The Toptober Tens #28 – John Wayne Films

For this month’s next Toptober Tens, Here are my Top Ten Favorite John Wayne films.

Keep in mind, that these are all solely my opinion and part of what I would like to do is open conversation and dialogue between us all over the choices in these lists

Off we go….

10. The Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)

9. How the West Was Won (1962)

8. The Alamo (1960)

7. Stagecoach (1939)

6. Red River (1948)

5. Cast A Giant Shadow (1966)

4. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence (1965)

3. The Longest Day (1962)

2. The Searchers (1956)

  1. Rio Bravo (1959)


What do you think?

11 thoughts on “The Toptober Tens #28 – John Wayne Films

  1. Again, a ripe category for a Top 10. And again, I compiled mine before looking at yours, but judging by the 2 comments already posted above – I know we’re not in lockstep here if you don’t even have True Grit or The Shootist (my TOP TWO) on your list at all. In that case, I’d say your Duke filmography is sorely lacking – and you have a LOT of catching up to do. That being said…

    9). In Harm’s Way
    8). RED RIVER
    7). The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
    5). 3 Godfathers
    3). The Quiet Man
    2). TRUE GRIT
    1). The Shootist

    Any of my Top 3 could be juggled around into any order, but I ultimately went with The Shootist because it was classic Wayne. It was his last movie. He was playing an old gunfighter with cancer (like Wayne had in real life) going out in a blaze of glory – surrounded by some great actors – all of whom he had worked with during his iconic career. It was one of the more fitting last films that any movie star ever made – and he was glorious in it.


  2. Looking at your list after posting mine – we only have 4 titles in common. I’ve seen and liked most of your other picks – but Rio Bravo at #1? He made about a dozen Rio Bravos – all with slightly different casts and titles – but essentially the same movie – and none of them his best work by a long shot. Cast A Giant Shadow was far more Douglas’s movie than Wayne’s. He was more or less a cameo in it. I love How The West Was Won – but it was an epic, sprawling All-Star cast – and Wayne was a blip on the radar. The only “star” who made it start to finish in a substantial role was Debbie Reynolds. Same reason The Longest Day didn’t make the cut. An All-Star extravaganza WW II epic. Love the movie – but Wayne is in it as much as Richard Burton or Henry Fonda or Sean Connery or any of dozens of international stars. It’s not really a John Wayne movie just because he’s in it for 5 minutes. The Alamo isn’t that great a movie – even if Wayne directed it. And Sands of Iwo Jima is a good WW II movie – and notable for being Wayne’s ONLY Oscar nomination before he won for True Grit – and being 1 of only 3 movies in his career in which he dies on screen. The other were his last 2.


    • I’m a Donovan’s Reef and McClintock fan as well – and they both just missed my list. (“Whoa – Maclin, no more whiskey, we go home” and favorite line from Donovan – when Wayne’s driving the Jeep through the rutted streets with his love interest sitting on the tail gate – hits a bump – she falls off. He stops, turns, asks her. “Did you hurt your — self?” That and Lee Marvin and his choo-choo trains.

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