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."
- 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 (1987)
- 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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