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The Searchers (1956) Poster

(1956)

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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).

Edited into 

References 

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.
Vivre Sa Vie (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
Who's That Knocking at My Door (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 searches for his kidnapped grandson (John Wayne's son in real life, whose name was Ethan). He also repeats his famous line 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)
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
A small group of men searches for people caught by Indians long time ago.
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
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.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Painted Hills (1993) (TV Episode)
Tom: "These are scenes we didn't see in 'The Searchers.'"
Is That All There Is? (1995)
Mentioned by Lindsay Anderson.
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995) (TV Movie)
Martin Scorsese names it.
Harrison Bergeron (1995) (TV Movie)
Rough Riders (1997) (TV Movie)
The final shot of The Searchers is referenced in the scene where Castillo reunites with his family at war's end
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: Part 1 (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.
Captain Alatriste: The Spanish Musketeer (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!"
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
The Cinema Snob: Gums (2012) (TV Episode)
"This movie is no Searchers."
The Act of Killing (2012)
The final shot.
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.
Kill Your Killer (2014)
Opening shot of the sword fight pays homage to the famous doorway opening.

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 Special)
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.
Hollywood Mavericks (1990)
climax with Wood and Wayne
Thank Ya, Thank Ya Kindly (1991) (TV Movie)
clip
The John Wayne Anthology (1991) (TV Movie)
John Ford (1993) (TV Movie)
100 Years at the Movies (1994) (TV Movie)
Wyatt Earp: Walk with a Legend (1994) (TV Movie)
clips
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)
clips
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 Movie)
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.
The 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)
#9
The Story of Film: An Odyssey: Episode #1.6 (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.

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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