Top Ten Matthew McConaughey Movies
Matthew McConaughey is one of the more versatile actors of his generation, and a one-time Oscar winner for best actor. Looking at the list of the best Matthew McConaughey movies would show that he has appeared in flicks of various genres, from romantic comedies, action thriller, and legal dramas. With a career spanning more than 20 years, McConaughey has proven he can take on any role and give justice to it.
Below are Matthew McConaughey movie ratings:
|The Wolf of Wall Street||8.2|
|Dallas Buyers Club||8.0|
|A Time to Kill||7.4|
|The Lincoln Lawyer||7.3|
1. Interstellar (2014)
Undoubtedly the finest movie of McConaughey’s career is this movie co-written and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film is about a crew of astronauts who journey through a wormhole in hopes of finding a new home for humanity. McConaughey plays the role of a widowed ex-astronaut in this movie, which also stars Michael Caine and Anne Hathaway.
The movie earned critical praise for its plot , visual effects, musical score, and outstanding performances from its cast. It was also a smashing success at the box office with a worldwide gross of more than $670 million.
2. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
In this movie directed by Martin Scorcese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, McConaughey plays a supporting role. His character is that of stockbroker Mark Hanna who gave the lead character played by DiCaprio a lot of advice early in his career. The movie was highly successful, earning close to $400 million at the box office. It was also critically acclaimed, earning five Oscar nominations although it didn’t win any award.
3. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
This is the movie that gave McConaughey an Oscar award for best actor. It tells the story of an electrician and hustler who was diagnosed with AIDS, and works around the system to help other patients get the medications they need. It was a mild hit, though, earning around $55 million worldwide.
4. Lone Star (1996)
The movie was about the investigation of a sheriff into the murder of one of his predecessors. McConaughey plays the role of Sheriff Buddy Deeds, who was one of the best sheriffs in Rio County. The film had moderate success at the box office, taking home around $12 million on a $3 million production budget.
5. Mud (2012)
This is a drama/thriller movie that also stars Reese Witherspoon, Sam Shepard and Tye Sheridan. It was an entry at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and was also shown at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie earned critical appraise, and validated McConaughey’s reputation as a great actor. It had a total gross of $55 million.
6. Contact (1997)
This was one of the first few films where McConaughey was given a lead role. He stars opposite Academy Award winner Jodie Foster, a scientist who finds strong evidence of alien life. McConaughey’s role was that of a Christian philosopher who becomes romantically involved with the character of Foster. The movie grossed around $170 million worldwide.
7. A Time to Kill (1996)
This was the biggest break of McConaughey’s acting career as this was the first movie wherein he was the lead actor. He led an ensemble cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Sandra Bullock, Kevin Spacey, Ashley Judd, and Donald Sutherland. The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing more than $150 million worldwide.
8. The Lincoln Lawyer (2012)
McConaughey plays the role of a defense lawyer who finds out that a case involving a wealthy realtor and a prostitute might have a link to an old case of his. Directed by Brad Furman, the film also stars Marissa Tomei, Ryan Philippe, and Josh Lucas. It had a production budget of $40 million and went on to gross more than $80 million worldwide.
9. Frailty (2001)
This psychological thriller was directed by Bill Paxton, who also co-stars in the film alongside McConaughey. This was the directorial debut of Paxton, and focuses on the weird relationship between two boys and their religious but schizophrenic father. McConaughey showed a lot of versatility in this movie as he took on the dual role of the two boys when they grew up, with Paxton as his father. However, it was a big disappointment at the box office as it only took in $13 million.
10. Amistad (1997)
This movie directed by Steven Spielbger is based on the real life story of the 1839 mutiny aboard the slave ship called La Amistad. He played the role of the American politician Roger Sherman Baldwin, who was one of the lawyers who participated in the legal battle following the capture of the ship by U.S. authorities.
Matthew McConaughey has other notable movies to his credit, such as U-571 and rom-com movies such as The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, EdTVand Magic Mike. The different genres of Matthew McConaughey movies show how great of an actor this Oscar winner is.