5 Best John Wayne Crime Drama Movies

Thursday, February 24 by Raina Lorring

Check out the best John Wayne crime drama movies. John Wayne is one of the best actors in movie history. He appeared in nearly 250 movies before his death in 1979. He played in many crime-inspired Westerns, and took roles on both sides of the law.

  1. “The Searchers." In this John Wayne crime drama movie a Civil War veteran starts searching for a young girl that was captured by Indians. As the movie unfolds his motivation becomes questionable as the stress of taking the law into his own hands hits him head on. Starring alongside John Wayne is Jeffrey Hunter and Vera Miles.
  2. “Rio Bravo." In this John Wayne crime drama movie a small-town sheriff needs help to jail the brother of a local criminal. He enlists the aid of a cripple, a drunk and a young gunfighter. Starring alongside John Wayne is Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson.
  3. “True Grit” (1969). In this John Wayne crime drama a drunken U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a young girl find her father’s killer. Starring alongside John Wayne is Kim Darby and Glen Campbell.
  4. “The Sons of Katie Elder” (1965). In this John Wayne crime drama a drunken in this movie a group of fou brothers go after the man that killed their father and swindled their mother. Starring alongside John Wayne is Dean Martin and Martha Hyer.
  5. “Rio Lobo” (1970). In this John Wayne crime drama a man named Cord McNally searches for a traitor after the Civil War. The man’s treachery caused McNally’s unit to be defeated. Starring alongside John Wayne is Jorge Rivero and Jennifer O’Neil.
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