The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
AMC Movie List

John Wayne’s Best Movies

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1 The Searchers
This John Ford Western chronicles the efforts of a Confederate veteran (Wayne) to track down the daughter of his murdered brother.
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2 Rio Bravo
The Duke and Dean Martin are the pair of old friends at the heart of this Howard Hawks hit, in which they tussle with a local lawbreaker.
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3 The Quiet Man
Wayne shows his softer side in this drama about the tempestuous affair between an Irish-American expat and an Irish woman.
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4 True Grit
Wayne's Oscar-winning turn as aging sheriff Rooster Cogburn finds him trekking into Indian territory to avenge a man's death.
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5 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
In this John Ford Western, Wayne stars as a rancher who pairs up with a law-school grad (James Stewart) to take down the bad guy.
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6 The Shootist
The actor's last movie ever finds Wayne starring opposite Lauren Bacall and James Stewart as a gunslinger dying of cancer.
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7 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
This vivid, meditative Western finds Wayne portraying an aging war hero struggling with his impending retirement.
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8 Red River
This early Howard Hawks Western stars Wayne as a rancher who battles mutiny among his men as he drives his cattle up the Chisholm Trail.
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9 Stagecoach
For his breakout performance, Wayne plays good-at-heart outlaw Ringo, who wins over a group of lawmen defending an eastbound train.
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10 McLintock!
The chemistry between Wayne and Maureen O'Hara hits all the right notes in this 1963 comedy.
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11 Sands of Iwo Jima
This 1949 war flick finds Wayne starring as John Stryker, a marine sergeant charged with leading his men to war.
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12 Fort Apache
The clash of opposites between Henry Fonda and Wayne, as second in command, drives this classic pic.
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13 In Harm’s Way
The thinking man's war movie stars an older Wayne as a demoted officer with a chance to redeem himself by taking on the Navy's brass.
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14 The Longest Day
Wayne shines among an all-star cast in the original blockbuster about the invasion of Normandy.
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15 They Were Expendable
Wayne and John Ford's classic makes clear the cruel truth of war: men who sacrifice everything for a cause greater than themselves.
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16 The Green Berets
The Duke's most controversial flick is nothing if not memorable and distills the essence of his philosophy. He directed it, too.
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17 Flying Leathernecks
Wayne whips a crew of hotshot fighter pilots into shape for battles. The Duke is as gruff and authoritative as ever.
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18 The Fighting Seabees
Sure, it's basically a propaganda flick, but the Duke is in fine form, and the ending will have you reaching for the tissues.
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19 Back to Bataan
Wayne plays a guerrilla warrior aiding the Philippines against Japan. His magnetism makes up for the flick's racism.
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20 Operation Pacific
War and romance come together as Wayne fights to get a sub into fighting condition and win back his ex-wife.
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