What are the best Ed Harris movies? Before we list down his best films, let’s briefly look at his career.
Most of us became aware of Harris in 1983 when he had two plumb roles, one as astronaut John Glenn in the American epic The Right Stuff (1983) and secondly, a disturbing, haunting performance as a government assassin in Under Fire (1983) both films among the finest of the decade. Over the next thirty years, Harris became one of the most impactful and reliable character actors in movies. Comfortable as lead or supporting, he is attracted to the role, not the size of it, but the part itself.
Moving back and forth between stage and screen, Harris quickly became an icon in movies, respected by his directors and peers, admired by his audiences and critics.
A whole new audience discovered him this last year as the dangerous Man in Black in HBO’s Westworld which has him up for an Emmy for supporting actor.
Here is the list of top 10 Ed Harris movies that showcase his acting talent. You can watch some of these best Ed Harris movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
1. The Truman Show (1998)
His voice catches when he tells Truman, “I am the creator of…a TV show” because he is also the God of that world, overseeing every aspect of Truman’s life. As creator and producer of The Truman Show, he has created a program that everyone else but the star, knows it is a television program, he believes this is his life because Christoph, portrayed with quiet authority by Harris has made it that way. But when Truman starts to suspect something is wrong with his life, Christoph is forced to think on his feet and alter the course of his hero’s life. Like a loving father, protector and mentor he watches his boy, but when even he cannot find him one night, he is not beyond using his power, “Cue the sun”! Even the name suggests a higher power, Christoph. Brilliant, and he should have won the Academy Award he was nominated for.