Perhaps no actor stands better the U.S. western than John Wayne. According to the site Internet Movie Database (IMDb), the man who was born in 1907, with his real name, Marion Morrrison starred in over one hundred forty movies throughout life and in 2007, following a survey conducted by Harris Poll Company has been nominated as the third most popular actor.
10. The Comancheros
One of the passions of the actor is to solve things through the end and has demonstrated this in “The Comancheros”. Duke plays the role of Jake Cutter, a captain in Texas Rangers. Cutter has a duty to arrest Paul Regret (played by Stuart Whitman), a gambler enthusiast who is on trial for murder in Louisiana. Along the way, the two are determined to work together to defeat a group of arms dealers supplied by the Indian group Comanche.
While the movie “The Comancheros” combines elements of drama to comedy, the ninth film, “McLintock” was screened for entertainment. It is simply the most entertaining of the Duke’s western films, despite the fact that tackles subjects such as divorce or adultery. Reportedly occurred in 1963 this movie is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s play entitled “The Taming of the Shrew”. Wayne was the one who played the farmer role, George McLintock and Maureen O’Hara in the role of his wife, Katherine.
Surprisingly again, Duke interprets a new role adapted from another Shakespeare’s piece in the movie which takes the eight place, “Hondo”. Based on Louis L’Amore’s story “The Gift of Cochise”, which has been inspired by “Hamlet”, the movie “Hondo” surprise Duke with the name of Hondo Lane, a opposite character of the famous actress, Geraldine Page (in the role of Angie Lowe). With duration of only eighty-three minutes, it is one of the short movies that Wayne does not make him seem less classic.
07. The Shootist
With a very interesting topic, the movie “The Shootist” tells the story of a legendary gunman killed by cancer and wants to live his last days in peace, despite the reputation it has enjoyed for those who wanted to become a known gunmen. However, as any fan of John Wayne knows, the movie shows more than that. It is a tribute to the man in itself since 1976, when he starred in the movie; Duke was suffering from stomach cancer.
06. Big Jake
One of the most poorly rated movies of John Wayne was “Big Jake”, appeared in 1971, who plays the role of Jacob McCandles, a farmer and businessman who, in one day, returning home finds that his son was kidnapped and held captive in exchange for a ransom. However, Jacob McCandles not give up and go to his son. There are two things that make this movie into a classic: first, real shootouts in which both the hero and villains have lost and secondly, the presence of Richard Boone (who starred in “Have Gun Will Travel “) and that of John Fain, the chief predators.
05. Rio Bravo
Thanks to the efforts of Walter Brennan, in Stumpy’s role, in the movie are scenes of comedy. There are also scenes that capture the idea of salvation, as it shows the character of Dean Martin, Dude, a deputy to give up alcohol addiction to help Sheriff John T. Chance (played by Wayne) and musical scenes where Martin and Ricky Nelson sing a few songs in the movie.
04. Red River
The movie appeared in 1948, directed by Howard Hawks also called “Red River” tells the story of a herd of cattle moving from Texas to Kansas. The movie won Academy Awards for best movie and for the best screenplay achievement, and in 1990 Library of Congress chose to be registered at the National Film Office of the United States due to historical and cultural significance.
Certainly, Ford was ironic, because the role of hero “The Ringo Kid” performed by Duke in the movie “Stagecoach”, published in 1939, is considered the highlight of his stage performance. Like the movie “Red River”, “Stagecoach” was recorded at the National Film Office of the United States, ranking ninth among the best westerns of all time. “Stagecoach” was nominated for four awards including Best Academic screening.
02. True Grit
In the movie “True Grit”, Cogburn is hired by Mattie Ross (role played by Kim Darby) in age of fourteen, to help her and a Texas policeman (played by Glen Campbell) to track her father’s killer. It is an extremely funny movie, revealing not only the awards for performance but also gained a strong Wayne involving distribution and Robert Duvall in the role of Ned Pepper. Duke goes on to resume the role in a sequel aired in 1975, entitled “Rooster Cogburn”, an outstanding movie in which he starred with Katherine Hepburn.
01. The Searchers
The classic movie “The Searchers”, directed by J. Ford, bring us among the best westerns with John Wayne. This movie presents Wayne in the role of Ethan Edwards, a Civil War veteran who spends many to seek niece kidnapped by Indians. The movie is incredibly deep and challenging, not only analyzing not Ethan mental disorders, but the problems of racism too.