2. Raiders of the Lost Ark
Putting Raiders above A New Hope was a tough choice for me, but I had to do it simply because the Indiana Jones series is solely Harrison Ford’s film series, while he had to share more of the limelight during the Star Wars films. Immediately, from the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ford proves that he can carry a film by himself, without the help of a strong supporting cast. He also immediately allows us insight into Indiana Jones’ character, through his quick but thoughtful decision-making, his even-keeled demeanor inside the college classroom, and even his hatred of snakes. It’s hard to argue that Ford ever got a better role than Han Solo, but if he did, it would be Indiana Jones – there’s no question about that.
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