Emerging during the New Wave that swept through Australia in the late seventies and early eighties, Gibson became an international star. His work in the first Mad Max franchise for director George Miller was a huge success, along with his work for Peter Weir in ‘Gallipoli’ (1980). His major breakthrough in the American cinema was as Detective Martin Riggs in ‘Lethal Weapon’ (1987). Hugely charismatic, wild-eyed, possibly insane, Gibson exploded across the screen in this exciting cop drama. He and co-star Danny Glover had a perfect chemistry that stayed with them for several sequels, however it was this first film that showcased his acting talents.
Yes, then he landed himself in trouble for making some horribly racist comments that saw him driven out of the film business shortly after his epic about the Mayans’ with ‘Apocalypto’ (2006). It has been a long, difficult road back for the actor, gifted the role of his career by Jodie Foster in The Beaver (2011) and finally back in the Oscar race as Best Director for ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ (2016). Hollywood has cautiously forgiven him, welcoming him back to the fold.
This article takes a look at his best works as an actor. So, here is the list of 10 best movies of Harrison Ford.
1. The Beaver (2011)
A toy manufacturing executive in the midst of a nervous breakdown, he places on his hand, a beaver, and the puppet speaks to him. Speaking in a different voice entirely, a rough Cockney accent, Gibson brings life to the puppet, which eventually takes over his existence. Unable to control the Beaver, gradually he loses his family, his wife and sons, and the respect of those around him, who begin to fear him. Furious with the Beaver he takes a power saw and takes off his hand in the hopes it will kill the Beaver. Jodie Foster directed this strange little film for which Gibson deserved an Oscar nomination. His performance is bold, the most fearless of his career, because it so easily could have become silly, but he makes it work.