The Weekend Rent: Five Harrison Ford Favorites

The Weekend Rent: Five Harrison Ford Favorites

Nov 12, 2010

Han Solo, Indiana Jones, Jack Ryan…Harrison Ford has played some of the most iconic characters in the annals of Hollywood history, and the 68-year-old legend shows no sign of slowing down. He plays a veteran TV anchor in Morning Glory, which co-stars Diane Keaton and Rachel McAdams and opens today in theaters. If you can't make it to the cineplex, now is an excellent time to focus on our five favorite Ford films on disc.

Best Han Solo—The Empire Strikes Back: Ford's gruff smuggler Han Solo really takes center stage in Star Wars Episode V, and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) can't help but notice. In between piloting the Millennium Falcon through an asteroid field and grappling with old frenemy Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams), he finds time to seduce the icy princess. "I love you," she says before Darth Vader orders Han frozen in carbonite. "I know," says Han. We do, too, but we wish the best Star Wars film was available on Blu-ray already instead of just DVD.

Most Irresistible Indy—Raiders of the Lost Ark: Ford has played the fedora-wearing, whip-snapping archeologist-cum-adventurer Indiana Jones four times on the big screen, but our favorite is Steven Spielberg's 1981 original, produced by George Lucas. It's a race against time and around the world as Indy tries to find the fabled Ark of the Covenant—said to be a powerful weapon—before the Nazis do while dodging angry locals, a jaded former lover (Karen Allen) and those damn snakes. The first Indy adventure is only available on DVD.

Seminal Sci-fi—Blade Runner: Ridley Scott's striking vision of a futuristic, neon-lit Los Angeles where it always rains, no one speaks the same language, and everyone is clamoring to get "off world" has inspired everything from The Matrix to TV's Battlestar Galactica with its existentialism and film noir style. Ford plays Rick Deckard, a "blade runner" hired by the police to hunt down a gang of rogue Replicants (synthetic humans) that are loose in L.A. Seek out Scott's Final Cut, which is available on both DVD and Blu-ray with exhaustive extras.

Funny Ford—Working Girl: Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith) is the titular working girl who takes advantage of her boss Katharine Parker's (Sigourney Weaver) ski injury to put forward her own idea of a merger deal. Tess gets in over her head when the merger involves her boss's beau, Jack Trainer (Ford), and the two fall in love. When Katharine comes back to the office, the jilted executive tries to ruin Tess and expose her as a lowly secretary, but Jack tells Katharine to "get her bony ass out of [his] sight." This hit romantic comedy is only available on DVD.

Award Ford—Witness: Ford earned his only Academy Award nomination for his role as Captain John Book, a police officer who goes deep into Amish country to help protect Rachel Lapp (Kelly McGillis) and her eight-year-old son (Lukas Haas), the sole witness to a murder in a Philadelphia train station. This fragile love story also doubles as an exciting thriller and is available on a collector's edition DVD.

What's your favorite Harrison Ford movie? Sound off below.

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