Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”
Nothing can top the impact of the original "Raiders" because its freshness cannot be reproduced. But "Last Crusade" had an undeniable benefit of being last: It was made with full knowledge of what an Indiana Jones adventure was, and how to play that formula off of audience expectations to both please and surprise. Harrison Ford's laconic style ("No ticket!") has never worked better, giving Indy a battered dignity in the face of whatever humiliations his father might present. Spielberg was determined to create a viable Indy backstory with this film, and he succeeded, giving us a portrait of the man's life with plenty of room for further installations. "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" was a fine show following in the tradition established by this film and proved its depth and durability. This was the most well-rounded of the Indy films and remains both my favorite and Spielberg's.