Harrison Ford has had an illustrious career for a man who seemed to be uninterested in acting. He’s been in some of the most well-known film series and has portrayed a number of memorable roles. Ford is unquestionably one of the most famous actors of all time, with a long list of notable roles under his belt. These are the 25 that have left the most impression on us. We’re also not adhering to one film per franchise. With Ford’s career, how could we?
American Graffiti 1973
Prior to “American Graffiti,” Ford had a few minor parts, but this was his first major film. This is a well-known tale. Ford met George Lucas while working as a carpenter in Los Angeles. Lucas cast Ford in a tiny but crucial part as a drag racer in his coming-of-age drama, and a career was created.
The Conversation 1974
Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola were close friends, and it’s likely that they exchanged actor notes. “The Conversation” is a fantastic picture, but it belongs to Gene Hackman. Ford makes a short cameo in another film, and it’s only noteworthy now that you know you’re seeing a young Harrison Ford. Even in a classic picture, he stands out.
Star Wars 1977
This is the starting point for everything. Ford rose from humble beginnings as a carpenter with a few acting jobs under his belt to become a true celebrity. The film “Star Wars” altered the cinema industry forever. It had a huge impact on the globe. Of course, Ford’s role as the daring renegade Han Solo altered his life forever.
Apocalypse Now 1979
His brief part in “Apocalypse Now” is considered a noteworthy cameo rather than a professional actor’s job because of the popularity of “Star Wars.” Ford portrays Colonel Lucas, a moniker Coppola gave him as a nod to his friend George. Ford delivers the famous phrase, “Terminate, with great prejudice,” in this role, and it’s a memorable one.
The Empire Strikes Back 1980
We’ve returned to the world of “Star Wars.” Perhaps the most successful film franchise in history evolved from a single blockbuster to a multi-part series that impacted future films. Would the MCU exist if the “Star Wars” series didn’t exist? Also, while it doesn’t end well for Han Solo, this is a significant film for him.
Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981
Isn’t one iconic role enough? Why don’t you get a second? Steven Spielberg, a friend of Lucas and Coppola, was not interested in working with Ford. He had already established himself as a celebrity. He has, however, yet to carry a film as the genuine star. It was his opportunity to play Indiana Jones. It obviously worked out. “Raiders” is not only a box office success, but it was also nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
Blade Runner 1982
Ford was apparently simply cranking out classic films in the early 1980s. The film “Blade Runner” was more of a splurge. It’s more thought-provoking science fiction than “Star Wars.” Ridley Scott’s picture has undergone a few changes, yet it is still regarded as a masterpiece by many. Rick Deckard is played by Harrison Ford, who is in charge of hunting down rogue replicants… Is he a woman or a man?
Return of the Jedi 1983
The original “Star Wars” trilogy came to an end with this. Some people don’t think this one is as good as the others. The Ewoks had a corny quality about them. Nonetheless, “Return of the Jedi” is unmistakably unforgettable. It’s a classic film. Plus, Han Solo awoke from the frozen carbonite and was reborn as a hero.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984
This film isn’t quite as good as “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” According to Spielberg, he was going through some personal issues at the time, thus the picture was a bit gloomy. In addition, both Short Round and Willie Scott are a bit irritating. Regardless, it’s Indiana Jones. Every Indiana Jones film is remarkable, and Harrison Ford is excellent in the part.
The majority of the films on this list are science fiction or adventure flicks. It’s a long list of box office hits. “Witness” is a departure from the norm. It’s an opportunity for Ford to accomplish something more serious. Ford stars as a police investigator who is sent to an Amish village to safeguard a witness in the drama “Witness.”
Working Girl 1988
Ford may not have been interested in romantic comedies. Perhaps the directors didn’t think he was cut out for those sorts of roles. However, “Working Girl” shown that he was more than competent. Ford’s relationship with Melanie Griffith is just a small element of the film’s plot. It’s also about Griffith attempting to advance in the job as a ’80s woman in an environment that isn’t always on her side. Despite the fact that he didn’t do romantic comedies very frequently, Ford is still able to create a huge impression.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989
“The Last Crusade” was a return to the excellence shown in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” after a step down with “Temple of Doom.” Sean Connery as Indiana’s father was a wonderful touch, since he and Harrison Ford had a lively banter. In Indiana’s travels, there’s always something to appreciate. Yes, all the time, and we’ll get to it.
Patriot Games 1992
So, Jack Ryan isn’t nearly as good as a Han Solo or an Indiana Jones. Nonetheless, Tom Clancy’s character has appeared in a number of films, making this another another successful and noteworthy part for the actor. Ford wasn’t the first actor to portray Tom Clancy – that honor goes to Alec Baldwin – but he did it twice, beginning with “Patriot Games.”
The Fugitive 1993
The film “The Fugitive” was based on an old TV program that many people had probably forgotten about. What’s remarkable is that they managed to make both a popular thriller and an Oscar-nominated film. In reality, Tommy Lee Jones took up the award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in “The Fugitive.” Of course, the main fugitive is Ford, a man wrongfully imprisoned for killing his wife. Jones doesn’t seem to mind.
Clear and Present Danger 1994
Harrison Ford returned to the world of Jack Ryan after “The Fugitive.” This is, interestingly, a direct sequel to “Patriot Games.” That hasn’t occurred before in the Ryan movies, since Ford is the only actor who has played the CIA agent on the big screen more than once.
Air Force One 1997
In some respects, “Air Force One” resembles President Jack Ryan. This is a ridiculous action film about terrorists hijacking the President’s aircraft, but they picked the incorrect President. “Get off my plane!” Ford yells. That’s a catchphrase from a famous action film.
Six Days, Seven Nights 1998
Isn’t it true that movies set on a deserted island have fallen out of favor? Is that something that “Cast Away” put a stop to? Perhaps, but Ford jumped on board before the genre’s appeal faded. “Six Days, Seven Nights” isn’t quite as excellent as “Cast Away,” but it did seem like a timely film at the time. Perhaps it’s because Ford was one of the show’s stars. He portrays a pilot who crashes onto an island with Anne Heche as his only passenger. You may be able to figure out what happens next.
What Lies Beneath 2000
The film “Cast Away,” directed by Robert Zemeckis, is a good example of this. “What Lies Beneath” was also directed by him. Intriguingly, Zemeckis directed “What Lies Beneath” after shooting the first half of “Cast Away” but waited for Tom Hanks to lose weight and grow out his hair for the scene on the island. Yes, Zemeckis pulled together a great thriller starring Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer when he was taking a break from another project. That’s how you make the most of your free time.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008
We understand that many of you despise “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” Is it up to par? No, but it’s not as terrible as it’s been made out to be. It’s a totally adequate action film. It just does not measure up to the previous Indiana Jones flicks. Regardless, Ford is back as everyone’s favorite archaeologist. That will be remembered for a long time. You can’t claim it wasn’t remarkable when he survived a nuclear explosion in a refrigerator, either.
Morning Glory 2010
Harrison Ford chose to make this romantic comedy about a morning program a bit lighter. He gets to do what he’s done best for the past two decades of his career: portray gruff and unpleasant characters. Even if Ford may come off as a bit of a curmudgeon at times, it’s still entertaining to watch him in a frothier film like this.
Cowboys & Aliens 2011
Although “Cowboys & Aliens” was a failure, it was a well-known flop. The excitement for the film was palpable. Following “Iron Man,” it was directed by Jon Favreau and featured Ford opposite Daniel Craig. In one film, Han Solo and James Bond! It’s also titled “Cowboys & Aliens!” While everything went wrong, we’ll never forget the film’s anticipation and disappointment.
“42” is a competent biopic of Jackie Robinson. Robinson is played well by the late Chadwick Boseman, but because this is a biography, a slew of celebrities appear. This includes Branch Rickey, who is credited with bringing in Robinson to break baseball’s color barrier. Ford was chosen to portray Rickey.
The Force Awakens 2015
Ford returned to the “Star Wars” world after a long absence. This is going to be a spoiler, but it’s been a few years. In the first trilogy, the actor famously requested that Lucas kill him off. That didn’t happen, but in “The Force Awakens,” Ford finally gets his desire in a scene that truly takes things up a level.
Blade Runner 2049 2017
It took many years, if not decades, for “Blade Runner” to have a sequel. Ridley Scott did not return to helm “Blade Runner 2049” due to the film’s divisive reception. Plus, Ryan Gosling plays the lead in this film. Ford does, however, return as Rick Deckard, and it’s fascinating to note that Deckard has become yet another famous Ford figure over the years.
The Rise of Skywalker 2019
In “The Rise of Skywalker,” the dead do more than talk. They also appear to their sons as visions. While force ghosts are prevalent in the “Star Wars” universe, those who lack the force don’t likely to reappear after death. But don’t tell Han Solo about it. In what seemed to be a hallucination, he returned to his son Ben, nicknamed Kylo Ren. It’s a pivotal point in Ben’s story, which concludes with him, like his grandpa before him, helping to rescue the day.
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