If you are a lover of classic action movies, you probably know about John Wayne. Known for his laid-back swagger and commanding presence, you will definitely conclude that his films were fans favorite back in the days. He was featured in a lot of movies, but this article only focuses on the top 5 John Wayne movies of all time.
1. The Searchers (1956)
Words cannot describe the level of art and action that comes with this film. As its story goes, two men Ethan Edward (Wayne) and Martin Pawley, embark on a journey to recover their family members after the aftermath of a Commanches attack, who took them hostage. Of course, you would expect the Commanches to have killed everyone else and took the rest as their hostages.
The film is quite fantastic, carrying the magnificent work of the 50s cinema. Its final scene is the most iconic since it pays tribute to a lonely cowboy who ends up wandering the wild while searching for a life. It also brings a weird twist of the event when Ethan decides to kill his niece after a long search when she finally finds her.
The film might have quite a lot of flaws, but it suits best to top the heap due to its searing act of job that it portrays.
2. True Grit (1969)
In this film, John Wayne reinvents his character by humorously using an eye patch. Featuring a US Marshal Rooster Cogburn, he delivers a straight-faced persona, which led to his only Oscar. From the movie, John Wayne tracks down an outlaw coined as “lucky.” La Boeuf features as his aid during the search with support roles from Dennis Hopper and Jeremy Slates.
Most fans agree that the movie portrays the compassion, determination, talent, and grit of John Wayne, making it a real treat to the fans.
3. McLintock! (1963)
If you have never experienced a blend of comedy and westerns, you need to seek for this movie. John Wayne features George Washington ‘G. W’ McLintock, who is a single rancher with an estranged wife, Katherine, who returns to town. Besides that, it features his daughter, who plans to marry a local Banjo player.
G.W marries an attractive widow who has two kids, featuring a dreamy boy known as Devlin Warren. The movie might include a lot of sexism, and a few racists portray, but it still holds that humor that most fans would enjoy. Well, the humor does not end there when you have to experience a drunk John Wayne.
4. Rio Bravo (1959)
Featuring one of the most comic performances that John Wayne put up for his fan, you can agree that this is a movie that will take you off your feet. In this film, John plays as a sheriff of a prison that has a powerful gang that is planning to break out. The movie also co-stars Dean Martin, who is a drunkard, Ricky Nelson, who is a sharpshooter and Angie Dickinson, who is a flirt, who all wanted to help Wayne in stopping the gang breakout.
The movie brings a lot of humor when the co-stars want to offer their aid, and Wayne does not want their help. Of course, through their persistence, you can find a lot of fun, making the movie a must-watch. As evidence of how successful that this movie succeeded in the screenplay, Wayne decided to redo this movie twice through El Dorado and Rio Lobo, although it still holds the position of the best among the three.
5. The Shootist (1976)
This is the last movie that featured John Wayne and has a correlation with his experience in real life. The film features an old gunfighter whose about to succumb to cancer and is trying to pass on with dignity. In real life, John Wayne took only a few years and passed on after the release.
John Wayne features J.B Books, where he moves to Carson City Nevada, where he hopes to die in peace. The room is run by Lauren Bacall and has a son known as Ron Howard, who idolizes him. Wayne takes the role with a lot of resignation, wisdom, and tenderness, looking into the truth of the face without any emotions.