This week a new Bourne film is coming out!! So there’s no better time to count down my top ten Matt Damon films.
I’m a huge Kevin Smith fan and the first Matt Damon film on the list, is a Smith film that I think is an underrated comedy. Being a Kevin Smith fan, you can pretty much say all his films except Clerks and Chasing Amy are underrated but Dogma is a film no one talks about and I can’t understand why. I guess you either find Kevin Smith films unwatchable or hilarious and I stand on the hilarious side.
The Rainmaker (1997)
Francis Ford Coppola please start directing again! Coppola is one of the greatest directors of all time and in 1997, he directed Matt Damon in one of his earliest and still to this day one of his best roles. The Rainmaker is populated with a bunch of other great performances from actors Danny DeVito, Jon Voight, Mickey Rourke and Mary Kay Place.
The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
If Dogma is Damon’s underrated comedy, than The Adjustment Bureau is his massively overlooked action film. Obviously he’s known for playing Jason Bourne but in 2011 he put in another excellent performance as David Norris. He had great chemistry with Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie gives a solid performance and the film is a tense thrill ride, that always keeps you guessing.
The Bourne Identity (2002)
The first but definitely not the last appearance of a Bourne film, comes in the form of The Bourne Identity. This is without a doubt one of the best action franchises and you could easily make an argument this is the best one. Matt Damon proved he was a believable action star and carried this film and the following two.
True Grit (2010)
What’s more rare than a good Western? A remake better than the original! Coens rarely disappoint and their take on this John Wayne classic was tremendous. It has a stacked cast but Damon’s character stuck out and his range did also. He serves as comedic relief, plays a buffoon but also came across as a bit of creep. True Grit is a great modern western filled with laughs, fear and Jeff Bridges beard.
The Martian (2015)
I wasn’t expecting much from The Martian last year. Ridley Scott can be hit or miss and I usually don’t like these kinds of films but to my surprise, I ended up loving it. The key to this film’s success was Drew Goddard’s adaptation of Andy Weir’s book. This easily could have been a depressing bore but the humor and fun from the book, was brought over to the big screen and made it one of the most enjoyable films of last year. The Martian also would have failed without the charisma of a talented lead actor and Matt Damon was perfect.
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
Paul Greengrass joined this series as the director and these films took off. I like Bourne Identity and Doug Liman did a good job with that film but Greengrass put his stamp on Bourne franchise, to the point Damon refused to come back for the 4th/5th one without him.
The Departed (2006)
Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga and Alec Baldwin all directed by Martin Scorsese, there’s no way this film could be anything but awesome. The Departed was the film that finally got Scorsese his Oscar and it’s one of my favorites of his. It has one of the best HOLY SHIT! endings you’ll ever see and with an all star cast, it’s a pure joy to watch.
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Every Bourne film that stars Matt Damon increasingly gets better and better (High hopes for the new one!) and The Bourne Ultimatum is a perfect action film from start to finish. The fights are intense, the plot is thrilling and the train station sequence is incredible. I was just at Waterloo Station a week ago and spent the whole time looking for Jason Bourne… he wasn’t there. I was satisfied with this film being the ending but with Greengrass returning and the cast they’ve put together, I can’t wait to experience another Jason Bourne film.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
They’re some films you watch and they affect you in a way that leaves you a completely different person when they’re finished. Well the first time I watched Good Will Hunting it dug deep into my soul and hit me on a personal level like very few films do. Then I rewatched it for the first time last week since Robin Williams passed away and it destroyed me all over again. The performances of both Williams and Damon are so powerful and the “It’s not your fault” scene is still one of the most emotional scenes ever. The dialogue between the two of them is spectacular throughout the film and the scene on the bench, is so smartly written. I find it difficult to watch this film but every time I do, it’s life changing!
Next Week – Top Ten Kevin Smith Films