From the 1960s onward, Harrison Ford has been appearing in a succession of movies of varying shape, size, and genre. His career has seen him take on some truly iconic roles, while over the years he has appeared in a wealth of movies including American Graffiti (1973), Patriot Games (1992), What Lies Beneath? (2000), and The Call of the Wild (2020), to name but a few.
His pictures have ranged from sci-fi and fantasy movies, to action-adventure films and horror. To some he is best known as Indiana Jones, while to others he will always be the loveable space rogue, Han Solo.
But irrespective of where you know him from or what his finest performance is, what do you know about Harrison Ford’s movies? If I asked you to name ten or twenty of his films, could you do it?
Well, don’t fret about it, because in this post I am taking a look back at the film career of Harrison Ford, with a rundown of all his movies. I will be going through his films decade-by-decade, to showcase all of the pictures in his portfolio, including films where he featured in uncredited roles.
Harrison Ford’s movie career began in the mid-1960s, with uncredited roles in films such as Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round and Luv. From here, he took a credited role in A Time for Killing and then he appeared in Journey to Shiloh.
At this point in time, Ford was far from being a huge international star. He was appearing in movies (as well as roles on television) now and again, but none of the parts were particularly notable and he had not made a name for himself in the grand scheme of things.
If you wish to check out his early work, Harrison Ford’s movies during the 1960s included:
- Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966)*
- Luv (1967)*
- A Time for Killing (1967)
- Journey to Shiloh (1968)
Moving into the 1970s, and Ford continued to appear in movies, but at the beginning of the decade he still largely faded into the background. From an uncredited role in Zabriskie Point to a part in Getting Straight, none of the roles provided him with star status.
However, things began to change in 1973 when he took on the role of Bob Falfa in the George Lucas-directed coming-of-age movie, American Graffiti. This connection to Lucas paved the way for a much more substantial role in the future, when the actor was later cast in a little ol’ sci-fi fantasy film called Star Wars (aka Star Wars: A New Hope).
You’ve no doubt heard of it – and to be honest, who hasn’t?! Star Wars was a huge success when it was released back in 1977 and the film propelled Ford into the stratosphere.
From here on out, Ford’s profile rose considerably, and his career would never be the same again. But for those wanting to take at a look at his career pre-and-post-Star Wars, these are the names of the Harrison Ford movies during the 1970s:
- Zabriskie Point (1970)
- Getting Straight (1970)
- The Intruders (1970)
- American Graffiti (1973)
- The Conversation (1974)
- Judgment: The Court Martial of Lieutenant William Calley (1975)
- Dynasty (1976)
- The Possessed (1977)
- Star Wars (1977)
- Heroes (1977)
- Force 10 from Navarone (1978)
- The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)
- Hanover Street (1979)
- Apocalypse Now (1979)
- The Frisco Kid (1979)
- More American Graffiti (1979)*
Onto the 1980s now, and with Ford now being a household name, he kick-started the decade with a return to the Star Wars universe for the sequel, The Empire Strikes Back. Here he reprised the role of Han Solo, much to the delight of audiences worldwide – and not for the last time!
But stepping back into the boots of Han Solo was just the start of what would be a fantastic decade for the actor. Shortly after appearing as part of the ensemble in the new Star Wars sequel, he went on to headline a new film of his very own: Raiders of the Lost Ark.
In Raiders, Ford got to play the part of archaeologist and adventurer, Indiana Jones. The role, and the film, would prove to be a smash-hit for the actor, and one which would set up a series of sequels.
In short: The 1980s was very good to Harrison Ford and provided him with a string of new movies. Between his Star Wars pictures and his Indiana Jones films, the actor got to appear in a range of movies, all of which helped to cement him as a Hollywood icon.
Harrison Ford’s movies during the 1980s included:
- The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
- Blade Runner (1982)
- Return of the Jedi (1983)
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
- Witness (1985)
- The Mosquito Coast (1986)
- Frantic (1988)
- Working Girl (1988)
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Moving into the ‘90s now, and having had such huge success during the 1980s, Ford maintained that career momentum for this new decade. Films during this time ranged from Presumed Innocent and Regarding Henry to The Devil’s Own and Air Force One.
Arguably his most notable hits during the 1990s included The Fugitive, as well as Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger. The latter two saw Ford take on the role of Jack Ryan in two politically-charged action-thrillers, and this continued to showcase the actor as an action star.
Harrison Ford’s movies during the 1990s included:
- Presumed Innocent (1990)
- Regarding Henry (1991)
- Patriot Games (1992)
- The Fugitive (1993)
- Jimmy Hollywood (1994)*
- Clear and Present Danger (1994)
- Sabrina (1995)
- The Devil’s Own (1997)
- Air Force One (1997)
- Six Days Seven Nights (1998)
- Random Hearts (1999)
Onto the 2000s, and Ford continued to push forward with his career. However, he started to reduce his workload somewhat, appearing in less movies than he did in the two previous decades.
During this time he appeared in films such as What Lies Beneath and Hollywood Homicide, before reprising the role of Indiana Jones for a fourth entry in the popular movie franchise. His films throughout this decade included:
- What Lies Beneath (2000)
- K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
- Hollywood Homicide (2003)
- Firewall (2006)
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
- Crossing Over (2009)
Moving onto the 2010s, and during this decade there was more of an upswing in Ford’s schedule. The actor began to take on an increasing number of roles, with films including the sci-fi comic book movie, Cowboys & Aliens, and the animated film, The Secret Life of Pets 2.
It was during this decade that Ford also returned to the Star Wars universe, initially with a role in The Force Awakens, before popping up in a brief cameo for The Rise of Skywalker. Ford also returned to another classic sci-fi film from his past, by appearing in Blade Runner 2049, a sequel to cult movie, Blade Runner.
Harrison Ford’s movies throughout the 2010s included:
- Extraordinary Measures (2010)
- Morning Glory (2010)
- Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
- 42 (2013)
- Paranoia (2013)
- Ender’s Game (2013)
- Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)
- The Expendables 3 (2014)
- The Age of Adaline (2015)
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
- Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
- The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019)
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)*
And finally, into the 2020s and while things have slowed down a bit, Ford continues to appear in high-profile films, proving he is still a popular actor. His films have included The Call of the Wild, as well as a fifth Indiana Jones movie.
Harrison Ford’s movies in the 2020s include:
- The Call of the Wild (2020)
- Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023)
So, those are all the Harrison Ford movies, but what are your favourites? Are you a fan of Witness or is The Empire Strikes Back your No.1 movie? Perhaps Raiders of the Lost Ark is the only film for you, or possibly Clear and Present Danger?
Whatever your favourite Harrison Ford movie, be sure to drop a comment below.
And if you are a fan of Harrison Ford you might like to know that many of his hit movies are available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray, including one of his most popular action films, The Fugitive.
If you’ve not watched The Fugitive before, the film follows the story of Dr. Richard Kimble – a man who is wrongfully accused and convicted of the murder of his wife. After escaping prison, Kimble goes on the run, all the while trying to find a way to prove his innocence and track down the real murderer.
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