The Best Movies Directed by John Ford Films

The Best Movies Directed by John Ford

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List of all movies directed by John Ford ranked from best to worst with photos. Films directed by John Ford are listed here and include movie posters and John Ford movie trailers whenever possible. This is a collection of the best movies directed by John Ford as voted on by film buffs. If you think the greatest John Ford movie isn't as high as it should be on this list, then make sure to vote so that your opinion of what the top John Ford film is can be factored into this list.

From John Ford's studio films to John Ford's independent films, this John Ford filmography keeps tabs on all John Ford movies, and lets the cream of the crop rise to the top.

The list you're viewing has a variety of movies, like The Searchers and Stagecoach, in it.

If you’re wondering “what movies did John Ford direct?” or “who is John Ford?” then this list will explain how most people know this director. This list also answers questions like “what are the all-time best movies directed by John Ford?” and “what's a good selection of good John Ford movies?”

If you're wanting to get into John Ford films, then this list is a great starting point for at least starting with the most decent John Ford works.

All John Ford director credits are included. This list of every movie that John Ford has directed can be sorted for specific information such as what genre the John Ford movie is and which actors starred in the John Ford film.

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James Stewart and Steven Spielberg both worked on a John Ford directed movie, as have many other great actors. We have lists of the best movies directed by John Huston and Frank Capra too, which you might like if you're a fan of John Ford.



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    John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Vera Miles

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  2. 2
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    - 8
    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    John Wayne, James Stewart, Lee Marvin

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  3. 3
    + 65
    - 8
    The Quiet Man

    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald

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  4. 4
    + 48
    - 5
    How Green Was My Valley

    Maureen O'Hara, Roddy McDowall, Walter Pidgeon

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  5. 5
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    - 6
    Stagecoach

    John Wayne, John Carradine, Claire Trevor

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  6. 6
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    - 6
    Fort Apache

    Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Ward Bond

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  7. 7
    + 49
    - 6
    My Darling Clementine

    Henry Fonda, Walter Brennan, Linda Darnell

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  8. 8
    + 51
    - 8
    The Grapes of Wrath

    Henry Fonda, John Carradine, John Qualen

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    - 7
    She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

    John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey

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  10. 10
    + 34
    - 5
    Wagon Master

    James Arness, Ben Johnson, Ward Bond

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  11. 11
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    - 1
    The Long Voyage Home

    John Wayne, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond

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  12. 12
    + 38
    - 8
    Rio Grande

    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson

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  13. 13
    + 34
    - 6
    Young Mr. Lincoln

    Henry Fonda, Ward Bond, Donald Meek

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  14. 14
    + 32
    - 6
    They Were Expendable

    John Wayne, Donna Reed, Robert Montgomery

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  15. 15
    + 34
    - 10
    Mister Roberts

    Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, James Cagney

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  16. 16
    + 27
    - 7
    The Horse Soldiers

    John Wayne, William Holden, Althea Gibson

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  17. 17
    + 20
    - 3
    Drums Along the Mohawk

    Henry Fonda, Claudette Colbert, John Carradine

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  18. 18
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    - 9
    How the West Was Won

    John Wayne, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds

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    - 7
    Sergeant Rutledge

    Woody Strode, Jeffrey Hunter, Billie Burke

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  20. 20
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    3 Godfathers

    John Wayne, Ward Bond, Harry Carey

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    Donovan's Reef

    John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Cesar Romero

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    7 Women

    Anne Bancroft, Woody Strode, Flora Robson

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  23. 23
    + 20
    - 10
    The Informer

    Heather Angel, Victor McLaglen, Jack Mulhall

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  24. 24
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    - 7
    The Wings of Eagles

    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ward Bond

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  25. 25
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    - 8
    The Battle of Midway

    Henry Fonda, Donald Crisp, Jane Darwell

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    + 18
    - 10
    Cheyenne Autumn

    James Stewart, Edward G. Robinson, Ricardo Montalbán

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    + 12
    - 5
    The Iron Horse

    George O'Brien, J. Farrell MacDonald, Madge Bellamy

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    - 4
    The Sun Shines Bright

    Stepin Fetchit, John Russell, Ludwig Stössel

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  29. 29
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    - 6
    Mogambo

    Grace Kelly, Clark Gable, Ava Gardner

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    - 9
    Two Rode Together

    James Stewart, Shirley Jones, Richard Widmark

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    + 8
    - 3
    The Fugitive

    Henry Fonda, Dolores del Río, Mel Ferrer

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    + 8
    - 5
    Torpedo Squadron

    Torpedo Squadron

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    + 7
    - 4
    The Hurricane

    Dorothy Lamour, Mary Astor, John Carradine

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    + 7
    - 4
    Steamboat Round the Bend

    Will Rogers, Eugene Pallette, Anne Shirley

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    Tobacco Road
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    + 7
    - 5
    Judge Priest

    Hattie McDaniel, Will Rogers, Anita Louise

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    - 4
    The Lost Patrol

    Boris Karloff, Reginald Denny, Victor McLaglen

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    - 4
    The Last Hurrah

    Spencer Tracy, Basil Rathbone, Jeffrey Hunter

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    - 3
    The Long Gray Line

    Maureen O'Hara, Tyrone Power, Peter Graves

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    - 1
    How the West Was Won: Special Edition: Bonus Material

    How the West Was Won: Special Edition: Bonus Material George Peppard, Gregory Peck, Richard Widmark

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    - 13
    Mary of Scotland

    Katharine Hepburn, Fredric March, John Carradine

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    + 10
    - 9
    December 7th

    Walter Huston, Dana Andrews, Paul Hurst

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    + 8
    - 7
    Wee Willie Winkie

    Shirley Temple, Cesar Romero, Victor McLaglen

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    - 5
    Rider of the Law

    Harry Carey

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    + 3
    - 2
    The Black Watch

    John Wayne, Myrna Loy, Randolph Scott

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    - 2
    Rookie of the Year

    Rookie of the Year John Wayne, Vera Miles, Ward Bond

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    - 8
    Four Men and a Prayer

    Loretta Young, Richard Greene

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    - 5
    The Prisoner of Shark Island

    Gloria Stuart, Francis McDonald, Warner Baxter

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    The Tornado

    John Ford

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    The Outcasts of Poker Flat
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