By now, Matt Damon has proven his worth as an Academy Award-winning screenwriter. As an actor, he can also easily slip between action, comedy and psychological roles. If you want to experience this talented actor from all angles, then you are in the right place! We have handpicked his best versatile movie portfolio just for you!
1. The Bourne Identity (2002)
An American wakes up with two bullet wounds in his back and no memory of his identity. After recovering, he follows clues to a safe deposit box in Zurich where he finds his face on identity cards and the name “Jason Bourne.”
When the CIA learns that Bourne has resurfaced, they send a squad to kill him. Bourne retains his excellent fighting skills which allow him to survive and learn that he was part of a CIA black ops killer program and that he was shot twice after he botched an assassination. Bourne knows that turning on his handlers is the only way to survive and the result is an adrenaline-packed showdown.
2. Contagion (2011)
Beth Emhoff doesn’t know it but she is the first person ever to be infected with the novel virus MEV-1. After she returns home to Minneapolis from a business trip to Hong Kong, she falls ill. As those she had been in contact with also come down with the virus, MEV-1 spreads at an alarming rate.
In the confusion, governments believe that it is a bio-weapon while citizens turn unruly and scientists race to create a vaccine. A vaccine that arrives too late for millions and sparks new violence by those desperate to save their communities.
3. Ford v Ferrari (2019)
Based on a true story, the movie follows the rivalry that develops between the Ford Motor Company and Ferrari as both race to become the top dog at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Ford receives a lot of help from Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and Ken Miles, a British driver who tweaks the company’s new car prototype to make it race-ready. Despite his contributions, Miles must fight to earn his place behind the wheel to participate in the Le Mans.
4. Interstellar (2014)
After Earth becomes uninhabitable, the hope of humanity lies in the hands of a space crew tasked with exploring several new planets. These planets were discovered by a previous team after they entered a mysterious wormhole that had appeared in Earth’s solar system.
Dr Amelia Brand and ex-NASA pilot Joseph Cooper must overcome interstellar travel, the strange effects of time, betrayal, and dead worlds to find a new home for the human race before it’s too late.
Damon’s role is a rather dark one. He plays a stranded astronaut from a previous mission who is willing to risk everything in order to be rescued, luring them closer with false messages of hope.
5. Gerry (2002)
Two friends, both referring to themselves as Gerry, decide to go on a hike in the wilderness. When they arrive, they engage in a spontaneous foot race and afterwards, they decide that it is time to go home. But the pair soon realizes that they are lost and fail to find the hiking trail.
The movie follows their desperate efforts to emerge from the wilderness to no avail. When the end nears, their friendship ends in murder and ironically, rescue is just hours away.
6. Rounders (1998)
Mike McDermott is a law student but his passion lies with poker. Convinced that he’s got what it takes to win the World Series of Poker, he tries to increase his funds but overconfident, McDermott loses his entire $30,000 bankroll in an underground game.
With his dream shattered, he takes a regular job to make ends meet. But when his cheating poker buddy gets into debt with the same underground players, McDermott returns to the table to save his friend and hopefully win enough to enter the World Series.
7. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
During 1944, at the height of World War II, the United States Department of War in Washington, D.C, learns a tragic truth. Four Ryan brothers have gone off to war, three are confirmed to have been killed in action and the last one is missing. Determined to bring back the surviving brother to his family, the orders are given to find and bring him home.
The task is given to Captain John H. Miller and his men. As they search for Ryan, the horrors of war ensure that not all of them will survive the rescue mission.
8. The Departed (2006)
In Boston, Colin Sullivan is an officer assigned to the Special Investigations Unit of the Massachusetts State Police. One of his first assignments is to track down a mole inside of his unit, a person who endangers the undercover agents who want to bring down an Irish mob boss called Frank Costello. But Sullivan is the mole and he goes to violent lengths to destroy the investigation and his own team.
9. The Talented Mr Ripley (1999)
In this psychological thriller, Matt Damon gives a stellar performance as Tom Ripley. When he is mistaken for a Princeton classmate of Mr Greenleaf’s son, Dickie, a dangerous sequence of events is unleashed. Mr Greenleaf gives Ripley a luxury trip and allowance to travel abroad and convince Dickie to return to the United States.
After tasting the high life and being treated well after people mistake him for Dickie, Ripley becomes obsessed with taking over his life. After meeting Dickie, their new friendship falls apart as the real man realizes what is happening. But Ripley is determined to become Dickey and has to resort to increasingly violent actions to keep his new identity.
10. The Martian (2015)
Based on the best-selling novel, the story is probably one of the best space survival stories ever told. Matt Damon is cast as Mark Watney, a crew member of the Ares III mission to Mars. While exploring the surface of the Red Planet, an epic dust storm almost destroys the team and scrubs the mission. In the confusion, Watney is left for dead after his suit falsely signals to everyone that he is dead.
The next mission to Mars is four years away and in order to survive, Watney tries to grow food in the crew’s surface habitat. But when his crew learns that he is alive, they turn around to pick him up, a journey that could take up to two years, leaving Watney to deal with the harsh climate, disasters, and ultimately, a lethal rescue operation.
11. Good Will Hunting (1997)
At MIT, a professor challenges his students and writes a difficult math problem on a blackboard. When someone anonymously solves it one night, he is surprised to discover that the genius is the 20-year-old janitor, a man called Will Hunting.
When Will gets into trouble with the law, the professor manages to keep him out of jail by offering to tutor him and make sure that he also receives psychotherapy sessions. While Will is a difficult student to handle and an even more challenging patient, it is Dr Sean Maguire (played by Robin Williams) who slowly breaks down Will’s barriers.
12. The Informant! (2009)
Based on a true story, Matt Damon shows his comedic genius as Mark Whitacre. At his wife’s insistence, Whitacre spills the beans to the FBI that his employers are involved in price-fixing. The movie follows the 3 years that Whitacre acted as an informant who videotaped meetings and also wore wires.
But nothing with him is easy. Suffering from bipolar disorder, made worse by the stress of working for the FBI, Whitacre embezzles millions from the company he spies on. While the movie is a comedy, it also follows the sad conclusion where Whitacre gets a longer sentence than the price fixers he had helped to catch.