Best John Wayne Movies Films
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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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    Ricky Nelson, Walter Brennan, Angie Dickinson

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    John Wayne, Lana Wood, Ward Bond

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    John Wayne, John Agar, Arthur Franz

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    John Carradine, Thomas Mitchell, John Wayne

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    Ed Asner, John Wayne, Don Collier

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    George Kennedy, John Wayne, John Litel

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    Virginia Capers, John Wayne, Patrick Wayne

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    Robert Duvall, John Wayne, Alfred Ryder

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    Lauren Bacall, Scatman Crothers, Ricky Nelson

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    Charles B. Fitzsimons, John Wayne, Jack MacGowran

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    Ben Johnson, Claude Jarman, Jr.

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    John Wayne, Stefanie Powers, Patrick Wayne

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    Richard Farnsworth, Walter Brennan, John Wayne

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    Ben Johnson, John Wayne, Victor McLaglen

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    Richard Farnsworth, Bruce Dern, A Martinez

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    John Carradine, Anna Lee, Edmond O'Brien

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    Alexander Knox, Roddy McDowall, Sal Mineo

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    Ben Johnson, John Wayne, Andrew Prine

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    George Plimpton, John Wayne, Sherry Lansing

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    Geraldine Page, John Wayne, Rodolfo Acosta

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    Anna Lee, Shirley Temple, Victor McLaglen

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    John Wayne, Anthony Zerbe, Katharine Hepburn

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    Althea Gibson, Anna Lee, John Wayne

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    George Kennedy, John Wayne, Royal Dano

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    Bruce Dern, John Wayne, Sean Connery

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    John Wayne, Harry Carey, Bruce Cabot

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    John Wayne, Anthony Quinn, Benson Fong

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    Katharine Ross, John Wayne, Bruce Cabot

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    Anna Lee, John Wayne, Paul Kelly

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    Carroll O'Connor, Burgess Meredith, George Kennedy

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    David Janssen, John Wayne, Patrick Wayne

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    Fabian, John Wayne, Ernie Kovacs

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    Laurence Harvey, John Wayne, Patrick Wayne

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    Agnes Moorehead, Debbie Reynolds, Walter Brennan

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    John Wayne, Ina Balin, Lee Marvin

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    John Wayne, Philip Dorn, Grant Withers

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    Jack Warden, John Wayne, Lee Marvin

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    John Wayne, Don Taylor, Carleton Young

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    Richard Hageman, Jane Darwell, John Wayne

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    Ann-Margret, Rod Taylor, Ben Johnson

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    Rock Hudson, Richard Mulligan, Ben Johnson

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    John Wayne, William Frawley, Dennis O'Keefe

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    Donna Reed, Leon Ames, Robert Montgomery

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    Red Buttons, John Wayne, Henry Scott

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    John Wayne, Tully Marshall, Charles Stevens

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    John Wayne, Ella Raines, Ward Bond

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    John Wayne, Richard Attenborough, Harry Fielder

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    John Wayne, Harry Carey, Betty Field

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    Colleen Dewhurst, John Wayne, Roger E. Mosley

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    Robert Stack, Jan Sterling, John Wayne

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