Harrison Ford Blockbuster Run 1980-1984

On the blockbuster run of Harrison Ford.

I love researching filmographies. I can go down a rabbit hole on IMDB.com and forget what I originally went to look for in the first place. Usually, I think of an actor and dive into their film history to find their best string of hit movies. I’ve written about this before on consecutive runs of Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks, two of the all-timers. Recently, I found myself on Harrison Ford’s page and gazed upon what is probably the greatest blockbuster run of all time.

1980: Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back 

1981: Raiders of the Lost Ark 

1982: Blade Runner 

1983: Star Wars Episode VI – Return of the Jedi 

1984: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 

Ford was an absolute MACHINE during this run. He continues his run as Han Solo, kicks off the Indiana Jones run, and introduces the world to Rick Deckard. This is Michael Jordan in the NBA Finals. 

With the volume of blockbusters and superhero movies saturating the cinema landscape today, runs like this are more common (ex. Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man), but Ford did it starting over 40 years ago. He was the face of the blockbuster before blockbusters were blockbusters.

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Star Wars is now three trilogies deep, with a couple of non-episodic films thrown in. There are now four Indiana Jones films, which a potential fifth on the way. And most recently, Ford reprised his original Blade Runner role.

BREAK IT DOWN!

Rotten Tomato scores:

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back 95%
Raiders of the Lost Ark 95%
Blade Runner 90%
Star Wars Episode VI – Return of the Jedi 81%
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 85%

Box Office totals for each movie, as well as the total for the franchise.

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back $209,398,025
Raiders of the Lost Ark $212,222,025
Blade Runner $32,868,943
Star Wars Episode VI – Return of the Jedi $252,583,617
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom $179,870,271

Franchise totals YTD:

Star Wars $10,320,189,178
Indiana Jones $1,961,339,569

And to follow up to this, he stars in ‘Witness’ in 1985, earning himself an Oscar nomination for best actor.

Impressive, Mr. Ford.

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