The 75 year old legendary actor just recently returned to the big screen to reprise one of his most iconic roles. In our recent review of Blade Runner 2049, we talk about how the movie is a must see and how Ford once again delivers. In a career that has spanned over the course of 5 decades, it was hard to distinguish our favorite 10. Nevertheless, we compiled a list today that we feel is pretty strong. Here it is…
#10 Henry Turner, Regarding Henry
This 1991 flick was a box-office blunder and actually panned by most critics. Harrison Ford’s performance as the lead Henry Turner, though, received much deserving praise. In this movie Ford is a self-absorbed, work-addicted, morally questionable Manhattan attorney, who regularly commits adultery and wins malpractice suits for shady doctors. His world forever changes when he gets shot in the head during a drugstore robbery, which leaves him with brain damage and a severe case of amnesia. Playing both sides of the character – the earlier asshole and the vulnerable, destroyed man…It’s in this movie he showcases the scale of his dramatic range.
#9 Bob Falfa, American Graffiti
In George Lucas’s directorial debut, Ford isn’t on the screen for very long. With that being said, his presence is still felt as a young charming car enthusiast who doesn’t care about laws or making nice with others. It’s the first time Ford & Lucas collaborated on a project and evidently was the start of even greater things to come.
#8 Dr. Richard Walker, Frantic
In this movie Ford teams up with run-away felon Roman Polanski in a thriller that sets in Paris. A doctor there for a medical conference, his wife soon gets kidnapped by Arab agents. Reason being: she he has something they want by accidentally picking up the wrong suitcase at the airport. With the help of a woman named Michelle (Emmanuelle Seigner), he ultimately rescues his wife in what seems to be the inspiration for the movie Taken.
#7 Jack Ryan, Patriot Games/Clear and Present Danger
Tom Clancy’s CIA analyst Jack Ryan has been portrayed by 4 different actors over the years. But none of whom were able to own the role and deliver better than Ford. With the presence of brains, brawn and sheer will, Ford exemplifies what heroism looks like on the big screen. This trained government agent constantly insures his family’s safety, oddly enough, usually his actions are what gets them into danger in the first place.
#6 John Book, Witness
Ford works with another acclaimed director, Peter Weir, for this 1985 Suspense/Drama. The concept of a cop going undercover with an Amish family sounds a lot like the plot of an Adam Sandler movie, but Witness thrives on Ford’s uncanny ability to play a fish out of water. In this film, Philly Det. Book becomes one with the Amish community to protect the young eye-witness of a brutal murder. Doing well with critics and at the box-office, it was a glaring success that also got him an academy award nom. I gotta say, even as an Amish man, Ford is still pretty fierce.
#5 President James Marshall, Air Force One
Is there any way we can vote for Harrison Ford to be president in 2020? Assuming he would kick terrorist ass on a plane while they’re trying to take his family hostage, he’d win in a bigger route than Reagan over Mondale. “GET OFF MY PLANE”, ah I can hear it now coming from my 32-inch screen TV after I popped in one of my favorite VHS’s (a la Queens, NY 1999). Gary Oldman’s Russian terrorists stand no chance for the tough-as-nails James Marshall, which feels like a cross between Jack Ryan and Dr. Richard Kimble (See #3).
#4 Rick Deckard, Blade Runner
In the midst of his Star Wars trilogy, Ford is stunning in Ridley Scott’s 1982 tech-noir cult classic. Before playing a cop disguised with the Amish, here he portrays a futuristic officer tasked with tracking down synthetic humans known as “replicants.” Ford’s character epitomizes many of the themes: the moral ambiguity, the suffering, the self-awareness of what it’s like to be human, and the conflicts that ensue while trying to distinguish the replicants apart. It’s a textured performance that’s held well over time, and still resonates with fans 30+ years later.
#3 Dr. Richard Kimble, The Fugitive
I may be higher on this film & character than others, but I still believe it’s one of his best. Opposite Tommy Lee Jones, Ford plays both ends of the spectrum in this action-packed drama. He’s your action hero as well as the lead suspect in the devastating murder of his own wife. Running from the law while trying to seek justice, the intense scenes throughout keep you so involved, it’s easily one of the best cat-and-mouse movies ever made.
#2 Indiana Jones, Indiana Jones Trilogy
For someone who isn’t even a big Indiana Jones fan…it’s still tough to argue that it isn’t one of the best movie characters of all time. He’s funny, sharp witted, dashing, great with whips or guns, and personifies a true warrior. Never could I imagine an archaeology professor being any cooler than this guy. I mean seriously, this dude has swagger that would make James Bond jealous. Oh, and he also beats the hell out of Nazi’s. Who doesn’t love that?
#1 Han Solo, Star Wars Trilogy
An arrogant, scruffy, god-damn great pilot, in what some would argue is the best “original” trilogy of all time. The role that launched his career, and catapulted him to stardom, Han Solo is a character that will be remembered for as long as film itself exists. Known to be a smuggler and a career criminal, it’s his huge heart that wins over the audience time and time again. A quintessential bad-ass, that can’t help but show his compassion. Here, Ford has never been better. As a rascal, a lover, a friend, and a resistant hero, but still a hero nonetheless.