#1The Quiet Man
The Quiet Man is a 1952 Technicolor American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John Ford and stars John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, and Barry Fitzgerald and tells the story of a retired American boxer that returns to his native village in Ireland.
An aging Texas cattleman who has outlived his time swings into action when outlaws kidnap his grandson and wound his son. He returns to his estranged family to help them in the search for Little Jake.
Rio Bravo is a 1959 American Western film produced and directed by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne. A small-town sheriff in the American West enlists the help of a cripple, a drunk, and a young gunfighter in his efforts to imprison a local outlaw.
DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that famous 60s actor John Wayne's real name is Marion Morrison? Growing up, Marion wasn't that fond of his name, which he believed to sound too feminine. His chosen nickname, Duke, came from his beloved family dog. Although this name was an important part of his image, he was only credited as Duke Morrison once. This was during one of his bit roles in Words and Music, a musical film in 1929. During his first starring role in The Big Trail, director Raoul Walsh suggested he use "Anthony Wayne" as a screen name, after the Revolutionary War general. The name caused a few problems, as it was rejected for sounding too Italian, so they settled for "John Wayne" instead.
He was well-known for his starring roles in western-themed media and movies, along with a few war movies. Despite his fame and fortune, Wayne showed interest in enlisting during America's entry into World War II. Republic Studios threatened the actor with a lawsuit if he walked away from their signed agreement. This is due to the production company fearing the loss of their only A-list actor under a contract. His legacy included two highest decorations a civilian could attain. These awards are the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, with the latter being given posthumously.
An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches. The Searchers is a 1956 Western film directed by John Ford, starring John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, and Natalie Wood.
#5The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a 1962 American Western film directed by John Ford starring James Stewart and John Wayne.
Stagecoach is a classic Western movie directed by John Ford and features Claire Trevor, John Wayne, and Andy Devine. It tells the story of a group of people traveling while aboard a stagecoach.
#7Red River (1948)
Red River (1948) is a movie directed by Howard Hawks and Arthur Rosson. It features John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, and Joanne Dru. The movie tells the story of 3 men leading a cattle drive from Texas to Kansas.
#8The Longest Day
The Longest Day is a 1962 production based on the book by Cornelius Ryan. The film was directed by Ken Annakin and Andrew Marton, and it stars John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Sean Connery, Richard Burton, Henry Fonda, and more.
McLintock! is an American western comedy movie, released in 1963 and directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. The film stars John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara as its leads, along with Patrick Wayne, Jack Kruschen, and Stefanie Powers.
Hatari! is an American action romantic-comedy released in 1962, directed by Howard Hawks. The film stars John Wayne, Elsa Martinelli, Hardy Krüger, and Red Buttons and focuses on a group of professional game catchers in Africa.
#11El Dorado (1996)
El Dorado is an American western film released in 1966, directed and produced by Howard Hawks. The film is based loosely on Harry Brown's The Stars in Their Courses novel and revolves around a gunfighter assisting an old friend.