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The Best Of Matthew McConaughey

As Yann Demange’s crime drama White Boy Rick opens in UK cinemas, Close-up Culture pick out our ten favourite Matthew McConaughey films.

10. Free State Of Jones (2016)


McConaughey brings grit and determination to his role as Confederate army deserter who starts his own community and leads a brave rebellion.

9. Killer Joe (2011)


Under the direction of William Friedkin, McConaughey plays a sadistic debt collector in this adaptation of Tracy Letts’ novel.

8. Bernie (2011)


A fun performance from McConaughey as he reunites with Dazed And Confused director Richard Linklater to plat district attorney Danny Buck.

7. The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)


McConaughey lights up this courtroom drama with his trademark charm.

6. Lone Star (1996)


McConaughey gives a brief but memorable performance in John Sayles 1996 mystery film.

5. The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)


McConaughey’s iconic restaurant antics brilliantly summarise the eccentricity and macho delusions of Martin Scorsese’s film.

4. Dazed And Confused (1993)


Yet another example of making the most of limited screen time. McConaughey delivers the most memorable line of this Linklater classic.

3. Mud (2012)


A terrific lead performance in this Jeff Nichols drama was perhaps the starting point for the so-called ‘McConaissance’.

2. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

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Transformative work from McConaughey as he plays a Texas electrician who battles AIDS and pharmaceutical companies in the 1980s.

1. Interstellar (2014)


McConaughey delivers a riveting performance to bring a deeply human and heartfelt core to Christopher Nolan’s grand sci-fi film.



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