Best Matthew McConaughey Movies And TV shows, Photos, And Motivational Quotes

 Written by Joseph Nyamache

| Updated on April 22, 2020

What are the best Matthew McConaughey movies and Tv shows of all time? 

From the "Interstellar" to romantic comedy movies like, "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," for all Matthew McConaughey fans, we've put together a list of his best movies.

Camila Alves, Matthew McConaughey and Kay McConaughey

10 March 2011 - Hollywood, California - Camila, Matthew McConaughey, and Kay McConaughey. Photo by Byron Purvis, AdMedia

You probably know a lot about Matthew McConaughey.

In fact, if you meet any red-blooded American woman that tells you she has never seen at least one or more of Matthew's Movies in her entire life...chances are she is probably lying!

For decades he has been sending women (and men) to movie theatres in droves. In the immortal words of McConaughey himself, that is "Alright, Alright, Alriiiiiiight,"

From life experience in the outback, to an Academy Award for his film work, Matthew McConaughey is anything but your typical Hollywood star.

And for that reasons, here is a list of the top 10 movies to watch.

Top 10 Matthew McConaughey Movies To Watch


Interstellar Movie

Premiere of Interstellar Movie

Camila and Matthew attending the Los Angeles Premiere of "Interstellar" Held at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California on October 26, 2014 Photo by D. Long- Globe Photos Inc

McConaughey co-starred in 2014's Interstellar, along with Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Bill Irwin, Jessica Chastain, and Ellen Burstyn.

The movie's director Christopher Nolan, tapped McConaughey to play John Cooper, Interstellar's main actor after he saw a rough cut of 2002's Mud.

The director even went so far as to visit McConaughey on the set of the TV show he was working on at the time, True Detective.

Getting back to Interstellar, this dystopian themed movie follows a team of astronauts played by the above list of actors and actresses. In the movie, they are on a quest to find a new place for humanity to live.

Their explorations takes them to a wormhole close to Saturn.

Filmed partly in Los Angeles, partly filmed in Canada and partially filmed in Iceland, this movie is well known for its unique special effects, including miniature and practical effects in a  movie. 

Playing the character of Joseph Cooper, a former NASA pilot and widow raising his two children with the help of his father-in-law.

McConaughey's role is central to the plot.

After mysterious dust appears in his daughter's room...

Cooper figures out that the dust represents geographic coordinates. The coordinates lead him to a private NASA facility where he encounters the man he used to work for in the past. 

That encounter sends Cooper on a journey that is out of this world.

You need to see it to believe it.

When the movie hit theaters, it went on to earn more than $677 million from all over the world. This amount of revenue placed it at number 10 of 2014's biggest movie hits.

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The movie was nominated for an Oscar in five different categories during the 87th Annual Academy Awards. It won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects in a movie. 

Who is Matthew McConaughey married to?

Matthew’s wife is a designer and a model. Her name is Camila Alves. They met in 2006 and thereafter they got engaged in 2011, on Christmas day. They wedded in 2012.

They have three kids.

Matthew McConaughey is the epitome of the anti-star, even keeping his family life, wife, and his children out of the Hollywood spotlight.


Dazed and Confused

Dazed and Confused London Party

London. Danny Goffey who sings and plays drums in up and coming group 'Supergrass' with a partner at the 'Dazed and Confused' party held by the magazine with the same name. 29th April. 2004. Picture by Jenny Roberts/Landmark Media Lmk.

We all come of age, and we all remember every detail of it. In the movie, McConaughey's character is no exception.

He is just one of the many actors for whom this movie launched their careers. But not everyone found instant success from their role in this movie.

You've probably heard of Matthew McConaughey quote "alright, alright, alright," or perhaps you're wondering to yourself "What movie did Matthew McConaughey say alright alright alright?"

Well, Dazed and Confused is the movie that started it all!

Initially, the character of Kevin Pickford was slated to play a significant part in the movie. Due to on-set politics, the focus was instead switched to Wooderson, the role played by McConaughey. 

The movie was filmed on a limited budget. For that reason, the intention was to cast a local actor. At the time, Matthew was studying Film at the University of Texas in Austin.

On a date night with his girlfriend at a local bar,

The bartender (who was Matthew's friend) pointed out a fellow customer he thought Matthew should talk to. That fellow customer happened to be the movie's casting director.

It was this encounter that led to his eventual casting in the movie. He scored extra screen time for himself by successfully improvising most of his lines. 

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Throughout North America,  it grossed $7.9 million after seeing revenues on the opening weekend of $918,127.

Matthew's character became so popular that he appeared as the character in a music video for "Synthesizers" by the group Butch Walker & The Black Widows. 


The Lincoln Lawyer

The Lincoln Lawyer

Los Angeles - March 10: David Ogden and wife Patti Ogden. David was the Lawyer the movie character was based on arriving at the "Lincoln Lawyer" Premiere at ArcLight Theaters on March 10, 2011, in Los Angeles, CA Photo by Carrie Nelson

The 2005 Michael Connely novel, inspired the 2011 movie. Matthew plays Mickey Haller, the lawyer that serves as the story's main character.

Haller makes his office a Lincoln Town Car, explaining the movie's title.

In this movie, Haller is the lawyer who is hired to defend a local business woman's son when he faces an assault charge. 

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As Haller argues the case in court, he experiences a sense of deja vu.

His client's case turns out to be connected to another case Haller had argued in the past. The plot of the movie shows how the two cases are connected and leaves Mickey Haller in an awkward position.


Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club Los Angeles Premiere

Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto at the "Dallas Buyers Club" Los Angeles Premiere, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Beverly Hills, CA 10-17-13 Picture by S Bukley

​In 2013, Matthew starred in Dallas Buyer's Club, where he played a Texas man who has HIV during the 1980s. His character, Ron Woodroof, has an accident at work that leads to his hospitalization.

It's at the hospital that he is told he only has 30 days to live.

That is all the motivation Ron Woodroof needs to acquire HIV fighting drugs that hadn't been approved by the FDA yet.

He sneaks them into the state illegally and shares them with other HIV patients through the creation of Dallas's Buyer Club.

The movie is based on a true story.

Before writing the script for the film, the writer interviewed the real-life Ron Woodroof. The producer of Dallas Buyer's Club wanted Matthew for the role of Woodroof because the actor is from Texas. 

​One specific person inspired the main character, but a pair of the supporting actors were not. They were created based on the experiences of many people who had HIV at the time.

These people were interviewed about their life experiences to add authenticity to the film. 

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When the movie was released around the world, it grossed a total of $52. It was also nominated for several Oscar Awards.

McConaughey won the Best Actor at the 86th Academy Awards.

What was Matthew McConaughey first movie?

Matthew McConaughey's first movie was the movie "Dazed and Confused" filmed in 1993. The movie marked the start of his movie career as a talented rising star.

Since his first movie, he has also acted in several other movies that have achieved great success.

He won an Academy Award in 2013 as the best actor, and he was voted the sexiest man alive by the People's Magazine back in 2005.


How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days

How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days

Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson on a set of "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" on Manhattan Bridge in New York, June 22, 2002. Apparently, this is one of the key important scenes in the movie. Pic by Acepixs

Many fans consider "How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days" as one of the best Matthew McConaughey Movie. But did you know the movie was based on a short story of the same name? If not, you do now!

Kate Hudson co-stars along Matthew, playing a bored women's magazine writer looking to spice up her articles.

After her best friend's romantic relationship falls apart, she is inspired to write an article that gives the movie its title.

How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days movie quote by Andie Anderson

Matthew plays an advertising executive named Ben.

 In the movie, Ben is looking for ideas for a new campaign. He declares that any woman would fall in love with him if he wanted her to. 

That drives his boss to make a bet with him to prove it. 

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Through a series of events, the two characters meet and embark on a relationship. The relationship leads to the movie's well thought out ending that chances are you already know.

If you don't, you are one of the very rare few. Watch the movie today!


A Time To Kill

A Time To Kill

Samuel Jackson with Matthew McConaughey and Mother Kay (Mary Kathlene McCabe) at the Special Screening in Beverly Hills, Ca. 1996. Photo by Lisa Rose Globe Photos, Inc

Matthew McConaughey is no stranger to starring in movies based on a book. 

If you are a fan of John Grisham novels chance are you have at least heard of it, if not read it. The movie, like the book, is very racially motivated. 

​In this movie, Matthew also played a lawyer.

His actor, Jake Brigance, is hired by a black man whose young daughter was kidnapped, then raped and assaulted.

Two white men are the culprits in the case. 

When Brigance advises his client that there is a chance the culprits will go free, his client shoots to kill, and the culprits are fatally shot.

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Brigance then goes on to defend his client for the murders.

This sets up the action for the rest of the film, all of which centers on the subject of racial tension. Despite criticisms from many, the movie went on to earn $152 million.


Amistad Movie

Amistad Movie Premiere

"Amistad Movie" Premiere Beverlu Hills, California. Quincy Jones and Lysette Photo: Photo by Tom Rodriguez Globe Photos Inc

This is also another movie by Matthew McConaughey that is based on a book, Amistad is a movie where McConaughey once again plays a lawyer.

His actor, Roger Baldwin, fights a case on behalf of an African abolitionist.

The movie is about the legal battle Africans were fighting against being sold as slaves. The events that make up its plot were based on real-life situations that occurred when slaves were kept on ships.

The actions that carry the film to its end are what eventually spurred the American Civil War fought between the southern United States and northern United States from 1861 to 1865.

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Amistad opened in theaters in 1997 and ranked fifth for the week of its release in box office sales. It went on to gross $44,2229, 441. 

What is Matthew McConaughey net worth?

Born as Matthew David McConaughey in Uvalde, Texas, in the United States on November 4th, 1969, Matthew McConaughey is worth an impressive $95 million.

Since he began his acting career back in 1992, Matthew has established himself as one of the most iconic actors in Hollywood.

Matthew's acting career has not only brought him a prominent position in Hollywood but has also placed him among the best-paid actors.

The super talented and charming actor who also co-teaches "Advanced Producing: Script to Screen" at his alma mater at the University of Texas in Austin earns a massive amount of money from movies. 

Apart from immense onscreen success, various brand endorsement contracts contribute to Matthew McConaughey net worth. They include Dolce and Gabbana, Stetson Black, Wild Turkey, and Lincoln.


The Mud Movie

The Mud Movie

Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, director Jeff Nichols, Tye Sheridan & Jacob Lofland at the photocall for their new movie "Mud" in competition at the 65th Festival de Cannes. May 26, 2012, Cannes, France Picture by Paul Smith / Featureflash

Not one to shy away from coming of age movies, Matthew also starred in The Mud 2012 Movie. Matthew plays a man; everyone refers to as Mud.

Mud is living in a boat stuck in a tree.

The tree is in the middle of an island, which two teenage boys stumble across.

The teenagers don't realize it, but...

Mud is living in a boat on an island because he is a fugitive. When they find out, they agree to work with Mud for everyone's benefit. 

The Mud movie quote by Mud (Matthew McConaughey)

The plot then unfolds, and Mud finds himself back where he started.

The movie's writer/director wanted to cast McConaughey in the lead role of this movie based on his performance in Lone Star.

Despite this, the actor initially considered for the role was Chris Pine. However, ultimately they went with their original choice. 

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Even though the Mud 2012 film was not the work of a major film studio, worldwide receipts for The Mud 2012 Movie totaled $32,613,173


The Sea Of Trees

The Sea Of Trees premiere

Li Bingbing at the 68th Festival de Cannes. May 16, 2015, Cannes, France. Picture by Paul Smith / Featureflash

In The Sea of Trees, Matthew plays Arthur Brennan, a man who travels to a forest in Mount Fuji nicknamed the "Suicide Forest."

On a quest to kill himself, he stumbles across someone else at the forest who happens to also wants to kill himself.

The two men set off on a life journey together to do some much-needed reflections on themselves. It turned into a mutual mission for survival. Both characters had strong feelings about why they wanted to end their lives.

In Arthur's case, his wife had passed away, and his grief over her drove him to attempt suicide. In the other man's case, he had been struggling in his job. 

The other man ultimately decided against suicide for the sake of his wife and his children. After they spend the night bonding.

Arthur Brennan makes his way out of the forest but isn't able to tell emergency personnel that the other man is still there.

Weeks later, Arthur Brennan announces his intention to return to the forest to find the man. He is then informed that there is no evidence there was ever another man in the forest. Read also about Jamie Lee Curtis children's book

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The ending of this film is one you have to see to believe.

The best thing to take away from this is that no one wants to watch McConaughey commit suicide! Do you really want to see that, ladies? 


The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

August 25, 2012. New York City. Leonardo DiCaprio on the Film Sets in the Financial District of Manhattan on August 25, 2012, in New York City. Photo by Acepixs

Though he wasn't the main actor,

The Wolf of Wall Street is one of the Matthew McConaughey best movies. 

In the movie, he plays the role of Mark Hanna, inspired by the memoir of Jordan Belfort, with both sharing the same title. 

The movie is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort. It takes a dark look at the ugly truth behind fraud and corruption that goes in behind the scenes at Wall Street. 

McConaughey's role in the movie is that of the boss of the main character. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Belfort. Hanna is out to convince him that making money is the only thing that should matter to a stockbroker.

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Belfort ultimately loses his job due to this mindset.

This sets the events in motion that unfold over the course of the movie. By the end, the bad advice Mark Hanna gave Belfort results in the downfall of his career on Wall Street.

How did Matthew McConaughey lose weight?

In order to fit his role as an HIV patient on his role in the Dallas buyers club movie, Oscar-nominated McConaughey had to transform his physique.

So the big question is, how did Mathew McConaughey lose weight in such a short time?

When asked how he managed to drop nearly 50 pounds, he replied by saying that he only ate fish (5 ounces of it) and a cup of vegetables.

He also ate a small breakfast and one glass of wine at night.

His calorie restricting diet plan was not enough to enable him to shed the 47 pounds that was required in order to suit his role. 

His weight loss plan was accomplished with a strenuous exercise routine. He exercised a lot and was able to burn at
least 1800 calories a day.

His main goal was to lose at least four pounds a week. To achieve that result, he maintained a low-calorie diet with heavy workouts

Matthew McConaughey Best Movies
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Matthew McConaughey's friends and family arriving at the "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" Premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, CA on April 27, 2009. Photo by Carrie Nelson

There you have it, ladies and gentlemen.

While these are far from Matthew's only movies, we did not even get to talk about the "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" or "Failure to Launch" and his first animated movie “Kubo and the Two Strings”...

That is, just to name a few of his other movies.

Still, there are more. A lot. But, I have to stop writing.

So, most fans consider these to be the best of the best! Whether you only choose to watch these 10 or choose to watch all of them, it is safe to say that any Matthew McConaughey Movie is a good time waiting to happen.

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So clear a weekend, pop some popcorn, and settle in for the marathon to beat all marathons. What better way to spend a weekend than watching all his movies?

More About Matthew McConaughey Filmography

Matthew McConaughey has played lead roles in commercially successful romantic comedy films such as How to Lose a Guy in 10 days, The Wedding Planner, and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.

He has also starred in dramatic roles like the Interstellar, and Killer Joe Cooper.

His stellar performance on Dallas Buyers Club earned him an Oscar for Best Actor. According to Box Office Mojo, Interstellar is Matthew’s highest-grossing film. The movie grossed $188 million domestically and $675 million worldwide.

Matthew runs several Charitable Trusts and NGOs like Cancer Research Institute, Bid to Beat AIDS, and j.k. Livin’ Foundation. He has made generous donations in the past for different causes.

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