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Matt Damon Talks Return to 'Jason Bourne' After 10 Years

"Jason Bourne" will be Matt Damon's 57th feature film, depending on how you're counting. Damon is a leading man by trade, but he's peppered his résumé with voice acting and surprise cameos, ensemble films and documentary narration. It's this versatility that's made Damon one of the busiest stars in Hollywood — an A-list actor with a filmography longer than a career television extra.

By almost any measure, the Bourne series has been a big success for the actor, and July 29's "Jason Bourne" will only add to the series' legacy. But just how successful has Damon been throughout the course of his full career? PrettyFamous — an entertainment site from Graphiq — set out to answer that question in two steps. First, the team ranked all 56 Damon films, then compared his track record to other top leading men in Hollywood.

In the list below, Damon's movies are ranked by PrettyFamous' Smart Rating, which calculates a single score from zero to 100 based on six factors:

1. Rotten Tomatoes' Critic Tomatometer
2. Rotten Tomatoes' Audience Score
3. Metacritic's Metascore
4. IMDb Rating
5. Gracenote's movie rating
6. U.S. box office performance (inflation-adjusted)

Damon's top five are a murderer's row of award winners, each nominated for best picture. Still, you'd find a similar result among many leading actors, from Tom Hanks to Tom Cruise. Instead, it's the sheer number of great films that makes Damon a standout. He notches 33 movies with a Smart Rating over 80 — a bonafide, top-shelf film with consistently high scores from the critics.

Compare Damon's 33 great films with the counts for other high-profile leading men*

*Specifically, PrettyFamous referenced The Numbers' bankability ranking to compile a list of today's high-profile male actors.

Damon ranks fifth among his fellow male stars. Consider, however, that Damon is a tender 45 years old, the fourth-youngest star on the list. The four actors above him are all in their 60s and 70s. At his current clip — about 1.2 great films per year — Damon would match Robert de Niro's 43 in just eight years. That's 19 years earlier than the "Goodfellas" star.

The two highest-scoring Damon contemporaries — Will Smith (47) and Leonardo DiCaprio (41) — each have a respectable record of brilliant films, but they are unlikely to catch Damon for the same key reason: output. By PrettyFamous estimates, Damon churns out more than three feature films per year, 20 percent more than DiCaprio and twice as much as Smith.

Matt Damon through the years:

Matt Damon through the years
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Matt Damon through the years
Brendan Fraiser, Matt Damon, Randel Batinkoff and Guest at the Academy Theater in Beverly Hills, California (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Matt Damon (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Tommy Lee Jones, center , arrives at the premiere of " The Good old boys" with Blayne Weaver, left and Matt Damon, February 28, 1995. ( AP Photo/Alan J. Duignan)
Matt Damon (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Matt Damon at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1274 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Matt Damon during an interview with host Jay Leno on December 1, 1997 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
"Good Will Hunting" co-stars Matt Damon, right, and Robin Williams arrive at the fourth annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 8, 1998. Williams went on to win Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film and Damon is nominated for Best Actor. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Matt Damon during 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
BOSTON, : Oscar winning actor Matt Damon from Cambridge, Massachusetts, signs autographs prior to the Home-Run Derby during the 70th Baseball All-Star Week12 July, 1999, at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The All-Star will be played 13 July between the American and National Leagues. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Stephen JAFFE (Photo credit should read STEPHEN JAFFE/AFP/Getty Images)
368219 04: Actor Matt Damon stars as Rannulph Junuh in Robert Redford's The Legend of Bagger Vance, to be distributed domestically by DreamWorks. (Photo by David James/Newsmakers)
385569 20: (NO WHO WEEKLY) FILE PHOTO: Actor Matt Damon attends the world premiere of his new film 'All The Pretty Horses' December 10, 2000 at the Beekman Theater in New York City. A Rhodesian Ridgeback dog who resembles actor Matt Damon 'especially in the eyes' says his owner, participated in an audition for pets that look like celebrities February 15, 2001 at Universal Studios in Burbank, CA. The dog was one of several dozens pets competing for a video spot on 'Animal Planet Live', a new attraction at Universal Studios. (Photo by Robin Platzer/Liaison)
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - JANUARY 12: (Publicist approval required for ALL usages) Actor Matt Damon on the set during filming of 'The Bourne Identity' on January 12, 2001 in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Daniel Smith/Getty Images)
American actor Matt Damon poses for photographers during a photocall at Deauville's American Film Festival to promote his film "Gerry," Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002. (AP Photo/Franck Prevel)
Photo by: David Greenman/ �2003 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 12/8/03 Matt Damon at a special screening of "Stuck on You". (NYC) (Star Max via AP Images)
Actor Matt Damon points something out as he sits in Fenway Park with his girlfriend Luciana Barroso prior to the Boston Red Sox game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston Tuesday, July 6, 2004. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Cast members Brad Pitt, left, Catherine Zeta-Jones, center, and Matt Damon arrive for the premiere of "Ocean's Twelve," at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Hollywood star Matt Damon speaks at a news conference to promote one of his latest movies "The Bourne Supremacy" at a Tokyo hotel Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005. The new film, a sequel to Damon's hit movie "The Bourne Identity," about amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne, will be released Feb. 11 in Japan. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)
Actor Matt Damon and his nephew, Jack Damon, watch the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Sunday, June 19, 2005. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Photo by: Jackson Lee/ �2006 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 12/11/06 Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso at the premiere of "The Good Shepherd". (NYC) (Star Max via AP Images)
Actor Matt Damon pumps his fist during the Ante Up for Africa charity poker tournament of World Series Poker in Las Vegas, Thursday, July 5, 2007. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Actor Matt Damon, center, is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame by Honorary Mayor of Hollywood Johnny Grant, left, and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Leroy Gubbler in Los Angeles, Wednesday, July 25, 2007. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
U.S. actor Matt Damon waves as he arrives for the Australian premier of his movie, "The Bourne Ultimatum", at a Sydney theater Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Actor Matt Damon poses for a photo prior to a interview at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Monday, Sept. 8 2008. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)
Actor Matt Damon speaks during a news conference announcing a commitment that aims to create increased access to water and sanitation worldwide at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting Friday, Sept 26, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Actor Matt Damon visits the South African border town with Zimbabwe of Mesina to draw attention on the plight on those fleeing from economic collapse and dire humanitarian situation Tuesday , March 3, 2009. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Actor Matt Damon participates in a press conference for the film 'The Informant!' during the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2009 in Toronto. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Actor and honoree Matt Damon speaks at The 24th American Cinematheque Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Saturday, March 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Actor Matt Damon and wife Luciana Barroso attend the world premiere of 'The Adjustment Bureau' at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
U.S. actor Matt Damon arrives for the press conference of the film Contagion at the 68th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Actor Matt Damon, from the upcoming film "Elysium", poses for a portrait during Comic-Con, Friday, July 13, 2012, in San Diego. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
In this Jan. 4, 2013 photo, actor Matt Damon, from the HBO film "Behind the Candelabra", poses for a portrait during the HBO Winter TCA Tour in Pasadena, Calif. An all-star line-up including Matt Damon, Alan Alda and Vanessa Redgrave are set to feature in a night of readings and a town hall discussion hosted by The Public Theater. The June 17 one-night-only event at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park will also feature Christine Baranski, Gloria Reuben, Raul Esparza, Hamish Linklater, Jesse L. Martin, Lily Rabe and Marsha Stephanie Blake. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Actor Matt Damon poses for photographers during a photo call for the film Behind the Candelabra at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Matt Damon, right, and Luciana Barroso arrive at the world premiere of "Elysium" at the Regency Village Theater on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Actor Matt Damon looks around Fenway Park during the seventh inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Matt Damon arrives at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Matt Damon, actor and co-founder of, speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative in a session, "Cities as Labs of Innovation," Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Luciana Barroso, left, and Matt Damon attend the 65th Annual ACE Eddie Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Rob Latour/Invision/AP)
FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2015 file photo, Matt Damon attends The Project Greenlight Season 4 premiere of "The Leisure Class" in Los Angeles. Damon has apologized for comments regarding diversity in filmmaking that sparked widespread backlash, after a portion of a conversation from HBOâs âProject Greenlightâ circulated online. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)
In this Sept. 11, 2015 photo, Matt Damon poses for a portrait in promotion of his upcoming role in "The Martian" at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Matt Damon attends the European premiere of 'The Martian' at Odeon Leicester Square on September 24, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

That said, there are a few caveats here. First, the list only covers men, not women. While Hollywood tends to cast a lot more guys than gals — thus giving the Damons of the world an inherent advantage — a similar analysis could be done for Hollywood's leading ladies. Second, this list has a modern bias: it only covers top movie stars since the mid-1980s. Finally, this analysis is a bit light on box office, heavier on critical reviews. History may wind up concluding that Hanks was more bankable than Damon, even if Damon runs up the score on quality films.

With those caveats in mind, however, it's Damon's combination of productivity and quality that position him to achieve Hollywood's best male career in modern times. "Jason Bourne" is his next chance to build the legacy.

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