There aren’t many actors out there who can boast a filmography as legendary as the one that Harrison Ford has. Since his first appearance as Han Solo in Star Wars, Ford has been amassing armies of fans among lovers of science-fiction, adventure, and action films the world over. With over 60 feature films to his name that include so many huge hits, Harrison Ford truly has an acting CV to die for and is worth every bit of the praise he gets for it for the easily likable actor he’s been over the years
Between 1979 and 1984 alone, he appeared in Apocalypse Now, two Indiana Jones films, rounded off the original Star Wars trilogy, and had another of his most vaunted movies, The Blade Runner, sandwiched between them. That period alone was enough to cement him as one of the all-time most iconic actors still around today. However, Ford has many other notable blockbusters and superb films to his name, continuing to make great movies every decade since, as he still does to this day. Here’s a look back at a small slice of his amazing lists of films as we rank every one of his movies from the ’90s.
10 Random Hearts
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The ’90s was the only decade in that Harrison Ford never made any Indiana Jones or Star Wars films. As his two most beloved franchises, one might think their absence meant the ’90s weren’t as good for the veteran actor as other periods were. However, despite him turning his attention to other films during this time, he still delivered plenty of great films then too. Unfortunately, the last film he made in the ’90s couldn’t really be counted among them.
In a rare commercial and critical flop, Ford starred alongside Kristen Scott Thomas in the romantic drama Random Hearts. In stark contrast to many of Ford’s other films, this one barely broke even at the box office and received a paltry 15% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film saw two unlikely people in an I.A. cop and a congresswoman that come together when both their spouses die in the same plane crash. The pair soon discover that their other halves were most likely having an affair with each other, but as the story unravels, they wind up falling for each other too.
9 Regarding Henry
Since Harrison Ford invariably finds the most love from fans when he’s at his most exciting as a whip-cracking, lightsaber-wielding action star, his drama films sometimes tend to fall flat in comparison. 1991’s Regarding Henry was a prime example. Despite the film being released so close to many of his most famous films like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, this was probably its downfall since it never really stuck out with audiences.
In a heavily clichéd plot, Ford played a successful workaholic lawyer who is almost killed when he’s shot during a robbery. His near-death experience causes him to ponder over who he used to be and realize that he often neglected his own family to chase his career. While the film fared well at the box office, it suffered from lukewarm reviews and earned a low critical rating as a result.
8 Six Days, Seven Nights
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While Six Days, Seven Nights never found much love from critics, it still did well at the box office and was a pretty entertaining film with some great action and sweet romantic angles thrown in. The film saw Ford play a grumpy pilot whose plane crashes on a deserted island in the South Pacific while he’s flying a snooty career woman. The woman was played by Anne Heche, who tragically passed away from injuries sustained in a car accident in late 2022.
Despite their vast differences, the pair develop chemistry with each other and wind up falling for each other while trying to survive their harsh situation. Ford and Heche were great together in the film and the late actress was quick to publicly praise him for his role in helping her save her career after she was snubbed by Hollywood for her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Heche gave a glowing account of Harrison Ford and their time together in the Six Days, Seven Nights.
“I would not have gotten that movie,” she recalled. “He called me the day after they said I wasn’t gonna get it, because I took Ellen to the [Volcano] premiere, and Harrison Ford, he was a hero. He said, ‘Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn who you’re sleeping with. We’re gonna make the best romantic comedy there is and I’ll see ya on the set.'”
7 The Devil’s Own
The 1997 action-thriller The Devil’s Own threw together two of the most iconic stars of the ’90s when Harrison Ford teamed up with Brad Pitt. The film was a tense one as Ford played a cop again. This time, as Tom O’ Meara, Ford allows a friend of a friend visiting from Ireland to stay with him and his wife in their New York home.
What starts off as a cordial stay soon turns nightmarish as intruders visit their home. The ensuing drama causes Tom to work out that his seemingly innocuous house guest is a member of the Irish Republican Army whose trip to the States has a far more nefarious purpose than anyone realizes at first. Wrought with suspense, the film made for an intense drama with its two superstar actors both playing well off each other.
6 Patriot Games
In the first of Harrison Ford’s turns as Tom Clancy’s famous character, the iconic Jack Ryan, Patriot Games was a film that was controversial among critics who felt it strayed too far from the books. To make matters worse, Clancy himself disowned the movie. However, despite all this, the movie was a box office success as it raked in $178 million against a $44 million budget.
Although it was a sequel to the other hit Jack Ryan film, The Hunt for Red October, Ford took over the main character’s role from Alec Baldwin in that movie and was great in it. Despite Patriot Games not sticking too closely to the source material, it was brilliantly layered as it featured Jack Ryan swept up in an adventure after intervening when IRA terrorists try to assassinate a British dignitary.
In a remake of a 1954 film of the same name, Sabrina saw Harrison Ford take on a different type of role as he played Linus Larabee, a manipulative, workaholic older brother from a wealthy family. As Linus, Ford had some big shoes to fill since the original film saw Humphrey Bogart himself play the character. Luckily, Ford was able to bring his own acting talents and on-screen charm to bear as he inadvertently wins over the title character, Sabrina Fairchild, himself while trying to keep his brother from falling for her.
In a romantic twist, Linus finds himself also falling for Sabrina, who was played by Julia Ormond, as his plan to keep her and his brother apart backfires in unexpected ways. A great film with some amazing music from Sting, Sabrina was nominated for two Academy Awards for its musical efforts and score, while Ford earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for it.
4 Clear and Present Danger
Two years after Patriot Games, in the third film in the Jack Ryan series and the second time Harrison Ford played the character, Clear and Present Danger became another successful action venture for the actor. It was both a huge hit at the box office and critically acclaimed as it still holds an 80% approval rating. This time the absorbing character becomes the acting deputy director of the CIA.
The brilliant Willem Dafoe added more depth to it as he played a CIA agent who is sent to Colombia to assassinate drug lords responsible for the murder of a businessman with ties to the US President. As the plot grows more complex, Jack Ryan has to figure out the intricate web of lies and deceit that informs cover-ups at a very high level. Ford was again excellent in the role of Ryan, and the film was nominated for two Academy Awards.
3 Presumed Innocent
In his first film of the decade, in the 1990’s Presumed Innocent, Harrison Ford portrayed a prosecutor named Rozat “Rusty” Sabich who faces a conflict of interest when he’s tasked with handling the case of a female colleague who is raped and murdered. Sabich’s dilemma is that he had an affair with the woman while she was still alive, despite being married. While she ended the affair, Sabich remained obsessed with her.
What follows is a dark and twisting indictment of a justice system flawed by the very people tasked to uphold it. Based on a novel, the film was a superb one with an intricate plot that all seemed to revolve around the murder victim’s previous sexual exploits in one way or another. Ford was as brilliant as ever in the movie that got the ’90s off to a successful start for him since it held an 86% approval rating and was a smash hit at the box office.
2 Air Force One
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In the very entertaining action-thriller film Air Force One, Harrison Ford took on the role of the Commander-in-Chief itself as he played the American President. That’s pretty much where the political side ends since the film foregoes any further similarities to reality as it sees this President take on a group of a Russian dictator’s loyalists who hijack Air Force One.
Unbeknownst to the bad guys, President James Marshall is a Vietnam vet who received a Medal of Honor during his service and uses his skills to fight back and save the day. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards for Sound and Editing, and was another big hit at the box office for Ford. Among some great fight scenes came a memorable line delivered in Ford’s trademark growling voice as he yells, “Get off my plane!” A great watch and a hit all around, Air Force One was nothing if not thoroughly entertaining.
1 The Fugitive
In what was by far the most iconic movie for Harrison Ford in the ’90s, he played Dr. Richard Kimble, a successful surgeon who comes home to find his wife fatally wounded. Adding to his grief, Kimble is then accused of her murder, convicted for it, and sentenced to death. He manages to pull off a fortuitous escape while being transported with other prisoners and becomes a fugitive in the blockbuster film aptly named The Fugitive.
Desperately trying to clear his name, Kimble is hounded incessantly by Deputy US Marshall Sam Gerard who was played by Tommy Lee Jones. The ensuing cat-and-mouse dynamic between the pair made for an intensely gripping film with some now legendary scenes for both actors. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards and three Golden Globes amid many other prestigious nominations.
Despite it being one of Ford’s most memorable films, Tommy Lee Jones’s performance garnered more acclaim as he won the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his role in it. Nevertheless, the film was a huge hit and unsurprisingly tops the list for Harrison Ford’s best movie of the ’90s.