We’ve decided that we want to make these Top 5 Movies lists a bit more relevant. So, with Cowboys & Aliens hitting theaters today, I thought why not take a look at one of my favorite all time actors… Harrison Ford. It’s kind of crazy to think that this is only the second western Harrison Ford has done in his long and illustrious career. If you can name the other one (without using IMDB) I’ll put a gold star on the refrigerator next to your name.
My only problem with doing this list is I feel like Ford deserves the Top 10 treatment. Because of that, I’ve decided to give this list a bit of a bonus treatment. Hence the “sort of” in the title of the post. Since the top 2 films on this list are going to be so blatantly obvious, I’m going to do a Top 7. That way we can focus on the five best movies Ford has done outside the two most popular franchises in film history (according to me). If you can guess what those are without scrolling down, I will give you nothing. You should just already know. Anyway, that being said, let’s dive in. Here are Harrison Ford’s Top 5 Movies (sort of):
EXCLUSIONS: ApparentlyFord was in Apocalypse Now.
I’m embarrassed to say I have never seen it. Therefore, it is out of contention. There’s a few more I’ve missed but that one is the only one I could see people arguing over so I thought I’d mention it… unless you loved Extraordinary Measures. I didn’t see that either but I feel pretty safe saying that you’re alone and it doesn’t deserve a spot. Moving right along…
7. THE MOSQUITO COAST.
This is admittedly a personal choice. I could see other people putting Frantic, Witness or even Patriot Games in this slot. However, I’m a big fan of this film by Peter Weir which pits Ford as an eccentric and obsessed inventor who uproots his family and takes them on a journey deep into the jungle. I like it because Ford’s character is so different than anything he usually plays and it also features a great performance from River Phoenix. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor.
6. AMERICAN GRAFFITI.
AKA: George Lucas’ normal movie. Graffiti is a coming of age movie set in the early 1960′s. It reminds me a lot of a 70′s Dazed & Confused. Both focus on the generation before the one they came out in and both feature a bunch of actors who went on to be well known. In this case, Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Suzanne Sommers, etc.
FUN FACT: This film was made as a result of a challenge issued by Lucas’ friend Francis Ford Coppola who dared him to make a film that would appeal to mainstream audiences. If only they knew about Star Wars then!
5. REGARDING HENRY.
This film is really sweet actually. Ford plays Henry Turner, a successful but extremely douchey guy, who is shot in the face during a liquor store hold up. As a result, he loses much of his memory and, in many ways, returns to a very childlike state. In this state, he rediscovers a love for his family and reestablishes his family unit. The great thing about it is Ford, who is kind of great at playing both kinds of roles. Mike Nichols also directs… and he’s really good at that!
People looooooove Bladerunner! As a Sci-Fi fan, I hate to admit, that I don’t put it in the same pantheon as many other Sci-Fi fans. However, the film is pretty darn good. It’s also based on a novel with one of the coolest names ever: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? A novel that was written by Phillip K. Dick. So, technically, it can’t be anything but awesome.
3. THE FUGITIVE.
The Fugitive is an insanely good and entertaining film. I can’t give all the credit to Ford in this case though. Tommy Lee Jones is half to blame for this film’s success. However, Ford is great as Dr. Richard Kimble… a man who is falsely accused and convicted of murdering his wife and sets out to prove his innocence. The great thing about this particular flick is you never have to buy the DVD because it’s on cable like every other week!
2. STAR WARS TRILOGY.
1. INDIANA JONES TRILOGY.