Ben Affleck is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable stars. He is also exceptionally versatile and can play a romantic role, a bad guy or even an astronaut without making you want to roll your eyes.
If you are a fan of Ben Affleck and want to experience the actor’s top work, then put your feet up and pick something from our masterlist below!
1. Armageddon (1998)
IMDB Rating: 6.7/10
When NASA discovers that a Texas-sized asteroid will hit Earth in eighteen days, they hatch a desperate plan to stop the extinction of humanity. If the asteroid can be blown in half by a nuclear bomb before it reaches a certain distance from Earth, the planet can be saved.
But to insert the device, the world’s best deep core oil drilling team has to go into space. As the countdown begins, the drillers’ rough nature clash with the elite group of astronauts that will be going with them. Their path is also littered with deadly accidents and tragedies that threaten to destroy their success.
2. Boiler Room (2000)
IMDB Rating: 7.0/10
19-year-old Seth Davis is a disappointment to his father. As the son of a Judge, he runs an illegal casino for other college students. However, in an attempt to regain his father’s respect he accepts a job offer from one of his casino patrons and joins J.T. Marlin, a brokerage firm. At first, Seth believes that the work is legal but he soon discovers that the whole thing is nothing more than a “boiler room,” a firm that exists to make huge profits by destroying its investors.
When Seth costs an honest man his business and family, he regrets his new life and decides to do everything he can to get the client’s money back. This offers him the chance to reconcile with his father but Seth also has to navigate the FBI and his own bosses to atone for his sins.
3. Gone Girl (2014)
IMDB Rating: 8.1/10
When Nick Dunne returns home one day, he fully expects to go on a treasure hunt – a tradition he and his wife celebrates on every wedding anniversary. But Amy is missing and the police find traces of blood and a clean-up inside the Dunne home. As the investigation progresses, the media frenzy ousts Nick as a cheater and the couple’s unhappy marriage is soon public knowledge.
As his presumed guilt grows, he hires Tanner Bolt to defend him against the accusation of killing his wife. Nick discovers that the treasure hunt is still on, leading him and the police along a trail of clues towards a frightening side of his wife that he never knew existed.
4. Good Will Hunting (1997)
IMDB Rating: 8.3/10
At MIT, a professor challenges his students and writes a difficult math problem on a blackboard. When someone anonymously solves it one night, he is surprised to discover that the genius is the 20-year-old janitor, a man called Will Hunting.
When Will gets into trouble with the law, the professor manages to keep him out of jail by offering to tutor him and make sure that he also receives psychotherapy sessions. While Will is a difficult student to handle and an even more challenging patient, it is Dr Sean Maguire who slowly breaks down Will’s barriers.
5. Dogma (1999)
IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
Bartleby and Loki are two fallen angels, forever banished from Heaven for insubordination. Not wanting to live on Earth forever, they are excited to learn that a priest is about to perform a rite that will absolve anyone of all their sins. If the angels can undergo the ritual, then God will have no choice but to let them back into Heaven.
But a woman, Bethany, is told by divine forces that she must stop them. If Bartleby and Loki manage to make it back into Heaven, it will cause a cataclysm that will end all existence. With an assortment of ragtag prophets and beings, Bethany goes up against the fallen angels.
6. The Accountant (2016)
IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
Christian Wolff is a savant when it comes to mathematics but due to his autism, he struggles to connect with others. After he spends time in prison for fighting at his mother’s funeral, he is taught the ropes by an incarcerated mob accountant and he discovers his passion for accounting.
Once released from jail, Wolff works as a freelance accountant for lethal criminal organizations. But one day, he takes on a legitimate client and does not expect to see any wrongdoing. However, Wolff discovers that someone is embezzling massive amounts and soon, those connected to the company’s financial side starts to die. Wolff is next on the hit list and he has to fight for his life while also keeping the authorities off his back.
7. The Town (2010)
IMDB Rating: 7.5/10
Doug and three of his friends are bank robbers. After one heist, Dough learns that one of the bank employees is talking to the police and he decides to find out what she knows. Concerned that his fellow robbers might harm her, he tries to persuade her against revealing what she knows but without coming across as suspicious.
But when a second robbery goes awry, everything falls apart for Doug. The police inform the woman, whom he had been romantically involved with, that he was one of the robbers and they pressurize her to help catch Doug.
8. Argo (2012)
IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
Based on a true story, the movie follows the events that happened after radical Islamists stormed the United States Embassy in Tehran. While nearly all of the staff are captured and kept as hostages, six people manage to escape and they find refuge in the home of Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor.
Desperate to bring the escapees back to the United States without risking the safety of the hostages, the CIA join forces with the Canadian government to draw the Islamists’ attention away from the US involvement. What follows is “Operation Caper,” during which the six staff members are smuggled out of Iran while they pose as a movie crew shooting a fantasy film.
9. The Way Back (2020)
IMDB Rating: 6.7/10
After Jack Cunningham loses his young son and becomes estranged from his wife, he sinks deeper into isolation and drinking. His life seems hopeless until his old school asks him to coach their basketball team, which is unmotivated to win.
Jack helps the team to rise to their full glorious potential but his own demons return when a friend’s son becomes sick. His downwards spiral threatens his position as coach and ruins all the progress he had made to stop drinking.
10. Chasing Amy (1997)
IMDB Rating: 7.2/10
This romantic comedy follows a pair of friends who are interested in creating their own comic books. When Holden and Banky meet Alyssa, a fellow comic book artist, her beauty and spunk immediately attract Holden. Even though he discovers that she is a lesbian, he confesses his love and they ultimately get together.
This ticks off Banky who is also gay and in love with Holden. Looking to break them up, Banky reveals to his friend that Alyssa has a promiscuous past. Upset, he breaks up with her but when Silent Bob (yes, from the infamous Jay and Silent Bob movies) tells him that he regrets breaking up with his girlfriend Amy for the same reasons, Holden sets off to win back Alyssa.
11. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
IMDB Rating: 6.4/10
Eighteen months after Superman had defeated General Zod in Metropolis, he has become a controversial figure. Some people feel that he is as much a threat to humans as any other alien with superpowers. Discouraged by the growing haters, Superman goes into self-imposed exile after he fails to save a group of people from an explosion.
Meanwhile, as Clark Kent, he is growing fed up with Batman’s violent vigilante justice and decides to expose him. Batman also believes that Superman is an existential threat to humanity and wants to bring him down. But neither realizes that the evil Lex Luther is pitting them against each other so that he can get rid of them both.
12. Paycheck (2003)
IMDB Rating: 6.3/10
Michael Jennings has a special gift. He can reverse engineer anything with improvements. He is making big money doing this for clients who want to copy their competition’s technology but to safeguard himself, Jennings has to undergo a mind wipe every time the job is completed. When he is offered a project that will last for years but will pay millions, he reluctantly accepts.
After the mind wipe, Jennings cannot remember a thing – and then things start to go wrong. The FBI is after him, his payment is gone and he had left himself an envelope full of strange items. At one point, he realizes that he had helped to create a time machine that could possibly end civilization. To warn himself after the mind wipe, he had left the envelope full of clues for himself so that he can find the technology again and destroy it.
13. Daredevil (2003)
IMDB Rating: 5.3/10
When Matt Murdock loses his sight as a child, he compensates by developing amazing agility and sonar-like hearing. Haunted by his father’s brutal murder, the now-grown Matt fights crime under the guise of Daredevil.
He falls in love with Elektra, a woman with dangerous martial arts skills and when her own father is killed, things go downhill when the real killer frames Murdock for the crime. Daredevil has to figure out who the killer is and when he does, he is shocked to learn that the man is also responsible for his own childhood tragedy.
14. Smokin’ Aces (2002)
IMDB Rating: 6.7/10
When Las Vegas mobster “Aces” goes into hiding, he considers making a deal with the FBI. Knowing that he will spill his guts about incriminating things, several powerful figures in the underworld puts a price on his head.
This ultra-violent movie follows the killers, assassins and mercenaries that crawl out of the woodwork. Each one brings their own flavour to the hunt while they also have to square off against each other and avoid the authorities.
15. Forces Of Nature (1999)
IMDB Rating: 5.5/10
Ben Holmes is a nervous flyer so when a bird flies into his plane’s engine and causes a flameout, he is more than happy to disembark and buy a train ticket. But one of the other airline passengers, Sarah, also needs to get to his final destination in Georgia and they decide to travel together.
As they get to know each other better, they start to feel a mutual attraction. But Ben is heading to Georgia to get married and needs to make a choice – go ahead with the wedding or stay with Sarah.
16. Triple Frontier (2019)
IMDB Rating: 6.4/10
In Columbia, Garcia is a private contractor who fights organized crime. When an informant reveals the location of a crime boss and millions of dollars, Garcia recruits several old friends to help him find the house and steal the money for themselves. The robbery goes smoothly but they have stolen so much that the weight of the cash causes their helicopter to crash on a cocaine farm.
Garcia and his men have to haul the bounty through rough terrain and hostile villages to reach their escape boat. But not all of them will make it out alive.
17. School Ties (1992)
In 1955, David’s ability to play football earns him a scholarship to a coveted Massachusetts prep school. At first, his talent for the sport makes him very popular but then the first cracks begin to appear. David quickly realizes that his new friends are anti-Semitic, forcing him to hide his own Jewish heritage.
When he falls for a beautiful girl who is also liked by one of the other students, the latter is determined to dig up dirt on David. When he finds out David is Jewish, the boy turns everyone against him. David meets the real face of the upper crust but through it all, he is determined to keep his honor – even when their deception threatens to have him expelled.