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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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2,068 402
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Rio Bravo John Wayne, Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson

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2,225 349
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The Quiet Man John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald

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2,008 367
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True Grit John Wayne, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper

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1,619 290
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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance John Wayne, James Stewart, Lee Marvin

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1,759 307
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El Dorado John Wayne, James Caan, Robert Mitchum

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1,625 348
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The Shootist John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, James Stewart

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1,624 278
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The Sons of Katie Elder John Wayne, Dean Martin, Dennis Hopper

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1,680 256
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Big Jake John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Harry Carey

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1,339 255
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Stagecoach John Wayne, John Carradine, Claire Trevor

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1,285 250
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Sands of Iwo Jima John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Richard Jaeckel

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1,436 192
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She Wore a Yellow Ribbon John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey

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1,941 303
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McLintock! John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Stefanie Powers

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1,248 154
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Rio Grande John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson

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1,348 198
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Red River John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters

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1,181 183
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Hondo John Wayne, James Arness, Geraldine Page

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1,063 155
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Fort Apache Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Ward Bond

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1,431 248
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The Cowboys John Wayne, Bruce Dern, Slim Pickens

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1,096 184
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The Horse Soldiers John Wayne, William Holden, Althea Gibson

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1,181 221
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Chisum John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Forrest Tucker

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1,000 233
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The Alamo John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Frankie Avalon

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996 237
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The Longest Day Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton

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994 226
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Rio Lobo John Wayne, Jennifer O'Neill, Jack Elam

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1,126 267
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Rooster Cogburn John Wayne, Katharine Hepburn, Strother Martin

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1,002 172
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In Harm's Way John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda

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791 137
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They Were Expendable John Wayne, Donna Reed, Robert Montgomery

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903 165
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The Comancheros John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Jack Elam

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1,013 244
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The Green Berets John Wayne, George Takei, Vera Miles

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1,018 195
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North to Alaska John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Fabian

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674 167
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Flying Tigers John Wayne, Anna Lee, Gordon Jones

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957 191
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Donovan's Reef John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Cesar Romero

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859 214
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Hellfighters John Wayne, Katharine Ross, Vera Miles

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742 189
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Angel and the Badman John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey

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906 211
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The War Wagon Sean Connery, John Wayne, Donald Sutherland

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867 208
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Hatari! John Wayne, Red Buttons, Hardy Krüger

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650 174
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3 Godfathers John Wayne, Ward Bond, Harry Carey^! Jr.

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638 146
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Flying Leathernecks John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Milburn Stone

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683 212
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The Undefeated John Wayne, Merlin Olsen, Rock Hudson

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776 237
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Cahill U.S. Marshal John Wayne, George Kennedy, Scott Walker

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642 159
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The Fighting Seabees John Wayne, Susan Hayward, William Frawley

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561 169
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Back to Bataan John Wayne, Anthony Quinn, Paul Fix

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589 176
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The Fighting Kentuckian John Wayne, Oliver Hardy, Vera Ralston

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582 208
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How the West Was Won John Wayne, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds

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541 192
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The Train Robbers John Wayne, Ann-Margret, Ricardo Montalbán

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502 180
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The High and the Mighty John Wayne, Robert Stack, Claire Trevor

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492 158
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The Wings of Eagles John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ward Bond

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483 126
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Operation Pacific John Wayne, Patricia Neal, Ward Bond

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341 147
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Blood Alley John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Anita Ekberg

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446 189
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Tall in the Saddle John Wayne, Ward Bond, George "Gabby" Hayes

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330 132
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