The Best Movies Directed By John Ford

Here is a list of all movies directed by John Ford ranked from best to worst. 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.

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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  • Stagecoach
    1
    John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine
    107 votes
    • Released: 1939
    • Directed by: John Ford
    John Ford's landmark Western revolves around an assorted group of colorful passengers aboard the Overland stagecoach bound for Lordsburg, New Mexico, in the 1880s. An alcoholic philosophizer (Thomas ...more
  • The Searchers
    2
    John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Natalie Wood
    140 votes
    • Released: 1956
    • Directed by: John Ford
    In this revered Western, Ethan Edwards (John Wayne) returns home to Texas after the Civil War. When members of his brother's family are killed or abducted by Comanches, he vows to track down his ...more

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  • They Were Expendable
    3
    Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, Donna Reed
    60 votes
    • Released: 1945
    • Directed by: John Ford, Robert Montgomery
    After a demonstration of new PT boats, navy brass are still unconvinced of their viability in combat, leaving Lt. "Rusty" Ryan (John Wayne) frustrated. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, however, Ryan ...more

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  • My Darling Clementine
    4
    Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor Mature
    82 votes
    • Released: 1946
    • Directed by: John Ford
    In the middle of a long cattle drive, Wyatt Earp (Henry Fonda) and his brothers stop off for a night in the town of Tombstone. The next morning they find their cattle stolen, and one of the brothers ...more

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  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
    5
    James Stewart, John Wayne, Vera Miles
    127 votes
    • Released: 1962
    • Directed by: John Ford
    Questions arise when Senator Stoddard (James Stewart) attends the funeral of a local man named Tom Doniphon (John Wayne) in a small Western town. Flashing back, we learn Doniphon saved Stoddard, then ...more

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  • Fort Apache
    6
    John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple
    82 votes
    • Released: 1948
    • Directed by: John Ford
    When arrogant and stubborn Civil War hero Lieutenant Colonel Owen Thursday (Henry Fonda) arrives in Arizona with his daughter, Philadelphia (Shirley Temple), to assume command of the Fort Apache ...more