Harrison Ford is one of those talented actors known by everyone, even those who haven’t really watched all his films. His name is synonymous with the famous characters Indiana Jones and Han Solo. However, the only downside of playing the roles of Indiana Jones and Han Solo was that they supersede every other role that Ford played throughout his acting career. This is why we needed to list some of the top movies that Harrison Ford has been in. Let’s talk about them.
1. Blade Runner (1982 and 2017)
In the film Blade Runner (1982), Harrison Ford was offered the role of Rick Deckard, which he fulfilled to the fullest. Rick Deckard was a fictional character from Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Ford appeared as Rick Deckard in the novel’s film adaptation Blade Runner. Ford later reprised the role in the 2017 sequel Blade Runner 2049 and voiced it in the 2014 BBC Radio 4 adaptation.
2. Witness (1985)
In the 1985 police thriller, Ford played the role of John Book. The film told the story of John Book, an undercover detective. He has the responsibility of keeping an Amish boy safe who was a witness to a murder. John Book realizes that his boss was involved in the murder and somehow manages to take the Amish mother and son to their home in the Amish country.
3. The Fugitive (1993)
The Fugitive was an action thriller film based on the 60s’ TV series with the same name. Ford appeared as Dr. Richard Kimble, a vascular surgeon wrongfully accused of first-degree murder. Kimble is accused of his wife’s murder, receives a death sentence, and is sent to jail, where his fellow prisoners plan an escape. The movie revolves around the events of Kimble’s life while he is on the run and also looking for the real murderer who killed his wife.
4. American Graffiti (1973)
Before starring in Star Wars and Indiana Jones, Ford had appeared in American Graffiti as Bob Falfa. The film was a coming-of-age hangout comedy classic, which later paved the way for Ford. The screenplay was based upon George Lucas’s teenage years that he spent in Modesto, while Bob Falfa joins the cast and plays the cinematic portrait of cruising culture.
5. Apocalypse Now (1979)
Even though the role Ford got was a small one in this Vietnam War epic, he still managed to make it a pivotal one. He appeared as Colonel G. Lucas, who was a part of a team that sends Capt. Willard into the deep jungle so that he can kill the deranged Colonel Kurtz. The character was named after Francis Ford Coppola’s close friend George Lucas, who was slated to direct the film as a dark comedy.
6. What Lies Beneath (2000)
What Lies Beneath was the first horror movie in which Harrison Ford appeared. Ford played the famous role of Dr. Norman Spencer, a scientist and college professor whose wife suspects that their house is haunted. However, Dr. Norman, being a scientist, doesn’t believe in ghosts and thinks that his wife is losing her mind. The movie’s plot revolves around the mysterious murder of Madison (ex-girlfriend of Dr. Norman) and the hidden truth of Norman that his wife Claire finds out.
7. Air Force One (1997)
Harrison Ford made his appearance in Air Force One as President James Marshall, a well-renowned president, and a family man. James Marshall is also a helicopter rescue pilot and a Vietnam veteran.
The film tells the story of the incidents when the Kazakh terrorists hijacked the presidential plane. The film consists of several heroic scenes of James Marshall that he pulls to save his family and the other innocent passengers on the plane.
8. Regarding Henry (1991)
In Regarding Henry, Ford played the role of a Manhattan lawyer named Henry Turner, who is shot in the head when he walks into a convenience store robbery. Turner survives; however, he suffers from retrograde amnesia and brain damage. Ford played the role perfectly as he portrayed a man who was once in power, but after the incident, he couldn’t even find words to convey his message.
From a popular and demanded lawyer to a person who is only concerned about getting back the life he once had.
9. The Mosquito Coast (1986)
Ford gave a compelling performance while playing the role of Allie Fox. Allie Fox is tired of American consumerism and afraid of a nuclear war which is why he moves to the jungles of Central America with his family, thinking that life there would be more peaceful and away from war. However, their idea of a happy life soon vanishes when Allie starts acting erratic, which terrifies his family. Harrison Ford was also nominated for the Golden Globe award for his role as Allie Ford.
10. Working Girl (1998)
Working Girl was Ford’s one of the most popular non-franchise movies. Ford plays the role of Jack Trainer, a financial executive at a stock brokerage. At the same company, the secretary Tess McGill works under the terrifying boss Katharine Parker. The movie revolves around Tess finding evidence against her boss and a series of events led by them. It is more about the female protagonist; however, Jack Trainer also lends a helping hand and portrays a sign of sanity amongst the workplace chaos.
11. The Age of Adaline (2020)
In the 2020 film, Harrison Ford played the role of William Jones, father of Ellis Jones and the ex-lover of Adaline Bowman, also known as Jenny. Jenny is a woman who got into an accident after which she stopped aging, which is why she had to leave William Jones behind as she couldn’t explain what happened to her. Coincidentally, William’s son Ellis also falls in love with Jenny.
Jenny recognizes William when she visits Ellis’ parents; however, she tries to hide her identity as much as she can. Jenny fails in hiding her identity, and William soon recognizes her as he believes no daughter could look so similar to her mother. The movie revolves around the abnormal life of a woman whose daughter looks older than her, and the man she loves is the son of her past lover. The movie, however, ends with a happy note.
Some Other Movies That Harrison Ford Was a Part Of
Some other movies that Harrison Ford took part in include:
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
- The Call of the Wild (2020)
- Clear and Present Danger (1994)
- Six Days Seven Nights (1998)
- Sabrina (1995)
- Patriot Games (1992)
- Presumed Innocent (1990)
- The Expendables (2014)
- 42 (2013)
- The Devil’s Own (1997)
- Frantic (1988)
- Morning Glory (2010)
- Hollywood Homicide (2003)
- Crossing Over (2009)
- Firewall (2006)
- Extraordinary Measures (2010)
- The Time for Killing (1967)
- Force 10 from Navarone (1978)
- Paranoia (2013)
- A Time for Killing (1967)
- Hanover Street (1979)
- The Conversation (1974)
Harrison Ford has been a part of Hollywood for over 50 years, and he still provides his fans with exciting content. The Star Wars and Indiana Jones are a couple of films that we consider a gift from Ford to his fans because even the new generation is fond of them, and nobody could do justice to the roles if it wasn’t for Ford.