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Ben Affleck caught my eye in the 1997 comedy romance Chasing Amy. He’s obviously a fan of the ladies despite an up and down success cycle with his films. Regardless, his acting has stayed superb and is often well worth the price of admission.

I previously posted my Top 10 Matt Damon Movies list here so I wanted to give these two lifelong best friends back to back shout outs, with a tragic interruption from one of my all time favorite entertainers.

Thank you to IMDB, Wikipedia and You Tube for their assistance in helping with the research I obtained for this post. So, let’s get started on my Top 10 Ben Affleck Movies!

10  Changing Lanes (2002) 

Question – What did Ben Affleck do when he got so cold standing under the fire sprinklers for hours on end in the film’s final scenes?

This takes leaving the scene of an accident to an entirely new level of answering that question – don’t do it. How easily a few minutes of conversation could have outrun the long-term warfare these two engaged in against each other. In the end it works out and they are both enlightened but it came at such an unnecessary cost.

Answer – He wore a wetsuit under his clothing.

9  Daredevil (2003)

Question – What did Michael Clarke Duncan do specifically for his role?

Maybe some of the action sequences weren’t as up to par but there is a great appearance by an actor I absolutely love in Duncan. Top that off with some amazing chemistry between Affleck and the mega-hot Jennifer Garner (playing Elektra) and this is a darn good film! Despite Elektra’s (possible) mortal exit from the movie there were several hints to a sequel. Hence, it was followed up by the movie “Elektra”. Wow, Marvel films was just getting the fire stoked before it launched off into the Avenger’s world, huh?

Answer – He weighed 290 pounds. He was asked to gain 40 pounds for the role in order to fit the physique of Kingpin. In order to do this, he would lift weights for 30 minutes a day, and power-lifted with one or two reps a day, as well as eating whatever he wanted.

8  Hollywoodland (2006)

Question – What is unique about the Alvis automobile Reeves is shown washing in the film?

Continuing on with my Top 10 Ben Affleck Movies list, this caught my eye a few years back. It is based on a true story which is something I will always gravitate towards in film. I grew up seeing actor George Reeves as the first Superman I would know despite it being a few decades prior to my time. This was a fascinating docudrama on television’s original Man of Steel.

Answer – It is an extremely rare vehicle that was shipped to the location for the movie. It is the actual car that Reeves owned.

7  State Of Play (2009)

Question – Who are the people in the photos on display behind the desk in Cameron Lynn’s office?

From my perspective this movie virtually “came and went” so to speak in that there should have been a lot more discussion as to what a good film it was. I love any political thriller that doesn’t lose me with too many players and this one didn’t despite an insanely elite cast! Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren, Jason Bateman, Robin Wright Penn, and Jeff Daniels. I know, right?

Answer – They are Helen Mirren’s own personal photos and show her with her sister, Kate, and husband Taylor Hackford.

6  Reindeer Games (2010)

Question – In 2007, who stated Reindeer Games was their least favorite film they had acted in?

For starters, Charlize Theron is smokin’ hot and there are so many twists and turns along with the suspense that I loved this movie! And well because. Charlize Theron! Oh and Ben Affleck and Gary Sinise too!

Answer –  Charlize Theron.

5  Good Will Hunting (1997)

Question – What did Casey Affleck do that frustrated Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Gus Van Sant during filming?

Afflect was an absolutely perfect accompaniment and the fact that I knew he and Damon were best friends in real life made the film seem that much more real. These guys would lay on the tracks for each other and I know friends like that in my life. I hope you all do too. Thank you Ben Affleck.

Answer – He ad-libbed most of his lines making them much funnier and better than what was originally written for him and the others finally realized it and agreed.

4  Armageddon (1998)

Question – What is unique about the shuttle crew wrapping Rockhound in duct tape after he gets space dementia?

Some of the early cat and mouse pursuing and an overbearing father addressing his future son-in-law with the shotgun approach (literally) is hysterically funny. More fathers should take that approach at the outset with gentlemen callers as a fair warning. Well, without actually shooting them if no harm has been done yet. This film is filled with so much fun and entertainment with Affleck coming through as a hero in the end.

Answer – This is, in fact, NASA protocol for immobilizing a crazed crew member.

3  The Sum Of All Fears (2002)

Question – Who rescued President Fowler from the wrecked motorcade?

Several critics felt this was the best Jack Ryan role to date. Sorry, I’m still partial to Alec Baldwin in “The Hunt For Red October”. Affleck did a terrific job and is it just me or can any actor/actress fail along side Morgan Freeeman on the big screen? I biasedly say “no”!

Answer – Those were real U. S. Marines along with two Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters.The mission conducted by the Marines in this scene is what to expect when executing a TRAP (Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and/or Personnel). TRAP missions are most likely to be assigned to a Marine Expeditionary Unit. All Phil Alden Robinson had to do was point at the overturned limo and say “The President is in that car!”

2  Argo (2012)

Question –  In an interview with Piers Morgan, what were former American President Jimmy Carter’s thoughts on the film?

This fascinated me as I was in the school government and we not only watched these events unfold live on tv but were able to study a great deal about them later on.

Answer – The President said that he believes the film was a “great drama” and it deserved to win an Oscar for best film. However, Carter noted that although “90 per cent of the contributions to the ideas and the consummation of the plan was Canadian,” the film “gives almost full credit to the American CIA. With that exception, the movie’s very good,” Carter said, but “the main hero, in my opinion, was Ken Taylor, who was the Canadian ambassador who orchestrated the entire process.”

1  Pearl Harbor (2001)

Question – Ok, this is really cool. How did they achieve the scenes during the Doolittle Raid where it appears the actors are actually flying the B-25’s?

This film caps off my Top 10 Ben Affleck Movies at #1 and is yet another tribute to a subject I’ve studied most of my adult life; that being WWII. While lacking in spots here and there the lengthy film is essentially broken up into three “chapters”. The focus is on two flyboys and the mutual woman they have both fallen in love with. War isn’t fair.

He’s fallen head over heels, love at first sight for his soon to be girlfriend (Kate Beckinsale). She’s working as a nurse when she accidentally gives him a double dose of inoculation to his bare bum. As his words begin to slur he wishes to say, “I really, really like you…” and instead the title of this post is what comes out of his mouth.

Answer – They actually are. No CG was used. Alec Baldwin, Josh Hartnett and Ben Affleck were all given basic flight training so they could handle the planes. To get the various shots of the actors in the pilot’s seat, the “real” pilot would simply pilot the plane to the desired destination, and then switch seats with the actor, who would take the controls while the camera crew moved alongside to get the shot. The actor and pilot would then switch seats again.

What is your favorite Ben Affleck movie?

Phoenix and I are sending out a big thank you of support to Marisol and Keith at Traveling Solemates. We first came across their blog from their trip to Cinque Terre, Italy. I was still just perusing around the blogiverse, kinda shy. But, I do remember I ironically I found several blogger friends (still to this day) from that post! It was Keith’s photography (or so I thought) and Marisol’s writing that had my undivided attention. Come to find out that Marisol is the magician behind the camera too! They hail from New York, travel frequently around the world and are the nicest friends ever to have. They also just completed one of my pending bucket list trips to Tahiti! We thank you both so much for all of your support to Phoenix and I, Marisol and Keith! So, click on over to their blog at Traveling Solemates and you will see what I mean!

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Mike Vogler

I have been told (many times) that I really need to write a book about my life. The past 50+ years have been an exciting ride, and these days I find myself with a great many passions. However, I feel that this website is a much more personal way with which to share my musings, stories and commentary.

  47 Responses to “Top 10 Ben Affleck Movies – Miss…I Really, Really Lick You”

  1. Going to have to watch Armegeddon just for that shotgun scene! Also want to check out Hollywoodland.

  2. Hey, Mike,

    Not a Ben fan, but liked him in Argo. I love MATT though.

    …but that first photo of him is rather HOT.

    Love to you and my dear Phoenix. xxx

    • Love to you and Mr Liverpool as well, Kim! Thank you also 🙂 This will be an interesting Top 10 and possibly my weakest to yet because there are many that are not fans of his acting 🙂

  3. Whew, another outstanding post, Mike! I have only seen 3 of these movies. That is terrible. Ben Affleck is such a hottie, where the hell have I been? Thanks for sharing these previews. I’d like to watch Reindeer Games and Changing Lanes.

    • Thank you so much, Lisa! I’m framing this comment for this particular post at the moment as I do not anticipate much postive feedback (or comments at all) or many “likes” to it. I didn’t put it up there with that intent. But, I had already finalized it until my movie guru and reader of all of my Top 10 posts, one of my best buddies Hendrix, replied to me in person, “Ugh! You didn’t??” LOL 🙂

  4. Yikes! No Dazed and Confused???

    I WANT Ben Affleck to succeed, and several of his movies have, but I have a hard time wondering if he actually adds anything to his films (as an actor, anyway).

    • Oh gosh I really didn’t even have D & C in my draft list! I think you very possibly nailed it spot on and what a fantastic comment, Chris! Could someone else have done so many of his roles better? I’m afraid the answer is yes. Great job sir 🙂

  5. I can’t wait to see him play batman role :). Never watched State Of Play, so guess what movie I’m going to watch tonight :D!!

    • Oh sweet Agness, we hope you enjoy it and it’s great to hear from you, our friend! Ditto here on Batman! 🙂

  6. I’ve seen several of the movies you mention, but I don’t really link them to Ben Affleck. That must be a great compliment to his acting.

    • Either that or an accuracy in that maybe he’s not such a great actor, Mette? I’m so interested to hear what the readers, like you, think on this! 🙂

  7. I love these top 10 movie lists Mike. WoW it looks like a missed quite some Ben Affleck movies, I urgently need to catch up on these.

    • Oh thank you so very much, Freya! He’s definitely not for everyone yet it’s interesting how he is tied to his best friend, Matt Damon, yet only a 1/10th the actor maybe? 🙂

  8. I’ve only seen Argo from this list. He was very good in it. His best movie that l have seen is “The Town” . He was absolutely awesome in it, as was Jeremy Renner. You should see it if you get a chance. I think l’ve seen it like 5 times. I’m not a huge fan of his, but l loved it.

    • Oh thank you, Kemkem! I always tell readers, like you, that I’m jazzed when they mention a movie or movies of the featured actor/actress that I may have missed! You and many others are not big fans of his ha, ha 🙂

  9. I’ve only seen one of these, which seems horribly lame.
    And that was Good Will Hunting.
    Now to see the rest, eventually!

    • Not lame at all, Tamara, and with how busy your household is with that wonderful family it would be hard for Mom and Dad to get to big kid movies! 🙂

  10. Interesting choices, Mike. Good Will Hunting is my favorite…

  11. I would say my favorite movie of his is a little known (didn’t do well at all in the box office) film called, Jersey Girl. Not sure why, but I really like the film, the cast and the story line. It’s just a simple story, but he played it well. Argo, was an extremely well-done film but watching it was hard for me, as it hit close to home for us.

    • Ohhh gotcha on Argo, Patti. And I’m sorry that was difficult to watch for you and Abi. Nice “sleeper” call (meaning off the radar good movie) on Jersey Girl! 🙂

  12. You’ll be surprised (NOT) to learn that I’ve only seen three of these films: Good Will Hunting, Argo and Pearl Harbor. I think Good Will Hunting was my favorite although I also found Argo pretty compelling. Like you, I’m a history buff and have particularly studied WW Ii and have visited Pearl Harbor twice. I didn’t think Pearl Harbor was very well done, but I wouldn’t mind seeing it again to see what I recognize. Do you know if they shot the Hawaii scenes on location?

    • Yes, a lot of the filming was done at Pearl Harbor and Oahu. I could tell some of the scenes that were there and kinda was sure on the rest being done in a studio or on a lot in Hollywood. Ironic you should mention the actual Pearl Harbor as I have a co-worker headed to Oahu soon for her first vacation there and was emphasizing that she visit the Arizona Memorial. So very powerful. I will never forget that. Now, to be completely humble about the film, it was not well done. Though my mega-crush on Kate Beckinsale definitely helped me gloss over alot lol! I’m so glad you liked Good Will Hunting, Suzanne! 🙂

  13. Like many of the other commenters, I have only seen a few on this list. Argo would have to be my favourite and I was really impressed with his directing too. I’ll have to give Sum of All Fears a try. I had avoided it as I was rather a fan of Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan.

    • Harrison Ford was an awesome Jack Ryan but my favorite goes even further back to Alec Baldwin in “The Hunt For Red October”, Caz 🙂

  14. Interesting fact and NASA and duct tape. It has SO many uses!! Love that movie too 🙂

  15. Paycheck was pretty cool!

  16. I loved “Argo” – I think it’s actually my fave Ben Affleck flick. And I don’t recall the shotgun scene in “Armageddon” (I haven’t see it in awhile), but Jave always says that if we have daughters, he’ll definitely greet their little boyfriends at the door with his shotgun in hand. Lol! I agree that all fathers should be protective of their daughters and set the tone for how a man should treat her. Great post!

    • Hey, in today’s day and age with the younger generation – we could use a lot more old school traditions, Dana. So many kudos to Jave if you have daughters! 🙂

  17. I really loved him in Good Will Hunting. I’ve heard so much about Argo too, but never had the chance to watch it.

  18. I’ve never been able to put my finger on why I’m not much of a Ben Affleck fan. He’s super-talented, but just not my cup of tea I guess. I really hope he can pull of his role in Gone Girl.

    • From my best guesstimate you are in the majority on your feelings about Affleck, Jeri! He’s never truly lived up to the hype.

  19. I haven’t seen that many Affleck films, but I do think he is underrated as an actor. His portrayal of George Reeves in Hollywoodland was superb and I loved Argo, (even though it gave Canada short shrift in the storyline. We know the whole story 😉 ). I was surprised at the public outcry when Affleck was cast as Batman in the new Superman movie. I bet he’ll be good!
    Must check out your friends at “Travelling Soulmates”. Cheers!

    • I agree, Argo is absolutely fantastic Debbie even with the some of the writer’s discretions 🙂

  20. Looks like I have a lot of catching up to do with Ben Affleck’s movies! I do love him as a actor, so I’ll go make a watchlist.

  21. Hi Mike, thank you so much for the shout out. It was truly so sweet of you and Phoneix and we really appreciated it.
    P.S. Love Ben! Good Will Hunting is my favorite. Such a classic.

    • You are so very welcome, Marisol and Keith, and was happy to do so for you guys. So glad you have made friends with you 🙂

  22. I am so very embarrassed to say that I have only watched one of the 10 Ben Affleck Movies that you have mentioned!!! I have seen Armageddon – I am a sucker for movies that have heros at the end.
    I know, I know….its incredible how little movies I do watch! I have been meaning to watch “Good Willing Hunting” for sometime, it caught my eye and I was interested in the story line, maybe one of these days 😉

    • Nothing to be embarrassed about at all, Lisa! The irony to Armageddon is the real life space probe that was just landed on that comet, huh? Good Will Hunting is a must see in my book 🙂

  23. I think Good Will Hunting has to be my favourite, great round up Mike I love these movie posts of yours! 🙂

    • Thank you so very much Becky and I appreciate that a lot! Good Will Hunting is my favorite too 🙂

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