President James Marshall, 'Air Force One'
Harrison Ford takes the action to the skies to face off against Gary Oldman as a Russian terrorist in “Air Force One”. He’s definitely one no-nonsense Commander In Chief, winning bad-ass points by getting to growl one of the 1990s’ best lines of dialogue in any action movie - “Get off my plane”- before pushing someone out the door of Air Force One.
Jack Trainor, ‘Working Girl’
Harrison Ford in a romantic comedy? Yes, please. It’s a side of the actor audiences don’t often get to see. Playing a total cad opposite Melanie Griffith in the 1988 film, he flips his gruff persona on its head and gets to exude the boyish charm normally reserved for a galaxy far, far away.
Han Solo, ‘Star Wars’ Franchise
All apologies to Lando Calrissian, but Han Solo is the coolest guy in the galaxy thanks to Ford’s swagger.
Ford almost didn’t land his most iconic role. Director George Lucas worked with a fresh-faced Ford in “American Graffiti”, the carpenter-turned-actor’s first major movie role, in 1973. Lucas wanted brand new actors for his space odyssey and merely brought Ford in to read lines with other potential cast members during the audition process. He did so well, he won the part and the rest is movie history.
Indiana Jones, ‘Indiana Jones’ Franchise
It’s almost unfair that Ford gets to portray two of the most-loved heroes of all-time, but we’re not bad about it. Making his debut as Indy in 1984’s “Raiders Of The Lost Ark”, Ford made archaeology look cool (snakes, not so much).
Ford is at his charismatic best when he’s cracking a whip and out-running a boulder in “Raiders Of The Lost Ark” or sparring with his on-screen pop Sean Connery in “The Last Crusade”. With four outings as Jones under his belt, the 77-year-old is once again reviving the character for a fifth time with a new Indiana Jones movie set to be released in 2021.
Henry Turner, ‘Regarding Henry’
Long before they teamed up on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, Ford starred in “Regarding Henry”, a drama penned by a young J.J. Abrams. Ford stars as a workaholic Manhattan lawyer with questionable morals who gets shot during a convenience store hold-up, rendering him brain damaged and an amnesiac. Now in recovery, Henry becomes a vulnerable man who is trying to rebuild his life. Playing both sides of the character gave Ford a chance to show his true range as an actor.
John Book, ‘Witness’
Ford landed his first and so far only Academy Award nomination for playing a detective who travels to Amish country in order to protect a young witness to a murder. Cultures collide as Ford’s John Book falls in love with Amish woman Kelly McGillis in the tense drama that’s all about decisions and consequences. Plus, you get to see him raise a barn with the help of the Amish.
Norman Spencer, ‘What Lies Beneath’
While it’s not the best Ford movie, “What Lies Beneath” gives us a great performance, as the actor plays against type as a devious and philandering husband with buried secrets at the centre of the ghost story. Like Ford, Norman Spencer is used to being seen as the good guy and hero so his deception in the thriller makes his fall from grace all the more entertaining. It’s a treat to see him go dark in the pulpy box-office hit.
Rick Deckard, ‘Blade Runner’
Considered a sci-fi noir masterpiece, 1982’s “Blade Runner” sees Ford as jaded replicant hunter Rick Deckard. Emotionally drained and morally ambiguous, Ford’s dramatic and weighty turn symbolizes everything about what it means to be human in a world full of androids. Thirty-five years later in "Blade Runner 2049", Ford's Deckard is just as good as ever.
Jack Ryan, ‘Patriot Games’
While other actors have since stepped in to CIA analyst Jack Ryan’s shoes, Ford is a determined and reluctant action hero who keeps finding himself – and his family – in dangerous situations in both “Patriot Games” and in follow-up “Clear And Present Danger”. His unwavering drive to do the right thing makes him a driven and relatable hero.
Richard Kimble, ‘The Fugitive’
Ford is the innocent man in the action-thriller that sees him on the run from the law. Here he balances his quick wit and book smarts with a driving desperation to clear his name and track down the infamous one-armed man who murdered his wife.