Web Desk — Matt Damon is an actor who wears many hats. He is an A-list star who is capable of doing Oscar-nominated performances (The Martian), action spectacles (the Jason Bourne franchise), and invigorating dramas (Oppenheimer).
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck movie Good Will Hunting won an Academy Award for screenwriting. Damon has been behind critical hits as a producer, including Manchester by the Sea and Air.
Fairly speaking, Matt Damon movies won’t disappoint you as his versatility in multiple genres is why his films have stood the test of time. Next time you sit down to make your time precious by watching something nice, consider picking one of these five movies featuring Damon.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
The 1990s movie Good Will Hunting changed Damon’s life. Damon co-wrote the script with Ben Affleck and also played the role of Will Hunting in the movie. Will Hunting is a shining 21-year old from the Southie who works as a janitor at MIT. Will draws the attention of Professor Gerald Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgard) by solving a complex math problem left on a blackboard.
Will attacks a police officer and Lambeau helps him avoid prison if he agrees to study mathematics under his guidance and attends therapy sessions with Dr. Sean Maguire (Robin Williams). Undoubtedly, Good Will Hunting, with terrafic performances and heartfelt script, remains classic over two decades later.
The Bourne Identity (2002)
Having been shot for multiple times, Jason Bourne is left for dead in the Mediterranean Sea. Later, some fishermen in the sea, took his body out of water. Jason survives after some minor surgeries in the boat. However, Bourne has lost his memory and knows nothing about his identity but instincts kick in as he shows elite fighting skills, technical prowess, and fluency in many foreign languages.
With the incidents occuring in his life and his investigation, Bourne slowly learns about his past as CIA agent and the organization’s attempt to “fix their mistake” by hiring assassins to kill him.
Co-Written by Tony Gilory and William Blake Herron and directed by Doug Liman, The Bourne Identity is an intelligent thriller you would love and enjoy to watch. With edge-of-your-seat action sequences, it proved Damon could be a viable action hero.
The Martian (2015)
In The Martian, Damon went to Mars as a wise-cracking astronaut. The movie is based on Andy Weir’s best-selling novel. The Martian follows the Ares III crew and their mission to Mars but the crew decides to evacuate after a dust storm threatens their mission. The crew leaves Mark behind, who was presumed dead after being hit with flying debris.
Fortunately, Mark survives the crash and now he is alone on Mars and must figure out how to contact NASA on Earth and live with the little supplies he has left.
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
As a believable action hero and a compelling dramatic lead, Damon is a good underdog. Surprisingly, Damon has thrived as the villain, especially in The Talented Mr. Ripley. In the movie, he has perfectly done the role of Tom Ripley who is a con man hired by a wealthy Herbert Greenleaf (James Rebhorn) to take his son Dickie (Jude Law) back home in America.
Tom makes friendship with Dickie and his girlfriend, Marge Sherwood (Gwyneth Paltrow). Tom wants to live like the rich and the wealthy Dickie and for that purpose he is willing to lie, cheat, steal, and kill to get what he wants.
With the iconic Air Jordan brand, Michael Jordan’s impact on sneakers is just as miraculous as his play on the court. Nike’s courtship of Jordan is dramatized in Air. Nike was known for its running shoes in the early 1980s. Their basketball department did not exist at all.
In order to compete with Adidas and Converse, Nike’s Sonny Vaccaro (Damon) convinces CEO Phil Knight (Ben Affleck) to go all in on signing Jordan and making him the face of the basketball division.
Winning over Michael’s mother Deloris (Viola Davis) is the key to signing Jordanr. Backed by Affleck’s direction and a stellar cast, Air takes an intriguing premise and makes an off-the-court drama as exciting as the actual game.