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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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Rio Bravo John Wayne, Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson

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1,993 359
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True Grit John Wayne, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper

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2,062 439
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The Searchers John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Vera Miles

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2,212 345
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The Quiet Man John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald

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1,607 285
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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance John Wayne, James Stewart, Lee Marvin

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1,747 301
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El Dorado John Wayne, James Caan, Robert Mitchum

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1,612 344
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The Shootist John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, James Stewart

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1,613 272
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The Sons of Katie Elder John Wayne, Dean Martin, Dennis Hopper

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1,665 252
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Big Jake John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Harry Carey

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1,330 252
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Stagecoach John Wayne, John Carradine, Claire Trevor

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1,427 188
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She Wore a Yellow Ribbon John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey

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1,276 249
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Sands of Iwo Jima John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Richard Jaeckel

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1,929 299
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McLintock! John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Stefanie Powers

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1,241 151
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Rio Grande John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson

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1,339 194
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Red River John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters

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1,175 179
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Hondo John Wayne, James Arness, Geraldine Page

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1,055 154
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Fort Apache Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Ward Bond

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1,418 244
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The Cowboys John Wayne, Bruce Dern, Slim Pickens

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1,090 181
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The Horse Soldiers John Wayne, William Holden, Althea Gibson

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1,177 218
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Chisum John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Forrest Tucker

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992 231
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The Alamo John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Frankie Avalon

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990 235
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The Longest Day Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton

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989 222
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Rio Lobo John Wayne, Jennifer O'Neill, Jack Elam

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1,121 263
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Rooster Cogburn John Wayne, Katharine Hepburn, Strother Martin

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994 172
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In Harm's Way John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda

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784 137
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They Were Expendable John Wayne, Donna Reed, Robert Montgomery

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1,003 242
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The Green Berets John Wayne, George Takei, Vera Miles

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895 164
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The Comancheros John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Jack Elam

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1,009 195
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North to Alaska John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Fabian

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

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669 167
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Flying Tigers John Wayne, Anna Lee, Gordon Jones

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857 211
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Hellfighters John Wayne, Katharine Ross, Vera Miles

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739 186
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Angel and the Badman John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey

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900 208
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The War Wagon Sean Connery, John Wayne, Donald Sutherland

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863 206
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Hatari! John Wayne, Red Buttons, Hardy Krüger

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636 143
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Flying Leathernecks John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Milburn Stone

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645 172
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3 Godfathers John Wayne, Ward Bond, Harry Carey

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680 210
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The Undefeated John Wayne, Merlin Olsen, Rock Hudson

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772 234
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Cahill U.S. Marshal John Wayne, George Kennedy, Scott Walker

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638 157
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The Fighting Seabees John Wayne, Susan Hayward, William Frawley

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557 168
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Back to Bataan John Wayne, Anthony Quinn, Paul Fix

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584 174
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The Fighting Kentuckian John Wayne, Oliver Hardy, Vera Ralston

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578 207
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How the West Was Won John Wayne, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds

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537 189
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The Train Robbers John Wayne, Ann-Margret, Ricardo Montalbán

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496 180
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The High and the Mighty John Wayne, Robert Stack, Claire Trevor

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488 157
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The Wings of Eagles John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ward Bond

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478 126
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Operation Pacific John Wayne, Patricia Neal, Ward Bond

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338 145
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Blood Alley John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Anita Ekberg

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443 186
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Tall in the Saddle John Wayne, Ward Bond, George "Gabby" Hayes

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329 128
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