film The Best John Wayne Movies of All Time, Ranked

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List Rules Vote for your favorite John Wayne movies, regardless of critic reviews or how big the role was.

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 John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Vera Miles

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True Grit John Wayne, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper

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Rio Bravo John Wayne, Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson

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The Quiet Man John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald

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El Dorado John Wayne, James Caan, Robert Mitchum

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance John Wayne, James Stewart, Lee Marvin

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Big Jake John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Harry Carey

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The Shootist John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, James Stewart

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McLintock! John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Stefanie Powers

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The Sons of Katie Elder John Wayne, Dean Martin, Dennis Hopper

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Stagecoach John Wayne, John Carradine, Claire Trevor

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Sands of Iwo Jima John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Richard Jaeckel

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She Wore a Yellow Ribbon John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey

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Rio Grande John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson

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Red River John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters

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Hondo John Wayne, James Arness, Geraldine Page

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Chisum John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Forrest Tucker

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Fort Apache Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Ward Bond

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The Alamo John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Frankie Avalon

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The Cowboys John Wayne, Bruce Dern, Slim Pickens

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The Horse Soldiers John Wayne, William Holden, Althea Gibson

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The Longest Day Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton

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Rio Lobo John Wayne, Jennifer O'Neill, Jack Elam

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Rooster Cogburn John Wayne, Katharine Hepburn, Strother Martin

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In Harm's Way John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda

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The Green Berets John Wayne, George Takei, Vera Miles

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The Comancheros John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Jack Elam

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North to Alaska John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Fabian

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They Were Expendable John Wayne, Donna Reed, Robert Montgomery

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Hellfighters John Wayne, Katharine Ross, Vera Miles

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Angel and the Badman John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey

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The War Wagon Sean Connery, John Wayne, Donald Sutherland

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Donovan's Reef John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Cesar Romero

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The Undefeated John Wayne, Merlin Olsen, Rock Hudson

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Cahill U.S. Marshal John Wayne, George Kennedy, Scott Walker

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Flying Tigers John Wayne, Anna Lee, Gordon Jones

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The Fighting Seabees John Wayne, Susan Hayward, William Frawley

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Hatari! John Wayne, Red Buttons, Hardy Krüger

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3 Godfathers John Wayne, Ward Bond, Harry Carey

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Flying Leathernecks John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Milburn Stone

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Back to Bataan John Wayne, Anthony Quinn, Paul Fix

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The Fighting Kentuckian John Wayne, Oliver Hardy, Vera Ralston

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How the West Was Won John Wayne, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds

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The Train Robbers John Wayne, Ann-Margret, Ricardo Montalbán

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The Wings of Eagles John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ward Bond

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The High and the Mighty John Wayne, Robert Stack, Claire Trevor

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Operation Pacific John Wayne, Patricia Neal, Ward Bond

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Tall in the Saddle John Wayne, Ward Bond, George "Gabby" Hayes

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Blood Alley John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Anita Ekberg

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