Amnesia driven action hero Jason Bourne was bourne (get it?) from the mind of Robert Ludlum. The Bourne Identity was released as a book in 1980, and Matt Damon’s Bourne character didn’t see the screen until the early 2000s. The plots have stayed remarkably true to Ludlum’s vision, and it is certainly worth experiencing both. These movies have some of the best action scenes in recent films, and Bourne is a sincerely likeable character even when you find out his past.