Last weekend I watched Raiders of the Lost Ark, yet again. I’ve seen the movie (and its sequels) dozens of times, but whenever it comes on TV, I can’t seem to tear my eyes away. There’s something about Indiana Jones that I just can’t get enough of.
Indy may not be an ideal romantic lead; he appears to have commitment issues, putting off marrying his longtime love Marion until the fourth movie. But he’s not your standard action hero, either. He’s daring but still human and relatable. He may be able to outrun a giant boulder and jump from a horse onto a moving truck, but he still makes mistakes, gets battered and bruised, and loses his temper when things go wrong. Watching him, we feel we could do the same things he does were we in his situation. And, though he’s not perfect, we can love him because he’s a good man with honourable motives. He risks life and limb to recover ancient artifacts not for glory or monetary gain, but so they can be studied and appreciated by everyone.
Of course much of Indy’s appeal comes from the actor portraying him. Harrison Ford has the rare talent of making every character he plays someone we instantly like and want to root for. Add a leather jacket and fedora, and you’ve got instant sexy.
Which movie hero makes your heart flutter?