5 Best John Wayne Westerns

Thursday, February 24 by T. Cousin

The 5 best John Wayne westerns are indeed classics of their genre. The "Duke" was the epitome of masculinity on the big screen, and a hero to young boys. Here is a list of 5 best John Wayne western movies that you should see.

  1. "Stagecoach" (1939). This John Wayne western follows a diverse group of passengers on a stagecoach who are unaware of what waits for them down the trail. A band of Apaches led by none other than Geronimo surround them, which leads to a spectacular shootout between cowboys and Indians.
  2. "Red River" (1948). John Wayne portrays a frontiersman in this western. After many setbacks, the Dukes' character and his men drive a heard of 10,000 cattle to market from Texas to Missouri, straight through gangs of thieving cowboys and angry Indians.
  3. "The Searchers" (1956). John Wayne portrays a former Confederate soldier who has a bitter hatred for native Americans in this movie. The story follows the soldier who returns home to find some of his family murdered and some kidnapped by Comanches. He spends five years searching for them, only to find one girl who is now more Comanche than white; and he is torn between killing her or bringing her home.
  4. "Rio Bravo" (1959). This John Wayne western is set in Texas in the late 1860s. The story follows a sheriff who has a murderer in custody that happens to come from a very powerful family. The family and their hired guns surroun the town with plans of busting their man out of jail before he can be tried and hung.
  5. "True Grit" (1969). John Wayne received an Oscar for his performance in this western. The story follows a U.S. Marshal who is hired by a fourteen year old girl to track down and bring her father's killer to justice.
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