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Favorite John Wayne Movies

  • Nov 5, 2011
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There are so many sides to John Wayne. The war film John Wayne, the cowboy John Wayne, the comedic John Wayne, the serious John Wayne. McLintock combines the cowboy and the comedic in what I consider a perfect John Wayne movie. And to top it off he is co starring with Maureen O'Hara once more. Also starring my favorite, Stephanie Powers as his daughter, Patrick Wayne, Chill Wills, Jerry Van Dyke. I saw this at the movies as a kid, on TV many many times. Then in the VCR days I had a VHS copy, now I have a DVD copy. Next step the Blu Ray I guess.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
One of Wayne's best westerns. I think perhaps its close to a perfect western. Also starring James Stewart and Lee Marvin. Andy Devine is wonderful as the cowardly sheriff. The story is powerful and moving. I always get emotional at the ending of this great movie.
Rio Bravo (1959)
Very close to being my favorite John Wayne movie. My top three favorites are so close it could be a three way tie for favorite. Walter Brennen is one of my favorite character actors and he turns in a performance here that is typical Walter Brennen yet still original and dynamic. Dean Martin has one of his best roles in this movie also. And surprising Ricky Nelson stands tall up against these other giant acting talents.
The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)
How often do we get to see Oliver Hardy in a movie without Stan Laurel. That alone makes this a must see in my opinion. He is surprisingly good as Wayne's sidekick in this movie. I never tire of watching this one.
Based on the life of naval hero Frank "Spig" Wead, John Wayne gives an emotional and moving performance in this film. Teamed once again with the wonderful Maureen O'Hara and also starring Dan Dailey. Also once again is Ward Bond another of Wayne's favorite co-stars.
This is the western classic all other westerns are measured against. Although not at the top of my list, its still a Wayne classic.
The Alamo (Widescreen Edition) (2004)
John Waynes overblown epic tale of The Alamo has caused disagreements between not only the ciritcs but Wayne fans also. Tome is a failed classic. But still a classic.
The Quiet Man
John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, and Ireland. Enough for me to want to return every year for an annual St. Patricks Day viewing.
Donovan's Reef
The comedic side of John Wayne comes out once more in this strange but fun romp on a Pacific Island. It would not hold up as PC today for many reasons. But I still get a laugh from this film and find it fun.
The Shootist
I would have to include this on any John Wayne film list just for the reason alone that it was his last film. But what a powerful ending to his career. The story of an aging gun slinger dying from cancer. John was fighting his own battle with cancer while making this film which makes it all the more powerful and difficult to watch for me. Its at the bottom of the list where it belongs to add a fitting finale to my John Wayne film list. Although its not anywhere near the bottom of my personal favorites list.

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