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The Best War Movies of John Wayne

Which movie wins the battle between the Duke’s war flicks?

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1 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.
2432 3976
2 Sands of Iwo Jima
The Duke is perfect as a tough-talking drill sergeant with a heart of gold, whipping his charges into fighting shape.
2390 3686
3 The Longest Day
Wayne shines among an all-star cast in the original blockbuster about the invasion of Normandy.
2311 3643
4 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.
2151 3255
5 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.
1788 3712
6 Flying Leathernecks
Wayne whips a crew of hotshot fighter pilots into shape for battles. The Duke is as gruff and authoritative as ever.
1705 2853
7 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.
1671 2873
8 Back to Bataan
Wayne plays a guerrilla warrior aiding the Philippines against Japan. His magnetism makes up for the flick's racism.
1482 2652
9 Operation Pacific
War and romance come together as Wayne fights to get a sub into working condition and win back his ex-wife.
1166 2592
10 The Wings of Eagles
Directed by John Ford, this pic stars Wayne as a reckless WWI aviator who loses use of his legs and works to get them back.
706 1768
11 The Sea Chase
Wayne goes against type as a German who hates the Third Reich as much as the Americans -- so not that against type.
394 2378