Until recently, Matthew McConaughey's acting abilities were often dismissed or ridiculed. Originally known as the 20-something stoner friend from "Dazed and Confused," McConaughey grew to gain the reputation of a rom-com or action movie trope who wore too much tanning oil and couldn't help but take his shirt off.
But then came 2014. McConaughey had landed a complex role on HBO's mystery series "True Detective" and was nominated for a best actor Oscar for his portrayal of an HIV-positive cowboy in the critically acclaimed movie "Dallas Buyers Club." The media called it "The McConnaissance," and the actor has only flourished since.
PrettyFamous, an entertainment data site by Graphiq, tracked Matthew McConaughey's career by ranking his entire filmography (no matter what size his role) to date from worst to first. The movies were ordered according to their Smart Rating. This is a score out of 100 that takes into account a movie's Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer and Audience Score, IMDb Rating, Metacritic Metascore, Gracenote rating and the inflation-adjusted U.S. box office gross. Documentaries and TV movies were not included.
Note: Movie descriptions are sourced (with minor edits) from Gracenote.