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Which Matthew McConaughey Movie Should I Watch?

The McConaughey flowchart to end all flowcharts.

By August 2017Comments

Illustration by Claire Hogan; Theo Wargo/NBC/Getty Images for the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Fans of Matthew McConaughey have been a bit starved of late. Between 2011 and 2014—the period popularly referred to as the McConaissance—the Uvalde native seemed to be everywhere. Over the course of those four years he appeared in nine movies and the HBO series True Detective, received the best reviews of his career, and won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his leading turn in Dallas Buyers Club. Yet since then, he’s backed off considerably; he starred in just one movie in 2015, and two last year. His only scheduled 2017 release, the film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series, opens on August 4, more than seven months after the premiere of his last project, the blink-and-you-missed-it Gold. If you’re worried that the recent lack of McConaughey in your life will leave you unprepared for what is sure to be the majestic malignity of his portrayal of the Dark Tower’s villainous Man in Black, you might want to watch one of his previous films to remind yourself of what he’s capable of on-screen. But which one? The low-budget grit of Mud? The twisted small-town charm of Bernie? The full-on spectacle of Interstellar? To help you navigate your way through the McOeuvre, we’ve put together this comprehensive flowchart.

Illustration by Victoria Millner

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  • Caroline Anne

    This article has dug up some Matthew McConaughey movies that I haven’t seen! Not to over-emphasize the awesomeness of True Detective, a similar flowchart about Woody Harrelson would complete my actor flowchart needs.

  • Dicky Neely

    Call me a contrarian but I can’t stand either one of these guys!

  • Justin Mayes

    You know what would be alright, alright, alright? How about a larger chart that doesn’t require a magnifying glass? I can’t read half of the flowchart.

  • John Kyle

    MM has grown on me “Lone Star” is a good one for a movie. “True Detective”, just wow.

  • Joe Freeland

    Where is Reign of Fire? Van Zan needs some respect. McConaughey as a dragon slayer cannot be missed.

  • Charley Jackson

    “Lone Star” is a terrific movie, with great performances all around. It’s also a rarity to find, since it’s never shown on any channels that I’m familiar with, nor have I found it on Netflix or Amazon Prime.