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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.

  • Stagecoach
    1
    John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine
    • Released: 1939
    • Directed by: John Ford
  • The Searchers
    2
    John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Natalie Wood
    • Released: 1956
    • Directed by: John Ford
  • They Were Expendable
    3
    Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, Donna Reed
    • Released: 1945
    • Directed by: John Ford, Robert Montgomery
  • My Darling Clementine
    4
    Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor Mature
    • Released: 1946
    • Directed by: John Ford
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
    5
    James Stewart, John Wayne, Vera Miles
    • Released: 1962
    • Directed by: John Ford
  • She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
    6
    John Wayne, Joanne Dru, John Agar
    • Released: 1949
    • Directed by: John Ford
  • Fort Apache
    7
    John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple
    • Released: 1948
    • Directed by: John Ford
  • The Quiet Man
    8
    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald
    • Released: 1952
    • Directed by: John Ford
  • How Green Was My Valley
    9
    Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Roddy McDowall
    • Released: 1941
    • Directed by: John Ford
  • The Grapes of Wrath
    10
    Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine
    • Released: 1940
    • Directed by: John Ford
  • Rio Grande
    11
    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson
    • Released: 1950
    • Directed by: John Ford
  • Mister Roberts
    12
    Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, James Cagney
    • Released: 1955
    • Directed by: John Ford, Mervyn LeRoy
  • The Horse Soldiers
    13
    John Wayne, William Holden, Constance Towers
    • Released: 1959
    • Directed by: John Ford
  • Young Mr. Lincoln
    14
    Henry Fonda, Alice Brady, Marjorie Weaver
    • Released: 1939
    • Directed by: John Ford
  • 3 Godfathers
    15
    John Wayne, Pedro Armendáriz, Harry Carey
    • Released: 1948
    • Directed by: John Ford
  • Wagon Master
    16
    Ben Johnson, Joanne Dru, Ward Bond
    • Released: 1950
    • Directed by: John Ford
  • The Long Voyage Home
    17
    John Wayne, Thomas Mitchell, Ian Hunter
    • Released: 1940
    • Directed by: John Ford
  • Donovan's Reef
    18
    John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Elizabeth Allen
    • Released: 1963
    • Directed by: John Ford
  • Sergeant Rutledge
    19
    Jeffrey Hunter, Woody Strode, Constance Towers
    • Released: 1960
    • Directed by: John Ford
  • How the West Was Won
    20
    Carroll Baker, Lee J. Cobb, Henry Fonda
    • Released: 1962
    • Directed by: John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall, Richard Thorpe
  • The Lost Patrol
    21
    Victor McLaglen, Boris Karloff, Wallace Ford
    • Released: 1934
    • Directed by: John Ford
  • Drums Along the Mohawk
    22
    Claudette Colbert, Henry Fonda, John Carradine
    • Released: 1939
    • Directed by: John Ford
  • The Wings of Eagles
    23
    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Dan Dailey
    • Released: 1957
    • Directed by: John Ford
  • The Sun Shines Bright
    24
    Charles Winninger, Arleen Whelan, John Russell
    • Released: 1954
    • Directed by: John Ford
  • The Informer
    25
    Victor McLaglen, Heather Angel, Preston Foster
    • Released: 1935
    • Directed by: John Ford