John Ford's 30 Best Films

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1.
The Quiet Man (1952)
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A retired American boxer returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he finds love. (129 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 10 ” - bwolskin-9
 
2.
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
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At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans, he stern, she gentle, raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life. (118 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 10 ” - bwolskin-9
 
3.
The Informer (1935)
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In 1922, an Irish rebel informs on his friend, then feels doom closing in. (91 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 10 ” - bwolskin-9
 
4.
Stagecoach (1939)
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A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process. (96 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 10 ” - bwolskin-9
 
5.
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
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A fictionalized account of the early life of the American president as a young lawyer facing his greatest court case. (100 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 10 ” - bwolskin-9
 
6.
The Searchers (1956)
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A Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from an Indian tribe. (119 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 10 ” - bwolskin-9
 
7.
My Darling Clementine (1946)
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A Western retelling the tale of the Shoot-out at the OK Corral. (97 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 10 ” - bwolskin-9
 
8.
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
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A poor Midwest family is forced off of their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression. (129 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 10 ” - bwolskin-9
 
9.
The Sun Shines Bright (1953)
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John Ford weaves three "Judge Priest" stories together to form a good- natured exploration of honour... (90 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 10 ” - bwolskin-9
 
10.
Fort Apache (1948)
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At Fort Apache, an honorable and veteran war captain finds conflict when his regime is placed under the command of a young, glory hungry lieutenant colonel with no respect for the local Indian tribe. (125 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 10 ” - bwolskin-9
 
11.
Mister Roberts (1955)
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Comedy-drama about life on a not particularly important ship of the US Navy during WW2. (123 mins.)
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
12.
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
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Captain Nathan Brittles, on the eve of retirement, takes out a last patrol to stop an impending massive Indian attack. Encumbered by women who must be evacuated, Brittles finds his mission imperiled. (103 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
13.
The Long Voyage Home (1940)
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Aboard the freighter Glencairn, the lives of the crew are lived out in fear, loneliness, suspicion and cameraderie... (105 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
14.
Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
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Newlyweds Gil and Lana Martin try to establish a farm in the Mohawk Valley but are menaced by Indians and Tories as the Revolutinary War begins. (104 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
15.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
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A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed. (123 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
16.
The Last Hurrah (1958)
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Frank Skeffington is an old Irish-American political boss, running for re-election as mayor of a U.S. town for the last time. (121 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
17.
The Fugitive (1947)
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Anti-Catholic and anti-cleric policies in the Mexican state of Tabasco lead the revolutionary government to persecute the state's last remaining priest. (104 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
18.
They Were Expendable (1945)
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A dramatized account of the role of the American PT Boats in the defense of the Philippines in World War II. (135 mins.)
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
19.
Mogambo (1953)
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On a Kenyan safari, white hunter Victor Marswell has a love triangle with seductive American socialite Eloise Kelly and anthropologist Donald Nordley's cheating wife Linda. (116 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
20.
3 Godfathers (1948)
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When 3 outlaws on the run find a dying woman and her newborn baby in the desert they vow to save the child. (106 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
21.
Mary of Scotland (1936)
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The recently widowed Mary Stuart returns to Scotland to reclaim her throne but is opposed by her half-brother and her own Scottish lords. (123 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
22.
Judge Priest (1934)
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Judge Priest, a proud Confederate veteran, uses common sense and considerable humanity to dispense justice in a small town in the Post-Bellum Kentucky. (80 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
23.
The Lost Patrol (1934)
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A dozen British soldiers, lost in a Mesopotamian desert during world war I, are menaced by unseen Arab enemies. (73 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
24.
The Hurricane (1937)
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A Polynesian sailor -- unjustly imprisoned after defending himself against a colonial bully -- is relentlessly persecuted by his island's martinet French governor. (110 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
25.
Wagon Master (1950)
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Two young drifters guide a Mormon wagon train to the San Juan Valley and encounter cutthroats, Indians, geography, and moral challenges on the journey. (86 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
26.
Arrowsmith (1931)
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Based on Sinclair Lewis's novel "Arrowsmith". A medical researcher is sent to a plague outbreak, where he has to decide priorities for the use of a vaccine. (108 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
27.
Wee Willie Winkie (1937)
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Priscilla Williams is a young girl traveling with her mother, Joyce, to join her paternal grandfather... (100 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 8 ” - bwolskin-9
 
28.
How the West Was Won (1962)
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A family saga covering several decades of Westward expansion in the nineteenth century - including the Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the building of the railroads. (164 mins.)
“ 8 ” - bwolskin-9
 
29.
The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936)
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The story of Dr. Samuel Mudd, who was imprisoned after innocently treating President Lincoln's assassin in 1865. (96 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 8 ” - bwolskin-9
 
30.
The Horse Soldiers (1959)
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A Union Cavalry outfit is sent behind Confederate lines in strength to destroy a rail/supply center... (120 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 8 ” - bwolskin-9