-year-old skeleton is found in Rio County, Texas, Sheriff Sam Deeds is summoned to investigate. According to local stories, the tyrannical sheriff Charlie Wade was killed by deputy Buddy Deeds, Sam’s father, who succeeded Wade to become a much-loved sheriff. Sam, who had a difficult relationship with his father, digs deeper and learns to see Buddy in a different light.

As:
Cast
Director:
John Sayles
Genres:
Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Kris Kristofferson, Frances McDormand, Chris Cooper, Stephen Mendillo, Stephen J. Lang
19. Gold (2016)
35
5
Gold
R
35
5

Gold is a 2016 crime drama film, which tells the story of Kenny Wells, a prospector desperate for a lucky break. Eventually he teams up with a similarly eager geologist in order to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia. 

As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Kenny Wells
Director:
Stephen Gaghan
Genres:
Adventure, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
20. Killer Joe (2011)
34
6
Killer Joe
34
6

Drug dealer, Chris Smith, hires police detective, Joe Cooper, to kill his mother Adele, who stole all of Chris’ cocaine leaving him in debt to dealer Digger Soames. His plan is to collect Adele’s life insurance of which his sister Dottie is the only beneficiary. But all plans go awry when Joe starts an affair with Dottie. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Killer Joe Cooper
Director:
William Friedkin
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Emile Davenport Hirsch, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon
21. Fool's Gold (2008)
53
6
Fool's Gold
PG-13
53
6

Ben Finnegan is a treasure-hunter in quest of ‘Queen’s dowry’ that disappeared in the Caribbean in 1715. Divorced by wife Tess, he is in debt of a gangster. After finding a clue, Ben manages a ride on Nigel Honeycutt’s yacht where Tess works as stewardess. They re-discover their romance during the exciting hunt. But they are not the only ones after the treasure. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Finn
Director:
Andy Tennant
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Action, Thriller, Adventure
Star Cast:
Kevin Hart, Kate Hudson, Donald Sutherland, Alexis Dziena, Ewen Bremner
22. Reign of Fire (2002)
35
5
Reign of Fire
PG-13
35
5

At a young age, Quinn witnesses the awakening of fire-breathing dragons and the subsequent death of his mother while protecting him. Two decades later, Quinn is responsible for protecting a group of people from the dragons who have destroyed much of humanity. There appears to be little hope, but when dragon Slayer Van Zan arrives, the two get together to face the powerful monster.

As:
Cast
Role:
Denton Van Zan
Director:
Rob Bowman
Genres:
Action, Fantasy, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Star Cast:
Gerard Butler, Christian Bale, Izabella Scorupco, Scott Moutter
23. Magic Mike (2012)
42
12
Magic Mike
R
42
12

Mike is the star stripper at Xquisite Strip Club in Tampa but also does odd-jobs in the morning to save up enough to start his own business. When he takes young upstart Adam under his wing he also starts falling for Adam’s sister Brooke. However, Adam’s reckless actions soon threaten Mike’s lifestyle and romance. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Dallas
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
24. The Wedding Planner (2001)
55
9
The Wedding Planner
PG-13
55
9

Hard-working, single-minded Mary Flore, the perfect wedding planner, who made any wedding a remarkable occasion, has received the biggest opportunity of her career – the wedding of internet-magnate Fran Donnelly. Always too busy to think of her own love-life, Mary ‘accidently’ meets her Mr. Right, pediatrician Steve Edison, who incidentally happens to be the groom of the wedding. Can Ms. Planner solve this complication?

As:
Cast
Role:
Steve Edison
Director:
Adam Shankman
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Jennifer Lopez, Kevin Pollak, Judy Greer, Fred Willard, Bridgette Wilson, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Justin Chambers
25. Bernie (2011)
20
7
Bernie
PG-13
20
7

In a small town in Texas, an undertaker named Bernie befriends a wealthy, recently widowed woman named Marjorie. However, when she gets too controlling and possessive, he goes to extreme lengths in order to separate himself from her grasp. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Danny Buck
Director:
Richard Linklater
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Comedy, Biography
Star Cast:
Shirley MacLaine, Jack Black, Brady Coleman, Richard Robichaux
26. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)
37
6
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
PG-13
37
6

Connor Mead, a famous photographer is a playboy never settling down and having simultaneous relationships with multiple women. While attending his brother’s wedding, he is visited by three ghosts of his past girlfriends who take him on a journey so that he can have a real chance of a relationship with his first true love, Jenny Perotti. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Connor Mead
Director:
Mark Waters
Genres:
Fantasy, Romance, Comedy
27. Failure to Launch (2006)
42
7
Failure to Launch
PG-13
42
7

35 years old Tripp still lives with his parents Al and Sue. Having had enough of this, they hire a professional Paula to induce him to leave home. However, Paula ends up falling in love with him. When Tripp finds out about Paula’s manipulation, he ends their relationship. But a happy ending might still be in the cards. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Tripp
Director:
Tom Dey
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
28. The Sea of Trees (2015)
33
5
The Sea of Trees
PG-13
33
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Arthur Brennan
Director:
Gus Van Sant
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Naomi Watts, Ryoko Seta, Sienna Tow, Naoko Marshall, Michiko Tomura
29. Two for the Money (2005)
24
4
Two for the Money
R
24
4

Two for the Money is a sports crime drama film, which tells the story of Brandon Lang, a former college football star, who sustains an injury that ends his career. He eventually aligns himself with a renowned tout in the sports-gambling business. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Brandon
Director:
D.J. Caruso
Genres:
Sport, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
30. Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
5
3
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing
R
5
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Troy
Director:
Jill Sprecher
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Elizabeth Reaser, Amy Irving, Alan Arkin, David Connolly, Joseph Siravo, A.D. Miles
31. The Newton Boys (1998)
21
2
The Newton Boys
PG-13
21
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Willis Newton
Director:
Richard Linklater
Genres:
Action, History, Western, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Ethan Hawke, Skeet Ulrich, Gail Cronauer, Jena Karam
32. Angels in the Outfield (1994)
20
4
Angels in the Outfield
PG
20
4

Roger, a young boy, prays to the Divine, asking for a real family as well as for a victory for his favorite basketball team, and to his surprise, few angels are assigned to help his wish come true.  

As:
Cast
Director:
William Dear
Genres:
Family, Sport, Fantasy, Comedy
33. White Boy Rick (2018)
16
8
White Boy Rick
R
16
8
As:
Cast
Role:
Richard Wershe Sr.
Director:
Yann Demange
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Bruce Dern, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Piper Laurie, Bel Powley
35. Edtv (1999)
16
4
Edtv
PG-13
16
4

When a television channel decides to telecast the daily life of an ordinary person they choose a video store clerk and begin filming his life 24X7.  Very soon, the show becomes very popular and he becomes a celebrity. But it also invites complications in his life and he starts looking for ways to quit the show without breaching his contract. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
36. The Dark Tower (2017)
20
8
The Dark Tower
PG-13
20
8

The Dark Tower is an adventure action horror film, which tells the story of Jake, an eleven-year-old boy, who sees haunting visions of a dark tower. Eventually, he meets the tower’s guardian and they unite to stop an evil warlock from destroying the tower and opening the gates of Hell.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Walter
Director:
Nikolaj Arcel
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Western, Fantasy, Horror
Star Cast:
Idris Elba, Katheryn Winnick, Tom Taylor, Dennis Haysbert, Ben Gavin
38. The Paperboy (2012)
17
5
The Paperboy
R
17
5

Based on Pete Dexter’s 1995 novel, which in turn was inspired by a true story, the film follows a Miami reporter, who returns to his hometown in Florida to exonerate a death row inmate on the request of his girlfriend. She has fallen in love with the convict after exchanging letter with him without ever meeting him face to face.              

As:
Cast
Role:
Ward Jansen
Director:
Lee Daniels
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
43. Larger Than Life (1996)
5
4
Larger Than Life
PG
5
4
As:
Cast
Director:
Howard Franklin
Genres:
Family, Comedy
Star Cast:
Keith David, Bill Murray, Jeremy Piven, Jerry Adler, Richard Alan Baker, Richie Allan, Kimberly Thornton
44. My Boyfriend's Back (1993)
2
6
My Boyfriend's Back
PG-13
2
6
As:
Cast
Director:
Bob Balaban
Genres:
Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Cloris Leachman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Andrew Lowery, Traci Lind, Danny Zorn
46. Surfer, Dude (2008)
6
6
Surfer, Dude
R
6
6
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Steve Addington
Director:
S.R. Bindler
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Travis Fimmel, Woody Harrelson, Alexie Gilmore, Jeffrey Nordling, Zachary Knighton
47. The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1994)
10
4
The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre
R
10
4

While returning from their prom night, a group of teenagers experience a car crash in the Texas Woods. They have no option but to look for help, and they soon find an old farmhouse. However, they are unaware of the fact that it is home to Leatherface, and his insane family of bloodthirsty psychopaths.

As:
Cast
Role:
Vilmer
Director:
Kim Henkel
Genres:
Horror, Comedy, Thriller
Star Cast:
Renee Zellweger, Renée Zellweger, Robert Jacks, Tonie Perensky, Joe Stevens
48. Chicano Chariots (1992)
5
2
Chicano Chariots
5
2
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Matthew McConaughey
Genres:
Short
49. Addicted to Facebook (2009)
3
3
Addicted to Facebook
3
3
As:
Producer
Director:
Jennifer Jaramillo Valkana
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Brooke Allison, Sarah Brill, Amy Claire, Morgan Cline, Pam Cook
50. Submission (1995)
4
2
Submission
4
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Joe
Director:
Benicio Del Toro
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Erica Bennett, John Evans, Joseph R. Gannascoli, Valeria Golino
51. Judgement (1995)
8
4
Judgement
8
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Deputy Sam Taylor
Director:
David Winkler
Genres:
Drama, Short, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Clarence Williams III, Illeana Douglas, Duane Clark, Nelson McCormick
53. The Rebel (1998)
4
2
The Rebel
4
2
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Matthew McConaughey
Genres:
Comedy, Short
54. Making Sandwiches (1998)
5
3
Making Sandwiches
5
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Bud Hoagie
Director:
Sandra Bullock
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Eric Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Beth Grant, Roger Birnbaum
56. Scorpion Spring (1995)
2
2
Scorpion Spring
R
2
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Brian Cox
Genres:
Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Alfred Molina, Angel Aviles, Rubén Blades, Jessika Cardinahl, Jose Chaidez
57. Bonne Nuit (1999)
2
3
Bonne Nuit
2
3
As:
Cast
Genres:
Horror, Thriller
Star Cast:
Carla Gugino, Lucie Arnaz, Olivia Bonamy, Annalyn Miriam Cyrus, Daniel Cyrus

Animation(s)

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
Kubo and the Two Strings
PG
Plot:

Kubo, a one eyed kind boy, lives a modest life narrating stories to his village people and simultaneously tends to his ill mother. However, his peaceful life is disrupted when evil spirits from past appear and wreak havoc. For Kubo, the only way to defeat the evil, is to set out on a journey to find his dad’s unbreakable sword, a magic armour and helmet. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Travis Knight
Genres:
Fantasy, Family, Animation, Adventure
Star Cast:
George Takei, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, Art Parkinson, Brenda Vaccaro
Sing (2016)
Sing
PG
Plot:

Buster Moon, an impresario koala who owns a struggling theater in the city of Calatonia inhabited by anthropomorphic animals, decides to host a singing competition with a prize of $1,000. However, when his assistant misprints the fliers to inflate the amount hundred times, the optimistic koala struggles to gather the amount as hopeful participants flock to his theater.

As:
Cast
Role:
Buster Moon
Director:
Garth Jennings, Christophe Lourdelet
Genres:
Musical, Family, Comedy, Animation, Music

TV Shows and Videos

Unsolved Mysteries (1987)
Unsolved Mysteries
TV-PG
As:
Cast
Director:
Kabir Akhtar, David Massar, Patrick Taulère, Gabe Torres, Eric Taylor
Genres:
Crime, Documentary, Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Star Cast:
Jack Wild, Cheryl Hines, Robert Stack, Dennis Farina
Synthesizers (2013)
Synthesizers
As:
Cast
Role:
Wooderson
Director:
Shane Valdés
Genres:
Short, Music, Comedy
Star Cast:
Butch Walker, Maika Monroe, Elizabeth Mathis, Riley Voelkel
Lincoln: Crafted (2016)
Lincoln: Crafted
As:
Cast
Genres:
Short

Matthew McConaughey Awards

Academy Awards
Dallas Buyers Club Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 2014
Golden Globe Awards
Dallas Buyers Club Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2014
People's Choice Awards
Winner Favorite Male Action Star 2006
MTV Movie & TV Awards
A Time to Kill Best Breakthrough Performance 1997