John Wayne Western Roles

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List of Western movies and films with performances by John Wayne, listed alphabetically with movie trailers when available. These John Wayne Western roles include starring, supporting and cameo appearances. You can sort these John Wayne Western movies for additional information as well, such as who directed the films and when they were released. Over the years John Wayne has become known for playing characters in Western movies, so this list is the perfect resource for finding some you haven't already seen.

Movies include everything from How the West Was Won to The Searchers.

This list answers the questions, "What Western movies has John Wayne been in?" and "What are the best John Wayne Western roles?"

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'Neath the Arizona Skies is a 1934 Western film directed by Harry L. Fraser, produced by Lone Star Productions, released by Monogram Pictures and starring John Wayne. Wayne's character attempts to locate a little girl's father, so that she may claim a $50,000 Indian oil claim. The film co-stars Sheila Terry, Shirley Jean Rickert, and George "Gabby" Hayes. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: John Wayne, Yakima Canutt, Sheila Terry, Shirley Jean Rickert, Jack Rockwell, + more

Released: 1934

Directed by: Harry L. Fraser

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3 Godfathers is a 1948 American Western film directed by John Ford and filmed primarily in Death Valley, California. The screenplay, written by Frank S. Nugent and Laurence Stallings, is based on the novelette of the same name written by Peter B. Kyne. Ford had already adapted the film once before in 1919 as Marked Men. The original silent adaptation by Ford is thought to be lost today. The story is something of a retelling of the story of The Three Wise Men in an American western context. Ford decided to remake the story in Technicolor and dedicate the film to the memory of long-time friend Harry Carey who starred in the 1919 film Marked Men. Carey's son, Harry Carey Jr., plays one of the ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: John Wayne, Ward Bond, Harry Carey, Jr., Dorothy Ford, + more

Released: 1948

Directed by: John Ford

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A Lady Takes a Chance is a 1943 American romantic comedy film directed by William A. Seiter and starring Jean Arthur and John Wayne. Written by Robert Ardrey and based on a story by Jo Swerling, the film is about a New York working girl who travels to the American West on a bus tour and meets and falls in love with a handsome rodeo cowboy. The film was produced for RKO Radio Pictures by Frank Ross, who was Arthur's husband at the time. The supporting cast features comedian Phil Silvers. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: John Wayne, Jean Arthur, Phil Silvers, Charles Winninger, Mary Field

Released: 1943

Directed by: Henry Hathaway, William A. Seiter

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Allegheny Uprising is an American 1939 film produced by RKO Pictures, and starring Claire Trevor and John Wayne. Based on the 1937 novel The First Rebel by Neil H. Swanson, with a screenplay by the film's producer, P. J. Wolfson, and directed by William A. Seiter, the film is loosely based on the historical event known as the Black Boys Rebellion of 1765, after the conclusion of the French and Indian War. Clad in buckskin and a coonskin cap, Wayne plays real-life James Smith, an American coping with British rule in colonial America. The supporting cast includes Brian Donlevy, George Sanders and Chill Wills. Claire Trevor and John Wayne also headed the cast of John Ford's Stagecoach the same ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: John Wayne, George Sanders, Claire Trevor, Chill Wills, Brian Donlevy, + more

Released: 1939

Directed by: William A. Seiter

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