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The Best Movies Directed by John Ford

Updated September 30, 2020 4.8k votes 365 voters 21.2k views

List of all movies directed by John Ford ranked from best to worst with photos. 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?”

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  • The Searchers1
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    The Searchers

    John Wayne, Natalie Wood

    Released1956

    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Searchers is a 1956 American Technicolor VistaVision Western film directed by John Ford,...  more

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  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance2
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    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    John Wayne, James Stewart

    Released1962

    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a 1962 American Western film directed by John Ford...  more

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    #5 of 399 The Best Western Movies Ever Made#47 of 99 The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time

  • The Quiet Man3
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    The Quiet Man

    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara

    Released1952

    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Quiet Man is a 1952 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John Ford. It stars...  more

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    #25 of 50 The Best Movies Based on Short Stories#128 of 152 Movies That Should Never Be Remade

  • Fort Apache4
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    Fort Apache

    Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple

    Released1948

    Directed byJohn Ford

    Fort Apache is a 1948 American Western film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and...  more
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  • She Wore a Yellow Ribbon5
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    She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

    John Wayne, Ben Johnson

    Released1949

    Directed byJohn Ford

    She Wore a Yellow Ribbon is a 1949 Technicolor Western film directed by John Ford and starring...  more
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    #933 of 1,189 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#5 of 49 The Best 1940s Western Movies

  • The Grapes of Wrath6
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    The Grapes of Wrath

    Henry Fonda, John Carradine

    Released1940

    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Grapes of Wrath is a 1940 drama film directed by John Ford. It was based on John...  more

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    #56 of 369 The Best Movies Based On Books#795 of 1,540 The Most Rewatchable Movies

  • Stagecoach7
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    Stagecoach

    John Wayne, John Carradine

    Released1939

    Directed byJohn Ford

    Stagecoach is a 1939 American Western film directed by John Ford, starring Claire Trevor and...  more

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    #20 of 224 The Best Black and White Movies Ever Made#81 of 102 The 100+ Best Movies Streaming On The Criterion Channel

  • Rio Grande8
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    Rio Grande

    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara

    Released1950

    Directed byJohn Ford

    Rio Grande is a 1950 Western film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Maureen...  more

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    #18 of 63 The Best Western Movies of the 1950s#5 of 98 The Best John Wayne Movies of All Time, Ranked

  • Mister Roberts9
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    Mister Roberts

    Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon

    Released1955

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy, John Ford, Joshua Logan

    Mister Roberts is a 1955 American Warnercolor in CinemaScope comedy-drama film directed by...  more
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  • Wagon Master10
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    Wagon Master

    James Arness, Ben Johnson

    Released1950

    Directed byJohn Ford

    Wagon Master is a 1950 Western film about a Mormon pioneer wagon train to the San Juan River...  more
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  • My Darling Clementine11
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    My Darling Clementine

    Henry Fonda, Walter Brennan

    Released1946

    Directed byJohn Ford

    My Darling Clementine, a 1946 film, regarded as one of the best Western movies made by...  more
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    #459 of 675 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars#21 of 25 The Top 25 Must-See Quintessential Western Movies

  • The Long Gray Line12
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    The Long Gray Line

    Maureen O'Hara, Tyrone Power

    Released1955

    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Long Gray Line is a 1955 American Technicolor drama film in CinemaScope directed by John...  more
  • How Green Was My Valley13
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    How Green Was My Valley

    Maureen O'Hara, Roddy McDowall

    Released1941

    Directed byJohn Ford

    How Green Was My Valley is a 1941 drama film directed by John Ford. The film, based on the...  more

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  • Two Rode Together14
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    Two Rode Together

    James Stewart, Shirley Jones

    Released1961

    Directed byJohn Ford

    Two Rode Together is a western film directed by John Ford, and starring James Stewart, Richard...  more
  • They Were Expendable15
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    They Were Expendable

    John Wayne, Donna Reed

    Released1945

    Directed byRobert Montgomery, John Ford

    They Were Expendable is a 1945 American film directed by John Ford and starring Robert...  more
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  • The Iron Horse16
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    The Iron Horse

    George O'Brien, J. Farrell MacDonald

    Released1924

    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Iron Horse is a 1924 American Western silent film directed by John Ford and produced by...  more
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  • 3 Godfathers17
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    3 Godfathers

    John Wayne, Ward Bond

    Released1948

    Directed byJohn Ford

    3 Godfathers is a 1948 American Western film directed by John Ford and filmed primarily in...  more
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  • Steamboat Round the Bend18
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    Steamboat Round the Bend

    Will Rogers, Eugene Pallette

    Released1935

    Directed byJohn Ford

    Steamboat Round the Bend is a 1935 American comedy film directed by John Ford. The film stars...  more
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  • Donovan's Reef19
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    Donovan's Reef

    John Wayne, Lee Marvin

    Released1963

    Directed byJohn Ford

    Donovan's Reef is a 1963 American film starring John Wayne. It was directed by John Ford and...  more
  • The Long Voyage Home20
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    The Long Voyage Home

    John Wayne, Barry Fitzgerald

    Released1940

    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Long Voyage Home is a 1940 American drama film directed by John Ford. It features John...  more

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    #48 of 70 The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s#22 of 205 The Best Movies of 1940

  • How the West Was Won21
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    How the West Was Won

    John Wayne, James Stewart

    Released1962

    Directed byHenry Hathaway, George Marshall, John Ford, Richard Thorpe

    How the West Was Won is a 1962 western film written by James R. Webb and John Gay and directed...  more

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    #129 of 549 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made#285 of 557 The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

  • Young Mr. Lincoln22
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    Young Mr. Lincoln

    Henry Fonda, Ward Bond

    Released1939

    Directed byJohn Ford

    Young Mr. Lincoln is a 1939 partly fictionalized biopic about the early life of President...  more
  • The Rising of the Moon23
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    The Rising of the Moon

    Tyrone Power, Cyril Cusack

    Released1957

    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Rising of the Moon is a 1957 Irish anthology film directed by John Ford. It consists of...  more
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  • The Battle of Midway24
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    The Battle of Midway

    Henry Fonda, Donald Crisp

    Released1942

    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Battle of Midway is a 1942 American documentary film short directed by John Ford. It is a...  more
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  • The Wings of Eagles25
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    The Wings of Eagles

    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara

    Released1957

    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Wings of Eagles is a 1957 Metrocolor film starring John Wayne, based on the true story of...  more