Matt Damon Movies & Filmography

Matt Damon Movies & Filmography
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Damon’s been a regular collaborator of Steven Soderbergh, starring in three Ocean’s movies, Contagion, and Behind the Candelabra. But he’s also been known to turn in compelling dramas and invigorating action flicks.

He nails the slimy schmuck who attempts to convince small-town residents that his company should drill on their land in this topical thriller. It’s a darker side to his usual image.

Good Will Hunting (1997)

In this film, Damon demonstrates the breadth of his acting range. Having been typecast as the good guy in many of his earlier roles, here he plays Colin, a tough Boston mobster who’s outwardly decent but rotten at the core. It’s a powerful performance and one that marks him as an actor with real depth, even if it doesn’t earn him the Oscar nod he deserved.

After Good Will Hunting, Damon went on to show off his versatility as a gaunt military medic in Courage Under Fire and a determined law school grad in The Rainmaker. But it was his collaboration with Ben Affleck on this script that proved he was the real deal, winning them an Oscar for Best Screenplay and earning him several more acting nominations.

In this Gus Van Sant drama about a self-taught math genius working as a janitor at MIT, Damon gives one of his most relaxed and confident performances. His sparring with Cillian Murphy’s arrogant physicist is especially entertaining. The chemistry between the two is palpable, as is their mutual respect.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Two years after Good Will Hunting made him a star, Damon proved his acting skills again in this powerful war drama. The gomovies film won Damon an Oscar for his and co-writer Ben Affleck’s screenplay, and he held his own in the title role.

This Edward Zwick-directed drama about a military prosecutor investigating the death of a helicopter pilot is less flashy than some of Damon’s other roles, but it showcases his ability to work well with other actors. In particular, he makes the understated character of Ilario come to life.

He’s not the most recognizable face in James Mangold’s stirring sports movie, but Damon holds his own in this old-school male weepie as Carroll Shelby, a former champion race-car driver. To prepare for the role, he lost weight and worked with a dialect coach to perfect a Texas drawl.

Damon is at his best when he’s playing a dangerous con artist, such as the infamous Tom Ripley in this 1999 thriller. He also excels as Nike executive Sonny Vaccaro in the acclaimed sports drama Air and as con man Linus Caldwell in the Ocean’s Eleven series of films.

Oppenheimer (2001)

In this film, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Matt Damon is an attorney who takes on a fraudulent insurance company. It showcases his ability to play multiple characters with ease. He also demonstrates his athletic side as he trains with Chester Williams, a real member of the 1995 South African rugby team.

In his next role, Damon played the lead in this thriller about a young boy who is kidnapped and used as a bargaining tool between his parents and their drug dealer. It’s a darker role than what he usually does, and it’s not as good as his performance in Good Will Hunting.

This George Clooney misfire focuses on the residents of a seemingly perfect suburban town that experience a violent tragedy. While the ensemble cast is strong, Damon’s character lacks depth and resonance. He’s better in other films, including Nike executive Sonny Vaccaro in Steven Soderbergh’s Che and Leslie Groves in Unsane. Over the course of his career, Damon has proven to be a solidly consistent performer who avoids pitfalls by working with respected directors and picking projects that he knows will succeed.

The Martian (2015)

In The Martian, NASA astronaut Mark Watney (played by Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a violent storm during a manned mission to Mars. However, he survives and finds himself stranded on the hostile planet with only meager supplies. He must draw upon his ingenuity and survival instincts to remain alive, while a team of scientists back on Earth work tirelessly to find a way to bring him home.

While the film contains some improbabilities, it is generally well-regarded by critics and audiences. It has an aggregate score of 91% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 7.8/10, and was a box office hit with an estimated $55 million.

Critics have praised Damon’s performance, comparing it to those of Tom Hanks in Cast Away and Apollo 13. They have also noted that the movie is “intelligently paced and never dull” and has a “fearless, likable lead”. On November 15, 20th Century Fox released The Martian VR Experience, a virtual reality experience that allows viewers to take part in various scenes from the film.

The Wolf of Wall Street (2017)

After Good Will Hunting, Damon continued to impress with roles as a con man in Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s trilogy and a CIA agent in the Jason Bourne franchise. In the latter, he proved that he could play an action hero with equal skill as a psychological thriller.

In this film, he portrays Jordan Belfort, a stockbroker who manipulates the financial system for his own gain. The performances, particularly by Damon as the self-professed “wolf,” are unflinching and powerful, capturing a specific kind of Northeastern prep-school shit-headedness that has become part of our culture’s DNA.

After his Academy Award–winning performance with Ben Affleck in Saving Private Ryan, Damon showed his versatility by starring in the political drama The Rainmaker. Then he took on a new challenge with a more grounded role as the oil rigger Steve Butler in Promised Land, a movie about the controversial business of natural gas drilling. The film drew mixed reviews, but it showcased Damon’s ability to deliver a complex performance with depth and nuance. He later reprised the role in a sequel, and his performance earned him critical acclaim.

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