Actor and producer Harrison Ford has had a long career in film, spanning 6 decades. Ford made his film debut in an uncredited role as a Bellhop in Dead Head on a Merry-Go-Round in 1966.
Ford is known for his iconic roles as Han Solo in the Star Wars franchise, and as the adventurer Indiana Jones. He has had his fare share of box-office bombs, but made his name in successful films including The Fugitive, Apocalypse Now, Air Force One and What Lies Beneath.
In his career, Ford has been nominated for four Golden Globes, an Academy Award, and a BAFTA. He is also the first ever to win the Hero Award at the 2007 Scream Awards, for his roles including Han Solo and Indiana Jones. He received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2002 Golden Globe Awards, and in 2003, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Ford is one of the highest grossing stars in the U.S. box-office. He was recently confirmed to be a part of the cast of J. J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII.
Here are the top 10 films of Harrison Ford.
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10. Cowboys & Aliens
Cowboys & Aliens is a film based on the graphic novel of the same name. It tells the story of how an outlaw (Daniel Craig), a cattleman (Ford), and a mysterious traveler (Olivia Wilde) teamed up to save a group of townspeople who were abducted by aliens.
The film received mixed reviews. The blending of the western and science-fiction genres were criticized, but the acting was highly praised.
Sabrina is a remake of the 1954 film of the same name. It tells the story of a former ugly duckling who re-enters the life of her past crush who is scheduled to be married. His high profile businessman brother (Ford) tries to get rid of Sabrina before she ruins the marriage.
The film was criticized for being too similar to its classic original, but was praised for it’s acting. Ford earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical.
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8. What Lies Beneath
What Lies Beneath is a supernatural thriller that follows Claire Spencer (Michelle Pfeiffer), a woman who believes her home is haunted. After trying to dig up the truth, she finds out that her husband Norman (Ford) has been keeping a big secret.
Though the film received mixed reviews from critics, it was a box office success, grossing nearly $300 million worldwide.
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7. The Mosquito Coast
The Mosquito Coast is a drama film based on a novel by Paul Theroux. It tells the story of a family who moves out of the United States in search for a happier life in Central America. After the father (Ford) becomes estranged, the happy life they were in search of soon becomes a nightmare.
At the time of its release, the film received mostly negative reviews, however, those views changed when looked at the film using modern day themes. Ford received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Drama.
42 is a biographical sports film. It tells the story of Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman), a professional baseball player who wore the jersey number 42 throughout his career. Ford plays Branch Rickey, team executive of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
The film was highly praised for its inspirational and heartwarming story. Both Ford and Boseman were praised for their powerful roles.
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5. American Graffiti
American Graffiti tells the story of recent high school graduates who roam the streets for one more night, before they all separate and go to college.
The film gained widespread critical acclaim. Though Ford’s role was minor, he still took part in making this film both funny and bittersweet.
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4. The Fugitive
The Fugitive is a thriller film based on the popular television series from the 1960’s. It tells the story of Dr. Richard Kimble (Ford), a man who has been wrongfully accused of killing his wife. After escaping custody during a train accident, ford roams the street, trying to find clues that will help claim his innocence, all while a U.S. Marshal (Tommy Lee Jones) and his team try and hunt him down.
The film received positive reviews for its energy, suspense and comic relief. Ford’s role was praised for his ability to convince the audience. He received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Drama.
Witness tells the story of Detective John Book (Ford), a policeman who goes into hiding in Amish country in order to protect a young Amish boy who witnessed a serious murder. Book must try and keep this buy safe while waiting for trial.
The film was very well received by critics. Ford was praised for his powerful and convincing role. He earned nominations for a Golden Globe, Academy Award, and a BAFTA award.
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2. Star Wars
Ford played the character Han Solo in the Star Wars franchise. He is involved in the Rebel Alliance against the Galactic Empire, and becomes a key figure throughout the films he was involved in, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Ford also played Solo in the Star Wars: Holiday Special, a television special that was set in the Star Wars space.
Ford will reprise his role as Solo in the upcoming J. J. Abrams directed Star Wars: Episode VII, scheduled to release in 2015. Ford also received a Saturn Award nomination for his role in A New Hope.
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1. Indiana Jones
Ford is most known for portraying Dr. Henry Walton “Indiana” Jones, Jr in the George Lucas Indiana Jones franchise. He played the character for all four Indiana Jones’ films; Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Ford won the Saturn Award for Raiders of the Lost Ark, and received nominations for the other three films. Ford has said that he is up for another installment, but not if it takes to long to be created.