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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    Rio Bravo

    most listed
    John Wayne, Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson

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  2. 2
    + 1185
    - 120
    The Searchers

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

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  3. 3
    + 1091
    - 116
    True Grit


    John Wayne, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper

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  4. 4
    + 917
    - 110
    El Dorado


    John Wayne, James Caan, Robert Mitchum

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  5. 5
    + 1111
    - 121
    The Quiet Man


    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald

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  6. 6
    + 718
    - 122
    Sands of Iwo Jima


    John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Richard Jaeckel

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  7. 7
    + 875
    - 122
    The Shootist


    John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, James Stewart

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  8. 8
    + 752
    - 92
    Stagecoach


    John Wayne, John Carradine, Claire Trevor

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  9. 9
    + 852
    - 120
    The Sons of Katie Elder


    John Wayne, Dean Martin, Dennis Hopper

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  10. 10
    + 755
    - 71
    She Wore a Yellow Ribbon


    John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey

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  11. 11
    + 837
    - 87
    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance


    John Wayne, James Stewart, Lee Marvin

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  12. 12
    + 949
    - 114
    McLintock!


    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Stefanie Powers

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  13. 13
    + 858
    - 102
    Big Jake


    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Harry Carey

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  14. 14
    + 718
    - 65
    Red River


    John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters

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  15. 15
    + 669
    - 61
    Rio Grande


    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson

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  16. 16
    + 606
    - 60
    Fort Apache


    Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Ward Bond

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  17. 17
    + 744
    - 103
    The Cowboys


    John Wayne, Bruce Dern, Slim Pickens

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  18. 18
    + 638
    - 66
    Hondo


    John Wayne, James Arness, Geraldine Page

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  19. 19
    + 661
    - 90
    Chisum


    John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Forrest Tucker

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  20. 20
    + 550
    - 98
    The Longest Day


    Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton

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  21. 21
    + 542
    - 82
    The Alamo


    John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Frankie Avalon

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  22. 22
    + 555
    - 90
    Rio Lobo


    John Wayne, Jennifer O'Neill, Jack Elam

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  23. 23
    + 603
    - 70
    The Horse Soldiers


    John Wayne, William Holden, Althea Gibson

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  24. 24
    + 630
    - 104
    Rooster Cogburn


    John Wayne, Katharine Hepburn, Strother Martin

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  25. 25
    + 558
    - 80
    North to Alaska


    John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Fabian

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  26. 26
    + 510
    - 60
    The Comancheros


    John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Jack Elam

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  27. 27
    + 431
    - 75
    Angel and the Badman


    John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey

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  28. 28
    + 483
    - 93
    Hellfighters


    John Wayne, Katharine Ross, Vera Miles

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  29. 29
    + 523
    - 94
    The War Wagon


    Sean Connery, John Wayne, Donald Sutherland

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  30. 30
    + 339
    - 62
    Back to Bataan


    John Wayne, Anthony Quinn, Paul Fix

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  31. 31
    + 406
    - 85
    The Undefeated


    John Wayne, Merlin Olsen, Rock Hudson

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  32. 32
    + 483
    - 106
    Cahill U.S. Marshal


    John Wayne, George Kennedy, Scott Walker

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  33. 33
    + 534
    - 78
    In Harm's Way

    ranked low on reranks
    John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda

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  34. 34
    + 450
    - 95
    Hatari!


    John Wayne, Red Buttons, Hardy Krüger

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  35. 35
    + 409
    - 62
    Flying Tigers


    John Wayne, Anna Lee, Gordon Jones

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  36. 36
    + 391
    - 56
    Flying Leathernecks


    John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Milburn Stone

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  37. 37
    + 532
    - 107
    The Green Berets


    John Wayne, George Takei, Vera Miles

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  38. 38
    + 428
    - 56
    They Were Expendable


    John Wayne, Donna Reed, Robert Montgomery

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  39. 39
    + 379
    - 64
    The Fighting Seabees


    John Wayne, Susan Hayward, William Frawley

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  40. 40
    + 509
    - 84
    Donovan's Reef


    John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Cesar Romero

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  41. 41
    + 354
    - 82
    The Fighting Kentuckian


    John Wayne, Oliver Hardy, Vera Ralston

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  42. 42
    + 367
    - 84
    How the West Was Won


    John Wayne, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds

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  43. 43
    + 354
    - 72
    3 Godfathers


    John Wayne, Ward Bond, Harry Carey

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  44. 44
    + 293
    - 67
    Tall in the Saddle


    John Wayne, Ward Bond, George "Gabby" Hayes

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  45. 45
    + 321
    - 84
    The Train Robbers


    John Wayne, Ann-Margret, Ricardo Montalbán

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  46. 46
    + 292
    - 58
    The Wings of Eagles


    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ward Bond

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  47. 47
    + 305
    - 72
    The High and the Mighty


    John Wayne, Robert Stack, Claire Trevor

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  48. 48
    + 270
    - 50
    Operation Pacific


    John Wayne, Patricia Neal, Ward Bond

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  49. 49
    + 225
    - 74
    The Big Trail


    John Wayne, Tully Marshall, El Brendel

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  50. 50
    + 207
    - 54
    Dark Command


    John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Walter Pidgeon

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