We always thought Matthew McConaughey was a great actor even though he played in some romantic comedies that didn’t really emphasize his amazing acting abilities. But that was not his fault, of course. Plus, we know that many actors make this kind of compromise only for money so that they can produce other independent low budget movies. We happen to love indie cinema. Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar award as best actor only confirmed what we already knew, that he’s one of the most talented actors of his generation. Let’s have a look at some of the best Matthew McConaughey movies so far:
Lee Daniels is known for directing Precious, a very disturbing movie that won two Oscars in 2009. Paperboy is another great example of great movie making and it shows Matthew McConaughey’s dramatic talents at their best. It’s a weird movie that tells the story about a reporter who investigates the case of a death row prisoner. The cast includes the always amazing Nicole Kidman, John Cusack and Zac Efron.
Frailty is one of the best Matthew McConaughey movies and also one of my personal favorite. It seems that Matthew shines best in dark movies. The darker the better (True Detective anyone?) and Frailty is as dark as it gets. It’s an intelligent psychological thriller with many twists and turns about religious fanatics.
Bernie is a dark-comedy with a solid script, solid characters and a clever plot. That’s all it takes for Matthew McConaughey to make the movie really good – funny and quirky. Bernie was directed by Richard Linklater, the same guy who brought us the lovely Before Sunset movies, and stars the super funny Jack Black. If you haven’t seen this one and you like Matthew McConaughey, we recommend it.
7. Lincoln Lawyer
If you are a fan of intelligent court dramas, you should see Lincoln Lawyer. Matthew McConaughey plays the role of an attorney who has a crisis of conscience when he gets to represent a wealthy client. The movie is packed with twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the ends. Matthew McConaughey is sexy and bad in this one.
6. We Are Marshall
Matthew McConaughey is a huge football fan in real life and plays the role of a coach in We Are Marshall. The story was based on true events about a football coach that fights to keep his team alive after some of the players die in a plane crash. It’s a superior drama movie with a great cast.
5. A Time To Kill
When he starred in this movie, Matthew McConaughey was still an unknown actor. Joel Schumacher believed in him and gave him an important role which opened new opportunities for our favorite actor. A Time To Kill was based on a John Grisham novel and it received many awards and nominations, including a Golden Globe nomination in 1996.
In the critically acclaimed Mud, Matthew McConaughey delivers another flawless performance, this time playing the role of a fugitive who befriends two boys and help him reunite with his true love. The critics and audiences loved the movie and Mud got Matthew McConaughey one step closer to his first Oscar.
3. Dazed And Confused
In this 90’s movie about young rebels, Matthew McConaughey plays the role of a loser named Wooderson. It was one of his first films and already showed great acting skills. What can we say, he’s a natural.
2. Killer Joe
Killer Joe is another personal favorite. It’s a great example of modern noir movies with a great cast and a killer story. Matthew McConaughey plays a complex role and portrays a super troubled character in a way that amazed critics and audiences alike. If it weren’t for the NC-17 rating, he could have gotten at least an Oscar nomination for best actor.
1. Dallas Buyers Club
And of course, this year’s Oscar revelation, Dallas Buyers Club is number one on our list of best Matthew McConaughey movies. It would take pages to write about this brilliant movie that won Mr. McConaughey an Oscar for best actor. We’ll just tell you that if you haven’t seen it, you’ve missed one of the best male performances of the last decade. And it’s not an exaggeration.
This was our list of best Matthew McConaughey movies so far. Have you seen any of them? which one is your favorite? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.