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The Best Ward Bond Movies

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List of the best Ward Bond movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Ward Bond'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 Ward Bond movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Ward Bond movies will be at the top of the list. Ward Bond has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Ward Bond movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Ward Bond films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Ward Bond role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Ward Bond performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

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  • 1

    It's a Wonderful Life

    James Stewart, Donna Reed


    Directed byFrank Capra

    It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, based on the short story "The Greatest Gift", which Philip Van Doren Stern wrote in...  more

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  • 2

    The Maltese Falcon

    Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre


    Directed byJohn Huston

    The Maltese Falcon is a 1941 Warner Bros. film noir based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett. Directed by John Huston, the film stars Humphrey Bogart as private investigator Sam Spade...  more

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  • 3

    Rio Bravo

    John Wayne, Dean Martin


    Directed byHoward Hawks

    Rio Bravo is a 1959 American Western film produced and directed by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan, and Ward Bond. Written by Jules...  more

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  • 4

    They Were Expendable

    John Wayne, Donna Reed


    Directed byRobert Montgomery, John Ford

    They Were Expendable is a 1945 American film directed by John Ford and starring Robert Montgomery and John Wayne and featuring Donna Reed. The film is based on the book by William L. White, relating...  more

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  • 5

    Wagon Master

    James Arness, Ben Johnson


    Directed byJohn Ford

    Wagon Master is a 1950 Western film about a Mormon pioneer wagon train to the San Juan River in Utah. The film was conceived, produced, and directed by John Ford, who is often listed among the...  more
  • 6

    Sergeant York

    Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan


    Directed byHoward Hawks

    Sergeant York is a 1941 biographical film about the life of Alvin York, one of the most-decorated American soldiers of WWI. It was directed by Howard Hawks and was the highest-grossing film of the...  more

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  • 7

    Fort Apache

    Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple


    Directed byJohn Ford

    Fort Apache is a 1948 American Western film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Henry Fonda. The film was the first of the director's "cavalry trilogy" and was followed by She Wore a...  more
  • 8

    My Darling Clementine

    Henry Fonda, Walter Brennan


    Directed byJohn Ford

    My Darling Clementine, a 1946 film, regarded as one of the best Western movies made by Director John Ford, stars Henry Fonda as Wyatt Earp during the period leading up to Gunfight at the OK Corral....  more

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  • 9

    Gentleman Jim

    Errol Flynn, Ward Bond


    Directed byRaoul Walsh

    Gentleman Jim is a 1942 film starring Errol Flynn as heavyweight boxing champion James J. Corbett. The supporting cast includes Alexis Smith, Jack Carson, Alan Hale, William Frawley, and Ward Bond....  more
  • 10

    The Wings of Eagles

    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara


    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Wings of Eagles is a 1957 Metrocolor film starring John Wayne, based on the true story of Frank "Spig" Wead and the history of U.S. Naval aviation from its inception through World War II. The...  more
  • 11

    Drums Along the Mohawk

    Henry Fonda, Claudette Colbert


    Directed byJohn Ford

    Drums Along the Mohawk is a 1939 historical Technicolor film based upon a 1936 novel of the same name by American author, Walter D. Edmonds. The film was produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and directed by...  more

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  • 12

    The Fighting Sullivans

    Anne Baxter, Ward Bond


    Directed byLloyd Bacon

    The Fighting Sullivans, originally released as The Sullivans, is a 1944 American biographical war film directed by Lloyd Bacon and written by Edward Doherty, Mary C. McCall Jr., and Jules Schermer....  more
  • 13

    The Searchers

    John Wayne, Natalie Wood


    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Searchers is a 1956 American Technicolor VistaVision Western film directed by John Ford, based on the 1954 novel by Alan Le May, and starring John Wayne as a middle-aged veteran who spends years...  more

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  • 14

    It Happened One Night

    Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert


    Directed byFrank Capra

    It Happened One Night is a 1934 American romantic comedy film with elements of screwball comedy directed by Frank Capra, in which a pampered socialite tries to get out from under her father's thumb,...  more

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  • 15

    3 Godfathers

    John Wayne, Ward Bond


    Directed byJohn Ford

    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...  more

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  • 16


    John Wayne, James Arness


    Directed byJohn Farrow, John Ford

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  • 17

    Young Mr. Lincoln

    Henry Fonda, Ward Bond


    Directed byJohn Ford

    Young Mr. Lincoln is a 1939 partly fictionalized biopic about the early life of President Abraham Lincoln, directed by John Ford and starring Henry Fonda. Ford and producer Darryl F. Zanuck fought...  more
  • 18


    John Wayne, Walter Brennan


    Directed byJoseph Kane, Fred Holmes

    Dakota is a 1945 American Western film directed by Joseph Kane and starring John Wayne and Walter Brennan. The supporting cast features Ward Bond and Mike Mazurki. Wayne stars as John Devlin, who,...  more
  • 19

    The Long Gray Line

    Maureen O'Hara, Tyrone Power


    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Long Gray Line is a 1955 American Technicolor drama film in CinemaScope directed by John Ford based on the life of Marty Maher. Tyrone Power stars as the scrappy Irish immigrant whose 50-year...  more
  • 20

    Tall in the Saddle

    John Wayne, Ward Bond


    Directed byEdwin L. Marin

    Tall in the Saddle is a 1944 American Western film directed by Edwin L. Marin and starring John Wayne and Ella Raines. Written by Paul Fix and Michael Hogan, based on the serialized novel of the same...  more
  • 21

    The Quiet Man

    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara


    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Quiet Man is a 1952 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John Ford. It stars John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond and Victor McLaglen. The screenplay by Frank S....  more

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  • 22

    Joan of Arc

    Ingrid Bergman, José Ferrer


    Directed byVictor Fleming

    Joan of Arc is a 1948 American epic historical drama film directed by Victor Fleming, and starring Ingrid Bergman as the French religious icon and war heroine. It was produced by Walter Wanger. It is...  more
  • 23

    China Doll

    Ward Bond, Denver Pyle


    Directed byFrank Borzage

    China Doll is a film directed by Frank Borzage released on December 3, 1958....  more
  • 24

    Riding High

    Bing Crosby, Margaret Hamilton


    Directed byFrank Capra

    Riding High is a black and white musical racetrack film featuring Bing Crosby and directed by Frank Capra in which the songs were actually sung as the movie was being filmed instead of the customary...  more
  • 25

    The Long Voyage Home

    John Wayne, Barry Fitzgerald


    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Long Voyage Home is a 1940 American drama film directed by John Ford. It features John Wayne, Thomas Mitchell, Ian Hunter, Barry Fitzgerald, Wilfrid Lawson, John Qualen, Mildred Natwick, and Ward...  more