best film:  I’m going with Blade Runner because Ford is in Apocalypse Now for about 5 minutes and he’s the fourth most important/impressive actor during that five minute sequence. Blade Runner is the seventh best film of all-time (or was the last time I updated my list) so there are not many films an actor could have in a higher spot here obviously. It’s one of the greatest artistic achievements in set design and mise-en-scene. From a performance standpoint masterpiece, Ford’s achievement is not Rutger Hauers. Ford is fine though- an admirable lead performance in a top 10 all-time film. I already mentioned Apocalypse but Star Wars, Empire, Raiders and The Conversation are masterpieces as well.

best performance:  Raiders of the Lost Ark. Along with Spielberg (at the helm obviously) Harrison Ford invented (and really surpassed) a James Bond for the 80’s. He can animate (finale, sequence where he thinks Marion has passed away) and he can do supreme lead heroic stoicism (start of the film). It’s a confident leading performance in the lineage of Bogart, Wayne, Gary Cooper, Clint Eastwood and Steve Mcqueen.

stylistic innovations/traits: Many are going to argue Ford should be closer to the top 10 because of all of the great films he’s been in and roles he’s played (for many my age Ford has been in like 50% of their favorite 10-20 films). Still others are going to argue he’s not that great of an actor (range, skill) and that’s what this list is ranking. I see both sides. To me once you take out the franchises Star Wars, Indiana, Jack Ryan and Blade Runner there’s not a lot of THERE there. There is some good work with Weir, Nichols, Polanski but not much. However, you can’t take those out those films/performances in the franchises for Ford nor more can you take out some of the best work of any actor. Try playing the game where you replace Ford in these franchises with another “better” actor. It’s not a pretty “what if” alternative scenario and I end up being very thankful for Ford and what he have.

directors worked with:   Spielberg (3), Lucas (2), Coppola (2), Weir (2) and then Ridley Scott, Polanski, Mike Nichols and Villeneuve-

Top 5 Performances:

  1. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  2. Star Wars
  3. Empire Strikes Back
  4. Blade Runner: 2049
  5. The Fugitive

Archiveable films

1973- American Graffiti
1974- The Conversation
1977- Star Wars
1979- Apocalypse Now
1980- The Empire Strikes Back
1981- The Raiders of the Lost Ark
1982- Blade Runner
1983- Return of the Jedi
1984- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
1985- Witness
1986- Mosquito Coast
1988- Frantic
1988- Working Girl
1989- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
1990- Presumed Innocent
1992- Patriot Games
1993- The Fugitive
1994- Clear and Present Danger
2015- Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2017- Blade Runner 2049