McConaughey was a last-minute replacement to play the aptly named Hollywood agent, Rick Peck, after Owen Wilson dropped out. Memorably, Peck fights adamantly for contractual TiVo rights for Ben Stiller's doofus action star, Tugg Speedman; soon after, he's willing to let his client die in the jungle.
11. A Time to Kill (1996)
Playing the heroic lawyer in John Grisham's sweaty Southern courtroom drama made McConaughey a star. Some fans will likely want to see this higher on the list, but McConaughey's performance is comparable to a young attorney working his first big case: flashes of brilliance but unsure of his own abilities.
7. Killer Joe (2011)
William Friedkin's adaptation of Tracy Letts' play was so inherently dark it got an NC-17 rating, and McConaughey plays a killer-for-hire whose soul is pitch-black. But he brings a sense of propriety to his behavior that makes his bad-deeds that much more shocking.
5. Mud (2012)
Dallas Buyers Club got all the ink, but McConaughey's performance as Mud, a lovesick fugitive who befriends two boys living on the Mississippi, is dripping with poetry and resonance. This is classic role that would've been perfect for Robert Mitchum back in the day, and McConaughey knocks it out of the park.
4. True Detective (2014)
Take the best of McConaughey in the last three years, and unleash those newly realized skills on HBO's bleak murder-mystery miniseries. His haunted detective demonstrates that at 44, he completely understands his art, his capabilities, and his limitations.
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