The Searchers (1956) Poster



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Remade as 

The Quest (1976) (TV Movie)
Grayeagle (1977)
The Missing (2003)
Ron Howard, director of "The Missing," stated in several TV interviews that "The Missing" is an updated remake of "The Searchers" (1956).
Les cowboys (2015)
Ford's story transported to France

Edited into 


The Birth of a Nation (1915)
Themes of preserving racial purity; conservative notions on interracial mixing of races; the gist of the plot: saving the Anglo girl from 'foreign' races
King Kong (1933)
The Lost Patrol (1934)
John Ford has one of the characters run over a hill in anger after someone close has died. Gunshots are heard and the character dies off screen. John Ford liked it so much he has Brad Jorgensen do the same thing in The Searchers--the anger, the hill, the gunshots--and he's dead.
Oklahoma! (1955)

Referenced in 

South Pacific (1958)
Rio Bravo (1959)
Shot of John Wayne walking away from the camera, framed by a doorway, the screen dark except for the light coming through the door.
My Life to Live (1962)
Paul's response to Nana's idea of becoming a film actress is "That'll be the day", Ethan Edwards' trademark quote in "The Searchers."
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Sherif Ali's entrance at the well recalls Ethan Edwards' famous entrance at the beginning of this film.
Major Dundee (1965)
The scene where they sing "Shall We Gather At The River?" while burying the dead soldiers
I Call First (1967)
John Wayne's picture is in a magazine the girl is reading and J.R. tries to find out if she has seen the movie.
Weekend (1967)
One of the revolutionaries uses the title of this film as a call name.
Big Jake (1971)
John Wayne as Big Jake searches for his kidnapped grandson (John Wayne's actual son, named Ethan, and who was named after John Wayne's character in The Searchers, named Ethan). He also repeats one of his famous lines from the earlier film, "That'll be the day."
The Godfather (1972)
Final scene.
Dillinger (1973)
The Longest Yard (1974)
The matted tunnel shot at the end of the film references the closing shot of "The Searchers."
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Door closing scene.
The Wind and the Lion (1975)
The scene where Jennifer hides in a wall from the Berbers was based on the massacre scene from Ford's film
Jaws (1975)
Brody's deputy digging in the sand with his knife, after discovering Chrissy's body on the beach, is identical to Ethan Edwards' reaction to finding Lucy in this film.
Winterhawk (1975)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
Luke returns home to find his house burned down by the Empire and his extended family murdered in a similar fahion to which Ethan returns home to find his house burned down by the Apaches and his extended family murdered.
Hardcore (1979)
Jake's search for his daughter is based on the plot of this film
The Road Warrior (1981)
When Max is on the hill at night watching the biker gang camped around the desert in the distance, the cinematography resembles the sequence where Ethan Edwards sits on a mountain watching the Comanche camped around in groups.
Paris, Texas (1984)
Travis (Stanton's character) resembles very much to Ethan Edwards of The Searchers, besides Paris, Texas begins with Travis searches something in the desert as it was the case in The Searchers
Silverado (1985)
After the initial shoot out Scott Glenn opens the door from inside the hut and the image expands from darkness into the bright landscape, same as opening of "The Searchers".
Rambone: The First Time (1985) (Video)
After actor Jack Hammer responds "that'll be the day", actor George Payne mentions the movie where the line comes from.
Two Evil Eyes (1990)
One of the videos on the shelf behind which Rod Usher has walled up his wife.
Northern Exposure: Soapy Sanderson (1990) (TV Episode)
discussed by Kim, Laurie and Ed
Popcorn (1991)
A photograph of John Wayne is shown on a movie collage in a theater.
JFK (1991)
Dramatic tension, individual and group conflicts of the characters and simultaneity and tone of events.
Unforgiven (1992)
The Making of 'The Quiet Man' (1992) (Video)
mentioned once
This Boy's Life (1993)
Seen on the Marquee at the theater in Concrete.
Is That All There Is? (1993)
Mentioned by Lindsay Anderson.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Painted Hills (1993) (TV Episode)
Tom: "These are scenes we didn't see in 'The Searchers.'"
Harrison Bergeron (1995) (TV Movie)
Rough Riders (1997) (TV Series)
The final shot of The Searchers is referenced in the scene where Castillo reunites with his family at war's end
Le bassin de J.W. (1997)
The characters discuss the film
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Steven Spielberg had cited The Searchers, one of his favorite movies, as an influence on "Saving Private Ryan", specifically the theme of different personalities going on a journey to find one missing person.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: It's Only a Paper Moon (1998) (TV Episode)
Vic says that he prefers this movie over Shane
Da Vinci's Inquest: The Hunt (1999) (TV Episode)
Chick says they took off like John Wayne in The Searchers.
Farscape: Throne for a Loss (1999) (TV Episode)
John listed this film as one of the films John Wayne starred in.
Shanghai Noon (2000)
When Brendan Met Trudy (2000)
Brendan poses like John Wayne at the end of this movie
The Devil's Backbone (2001)
The final shot of The Devil's Backbone is an omage to the famous final shot of The Searchers.
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
Blade II (2002)
Open reference by a character
Dog Soldiers (2002)
One of the final shots replicates the image of John Wayne walking through the doorway holding his arm.
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
The men observe the Apache camp from a high ledge, before they attempt to rescue Debbie. Anakin Skywalker does the same thing, overlooking the Tusken Raider camp, before he attempts to rescue his mother. Both camps are indiginous and when viewed from high above, look very alike.
Cinemania (2002)
A Decade Under the Influence (2003)
mentioned in documentary
An Opera of Violence (2003) (Video)
mentioned once
The Wages of Sin (2003) (Video)
mentioned once
House of Sand and Fog (2003)
Kathy's shadow in doorway/Ethan's shadow in doorway--explicitly noted in the commentary as a Searchers riff.
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
Uma is framed at the door of the chapel like John Wayne, and Bo Svenson
ER: Damaged (2004) (TV Episode)
Open reference by a character
Scorsese on Scorsese (2004) (TV Movie)
mentioned once
Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) (TV Movie)
mentioned by Gretchen Wayne
Supernatural: Route 666 (2006) (TV Episode)
(mild spoiler) After Sam uses an unwitting Dean as bait, Dean asks "What if you were wrong?" to which Sam replies, "It never occured to me." This mirrors a situation between Ethan and Martin, when an incredulous, used-as-Commanche-bait Martin wonders what would have happened if Ethan had missed, to which Ethan replies "It never occured to me."
NCIS: Hiatus (2006) (TV Episode)
Comparing Gibbs to John Wayne, DiNozzo remarks, "I keep waiting for him to say, 'That'll be the day.'"
Howard Stern on Demand: Robert Duvall (2006) (TV Episode)
Duvall says he hated the film
50 Films to See Before You Die (2006) (TV Movie)
Makes the countdown, is talked about.
Alatriste (2006)
Door closing scene.
Across the Universe (2007)
Door closing scene is referenced.
How the West Was Lost (2008) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008)
Antony I. Ginnane mentions it.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
The shot of Shossana running from Landa at the beginning is framed through a doorway in an homage to a scene in the earlier film.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.175 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $4,000 question
Lucky Luke (2009)
The famous shot of the doorway is used several times
Nowhere Boy (2009)
Door closing scene is referenced many times.
The Supermarket (2009)
Final shot of Ethan Edwards in door frame mimicked
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.121 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $400 clue in the category "3 of a Kind"
The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town (2010)
Steve Van Zandt mentions the influence of John Wayne in the film on the "Darkness on the Edge of Town" album
The Cinema Snob: Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (2011) (TV Episode)
"The anweser is The Searchers!"
La permission de minuit (2011)
Stills seen and musical theme heard
Priest (2011)
Priest is in large part a science-fiction-fantasy adaptation of The Searchers.
Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
The song Lorena was used as a tribute to The Searchers which was an influence on the atmosphere of Cowboys & Aliens.
The Cinema Snob: Violent Shit III: Infantry of Doom (2011) (TV Episode)
"Don't they know that every western needs to be like The Searchers?"
The Idiotmaker's Gravity Tour (2011)
Watching this before sleeping leads to some of the specificities of the dream sequence
War Horse (2011)
Shots of panoramic sky and landscapes imitates John Ford's masterpiece.
The Cinema Snob: Gums (2012) (TV Episode)
"This movie is no Searchers."
The Act of Killing (2012)
The final shot.
The Dirties (2013)
DVD is shown in Matt's room.
At the Movies: Episode #10.1 (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by David in a discussion on Zero Dark Thirty as a movie it reminded him a little bit of.
John Ford et Monument Valley (2013)
John Ford talks about his movie
The Lone Ranger (2013)
The attack on the ranch by fake Comanches is identical to the attack on the Edwards ranch by real Comanches in "The Searchers" including the birds being flushed as a warning.
Breaking Bad: Felina (2013) (TV Episode)
Vince Gilligan credits the film as being the inspiration for the final standoff between Walt and Jesse.
A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)
The shot of Clinch leaving the front door of Albert's house to search for him outside is an homage of the iconic open door scene in the beginning and end scenes of "The Searchers".
The Cut (2014)
Dying of the Light (2014)
The character of Evan Lake is similar in name and motivation to John Ford's driven character 'Ethan Edwards'.
Stars of the Silver Screen: Natalie Wood (2014) (TV Episode)
The film is discussed.
The Forgiven (2015)
Jay modeled his character after John Waynes performance in The Seachers
A Man Called Death (2015) (Short)
Brian Genova's character is named Wayne after John Wayne.
NCIS: No Good Deed (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue by DiNozzo.
The Chase Australia: Episode #1.32 (2015) (TV Episode)
After a question about the pseudonym traditionally used by film directors who refuse to be credited for their work is answered, the Chaser reveals that one of the possible answers, Ethan Edwards, is John Wayne's character in The Searchers.
Primordial (2015)
The shot in which Valerie stands in the doorway of the barn references the iconic shot of John Wayne standing in the doorway from The Searchers
The Hateful Eight (2015)
John Ruth utters "That'll be the day!" which is John Wayne's character's catchphrase in The Searchers.
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
"You speak some Comanche?" - "A bit. You speak some English?" - "A bit."
Víctor Ros: Centauros de Sierra Morena (2016) (TV Episode)
this episode is titled after the Spanish title for the movie

Featured in 

The American West of John Ford (1971) (TV Movie)
scene in Scar;s tent and ending
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Ford (1973) (TV Movie)
Clip shown in honorary montage
Mean Streets (1973)
Hollywood (1980) (TV Mini-Series)
Hollywood: Out West (1980) (TV Episode)
Final scene with Wayne
At the Movies: The Secret of 'Star Wars' (1983) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown.
Arena: Buddy Holly (1985) (TV Episode)
shows clip
Precious Images (1986) (Short)
Hollywood Mavericks (1990)
climax with Wood and Wayne
Thank Ya, Thank Ya Kindly (1991) (TV Movie)
The John Wayne Anthology (1991) (TV Movie)
John Ford (1993) (TV Movie)
100 Years at the Movies (1994) (TV Short)
Wyatt Earp: Walk with a Legend (1994) (TV Movie)
Siskel & Ebert: Villains: So Bad, They're Good (1995) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown.
Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (1998) (TV Movie)
Part of closing montage.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies (1998) (TV Special)
This film is #96 on the list.
When Brendan Met Trudy (2000)
Brendan watches this movie on TV
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
The Spirit of America (2001) (Short)
SexTV: Legacy of the Cowboy/Blazing Saddles/Pony Play (2004) (TV Episode)
Clip from film is used in this episode.
The Searchers: An Appreciation (2006) (Video)
50 Films to See Before You Die (2006) (TV Movie)
Clips shown.
Interactive Film Quiz (2006) (Video Game)
Clip from trailer used
The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV Special)
100 Years of John Wayne (2007) (TV Short)
archive footage
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition (2007) (TV Movie)
This film is #12 on the list.
The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 18 February 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
Clips of this film are shown during the interview with Patrick Wayne.
How the West Was Lost (2008) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
AFI's 10 Top 10: America's 10 Greatest Films in 10 Classic Genres (2008) (TV Movie)
This film is #1 on the "Western" list.
The Long Shadow of Dirty Harry (2008) (Video)
clips shown
Reel Injun (2009)
A clip is shown
Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009)
Meryl Morgan watches it on their first night in the Wheelers house.
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Robot Monster (2010) (TV Episode)
A clip of the movie was shown among the list of Bronsan Caves filming location history.
These Amazing Shadows (2011)
Clips from this film are shown in These Amazing Shadows.
Nostalgia Critic: Old vs. New: True Grit (2011) (TV Episode)
mentions this as one of a few westerns the Critic actually likes
Hollywood's Top Ten: Let Me Go! (2011) (TV Episode)
The Story of Film: An Odyssey: Sex & Melodrama (2011) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
Side by Side (2012)
Clip of John Wayne and wagon train
The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (2012)
discusion on ideology
John Ford et Monument Valley (2013)
Clips featured.
Hollywood et les hommes (2013)
Clips featured
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014) (TV Movie)
Clip shown
Stars of the Silver Screen: Natalie Wood (2014) (TV Episode)
Footage shown.

Spoofed in 

The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XIX (2008) (TV Episode)
The final scene in The Searchers where Ethan/John Wayne stands in the doorway and grabs his right elbow is integrated into a commercial.

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