My Favourite Movie Hero

Last weekend I watched Raiders of the Lost Ark, yet again. I’ve indyseen 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?

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Susan R. Hughes is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and historical romance. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario, with her husband and three children.
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11 Responses to My Favourite Movie Hero

  1. The fedora, the deep voice, the attitude–love that Harrison Ford!

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  2. Jill James says:

    And they added that he hated snakes! Made him all too human. Amazing writing in those movies. Although, #2 sucked.

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  3. JoanReeves says:

    I’ve loved Harrison Ford since American Graffiti — showing my age! *g* He’s a good choice for hero.

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  4. leighmorgan1 says:

    What a great post, Susan! Indy is a wonderful hero; funny, flawed, sexy and kind. Love the first, third and forth Indiana Jones movies…fun and what wonderful storytelling. You’ve made me crave Indy tonight 😀

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  5. Kristy Tate says:

    Harrison Ford is dreamy, but I think my all time favorite is Cary Grant. I love him in the Hitchcock movies. And Clark Gable in Gone With the Wind…so many men. It’s a good thing we can write so we can get up close and personal with our favorites. I have to fall in love with the heroes in my books…that’s the best part.

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  6. Love Harrison Ford. There’s none like him. Also love Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan.

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