The Best Movies Directed by John Ford Films
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The Best Movies Directed by John Ford

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.

Make sure to re-rank this list so you can share it with your friends and measure how your social network would rank these movies. (146 items)


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, Lana Wood, Ward Bond

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    John Carradine, Anna Lee, Edmond O'Brien

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    John Carradine, Jane Darwell, Henry Fonda

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    Ben Johnson, Claude Jarman, Jr.

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    Anna Lee, Shirley Temple, Victor McLaglen

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    John Carradine, Thomas Mitchell, John Wayne

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    Charles B. Fitzsimons, John Wayne, Jack MacGowran

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    Roddy McDowall, Anna Lee, Patric Knowles

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    Ben Johnson, John Wayne, Victor McLaglen

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    Walter Brennan, Jane Darwell, Henry Fonda

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    Donna Reed, Leon Ames, Robert Montgomery

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    Ben Johnson, Jane Darwell, Ward Bond

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    Alice Brady, Henry Fonda, Ward Bond

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    John Carradine, Henry Fonda, Ward Bond

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    Althea Gibson, Anna Lee, John Wayne

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    Jack Lemmon, James Cagney, Henry Fonda

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    Agnes Moorehead, Debbie Reynolds, Walter Brennan

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    Constance Towers, Carleton Young, Judson Pratt

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    Richard Hageman, Jane Darwell, John Wayne

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    Thomas Mitchell, John Wayne, Ian Hunter

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    Shirley Jones, John McIntire, Woody Strode

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    Jane Darwell, Henry Fonda, Donald Crisp

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    Dan Dailey, John Wayne, Ward Bond

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    Heather Angel, Robert Parrish, Victor McLaglen

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    Jack Warden, John Wayne, Lee Marvin

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

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    Arthur Kennedy, Sal Mineo, Edward G. Robinson

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    Anne Bancroft, Sue Lyon, Woody Strode

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    Torpedo Squadron

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    Charles Winninger, John Russell, Arleen Whelan

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    John Carradine, Katharine Hepburn, Fredric March

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    Walter Huston, Paul Hurst, Harry Davenport

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    Eugene Pallette, Irvin S. Cobb, Hobart Bosworth

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    Spencer Tracy, Basil Rathbone, Donald Crisp

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    Dolores del Río, Henry Fonda, Mel Ferrer

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    Harry Carey

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    Victor McLaglen, Boris Karloff, Wallace Ford

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    John Wayne, Victor McLaglen, Randolph Scott

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    Rookie of the Year John Wayne, Patrick Wayne, Harry Tyler

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    Loretta Young, Richard Greene

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    Shirley Temple, Victor McLaglen, June Lang

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    Clark Gable, Grace Kelly, Eric Pohlmann

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    Harry Carey

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    Warner Baxter, Arthur Byron, Gloria Stuart

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    Pilgrimage Heather Angel, Henrietta Crosman

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    Chesty: A Tribute to a Legend

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    Hattie McDaniel, Tom Brown, Will Rogers

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    Gene Tierney, Marjorie Rambeau, Zeffie Tilbury

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