Matt Damon was born in 1970. His father was a tax preparer and his mother a college professor. His parents divorced and he moved with his mother in Cambridge, Mass. It was here he would meet a friend for life in Ben Affleck. The two lived in the same neighborhood. Matt would attend Harvard but would leave to enter acting. The following is not a best of list but simply a compilation of some of Matt's movies.
10. Elysium (2013) - Earth has nearly been destroyed. You have some people that live on a man made space station and some people that still live on the planet. Problems arise when those on the planet try to enter the space station. The movie also stars Jodie Foster, Sharito Copley, and Alice Braga.
9. Contagion (2011) - A woman arrives back from Hong Kong and dies from flu like symptoms. Her son soon dies after her. By this time the virus has spread and millions are at risk. This cast includes Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, and Bryan Cranston.
8.True Grit (2010) - A young girl hires a Marshal to hunt down the man who killed her father. The problem is she wants to go along. Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, and Josh Brolin also star.
7. The Bourne Identity (2002) - A man is rescued by fishermen. He remembers nothing but bits and pieces. He then realizes that he is being hunted. The cast includes Franka Potente, Clive Owen, and Bryan Cox.
6. Oceans Eleven (2001) - A man wants to score a big heist. The objective is to hit three Vegas hotels and rip them off for 150 million. Bernie Mac, Brad Pitt, and Elliot Gould round out the cast.
5. Saving Private Ryan (1998) - During WWII, General Marshall wants to help a family who has just lost two sons find the third and bring him home. Marshall sends a squad of men to pick him up. Also staring Tom Hanks, Vin Diesel, and Ted Danson.
4.Good Will Hunting (1997) - A young man who is lost inside and doesn't know what he wants, is able to help others. It is not until he meets his soul mate that he begins to open up. Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Minnie Driver and Cole Hauser are all assembled.
3. Courage Under Fire (1996) - A helicopter pilot has to bring her chopper down and save the men inside. She passes away right before help arrives. She is put up for the Medal of Honor but there is some hesitation on the part of some of the men. This cast includes Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan, Lou Diamond Phillips, Michael Moriarty, and Bronson Pinchot.
2. School Ties (1992) - A Jewish boy is starting at a prep school in the 1950's. He is to play football. The problem is he must keep his religion quiet and not let anyone know he is a Jew. This movie stars Ben Affleck, Brendan Fraser, Chris O'Donnell, and Cole Hauser.
1. Mystic Pizza (1988) - A local pizza parlor in Mystic, Connecticut is taking off. It has two sisters who work there and all they have on the mind is getting love. Cold feet and other complications stand in the way. This also stars Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts, and Lili Taylor.
Matt Damon can actually thank his parents for breaking up. You see if they hadn't Matt and Ben Affleck wouldn't have met and probably wouldn't have gone into acting. They won an Academy Award for there screenplay "Good Will Hunting". Matt is a young man and has a great future if he so chooses. I hope he continues and we can look forward to many more great movies from him in the future.