Most Popular Ben Affleck Movies
Ben Affleck is one of the most bankable stars of the 90s, before making a turn as an Oscar-winning producer and director. He has also won an Academy Award for best screenplay for the movie Goodwill Hunting which he co-wrote with good buddy Matt Damon. Here is a list of the most popular Ben Affleck movies, according to IMDB.com.
Below are Ben Affleck movie ratings:
|Shakespeare in Love||7.2|
|State of Play||7.1|
|The Company Men||6.8|
1. Goodwill Hunting (1997)
Ben Affleck is the best buddy of Damon’s character Will Hunting, a genius who enters therapy with the character played by Robin Williams after assaulting a police officer. The movie had a $10 million budget but went on to gross more than $225 million worldwide. It was a critically acclaimed flick as well, with nine Oscar nominations including for Best Picture. Williams took home the best supporting actor award for his role in this project, while Damon and Affleck won for best original screenplay.
2. Gone Girl (2014)
This psychological thriller written by Gillian Flynn was based on a 2012 novel of the same name, and directed by David Fincher. Affleck plays the role of Nick Dune, who is the primary suspect in the sudden disappearance of his wife Amy played by Rosamund Pike.
Its world premiere was during the 52nd New York Film Festival and made its nationwide theatrical release on October 3. It was a resounding success at the box office, earning more than $360 million.
3. Argo (2012)
Produced and directed by Affleck, this is a political thriller adapted from the book The Master of Disguise by CIA operative Tony Mendez. It also stars Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, and Alan Arkin. It was widely acclaimed as one of the best movies of that year, winning three Oscar awards including the coveted Best Picture. With a meager $40 million budget, Argo was also a winner at the box office with a total gross of $230 million worldwide.
Actor George Clooney was also one of the producers of this film.
4. The Town (2010)
This crime drama film was co-written and directed by Affleck. It is adapted from the novel Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan. It was both a commercial and critical success as it opened in theaters in the U.S. with more than $23 million. It went on to rake in $154 million on a $37 million production budget. Jeremy Renner was nominated for an Oscar award for best supporting actor for his performance in this movie.
5. Dogma (1999)
This was a highly controversial movie starring Affleck and his friend Damon. They play the role of fallen angels who attempt to re-enter Heaven by taking advantage of a loophole in the Catholic dogma. It was a lemon at the box office with a worldwide gross of $30 million.
6. Chasing Amy (1997)
Affleck plays Holden, a comic book artist who is friends with another artist named Banky played by Jason Lee. They meet Alyssa, who is played by Joey Lauren Adams. Holden falls for Alyssa, who turns out to be gay. This was a surprise hit as it earned $12 million despite having a budget of only $250,000.
7. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Affleck plays a supporting role in this romantic comedy-drama directed by John Madden about the imaginary love affair between William Shakespeare and Viola de Lesseps, played by Joseph Fiennes and Gwyneth Paltrow, respectively. It won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actress for Paltrow. It earned $298 million at the box office.
8. State of Play (2009)
This political thriller is an adaptation of a British TV serial directed by Kevin Macdonald and starring Affleck and Oscar winner Russell Crowe. The film revolves around the probe of a journalist into the death of a congressman’s mistress. With a production budget of $60 million, it grossed $90 million at the box office.
9. The Company Men (2010)
Although this movie didn’t fare well at the box office earning only $5 million, it was critically acclaimed. It revolves about the life of three men whose careers were affected by a round of corporate downsizing, and how the corporate restructuring disturbed them and their families. It showed how the economic crisis in America during the 2000s affected people from all walks of life.
Directed by John Wells, it also stars Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, and Chris Cooper.
The highest grossing film of 1998, Armageddon is a sci-fi disaster thriller film with Michael Bay at the helm and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. It revolves about the story of deep-core drillers who were sent by the NASA to prevent a gigantic steroid from hitting the earth. Aside from Affleck, the film stars Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, Michael Clark Duncan, and Owen Wilson. This is arguably the most popular of Ben Affleck movies although it was not liked by the critics.