Harrison Ford’s Most Memorable Movie Moments

Harrison Ford returned to the big screen on Thursday, 20 February in the adventure epic The Call of the Wild where he plays a man named John Thornton who crosses paths with a curious, yet courageous St. Bernard/Scotch Collie named Buck.

Let's look back at some of the most memorable Harrison Ford moments ever put to screen.

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) – Han Shoots First

In the role that made him a household name, Harrison Ford plays a troublesome scoundrel named Han Solo. When confronted by the bounty hunter Greedo to pay the debt he owes crime lord Jabba the Hutt, Han slyly pulls out his blaster and shoots Greedo dead just as Greedo shoots at him.

As he leaves the cantina, he tosses the bartender a coin before saying “Sorry about the mess.” 

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – The Golden Idol

After braving a booby-trapped ancient temple in Peru, Indiana Jones finally comes across the golden idol he had ventured so far to retrieve. Jones, being the archaeologist that he is, expects that removing the idol will spring a trap. He adjusts the weight of a bag of sand and carefully replaces the idol with it.

To his surprise, the trap is sprung, and he’s forced to make a quick escape as the temple crumbles beneath him. 

Air Force One (1997) – Get Off My Plane

When U.S. President James Marshall’s Air Force One is highjacked by terrorists, he uses his experience as a Vietnam War veteran to fight back. After struggling with one of the terrorists, Marshall strangles him using a parachute strap and says the iconic line “Get off my plane” before throwing him out of the cargo hold.

The Fugitive (1993) – Kimble’s Leap of Faith

When Dr. Richard Kimble is framed for the death of his wife, he’s forced to go on the run to prove his innocence. Now a fugitive from the law, Kimble is hunted by U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard.

Eventually cornered at gunpoint at the edge of a storm drain over a dam, Kimble takes a leap of faith and jumps into the raging water to escape. 

Witness (1985) – Ingrained

After a young Amish boy witnesses the wrongful murder of his father by a police officer, corrupt detectives visit his farm to kill the boy and his mother. In a desperate attempt to save the pair, Detective John Book lures an officer into a corn silo and drops tons of kernels on him, effectively suffocating him. 

American Graffiti (1973) – Must Be Your Mama’s Car

Before he was one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood, Harrison Ford was working as a carpenter until he was spotted by George Lucas. In one of his first films, Ford had a brief role in Lucas’ film American Graffiti.

In one of the most memorable scenes from the film, Bob Falfa (played by Harrison Ford with a southern accent) challenges John Milner to a race by mocking his yellow 1932 Ford Deuce Coupé saying “You’re supposed to be the fastest thing in the valley man, but that can’t be your car. It must be your mama’s car!”

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) – The Worst Anchorman Ever

When Mack Tannen, the most famous nightly news anchor in New York, reveals that he’s retiring, he decides to promote Veronica Corningstone (played by Christina Applegate) but fires her co-anchor, the infamous Ron Burgundy (played by Will Ferrell).

When Burgundy demands to know why he’s been fired, Tannen looks at him in the eye and says with repulsion:

You are the worst anchorman I have ever seen” 

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – Bringing a Gun to a Sword Fight

Closing the list off, we return to Raiders of the Lost Ark. Originally meant to be an elaborate duel, this scene was hilariously altered after Harrison Ford suffered an injury on the set and could no longer perform the scene.

When a swordsman confronts Jones as he’s looking for the kidnapped Marion, Jones gives a face we’re all too familiar with. Clearly uninterested in entertaining him with a swordfight, Jones takes out his pistol and shoots him dead.

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