Best John Wayne Movies


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The Searchers
I was inspired to watch this movie because I listened to a band called The Searchers. The Searchers named themselves after the John Wayne movie. Also Buddy Holly wrote the song "That'll Be The Day" because of John Wayne's catch phrase in The Searchers


A rare combination of one of the finest actors of his time, playing a character of his own age, a great cast, great director, locales and story. One for the ages.
I agree this should be one of his top 10 movies, however I think The Shootist should be #1, based on what was going on in his personal life.

2The Cowboys
I always remember this movie when I was young. John Wayne at his best! This shows that young boys were true men and respectful.
I LOVE this movie! With all the little boys and john it's a perfect movie I think it should be #1!

3Red River
Red river should have won him an Oscar, the acting was great montgomery Clift was great too. Walter Brennan was also a good supporting cast member.
Red river is the best
My top two john Wayne movies not listed. The quit man. McClintock.

4Big Jake
I belive this to be best jhon Wayne movie ever


6The Shootist
John Wayne played a dying man when he himself was dying. He played a gunslinger whose glory days had passed as America was at the cusp of a new century. He played the role in a very moving, heartfelt manner. It was if he knew this movie was a symbolic passing of the torch as western movies' glory days were also passing, but he wanted to go out on a high note. In my humble opinion, this silver screen giant gave the best performance of his legendary career. There will never be another like him.
This movie just summed it all up. The most honest movie I have seen to date.
What courage it must have taken to make this movie, as he in real life was also dying of cancer.
[Newest]Top 3 all time the Duke rides out his way!

7The Quiet Man
This might be one of the best movies about Ireland ever made. It has a little of everything and is great fun.
A colorful film very beautifully directed.
The story content was exceptional.
[Newest]Non western, non war, great chemistry AND BOTH FUN AND FUNNY!

8The Sons of Katie Elder
The duke actually was not dying in 1976 when this movie was made, he died in 1979. He was not dying yet. Look it up.
Mr. Wayne was great in this movie. Cause All The Brother Likes All Brother FAUGHT With Him, But he Was The Elder And They Did What He said. To say I love all his movies. John Wayne is my hero. And always will be.

9True Grit
This movie defines the meaning of a man with 'grit'. John Wayne shows many sides to his talents, grit, compassion and determination... a real treat. The Best in my humble opinion.
His best, no doubt about it. At least higher than some of the others above it.
A more mature performance being someone other than john Wayne.

10The War Wagon

The Contenders

Good movie to watch

12El Dorado
How could this movie not be in the top 5.
Best JW movie because of Dean and Walter.

13Rio Bravo

14Tall in the Saddle

15Rio Lobo
I can't belive this isn't in top 10

My all time favorite! Was surprised it wasn't in the top ten!


18She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
I miss TheTopTens as it was once upon a time. Nothing happens whenever I vote anymore and I find that sad, because it's certainly not right not to count votes, just because people want their lists to remain unchanged. That is bigotry, though. Anyway, if you don't want us to vote, then what's the purpose of voting? I hope this time you will publish my complaint, because it really comes from my heart and I hope that you will think a little on that.
Yellow Ribbon is a great movie, indeed Hal! I also agree with you as it comes to The Searchers and Rio Bravo. Both are movies with a poor script that ranked so high because of the beautiful cinematography and direction.

19The Sands of Iwo Jima


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