The best John Wayne’s movies

John Wayne

John Wayne

26/05/1907- 11/06/1979
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Rio Bravo

Rio Bravo
8/10
  • Genre: Western
  • Release: 17/03/1959
  • Character: John Chance
The sheriff of a small town in southwest Texas must keep custody of a murderer whose brother, a powerful rancher, is trying to help him escape. After a friend is killed trying to muster support for him, he and his deputies - a disgraced drunk and a cantankerous old cripple - must find a way to hold out against the rancher's hired guns until the marshal arrives. In the meantime, matters are complicated by the presence of a young gunslinger - and a mysterious beauty who just came in on the last stagecoach.

How the West Was Won

How the West Was Won
7/10
  • Genre: Western
  • Release: 01/10/1962
  • Character: William Sherman
The epic tale of the development of the American West from the 1830s through the Civil War to the end of the century, as seen through the eyes of one pioneer family.

The Alamo

The Alamo
6.8/10
  • Genre: Western
  • Release: 23/10/1960
  • Character: Col. Davy Crockett
The legendary true story of a small band of soldiers who sacrificed their lives in hopeless combat against a massive army in order to prevent a tyrant from smashing the new Republic of Texas.

The Searchers

The Searchers
7.9/10
  • Genre: Western
  • Release: 07/05/1956
  • Character: Ethan Edwards
As a Civil War veteran spends years searching for a young niece captured by Indians, his motivation becomes increasingly questionable.

The Greatest Story Ever Told

The Greatest Story Ever Told
6.5/10
  • Genre: DramaHistory
  • Release: 15/02/1965
  • Character: Centurion at crucifixion
From his birth in Bethlehem to his death and eventual resurrection, the life of Jesus Christ is given the all-star treatment in this epic retelling. Major aspects of Christ's life are touched upon, including the execution of all the newborn males in Egypt by King Herod; Christ's baptism by John the Baptist; and the betrayal by Judas after the Last Supper that eventually leads to Christ's crucifixion and miraculous return.

El Dorado

El Dorado
7.5/10
Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water.

The Undefeated

The Undefeated
6.6/10
  • Genre: Western
  • Release: 04/10/1969
  • Character: Colonel John Henry Thomas
After the Civil War, ex-Union Colonel John Henry Thomas and ex-Confederate Colonel James Langdon are leading two disparate groups of people through strife-torn Mexico. John Henry and company are bringing horses to the unpopular Mexican government for $35 a head while Langdon is leading a contingent of displaced southerners, who are looking for a new life in Mexico after losing their property to carpetbaggers. The two men are eventually forced to mend their differences in order to fight off both bandits and revolutionaries, as they try to lead their friends and kin to safety.

The Longest Day

The Longest Day
7.7/10
  • Genre: War
  • Release: 25/09/1962
  • Character: Col. Benjamin Vandervoort
The retelling of June 6, 1944, from the perspectives of the Germans, US, British, Canadians, and the Free French. Marshall Erwin Rommel, touring the defenses being established as part of the Reich's Atlantic Wall, notes to his officers that when the Allied invasion comes they must be stopped on the beach. "For the Allies as well as the Germans, it will be the longest day"

True Grit

True Grit
7.4/10
  • Genre: Western
  • Release: 11/06/1969
  • Character: Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn
The murder of her father sends a teenage tomboy on a mission of 'justice', which involves avenging her father's death. She recruits a tough old marshal, 'Rooster' Cogburn because he has 'true grit', and a reputation of getting the job done.

Cahill U.S. Marshal

Cahill U.S. Marshal
6.4/10
  • Genre: DramaWestern
  • Release: 11/07/1973
  • Character: J.D. Cahill
J.D. Cahill is the toughest U.S. Marshal they've got, just the sound of his name makes bad guys stop in their tracks, so when his two young boy's want to get his attention they decide to rob a bank. They end up getting more than they bargained for.

Red River

Red River
7.8/10
Headstrong Thomas Dunson starts a thriving Texas cattle ranch with the help of his faithful trail hand, Groot, and his protégé, Matthew Garth, an orphan Dunson took under his wing when Matt was a boy. In need of money following the Civil War, Dunson and Matt lead a cattle drive to Missouri, where they will get a better price than locally, but the crotchety older man and his willful young partner begin to butt heads on the exhausting journey.

McLintock!

McLintock!
7.1/10
  • Genre: ComedyWestern
  • Release: 12/11/1963
  • Character: George Washington McLintock
Ageing, wealthy, rancher and self-made man, George Washington McLintock is forced to deal with numerous personal and professional problems. Seemingly everyone wants a piece of his enormous farmstead, including high-ranking government men, McLintock's own sons and nearby Native Americans. As McLintock tries to juggle his various adversaries, his wife—who left him two years previously—suddenly returns. But she isn't interested in George; she wants custody of their daughter.

Rio Lobo

Rio Lobo
6.7/10
  • Genre: Western
  • Release: 01/04/1970
  • Character: Colonel Cord McNally
After the Civil War, Cord McNally searches for the traitor whose perfidy caused the defeat of McNally's unit and the loss of a close friend.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
8.1/10
  • Genre: Western
  • Release: 15/04/1962
  • Character: Tom Doniphon
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.

Stagecoach

Stagecoach
7.8/10
A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo, and learn something about each other in the process.

North to Alaska

North to Alaska
6.9/10
Sam and George strike gold in Alaska. George sends Sam to Seattle to bring George's fiancé back to Alaska. Sam finds she is already married, and returns instead with Angel. Sam, after trying to get George and Angel together, finally romances Angel, who, in the meantime, is busy fighting off the advances of George's younger brother, Billy.

The Quiet Man

The Quiet Man
7.7/10
An American man returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he finds love and conflict.

Hondo

Hondo
7/10
  • Genre: Western
  • Release: 25/11/1953
  • Character: Hondo Lane
Army despatch rider Hondo Lane discovers a woman and her son living in the midst of warring Apaches, and he becomes their protector.

Reap the Wild Wind

Reap the Wild Wind
6.7/10
The Florida Keys in 1840, where the implacable hurricanes of the Caribbean scream, where the salvagers of Key West, like the intrepid and beautiful Loxi Claiborne and her crew, reap, aboard frail schooners, the harvest of the wild wind, facing the shark teeth of the reefs to rescue the sailors and the cargo from the shipwrecks caused by the scavengers of the sea.

The Cowboys

The Cowboys
7.4/10
When his cattlemen abandon him for the gold fields, rancher Wil Andersen is forced to take on a collection of young boys as his cowboys in order to get his herd to market in time to avoid financial disaster. The boys learn to do a man's job under Andersen's tutelage; however, neither Andersen nor the boys know that a gang of cattle thieves is stalking them.

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