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Favorite John Wayne Movies

  • Aug 4, 2010
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True John Wayne classic cowboy movie. One of his earlier films, it shows why he is considered a great actor of Westerns.
Another Western that maintains Wayne as the consummate actor when it comes to making Westerns.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Jimmy Stewart and John Wayne shot (no pun intened) this Western when they were older, and their characterizations were great.
The Alamo (Widescreen Edition) (2004)
This Western film is also a military classic as Wayne is tangled up with the Cavalary. The history associated with the film makes this movie a "must-watch" John Wayne classic.
Fort Apache (1948)
Fort Apache is another John Wayne cavalry film that is worth mentioning. Although very good, it falls a little behind "The Alamo" with respect to the storyline and overall performance of the actors.
Another "Bogey and Bacall" type Western. John Wayne is paired with Maureen O'Hara here - they were such a great couple. The title too tells you the movie is "classic Western."
They Were Expendable
I like John Wayne's Westerns, but he also was in a number of war films. They Were Expendble was a good miltary film, depicting Wayne in the Navy.
The Quiet Man
John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, when paired together, were kind of like Bogey and Bacall. In this film, Wayne departs from being a cowboy or military man and plays the role of a boxer who returns to Ireland. Of course, I have somewhat of an affinity towards the movie as I'm Irish. Another John Ford film that's too good to miss.
A western movie
I love this John Wayne movie that was made with Montgomery Clift - it's a true classic Western, made with all the creativity of the time that it was produced.
The ultimate Marine Corp. movie where Wayne plays a central figure. The action and impact of the war gives one a perspective of the time it was made.
If you like war films where the Navy is the focus, then you won't want to miss this particular Wayne classic.
The Searchers
In this film, Wayne depicts a veteran of the Civil War. Another John Ford film that Wayne starred in that was made midway in his career.
El Dorado
A later John Wayne Western classic. Directed by Howard Hanks, the film provides an escape into the renegade West. The film also stars Robert Mitchum.
How The West Was Won
How the West Was Won provides a historical narrative and stars such wonderful actors as Henry Fonda, Jimmy Stewart, Karl Malden, Walter Brennan and Carroll Baker among many others. It's not a cowboy film but rather a depiction of the struggles of those people who eventually called the West their home.
Jet Pilot
If you like a good Air Force movie, then pull up a chair and watch this John Wayne cinema classic.
An earlier Navy movie made by John Wayne. You should definitely add it to any collection of Navy movies made by Wayne, including Operation Pacific, They Were Expendable and In Harm's Way.
The Horse Soldiers
This is another Cavalry movie of Wayne's. It's a good movie like his other cavalary movies--Ft. Apache, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Undefeated and The Alamo. In fact, if you like these types of war movies, you'll not be disappointed if you purchase any of the aformentoned titles.
The Shootist
I put The Shootist at the end of the list, where it really should go. Not because it's bad. It was the last Western and film that John Wayne made. Therefore, it's a little sad to watch. Good acting and a good flim.

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November 05, 2011
Great list. I like the idea that The Shootist is at the end also where it belongs. I have a difficult watching that film. I really like it, but its a sad subject matter and so close to what was happening in his real life at the time.
August 11, 2010
Love the list, caused me to do some writing.
August 08, 2010
Stagecoach is John Wayne's best film but John Carradine steals the picture in his role as the Hatfield, the southern gentleman.
August 05, 2010
Hi devora: Thanks very much for your comment. The movies are certainly quintessential films of the silver screen. Take care.
August 05, 2010
Great list, Donna! Real classics right now :)
August 04, 2010
Hi Scotman-- John Wayne made so many movies, besides Westerns. Basically, you can develop niches - John Wayne Cavalry movies, John Wayne Marine Corp. movies, John Wayne Navy movies, John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara movies (well, you get the idea) . . . . Anyway, thanks very much for the review. I appreciate it. Sincerely, Donna
August 05, 2010
Hey Donna, just a tip: when you want to respond to someone, you should click on the "Reply" link at the bottom of their comment. That way, they'll be notified when you respond. Otherwise, if you post your response as a new comment, they're not going to know that you responded ;)
August 04, 2010
Thanks very much AerinBlue, I enjoyed compiling the list.
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