Ranked: Matt Damon Movies, From Worst to Best

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Over his career, Matt Damon has worked with some of cinema’s most legendary directors. The Bourne Identity: Universal Pictures

Matt Damon has been one of the most consistent Hollywood stars of the last twenty years. He rose to prominence with the one-two punch of 1997’s Good Will Hunting and 1998’s Saving Private Ryan, winning a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for the former. The two movies established the mood of his entire career, which has been driven by auteur collaborations and prestige mainstream productions.

Over his career, he’s worked with some of cinema’s most legendary directors, including Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, Steven Soderbergh, Martin Scorsese and Ridley Scott. However, his most famous long-term collaboration is with childhood friend Ben Affleck, with whom he wrote Good Will Hunting.

The pair went on to appear together in 1999’s Dogma, as well as 2003’s Jersey Girl. They’re reportedly due to team up to make a movie about the man who rigged the McDonald's Monopoly game in 2001, with Damon starring as the conman and Affleck directing.

It will be a treat to watch Damon as a bad guy; some of his most memorable roles have played against his affable star persona. He was great as the creepy fraudster in The Talented Mr. Ripley, as well as a corrupt cop in The Departed.

However, the bread and butter roles of his career so far have been the All-American heroes, in franchises like The Bourne Identity and Ocean’s Eleven. In his next movie, Ford v. Ferrari, he’ll be playing car designer Carroll Shelby on a mission to build a world-class racing car.

Despite being such a Hollywood stalwart, Damon has yet to win an Academy Award for his acting, although he’s been nominated for his roles in Good Will Hunting, Invictus and The Martian. Still, he remains a bankable star—in 2016, he was the third-highest paid actor in the world, earning $55 million, although he’s slipped down the rankings in recent years.

We take a look back over Damon’s three-decade movie career, from his single-line debut in 1988’s Mystic Pizza to 2017’s Suburbicon. Using data from critical review aggregation websites Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, as well as user-submitted reviews from IMDb, we’ve ranked all of his movies, from worst to best.

The Majestic: Universal Pictures

57. The Majestic (2001). Total score: 48.3%. Metacritic score: 27. Rotten Tomatoes score: 49. IMDb score: 69. Directed by Frank Darabont. Starring Jim Carrey, Martin Landau.
Plot summary: Set against the backdrop of the 1950's Hollywood blacklist, a young, ambitious screenwriter (Carrey) loses his job and his identity, only to find new courage, love and the power of conviction in the heart of a small town's life.
What the critics said about The Majestic: I staggered out of this shameless, interminable movie feeling as if I'd been force-fed a ton of mealy, artificially sweetened baby food." David Ansen, Newsweek

Contagion: Universal

55. The Great Wall (2017). Total score: 50.3%. Metacritic score: 42. Rotten Tomatoes score: 49. IMDb score: 60. Directed by Yimou Zhang. Starring Andy Lau, Eddie Peng, Han Lu.
Plot summary: When a mercenary warrior (Matt Damon) is imprisoned within The Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of our world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront this unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force.
What the critics said about The Great Wall: "Damon's wild-haired gringo claims to have soldiered under "many flags," which would explain his shape-shifting accent that's Irish except for when it sounds beamed from Mars." Amy Nicholson, MTV

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Contagion: Paramount Pictures

56. Suburbicon (2017). Total score: 49%. Metacritic score: 42. Rotten Tomatoes score: 49. IMDb score: 56. Directed by George Clooney. Starring Becca Beton, Diane Dehn, Emily Goss.
Plot summary: Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns…the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit, and violence.  
What the critics said about Suburbicon: "It's a high-wire storytelling act that's difficult to imagine any director executing appropriately, and Clooney doesn't come remotely close to nailing it." David Sims, The Atlantic

Jersey Girl: Miramax Films

54. Jersey Girl (2004). Total score: 52.3%. Metacritic score: 43. Rotten Tomatoes score: 53. IMDb score: 61. Directed by Kevin Smith. Starring Ben Affleck, Raquel Castro
Plot summary: An honest, heartfelt and often amusing story about the man who wanted it all but got all that he needed.
What the critics said about Jersey Girl: "The filmmaker drowns his trademark edgy stew of smutty humor, stiff acting and dime-store insight into human nature with a gravy of glutinous bathos, making for a singularly unpalatable dish." Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

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The Brothers Grimm: Miramax Films

53. The Brothers Grimm (2005). Total score: 54%. Metacritic score: 51. Rotten Tomatoes score: 52. IMDb score: 59. Directed by Terry Gilliam. Starring Heath Ledger, Matt Damon.
Plot summary: The adventures of legendary fairytale scribes Will and Jake Grimm, two brothers who travel around the Napoleonic countryside vanquishing monsters and demons in exchange for quick money.
What the critics said about The Brothers Grimm: "The Brothers Grimm has enough haunting, fairy-tale imagery for 10 movies, but no emotional kick to drive those images home." David Edelstein, Slate

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All the Pretty Horses: Miramax

52. All the Pretty Horses (2000). Total score: 54%. Metacritic score: 55. Rotten Tomatoes score: 49. IMDb score: 58. Directed by Billy Bob Thornton. Starring Henry Thomas, Matt Damon, Penélope Cruz.
Plot summary: A sweeping odyssey about a young man's (Damon) encounters with responsibility, love, revenge and survival.  
What the critics said about All the Pretty Horses: "McCarthy's novel employs the coming of age narrative in service of his sanguineous spiritual vision, and for the film to renounce that philosophy is to give up its soul and be rendered lifeless." Steve Mirarchi, Boston Globe

The Third Wheel: Miramax Films

51. The Third Wheel (2002). Total score: 54%. Metacritic score: n/a Rotten Tomatoes score: 53. IMDb score: 55. Directed by Jordan Brady. Starring Luke Wilson, Denise Richards, Jay Lacopo.
Plot summary: A man accidentally hits a homeless person with his car and then can't seem to get rid of him the rest of the night.
What the critics said about The Third Wheel: "Despite his background as a standup comic and TV presenter, director Jordan Brady... brings uneven timing and little personality to the comedy, uninterestingly shot in anonymous L.A. locations." David Rooney, Variety

Eurotrip: DreamWorks SKG

50. Eurotrip (2003). Total score: 54.3%. Metacritic score: 45. Rotten Tomatoes score: 52. IMDb score: 66. Directed by Jeff Schaffer. Starring Jacob Pitts, Michelle Trachtenberg, Scott Mechlowicz, Travis Wester.
Plot summary: The producers who took audiences on a "Road Trip" and back to "Old School" now invite you on a wild Eurotrip.  
What the critics said about Eurotrip: "Just when you begin to wonder if it's ever going to get funny, or if it's going to be merely desperate all the way through, it lifts off like a wobbly helicopter -- and somehow it keeps flying." Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com

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The Monuments Men: Sony Pictures

48. The Monuments Men (2014). Total score: 55%. Metacritic score: 52. Rotten Tomatoes score: 52. IMDb score: 61. Directed by George Clooney. Starring Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Cate Blanchett.
Plot summary: Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men focuses on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR to go into Germany, rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their rightful owners.
What the critics said about The Monuments Men: "The movie does a good job of illustrating why protecting art from the Nazi scourge was important but it's far less effective fleshing out the personalities of the people who did the protecting." James Berardinelli, ReelViews

Happy Feet Two: Warner Bros.

49. Happy Feet Two (2011). Total score: 54.7%. Metacritic score: 50. Rotten Tomatoes score: 55. IMDb score: 59. Directed by Gary Eck, David Peers. Starring Elijah Wood, P!nk, Robin Williams.
Plot summary: Happy Feet 2 returns audiences to the magnificent landscape of Antarctica, reuniting us with the world's most famous tap-dancing penguin, Mumble, the love of his life, Gloria and their old friends Ramon and Lovelace. But new dangers are threatening the penguin nation, and it's going to take everyone working--and dancing--together to save them.
What the critics said about Happy Feet Two: "If there's a saving grace, it's the visuals, especially the beautiful scenes of orange krill. But that's about all." Derek Adams, Time Out

The Legend of Bagger Vance: DreamWorks SKG

47. The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000). Total score: 55.3%. Metacritic score: 47. Rotten Tomatoes score: 52. IMDb score: 67. Directed by Robert Redford. Starring Matt Damon, Will Smith.
Plot summary: Set against the backdrop of a golf tournament in 1930's Georgia, this is the classic journey of a hero (Damon) who falls into darkness through some disconnect with his soul, and then of his coming back into the light with the help of a spiritual guide (Smith).  
What the critics said about The Legend of Bagger Vance: "The real sparks are between Damon and the mischievously enigmatic Smith, who dispenses wisdom like a cross between Krishnamurti and Uncle Remus." David Ansen, Newsweek