The Best John Wayne Movies Films

The Best John Wayne Movies

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List of the best John Wayne movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. John Wayne has become known as the epitome of a cowboy, but many of his first roles were as a football player in films like Brown of Harvard and The Drop Kick. John Wayne's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top John Wayne movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated John Wayne movies will be at the top of the list. John Wayne has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest John Wayne movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining John Wayne films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best John Wayne role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest John Wayne performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

Items on this list include True Grit and The Quiet Man.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best John Wayne movies?" and "What are the greatest John Wayne roles of all time?" If you are a fan of John Wayne's Old West films, you might also enjoy our list of best Clint Eastwood movies and best Gene Hackman movies.

John Ford and Cecil B. DeMille both worked with John Wayne over the years, as have plenty of other well-known directors. John Wayne was in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Charlton Heston and Jackie Gleason in terms of fame and success.

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    The Searchers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies

    the people's #1
    John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Vera Miles

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    Rio Bravo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies

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    John Wayne, Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson

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    True Grit is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper

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    The Quiet Man is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald

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    Stagecoach is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, John Carradine, Claire Trevor

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    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valan... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, James Stewart, Lee Marvin

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    She Wore a Yellow Ribbon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey

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    El Dorado is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, James Caan, Robert Mitchum

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    The Sons of Katie Elder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Dean Martin, Dennis Hopper

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    The Shootist is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, James Stewart

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    McLintock! is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Stefanie Powers

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    Sands of Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies

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    John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Richard Jaeckel

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    Red River is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters

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    Rio Grande is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson

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    Big Jake is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Harry Carey

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    Hondo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, James Arness, Geraldine Page

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    Fort Apache is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Ward Bond

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    The Cowboys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Bruce Dern, Slim Pickens

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    Chisum is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Forrest Tucker

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    The Alamo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Frankie Avalon

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    The Longest Day is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton

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    The Horse Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, William Holden, Althea Gibson

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    Rio Lobo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Jennifer O'Neill, Jack Elam

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    Rooster Cogburn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Katharine Hepburn, Strother Martin

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    The Comancheros is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Jack Elam

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    Angel and the Badman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey

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    North to Alaska is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Fabian

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    The War Wagon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    Sean Connery, John Wayne, Donald Sutherland

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    In Harm's Way is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda

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    Back to Bataan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Anthony Quinn, Paul Fix

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    Flying Tigers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Anna Lee, Gordon Jones

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    Cahill U.S. Marshal is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, George Kennedy, Scott Walker

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    Flying Leathernecks is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Milburn Stone

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    The Undefeated is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Merlin Olsen, Rock Hudson

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    Hellfighters is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Katharine Ross, Vera Miles

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    The Green Berets is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, George Takei, Vera Miles

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    They Were Expendable is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Donna Reed, Robert Montgomery

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    The Fighting Seabees is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Susan Hayward, William Frawley

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    Hatari! is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Red Buttons, Hardy Krüger

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    Donovan's Reef is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Cesar Romero

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    3 Godfathers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Ward Bond, Harry Carey

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    How the West Was Won is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds

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    The Fighting Kentuckian is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Oliver Hardy, Vera Ralston

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    The Train Robbers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Ann-Margret, Ricardo Montalbán

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    Tall in the Saddle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Ward Bond, George "Gabby" Hayes

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    The Wings of Eagles is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ward Bond

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    The High and the Mighty is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Robert Stack, Claire Trevor

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    Operation Pacific is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Patricia Neal, Ward Bond

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    The Big Trail is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Tully Marshall, El Brendel

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    Dark Command is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best John Wayne Movies


    John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Walter Pidgeon

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