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Top 10 Best Harrison Ford Movies (List) - With ClipsThe ten best Harrison Ford movies. He’s been voted Empire magazine’s top film star ever. At one point he had starred in three of the five biggest grossing movies of all time. This weekend sees the US release of Cowboys and Aliens and it’s great to see the man return to the kind of summer event movie which was once his trademark. Hell it’s a fine time to look back on the career of the old reliable Ford.

10. What Lies Beneath (2000)

Yeah, okay, so this Robert Zemeckis-directed thriller was hardly a cast-iron classic, but the combination of Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer as marrieds embroiled in a complex web of murder and mysticism was still an effective one. That you battle through to the biscuit-taking finale of this elongated pot-boiler is almost entirely down to that couple’s sheer star power.

9. Working Girl (1988)

More of a supporting turn for Ford in this Mike Nichols comedy hit, as his business-bod is torn between massive-haired Melanie Griffith and a scheming Sigourney Weaver. He might have already proved with Witness that he could convince as the loverboy, but this time he did it without shooting anyone. Hooray for Harrison!

8. Frantic (1988)

After the disaster of Pirates, director Roman Polanski returned with this fast-paced and effective Euro-mystery, and in the process set the template for the stern-faced action-thrillers that would define Ford’s career over the course of the next decade. The enduring appeal of Frantic is attested to by the fact that this year’s Unknown, starring Liam Neeson, played like a virtual remake.

7. Air Force One (1997)

And largely concluding the SFAT cycle which Frantic started was this box office juggernaut helmed by Wolfgang Petersen. Utterly preposterous, and with a set of CG shots in the finale which to a contemporary eye look as if they were generated by a backfiring ZX Spectrum, nonetheless who could resist Ford as a US president-turned-action hero? Especially with Glenn Close as his VP, and Gary Oldman as a Russian scum-sucker.

6. Patriot Games/Clear and Present Danger (1992 & 1994)

Though The Hunt for Red October had been a sizeable hit, the powers-that-be decreed that Alec Baldwin was not worth waiting for in order to reprise his role as CIA man Jack Ryan (Baldwin was committed to a run on Broadway at the time). Ford stepped in, and duly delivered a deuce of hits, as he faced off against Sean Bean’s Irish terrorist in Patriot Games, and went south of the border in its sequel.

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  • Sheridan Passell said
    Sheridan Passell

    Says a lot that nothing he’s made in the last 10 years is on the list. Shame. Maybe Cowboys And Aliens will change that.

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  • dalmatianjaws said

    Cowboys and Aliens is WAY better than Air Force One, but that’s not very difficult.

    So glad What Lies Beneath is on this list.

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      Air Force One felt like a very solid movie when it first came out, I think it looks more ridiculous with age.

      I thought What Lies Beneath was brilliantly shot but the script/story was too weak to be worthy of the talents involved. When Ford had to be threatening I felt it wasn’t a great performance, he was out of his slightly narrow comfort zone.

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  • gd smith said

    Although he’s not the star It’s worth mentioning he has small roles in The Conversation, Apocalypse Now and American Graffiti.

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  • al schneider said

    My dad is a big John Wayne fan. My modern day John Wayne is of course Harrison Ford. Great job movie moron in ranking his films I think (anyway) your right on par. I just saw Cowboys and Aliens and thought both Harrison and Daniel gave great performances however for me the story was so so/ with that I cant agree with one of your other contributors think this movie wont help Harrison pull off another good flick..

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  • J.D.W. said

    I think Indiana Jones 4 was good, I think it was a good comeback for him.
    Same thing for “COWBOYS & ALIENS” because Ford worked in the Sci-Fi genre.

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  • G said

    No love for Mosquito Coast?

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  • Shawn said

    Mosquito Coast, x2. Maybe his best performance.

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  • Anne-Marie said

    Ok, Six Days, Seven Nights and Hollywood Homicide need to be considered. While not the best Harrison Ford movies per se, his comic timing is excellent and just emphasizes his versatility and willingness to have fun.

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    • J.D.W. said

      Finally! someone mentioned those two, I also thought they were funny “tongue and cheek funny”.
      Now we’re all waiting to see Cowboys & Aliens it might be interesting.

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  • Joker said

    Wow. I thought Blade Runner would be number one. Real close . But still a great list. Harrison Ford movies are the best. I’d like to see you guys do a Deniro list. That would be interesting.

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  • Krazy Joe said

    There is only one Indiana Jones movie that can be described as ‘wretched’, and it’s most certainly *NOT* ‘Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’. ‘Crystal Skull’ was the third GOOD Indy movie.

    the ‘wretched’ link and embarassment of the series is 1984’s piece of trash prequel, ‘Temple of Doom’.

    Indiana Jones is best viewed as a trilogy. Just Ignore ‘Temple of Doom’ and watch the three good ones : Raiders, Crusade, and Crystal Skull.

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    • Adam A said

      Whoa whoa whoa! I love Indiana Jones, but Crystal Skull is by far the biggest knife to the heart. You must be crazy to even associate the word ‘good’ with that movie. Temple of Doom is the third best of the four, and it definitely blows away Crystal Skull.

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  • Anna Fiona said

    Ford is a marvelous actor. Star Wars trilogy is a classic that all ages should watch now and then. Airforce One contains the embodyment of what Americans my age and older (58+) like to see in a movie: great acting/great supportive actors/actresses and of course the theme music that lives on and is immediately recognized. I was glad to see him play Jack Ryan in Clear & Present Danger and Patriot Games.

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      Thanks for your input Anna. Have you seen his latest, Cowboys & Aliens, yet? What was your opinion on that?

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  • Denton said

    Working Girl and Raiders are my 2 fav Ford pic’s
    But I also liked him in M coast with River P whos also in The last crusade…..

    What about The Devil’s Own or Regarding Henry
    both are outstanding films !!!!!!

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  • nathan said

    This is about spot on. Ford was the actor of the eighties and pushed that well into the nineties as well.

    I perhaps would have had Mosquito Coast in there at the expense of What Lies Beneath.. however, that is just my opinion. Nothing wrong with the movies in the list.

    I saw him in Morning Glory not that long ago.. which was actually quite good. Another movie which doesn’t get mentioned much is K19.. not in his top 10, but pretty good as well, both these movies are better then Cowboys and Aliens, which Craig and Ford acted well in, but the movie stank.

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  • Rodion said

    What about Regarding Henry? Amazing film!

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  • Josh said

    REGARDING HENRY is a fine film.

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