There have been many memorable heroes to grace the big screen over the years, from the charismatic Errol Flynn as Robin Hood, to the pumped up Arnold Schwarzenegger as the T-800, to the bloodthirsty Uma Thurman as the Bride, and recently Empire Magazine conducted a survey asking its readers to vote for their favorite film hero of all-time. The latest edition of the film magazine delves into the results, with Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones ultimately taking the crown.
An adventurous and often snarky archaeologist seems a little out of place in today’s landscape, which is dominated with other-worldly superheroes or adaptations straight out of a comic book, but Ford’s character debuted in 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark – a film that, according to some, the main character proved inconsequential. With or without Indiana Jones there to fight Nazis and quiver at snakes, it’s believed the film still would’ve run it’s eventual face-melting course. We’re not necessarily sure we agree with it.
Ford would return to the role just three years later in what was technically a prequel, Temple of Doom, and would then portray Jones two more times, once alongside Sean Connery in 1989’s abundantly fun The Last Crusade and again in 2009’s Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, a film the majority of the franchise’s purists try to forget. Maybe they’ll be able to skip right over it soon, as a fifth installment of the series, starring Ford, is in the works, with James Mangold reportedly behind the helm. It’s slated for a 2022 release.
Coming in at the second spot on Empire’s hero list is Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley who helped spawn, for a lack of a better word, one of the greatest science fiction franchises ever with 1979’s Alien. That’s all the magazine has divulged at this time, keeping the rest of the list on lockdown. However, it did hint at some of the other names featured on the list, including Casablanca’s Rick Blaine, Marvel’s Black Panther, The Matrix’s Trinity, The Terminator’s Sarah Connor, Back To The Future’s Marty McFly, The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen, Beverly Hills Cop’s Axel Foley, Moana, John Wick and many more.
The list features interviews with many of the actors and actresses who played these classic roles, while focusing foremost on what made Indiana Jones so endearing.
Empire’s Heroes Issue, which constraints the full list, hits newsstands on June 11.