The Best Movies Of.... John Wayne!

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1. The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)

Approved | 122 min | Western

7.2
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Ranch owner Katie Elder's four sons determine to avenge the murder of their father and the swindling of their mother.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Martha Hyer, Michael Anderson Jr.

Votes: 11,654 | Gross: $6.00M

2. Red River (1948)

Not Rated | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

7.8
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Dunson leads a cattle drive, the culmination of over 14 years of work, to its destination in Missouri. But his tyrannical behavior along the way causes a mutiny, led by his adopted son.

Directors: Howard Hawks, Arthur Rosson | Stars: John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan

Votes: 23,344

3. Rio Lobo (1970)

G | 114 min | Adventure, Western, Romance

6.8
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After the Civil War, Cord McNally searches for the traitor whose perfidy caused the defeat of McNally's unit and the loss of a close friend.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: John Wayne, Jorge Rivero, Jennifer O'Neill, Jack Elam

Votes: 8,310 | Gross: $9.27M

4. El Dorado (1967)

Approved | 126 min | Drama, Romance, Western

7.6
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Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old Indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, James Caan, Charlene Holt

Votes: 19,664 | Gross: $12.97M

5. Dark Command (1940)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, Romance, Western

6.9
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In Kansas, during the Civil War opposing pro-Union and pro-Confederate camps clash and visiting Texan Bob Seton runs afoul of William Cantrell's Raiders.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Walter Pidgeon, Roy Rogers

Votes: 1,828

The Action was disapointing but it certainly made up for it with a fantastic storyline

6. The Shootist (1976)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Romance, Western

7.7
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A dying gunfighter spends his last days looking for a way to die with a minimum of pain and a maximum of dignity.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, James Stewart

Votes: 18,557 | Gross: $5.99M

7. True Grit (1969)

G | 128 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

7.4
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A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer in Indian territory.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: John Wayne, Kim Darby, Glen Campbell, Jeremy Slate

Votes: 36,070 | Gross: $31.13M

8. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

Approved | 123 min | Drama, Western

8.1
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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.

Director: John Ford | Stars: James Stewart, John Wayne, Vera Miles, Lee Marvin

Votes: 58,161

9. Hatari! (1962)

Approved | 157 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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A group of men trap wild animals in Africa and sell them to zoos before the arrival of a female wildlife photographer threatens to change their ways.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: John Wayne, Elsa Martinelli, Hardy Krüger, Red Buttons

Votes: 9,919 | Gross: $14.00M

10. Hondo (1953)

PG | 83 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.1
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Army despatch rider Hondo Lane discovers a woman and young son living in the midst of warring Apaches and becomes their protector.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: John Wayne, Geraldine Page, Ward Bond, Michael Pate

Votes: 7,475

11. Brannigan (1975)

PG | 111 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.1
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Chicago police lieutenant Jim Brannigan is sent to the UK to escort organized crime boss Ben Larkin back to the USA but Larkin's hit-men prepare an ambush for Brannigan.

Director: Douglas Hickox | Stars: John Wayne, Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson, Mel Ferrer

Votes: 4,144

12. McQ (1974)

PG | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.2
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Seattle cop Lon McQ investigates the murder of his best friend and the corruption within the police department.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: John Wayne, Eddie Albert, Diana Muldaur, Colleen Dewhurst

Votes: 3,799

13. The Horse Soldiers (1959)

Approved | 120 min | Adventure, Romance, War

7.2
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In 1863, a Union outfit is sent behind Confederate lines in Mississippi to destroy enemy railroads but a captive southern belle and the unit's doctor cause frictions within ranks.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, William Holden, Constance Towers, Judson Pratt

Votes: 7,529

14. The Searchers (1956)

Approved | 119 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

8.0
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An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond

Votes: 67,844

15. Big Jake (1971)

GP | 110 min | Western

7.2
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In 1909, when John Fain's gang kidnaps Big Jake McCandles' grandson and hold him for ransom, Big Jake sets out to rescue the boy.

Directors: George Sherman, John Wayne | Stars: John Wayne, Richard Boone, Maureen O'Hara, Patrick Wayne

Votes: 8,926 | Gross: $7.50M

16. Flying Tigers (1942)

Approved | 102 min | Action, Drama, Romance

6.9
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Capt. Jim Gordon's command of the famed American mercenary fighter group in China is complicated by the recruitment of an old friend who is a reckless hotshot.

Director: David Miller | Stars: John Wayne, John Carroll, Anna Lee, Paul Kelly

Votes: 2,910

17. The Quiet Man (1952)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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A retired American boxer returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he finds love.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond

Votes: 29,270 | Gross: $10.55M

18. Flying Leathernecks (1951)

Approved | 102 min | Action, Drama, War

6.4
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Major Kirby leads The Wildcats squadron into the historic WWII battle of Guadalcanal.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Don Taylor, Janis Carter

Votes: 3,728

19. The High and the Mighty (1954)

Not Rated | 147 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.9
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When a commercial airliner develops engine problems on a trans-Pacific flight and the pilot loses his nerve, it is up to the washed-up co-pilot Dan Roman to bring the plane in safely.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Laraine Day, Robert Stack

Votes: 4,615

20. Island in the Sky (1953)

Approved | 109 min | Adventure, Drama

7.0
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A C-47 transport plane, named the Corsair, makes a forced landing in the frozen wastes of Labrador, and the plane's pilot, Captain Dooley, must keep his men alive in deadly conditions while waiting for rescue.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: John Wayne, Lloyd Nolan, Walter Abel, James Arness

Votes: 2,644

21. How the West Was Won (1962)

Approved | 164 min | Western

7.1
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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.

Directors: John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall, Richard Thorpe | Stars: James Stewart, John Wayne, Gregory Peck, Henry Fonda

Votes: 15,593 | Gross: $46.50M

22. Fort Apache (1948)

Approved | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Western

7.6
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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.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Pedro Armendáriz

Votes: 13,681

23. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

Unrated | 103 min | Western

7.4
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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.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Joanne Dru, John Agar, Ben Johnson

Votes: 13,014

24. Rio Grande (1950)

Approved | 105 min | Romance, Western

7.2
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A cavalry officer posted on the Rio Grande must deal with murderous raiding Apaches, his son who's a risk-taking recruit and his wife from whom he has been separated for many years.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson, Claude Jarman Jr.

Votes: 11,438

25. Rio Bravo (1959)

Not Rated | 141 min | Action, Drama, Western

8.0
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A small-town sheriff in the American West enlists the help of a cripple, a drunk, and a young gunfighter in his efforts to hold in jail the brother of the local bad guy.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson

Votes: 46,800 | Gross: $12.54M

26. The Alamo (1960)

Unrated | 167 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.9
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In 1836, a small band of soldiers sacrifice their lives in hopeless combat against a massive army in order to prevent a tyrant from smashing the new Republic of Texas.

Director: John Wayne | Stars: John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Laurence Harvey, Frankie Avalon

Votes: 11,893 | Gross: $17.26M

27. Stagecoach (1939)

Not Rated | 96 min | Adventure, Western

7.9
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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.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine

Votes: 34,375

28. North to Alaska (1960)

Approved | 122 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

7.0
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During the Alaska gold rush, prospector George sends partner Sam to Seattle to bring his fiancée but when it turns out that she married another man, Sam returns with a pretty substitute, the hostess of the Henhouse dance hall.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Ernie Kovacs, Fabian

Votes: 5,686

29. The Undefeated (1969)

G | 119 min | Western

6.7
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After the Civil War, ex-Union Colonel John Henry Thomas and ex-Confederate Colonel James Langdon are leading two disparate groups of people through strife-torn Mexico. John Henry and ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: John Wayne, Rock Hudson, Antonio Aguilar, Roman Gabriel

Votes: 4,719