10 Most Notable Matt Damon Movies
Matt Damon is no doubt one of the most bankable actors today. He’s also a screenwriter, famously co-writing the screenplay of the hit movie Goodwill Hunting with fellow actor Ben Affleck. His acting career spans more than 25 years. This article lists down some of the best Matt Damon movies of all-time.
Below are Matt Damon movie ratings:
|Saving Private Ryan||8.6|
|The Bourne Ultimatum||8.1|
|The Bourne Identity||7.9|
|The Bourne Supremacy||7.8|
1. Interstellar (2014)
Damon played Dr. Mann, a scientist who had been stranded on the planet where the lead characters played by Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway go in search for a new home for humanity. Although he played a small role, Damon lent star power to the movie which grossed more than $670 million worldwide.
2. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Damon is cast as a morally divided young soldier in this epic war drama that stars Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks. This movie directed by Steven Spielberg was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, with Spielberg winning the best director plum. It also won in four other categories. It wasn’t only a critically acclaimed film but also a big hit worldwide as it gross $481 million, making it the second-highest grossing of the year.
Damon played the role of Private First Class James Francis Ryan, the last surviving brother of four servicemen that was searched and rescued by a US Army Ranger squad led by Hanks.
3. The Departed (2006)
Damon stars in this critically acclaimed flick directed by Martin Scorsese. It is actually a remake of the Hong Kong movie Internal Affairs which was released four years earlier. Leonardo Di Caprio, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg also complete the case with a stellar line up of supporting actors like Martin Sheen and Alec Baldwin.
In this flick, Damon plays Colin Sullivan who is planted by the Irish mob boss played by Nicholson within the Massachusetts State Police. The movie was a smashing success at the tills, grossing nearly $290 million. It was also critically acclaimed as it won the Best Picture at the 79th Academy Awards, along with three other awards including best director.
4. Goodwill Hunting (1997)
This movie written by Affleck and Damon follows the story of a 20-year old laborer Will Hunting played by the latter. He is an unrecognized genius who becomes a patient of a therapist played by Williams. Through his therapy sessions, Hunting would re-evaluate his relationships with other people including his best pal and girlfriend.
Despite a meager $10 million budget, Goodwill Hunting was able to rake in $225 million during its theatrical run. It was also nominated for nine Oscar awards, winning the best original screenplay and best supporting actor awards in the process.
5. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
This is the third Bourne movie that Damon starred in, following TheBourne Supremacy (2004) and The Bourne Identity (2002). He reprises his role as former CIA assassin Jason Bourne who becomes the target of an assassination plot, while trying to search for the origins of his life. This was a huge hit, earning more than $400 million at the box office.
6. The Bourne Identity (2002)
The first movie in the Bourne series, The Bourne Identity grossed more than $200 million despite having a budget of only $60 million. Interestingly, Damon was not the first choice for the title role as the producers considered other A-listers like Brad Pitt, Sylvester Stallone, and Russell Crowe for the titular role.
7. Ocean’s 11 (2001)
Damon joins a star-studded cast in this hit movie. With him are other big names like George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, and Andy Garcia. It was the fifth highest grossing film of the year, raking in $450 million.
8. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
The second installment of the Bourne series, Damon reprises his role as Jason Bourne. It was another huge hit, grossing more than $280 million at the box office. Producers even had to pull out Damon from the shooting of Ocean’s 12 as they had to re-shoot the ending of this film.
9. Ponyo (2008)
Damon lent his voice for this Japanese animated fantasy comedy film about a goldfish who befriends a human boy. The film was a sleeper hit earning more than $200 million worldwide aside from winning several awards.
10. Dogma (1999)
This comedy film reunites Damon with his pal Affleck. It also stars Chris Rock, Salma Hayek, and rock star Alanis Morissette. The film is about two fallen angels who try to exploit a loop-hole in the Catholic dogma and re-enter Heaven.
Among the many Matt Damon movies, this has got to be the most controversial with its irreverent treatment of Catholicism and the Catholic Church. Organized protests were held in many countries, and director Kevin Smith received at least two death threats. It also bombed at the box office with a gross of only $30 million, although its budget was only $10 million.