The acting career of Matthew McConaughey can be broken down in two very specific ways. Once he became a leading man, he starred in a slew of romantic comedies opposite the likes of Kate Hudson, Sandra Bullock, Kate Beckinsale, and Jenna Elfman. From there, he took a bit of a break, returning for some very different roles that've made up the rest of his resume to date.
As Matthew explained to Playboy, "After around a year and a half of my being off-screen, I got a call from William Friedkin, who wanted me for Killer Joe. I don’t think he would’ve come two years earlier. Steven Soderbergh called with Magic Mike. He’d done plenty of things he could’ve had me in, but he’d never called before. Jeff Nichols had written Mud and wanted me to do it. I did The Paperboy with Lee Daniels. It was like… I’m going for the experience. Then we did True Detective and Dallas Buyers Club. The time away gave people a chance to remember work I’d done before, whether it was Dazed and Confused or whatever. I didn’t rebrand in those 18 months; I unbranded. I became some people’s good new idea. People bring up the romantic-comedy years as though I’m another person, another actor. It was the same car, same engine, same me. I just shifted to another gear."
What follows is a complete guide to Matthew's films, from 1993's Dazed and Confused to 2017's The Dark Tower. Be sure to check out our other movie guides for actors like Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lopez, and Jennifer Lawrence.