What are the best John Wayne movies?

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    #1The Quiet Man

    The 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.


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    Arthur Parker
    Written on May 26, 2018
    " Primarily known for his westerns, John Wayne is excellent in this atypical story of an Irish American boxer Sean Thornton who returns to the small Irish village of his birth. Distraught after having accidentally killed a man in the ring, all he wants is to be alone but finds love"
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    #2Big Jake

    Big Jake
    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.

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    Humberto Domínguez
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "Ask Western fans which is the best John Wayne film and you will get many different answers because he made so many. Big Jake is of the highest quality and certainly one of his best. Great story-line and superb acting of course."
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    #3Rio Bravo

    Rio Bravo

    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.


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    Tom Jia
    Written on May 27, 2018
    "Angie Dickenson, Dean Martin, John Wayne..need I say more. This standard quality film holds up. The quality of the film does not. Grainy, scratchy, and unfocused. If you can overlook a few flaws you'll love this version."


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.

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    #4The Searchers

    The Searchers

    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.


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    Douglas Perkins
    Written on June 4, 2018
    "John Wayne was always my dad's hero. Whenever I was a kid, he always made me watch The Searchers together. Now, looking back it's great to have on Blu-Ray. The movie is a great plot about one of America's most divided times. I wouldn't change anything about my purchase decision."
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    #5The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    The 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.


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    Betty Rodriguez
    Written on December 20, 2018
    "I watched this as a school project when I was a kid, I thought it would be broing af, but I sooner realized that I would be wrong and that John Wayne would totes capture my heart. I've watched lotta films of his, but I have to admit, this one is one of the best movies he's starred in,."
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    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.


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    Carmen Méndez
    Written on May 27, 2018
    "This is a classic John Wayne film. I remember watching it with my dad in our living room when I was a kid. The adventure and suspense, the larger than life heroes, and all the excitement was almost too much for me to bear. I recommend it for any fan of John Wayne or the director, John Ford."
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    #7Red River (1948)

    Red 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. 


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    Chen Yao
    Written on May 23, 2018
    "John Wayne is my favorite actor and I've seen all of his movies. My favorite movie featuring him is "Red River." It's full of action and adventure. It really holds my attention and brings me back for repeat viewings."
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    #8The Longest Day

    The 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. 


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    Andrea Ford
    Written on June 1, 2018
    "John Wayne. His name alone says it all. The voice, the swagger in his walk, he was just incredible. Any John Wayne move is definitely worth spending the money. I just went and checked the prices on similar items and its wicked cheap, so its totally worth it. And may I add, Did you see the all star cast lineup?? OMG!!!"
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    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.



    Albert Cook
    Written on December 20, 2018
    "pretty good western movie. not the best in the western genre, but its one of the classics, so you really cant actually argue with that."
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    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.



    Gerald Robinson
    Written on December 20, 2018
    "Not a western, but its one of the best john wayne movies in his past years when he was still alive and kicking. Would deffo recommend this to a fan of western-ish setting movies :D"
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    #11El Dorado (1996)

    El 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.



    Xiang Qiao
    Written on December 20, 2018
    "The action and gunfights in El Dorado are pretty good compared to other western films of its generations. It was waaaaaaaay ahead of its time."


Best What are the best John Wayne movies
1The Quiet ManMovies 9 Paid
2Big JakeMovies 9 Paid
3Rio BravoMovies 7 Paid
4The SearchersMovies 6 Paid
5The Man Who Shot Liberty ValanceMovies 5 Paid
6StagecoachMovies 3 Paid
7Red River (1948)Movies 2 Paid
8The Longest DayMovies 1 Paid
9McLintock!Movies 0 Paid
10Hatari!Movies 0 Paid

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