Better known for his super spy character with lethal combat skills, Jason Bourne, the prolific American actor Matthew Paige ‘Matt’ Damon is of Cambridge, Massachusetts origin. Now one of the 40 top grossing actors of all time, Matt Damon started his career in high school theater and got his first break in professional acting in 1988 movie, Mystic Pizza.
The blue eyed star has been married to the Argentinian, Luciana Barroso, since 2005 and has three daughters with her. He has also actively participated in charitable works including ONE campaign, H2O Africa Foundation and other organizations. Matt Damon has had great success as an actor and film producer, with many awards including Academy Awards, Golden Globes and others. Here are 15 best Matt Damon movies of all time that we believe you should watch if you happen to be his fan:
15. Gerry (2003)
Written by both of the actors in lead roles, Matt Damon and Casey Affleck, and Gus Van Sant (also the director), this adventure/drama genre is about how a friendship is tested in a dire situation. Two young friends, who both call each other Gerry, plan on taking a hike.
They do not find what they came for and instead get lost in wilderness of the desert on their return. With food and water supplies ending, no sign of civilization nearby, hopelessness and despair threatening to take over, will the friendship survive or will the circumstances force them into doing something drastic?
14. Elysium (2013)
Written and directed by Neill Blomkamp, this sci-fi venture is set in a futuristic world of 2154. The world is heavily immersed in class system where the rich and superior live in a satellite station called Elysium while all others make do by living in total ruins.
Matt Damon in lead role as Max, decides to risk his life for a chance of bringing equality in this polarized world. Starring as the antagonist is Jodie Foster, the secretary who will do her utmost to keep things the way they are.
13. We Bought a Zoo (2011)
Directed by, this is an adaption of the Australian Benjamin Mee’s book, an animal psychology expert, it is based on his true personal experiences. It stars the good looking Matt Damon and guys’ favourite Scarlett Johansson in lead cast. The plot is simple, Benjamin (played by Matt Damon) has lost his wife and has decided to move to countryside along with his daughter (Scarlett Johansson) and son.
They purchase a zoo and hope to renovate it, bringing it up to its past standards. A lot of problems, including finances, come in the way of the strong willed Benjamin but he leaves no stone unturned to pass every inspection and reopen the Zoo to the public.
12. School Ties (1992)
The movie does well to highlight the racist society of the past, the class divide and the bigotry of the rich. It is set a few years after the WWII, when antisemitism was still afresh in the society, a Jewish wonder quarterback was offered a place in a prestigious prep school.
The school alumni just wanted their team to win while for David Greene (Brendan Fraser) it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to get into Ivy League university and make a good career. Fearing hate and rejection, David keeps his religion a secret.
However, when the word does come out, his friends including Charlie (Matt Damon), his girlfriend’s folks, all make a laughing stock of him and worse.
11. Rounders (1998)
John Dahl’s venture that falls in crime genre has received great reviews from movie critics. It stars Matt Damon as Mike, a law school student who loses all his bankroll money in a poker game against the Russian Teddy. This and pressure from his girlfriend, (played by an attractive actress and model Gretchen Mol) he starts afresh vowing to permanently quit poker.
Enter Edward Norton as Mike’s old friend Worm, just released from prison, and they’re both back dealing cards. Worm needs to pay off a debt and it turns out debt is owed to Teddy. Mike decides to go for the kill, face his old rival and settle things once and for all.
10. The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
Directed by George Nolfi, this sci-fi romance flick is based on a short story by the famous American science fiction writer, Philip K. Dick. Philip’s idea of fate/predestination is a team of men who work in the ‘Adjustment Bureau’ and decide what is best for you, having the power to affect your life.
However when a politician and a front runner for presidential elections, David Norris, falls for a ballet dancer, even the Adjustment Bureau have trouble keeping them apart. David Norris is played by the celebrated American actor Matt Damon while Emily Blunt takes the stage as Elise, the ballet dancer.
Men from the adjustment bureau, with mysterious powers, try to keep the love birds apart but David is determined to get her at all cost even if it might cost him winning his seat.
9. The Informant! (2009)
This comedy motion picture is based on a true story, written by American journalist Kurt Eichenwald. It stars the striking Matt Damon in lead character of Mark Whitacre, Vice President of a leading lysine developing company ADM. Things take a turn and Mark agrees to become eyes and ears of FBI in his own company, to get evidence on price fixing that ADM has been involved in.
It seems like Mark was forced into becoming an FBI agent, but the cut-clean looking man with mustaches might have more to him than what meets the eye. Matt Damon’s onscreen brilliance in the comic role got him nominated for a Golden Globe.
8. Invictus (2009)
Directed by Clint Eastwood, this biopic is based on a book by John Carlin by the name Playing the Enemy. The movie features a star studded cast with the legendary Morgan Freeman and The Bourne series star Matt Damon in lead roles. Morgan Freeman’s Nelson Mandela has been elected President and aims to bring together a country torn by apartheid.
He chooses sports to unite all and decided to support his national team, Sprinboks, in upcoming Rugby world cup in South Africa. To field a mixed race team and get everyone to rally behind is no easy task.
Nelson trusts Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon) to lead from the front. For their powerful performances, accurately depicting the high running emotions and crisis of the time, Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon were both nominated for Oscars.