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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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The Searchers John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Vera Miles

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

2,030 372
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True Grit John Wayne, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper

2,088 411
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Rio Bravo John Wayne, Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson

1,632 293
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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance John Wayne, James Stewart, Lee Marvin

1,775 314
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El Dorado John Wayne, James Caan, Robert Mitchum

1,639 353
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The Shootist John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, James Stewart

1,639 281
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The Sons of Katie Elder John Wayne, Dean Martin, Dennis Hopper

1,299 252
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Sands of Iwo Jima John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Richard Jaeckel

1,697 260
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Big Jake John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Harry Carey

1,351 260
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Stagecoach John Wayne, John Carradine, Claire Trevor

1,448 194
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She Wore a Yellow Ribbon John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey

1,970 307
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McLintock! John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Stefanie Powers

1,256 155
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Rio Grande John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson

1,362 199
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Red River John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters

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1,190 185
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Hondo John Wayne, James Arness, Geraldine Page

1,071 157
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Fort Apache Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Ward Bond

1,442 248
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The Cowboys John Wayne, Bruce Dern, Slim Pickens

1,103 185
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The Horse Soldiers John Wayne, William Holden, Althea Gibson

1,191 223
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Chisum John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Forrest Tucker

1,011 236
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The Alamo John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Frankie Avalon

1,000 239
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The Longest Day Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton

996 230
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Rio Lobo John Wayne, Jennifer O'Neill, Jack Elam

1,133 269
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Rooster Cogburn John Wayne, Katharine Hepburn, Strother Martin

1,011 173
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In Harm's Way John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda

797 141
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They Were Expendable John Wayne, Donna Reed, Robert Montgomery

1,018 247
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The Green Berets John Wayne, George Takei, Vera Miles

908 168
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The Comancheros John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Jack Elam

1,024 198
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North to Alaska John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Fabian

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964 194
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Donovan's Reef John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Cesar Romero

678 170
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Flying Tigers John Wayne, Anna Lee, Gordon Jones

865 216
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Hellfighters John Wayne, Katharine Ross, Vera Miles

748 191
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Angel and the Badman John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey

914 212
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The War Wagon Sean Connery, John Wayne, Donald Sutherland

872 212
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Hatari! John Wayne, Red Buttons, Hardy Krüger

656 176
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3 Godfathers John Wayne, Ward Bond, Harry Carey^! Jr.

643 148
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Flying Leathernecks John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Milburn Stone

783 238
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Cahill U.S. Marshal John Wayne, George Kennedy, Scott Walker

685 215
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The Undefeated John Wayne, Merlin Olsen, Rock Hudson

647 161
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The Fighting Seabees John Wayne, Susan Hayward, William Frawley

565 172
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Back to Bataan John Wayne, Anthony Quinn, Paul Fix

593 177
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The Fighting Kentuckian John Wayne, Oliver Hardy, Vera Ralston

585 209
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How the West Was Won John Wayne, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds

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545 193
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The Train Robbers John Wayne, Ann-Margret, Ricardo Montalbán

506 182
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The High and the Mighty John Wayne, Robert Stack, Claire Trevor

495 159
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The Wings of Eagles John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ward Bond

489 128
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Operation Pacific John Wayne, Patricia Neal, Ward Bond

343 149
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Blood Alley John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Anita Ekberg

449 191
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Tall in the Saddle John Wayne, Ward Bond, George "Gabby" Hayes

335 134
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