Actor is on pace to have 'best' career ever among Hollywood men

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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:

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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)
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)
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)
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)
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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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