Matt Damon was all of 18 when he made his debut in 1988 with Mystic Pizza. The romantic comedy featured the actor in a supporting role beside the likes of Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts and Lili Taylor. It was around nine years later that Damon’s acting abilities were identified, with the release of Good Will Hunting. He proceeded to appear in multiple critically acclaimed films during the latter half of the 90s, like Saving Private Ryan (1998), Dogma (1999) and The Talented Mr Ripley (1999). In a career spanning over three decades, the actor has featured in a staggering four dozen films spread across genres, from indies like Gerry (2002), tentpoles like Ford vs Ferrari (2019) to ensemble films like the Oceans series.
Possibly one of the most well-known and loved action franchises, the Bourne franchise, had Damon play the titular Jason Bourne, a CIA assassin with dissociative amnesia. This franchise squarely established Damon as an action hero who could throw punches, race cars and beat goons to a pulp with no more than his fists and sometimes, a magazine.
On the actor’s 51st birthday, here is looking at a few of Matt Damon’s movies that beg to be rewatched.