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Top Ten John Wayne Westerns

The ​Searchers​
The ​Searchers​

The Searchers is a 1956 American Technicolor VistaVision Western film directed by John Ford, based on the 1954 novel by Alan Le May, set during the Texas–Indian Wars, and starring John Wayne as a middle-aged Civil War veteran who spends years looking for his abducted niece (Natalie Wood), accompanied by his adoptive nephew (Jeffrey Hunter).

Stagecoach​
Stagecoach​

Stagecoach is a 1939 American Western film directed by John Ford and starring Claire Trevor and John Wayne in his breakthrough role. The screenplay, written by Dudley Nichols, is an adaptation of "The Stage to Lordsburg", a 1937 short story by Ernest Haycox.

Rio Bravo​
Rio Bravo​

Wayne, for instance, repeatedly touches base at the jail, then picks up his rifle, circles around to the hotel and back, almost as if he's doing some kind of western Tai Chi. Rio Bravo is nothing if not understated, and as such, it may take some adjustments from modern, especially younger, viewers.

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True Grit​
True Grit​

True Grit is a 1969 American western film. It is the first film adaptation of Charles Portis' 1968 novel of the same name. The screenplay was written by Marguerite Roberts. The film was directed by Henry Hathaway and starred Kim Darby as Mattie Ross and John Wayne as U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn.

Red River​
Red River​

Red River is a 1948 American western film directed and produced by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift, giving a fictional account of the first cattle drive from Texas to Kansas along the Chisholm Trail.

The Man Who ​Shot Liberty Valance​
The Man Who ​Shot Liberty Valance​

With a sterling supporting cast, the fine direction of John Ford and a tremendous story, "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" is, in my humble opinion, a cinematic masterpiece. 6 of 7 people found this review helpful.

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The Shootist​
The Shootist​

The Shootist is a 1976 American Western film directed by Don Siegel and starring John Wayne in his final film role. The film is based on a 1975 novel of the same name by Glendon Swarthout with a screenplay by Miles Hood Swarthout (the son of the author) and Scott Hale.

She Wore a ​Yellow Ribbon​
She Wore a ​Yellow Ribbon​

With John Wayne, Joanne Dru, John Agar, Ben Johnson. 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.

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Fort Apache​
Fort Apache​

Fort Apache is a 1948 American Western film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Henry Fonda. The film was the first of the director's "cavalry trilogy" and was followed by She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) and Rio Grande (1950), both also starring Wayne.

El Dorado​
El Dorado​

El Dorado is a 1966 American Western film produced and directed by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne and Robert Mitchum. Written by Leigh Brackett and loosely based on the novel The Stars in Their Courses by Harry Brown, the film is about a gunfighter who comes to the aid of an old friend—a drunken sheriff struggling to defend a rancher and his family against another rancher trying to steal their water.

McLintock!​
McLintock!​

McLintock! is a 1963 American western comedy film, starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. The film co-stars Wayne's son Patrick Wayne, Stefanie Powers, Jack Kruschen, Chill Wills and Yvonne DeCarlo (billed as "Special Guest Star").

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The Cowboys​
The Cowboys​

The Cowboys is a 1972 American western film starring John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Browne, Slim Pickens, Colleen Dewhurst and Bruce Dern. Robert Carradine made his film debut with fellow child actor Stephen Hudis, as cowboys.

Hondo​
Hondo​

Hondo is a 1953 Warnercolor 3D Western film directed by John Farrow and starring John Wayne and Geraldine Page. The screenplay is based on the July 5, 1952 Collier's short story "The Gift of Cochise" by Louis L'Amour. The book Hondo was a novelization of the film also written by L'Amour, and published by Gold Medal Books in 1953.

The Alamo​
The Alamo​

With John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Laurence Harvey, Frankie Avalon. 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.

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Big Jake​
Big Jake​

Directed by George Sherman, John Wayne. With John Wayne, Richard Boone, Maureen O'Hara, Patrick Wayne. In 1909, when John Fain's gang kidnaps Jacob McCandles' grandson and holds him for ransom, Big Jake sets out to rescue the boy.

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Rio Grande​
Rio Grande​

Rio Grande (597) IMDb 7.2 105 min 1950 NR Subtitles and Closed Captions In this John Ford classic, John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara are embroiled in an epic battle with the Apaches and each other.

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The Sons of ​Katie Elder​
The Sons of ​Katie Elder​

"The Sons of Katie Elder", though not one of John Wayne's best westerns, is very entertaining nonetheless. Director Henry Hathaway keeps the story moving providing us with breathtaking scenery and a rousing finale.

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Rooster ​Cogburn​
Rooster ​Cogburn​

Rooster Cogburn is a 1975 American western adventure film directed by Stuart Millar and starring John Wayne, reprising his role as U.S. Marshal Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn, and Katharine Hepburn.

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Rio Lobo​
Rio Lobo​

RIO LOBO starring John Wayne. FULL WESTERN MOVIE. Watch John Wayne Western Movies Free Online.

Angel and the ​Badman​
Angel and the ​Badman​

Angel and the Badman is a 1947 American Western film written and directed by James Edward Grant and starring John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey and Bruce Cabot. The film is about an injured gunfighter who is nursed back to health by a Quaker girl and her family whose way of life influences him and his violent ways.

The ​Comancheros​
The ​Comancheros​

The Comancheros is a 1961 Western Deluxe CinemaScope color film directed by Michael Curtiz, based on a 1952 novel of the same name by Paul Wellman, and starring John Wayne and Stuart Whitman. The supporting cast includes Ina Balin, Lee Marvin, Nehemiah Persoff, Bruce Cabot, Jack Elam, Patrick Wayne, and Edgar Buchanan.

Chisum​
Chisum​

Chisum is another John Wayne classic. Like all of Wayne's characters, Mr. Chisum is a tough, rough, rugged, no nonesense, strong character. We will never have another movie hero like John Wayne.

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Sands of Iwo ​Jima​
Sands of Iwo ​Jima​

Sands of Iwo Jima (334) IMDb 7.2 109 min 1950 NR Subtitles and Closed Captions During World War II in the Pacific, a tough sergeant of marines moulds raw recruits into fighting men by is himself shot by a sniper.

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The War ​Wagon​
The War ​Wagon​

'The War Wagon' will never be considered one of John Wayne's great Westerns like 'Rio Bravo', 'The Searchers', or 'Red River', but it is a an enjoyable Western with fine performances and great rapport between Kirk Douglas and John Wayne.

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The ​Undefeated​
The ​Undefeated​

John Wayne and Rock Hudson play off each other with confidence and style in this fine movie western. THE UNDEFEATED endlessly frames its two super-popular movie stars from low camera angles and often adds perfect blue skies above and picturesque western vistas in deep focus behind.

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3 Godfathers​
3 Godfathers​

Directed by John Ford. With John Wayne, Pedro Armendáriz, Harry Carey Jr., Ward Bond. When 3 outlaws on the run find a dying woman and her newborn baby in the desert they vow to save the child.

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The Horse ​Soldiers​
The Horse ​Soldiers​

The Horse Soldiers is a 1959 DeLuxe Color war film, set in the American Civil War, directed by John Ford, starring John Wayne, William Holden and Constance Towers. The film was based on Harold Sinclair's novel of the same name. The team of John Lee Mahin and Martin Rackin both wrote the screenplay and produced the movie.

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The Big Trail​
The Big Trail​

The Big Trail Passed | 2h 5min | Adventure, Western, Romance | 1 November 1930 (USA) Breck Coleman leads hundreds of settlers in covered wagons from the Mississippi River to their destiny out West.

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How the West ​Was Won​
How the West ​Was Won​

"How the West Was Won," released in America 50 years ago this week (on February 20, 1963) was probably the most ambitious western ever made, an epic saga spanning four generations, 50 years, two-and-a-half hours, five vignettes, three directors (well, actually four), the widest possible screen, and an enormous cast of A-listers, including James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds, Gregory Peck, George Peppard, Henry Fonda, John Wayne, Karl Malden, Carroll Baker, and Spencer Tracy.

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North to ​Alaska​
North to ​Alaska​

North to Alaska: Even people habitually hostile to John Wayne movies tend to cast an indulgent eye on the rumbustious 1960 comedy-Western North to Alaska--partly because the Alaska gold rush setting seems more exotic than, say, Texas or Arizona, and because there are no Indians to discriminate against and no macho gunplay to fret about.

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Directed by ​John Ford​
Directed by ​John Ford​

A television special featuring Ford, John Wayne, James Stewart, and Henry Fonda was broadcast over the CBS network on December 5, 1971 called The American West of John Ford, featuring clips from Ford's career interspersed with interviews conducted by Wayne, Stewart, and Fonda, who also took turns narrating the hourlong documentary.

Cahill U
Cahill U

After he finished the film, John Wayne went to Seattle, Washington, to film McQ (1974). Since Wayne was on-location, Warner Brothers decided to hold the premiere of this movie in Seattle in 1973. Protesters appeared at the opening, claiming the film was unfair to Native Americans.

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The Fighting ​Kentuckian​
The Fighting ​Kentuckian​

The Fighting Kentuckian (1949) Today is the birthday of John Wayne (1907-1979). What better way to bridge our preoccupation with classic comedy with an increasing interest in westerns than with Wayne's 1949 film The Fighting Kentuckian, in which his sidekick is played by none another than Oliver Hardy?

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The Train ​Robbers​
The Train ​Robbers​

With John Wayne, Ann-Margret, ... John Wayne Traditional Westerns from Stagecoach to the Shootist ... The Train Robbers (1973)

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Tall in the ​Saddle​
Tall in the ​Saddle​

Tall in the Saddle is a 1944 Western film starring John Wayne as a misogynist cowboy and Ella Raines as his feisty lady-rancher love interest. It is the only movie pairing of Wayne and Raines.

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Riders of ​Destiny​
Riders of ​Destiny​

Directed by Robert N. Bradbury. With John Wayne, Cecilia Parker, Forrest Taylor, George 'Gabby' Hayes. Bad guy Kincaid controls the local water supply and plans to do in the other ranchers. Government agent Saunders shows up undercover to do in Kincaid and win the heart of one of his victims Fay Denton.

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The Star ​Packer​
The Star ​Packer​

Watch The Star Packer. US Marshall John Travers (John Wayne) becomes sheriff in a town with a number of unsolved mysteries. He tracks down the ringleader of the outlaws, but before he can...

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The Man From ​Utah​
The Man From ​Utah​

Actors: John Wayne, George Cleveland, Anita Campillo, George Hayes, Polly Ann Young, Yakima Canutt Runtime: 52 min. John Weston (John Wayne) is a straight shootin', hard riding top cowboy.

Ride Him, ​Cowboy​
Ride Him, ​Cowboy​

Ride Him, Cowboy (1932) *** (out of 4) Duke, a horse, is on trial for killing a man and the judge is about to put him to death when cowboy John Drury (John Wayne) makes a deal. If Drury can tame the horse then it can live. Of course the cowboy comes through and soon the two of them are trying to track down the real murderer.

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Legend of the ​Lost​
Legend of the ​Lost​

Legend of the Lost is a 1957 Italian-American adventure film directed by Henry Hathaway, and starring John Wayne, Sophia Loren, and Rossano Brazzi. The location shooting for the film took place near Tripoli, Libya.

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The Dawn ​Rider​
The Dawn ​Rider​

John Mason (John Wayne) sets out to get revenge on the gang of bandits who murdered his father in a robbery. After killing two of the gang he gets wounded and Alice Gordon nurses him back to health. But unbeknownst to Mason, her brother is one of the gang members. Trivia: The Dawn Rider was remade in 2012 with Christian Slater starring as John Mason.

Allegheny ​Uprising​
Allegheny ​Uprising​

Allegheny Uprising is a 1939 film produced by RKO Pictures, starring Claire Trevor and John Wayne as pioneers of early American expansion in south central Pennsylvania.

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Blue Steel​
Blue Steel​

Actors: John Wayne, George Hayes, Edward Peil Sr. Runtime: 54 min. Sheriff George Hayes tracks down suspected bank robber John Carruthers (John Wayne). Just when the sheriff is about to arrest him, Carruthers saves his life. So they team up to fight local corruption.

Dark ​Command​
Dark ​Command​

Dark Command (1940) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more.

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Randy Rides ​Alone​
Randy Rides ​Alone​

Actors: John Wayne, George Hayes, Alberta Vaughn Runtime: 52 min. Randy Bowers is in the wrong place at the wrong time and is framed for murder. A saloon owner's daughter helps him out and Randy returns the favor by saving her life.

The Lawless ​Frontier​
The Lawless ​Frontier​

Watch Lawless Frontier. Outlaw Pedro Zanti (Earl Dwine) kills John Tobin's (John Wayne) family and then sets out to kidnap a pretty girl (Sheila Terry). But Tobin is mistaken for an...

The Spoilers​
The Spoilers​

The Spoilers is a 1942 American Western film directed by Ray Enright. The movie is set in Nome, Alaska during the Nome Gold Rush, with Marlene Dietrich as Cherry Malotte, Randolph Scott as Alexander McNamara, and John Wayne as Roy Glennister, and culminates in a spectacular saloon fistfight between McNamara and Glennister.

The Desert ​Trail​
The Desert ​Trail​

Actors: John Wayne, Mary Kornman, Paul Fix, Eddie Chandler Runtime: 55 min. When rodeo star John Scott (John Wayne) wins the Rattlesnake Gulch rodeo, he and his gambler friend Kansas Charlie (Eddy Chandler) are framed for a murder they didn't commit.

Born to the ​West​
Born to the ​West​

John Wayne fans should watch this film right after seeing a few of the ultra-low budget B-westerns Wayne made for Lone Star Pictures in 1934-5 (conveniently, you can get a 2-DVD set with this film, nine of Wayne's Lone Star cheapies, and ANGEL AND THE BADMAN for six bucks at Wal-Mart).

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The Man From ​Monterey​
The Man From ​Monterey​

Directed by Mack V. Wright. With John Wayne, Duke, Ruth Hall, Luis Alberni. A cavalry officer helps save a family's ranch from land grabbers.

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Sagebrush ​Trail​
Sagebrush ​Trail​

Directed by Armand Schaefer. With John Wayne, Nancy Shubert, Lane Chandler, Yakima Canutt. Imprisoned for a murder he did not commit, John Brant escapes and ends up out west where, after giving the local lawmen the slip, he joins up with an outlaw gang.

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