Top 5 Matt Damon Films
Matt Damon celebrated his 47th birthday last weekend. But rather than wallow in self-pity about we haven’t aged as well as the Team America soundbite, we thought we’d put a list together of some of his best ever films and performances to date. Enjoy!
5) The Martian (2015)
The most recent of Damon’s films on our list, The Martian tells the story of Mark Watney, an astronaut and botanist who faces seemingly impossible odds as he tries to find a way to stay alive on a hostile planet after the rest of his team have evacuated following a dangerous storm. Just from the plotline alone, you know The Martian is going to be tense – but it’s also testament to Damon’s charisma and likeability that The Martian is often incredibly funny too.
4) The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
The Talented Mr. Ripley gave Damon the chance to play one his most complex and intriguing characters to date in the form of Tom Ripley, a talented con artist and closet psychopath who finds himself living the high life having been hired to convince Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law) to return home to America. Instead Ripley inserts himself into Greenleaf’s life and then completely replaces him. Damon is fantastic and puts in a dark, complex turn we’ve rarely seen from him since. His performance is even more impressive on second viewing as you begin to notice Damon taking on many of Law’s mannerisms.
3) The Departed (2006)
When it’s announced an Asian cinema classic is getting a Hollywood remake, you’d be forgiven for tutting and rolling your eyes as, let’s be honest, the recent results haven’t been great – we’re looking at you Spike Lee! But Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Infernal Affairs thankfully doesn’t follow the trend. The Departed swaps Hong Kong with Boston with Jack Nicholson playing crime lord, Frank Costello. Usually you’d expect Damon to play the guy-next-door hero, instead he plays a smarmy Massachusetts State Police officer whose true loyalties were to Nicholson’s Costello. With Leonardo Di Caprio playing the reverse role (a Costello gang member working for the police), The Departed is one of the truly defining crime dramas of its time.
2) Good Will Hunting (1997)
Back in 1997, your average Joe almost certainly wouldn’t have heard of Matt Damon or Ben Affleck. But then struck Good Will Hunting. The pair wrote the film as well as starred in it alongside the late, great Robin Williams, with Matt Damon playing the lead; an emotionally disturbed genius from the wrong side of Boston. The film may be predictable enough but Good Will Hunting is packed with humour, heart and incredible performances across the board – and none better than from Damon himself. The film was nominated for Best Picture 1997 and won Best Supporting Actor for Williams and Best Original Screenplay for Damon and Affleck.
1) The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Yeah, yeah… we know many lists will put the Bourne series all together but for us, the obvious standout in the series – despite them all being obviously pretty brilliant – is the Ultimatum. The third instalment of Bourne sees Jason finally piece together his memories and expose the crooked bureaucrats behind the CIA’s Operation Treadstone/Blackbriar. It’s fast, frantic, packs the mother of all car chases, and delivers some of the best lines in recent cinema history. “Look at us. Look at what they make you give.” JUMP. GUNFIRE. SWIM. MOBY.