The news hit this week that Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart have finally tied the knot. The wedding took place in New Mexico, a private ceremony presided over by New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.
Flockhart is best known for the title role of the television series Ally McBeal. She also recently returned to television in 2006 for the ABC drama Brothers & Sisters.
Ford is a movie star who reached iconic levels playing in two of the most successful movie franchises of all time. Whether it be Han Solo or Indiana Jones, it is almost certain he was in one of your favorite movies.
Celebrating the marriage of the couple, let’s look at the five best movies of Harrison Ford’s legendary career.
5. The Fugitive – This is a remake of an old television show about a doctor, played by Harrison Ford, whose wife is killed. He is framed for the murder and a U.S. Marshall (Tommy Lee Jones) is brought in to hunt him down. The movie is an old-fashioned chase film but with Ford and Jones at the lead, it became an Academy Award nominated picture. While Jones is the only man to walk away with a statuette, Ford deserves as much acknowledgement. It is a great action flick with some fantastic set pieces. It isn’t anywhere near as iconic as the Top 4 movies on this list, but it is worth watching anytime you catch it on TV.
4. Blade Runner – This is probably the greatest fantasy movie too many youngsters have never seen. Ford is Rick Deckard, a Blade Runner. His job is to hunt down humanoid replicants and destroy them. The replicants are sentient beings with emotions, feelings and lives of their own but have been made illegal, shipped off to perform slave labor on other planets. When an extremely dangerous replicant (Rutger Hauer) arrives back on Earth with companions, Deckard comes out of retirement to hunt them down. The ending, when Deckard faces off with this replicant, we are given the question: what makes someone human? It is a brilliant movie and if you have not seen it, hunt it down and watch it now.
3. Apocalypse Now – Harrison Ford’s role in this Francis Ford Coppola masterpiece is small but perfectly performed. With Star Wars in the review mirror, the always picky Ford wanted to make sure he was not going to be seen as a “Han Solo type character.” He shaved, cut his hair, threw on some glasses and audiences at the time might have had to look twice to recognize him. Apocalypse Now had so many problems during filmmaking books have been written and a feature length documentary was made proving that war was indeed hell. Harrison Ford showed up, shot his scenes and was gone, never witnessing the carnage that laid before the cast and crew. Just like his role in the movie, Ford came, he saw and he conquered.
2. The Empire Strikes Back – Star Wars is the favorite franchise of sci-fi fans all over the world. The best movie of the six is the second installment, which remains one of the best sci-fi space movies ever made. The most interesting thing about the movie is the bad guys win. By the end of the movie, Han Solo is captured and frozen, Luke has his hand cut off and the good guys are left scurrying, trying to regroup. It is a testament to the filmmaking the movie worked, but it did, and it worked perfectly. Ford’s Han Solo is the template for every cool antihero to hit movies since and remains the crème-of-the-crop to this day.
1. Raiders of the Lost Ark – It is a tough tossup when choosing Star Wars or Indiana Jones and, while Star Wars is the better franchise over time, Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of the greatest action movies ever made. The movie opens with the action already in place, Indy making his way through the cave to retrieve a statue. Then he takes it and the booby-traps are released. A heart-pounding scene made better when he escapes only to find his archenemy waiting to take the statue off his hands. The movie never slows down and the minute Indy put on his fedora and pulls out his trusty bullwhip a new icon was born.