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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.

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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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    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald

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    Maureen O'Hara, Roddy McDowall, Walter Pidgeon

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    John Wayne, James Stewart, Lee Marvin

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    John Wayne, John Carradine, Claire Trevor

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    Henry Fonda, Walter Brennan, Linda Darnell

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    Henry Fonda, John Carradine, John Qualen

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    Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Ward Bond

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    John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey

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    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson

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    Henry Fonda, Ward Bond, Donald Meek

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    James Arness, Ben Johnson, Ward Bond

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    John Wayne, Donna Reed, Robert Montgomery

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    John Wayne, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond

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    Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, James Cagney

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    John Wayne, William Holden, Althea Gibson

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    Henry Fonda, Claudette Colbert, John Carradine

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    Woody Strode, Jeffrey Hunter, Billie Burke

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    John Wayne, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds

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    John Wayne, Ward Bond, Harry Carey

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    John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Cesar Romero

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    Anne Bancroft, Woody Strode, Flora Robson

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    Heather Angel, Victor McLaglen, Jack Mulhall

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    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ward Bond

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    Henry Fonda, Donald Crisp, Jane Darwell

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    Stepin Fetchit, John Russell, Ludwig Stössel

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

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    Grace Kelly, Clark Gable, Ava Gardner

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    James Stewart, Shirley Jones, Richard Widmark

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    James Stewart, Edward G. Robinson, Ricardo Montalbán

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    Henry Fonda, Dolores del Río, Mel Ferrer

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    Dorothy Lamour, Mary Astor, John Carradine

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    Will Rogers, Eugene Pallette, Anne Shirley

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    Torpedo Squadron

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    Spencer Tracy, Basil Rathbone, Jeffrey Hunter

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    Maureen O'Hara, Tyrone Power, Peter Graves

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

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    Katharine Hepburn, Fredric March, John Carradine

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    Walter Huston, Dana Andrews, Paul Hurst

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    Harry Carey

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    Boris Karloff, Reginald Denny, Victor McLaglen

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

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    John Wayne, Myrna Loy, Randolph Scott

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    Loretta Young, Richard Greene

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    Shirley Temple, Cesar Romero, Victor McLaglen

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    John Ford

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    Gloria Stuart, Francis McDonald, Warner Baxter

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    Harry Carey

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