Richard Brody, writing for The New Yorker, named McBride as one of the twelve greatest living narrative filmmakers, citing David Holzman's Diary as a "time capsule of sights and sounds, ideas and moods, politics and history", and "one of the greatest first films", but noted that he only considered him one of the greatest for that specific film.
- David Holzman's Diary (1967)
- My Girlfriend's Wedding (1969)
- Pictures from Life's Other Side (1971)
- Glen and Randa (1971)
- Hot Times (1974)
- Breathless (1983)
- The Big Easy (1986)
- Great Balls of Fire! (1989)
- Uncovered (1994)
- The Informant (1997) (Cable)
- The Twilight Zone (1986)
- The Wonder Years (1990–1991)
- Blood Ties (1991) (TV)
- The Wrong Man (1993) (TV)
- Fallen Angels (1995) – "Fearless" (1995) Episode
- Pronto (1997) (TV)
- Dead by Midnight (1997) (TV)
- To Hell and Back (2000) (TV)
- Six Feet Under (2001)
- Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival: Grand Prize; for David Holzman's Diary; 1967.
- Cognac Festival du Film Policier: Grand Prix; for The Big Easy; 1987.
- Independent Spirit Awards: Independent Spirit Award; Best Director, for The Big Easy 1988.
- Venice Film Festival: Golden Lion; for The Informant; 1997.
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