John Ford

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   John Ford (February 1, 1894 – August 31, 1973) was an American film director. He was famous for both his westerns such as Stagecoach, The Searchers, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and adaptations of such classic 20th-century American novels as The Grapes of Wrath. His four Academy Awards for Best Director (1935, 1940, 1941, 1952) is a record, and one of those films, How Green Was My Valley, also won Best Picture. In a career that spanned more than 50 years, Ford directed more than 140 films (although nearly all of his silent films are now lost) and he is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers of his generation. Ford's films and personality were held in high regard by his colleagues, with Ingmar Bergman and Orson Welles among those who have named him as one of the greatest directors of all time. In particular, Ford was a pioneer of location shooting and the long shot which frames his characters against a vast, harsh and rugged natural terrain. Description above from the Wikipedia article John Ford, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Bucking Broadway (1917)

On a ranch in Wyoming, one of the cowboys, Cheyenne Harry (Harry Carey), falls in love with his boss's daughter. But she decides to elope to the city with Captain Thornton, a wealthy visitor to the ranch. She quickly discovers that life in the city is not what she ...  (more)

CAST:  Harry Carey  •  Molly Malone  •  L.M. Wells  •  Vester Pegg

Cheyenne Autumn (1964)

A reluctant cavalry Captain must track a defiant tribe of migrating Cheyennes.  (more)

CAST:  Richard Widmark  •  Carroll Baker  •  Karl Malden  •  Sal Mineo

Fort Apache (1948)

In John Ford's sombre exploration the mythology of American heroes, he slowly reveals the character of Owen Thursday, who sees his new posting to the desolate Fort Apache as a chance to claim the military honour which he believes is rightfully his. Arrogant, ...  (more)

CAST:  John Wayne  •  Henry Fonda  •  Shirley Temple  •  Pedro Armendáriz

How Green Was My Valley (1941)

At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans (he stern, she gentle) raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life.  (more)

CAST:  Walter Pidgeon  •  Maureen O'Hara  •  Anna Lee  •  Donald Crisp

How the West Was Won (1962)


The epic tale of the development of the American West from the 1830s through the Civil War to the end of the century, as seen through the eyes of one pioneer family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Marshall  •  Henry Hathaway  •  John Ford  •  Richard Thorpe
CAST:  Carroll Baker  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Henry Fonda  •  Carolyn Jones

Mogambo (1953)

Victor Marswell runs a big game trapping company in Kenya. Eloise Kelly is ditched there, and an immediate attraction happens between them. Then Mr. and Mrs. Nordley show up for their gorilla documenting safari. Mrs. Nordley is not infatuated with her husband any ...  (more)

CAST:  Clark Gable  •  Ava Gardner  •  Grace Kelly  •  Donald Sinden

My Darling Clementine (1946)

Wyatt Earp and his brothers Morgan and Virgil ride into Tombstone and leave brother James in charge of their cattle herd. On their return they find their cattle stolen and James dead. Wyatt takes on the job of town marshal, making his brothers deputies, and vows to ...  (more)

CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Linda Darnell  •  Victor Mature  •  Cathy Downs

Rio Grande (1950)

Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke is posted on the Texas frontier to defend settlers against depredations of marauding Apaches. Col. Yorke is under considerable stress by a serious shortage of troops of his command. Tension is added when Yorke's son (whom he hasn't seen in ...  (more)

CAST:  John Wayne  •  Maureen O'Hara  •  Ben Johnson  •  Claude Jarman Jr.

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

After Custer and the 7th Cavalry are wiped out by Indians, everyone expects the worst. Capt. Nathan Brittles is ordered out on patrol but he's also required to take along Abby Allshard, wife of the Fort's commanding officer, and her niece, the pretty Olivia ...  (more)

CAST:  John Wayne  •  Victor McLaglen  •  Joanne Dru  •  John Agar

Stagecoach (1939)

A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo, and learn something about each other in the process.  (more)

CAST:  Claire Trevor  •  John Wayne  •  Andy Devine  •  John Carradine

The Birth of a Nation (1915)

Two families, abolitionist Northerners the Stonemans and Southern landowners the Camerons, intertwine. When Confederate colonel Ben Cameron is captured in battle, nurse Elsie Stoneman petitions for his pardon. In Reconstruction-era South Carolina, Cameron founds ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  D. W. Griffith
CAST:  Lillian Gish  •  Mae Marsh  •  Henry B. Walthall  •  Miriam Cooper

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)


Tom Joad returns to his home after a jail sentence to find his family kicked out of their farm due to foreclosure. He catches up with them on his Uncle’s farm, and joins them the next day as they head for California and a new life... Hopefully.  (more)

CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Jane Darwell  •  John Carradine  •  Charley Grapewin

The Horse Soldiers (1959)

A Union Cavalry outfit is sent behind confederate lines in strength to destroy a rail supply center. Along with them is sent a doctor who causes instant antipathy between him and the commander. The secret plan for the mission is overheard by a southern belle who ...  (more)

CAST:  John Wayne  •  William Holden  •  Constance Towers  •  Judson Pratt

The Long Voyage Home (1940)

The crew of the merchant ship Glencairn hope to survive a transatlantic crossing during World War II. Adapted from four Eugene O'Neill one-act plays.  (more)

CAST:  John Wayne  •  Thomas Mitchell  •  Ian Hunter  •  Barry Fitzgerald

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)


A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed.  (more)

CAST:  John Wayne  •  James Stewart  •  Vera Miles  •  Lee Marvin

The Quiet Man (1952)

An American man returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he finds love and conflict.  (more)

CAST:  John Wayne  •  Maureen O'Hara  •  Barry Fitzgerald  •  Ward Bond

The Searchers (1956)

As a Civil War veteran spends years searching for a young niece captured by Indians, his motivation becomes increasingly questionable.  (more)

CAST:  John Wayne  •  Jeffrey Hunter  •  Vera Miles  •  Natalie Wood

They Were Expendable (1945)

Shortly after Pearl Harbor, a squadron of PT-boat crews in the Philippines must battle the Navy brass between skirmishes with the Japanese. The title says it all about the Navy's attitude towards the PT-boats and their crews.  (more)

CAST:  Robert Montgomery  •  John Wayne  •  Donna Reed  •  Jack Holt

3 Godfathers (1948)

Three outlaws on the run discover a dying woman and her baby. They swear to bring the infant to safety across the desert, even at the risk of their own lives.  (more)

CAST:  John Wayne  •  Pedro Armendáriz  •  Harry Carey, Jr.  •  Ward Bond

Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

In this dramatized account of his early law career in Illinois, Abraham Lincoln is born into a modest log cabin, where he is encouraged by his first love, Ann Rutledge, to pursue law. Following her tragic death, Lincoln establishes a law practice in Springfield, ...  (more)

CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Alice Brady  •  Marjorie Weaver  •  Arleen Whelan
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