For a while now, Annlyel Online has been doing a blog series where she takes favorite actors and actresses and ranks all the movies she’s seen them do (based on their performance, I think, as well as the quality of the movie and general preferences). I asked her if I could borrow the idea because it sounds super fun/interesting and she said yes. (Thanks, Annlyel!) I’m starting with Harrison Ford because he’s my favorite actor and I’ve seen quite a few of his movies. ❤
#17 – Patriot Games (1992)
I was really bored by this movie and I found the plot hard to follow (hence, the boredom). I don’t remember much about the character Harrison Ford plays or the quality of his performance (though I assume it was good, as he’s such a great actor).
#16 – Sabrina (1995)
Again, this is a movie that I hardly remember and didn’t pay much attention to. I think I prefer the older one, with Audrey Hepburn, though Harrison Ford is an improvement over Humphrey Bogart in the romance department. (The age gap between him and the main female character wasn’t so big at least.)
#15 – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Han Solo kinda annoys me in the original trilogy. He and Leia and Luke all act so immature and I feel like he was at his most childish in Empire. Sniping with Leia, especially. However, I still Felt Things when he got frozen.
#14 – Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Really enjoyed Ford’s performance in this film (as I do with all the Indy movies) but I didn’t like Temple of Doom overall. Really didn’t like it. So that’s why it’s so low on this list.
#13 – Ender’s Game (2013)
Stand-out performances from both Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield couldn’t elevate this film from the typical YA dystopic sci-fi that it is. I do appreciate Ford’s paternal gruffness as Graff (even if it isn’t super book-accurate) but that’s almost all I like about this film. (Disappointingly.)
#12 – 42 (2013)
42 is an amazing film and Harrison Ford is very good in it (as per the usual). But this is much more Chadwick Boseman’s film and I actually remember very little of Ford’s role. This film is ranked so high mostly because of how great it is, tbh.
#11 – A New Hope (1977)
The film that launched Harrison Ford into stardom. I know I was quite entranced by his Han when I watched A New Hope as a kid. I still really enjoy his performance in this film – I’m just not as big a fan of Han as some people are. He has some awesome moments in this film though.
#10 – Return of the Jedi (1983)
Return of the Jedi is where I began to understand why lots of people are such huge fans of the original Star Wars trilogy. I feel like everyone’s coolness levels went up about a million percent, lol. Harrison Ford is really great as Han in every Star Wars film, but Return of the Jedi was a lot more special to me than Empire or New Hope.
#9 – Air Force One (1997)
Ah, those 90’s thrillers. Straight-up action with some heartwarming character moments sprinkled throughout. Love it. My only problem with this film was that I watched it so long ago that I forget a ton of it – including any and all impressions I had of Harrison Ford’s President Marshall. I do remember really enjoying the film though.
#8 – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
I don’t hate this movie. I actually really, really enjoy it. And Harrison Ford is awesome in it. So there. *grins* (Seriously, though, if you like Crystal Skull, please comment and let me know!)
#7 – The Force Awakens (2015)
This film is why I can neverrrr get behind Kylo Ren/Ben. HE KILLS HIS DAD. And it’s doubly awful because his dad is played by Harrison Ford and the whole scene makes me cry buckets. I know that Ford kinda hates Han Solo but the way he played him in The Force Awakens…such a great send-off. Older and wiser and a bit tireder, but still the same Han.
#6 – The Fugitive (1993)
The first time I saw The Fugitive, I didn’t like it all that much. I think I was too busy comparing it to the TV show (which I loooove). But I re-watched it recently and it’s actually so good, you guys! Full of conspiracy and chase scenes and angsty stuff and, y’know, Harrison Ford at pretty much the top of his game.
#5 – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
This is a funnier film than Raiders of the Lost Ark but it also makes me cry. I absolutely cannot get over Harrison Ford’s acting greatness from when Indy’s dad gets shot to the end of the film. Too awesome!
#4 – Age of Adaline (2015)
So, this film is a little different from the others on this list because Harrison Ford plays a character who is also played by a younger guy within the same film. So he has to portray all these feelings that his younger self had, while still giving his own interpretation to the character. Sounds super complicated, I know (and I don’t think I explained it properly anyway). But, as you’d expect, Ford nails the whole thing.
#3 – Regarding Henry (1991)
THIS MOVIE IS SO GOOD YOU MUST WATCH IT AT ONCE. Seriously. Harrison Ford plays a mean lawyer who is shot in the head. He lives, except his speech and mental abilities regress to that of a two year old so he has to learn how to live and function all over agagin. In the process, he learns to become a better person and discovers some shocking truths about what he was like before the shooting. It’s a tear-jerker and beautifully acted.
#2 – Witness (1985)
This isn’t the Christian romance industry’s version of the Amish, people! This film is completely thrilling, romantic, interesting, and moving all at the same time. Yes, it’s an action thriller but there’s so much more to it. Highly, highly recommended.
#1 – Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Um. Yeah. This is where it’s at, guys. Harrison Ford at his best (in my opinion). A true classic. ❤
So tell me! What’s your favorite Harrison Ford role? Movie? Let me know in the comments!