10 Best Matthew McConaughey Movies and TV Shows

June 19, 2018
5 min read

Born to a father, who was formerly a football player, and a mother, a published author, Matthew McConaughey was the youngest of his three siblings. Initially, after being thinking of becoming a lawyer, McConaughey kick-started his acting career after Richard Linklater cast him in his coming-of-age teen comedy-drama film ‘Dazed and Confused’, which has since gained a cult status. Though he was not cast in complex roles and remained isolated to romantic comedies, it was not until him being cast in ‘Magic Mike’ in 2012, which spurted out his cinematic genius and hurled him into awards-limelight.

Where ‘Interstellar’ saw the sublime combo of Christopher Nolan and McConaughey, ‘True Detective’s Rustin Cohle made us believe McConaughey could also be the perfect fit for TV shows. So, let’s celebrate his career by taking a look at the list of top Matthew McConaughey movies and TV shows. You can watch some of these movies on Netflix or Amazon Prime.


10. The Paperboy (2012)

A film designed to outrage you. That’s exactly why you are either going to love it or hate it. But here’s what you are only going to love: Matthew McConaughey performance. As a tough cookie star reporter, Ward Jansen, McConaughey is thoroughly entertaining and full of surprises.


9. Killer Joe (2011)


Directed by William Friedkin, ‘Killer Joe’ is a Southern Gothic crime film, which portrays McConaughey as a cop in a town where a drug dealer, neck-deep in debt, hires a hit-man to kill his evil mother, in exchange for a tumble with his young sister. Underrated performance in an underrated film.


8. A Time to Kill (1996)

Much before his lover-boy image and subsequent McConaissance, McConaughey  played a fearless young lawyer who defends a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his 10-year-old daughter. It turned out to be star making turn after which McConaughey never had to look back.


7. Bernie (2011)

If you truly want to see McConaughey in a character role, this is the film to go to. He plays a Texan local district attorney looking into a murder crime. And to play the character McConaughey completes let’s go his star image, adopts a Texan accent, wears a hat and spectacles. It is truly a magnificent transformation.


6. Mud (2012)


A coming-of-age drama film, which competed in all the famed film festivals of that year, shows McConaughey as a fugitive, who is in exile, since he killed a man in Texas and has bounty hunters on his trail. When he meets two boys who have come to explore a Mississippi River island, he explains them his main aim, which is to meet his beloved rather than going out of the situation alive. In a supporting turn, McConaughey shows glimpses of his wide range of acting skills.

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