Best John Wayne Movies


The Top Ten

1 The Searchers


,ovie had great depth and story

His best performance and the best wayne-ford collab

John Wayne and John Ford
Two giants in the world of the golden years of Hollywood made many films together the one that stands tall is
reasons why
The locations
The script
Haunting Themes
Emotional feeling love n hate
Supporting cast phenomenal
It’s a Western
A thriller
Psychological study of human

2 Red River

This is not only my favorite John Wayne movie, but its in the top 10 of my all favorite movies.

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 was my all time favorite. I was only a kid but I loved him in this movie. He was great.

Without a doubt his best performance was in Red River.

3 True Grit

The movie shows probably the most colorful character john wayne ever played. Plus, I dig the eye patch.

True Grit, is a story where all the characters show true grit. So many characters in the story show grit the good guys, the bad guys, even John Wayne's horse. Then Maddie's horse little blackie shows true grit. One of the best.

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.

4 The 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!

Excellent Duke movie and the young boys were terrific.

The young boys added to the depth of this film.

5 Big Jake

The most humor in a John Wayne movie! Can watch this one over and over.

One of the best most underrated John Wayne movies!

Don’t see it often. But Big Jake is my all time favorite!

Big Jake = Best John Wayne movie ever!

6 The 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.

A great movie to summorise a great movie career.. In a genre he excelled at, not the greatest natural actor but a man who was a natural in his acting... Many actors today could only wish for the same

This movie just summed it all up. The most honest movie I have seen to date.

One of John Wayne's best performances. He was quiet and reflective in this performance, but reached down to pull up some classic Duke when needed.

7 Stagecoach

I love this movie because it shows John Wayne at his rawest. You know he hasn't had a lot of experience in movies, yet you still are able to catch glimpses of what is to come with him. It's like watching him sliding on his eventual star clothing. If you love John Wayne movies, you have to watch this. It is indeed the beginning.

8 The War Wagon

One of Wayne's best action efforts. Douglas was fantastic as well. A movie that will keep you in your seat. A little low on the rankings but certainly worth the watch if you are a western movie buff..

9 The Sons of Katie Elder

John Wayne did an exceptional acting job in this film. This was his first movie after having a lung removed. It was filmed in Mexico at high altitude and required Wayne to use oxygen between takes. He also insisted on performing his own stunts. Amazing when you consider he was only months out from major surgery. Also amazing because the filmgoers watching never realized how difficult the many actions scenes were for him.

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.

10 El Dorado

The Best, First movie I saw at a theater.

Add this to your"must see"John Wayne movies. This should be in the top five. Also had great performances by Robert Mitchum and a young up and comer named James Caan.

How could this movie not be in the top 5.

Best JW movie because of Dean and Walter.

The Newcomers

? North to Alaska

I loved this film...funny & entertaining!

The Contenders

11 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

My favorite western period.!

Just a great story and two solid performances from Wayne and Stewart!

The best of the best

Two greats together

12 The Quiet Man

Second best after The Searchers

The cast, scenery, dialogue, director-all perfect!

Just simply one of the great movies of all time. Fantastic!

This might be one of the best movies about Ireland ever made. It has a little of everything and is great fun.

13 The Alamo

Good movie but wasn't sure about the raccoon hat though

14 Rio Bravo

A overlooked movie, was very enjoyable to watch.

JohnWayne’s second best western behind The Sesrchers

No way this isn’t too 10! By far my favorite.

A great movie with a great cast & still can't beat the singing of Dean Martin & Ricky Nelson. One of the best.

15 McLintock!

All time favorite of mine.

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

Another favorite of mine and should be in the top 10.

Just an all around great movie

16 Hatari!

My dad and I after so many times of watching this classic over the years, still make time to sit down and watch it together. Just a really nice film. - Britgirl

Since I remember it from having seen it only once some 50 years must have been one of the best.

Good movie to watch

Great Movie for everyone.

1 Comment
17 She 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.

Should be in the top

18 Hondo
19 Tall in the Saddle

Great script skillfully brought to life. One of Dukes very best!

This is a top 10 for sure

20 Hellfighters


One of the best movies I have seen it is based on a real live oilfield fire fighter Paul N Red Adair. I worked with Red

21 Rio Lobo

I can't belive this isn't in top 10

22 Rio Grande

Classic, Wayne, Ford and O'Hara with a supporting cast of Ford's Usual Suspects.

Great film. Another John Ford classic job of directing. A top ten. First time for greats together. John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara and Harry Carry Jr. and Ben Johnson and Ken Curtis who sang and was a regular with Sons of the Pioneers who were also in it along with Chill Wills. Yes--A great film.

23 In Harm's Way

One of the best Navy films. John Wayne at his best.

24 Fort Apache
25 The Sands of Iwo Jima


26 Angel and the Badman
27 Chisum

Chisum number 1

28 Back to Bataan
29 Rooster Cogburn

Great movie

30 The Green Berets

One of my favorite John Wayne movies.

31 The Fighting Kentuckian

Great cinema western who were the other main stars in the film?

A fantastic representation of the dukes mid-career film stretch, with an excellent mix of comedy and drama.

32 Donovan’s Reef

Great story. Great cast. Good clean wholesome fun. Still rates in MY top ten John Wayne movies.


33 The High and the Mighty

John Wayne is a highly experienced co-pilot on a flight from Hawaii to San Francisco when and engine fails, loses its propeller and catches fire. His character convinces the pilot not to ditch at sea try to make San Francisco. The first of the disaster flying movies. It boasts an All-Star cast and some beautiful aerial footage of the DC-4 airliner. Again, not you typical John Wayne movie, but proves he can act in a non-western.

My favorite John Wayne movie. It has a great ensemble cast and Wayne plays a great older haunted role

34 3 Godfathers
35 Island In the Sky

Wayne portrays a pilot whose plane is forced down in the artic. His character is unsure of himself as he makes survival calls that impact his crew. Not your typical John Wayne movie, but worth the watch.

36 The Horse Soldiers
37 Blood Alley

In my top ten for shure. Loved Bacall. Paul Fix was right out front but hiding out in wardrobe.

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