When you look at the list of Matt Damon movies, you soon realize that he has worked with the very best of the best of directors, from Spielberg to Scorsese to Eastwood to Ridley Scott, growing as an actor through the years, though he was mighty good to begin with. In many ways there is an everyman quality to Damon that was perhaps best put to use in The Martian (2015), but it has always been there. And we believe when he is extraordinary as we did with Good Will Hunting (1997) and his gifted psychic in Hereafter (2010) because it comes with such honesty and integrity.
It was alarming to see him as the bad guy in films such The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and more recently in The Departed (2006), yet again because it comes from such an honest place, we believe him. Behind that goofy smile in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) was a laser smart psychotic serial killer capable of doing anything to get what he wants. In The Departed (2006), we see him fall under the spell of Jack Nicholson’s Frank Costello, but are also aware he is running the show and will do what he has to do to save his skin.
I loved his performance in The Martian (2015) and in any other year would have cheered for him to win the Oscar, but he has no chance against Di Caprio…no one does, but like his friend Leonardo, the day will come when he wins his own Best Actor. Here is the list of top Matt Damon movies, selected from his impressive filmography. You can stream some of these Matt Damon movies online on Netflix or Amazon Prime or Hulu.
10. The Ocean Series (2001-07)
He may not be the center of attention in films — Clooney and Pitt are — but he still shines in an understated role. He is funny and apt for the part. I have a nagging suspicion that he got the part of Bourne because of Ocean’s Eleven. You can also see his growth as an actor in the films: from a young, enthusiastic actor to a mature performer.