One of the most legendary leading men of Hollywood, Harrison Ford has been responsible for developing two of the most iconic characters in pop culture – Han Solo and Indiana Jones. However before he hit superstardom, Ford struggled as an actor for years. It wasn’t until American Graffiti in 1973 did Ford made a name for himself. Ford proved he is a versatile actor by giving major hit movies like The Fugitive, Patriot Games, Working Girl, Blade Runner and more. Ford’s longevity in Hollywood is indeed impressive. Here are 15 best Harrison Ford movies of all time:
15. Sabrina (1995)
This romantic comedy is a remake of 1945 movie of the same name, which is based on a play Sabrina Fair. Sabrina is a daughter of a chauffeur growing up in a wealthy Larrabee’s family. She has unrequited feelings for David, the youngest Larrabee son and a playboy.
After her trip to Paris, Sabrina returns as a glamorous woman and David has her full attention. Linus, David’s elder brother, is against their courtship and in his attempts to break them up, finds himself falling for Sabrina.
Ford impressively plays the ruthless and serious businessman Linus. He perfectly nails Linus’ gradual change and vulnerability as he falls for Sabrina. This movie won an Oscar for Best Music and was nominated for Golden Globe Award for best Motion Picture. Ford was also nominated for Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture.
14. Air Force One (1977)
Ford plays the president who never negotiates with terrorists but is forced to rethink when Air Force One is hijacked with his wife and daughter on board. This movie was an instant success on box office grossing $172,650,002 nationally and $142,200,000 worldwide.
13. Extraordinary Measures (2010)
Based on true story, this movie was the most underrated movie of its year. It tells the story of Crowley, a successful corporate man, whose life completely changes when his two children are diagnosed with a fatal disease.
He devotes his life to save their lives and seeks help of Dr. Stonehill to battle the corporate and medical establishment for a cure. It grossed $6 million in its opening weekend.
12. The Mosquito Coast (1986)
Aside from his career being dominated by whip slashing and space adventures during the eighties, he showcased his talents as a versatile actor by staring in other movies including The Mosquito Coast. Based on Paul Theroux’s novel of same name, this movie narrates the life of disgruntled man who moves his family to a faraway land for a simpler life.
However, their jungle paradise soon becomes a dystopia. Harrison Ford proves his impressive acting skills as a man looking for a happier and simpler life. The movie didn’t do well at the box office but Ford’s performance earned him a nomination in Golden Globe Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture.
11. Frantic (1988)
Dr. Richard Walker, while in a medical conference in Paris, finds out that his wife has been abducted from their hotel. With limited knowledge of French culture and language, Walker seeks out to find his wife.
Ford gives another powerful performance showcasing the various emotions his character goes through impressively. This movie was a disappointment in box office but was successful in other countries like France.
10. Patriot Games (1992)
This spy thriller is based on a novel of same name by Tom Clancy and is a sequel to The Hunt for Red October but with different actors. Ford makes a perfect Jack Ryan who kills a terrorist while stopping a terrorist attack. The dead terrorist’s brother, Miller, escapes and vows to seek revenge for his brother.
He forces Ryan’s wife and daughter in an accident which badly injures them, which convinces Ryan to rejoin the CIA and track down Miller. This movie was a hit and grossed $178,051,587 worldwide and remained as the no. 1 movie for the first two weeks of its premier. It is followed by Clear and Present Danger.
9. Clear and Present Danger (1994)
In this next installment of Jack Ryan adventures, the CIA agent is appointed as Acting Deputy Director. He soon discovers a secret ongoing covert war against a drug cartel lead by his colleagues. Ford gives one of his best performance in this movie with an amazing supporting cast making this movie one of the best Jack Ryan movies.
He won the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor. It was a major success and grossed more than $200 million in box office. The movie also earned Oscar nomination for Best Sound and Best Effects.
8. Working Girl (1988)
Savvy receptionist Tess McGill gets an opportunity to take revenge from her boss Katharine Parker for stealing her idea without giving her credit when Parker is hospitalized with an injured leg.
Pretending to be Parker, Tess strikes a deal with an investment broker but soon things turn ugly when Parker finds out the truth. Ford plays a witty and perplexed investment broker to perfection. This movie was a hit and earned $103 million worldwide.