Best of John Wayne

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1.
Overland Stage Raiders (1938)
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After gold shipments from a mining town have been hijacked, the three Mesquiteers buy a plane to fly the gold out. The owner of the shipping line brings in Eastern gangsters to thwart them. (55 mins.)
Director: George Sherman
 
2.
Santa Fe Stampede (1938)
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The Mesquiteers capture a horse thief who escapes justice through a crooked judge. They gather signatures urging the governor to investigate but a friend with the petition is murdered. Stony is accused. (55 mins.)
Director: George Sherman
 
3.
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
 
4.
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. (128 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
5.
Red River (1948)
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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. (133 mins.)
 
6.
The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)
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Following Napoleon's Waterloo defeat and the exile of his officers and their families from France, the U.S.Congress... (100 mins.)
Director: George Waggner
 
7.
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
 
8.
The Big Trail (1930)
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Breck Coleman leads hundreds of settlers in covered wagons from the Mississippi River to their destiny out West. (125 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
9.
Baby Face (1933)
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A young woman, sexually exploited all her life, decides to turn the tables and exploit the hapless men at a big city bank - by gleefully sleeping her way to the top. (71 mins.)
Director: Alfred E. Green
 
10.
Flying Tigers (1942)
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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. (102 mins.)
Director: David Miller
 
11.
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.)
 
12.
Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)
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A dramatization of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima. (100 mins.)
Director: Allan Dwan
 
13.
Rio Grande (1950)
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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. (105 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
14.
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
 
15.
Hondo (1953)
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Army despatch rider Hondo Lane discovers a woman and her son living in the midst of warring Apaches, and he becomes their protector. (83 mins.)
Director: John Farrow
 
16.
The Searchers (1956)
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An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches. (119 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
17.
Rio Bravo (1959)
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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. (141 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
18.
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
 
19.
The Alamo (1960)
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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. (167 mins.)
Director: John Wayne
 
20.
North to Alaska (1960)
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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. (122 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
21.
The Comancheros (1961)
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Texas Ranger Jake Cutter arrests gambler Paul Regret, but soon finds himself teamed with his prisoner in an undercover effort to defeat a band of renegade arms merchants and thieves known as Comancheros. (107 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
22.
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
 
23.
Hatari! (1962)
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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. (157 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
24.
The Longest Day (1962)
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The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view. (178 mins.)
 
25.
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.)
 
26.
Donovan's Reef (1963)
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Comedy subtly dealing with moral issues such as racial bigotry, corporate greed, American belief of societal superiority and hypocrisy. (109 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
27.
McLintock! (1963)
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Wealthy rancher G.W. McLintock uses his power and influence in the territory to keep the peace between farmers, ranchers, land-grabbers, Indians and corrupt government officials. (127 mins.)
 
28.
In Harm's Way (1965)
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A naval officer reprimanded after Pearl Harbor is later promoted to rear admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese. (165 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
29.
The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
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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. (122 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
30.
El Dorado (1967)
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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. (126 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
31.
The War Wagon (1967)
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The story of a man who was shot, robbed and imprisoned who returns to steal a large gold shipment from the man who wronged him. The gold is transported in an armored stage coach, the War Wagon. (96 mins.)
Director: Burt Kennedy
 
32.
The Green Berets (1968)
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Col. Mike Kirby picks two teams of crack Green Berets for a mission in South Vietnam. First off is to build and control a camp that is trying to be taken by the enemy the second mission is to kidnap a North Vietnamese General. (142 mins.)
 
33.
Hellfighters (1968)
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The story of macho oil well firefighters and their wives. (121 mins.)
 
34.
True Grit (1969)
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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. (128 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
35.
The Undefeated (1969)
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After the Civil War, ex-Union Colonel John Henry Thomas and ex-Confederate Colonel James Langdon are... (119 mins.)
 
36.
Chisum (1970)
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Cattle baron John Chisum joins forces with Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett to fight the Lincoln County land war. (111 mins.)
 
37.
Rio Lobo (1970)
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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. (114 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
38.
Big Jake (1971)
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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. (110 mins.)
Director: George Sherman
 
39.
The Cowboys (1972)
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When his cattle drivers abandon him for the gold fields, rancher Wil Andersen is forced to take on a... (134 mins.)
Director: Mark Rydell
 
40.
Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973)
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A tough Marshal has a difficult task when his two sons join a gang and rob a bank. (103 mins.)
 
41.
McQ (1974)
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Seattle cop Lon McQ investigates the murder of his best friend and the corruption within the police department. (111 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
42.
Brannigan (1975)
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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. (111 mins.)
Director: Douglas Hickox
 
43.
Rooster Cogburn (1975)
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Marshal Rooster Cogburn unwillingly teams up with Eula Goodnight to track down the killers of her father. (108 mins.)
Director: Stuart Millar
 
44.
The Shootist (1976)
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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. (100 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel