7. Presumed Innocent (1990)
This movie was a kick start to a successful decade for Ford. This movie earned $221 million worldwide and was the eight highest grossing movie of the year. In 1992, a TV miniseries followed this movie titled The Burden of Proof and in 2011 a TV film sequel followed titled Innocent.
6. Witness (1985)
John Book has been assigned to protect Samuel, a young Amish boy who witnessed a murder, and his mother Rachel. Soon Book finds evidence of police corruption and realize Samuel’s life is in danger. He flees with Samuel and Rachel to an Amish countryside where Rachel grew up. The portrayal of Book by Ford is undoubtedly one of his finest work.
This movie ranked no. 2 in box office and grossed $4,539,990 million on its opening weekend. It stayed no. 2 for three weeks and ultimately grossed $68,706,993. It won an Oscar for Best Screenplay, KCFCC Award for Best Film while Ford won KCFCC Award for Best Actor. Ford was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, and BAFTA Film Award for Best Actor.
5. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
In the third installment in Indiana Jones franchise, an art collector seeks Jones help to search for the Holy Grail. Jones discovers another archaeologist disappeared while looking for the grail and that archaeologist turns out to be his father. This was Ford’s best Indiana Jones performance where his never before witnessed personal side was revealed.
There was an amazing rapport between Ford and Connery, who played the role of his father. It was an instant hit grossing $474,171,806 worldwide and also won an Oscar for Best Sound Editing. Ford was nominated for Saturn Award for Best Actor.
4. Blade Runner (1982)
Unsettling, deep and dark, Blade Runner is one of the most brilliant sci-fi movies of all time. Loosely adapted from Philip Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the story revolves around a group of escaped replicants and an expert Blade Runner who agrees to hunt them all down.
Ford played the character of Blade Runner with such effortless charm that can’t be replicated by anyone else. The movie won OFTA Film Hall of Fame Award, Special Achievement Award, LAFCA Award for Best Cinematography, as well as BAFTA Film Awards for Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design/Art Direction. A sequel of this movie is scheduled to release later this year titled Blade Runner 2049.
3. The Fugitive (1993)
This action thriller is based on a 1960’s TV series of same name by Roy Huggins. Dr. Kimble escapes from police custody after accused of his wife’s murder. With a U.S. Marshals team on his tail, he is desperate to prove his innocence and to find out who killed his wife.
Ford once again effortlessly plays the part of a man on a run, giving us another remarkable performance. This movies was the third highest grossing movie of the year and was nominated for seven Oscars including Best Picture. A sequel followed in 1998 titled U.S. Marshals.
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
The first installment of Indiana Jones franchise, although second in internal chronological order, revolved around the archaeologist Jones who gets hired by the government to find Ark of Covenant. However, Hitler has also sent off his agents after that Ark.
This movie became the highest earning movie of the year and still remains one of the highest grossing movies to be made. It received eight Oscar nominations and its immense success lead to the additional Indiana Jones movies, TV series and 15 video games. Ford won a Saturn Award for Best Actor and a Jupiter Award for Best International Actor.
1. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
This is the second installment of Star Wars trilogy and is set in the Galactic Empire. Darth Vader is in search of Luke Skywalker and the other Rebel Alliance. While Vader closes in on Luke’s friends, he is studying the force under Jedi Master Yoda. Soon he must make a decision between saving his friends and completing his training to become full Jedi Knight.
All the performances are remarkable, Ford especially shines as Han Solo. This movie became the most highly acclaimed installment in Star Wars franchise. To date, this installment has grossed more than 538 million worldwide. It was followed by Return of the Jedi in 1983.
Aside from these, we feel that the following three movies deserve an honorable mention for Harrison Ford’s amazing performance:
- Hanover Street (1979)
- Force 10 from Navarone (1978)
- Ender’s Game (2013)
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