Together with an old Indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water. In 1909, when John Fain's gang kidnaps Jacob McCandless' grandson and holds him for ransom, Big Jake sets out to rescue the boy.
PG|100 min| Drama, Romance, Western A dying gunfighter spends his last days looking for a way to die with a minimum of pain and a maximum of dignity.
Passed|119 min| Adventure, Drama, Western An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches.
Passed|128 min| Action, Adventure, Western 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.
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.
G|128 min| Adventure, Drama, Western Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer in Indian Territory.
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.
Passed|162 min| Adventure, Drama, History 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.
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.
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. Quirt Evans, an all round bad guy, is nursed back to health and sought after by Penelope Worth, a Quaker girl.
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. Clinton uses his power and influence in the territory to keep the peace between farmers, ranchers, land-grabbers, Indians and corrupt government officials.
Army dispatch rider Honda Lane discovers a woman and young son living in the midst of warring Apaches and becomes their protector. Ranch owner Katie Elder's four sons determine to avenge the murder of their father and the swindling of their mother.
Passed|96 min| Adventure, Drama, Western 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.
PG|108 min| Adventure, Drama, Western Marshal Rooster Cog burn unwillingly teams up with Eula Goodnight to track down her father's murderers.
The story of a man who was shot, robbed and imprisoned who returns to steal a large gold shipment from the man who wronged him. The gold is transported in an armored stage coach, the War Wagon.
Cattle baron John Chi sum joins forces with Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett to fight the Lincoln County land war. A tough Marshal has a difficult task when his two sons join a gang and rob a bank.
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. 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.
After the Civil War, ex-Confederate soldiers heading for a new life in Mexico run into ex-Union cavalrymen selling horses to the Mexican government, but they must join forces fighting off Mexican bandits and revolutionaries. 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 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. A unhand named Lane is hired by a widow, Mrs. Lowe, to find gold stolen by her husband so that she may return it and start fresh.
I originally posted an article on my favorite top 10 John Wayne Movie Westerns that I caught at the cinema at the time they were released. Bearing in mind that I was 4 years old when my parents took me to see The Searchers this means there’s a bunch of Westerns Wayne made before that period that didn’t make the cut on my original list.
I will now seek to redress that situation by expanding my favorite list of JohnWayneWesterns to 20 titles which you’ll find below. Having spent the best part of the last six months writing numerous articles on the subject of John Wayne I think it’s true to say I’ve come to see my childhood hero in a different light.
By that, I mean that for a long time I felt that Wayne’s reputation as the staunch Republican right-wing WASP supremacist that a lot of people of my generation looked down on with distaste served to eclipse and overshadow his screen persona. The thing is, having recently watched practically every war movie Wayne ever starred in and taking the time to catch up on the Westerns of his I had missed or purposefully avoided when released in the late 1960s / early 70s, it’s obvious to me it’s not that cut and dried.
The overwhelmingly positive comments from those of you who have read the articles I’ve written on Duke and his films reveals a deep-seated admiration for someone who, 37 years after his death, still attracts a faithful and devoted group of fans literally the whole world over. If truth be told, John Wayne was a complex and flawed individual like practically every person who’s ever walked the planet.
Step forward Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino and a whole host of others who didn’t bring to their cinematic work the kind of baggage that, in my view, weighed down Wayne’s onscreen persona. I’d still watch reruns of Stagecoach, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Searchers and Rio Bravo and The Alamo and a host of Duke’s earlier work whenever they turned up on TV but that was because I felt those films weren’t, for want of a better word, tainted by the outmoded political views that came to define John Wayne towards the end of his life.
As you grow older and realize there are more years behind you then there are in front then your thoughts obviously take you back to a time when life wasn’t blighted by the trials of adulthood. I was talking with an acquaintance recently about the articles I was writing on JohnWayne, and he articulated something that struck a familiar chord in me.
He said that when he was a child back in the 60s he felt safe that there was someone like John Wayne in the world, and that when Wayne passed away, that childhood comfort factor fell away as a result. His personality, both onscreen and off, was that of someone who didn’t take crap from anybody, stuck to a rigid moral code that he expected others to live by and wasn’t afraid to speak his mind.
It’s an unchangeable fact that we now live in an age where it seems a lot of people do not possess the ability to tolerate or debate alternative opinions to their own, taking offense at the slightest hint of criticism or any attempt to question the straitjacket of political correctness that threatens to restrict the right of the individual these days. I’m not campaigning for a return to the blind racism and gender inequalities of the past, but I do understand why someone like John Wayne is revered by a lot of people of my generation.
There may have been times when Duke sounded like a bible beater yelling up a revival at a river crossing camp but in the final analysis, it’s all about the films. The other stuff, the right-wing politics, the rigid position of ‘my country right or wrong’ that alienated so many back in the 1960s, that all pales into insignificance once John Wayne strides onto the screen.
The almost balletic fluidity of movement in Red River when he swivels, shoots John Ireland, then continues towards Montgomery Lift even though he now has a bullet in him. The sheer delight on his face as Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson and Walter Brennan break into their singing session in Rio Bravo.
These are just some enduring memories from John Wayne movies that will stay with me forever and that go a long way to pushing reservations on his off-screen persona into the shade. It’s obvious that he has charisma to spare from the moment he gets his first close-up in Stagecoach but, and I’m only talking about his cowboy films here, it’s not until She Wore a Yellow Ribbon that you start to appreciate his range as an actor.
I’ve told my wife to make sure they play the Dean Martin / Ricky Nelson version of My Rifle, Pony and Me, complete with Duke’s intro to the song, at my funeral. I should point out that no less a personage than the great Keith Richards himself featured the trailer for the film on his recent late night curator ship of the BBC4 television channel.
There’s also the not-inconsiderate list of non- Westerns dotted throughout his career such as Island in the Sky, The High and Mighty, Legend of the Lost, Barbarian and the Geisha, MCQ, Hannigan, Donovan’s Reef, not to mention The Quiet Man etc.