Born in Winter set, Iowa, Wayne grew up in Southern California. He found work at local film studios when he lost his football scholarship to the University of Southern California as a result of a body surfing accident.
Wayne's other well-known Western roles include a cattleman driving his herd north on the Chisholm Trail in Red River (1948), a Civil War veteran whose young niece is abducted by a tribe of Comanches in The Searchers (1956), and a troubled rancher competing with a lawyer for a woman's hand in marriage in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962). He is also remembered for his roles in The Quiet Man (1952), Rio Bravo (1959), and The Longest Day (1962).
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1953 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars John Wayne is Honda, an antisocial half-breed who splits his time between the white man and the Apache. Preferring the company of American Indians, Honda develops an unlikely friendship with a New Mexico farm wife who spends most of her time alone.
1969 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 StarsTeenage tomboy Mattie Ross enlists the help of crusty lawman Rooster Cog burn to track down the hired hand who murdered her father. Joining them is Texas Ranger La Bonus, who's after the killer for a different crime.
1942 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Starches dignified Boston pharmacist Tom Craig (John Wayne) heads out West to set up shop in California, he's unaware that the Gold Rush is about to explode and change the state forever. The locals quickly take a disliking to the pharmacist and poison his meds, causing Craig to almost lose his business.
When typhoid fever strikes the town, however, Craig gets a chance to prove his worth in this quirky Western that features Wayne in an unusual role. Find the newest releases of your favorite movies and TV shows available for streaming on Netflix today.
Sergio Leon’s film is so deliberately paced and so unhurried in getting where it needs to that as soon as the moment passes when we first meet Charles Bronson’s harmonica-playing gunman, we feel as though we’ve already sat through an entire feature. Once Upon a Time in the West is truly cinematic, a wormhole that slowly transports us into its world of killers and tycoons, bandits and landowners, revenge and rightness.
Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Clef are back for this third Dollars movie, but the addition of Eli Wallach adds a significant amount of caustic humor and even more cynicism to the mix. Set during the Civil War, though in a dry, barren landscape resembling the surreal panels of a Crazy Kat cartoon more than historical reality, Leon’s epic is the sublime, gloriously cinematic creation that he was always gunning for.
Year: 1969 Director: Henry Hathaway Stars:John Wayne, Kim Darby, Glen Campbell, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper Genre: Western Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88% Rating: G Runtime: 128 minutes Chances are pretty good that Wayne’s portrayal will remain the definitive characterization despite an admirable and brilliant turn by Jeff Bridges in the 2010 remake by the Coen brothers.
Much of the movie’s beauty is in the deepening of their relationship, in Rooster’s protectiveness toward “Little Sis,” his appreciation and downright enjoyment of her pluck, and in Mattie’s wide-eyed admiration for her champion, a man with true grit. By the time Cog burn hauls snake-bitten Mattie on a desperate all-night journey through the wilderness, it’s hard not to be touched by his devotion and sheer determination to save Miss Ross’ life.
That is a tribute to not only the performances and Mackenzie’s direction, but also to Taylor Sheridan’s screenplay, which finds seemingly boundless amounts of colorful human detail and unexpected humor in what, on the surface, stands as a clichéd narrative. Hell or High Water is essentially a cops-and-robbers tale, with grizzled soon-to-retire veteran sheriff Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) and his deputy, Alberto Parker (Gil Birmingham), going after a brotherly duo of bank robbers: Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster) Howard.
Sheridan’s characters are so fully imagined that, combined with actors and a director sensitive to the nuances in the script, we ultimately respond to them as flesh-and-blood people. Hell or High Water is also meant to be a topical anti-capitalist lament, being that it takes place in a west Texas town that looks to have been decimated by the recent economic recession, with big billboard signs of companies advertising debt relief amid stretches of desolation, and with Toby driven in large part by a desire to break out of what he sees as a cycle of poverty for his loved ones, to provide a better life for his two sons and ex-wife.
The film builds up to a finale that thankfully goes not for a mindlessly violent showdown, but for a tension-filled dialogue-based confrontation which plays like a meeting of minds between characters who have more sympathy toward each other than they perhaps realized. Even as two of the main characters reach a kind of truce, however, Mackenzie comes up with an even more devastating image with which to end his film: He simply moves the camera from high in the air down to a batch of grass.
Year: 2015 Director:John Maclean Stars: Michael Fassbinder, Jodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Mendelsohn Genre: Western Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92% Rating: R Runtime: 84 minutes And while most fans of the series will agree that this go-around stands as the weakest of the three, director Robert Yemenis’ and producer Steven Spielberg’s love for the Western and its various tropes are so ostensibly on display here that it’s hard not to enjoy.
In Mike Wilson’s film, the brothers are Jamar (Trio Bay) and Sumo (Joshi Sugars), sons of a sultan killed decades prior during the invasion of Java. Their uncle, Arena (To Pakusadewo), fled with the infants strapped to his back, avoiding death at the hands of the evil On Track and fleeing to America.
Being as he’s spent the majority of his career playing that character, odds are good that you’re a already way past the point of burnout, but maybe a change in setting and language can remedy that. Even though he died back in 1979, he’s still one of the few actors who immediately comes to mind when you picture a movie star.
Even though the Duke played a part in at least 90 movies (I actually bought a DVD set recently with over 15 JohnWaynemovies for only five bucks! Not only that, but some of his major movies are here today, gone tomorrow, or gone somewhere else, like True Grit, which is no longer on Netflix, but can now be found on Amazon Prime.
Still, there are a few genuine John Wayne classics that you can find on other streaming services right now, and I aim to steer you in those directions. It was filmed not too far away from a nuclear testing site, and a number of cast members developed cancer years later, John Wayne included.
So in a lot of ways, The Shooting feels like art imitating life. The film concerns one John Bernard “J.B.” Books (Wayne) who’s been diagnosed with cancer and just wants to die peacefully.
But there are those who seek vengeance for the murders Books committed back in his younger life, so he won’t be able to just ride off into the sunset. Flying Tigers, The Longest Day, In Harm’s Way, Wayne was in several war movies.
In it, he played Marine Sergeant John Stryker, to which he was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. The story takes its time in actually getting to the titular battle, but all throughout, we get to see Wayne be his steely self, leading men who dislike him for his toughness but also greatly respect him for his courage.
1939 is often considered the greatest year in Hollywood history, and John Ford’s Stagecoach is often one of the reasons why. But Stagecoach was revolutionary for a western at the time for the way the main characters were portrayed as more than just one-dimensional people.
Now, let it be known up front that you really have to watch this from a historical perspective (like older films), since Ringo Kid, who has broken out of prison, is seen as a hero, while the Native Americans are portrayed as savages. The highest grossing film of 1948 and nominated for two Academy Awards, Howard Hawks’s Red River featured John Wayne in his “darkest” role (So says the trailer) at the time.
So good, that it’s said that John Ford, who had worked with Wayne in the past, said “I never knew the big son of a bitch could act!” Red River is about a ranch man named Thomas Dun son (Wayne) who wants to drive his herd miles across the country, but he faces problems along the way.
Dun son is a man consumed with grief after his love died many years ago from an attack by Native Americans, and Wayne's performance is haunted throughout. How the West Was Won is not for everyone, and it’s not really a John Wayne film, per se, since it’s a sprawling, three-hour epic starring the likes of James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds, Gregory Peck, and pretty much everybody under the sun.
He is in the Civil War section, which is directed by John Ford, and he played real-life Union soldier, William Tecumseh Sherman. I’d be lying if I said he deserved any sort of award for his portrayal here, since he’s kind of just going through the motions of the typical tough guy.
An early and somewhat obscure John Ford film, The Long Voyage Home is based off a series of plays by Eugene O'Neill. John Wayne plays a former farmer named Ole Olsen who wants to see his family again in Sweden.
The stories are similar, but this time, the sheriff, played by Wayne as John T. Chance, isn’t begging for help. Again, it’s a good film, but I’m not pleased that it was mostly made to take a dump on my all-time favorite western, High Noon.
From top to bottom, The Searchers is an American classic with an ending that will leave you both sniffling and wondering at its circular nature. There's some great dialogue from the Duke, as well as that excellent scene toward the end where he rides his horse with the strap in his teeth.
There was a great remake by the Coin Bros. starring Jeff Daniels filling in as Cog burn. John Wayne might seem old-fashioned by today’s superhero standards, but once you get into his slow drawl rhythm and his tough-guy persona, it’s kind of hard not to be a fan of the Duke.