10 of Matt Damon’s Best Movie Roles

Over the course of his substantial career, Matt Damon has proven himself one of the most compelling and capable actors in Hollywood today. Over the years, he has showcased his range with versatile roles in everything from his early dramas like Good Will Hunting to action blockbusters like the Bourne trilogy to Western remakes like True Grit. Today, he remains as in-demand as ever, with his next leading turn coming in this month’s highly anticipated movie, The Great Wall.

With the movie set to officially hit theaters on February 17, we decided take a look back at some other memorable projects from the actor’s career. Below, check out 10 of Damon’s best film roles so far (listed in chronological order):

 

1. Good Will Hunting

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1. Good Will Hunting

You probably saw this coming, but what other Damon-led flick could possibly kick off this list? The 1997 movie’s huge success launched the actor and longtime friend/co-writer Ben Affleck on to the Hollywood A-list, and for good reason. It’s a smart and emotionally resonant story that’s only boosted by Damon’s spot-on portrayal of the immature orphan genius, Will Hunting. His authentic and affecting performance earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Though he didn’t win in that particular category, he and Affleck did take home the Academy Award for Best Screenplay that year.

 

2. The Talented Mr. Ripley

2. The Talented Mr. Ripley

The 1999 thriller stars Damon in one of his most disturbing roles ever. The actor plays Ripley himself, a psychopathic con-artist who kills a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy named Dickie Greenleaf and steals his identity. It’s a dark and highly complex character and not necessarily one that you’d have expected to see the wholesome-looking Damon take on at the time, but he more than rises to the challenge. As Ripley, Damon is calculated and chilling, and his deeply unsettling performance helped prove his incredible range as an actor.

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