Skip to comments.John Wayne's Best Movies - Top Ten?
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.
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.
ALL of them were/are best!
Especially, The Searchers, and the three US Cav pics!!!!!
Semper Duke Wayne!
My No.1 favorite is “The Cowboys”. I’m not a movie person, but this one is truly great.
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.
I’d go for the “Shootist” which he did while in a lot of pain.
They’ll never name an acting school after him.
The Duke was King
The Searchers by far but I am also partial to Liberty Valance.
now hurry up and correct it “WE’RE BURNING DAYLIGHT”!!!!
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.
sorry i stand corrected. the quiet man IS there.
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.
On Parris Island in 1989, we were shown ‘Sands of Iwo Jima’ and ‘The D.I.’.
Yeah, I'm partial to the John Ford works.....
I liked the 3 Godfathers and Angel & the Badman.
Ping re: “The Duke”
My fave J W film: “The Cowboys”
Ping re: “The Duke”
My fave J W film: “The Cowboys”
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
How could you leave out “Donovan’s Reef” and “ The Fighting Seebees”
Do you ask for it to be dropped on the floor?
Two of the very best westerns ever made; Red River and The Searchers.
It’s a top ten list - which other ones would you drop for those?
I caught the 3 godfathers on youtube a few months ago. I had not seen that for ages. A really good movie.
List should be a top 50 at least. With that in mind I would include:
In Harm's Way
The Horse Soldiers
The Wings of Eagles
The High and the Mighty
The Flying Leathernecks
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Wake of the Red Witch
Angel and the Badman
They Were Expendable
The Fighting Seabees
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.
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.
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.
'You follow them and I'll hunt you down and kill you. Every mother's son one of you.'
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.
How about The Big Trail?
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!
‘In Harm’s Way’, ‘True Grit’, “The Shootist’ and ‘The Searchers’.
Randolph Scott was much better than John Wayne.
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
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