Wayne played the lead in over 130 movies in a 50 year career (1926-1976.) Let's be clear, the films of John Wayne will never pass for high art, nor do they conform well to our own time of cultural empowerment and political correctness, but the man made some movies I really enjoy, and like them or not I'd like to share a few with you anyway.
If you're not a John Wayne fan or don't know his movies well, there's good John Wayne, there's bad John Wayne and there's godawful John Wayne. I tend to avoid a lot of the movies he did in the 60's that he produced and directed himself, and definitely stay away from his B-list cowboy movies prior to Stagecoach. Some are better than others, but most are pretty boring shoot'em ups with the Duke bringing the heat down on some nasty bad guy. No, my favorites tend to be movies he teamed up to make with John Ford.
|John Wayne as Captain Nathan Brittles in the 1949 movie She Wore a Yellow Ribbon|
|John Ford won four Best Director Oscars and two more for his work as a documentary filmmaker during World War II|