John Wayne, known for his western films, died on June 11 1979 aged 72, made 162 feature films, was one of the 20th-century’s biggest Hollywood stars.
Are you a John Wayne fan? Then glance through all ‘Western Films De John Wayne’. Movies Duke did throughout his career contain a diverse genre range i.e. war, romance, drama, sports. I tried to enlist only westerns here. Because We are on a western movies website, right?
Presented is the complete list of John Wayne Western Movies (excluding his TV serials and documentaries).
If you are a duke fan then clearly there will be many films among the John Wayne Movies that you have already seen, perhaps dozens of times.
Newly acquainted with John Wayne Movies? Then it is advisable to start from the bottom of the John Wayne Movies list. I mean his latest ones. You may not have a hardcore fan’s nerve to watch Duke’s earlier movies.
The Great K&A Train Robbery(1926)
This is first known western movie he acted in (he was an uncredited extra though). Tom Mix was the main star of the movie and performed his all stunts himself. A must watch for old western movie freaks.
The Big Trail (1930)
Marion Robert Morrison of Winterset, Iowa not only gets promoted from a help-boy to the first leading role of his movie career….but also he gets his new name from director Raoul Walsh…John Wayne!!
And an era of John Wayne movies begins. Although the movie didn’t do well on box-office, our 23 year old John gives a nice performance and finds his way into small budget western movies and serials. It would be another 9 years till his star-making Stagecoach will happen.
Two Fisted Law (1932)
John Wayne plays a rancher who is having hard times. He is about to lose his ranch, his girlfriend and everything he has. Then a robbery happens in the town and John Wayne ‘the Duke’ is the prime suspect. In a situation like this only ‘two fisted law’ can help.
From 1933 to 1950, The Duke starred in 54 films i.e. in a span of 17 years, average 3 films a year. During this time span, John Wayne acted in at least one western film each year (except 1946).
The Man from Monterey (1933)
Riders of Destiny(1933)
Wayne plays a secret agent sent on a mission to help poor ranchers who are threatened by a gang of goons and their water supply is endangered. Duke is playing secret agent but don’t expect a 007 out of him. That was too early for him.
Blue Steel (1934)
The Man from Utah(1934)
Randy Rides Alone(1934)
The Star Packer (1934)
The Trail Beyond(1934)
The Lawless Frontier(1934)
Neath Arizona Skies(1934)
After holding himself responsible for the killing of his best buddy, a sheriff quits from his job. With a guilty self he starts living a secluded life in the high country. He comes back when his deceased friend’s daughter hires him as a ranch foreman. Eventually the two fall in love but story writer of movie played a wicked game and made the woman hear about the foreman’s involvement in her father’s death.
Rainbow Valley (1935)
The Desert Trail(1935)
The Dawn Rider(1935)
Paradise Canyon (1935)
The Lawless Range (1935)
The New Frontier (1935)
The Oregon Trail(1936)
The Lawless Nineties(1936)
King of the Pecos(1936)
Winds of the Wasteland(1936)
The Lonely Trail(1936)
Born to the West aka Hell Town (1937)
Pals of the Saddle(1938)
Overland Stage Raiders (1938)
Santa Fe Stampede (1938)
This movie is a part of the Three Mesquiteers series from John Wayne Movies. A prospector (Farnum) finds gold (root cause of many westerns) and invites his friends (John Wayne, Corrigan, and Terhune) to share the claim and seeks their help. However when they reach to help him out, prospector is dead and law is on their trail. John Wayne is framed for the murder. The trio discovers Mason, a crooked politician is behind everything. No it’s up to them to set things right before it’s too late.
Red River Range(1938)
The Night Riders(1939)
Three Texas Steers (1939)
New Frontier, aka Frontier Horizon(1939)
Although John Wayne films had created their audience by this time, it was John Ford’s Stagecoach in which his role as The Ringo Kid catapulted “The Duke” to real super stardom.
The Stagecoach tells the story of a trip which is spiced up by the fact that Geronimo Geronimo and his Apaches are on the warpath in the area. There are well written characters in this star-studded ride. A convict John Wayne, drunk doctor Thomas Mitchell (in a Oscar-winning role), scorned prostitute Claire Trevor, polished gambler John Carradine, pregnant teenager Louise Platt, a banker who has stolen his client’s money, whiskey salesman Donald Meek, lawman George Bancroft and driver Andy Devine. Shot in Utah’s Monument Valley Stagecoach tells a story never told before in western cinema. It outmoded the westerns came before and it set a benchmark for all which followed. Watch this western movie and see what made John Wayne the ‘duke’!
Allegheny Uprising, aka The First Rebel(1939)
Dark Command (1940)
The Shepherd of the Hills(1941)
The first one in Technicolor among John Wayne Movies. This western film was based on the novel of the same name by Harold Bell Wright.
The Spoilers (1942)
In Old California (1942)
A Lady Takes a Chance (1943)
In Old Oklahoma aka War of the Wildcats (1943)
Tall in the Saddle (1944)
This was his first film to be shown on American network television.
John Wayne plays Rocklin, a woman-hater, taciturn, rough and ready cow boy who is sent for by a rancher of a western town to work as a ranch foreman. But when a he arrives in the town he finds that his employer has been murdered.
Flame of the Barbary Coast (1945)
Angel and the Badman (1947)
Fort Apache (1948)
This film was the first of the director’s “cavalry trilogy” and was followed by She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) and Rio Grande (1950), both starring Wayne. John Wayne plays Captain Kirby York who is well respected in Apache Fort (an isolated U.S. cavalry post). He is expected to take charge of the post when the current commander is leaving. But to his surprise the command of the regiment was given to Lieutenant Colonel Owen Thursday (Henry Fonda). Now starts Thursday’s lust for power, honor, glory and recognition. Despite of Wayne and all other soldiers’ advice, he is adamant to go after native Indians. Director conveys a message that everyone deserves respect in this gem of John Wayne movies. read an interesting review from Johnny Matheis on Fort Apache.
Red River (1948)
3 Godfathers (1949)
The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
Rio Grande is set in the times of post Civil War when the Union was trying to solve the Apaches problem. Union officer Kirby Yorke(John Wayne) is posted in the Rio Grande where he hard trains new recruits.
The Searchers is also placed 12th on the American Film Institute’s 2007 list of the top 100 greatest movies of all time.
John Wayne plays Ethan Edwards an ex-army veteran, who returns from the Civil War to find out that the Texas ranch of his brother is destroyed and his family is massacred by Comanche raid under Chief Scar. He comes to know that Indians have taken away his niece Debbie. Ethan starts a years-long search for his niece along with his half Indian nephew Martin. Finally they find Debbie but she has been a converted to an Indian. Martin begins to suspect that his uncle’s hatred for the Indians is beginning to take over onto his Indian-turned niece. He becomes uncertain whether Ethan plans to rescue or to kill her. In 1989, the United States National Film Registry’s first year of selecting films for preservation, The Searchers was one of the twenty-five films to be deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
The Horse Soldiers(1959)
North to Alaska(1960)
The Commancheros (1961)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance(1962)
In 2007, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
So this movie doesn’t stand tall only due to its mass popularity, it also has got official accolades to corroborate its significance among classic western movies. The movie opens on a funeral. The funeral of Tom Doniphan (John Wayne). A U.S. Senator (Ransom Stoddard -James Stewart) and his wife have come back to the small town of Shinbone to attend this funeral, in an unnamed Western state. The senator explains a newsman why he has come to bury an apparent nobody. He narrates the whole story and the film unfolds in flashback. Fold by fold movie reveals the secret behind the man once who shot a feared outlaw Liberty Valance. A must watch from John Wayne Movies collection!
How the West Was Won(1962)
The Sons of Katie Elder(1965)
The War Wagon (1967)
True Grit (1969)
Although John Wayne had 5 another prominent awards nominations and 6 wins, True Grit is the only movie which won John Wayne an Oscar for the Best Actor in a Leading Role.
Rio Lobo (1970)
Big Jake (1971)
The Cowboys (1972)
The Train Robbers (1973)
Cahill, United States Marshal (1973)
The Shootist (1976)
The Shootist is last western of John Wayne Movies. An era ended with this film.
John Bernard Books (John Wayne), a legendary gunfighter approaching his 58th birthday, comes in the town to see an old acquaintance Dr. Hostetler and finds out that he has rectal cancer and only two months to live. Dismayed by the knowledge of an awaiting painful death Books tries to keep a low profile and takes a room with a widow Mrs. Bond Rogers and her son, Gillom. But soon the whole town is stirred up by the presence of legendary J.B. Books. Most of the town people are in awe of him, some try to take him down to make their own name, Gillom idolizes him, the Marshal hates him, and Mrs. Bond becomes a friend after her initial disgust for J.B.Books. To avoid a painful death, Books comes up with an idea to go out with a bang. He invites all his rivals on his birthday in city bar to celebrate in an unforgettable way. And whole town is holding its breath to see who comes out of bar …Alive.
So there you have it, the complete list of John Wayne western movies. Enjoy!