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John Ford

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Iron Horse, TheIron Horse, The (1924) Recommended
Dir. John Ford
Feat. George O'Brien, Madge Bellamy
An early silent western presenting an idealised portrayal of the development of the first American transcontinental railroad. Its romantic,…
Informer, TheInformer, The (1935) Recommended
Dir. John Ford
Feat. Victor McLaglen
Stunning character study unfolds when an IRA leader is sold out by his dim–witted friend for reward money. Full–blooded acting by all was…
Whole Town's Talking, TheWhole Town's Talking, The (1935)
Dir. John Ford
Feat. Edward G. Robinson, Jean Arthur, Arthur Hohl
Edward G. Robinson stars in a duel role as a meek office clerk who bares a resemblance to Public Enemy Number One. Entertaining mix of farce and…
Prisoner of Shark Island, ThePrisoner of Shark Island, The (1936) Recommended
Dir. John Ford
Feat. Warner Baxter, Gloria Stuart
Gripping John Ford–directed prison yarn is based on the ordeal of Dr. Samuel Mudd, a famous victim of circumstance who unknowingly cared for…
Mary of ScotlandMary of Scotland (1936)
Dir. John Ford
Feat. Katharine Hepburn, Fredric March, John Carradine
Katharine Hepburn stars as Mary, Queen of Scots who, after languishing in jail for 18 years at Elizabeth I's command, is offered a pardon if she will…
Wee Willie WinkieWee Willie Winkie (1937)
Dir. John Ford
Feat. Shirley Temple, Victor McLaglen
Charming adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's adventure story, with young Shirley negotiating between the British army and Afghani rebels.
Hurricane, TheHurricane, The (1938)
Dir. John Ford
Feat. Dorothy Lamour, Jon Hall
A doomed South Seas romance between islander natives, provides the melodramatic prelude to an awesome special f/x typhoon. Vintage Hollywood…
StagecoachStagecoach (1939)
Dir. John Ford
Feat. Claire Trevor, John Wayne, John Carradine
As the first fully realised Western, this blazed the trail for all subsequent efforts, as well as carrying John Wayne to stardom. Panoramic…
Young Mr. LincolnYoung Mr. Lincoln (1939)
Dir. John Ford
Feat. Henry Fonda, Alice Brady, Marjorie Weaver
A fresh–faced Henry Fonda gives credence to the formative years of Abraham Lincoln, seen here as a country boy–turned–lawyer…
Drums Along the MohawkDrums Along the Mohawk (1939)
Dir. John Ford
Feat. Henry Fonda, Claudette Colbert, Edna May Oliver
Minor Ford drama with Fonda and Colbert as newlyweds whose farming career gets stymied by the Revolutionary War and attacks from Native Americans.…
Grapes of WrathGrapes of Wrath (1940) Recommended
Dir. John Ford
Feat. Henry Fonda, John Carradine
Henry Fonda stars in this masterful humanist film about a group of destitute Oklahoma farmers that trek to California in hope of a better life. One…
Long Voyage Home, TheLong Voyage Home, The (1940)
Dir. John Ford
Feat. John Wayne, Thomas Mitchell, Ian Hunter
John Wayne is a Swedish sailor aboard a doom–ridden tramp steamer circa. WWII, in this portmanteau of four stories by Eugene O'Neill. An…
How Green Was My ValleyHow Green Was My Valley (1941) Recommended
Dir. John Ford
Feat. Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara
Memories of childhood in a Welsh mining village are vividly portrayed in this highly emotive drama. Winner of 5 Oscars including Best Picture.
They Were ExpendableThey Were Expendable (1945)
Dir. John Ford
Feat. John Wayne, Robert Montgomery
Fine tribute to the US Torpedo–boat troops who were last to retreat from the Philippines after Pearl Harbour. John Wayne and Robert Montgomery…
My Darling ClementineMy Darling Clementine (1946) Recommended
Dir. John Ford
Feat. Henry Fonda, Walter Brennan
Masterful retelling of the O.K. Corrall incident by John Ford, is also a note–perfect rendition of many classical Western themes. Henry Fonda…
Fort ApacheFort Apache (1948)
Dir. John Ford
Feat. Henry Fonda, John Wayne, Shirley Temple
The first film of Ford's cavalry trilogy tells of a maverick martinet (Henry Fonda) at odds with his peers and the Injuns. Followed by SHE WORE A…
Three GodfathersThree Godfathers (1948)
Dir. John Ford
Feat. John Wayne
Sentimental, exquisitely–shot Western parable of the Three Wise Men with John Wayne leading the outlaws who adopt a newborn baby.
She Wore a Yellow RibbonShe Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
Dir. John Ford
Feat. John Wayne, Joanne Dru, John Agar
Cavalry officer John Wayne is about to retire on the eve of impending war with Indians. Followed by RIO GRANDE.
Rio GrandeRio Grande (1950)
Dir. John Ford
Feat. John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson
Concluding instalment of John Ford's cavalry trilogy has John Wayne in more trouble with Indians on the Mexican border. Even minor Ford stands tall.
Wagon Master, The (1950)
Dir. John Ford
Feat. Ben Johnson
Pioneering saga starring Ben Johnson. A personal favourite of its director.
Quiet Man, TheQuiet Man, The (1952)
Dir. John Ford
Feat. John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara
Ex–boxer John Wayne retires to his Irish homeland in search of tranquillity and maybe the hand of Maureen O'Hara. This romantic comedy was a…
What Price Glory? (1952)
Dir. John Ford
Feat. James Cagney, Dan Dailey, Corinne Calvet
Soldiers James Cagney and Dan Dailey take time out from the trenches of WWI for some zesty romantic rivalry over local attraction Corrinne Calvet.
MogamboMogambo (1953)
Dir. John Ford
Feat. Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly
Clark Gable squeezes in wooing both Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly between bouts of elephant shooting in the African jungle.
Mister RobertsMister Roberts (1955) Recommended
Dir. John Ford
Feat. Henry Fonda, James Cagney, Jack Lemmon
Naval officer Henry Fonda yearns for combat but instead must tolerate his eccentric captain (James Cagney). Jack Lemmon won an Oscar for his funny…
Long Gray Line, TheLong Gray Line, The (1955)
Dir. John Ford
Feat. Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Donald Crisp
Engrossing true life tale of military instructors Marty Maher and his rise to the top of his profession.
Searchers, TheSearchers, The (1956) Recommended
Dir. John Ford
Feat. John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles
A grand example of what made this such a popular genre. A disturbed John Wayne treks the untamed wilderness in a five–year odyssey to kill the…
Horse Soldiers, TheHorse Soldiers, The (1959)
Dir. John Ford
Feat. John Wayne, William Holden, Constance Towers
Set around a Yankee incursion into Rebel territory during the American Civil War, this rates about average against Dir. Ford's other action films. …
Two Rode Together (1961)
Dir. John Ford
Feat. James Stewart, Richard Widmark, Shirley Jones
Overlooked Jimmy Stewart and Richard Widmark starrer with the master of the genre at the helm.
How the West Was WonHow the West Was Won (1962)
Dir. Henry Hathaway, John Ford, George Marshall
Feat. James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds, Henry Fonda
The history of the West through three generations, with three directors each contributing an instalment. Headed by a cast to match its ambitions and…
Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, TheMan Who Shot Liberty Valance, The (1962) Recommended
Dir. John Ford
Feat. James Stewart, John Wayne, Vera Miles
A dream cast and director deliver the classic that one would expect. Jimmy Stewart and John Wayne compete for Vera Miles but unite against Lee Marvin…

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