Five Favorite Films

Five Favorite Films with Matthew McConaughey

The star of Dallas Buyers Club offers up his favorite movies.

by | November 8, 2013 | Comments

Matthew McConaughey has played a wide variety of characters over his career, and his resume includes a fair share of popular favorites: Dazed and Confused, Frailty, Killer Joe, Tropic Thunder and even a guest stint on the HBO television series Eastbound & Down. Recently, he’s earned a lot of praise for his performances in The Lincoln Lawyer, Magic Mike, and Mud. We’ll have to wait for Christmas to see him next in The Wolf of Wall Street, but right now, McConaughey’s impressive portrayal of real-life HIV-infected cowboy Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club is already stirring up a whirlwind of acclaim. In other words, we know what we like, but what movies make Matthew McConaughey tick? He indulges us now with his Five Favorite Films.


Hud (Martin Ritt, 1963; 79% Tomatometer)

Family, generations, hero worship, a classic American landscape and anti hero… Paul Newman, a lead with no arc. A bastard, an ass, a great character who never wavers in his ornery and despicable ways, yet I loved him. Great example of how brilliant drama can happen even if the lead character never changes. P.S. – Patricia Neal, “You want an orange? I’ll peel it for ya.” Wow.

Angel Heart (Alan Parker, 1987; 78% Tomatometer)

The thriller; superstitions, New Orleans, Mickey Rourke, a barefoot Lisa Bonet in soft white eyelet cotton dresses on sandy roads… The sex scene where the blood drips from the ceiling, intercut with the boy on the street tap dancing for change… Ceiling fans.

Adaptation (Spike Jonze, 2002; 91% Tomatometer)

The scene in the swamp at the end when the brothers talk about love and betrayal and he says, “It didn’t matter if she loved me. I loved her.” Poetry. A life lesson. Also, most effective car crash I’ve seen on film: jarring and lethal, it makes me feel like I’m the one getting hit every time I see it… Nicolas Cage acting with Nicolas Cage.

The Indian Runner (Sean Penn, 1991; 74% Tomatometer)

Brothers, family, blood, loyalty, and the thin line between civilization and human nature. Viggo Mortenson.

The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012; 85% Tomatometer)

A fictional screenplay with fictional characters made so well that it felt like a biographical nonfiction drama, like a considerately staged documentary. Identity of place and people. I could smell and taste it.

Tag Cloud

joker RT21 animated Sony Pictures TV Interview zero dark thirty AMC Mindy Kaling GIFs Horror Showtime Women's History Month dogs Biopics IFC Films canceled Fox News Awards Tour dragons Christmas Box Office cancelled television FOX blockbuster unscripted TCM Spike NBC natural history foreign BBC Cartoon Network Marvel GoT Chernobyl zombies documentary FXX President richard e. Grant Mary Poppins Returns Disney 2018 Super Bowl Valentine's Day politics TruTV universal monsters Television Academy children's TV medical drama Quiz Hallmark Christmas movies Nat Geo Lucasfilm game of thrones ABC CMT canceled TV shows teaser Watching Series SDCC Grammys Martial Arts Tarantino Rock strong female leads Disney Plus Avengers witnail ITV Tomatazos Ghostbusters cancelled TV shows Kids & Family a nightmare on elm street Photos Emmys television science fiction New York Comic Con Countdown Comic Book talk show The CW dceu A24 Fall TV Rocketman casting DC Universe Bravo Shudder Hear Us Out tv talk Trophy Talk Hulu Black History Month harry potter 2015 Acorn TV Mary Tyler Moore period drama cancelled TV series MCU The Arrangement boxoffice WGN south america Hallmark cars TCA 2017 Starz dc Walt Disney Pictures Holidays festivals Sci-Fi adaptation sequel 45 facebook crime thriller Britbox Music cinemax spinoff Sundance TV BBC America screenings TCA YouTube Red 2017 ABC Family Action ratings PBS Rom-Com Opinion spanish language HBO Max criterion Freeform IFC historical drama TNT true crime Pride Month HBO christmas movies Premiere Dates adventure green book franchise LGBT Spring TV slashers Pet Sematary revenge police drama Character Guide singing competition Pirates comiccon Mary poppins toy story reboot Columbia Pictures Year in Review blaxploitation zombie Brie Larson Star Trek critics Heroines Food Network Marathons transformers TLC Nominations what to watch spider-man Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Dark Horse Comics TV Land OWN Lifetime Reality Competition docudrama justice league Ovation political drama El Rey E3 Sundance Classic Film Peacock comic Esquire Warner Bros. cops Lionsgate FX child's play based on movie Summer Schedule concert theme song social media comedies romantic comedy 2016 sports Reality CBS SundanceTV Anna Paquin A&E Cannes hist APB YouTube travel werewolf crime drama mockumentary Awards parents spy thriller game show First Look Endgame CNN Amazon Pop TV scary movies Disney streaming service best video Creative Arts Emmys discovery OneApp Star Wars Superheroe vampires Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Tumblr CW Seed binge robots Animation Family Thanksgiving Tubi Netflix Christmas movies USA Network Funimation mutant Crunchyroll Best and Worst Country book CBS All Access cats psycho VH1 MTV serial killer elevated horror Comics on TV The Purge DGA VICE Binge Guide Musical directors Crackle Vudu Discovery Channel technology war Travel Channel Extras 2020 Video Games independent TBS anime crossover Pixar WarnerMedia cartoon Red Carpet Disney+ Disney Plus spain Teen name the review Syfy Masterpiece Certified Fresh Calendar TV renewals Comedy Sundance Now American Society of Cinematographers Stephen King X-Men Trivia romance indie stand-up comedy aliens award winner Turner Classic Movies golden globes psychological thriller First Reviews sag awards Infographic Logo Apple TV+ YA Drama FX on Hulu biography Winter TV composers nature Marvel Studios National Geographic Superheroes screen actors guild renewed TV shows batman Academy Awards Epix Trailer RT History SXSW crime movies supernatural quibi Winners Song of Ice and Fire Universal disaster Elton John 71st Emmy Awards comics mission: impossible DC streaming service Disney Channel Western San Diego Comic-Con jamie lee curtis BET DirecTV Election Black Mirror See It Skip It halloween versus Shondaland Nickelodeon NYCC The Witch Apple MSNBC Arrowverse Captain marvel Emmy Nominations latino Paramount Rocky Apple TV Plus Ellie Kemper 24 frames PaleyFest cults diversity Amazon Prime Turner cooking Mudbound hispanic Fantasy asian-american dramedy series thriller Lifetime Christmas movies Holiday stoner Toys free movies chucky doctor who cancelled Sneak Peek History finale 20th Century Fox DC Comics Polls and Games Amazon Prime Video ESPN dark Spectrum Originals miniseries Netflix anthology streaming 4/20 movie Baby Yoda Cosplay reviews rotten movies we love 2019 Paramount Network Mystery Marvel Television Adult Swim all-time space USA Podcast ghosts GLAAD Comedy Central Oscars breaking bad sitcom Film Festival TIFF Pop Set visit Amazon Studios YouTube Premium 21st Century Fox E! Film die hard TCA Winter 2020 Writers Guild of America kids The Walking Dead Musicals LGBTQ 007