The original release of Blade Runner yielded mixed reviews—some said its techy special effects were overwrought, and some thought it was paced like molasses. But Rick Deckard’s (Ford) gravely voice and cynical detachment are trénoir, as is the dank, foggy urban sprawl (read: future LA). Best of all, while Blade Runner fields some questions typical in the sci-fi genre (Can robots love, etc.), it answers them with a gesture characteristic of Ford himself: a shrug.
In the best Harrison Ford movies, you’ll see why Hollywood had such a tough time finding a new actor to play a young Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars sequels—the suave gravitas of this man is not easily replaced or even matched. Just look back at Ford’s prolific career in some of the best movies of all time to get a sense of the titanic impression he’s left. (If one of the most iconic Star Wars characters isn’t enough for you, may we introduce a certain Indiana Jones?) From thrillers to action movies to not-so-great romantic comedies (ahem, Morning Glory), his portfolio is full of unforgettable films.