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All Matthew McConaughey Movies Ranked

“Alright alright alright!” Only one man in Hollywood could fully embody the laidback cool of that now-famous catchphrase: Matthew McConaughey. The actor broke into the scene with the landmark stoner comedy Dazed and Confused, and for a while there looked like he was good to just coast on his twangy bro-charm and ample shirtless scenes. Occasional dramas like Amistad and Frailty gave him acting cred, which some would say was squandered on a string of duds like Fool’s Gold, Failure to Launch, and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past – the mediocrity cresting with the 0% Surfer, Dude.

Then came the McConaissance.

It all started with 2011’s The Lincoln Lawyer: He entered one side a laughing stock, and came out the other a bona fide movie legend. The hits followed: Magic Mike, Mud, The Wolf of Wall Street, and an honest-to-God Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club. And there was that critically-lauded turn in HBO’s True Detective. Before 2011, McConaughey had notched six Certified Fresh films over 20 years; this past decade, he’s racked up nine. See where they all place, including his latest The Gentlemen, as we rank the best Matthew McConaughey movies (and the worst) by Tomatometer!

#45

Surfer, Dude (2008)
0%

#45
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Hands on a Hard Body director S.R. Bindler directs this wave-twisting tale of a soul-searching surfer (Matthew McConaughey) in the... [More]
Directed By: S.R. Bindler

#44

Larger Than Life (1996)
11%

#44
Adjusted Score: 11.279%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When motivational speaker Jack inherits an elephant from his father, he wants to get rid of it as soon as... [More]
Directed By: Howard Franklin

#43

Fool's Gold (2008)
11%

#43
Adjusted Score: 16.154%
Critics Consensus: With little chemistry among the performers, humorless gags, and a predictable storyline, Fool's Gold fails on every level.
Synopsis: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days co-stars Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey re-team on the big screen for... [More]
Directed By: Andy Tennant

#42
Adjusted Score: 15.748%
Critics Consensus: The Next Generation has the fortune of starring early-career Matthew McConaughey and Renée Zellweger, but it services neither headliner well in a convoluted and cheap-looking slasher that doesn't live up to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre legacy.
Synopsis: More of an updated remake than a sequel to 1974's Texas Chainsaw Massacre, this slasher outing again centers on one... [More]
Directed By: Kim Henkel

#41

The Sea of Trees (2016)
16%

#41
Adjusted Score: 17.145%
Critics Consensus: Dull, maudlin, and fundamentally empty, The Sea of Trees extinguishes the contributions of a talented cast and marks a depressing low point in director Gus Van Sant's career.
Synopsis: The film follows Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) trekking into Aokigahara, known as the Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at... [More]
Directed By: Gus Van Sant

#40
#40
Adjusted Score: 19.008%
Critics Consensus: Instead of being light and charming, this romantic comedy is heavy-handed and contrived in its execution. Also, it's too unoriginal.
Synopsis: This lighthearted romantic comedy in the tradition of Runaway Bride (1999) casts Jennifer Lopez in the Julia Roberts mold. Lopez... [More]
Directed By: Adam Shankman

#39

The Dark Tower (2017)
16%

#39
Adjusted Score: 27.546%
Critics Consensus: Go then, there are other Stephen King adaptations than these.
Synopsis: There are other worlds than these. Stephen King's The Dark Tower, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the... [More]
Directed By: Nikolaj Arcel

#38

Serenity (2019)
20%

#38
Adjusted Score: 28.129%
Critics Consensus: A high-concept mystery with a twist, Serenity isn't what it appears to be at first -- unfortunately, it's also not anywhere near as clever or entertaining as it thinks.
Synopsis: From the creative mind of Oscar nominee Steven Knight comes a daringly original, sexy, stylized thriller. Baker Dill (Academy Award... [More]
Directed By: Steven Knight

#37
#37
Adjusted Score: 25.228%
Critics Consensus: Despite its sportsmanlike swagger, Two for the Money's aimless plot isn't worth betting on.
Synopsis: D.J. Caruso's Two for the Money stars Matthew McConaughey as Brandon Lang, a former college quarterback whose life plans changed... [More]
Directed By: D.J. Caruso

#36
#36
Adjusted Score: 28.01%
Critics Consensus: The few comic gags sprinkled throughout the movie fail to spice up this formulaic rom-com.
Synopsis: A overgrown mama's boy who hasn't found the courage to take flight from the nest gets a little help from... [More]
Directed By: Tom Dey

#35
Adjusted Score: 31.252%
Critics Consensus: A retread of A Christmas Carol, featuring Matthew McConaughey in a retread of his Dazed and Confused role, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past lacks originality, humor, and any semblance of charm.
Synopsis: Ghosts of Girlfriends Past -- the Mark S. Waters-directed fusion of A Christmas Carol with a traditional romantic comedy --... [More]
Directed By: Mark Waters (VIII)

#34

Tiptoes (2004)
20%

#34
Adjusted Score: 6.599%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Matthew Bright directs the romantic comedy Tiptoes, written by Bill Weiner. Rolfe (Gary Oldman) is a dwarf, but his brother... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Bright

#33
#33
Adjusted Score: 34.061%
Critics Consensus: A queasy mishmash of poignant drama and slapstick fantasy, Angels in the Outfield strikes out as worthy family entertainment.
Synopsis: Updated from the 1951 film of the same name, Angels In The Outfield takes liberties with the original to bring... [More]
Directed By: William Dear

#32

Sahara (2005)
38%

#32
Adjusted Score: 43.842%
Critics Consensus: A mindless adventure flick with a preposterous plot.
Synopsis: Matthew McConaughey stars as explorer and adventurer Dirk Pitt in this adaptation of the best-selling novel by Clive Cussler. Pitt... [More]
Directed By: Breck Eisner

#31

Reign of Fire (2002)
42%

#31
Adjusted Score: 46.857%
Critics Consensus: Reign of Fire gains some altitude with its pyrotechnic action and a smolderingly campy Matthew McConaughey, but the feature's wings are clipped by a derivative script and visual effects that fizzle out.
Synopsis: In present-day London, twelve-year-old Quinn watches as his mother, a construction engineer inadvertently wakes an enormous fire-breathing beast from its... [More]
Directed By: Rob Bowman

#30
Adjusted Score: 46.031%
Critics Consensus: Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson are charming together, but they can't overcome How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days' silly premise and predictable script.
Synopsis: Two New Yorkers fight the battle of the sexes to a standstill (without entirely realizing it) in this romantic comedy.... [More]
Directed By: Donald Petrie

#29

Gold (2017)
42%

#29
Adjusted Score: 49.456%
Critics Consensus: Gold boasts an impressively committed performance from Matthew McConaughey, but it's just one glittering nugget in an otherwise uneven heap of cinematic silt.
Synopsis: TWC-Dimension presents GOLD, a Black Bear Pictures and HWY61 production directed by Academy Award winner Stephen Gaghan (Syriana, Traffic) and... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Gaghan

#28

The Paperboy (2012)
45%

#28
Adjusted Score: 50.085%
Critics Consensus: Trashy and melodramatic, The Paperboy is enlivened by a strong cast and a steamy, sordid plot, but it's uneven and often veers into camp.
Synopsis: A sexually and racially charged film noir from Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels (Precious), The Paperboy takes audiences deep into the... [More]
Directed By: Lee Daniels

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 54.023%
Critics Consensus: Free State of Jones has the noblest of intentions, but they aren't enough to make up for its stilted treatment of a fascinating real-life story.
Synopsis: Directed by four-time Oscar (R) nominee Gary Ross and starring Oscar (R) winner Matthew McConaughey, Free State of Jones is... [More]
Directed By: Gary Ross

#26

We Are Marshall (2006)
49%

#26
Adjusted Score: 52.878%
Critics Consensus: Matthew McConaughey almost runs We Are Marshall to the end zone, but can't stop it from taking the easy, feel-good route in memorializing this historic event in American sports.
Synopsis: A true story of tragedy, hope, and resilience comes to the screen in this sports drama. Huntington, WV, is home... [More]
Directed By: McG

#25

The Beach Bum (2019)
56%

#25
Adjusted Score: 60.676%
Critics Consensus: The role of a lifetime for Matthew McConaughey, The Beach Bum is set apart by Harmony Korine's distinctive style, but that isn't always enough to offset the unfocused story.
Synopsis: THE BEACH BUM follows the hilarious misadventures of Moondog (Matthew McConaughey), a rebellious rogue who always lives life by his... [More]
Directed By: Harmony Korine

#24

White Boy Rick (2018)
58%

#24
Adjusted Score: 64.103%
Critics Consensus: Solid work from the cast - particularly a scene-stealing Matthew McConaughey - helps White Boy Rick make up for a number of missed opportunities in the script.
Synopsis: Set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic and the War on Drugs, WHITE BOY RICK is... [More]
Directed By: Yann Demange

#23

The Newton Boys (1998)
63%

#23
Adjusted Score: 64.458%
Critics Consensus: The Newton Boys uses a sharp cast and absorbing period detail to help make up for the frustrations of a story puzzlingly short on dramatic tension.
Synopsis: Richard Linklater's fifth feature is a major departure from his previous work -- his first big-budget picture, it's also the... [More]
Directed By: Richard Linklater

#22

Contact (1997)
65%

#22
Adjusted Score: 68.746%
Critics Consensus: Contact elucidates stirring scientific concepts and theological inquiry at the expense of satisfying storytelling, making for a brainy blockbuster that engages with its ideas, if not its characters.
Synopsis: She's known it since she was a young girl, when she would magically connect with distant voices on her father's... [More]
Directed By: Robert Zemeckis

#21

EDtv (1999)
64%

#21
Adjusted Score: 65.412%
Critics Consensus: If it's not as ambitious as The Truman Show in satirizing the voyeuristic nature of television, EdTV is an amiable, witty comedy with fine performances from Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.
Synopsis: The turning point in the life of Ed Pekurny (Matthew McConaughey) comes thanks to the misfortunes of the NorthWest Broadcasting... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard

#20

A Time to Kill (1996)
67%

#20
Adjusted Score: 69.636%
Critics Consensus: Overlong and superficial, A Time to Kill nonetheless succeeds on the strength of its skillful craftsmanship and top-notch performances.
Synopsis: Carl Lee Hailey takes the law into his own hands after the legal system fails to adequately punish the men... [More]
Directed By: Joel Schumacher

#19

U-571 (2000)
68%

#19
Adjusted Score: 71.809%
Critics Consensus: Excellent cinematography and an interesting plot accompanied by a talented cast and crew make U-571 a tense thriller.
Synopsis: In this World War II action thriller, American reconnaissance agents learn that a German submarine is sinking. The doomed ship... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Mostow

#18

Interstellar (2014)
72%

#18
Adjusted Score: 87.022%
Critics Consensus: Interstellar represents more of the thrilling, thought-provoking, and visually resplendent filmmaking moviegoers have come to expect from writer-director Christopher Nolan, even if its intellectual reach somewhat exceeds its grasp.
Synopsis: With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Nolan

#17

Sing (2016)
72%

#17
Adjusted Score: 78.808%
Critics Consensus: Sing delivers colorfully animated, cheerfully undemanding entertainment with a solid voice cast and a warm-hearted -- albeit familiar -- storyline that lives up to its title.
Synopsis: A koala impresario stages a grand singing competition for the world's animals in order to save his elegant theater in... [More]

#16

The Gentlemen (2020)
75%

#16
Adjusted Score: 87.384%
Critics Consensus: It may not win writer-director Guy Ritchie many new converts, but for those already attuned to the filmmaker's brash wavelength, The Gentlemen stands tall.
Synopsis: THE GENTLEMEN follows American expat Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) who built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#15

Boys on the Side (1995)
74%

#15
Adjusted Score: 75.682%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In the tradition of Fried Green Tomatoes, this touching drama focuses upon the relationships of three strong, independent women who... [More]
Directed By: Herbert Ross

#14

Frailty (2002)
74%

#14
Adjusted Score: 78.025%
Critics Consensus: Creepy and disturbing, Frailty is well-crafted, low-key horror.
Synopsis: Actor Bill Paxton made his directorial debut with Frailty. The bulk of the story is told through flashbacks, as a... [More]
Directed By: Bill Paxton

#13

Amistad (1997)
77%

#13
Adjusted Score: 80.674%
Critics Consensus: Heartfelt without resorting to preachiness, Amistad tells an important story with engaging sensitivity and absorbing skill.
Synopsis: In the summer of 1839, on a stormy night off the coast of Cuba, 53 Africans held captive in the... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 91.217%
Critics Consensus: Funny, self-referential, and irreverent to a fault, The Wolf of Wall Street finds Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio at their most infectiously dynamic.
Synopsis: Martin Scorsese directs the story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort. From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#11

Killer Joe (2012)
79%

#11
Adjusted Score: 85.085%
Critics Consensus: Violent, darkly comic, and full of strong performances, Killer Joe proves William Friedkin hasn't lost his touch, even if the plot may be too lurid for some.
Synopsis: When 22 year-old drug dealer Chris (Hirsch) has his stash of drugs stolen from him by his mother, he has... [More]
Directed By: William Friedkin

#10

Magic Mike (2012)
79%

#10
Adjusted Score: 86.835%
Critics Consensus: Magic Mike's sensitive direction, smart screenplay, and strong performances allow audiences to have their beefcake and eat it too.
Synopsis: Set in the world of male strippers, Magic Mike is directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars Channing Tatum in a... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#9

Tropic Thunder (2008)
82%

#9
Adjusted Score: 91.525%
Critics Consensus: With biting satire, plenty of subversive humor, and an unforgettable turn by Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder is a triumphant late Summer comedy.
Synopsis: Ben Stiller's satirical look at Hollywood, Tropic Thunder concerns the production of an epic Vietnam War film that quickly derails... [More]
Directed By: Ben Stiller

#8
Adjusted Score: 86.431%
Critics Consensus: Thirteen Conversations About One Thing is an intelligent and poignant look at lives intersecting.
Synopsis: A group of people live their separate lives, unaware of the subtle interconnections that bring them together. There's a cocky... [More]
Directed By: Jill Sprecher

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 88.232%
Critics Consensus: It doesn't offer any twists on the predictable courtroom thriller formula, but with a charming Matthew McConaughey leading its solid cast, The Lincoln Lawyer offers briskly enjoyable entertainment.
Synopsis: Matthew McConaughey stars in this legal thriller as a low-rent defense attorney named Mickey Haller. Most of the time, Mickey... [More]
Directed By: Brad Furman

#6

Bernie (2012)
88%

#6
Adjusted Score: 93.793%
Critics Consensus: Richard Linklater's Bernie is a gently told and unexpectedly amusing true-crime comedy that benefits from an impressive performance by Jack Black.
Synopsis: In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town's most beloved... [More]
Directed By: Richard Linklater

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 96.672%
Critics Consensus: Featuring an excellent ensemble cast, a precise feel for the 1970s, and a killer soundtrack, Dazed and Confused is a funny, affectionate, and clear-eyed look at high school life.
Synopsis: Like George Lucas' American Graffiti, Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused is an affectionate look at the youth culture of a... [More]
Directed By: Richard Linklater

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 103.095%
Critics Consensus: Dallas Buyers Club rests squarely on Matthew McConaughey's scrawny shoulders, and he carries the burden gracefully with what might be a career-best performance.
Synopsis: Matthew McConaughey stars in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985... [More]
Directed By: Jean-Marc Vallée

#3

Lone Star (1996)
94%

#3
Adjusted Score: 96.165%
Critics Consensus: Smart and absorbing, Lone Star represents a career high point for writer-director John Sayles -- and '90s independent cinema in general.
Synopsis: A small town Texas sheriff who is living in the shadow of his legendary father prods an investigation no one... [More]
Directed By: John Sayles

#2

Mud (2013)
97%

#2
Adjusted Score: 103.814%
Critics Consensus: Bolstered by a strong performance from Matthew McConaughey in the title role, Mud offers an engaging Southern drama that manages to stay sweet and heartwarming without being sappy.
Synopsis: Mud is an adventure about two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who find a man named Mud hiding out... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Nichols

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 105.395%
Critics Consensus: Kubo and the Two Strings matches its incredible animation with an absorbing -- and bravely melancholy -- story that has something to offer audiences of all ages.
Synopsis: Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever,... [More]
Directed By: Travis Knight

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