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.
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.
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An Academy Award-winner for True Grit (1969), Wayne was among the top box office draws for three decades. 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. Initially working for the Fox Film Corporation, he appeared mostly in small bit parts.
Wayne's career took off in 1939, with John Ford's Stagecoach making him an instant star. Biographer Ronald Davis said, John Wayne personified for millions the nation's frontier heritage.
Eighty-three of his movies were Westerns, and in them, he played cowboys, cavalrymen, and unconquerable loners extracted from the Republic's central creation myth.” 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). In his final screen performance, he starred as an aging gunfighter battling cancer in The Shooting (1976).
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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.
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. I am including Rio Bravo on this list because it is a celebration of John Wayne, but I’m not a huge fan.
But its main purpose was to be a sort of counterpoint to the brilliant High Noon, which both its director, Howard Hawks (who made the far superior Red River), and John Wayne thought was “un-American.” 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. He plays a Civil War veteran named Ethan Edwards who is searching for his niece after a Comanche raid destroys her home and abducts her.
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. In 1909, when John Fain's gang kidnaps Jacob McCandless' grandson and holds him for ransom, Big Jake sets out to rescue the boy.
Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer in Indian Territory. A senator returns to a western town for the funeral of an old friend and tells the story of his origins.
A small-town sheriff in the American West enlists the help of a cripple, a drunk, and a young gunfighter in his efforts to hold in jail the brother of the local bad guy. In 1836, a small band of soldiers sacrifices their lives in hopeless combat against a massive army in order to prevent a tyrant from smashing the new Republic of Texas.
An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches. In 1863, a Union outfit is sent behind Confederate lines in Mississippi to destroy enemy railroads but a captive southern belle and the unit's doctor cause frictions within ranks.
Army dispatch rider Honda Lane discovers a woman and young son living in the midst of warring Apaches and becomes their protector. Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara.
A tough Marshal has a difficult task when his two sons join a gang and rob a bank. Rancher Will Andersen is forced to hire inexperienced boys as cowhands in order to get his herd to market on time, but the rough drive is full of dangers and a gang of cattle rustlers is trailing them.
Ranch owner Katie Elder's four sons determine to avenge the murder of their father and the swindling of their mother. During the Alaska gold rush, prospector George sends partner Sam to Seattle to bring his fiancée but when it turns out that she married another man, Sam returns with a pretty substitute, the hostess of the Hen house dance hall.
A Naval officer, reprimanded after Pearl Harbor, is later promoted to Rear Admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese. Col. Mike Kirby picks two teams of crack Green Berets for a mission in South Vietnam.
First off is to build and control a camp that is trying to be taken by the enemy the second mission is to kidnap a North Vietnamese General. When a commercial airliner develops engine problems on a trans-Pacific flight and the pilot loses his nerve, it is up to the washed-up co-pilot Dan Roman to bring the plane in safely.
At Fort Apache, an honorable and veteran war captain finds conflict when his regime is placed under the command of a young, glory hungry lieutenant colonel with no respect for the local Indian tribe. After the Civil War, Cord McNally searches for the traitor whose treachery caused the defeat of McNally's unit and the loss of a close friend.
Captain Nathan Brittle, on the eve of retirement, takes out a last patrol to stop an impending massive Indian attack. Encumbered by women who must be evacuated, Brittle finds his mission imperiled.
A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process. Dun son leads a cattle drive, the culmination of over 14 years of work, to its destination in Missouri.
But his tyrannical behavior along the way causes a mutiny, led by his adopted son. A retired American boxer returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he falls for a spirited redhead whose brother is contemptuous of their union.
When circus proprietor Matt Masters decides to take his show on a European tour, it is beset by problems, while he searches for Lily, the mother of his adopted daughter, who disappeared years before. A C-47 transport plane, named the Corsair, makes a forced landing in the frozen wastes of Quebec, and the plane's pilot, Captain Dooley, must keep his men alive in deadly conditions while waiting for rescue.
Chicago Police Lieutenant Jim Hannigan is sent to the U.K. to escort organized crime boss Ben Larking back to the U.S., but Larking's hitmen prepare an ambush for Hannigan. A group of men traps wild animals in Africa and sell them to zoos before the arrival of a female wildlife photographer threatens to change their ways.
A biography of Navy flier-turned-screenwriter Frank W. “Spin” Head. His ship seized by the Chinese Communists, American Merchant Captain Tom Wilder languishes in prison, but Chinese villagers help him escape to sail them to Hong-Kong.
Three outlaws on the run risk their freedom and their lives to return a newborn to civilization. Texas Ranger Jake Cutter arrests gambler Paul Regret, but soon finds himself teamed with his prisoner in an undercover effort to defeat a band of renegade arms merchants and thieves dealing with the Comanches known as Comanches.
John Stryker is hated and feared by his men, who see him as a cold-hearted sadist. But when their boots hit the beaches, they begin to understand the reason for Stryker's rigid form of discipline.
A cavalry officer posted on the Rio Grande is confronted with murderous raiding Apaches, a son who's a risk-taking recruit and his wife from whom he has been separated for many years. Major Kirby leads The Wildcats' squadron into the historic WWII battle of Guadalcanal.
Quirt Evans, an all round bad guy, is nursed back to health and sought after by Penelope Worth, a Quaker girl. Cattle baron John Chi sum joins forces with Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett to fight the Lincoln County land war.
Calls, skipper of the Red Witch, has a series of adventures involving sunken gold bullion, pearls, natives, an unscrupulous shipowner and a giant octopus. As World War II begins, German freighter Captain Karl Ehrlich tries to get his ship back to Germany through a gauntlet of Allied warships.
In 1818 Alabama, French settlers are pitted against greedy land-grabber Blake Randolph but Kentucky militiaman John Been, who's smitten with French gal Fléchette De Marchand, comes to the settlers' aid. Edited version of the 1933 Mascot serial “The Three Musketeers,” first released in 1946.