Though he’s best known as an actor, the two-time Oscar winner Ben Affleck has excelled in a variety of fields, including writing, directing and producing. But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his latest release, let’s take a look back at 15 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.
Born in 1972, Affleck first gained notice as a hot young actor with supporting performances in movies such as “School Ties” (1992), “Dazed and Confused” (1993) and “Mallrats” (1995). He shot to stardom when he and his lifelong friend, Matt Damon, decided to write a couple of plum roles for themselves in the inspirational drama “Good Will Hunting” (1997). The box office smash bring the duo an Oscar and Golden Globe for screenwriting, launching both of their onscreen careers.
Having firmly established himself as a leading man, Affleck decided to try his luck behind the camera by directing the murder mystery “Gone Baby Gone” (2007), starring his younger brother, Casey Affleck. After lighting up the box office with his followup, “The Town” (2010), he hit the Oscar jackpot with “Argo” (2012), a true life espionage thriller that cast him as a CIA agent trying to rescue American hostages in Iran by pretending to shoot a movie there. Despite earning universal acclaim, Affleck was famously snubbed in Best Director, after which he won prizes at the Golden Globes, DGA, BAFTA and Critics Choice Awards on his way to a Best Picture victory.
As an actor, Affleck competed at the Golden Globes for his supporting turn in “Hollywoodland” (2006) and for his leading role in “Argo.” He won SAG Ensemble prizes for “Shakespeare in Love” (1998) and “Argo” (2012), competing once more for “Good Will Hunting.” As a producer, he earned four Emmy nominations for the reality competition program “Project Greenlight” (2002, 2004, 2005 and 2016).
Tour our photo gallery of Affleck’s best movies, including some of the titles listed above, as well as “Gone Girl” (2014), “Chasing Amy” (1997) and even “Armageddon” (1998).
– Original text and gallery published in August 2019.