From Good Will Hunting, to Armageddon, Gone Girl and more, it’s fair to say that Ben Affleck’s acting career has been as successful as it is varied. And though in the early noughties the star was perhaps best known for his relationship with Jennifer Lopez––with Bennifer recently reuniting and making headlines once more––this week, we’re putting the spotlight on the actor himself.
In anticipation of the star's 49th birthday on August 15, we’re rounding up 10 of his best movies. Because, along with being in a relationship with J-Lo, he’s also starred, directed and written in a string of films that are more than worth a watch.
1. Good Will Hunting (1997)
The one that started it all. Although Affleck had acted as a child and as a young adult, it was Good Will Hunting that propelled him into the spotlight. Starring Matt Dammon, the film was co-written by Affleck, with the actor also taking a leading role.
Following 20-year-old South Boston Will Hunting (Damon)––a janitor who also happens to be a maths genius––the plot unfolds as he becomes a patient of a therapist and studies advanced mathematics with a renowned professor (Robin Williams). Through the sessions, Will re-evaluates his relationships with his best friend (Affleck), his girlfriend, and himself to take control of his own future.