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John Wayne's Best Movies - Top Ten?
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Posted on 01/10/2010 11:19:14 AM PST by JoeProBono

1 The Searchers

This John Ford Western chronicles the efforts of a Confederate veteran (Wayne) to track down the daughter of his murdered brother.

2 Rio Bravo

The Duke and Dean Martin are the pair of old friends at the heart of this Howard Hawks hit, in which the pair tussles with a local lawbreaker.

3 The Quiet Man

Wayne shows his softer side with this drama about the tempestuous affair between an Irish-American expat and an Irish woman.

4 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

In this John Ford Western, Wayne stars as a rancher who pairs up with a law school grad (James Stewart) to take down the bad guy.

5 The Shootist

The actor's last movie ever finds Wayne starring opposite Lauren Bacall and James Stewart as a gunslinger dying of cancer.

6 True Grit

Wayne's Oscar-winning turn as aging sheriff Rooster Cogburn finds him trekking into Indian territory to avenge a man's death.

7 Stagecoach

For Wayne's breakout performance, he plays good-at-heart outlaw Ringo, who wins over a group of lawmen defending an east-bound train.

8 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

This vivid, meditative Western finds Wayne portraying an aging war hero struggling with his impending retirement.

9 Red River

This early Howard Hawks Western stars Wayne as a rancher who battles mutiny among his men as he drives his cattle up the Chisholm Trail.

10 Sands of Iwo Jima

This 1949 war flick finds Wayne starring as John Stryker, a marine sergeant charged with leading his men to war.



TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: hollywood; johnwayne; jpb; topten; westerns
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1 posted on 01/10/2010 11:19:15 AM PST by JoeProBono
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2 posted on 01/10/2010 11:21:09 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

ALL of them were/are best!

Especially, The Searchers, and the three US Cav pics!!!!!

Semper Duke Wayne!
Dick G
*****


3 posted on 01/10/2010 11:21:39 AM PST by gunnyg (Just An Old Gunny ~ And *Still* Not A F'n Commie Basterd!)
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To: JoeProBono

My No.1 favorite is “The Cowboys”. I’m not a movie person, but this one is truly great.


4 posted on 01/10/2010 11:22:39 AM PST by historyrepeatz
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To: JoeProBono

all great movies, but it can’t believe “the cowboys” or “the quiet man” didn’t make the top 10. those are my personal favorites.


5 posted on 01/10/2010 11:23:32 AM PST by lonster
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To: JoeProBono

I’d go for the “Shootist” which he did while in a lot of pain.

They’ll never name an acting school after him.

WYSIWYG!

The Duke was King


6 posted on 01/10/2010 11:23:40 AM PST by JimVT (Oh, the days of the Kerry dancing, Oh, the ring of the piper's tune)
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To: JoeProBono

The Searchers by far but I am also partial to Liberty Valance.


7 posted on 01/10/2010 11:23:48 AM PST by placerville
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To: lonster

now hurry up and correct it “WE’RE BURNING DAYLIGHT”!!!!


8 posted on 01/10/2010 11:24:37 AM PST by lonster
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9 posted on 01/10/2010 11:24:40 AM PST by gunnyg (Just An Old Gunny ~ And *Still* Not A F'n Commie Basterd!)
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10 posted on 01/10/2010 11:25:03 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

I liked TMWS Liberty Valence best. I also liked “Big Jake”. Yes, the acting of his and Mitchum’s son in Jake was horrible, but it’s a fun movie. “The Cowboys” (where he took the teenagers on a cattle drive) was a classic also. Come to think of it, I can’t think of a single bad John Wayne movie.


11 posted on 01/10/2010 11:25:28 AM PST by circlecity
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To: lonster

sorry i stand corrected. the quiet man IS there.


12 posted on 01/10/2010 11:25:41 AM PST by lonster (SORRY)
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13 posted on 01/10/2010 11:26:50 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

yeah..3 great actors in that one..probably why i like it so much. not to mention Vera Miles. But she was also in the Searchers.

everytime i watch Libierty..I gotta go get a steak afterwards.


14 posted on 01/10/2010 11:31:02 AM PST by placerville
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15 posted on 01/10/2010 11:31:15 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: gunnyg

On Parris Island in 1989, we were shown ‘Sands of Iwo Jima’ and ‘The D.I.’.


16 posted on 01/10/2010 11:36:50 AM PST by real saxophonist (The fact that you play tuba doesn't make you any less lethal. -USMC bandsman in Iraq)
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To: JoeProBono
1. The Searchers
2. Fort Apache
3. Stagecoach
4. The Quiet Man
5. They Were Expendable
6. Red River
7. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
8. The Wings of Eagles
9. The Long Voyage Home
10. The War Wagon

Yeah, I'm partial to the John Ford works.....

17 posted on 01/10/2010 11:37:13 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: JoeProBono

I liked the 3 Godfathers and Angel & the Badman.


18 posted on 01/10/2010 11:37:18 AM PST by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: silent_jonny

Ping re: “The Duke”

My fave J W film: “The Cowboys”


19 posted on 01/10/2010 11:37:44 AM PST by Majie Purple (Have a Happy;Healthy;Hopeful;Happening; 2010!)
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To: silent_jonny

Ping re: “The Duke”

My fave J W film: “The Cowboys”


20 posted on 01/10/2010 11:37:44 AM PST by Majie Purple (Have a Happy;Healthy;Hopeful;Happening; 2010!)
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To: JoeProBono
I object.

Not to the fact that JW starred in some great movies, but that the list be limited to only 10.

Notable omissions: In Harm's Way, The Longest Day, Hellfighters

21 posted on 01/10/2010 11:38:00 AM PST by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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To: JoeProBono
Fort Apache....my all time favorite


22 posted on 01/10/2010 11:38:21 AM PST by Donald Rumsfeld Fan (Sarah Palin "the Thrilla from Wasilla")
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To: JoeProBono

How could you leave out “Donovan’s Reef” and “ The Fighting Seebees”


23 posted on 01/10/2010 11:39:00 AM PST by Waverunner ( "Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too." Voltaire)
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To: placerville
everytime i watch Libierty..I gotta go get a steak afterwards.

Do you ask for it to be dropped on the floor?

24 posted on 01/10/2010 11:41:17 AM PST by reg45 (Be calm everyone. The idiot children are in charge!)
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To: JoeProBono

Two of the very best westerns ever made; Red River and The Searchers.


25 posted on 01/10/2010 11:42:23 AM PST by csmusaret (Oops. My karma just ran over my dogma.)
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To: Waverunner

It’s a top ten list - which other ones would you drop for those?


26 posted on 01/10/2010 11:42:38 AM PST by reg45 (Be calm everyone. The idiot children are in charge!)
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To: murron

I caught the 3 godfathers on youtube a few months ago. I had not seen that for ages. A really good movie.


27 posted on 01/10/2010 11:43:02 AM PST by placerville
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28 posted on 01/10/2010 11:44:18 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: ZOOKER
How about McClintock, Big Jake, Flying Leathernecks?
29 posted on 01/10/2010 11:44:35 AM PST by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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To: reg45

LOL...


30 posted on 01/10/2010 11:44:44 AM PST by placerville
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31 posted on 01/10/2010 11:45:52 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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32 posted on 01/10/2010 11:48:39 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono
All good picks.

List should be a top 50 at least. With that in mind I would include:

Big Jake
Hondo
Chisum
The Undefeated
In Harm's Way
McLintock
Donovan's Reef
The Horse Soldiers
The Alamo
Rio Bravo
The Wings of Eagles
The High and the Mighty
The Flying Leathernecks
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Wake of the Red Witch
Three Godfathers
Fort Apache
Angel and the Badman
They Were Expendable
The Fighting Seabees
Flying Tigers
Stagecoach

It would be impossible to say what is my personal favorite. I just watch them all, every time one is on. The man made a couple of real losers, but his body of work will never be bested. There will never be another like him.

33 posted on 01/10/2010 11:49:58 AM PST by 11Bush
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34 posted on 01/10/2010 11:50:30 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

It was made in 1953 and isn’t seen on TV very often, but Hondo deserves some mention in his top 10 IMHO.

Wayne plays Hondo Lane, an Army dispatch rider, who takes a woman (Geraldin Page) and child he finds living alone in the midst of an Apache uprising under his protection. Ultimaely he finds out that her absent husband is a drunken bully that he has killed in self-defense. Apache chief Cochise takes a likeing to the boy an requires him to stay with the woman to take care of the child.

Pretty good acting from all and a differernt plot line story from Louis Lamour.


35 posted on 01/10/2010 11:51:41 AM PST by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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36 posted on 01/10/2010 11:53:32 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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37 posted on 01/10/2010 11:53:34 AM PST by MNJohnnie (Demand Constitutionality)
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To: gunnyg

I don’t know if this is just turned into legend, but it is said that Douglas McArthur upon seeing Yellow Ribbon, claimed if it was not the way it was, it ought to have been.


38 posted on 01/10/2010 11:54:37 AM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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39 posted on 01/10/2010 11:55:12 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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40 posted on 01/10/2010 11:56:22 AM PST by BenLurkin
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41 posted on 01/10/2010 11:56:52 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono
Thank you. My favorite line from that movie, and there was plenty of them, is:

'You follow them and I'll hunt you down and kill you. Every mother's son one of you.'

42 posted on 01/10/2010 11:58:03 AM PST by 11Bush
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To: MNJohnnie

It is said that, that movie lead to the death of just about everyone in the case and crew. Almost all died of cancer. Seems they filmed in an area where nuclear wastes were bumped.


43 posted on 01/10/2010 11:58:48 AM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: JoeProBono

How about The Big Trail?


44 posted on 01/10/2010 11:59:30 AM PST by racing fan
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To: 11Bush

45 posted on 01/10/2010 11:59:40 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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Didn’t see it listed but I have a soft spot for El Dorado. Plus Wake of the Red Witch, Hondo, Chisum, Angel and the Badman, The Comancheros... could go on and on. Even liked Hatari!


46 posted on 01/10/2010 12:00:06 PM PST by Tuxedo (The seeds of the next Revolution are sown....)
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47 posted on 01/10/2010 12:02:01 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: JoeProBono

‘In Harm’s Way’, ‘True Grit’, “The Shootist’ and ‘The Searchers’.


48 posted on 01/10/2010 12:02:20 PM PST by afnamvet
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To: JoeProBono
I know I'm gonna catch hell for this, but here goes...

Randolph Scott was much better than John Wayne.

49 posted on 01/10/2010 12:02:20 PM PST by NewJerseyJoe (Rat mantra: "Facts are meaningless! You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!")
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Director Dick Powell, many of the actors (John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Pedro Armendariz, Thomas Gomez, Agnes Moorehead), and several of the crew members later fell victim to cancer, allegedly the result of producer Howard Hughes’ decision to lens the film on location near the atomic testing grounds in the Utah desert. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide


50 posted on 01/10/2010 12:03:58 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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