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List of Walter Matthau Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Charley Varrick (1973)
29
5
Charley Varrick
TV-14
29
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Charley Varrick
Director:
Don Siegel
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Crime, Action
Star Cast:
Sheree North, Felicia Farr, Joe Don Baker, Andrew Robinson
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best Actor
2. A New Leaf (1971)
29
3
A New Leaf
G
29
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Henry Graham
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Doris Roberts, Elaine May, George Rose, Jack Weston
3. Charade (1963)
18
6
Charade
18
6

Reggie meets Peter Joshua on a skiing holiday and decides to divorce her husband Charles. Upon returning to Paris, she finds her apartment stripped bare and learns that Charles has been murdered while trying to leave Paris. She later learns about his sordid past and with Peter by her tries to sort things out.  But why is Peter changing his name constantly?

As:
Cast
Role:
Hamilton Bartholomew
Director:
Stanley Donen
Genres:
Romance, Thriller, Comedy, Mystery
4. The Odd Couple (1968)
22
5
The Odd Couple
G
22
5

Just separated from his wife, Felix Ungar unsuccessfully tries to commit suicide. Perceiving his despondent mood, his divorced best friend Oscar invites Felix to share his apartment till he feels fine. But the two and their house-keeping styles are poles apart; homebody Felix is neat-freak, while fun-loving Oscar is slovenly. Before long, neurotic, obsessively tidy Felix drives sloppy Oscar up the wall.

As:
Cast
Role:
Oscar Madison
Director:
Gene Saks
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Jack Lemmon, John Fiedler, Herb Edelman, David Sheiner
5. A Face in the Crowd (1957)
14
7
A Face in the Crowd
14
7

A Face in the Crowd is a musical drama film which revolves around Marcia, a radio producer, who decides to give exposure to a folk singer named Larry Rhodes. Over time, Larry gains a lot of popularity, but decides to use it for personal gains.

As:
Cast
Role:
Mel Miller
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Music
6. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
19
4
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
R
19
4

In New York City, four armed men hijack a subway car and hold all the passengers hostage. They demand a ransom amount of $ 1 million and threaten to kill one passenger for every minute it is late.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Police Lt. Zachary Garber
Director:
Joseph Sargent
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Action
Star Cast:
Jerry Stiller, Doris Roberts, Earl Hindman, Martin Balsam, Robert Shaw
7. Fail-Safe (1964)
13
4
Fail-Safe
13
4

Fail Safe is a drama thriller film which revolves around the American Air Force, where due to electronic malfunctioning, an incorrect message is sent to their pilots, and they launch an attack on Russian. Now, an all-out war seems inevitable.

As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Groeteschele
Director:
Sidney Lumet
Genres:
Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Henry Fonda, Sorrell Booke, Larry Hagman, Dan O'Herlihy, Edward Binns, Fritz Weaver
8. Cactus Flower (1969)
23
3
Cactus Flower
PG
23
3

Cactus Flower is a romantic comedy film which revolves around Julian, a dentist who pretends to be married in order to avoid commitment. When he decides to get serious with his girlfriend Toni, she insists on first meeting his wife. Therefore, Julian asks his long-time nurse and receptionist Stephanie to pretend to be his wife.

As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Julian Winston
Director:
Gene Saks
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Goldie Hawn, Ingrid Bergman, Rick Lenz, Jack Weston
9. Hopscotch (1980)
23
3
Hopscotch
R
23
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Miles Kendig / James Butler / Mr. Hannaway / Leonard Ross
Director:
Ronald Neame
Genres:
Adventure, Comedy
Star Cast:
Glenda Jackson, Sam Waterston, Herbert Lom, Ned Beatty
10. The Fortune Cookie (1966)
19
4
The Fortune Cookie
19
4

The Fortune Cookie is a black comedy film which tells the story of Harry Hinkle, a cameraman who gets injured by a football player Luther Jackson. Although his injuries are mild, his cunning brother-in-law William convinces him to pretend that he has been paralyzed, so that they can receive a significant sum of money from the insurance company.

As:
Cast
Role:
Willie Gingrich
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
William Christopher, Jack Lemmon, Cliff Osmond, Ron Rich
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
11. Lonely Are the Brave (1962)
13
4
Lonely Are the Brave
TV-PG
13
4

Jack Burns, an independent cowboy, feels out of place in the modern world. He purposely gets into a brawl and gets himself arrested to be with Paul, a friend who has been imprisoned for helping illegal aliens. Jack wants Paul to flee with him, but Paul has too much at stake.

As:
Cast
Role:
Sheriff Morey Johnson
Director:
David Miller
Genres:
Drama, Western
Star Cast:
Kirk Douglas, Gena Rowlands, George Harris Kennedy, Jr, Michael Kane, Carroll O'Connor
12. The Front Page (1974)
15
3
The Front Page
PG
15
3

Hildy Johnson is a successful reporter working for a newspaper in Chicago. However, he decides to leave his career behind and get married to a woman named Peggy. However, when his editor finds out, he decides to go to great lengths to make Hildy continue working in his newspaper.

As:
Cast
Role:
Walter Burns
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Susan Sarandon, Charles Durning, Carol Burnett, Jack Lemmon, David Wayne, Vincent Gardenia
13. The Bad News Bears (1976)
17
4
The Bad News Bears
PG
17
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Coach Morris Buttermaker
Director:
Michael Ritchie
Genres:
Comedy, Family, Sport, Drama
Star Cast:
Vic Morrow, Ben Piazza, Joyce Van Patten, Tatum O'Neal
14. Bigger Than Life (1956)
9
4
Bigger Than Life
9
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Wally Gibbs
Director:
Nicholas Ray
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jerry Mathers, James Mason, Barbara Rush, Robert F. Simon
15. JFK (1991)
9
4
JFK
R
9
4

Based on the assassination of the former U.S. President, John F. Kennedy, JFK centres around a New Orleans lawyer, Jim Garrison, who sets about investigating the mystery behind the assassination while battling opposition from the government. Widely acclaimed as well as heavily criticized, this political drama stars Kevin Costner as Garrison and delves deeper into the assassination of the former president.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, History
16. The Sunshine Boys (1975)
13
4
The Sunshine Boys
PG
13
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Willy Clark
Director:
Herbert Ross
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
17. Mirage (1965)
9
4
Mirage
9
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Ted Caselle
Director:
Edward Dmytryk
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller
Star Cast:
Gregory Peck, George Harris Kennedy, Jr, Diane Baker, Kevin McCarthy, Jack Weston
18. Grumpy Old Men (1993)
24
2
Grumpy Old Men
PG-13
24
2

Two former best friends, Max and John, who are now rivals, live in the same neighborhood. Their rivalry escalates even further, when a woman moves into the house across the street and they both start to like her. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Max Goldman
Director:
Donald Petrie
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
19. Hello, Dolly! (1969)
13
5
Hello, Dolly!
G
13
5

Dolly is a matchmaker who is currently searching for a wife for Horace, a grumpy man who is a “half-millionaire”. However, soon it seems that she wants to marry him herself, and eventually, she travels to Yonkers to pay him a visit. However, she is met with surprise when she learns that Horace loves a woman named Irene. However, Irene doesn’t love Horace, but is only interested in financial security.

As:
Cast
Role:
Horace Vandergelder
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Musical, Comedy, Adventure
Star Cast:
Barbra Streisand, Michael Crawford, Scatman Crothers, Marianne McAndrew, Danny Lockin
21. Strangers When We Meet (1960)
11
4
Strangers When We Meet
11
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Felix Anders
Director:
Richard Quine
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Kirk Douglas, Kim Novak, Ernie Kovacs, Barbara Rush
22. King Creole (1958)
8
3
King Creole
PG
8
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Maxie Fields
Director:
Genres:
Musical, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Carolyn Jones, Dean Jagger, Dolores Hart, Elvis Presley
23. Plaza Suite (1971)
13
2
Plaza Suite
PG-13
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Roy Hubley / Jesse Kiplinger / Sam Nash
Director:
Arthur Hiller
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Lee Grant, Barbara Harris, Maureen Stapleton, Louise Sorel
24. House Calls (1978)
10
3
House Calls
PG
10
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Charley Nichols
Director:
Howard Zieff
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Glenda Jackson, Art Carney, Richard Benjamin, Candice Azzara
25. Kotch (1971)
11
2
Kotch
PG
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Joseph P. Kotcher
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jack Lemmon, Felicia Farr, Charles Aidman, Deborah Winters
26. Slaughter on 10th Avenue (1957)
8
4
Slaughter on 10th Avenue
8
4

Solly, a longshoreman is shot and wounded by several thugs working for a union boss. Solly is wounded and hospitalized, and his wife starts taking care of him. Meanwhile, an assistant DA searches hard for witnesses against the criminals.

As:
Cast
Role:
Al Dahlke
Director:
Arnold Laven
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Hedy Lamarr, Richard Egan, Jan Sterling, Dan Duryea, Julie Adams
27. Voice in the Mirror (1958)
7
3
Voice in the Mirror
7
3

Voice in the Mirror is a romantic drama thriller film, which tells the story of a man, who falls into severe despair, after his daughter passes away. His doctor warns him that he is on the brink of mental illness. Unable to quit his compulsive drinking, he eventually turns to faith, and tries to create a support group.

As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Leon Karnes
Director:
Harry Keller
Genres:
Romance, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Julie London, Harry Dean Stanton, Richard Egan, Troy Donahue
28. Ride a Crooked Trail (1958)
10
4
Ride a Crooked Trail
10
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Judge Kyle
Director:
Jesse Hibbs
Genres:
Romance, Western
Star Cast:
Audie Murphy, Gia Scala, Joanna Moore, Henry Silva
30. First Monday in October (1981)
12
2
First Monday in October
R
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Dan Snow
Director:
Ronald Neame
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jill Clayburgh, Jan Sterling, Barnard Hughes, James Stephens
33. Grumpier Old Men (1995)
16
2
Grumpier Old Men
PG-13
16
2

Max and John are two friends who like to go fishing together. They attempt to save their favorite bait shop from turning into a restaurant.

As:
Cast
Role:
Max Goldman
Director:
Howard Deutch
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
34. Il piccolo diavolo (1988)
7
2
Il piccolo diavolo
7
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Maurice
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Fantasy, Comedy
Star Cast:
Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Stefano Antonucci, Paolo Baroni
35. The Laughing Policeman (1973)
11
3
The Laughing Policeman
R
11
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Jake Martin
Director:
Stuart Rosenberg
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Bruce Dern, Albert Paulsen, Louis Gossett Jr., Anthony Zerbe
38. I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982)
12
2
I Ought to Be in Pictures
PG
12
2

Libby is a 19 year old girl who impulsively hitchhikes from her native New York City to Hollywood, California, to visit her estranged father who is a screenwriter. She wants to be an actress, and hopes that her father can help her in becoming a star. However, it soon turns out that her father is not doing too well in his career, and is not in a position to help anyone else.

As:
Cast
Role:
Herbert Tucker
Director:
Herbert Ross
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Ann-Margret, Lance Guest, Dinah Manoff, Calvin Ander
39. The Indian Fighter (1955)
8
2
The Indian Fighter
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Wes Todd
Director:
André De Toth
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Kirk Douglas, Elsa Martinelli, Diana Douglas, Walter Abel
40. Pete 'n' Tillie (1972)
9
2
Pete 'n' Tillie
PG
9
2

Pete and Tillie, both in their middle-age, have their own sets of problems. Pete is constantly telling jokes to hide his insecurity while Tillie is still a virgin, too edgy to let herself go.  Yet they meet, marry and have a son called Robbie. But there is a long way to go and tragedies to surmount before they can actually be together. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Pete
Director:
Martin Ritt
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Geraldine Page, Carol Burnett, Barry Nelson, Rene Auberjonois
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best Actor
43. Casey's Shadow (1978)
8
2
Casey's Shadow
PG
8
2

Casey, a young boy in a family that trains racehorses, befriends a foal who becomes his constant companion. The film revolves around the duo's attempt to win the All America Futurity at Ruidoso Downs, a horse race. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Lloyd Bourdelle
Director:
Martin Ritt
Genres:
Family, Sport, Drama
Star Cast:
Alexis Smith, Murray Hamilton, Robert Webber, Andrew Rubin
44. Onionhead (1958)
8
2
Onionhead
8
2

This comedy film takes us to 1941, during the time of the Second World War. It revolves around the life of an irresponsible college graduate, who joins the US Coast Guard, and starts working as a cook on a ship based in Boston. 

As:
Cast
Role:
'Red' Wildoe
Director:
Norman Taurog
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, War
Star Cast:
Claude Akins, Andy Griffith, Felicia Farr, Erin O'Brien, Joe Mantell
45. The Odd Couple II (1998)
9
3
The Odd Couple II
PG-13
9
3

It has been seventeen years since Oscar and Felix saw each other. Things take a turn when they bump into each other at the airport and travel together in a rented car, for the wedding of their children. However, nothing goes as expected as their journey gets filled with misadventures.

As:
Cast
Role:
Oscar Madison
Director:
Howard Deutch
Genres:
Comedy, Adventure
46. Ensign Pulver (1964)
8
2
Ensign Pulver
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Doc
Director:
Joshua Logan
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, War
Star Cast:
Jack Nicholson, Larry Hagman, Kay Medford, Millie Perkins, Burl Ives
47. I.Q. (1994)
11
2
I.Q.
PG
11
2

This romantic comedy film tells the story of a young mechanic who falls for a young mathematician who is the niece of the renowned scientist Albert Einstein. Soon, Einstein helps the young man in winning his niece’s heart.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Albert Einstein
Director:
Fred Schepisi
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
48. Earthquake (1974)
9
2
Earthquake
PG
9
2

Stuart manages to resolve his marital woes with his wife Remy, but things turn worse when the city is hit by a series of devastating earthquakes. The rest of the story revolves around how common people are affected by this.

As:
Cast
Director:
Mark Robson
Genres:
Action, Thriller, Drama
49. The Secret Life of an American Wife (1968)
7
3
The Secret Life of an American Wife
7
3
As:
Cast
Role:
The Movie Star
Director:
George Axelrod
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Anne Jackson, Patrick O'Neal, Edy Williams, Richard Bull
50. Out to Sea (1997)
12
2
Out to Sea
PG-13
12
2

Charlie convinces his widowed brother-in-law to join him on a cruise ship, without revealing that they will need to pose as dance instructors. Instead, he promises that there will be many available and lonely women on the ship. Eventually, his promise turns out to be true, as Herb meets and falls for a woman named Vivian, while Charlie begins a romance with Liz, a wealthy widow.

As:
Cast
Role:
Charlie Gordon
Director:
Martha Coolidge
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Elaine Stritch, Hal Linden, Jack Lemmon, Gloria DeHaven, Dyan Cannon
51. The Survivors (1983)
8
2
The Survivors
R
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Sonny Paluso
Director:
Michael Ritchie
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
52. Who's Got the Action? (1962)
7
5
Who's Got the Action?
7
5

Melanie, who initially suspects that her preoccupied husband, Steve Flood, is having an affair, discovers that he is losing money on horse-betting. Concocting a plan, she persuades Steve’s associate Clint to set her up as Steve’s bookie, to save his losses. Instead, Steve starts winning, which makes the syndicate boss search for the mysterious bookie, landing Melanie in a hot spot. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Tony Gagouts
Director:
Daniel Mann
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
53. Pirates (1986)
8
3
Pirates
PG-13
8
3

In the year 1659, Thomas Bartholomew, also known as Captain Red, the infamous pirate, is stuck with Jean, his ship’s cabin boy on a raft without any supplies in the ocean. However, fortunately, they are picked up by a Spanish galleon en route to Spain. Eventually, he starts a mutiny and takes over the ship. He also kidnaps the niece of the governor of Maracaibo.

As:
Cast
Role:
Captain Thomas Bartholomew Red
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Family, Adventure
Star Cast:
David Kelly, Ferdy Mayne, Damien Thomas, Cris Campion
55. Dennis the Menace (1993)
12
2
Dennis the Menace
PG
12
2

Dennis the Menace is a comedy-drama film which revolves around a mischievous child who wreck havoc on his next door neighbor, George Wilson, after his parents leave him with Mr and Mrs Wilson, while they have to go out of town.   

As:
Cast
Role:
Mr. Wilson
Director:
Genres:
Family, Comedy
Star Cast:
Christopher Lloyd, Ben Stein, Natasha Lyonne, Paul Winfield, Mason Gamble, Joan Plowright
56. Island of Love (1963)
6
2
Island of Love
6
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Tony Dallas
Director:
Morton DaCosta
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Robert Preston, Betty Bruce, Tony Randall, Giorgia Moll
57. The Couch Trip (1988)
7
2
The Couch Trip
R
7
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Donald Becker
Director:
Michael Ritchie
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Charles Grodin, Richard Romanus, Mary Gross
58. Gangster Story (1959)
5
3
Gangster Story
5
3

Jack Martin, a mobster, robs a bank in a small town to earn some quick money, which makes him the target of the local police, as well as a local crime boss. 

As:
Cast, Director
Role:
Jack Martin
Director:
Walter Matthau
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Bruce MacFarlane, Garry Walberg, Carol Grace, Raikin Ben-Ari
59. Hanging Up (2000)
8
3
Hanging Up
PG-13
8
3

Hanging Up is a comedy drama film which revolves around three sisters Georgia, Eve, and Maddy, who are all doing quite well in their careers. They are forced to unite when their father falls ill all of a sudden.

As:
Cast
Role:
Lou Mozell
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Drama

TV Movie(s)

1. Awake and Sing (1972)
10
3
Awake and Sing
10
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Moe Axelrod
Director:
Norman Lloyd, Robert Hopkins
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Felicia Farr, John Myhers, Leo Fuchs, Robert Lipton
2. Actor (1978)
8
2
Actor
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Norman Lloyd
Genres:
Biography, Drama, Musical
Star Cast:
Howard Duff, Herschel Bernardi, Georgia Brown, Harold Gould
3. Juno and the Paycock (1960)
8
2
Juno and the Paycock
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Paul Shyre
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Hume Cronyn, Luella Gear, Pauline Flanagan, Liam Clancy
4. The Incident (1990)
11
3
The Incident
PG
11
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Harmon Cobb
Director:
Joseph Sargent
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Robert Carradine, Barnard Hughes, Peter Firth, Susan Blakely
5. Incident in a Small Town (1994)
13
2
Incident in a Small Town
PG
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Harmon Cobb
Director:
Delbert Mann
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
Harry Morgan, Bernard Behrens, Stephanie Zimbalist, Nick Stahl
6. Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore (1992)
11
2
Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore
PG
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Harmon Cobb
Director:
Delbert Mann
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Harry Morgan, Susan Blakely, Brian Kerwin, Ariana Richards
7. Mrs. Lambert Remembers Love (1991)
8
2
Mrs. Lambert Remembers Love
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Clifford Pepperman
Director:
Charles Matthau
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
William Schallert, Ellen Burstyn, Kathleen Garrett, Ryan Todd
8. The Marriage Fool (1998)
8
2
The Marriage Fool
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Frank Walsh
Director:
Charles Matthau
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
John Stamos, Carol Burnett, Teri Polo, Steve Behal

Animation(s)

The Stingiest Man in Town (1978)
The Stingiest Man in Town
As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
Ebenezer Scrooge (voice)
Director:
Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Genres:
Family, Musical, Fantasy, Drama, Animation
Star Cast:
Tom Bosley, Paul Frees, Dennis Day, Theodore Bikel, Robert Morse

TV Shows and Videos

Mister Peepers (1952)
Mister Peepers
As:
Cast, uncredited
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Inger Stevens, Rex Marshall, Wally Cox, Marion Lorne, Tony Randall
Tallahassee 7000 (1961)
Tallahassee 7000
As:
Cast
Role:
Lex Rogers (26 episodes, 1961)
Director:
Lawrence Doheny, Harmon Jones
Genres:
Crime, Drama
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1992)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
As:
Cast, Narrator
Role:
Narrator (voice)
Director:
Ray Messecar
Genres:
Fantasy, Family
Center Stage (1954)
Center Stage
As:
Cast
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Lee Marvin, Luther Adler, Robert Barrat, Vivian Blaine, Alonzo Bozan, Joseph Buloff
Shadow of the Cloak (1951)
Shadow of the Cloak
As:
Cast
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Action
Star Cast:
Ernest Borgnine, Helmut Dantine, Ernest Borgnine

Walter Matthau Awards

Academy Awards
The Fortune Cookie Best Actor in a Supporting Role 1967
Golden Globe Awards
The Sunshine Boys Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical 1976
BAFTA Awards
Charley Varrick Best Actor 1974
Pete 'n' Tillie Best Actor 1974