1 John Wayne: Filmography, 1926-1976 (Over 170 Movies)

Research in Progress: Nov 12, 2021

John Wayne: Filmography, 1926-1976–50 Years, Over 170 movies

Research in Progress: Nov 12, 2021

1926

Brown of Harvard Yale, Football Jack Conway (uncredited)

Bardelys the Magnificent Guard, King Vidor (Uncredited)

The Great K & A Train Robbery Extra Lewis Seiler (Uncredited)

1927

Annie Laurie Extra John S. Robertson Uncredited

The Draw-Back Opposing Football Player Norman Taurog Short; uncredited

The Drop Kick Extra Millard Webb Uncredited; aka Glitter (UK)

Seeing Stars Tall Boy Stephen Roberts Short film (uncredited)

1928

Mother Machree Extra John Ford Uncredited

Four Sons Extra John Ford Uncredited

Hangman’s House Horse Race Spectator / Condemned

Man, John Ford (Uncredited)

A Home-Made Man Extra Norman Taurog (Uncredited)

Noah’s Ark Flood, extra Michael Curtiz (Uncredited)

 

1929

Speakeasy Extra Benjamin Stoloff Uncredited

The Black Watch Extra John Ford Uncredited

Words and Music Pete Donahue James Tinling Credited as Duke Morrison

Salute Bill, Midshipman, John Ford

The Forward Pass Extra Eddie Cline (Uncredited)

 

1930

Men Without Women Radioman on surface John Ford (Uncredited)

Born Reckless Soldier John Ford

Andrew Bennison Uncredited

Rough Romance Lumberjack A.F. Erickson Uncredited

Cheer Up and Smile Bit role Sidney Lanfield Uncredited

1930

The Big Trail Breck Coleman Raoul Walsh Wayne’s first starring role

1931

Girls Demand Excitement Peter Brooks Seymour Felix

Three Girls Lost Gordon Wales Sidney Lanfield

Arizona Lt. Bob Denton George B. Seitz aka Men Are Like That (alternate US title) and The Virtuous Wife (UK title)

The Deceiver Reginald Thorpe’s corpse Louis King

The Range Feud Clint Turner D. Ross Lederman

Maker of Men Dusty Rhodes Edward Sedgwick

1932

The Shadow of the Eagle Craig McCoy Ford Beebe

Texas Cyclone Steve Pickett D. Ross Lederman

Two-Fisted Law Duke D. Ross Lederman

Lady and Gent Buzz Kinney Stephen Roberts

The Hurricane Express Larry Baker Armand Schaefer
J.P. McGowan

Ride Him, Cowboy John Drury Fred Allen aka The Hawk (UK title)

That’s My Boy Football Player Roy William Neill

The Big Stampede John Steele Tenny Wright

Haunted Gold John Mason Mack V. Wright

 

1933

The Telegraph Trail, John Trent Tenny Wright

The Three Musketeers, Tom Wayne Armand Schaefer Colbert Clark

Central Airport Co-pilot in wreck William Wellman (Uncredited)

Somewhere in Sonora, John Bishop Mack V. Wright

His Private Secretary Dick Wallace Philip H. Whitman

The Life of Jimmy Dolan, Smith Archie Mayo (aka The Kid’s Last Fight) (UK title)

Baby Face, Jimmy McCoy Alfred E. Green

The Man from Monterey, Capt. John Holmes Mack V. Wright

Riders of Destiny, Sandy Saunders (“Singing Sandy”) R.N. Bradbury

The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi Bit part Edwin L. Marin Part (was cut from the final print).

College Coach Student William Wellman aka Football Coach (UK title)

Sagebrush Trail, John Brant Armand Schaefer (aka An Innocent Man (UK title)

 

1934

The Lucky Texan Jerry Mason R.N. Bradbury (aka Gold Strike River)

West of the Divide Ted Hayden R.N. Bradbury

Blue Steel John Carruthers R.N. Bradbury aka Stolen Goods (UK title).

The Man from Utah John Westen R.N. Bradbury

Randy Rides Alone Randy Bowers Harry L. Fraser

The Star Packer John Travers R.N. Bradbury

The Trail Beyond Rod Drew R.N. Bradbury

The Lawless Frontier John Tobin R.N. Bradbury

‘Neath the Arizona Skies Chris Morrell Harry Fraser

 

1935

Texas Terror John Higgins R.N. Bradbury

Rainbow Valley John Martin R.N. Bradbury

The Desert Trail John Scott Lewis Collins

The Dawn Rider John Mason R.N. Bradbury aka Cold Vengeance

Paradise Canyon John Wyatt Carl Pierson aka Guns Along The Trail

Westward Ho John Wyatt R.N. Bradbury

The New Frontier John Dawson Carl Pierson

Lawless Range John Middleton R.N. Bradbury

The Oregon Trail Capt. John Delmont Scott Pembroke, A lost film; 40 stills were discovered in 2013

The Lawless Nineties John Tipton Joseph Kane

King of the Pecos John Clayborn, Joseph Kane

The Lonely Trail Captain John Ashley Joseph Kane

 

1936

Winds of the Wasteland John Blair Mack V. Wright (aka Stagecoach Run)

Sea Spoilers Bob Randall Frank R. Strayer

 

1937

Conflict Pat Glendon David Howard

California Straight Ahead! Biff Smith Arthur Lubin

I Cover the War Bob Adams Arthur Lubin

Idol of the Crowds Johnny Hanson Arthur Lubin

Adventure’s End Duke Slade Arthur Lubin Considered a lost film, as no known prints exist

Born to the West Dare Rudd Charles Barton aka Hell Town (reissue title)

1938

Pals of the Saddle Stoney Brooke George Sherman The first of eight films Wayne did in Republic’s “Three Mesquiteers” series

Overland Stage Raiders Stoney Brooke George Sherman

Santa Fe Stampede Stoney Brooke, George Sherman

Red River Range, Stoney Brooke, George Sherman

 

1939

Stagecoach Henry (“The Ringo Kid”) John Ford 

The Night Riders Stoney Brooke George Sherman

Three Texas Steers Stoney Brooke George Sherman aka Danger Rides the Range (UK title)

Wyoming Outlaw Stoney Brooke George Sherman

New Frontier Stoney Brooke George Sherman (aka Frontier Horizon)

Allegheny Uprising Jim Smith William A. Seiter (aka The First Rebel (UK title)

 

1940

Dark Command Bob Seton Raoul Walsh

Three Faces West John Phillips Bernard Vorhaus

The Long Voyage Home Ole Olson John Ford

Seven Sinners Lt. Dan Brent Tay Garnett aka Cafe of the Seven Sinners (UK re-issue title)

 

1941

A Man Betrayed Lynn Hollister John H. Auer aka Citadel of Crime (UK title) and Wheel of Fortune (TV title)

Lady from Louisiana John Reynolds Bernard Vorhaus

The Shepherd of the Hills Matt Matthews, Henry Hathaway

 

1942

Lady for a Night, Jack Morgan Leigh Jason

Reap the Wild Wind Capt. Jack Stuart Cecil B. DeMille

The Spoilers Roy Glennister Ray Enright

In Old California Tom Craig William C. McGann

Flying Tigers Jim Gordon, David Miller

Reunion in France Pat Talbot Jules Dassin (aka Mademoiselle France (UK title)

Pittsburgh Charles “Pittsburgh” Markham Lewis Seiler

 

1943

A Lady Takes a Chance Duke Hudkins William A. Seiter

In Old Oklahoma Dan Somers Al Rogell aka War of the Wildcats (re-issue title)

1944

The Fighting Seabees Wedge Donovan Edward Ludwig

Tall in the Saddle Rocklin Edwin L. Marin

Flame of Barbary Coast Duke Fergus Joseph Kane

1945

Back to Bataan Col. Joseph Madden Edward Dmytryk [160]

They Were Expendable Lt. Rusty Ryan John Ford

Dakota John Devlin Joseph Kane

Without Reservations, Rusty Thomas, Mervyn LeRoy

1947

Angel and the Badman Quirt Evans James Edward Grant Also producer

Tycoon Johnny Munroe Richard Wallace

1948

Red River Thomas Dunson Howard Hawks

Fort Apache Capt. Kirby York John Ford

3 Godfathers Robert Marmaduke Hightower John Ford

Wake of the Red Witch Capt. Ralls Edward Ludwig

1949

The Fighting Kentuckian John Breen George Waggner

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon Capt. Nathan Brittles John Ford

Sands of Iwo Jima Sgt. John M. Stryker Allan Dwan Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor

1950

Rio Grande Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke John Ford

1951

Operation Pacific “Duke” Gifford George Waggner

Flying Leathernecks Major Dan Kirby Nicholas Ray

1952

The Quiet Man Sean Thornton John Ford Also second unit director although he was uncredited

Big Jim McLain Big Jim McLain Edward Ludwig Also producer

1953

Trouble Along the Way Steve Aloysius Williams Michael Curtiz

Island in the Sky Capt. Dooley William A. Wellman Also producer

Hondo, Hondo Lane John Farrow, Also producer

1954

The High and the Mighty Dan Roman William A. Wellman

1955

The Sea Chase Capt. Karl Ehrlich John Farrow

Screen Directors Playhouse Mike Cronin John Ford TV series (Episode: “Rookie of the Year”)

1955

Blood Alley, Captain Tom Wilder William A. Wellman Also producer

1956

The Conqueror Temüjin (Genghis Khan) Dick Powell

The Searchers Ethan Edwards John Ford

1957

The Wings of Eagles Frank “Spig” Wead John Ford

Jet Pilot Colonel Jim Shannon Josef von Sternberg

Legend of the Lost Joe January Henry Hathaway

1958

The Barbarian and the Geisha Townsend Harris, John Huston

1959

Rio Bravo John T. Chance Howard Hawks

The Horse Soldiers Col. John Marlowe John Ford

 

1960

The Alamo Col. David Crockett Himself Also producer

North to Alaska Sam McCord Henry Hathaway

Wagon Train General William Tecumseh Sherman John Ford TV series (Episode: “The Colter Craven Story”)

1961

The Comancheros Jake Cutter, Michael Curtiz

1962

Alcoa Premiere Marine Sergeant John Ford TV series (Episode: “Flashing Spikes”); credited as Marion Morrison

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Tom Doniphon John Ford

Hatari! Sean Mercer Howard Hawks

The Longest Day Lt. Col. Benjamin H. Vandervoort Ken Annakin
Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki

How the West Was Won Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall

1963

Donovan’s Reef Michael Patrick Donovan John Ford

McLintock! George Washington McLintock, Andrew V. McLaglen

1964

Circus World Matt Masters Henry Hathaway aka The Magnificent Showman (UK title) [219]

 

1965

The Greatest Story Ever Told The Centurion (Longinus) George Stevens

In Harm’s Way Capt. Rockwell Torrey Otto Preminger

The Sons of Katie Elder John Elder Henry Hathaway

 

1966

Cast a Giant Shadow Gen. Mike Randolph Melville Shavelson Also uncredited co-executive producer

El Dorado Cole Thornton Howard Hawks

1967

The War Wagon Taw Jackson Burt Kennedy

1968

The Green Berets Col. Mike Kirby Himself Ray Kellogg

Hellfighters Chance Buckman Andrew V. McLaglen

1969

True Grit Rooster Cogburn Henry Hathaway Won the Academy Award for Best Actor

The Undefeated Col. John Henry Thomas Andrew V. McLaglen

1970

No Substitute for Victory Narrator Robert F. Slatzer

Chisum John Chisum Andrew V. McLaglen

Rio Lobo Col. Cord McNally Howard Hawks

Swing Out, Sweet Land Himself Stan Harris

1970

Harry Jackson: A Man and His Art Narrator N/A Short documentary

1971

Big Jake Jacob McCandles George Sherman Also uncredited executive producer

1972

The Cowboys Wil Andersen Mark Rydell

Cancel My Reservation Himself Paul Bogart

1973

The Train Robbers Lane Burt Kennedy Also uncredited executive producer

Cahill, United States Marshal Deputy U.S. Marshal J.D. Cahill Andrew V. McLaglen aka Cahill (UK title); also uncredited executive producer

1974

McQ Det. Lt. Lon “McQ” McHugh John Sturges

1975

Brannigan Lt. James Brannigan Douglas Hickox

Rooster Cogburn, Rooster Cogburn, Stuart Millar

1976

The Shootist John Bernard Books Don Siegel

1977

Star Wars Garindian (voice) George Lucas Uncredited; stock audio

1993 La Classe américaine George Abitbol Michel Hazanavicius
Dominique Mézerette Archive footage, released posthumously
As himself

With Lucille Ball in I Love Lucy, 1955

Wayne with Lucille Ball on her show The Lucy Show in 1966

Year Title Notes Refs.

1932 The Voice of Hollywood: No. 13 Short film [254]
1932 Running Hollywood Two-reel short
1932 The Hollywood Handicap Two-reel short [255]
1940 Screen Snapshots Short film
1941 Meet the Stars: Past and Present Promotional short
1944 Memo for Joe Short film
1949 Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Rodeo Short documentary
1950 Screen Snapshots: Hollywood’s Famous Feet Short documentary; uncredited
1951 Screen Snapshots: Reno’s Silver Spur Awards Short documentary
1951 The Screen Director Promotional short
1951 Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Awards Short documentary
1953 The Colgate Comedy Hour TV series (1 episode)
1954 This is Your Life TV series (Episode: “William Wellman”)
1955 Screen Snapshots: The Great Al Jolson Short documentary
1955 Gunsmoke TV series (Episode: “Matt Gets It”)
1955 Sheilah Graham in Hollywood TV series (Episode: “John Wayne”)
1955 The Milton Berle Show TV series (1 episode)
1955 I Love Lucy TV series (Episode: “Lucy and John Wayne”)
1955 Producers’ Showcase TV series (Episode: “Dateline II”)
1955 Casablanca TV series (Episode: “Who Holds Tomorrow”)
1956 Climax! TV series (Episode: “The Lovella Parsons Story”)
1956 Screen Directors Playhouse TV series (Episode: “Markheim”)
1958 I Married a Woman Uncredited cameo [256]
1958 The 30th Annual Academy Awards Presenter
1958 Screen Snapshots: Salute to Hollywood Short documentary
1958 Wide Wide World TV series documentary
1959 World’s Heavyweight Championship Fight: Floyd Patterson Heavyweight Champion of the World Vs.
Ingemar Johansson Heavyweight Champion of Europe Short documentary; uncredited
1959 The 31st Annual Academy Awards Presenter
1960 The Spirit of The Alamo Documentary
1960 The 32nd Annual Academy Awards Presenter
1960 The Jack Paar Tonight Show TV series (1 episode)
1960 The Jack Benny Program TV series (Episode: “The John Wayne Show”)
1960 What’s My Line? TV series (Episode: “11-13-1960”)
1960, 1964 Cinépanorama TV series (2 episodes)
1960 The Ed Sullivan Show TV series (1 episode)
1961 The Challenge of Ideas Propaganda short
1962 Here’s Hollywood TV series (1 episode)
1963 The Dick Powell Show TV series (Episode: “The Third Side of a Coin”)
1965 The Making of In Harm’s Way Short documentary
1966 The Merv Griffin Show TV series (Episode: “3-16-1966”)
1966 The Lucy Show TV series (Episode: “Lucy and John Wayne”)
1966–1969 The Red Skelton Show TV series (2 episodes)
1967 The Artist and the American West Short documentary
1967 A Nation Builds Under Fire Short documentary
1967 The Beverly Hillbillies TV series (Episode: “The Indians are Coming”)
1967 The Dean Martin Show TV series (5 episodes)
1968 The Movie Makers Short documentary
1968–1973 Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In TV series (10 episodes)
1968, 1969 The Joey Bishop Show TV series (2 episodes)
1969–1971 The Glenn Campbell Good Time Hour TV series (2 episodes)
1970 No Substitute for Victory Short
1970 John Wayne and Chisum Short documentary
1970 Plimpton! Shoot out at Rio Lobo TV documentary
1970 The Movie Game TV series (1 episode)
1970 Swing Out, Sweet Land TV movie
1970 Raquel! TV special
1970 The 27th Annual Golden Globe Awards TV special
1970 The 42nd Annual Academy Awards Presenter
1970 Harry Jacks: A Man and His Art Short documentary
1971 Sehnsucht nach dem Wilden Westen TV movie
1971 The Bob Hope Show TV series (1 episode)
1971 Directed by John Ford Documentary
1971 Everything You Always Wanted to Know
About Jack Benny But Were Afraid to Ask TV special
1971–1976 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson TV series (6 episodes)
1971 The American West of John Ford Documentary
1971, 1975 V.I.P. Schaukel TV series (2 episodes)
1972 The Breaking of Boys and the Making of Men (Short Docu)
1972 Cancel My Reservation
1972 The 44th Annual Academy Awards Presenter
1972 The David Frost Show Short documentary
1973 The Wayne Train Short documentary
1973 RCA’s Opening Night TV movie
1973 Cavalcade of Champions Short documentary
1974 McQ: John Wayne in Action
1974 John Wayne and Glenn Campbell and the Musical West TV special

1974 The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Bob Hope TV series (1 episode)
1974 Maude TV series (Episode: “Maude Meets the Duke”)
1974 Parkinson TV series (1 episode)
1974 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Cagney
1975 Texaco Presents: A Quarter Century of Bob Hope on Television TV special
1975 Bob Hope on Campus TV special
1975 The 17th Annual TV Week Logie Awards (Short Docu)
1975 Backstage in Hollywood TV series (1 episode)
1975 The 47th Annual Academy Awards Presenter
1976 Backlot USA TV movie
1976 The Mike Douglas Show TV series (1 episode)
1976 The 2nd Annual People’s Choice Awards TV special
1976 An All Star Tribute to John Wayne TV movie
1976 CBS Salutes Lucy: The First 25 Years Documentary
1976 Chesty: A Tribute to a Legend Documentary
1976 America Salutes R. Rodgers: Sound of Music (TV movie)
1977 The 3rd Annual People’s Choice Awards TV special
1977 Home for the Seabees Documentary
1977 An All-Star Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor TV special
1977 Super Night at the Super Bowl TV special
1977 Jimmy Carter’s Inaugural Address Gala TV special
1978 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda

TV Special

1978 ABC’s Silver Anniversary Celebration TV special
1978 Happy Birthday, Bob TV special
1978 General Electric’s All Star Anniversary TV documentary
1978 Early American Christmas TV special
1979 The 51st Annual Academy Awards Presenter

1979 The Barbara Walters Summer Special TV special

As Producer Only

1950 The Dangerous Stranger Short; uncredited
1951 The Bullfighter and the Lady
1951 Santa and the Fairy Snow Queen Short; uncredited
1953 Plunder of the Sun Uncredited
1954 Ring of Fear Uncredited
1956 Track of the Cat Uncredited [258]
1956 Goodbye, My Lady Uncredited
1956 Seven Men From Now Uncredited [259]
1956 Gun the Man Down Uncredited [260]
1956 Man in the Vault Uncredited
1958 China Doll Uncredited
1959 Escort West Uncredited; also uncredited producer [261]
1967 Hondo and the Apaches TV film; uncredited
1967 Hondo Executive producer; TV series (17 episodes);

Box Office Popularity

Results from Quigley’s Motion Picture Herald annual poll of film exhibitors would determine the year’s “Top Ten Stars”. John Wayne appeared on the list every time between 1949 and 1973 with one exception – 1958 – indicating that he was one of cinema’s most durable stars.

Place 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953

1 Bob Hope John Wayne John Wayne Martin & Lewis Gary Cooper
2 Bing Crosby Bob Hope Martin & Lewis Gary Cooper Martin & Lewis
3 Abbott & Costello Bing Crosby Betty Grable John Wayne John Wayne
4 John Wayne Betty Grable Abbott & Costello Bing Crosby Alan Ladd
5 Gary Cooper James Stewart Bing Crosby Bob Hope Gary Cooper
6 Cary Grant Abbott & Costello Bob Hope James Stewart Marlon Brando
7 Betty Grable Clifton Webb Randolph Scott Doris Day Martin & Lewis
8 Esther Williams Esther Williams Gary Cooper Gregory Peck Humphrey Bogart
9 Humphrey Bogart Spencer Tracy Doris Day Susan Hayward June Allyson
10 Clark Gable Randolph Scott Spencer Tracy Randolph Scott Clark Gable
Place 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958
1 John Wayne James Stewart William Holden Rock Hudson Glenn Ford
2 Martin & Lewis Grace Kelly John Wayne John Wayne Elizabeth Taylor
3 Gary Cooper John Wayne James Stewart Pat Boone Jerry Lewis
4 James Stewart William Holden Burt Lancaster Elvis Presley Marlon Brando
5 Glenn Ford Bing Crosby Marilyn Monroe Frank Sinatra Rock Hudson
6 Martin & Lewis Marilyn Monroe Alan Ladd Gary Cooper William Holden
7 Gary Cooper James Stewart William Holden William Holden Brigitte Bardot
8 Marilyn Monroe Bob Hope Bing Crosby James Stewart Yul Brynner
9 Kim Novak Susan Hayward Jane Wyman Jerry Lewis James Stewart
10 Frank Sinatra Randolph Scott Marlon Brando Yul Brynner Frank Sinatra
Place 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963
1 Rock Hudson Doris Day Elizabeth Taylor Doris Day Doris Day
2 Cary Grant Rock Hudson Rock Hudson Rock Hudson John Wayne
3 James Stewart Cary Grant Doris Day Cary Grant Rock Hudson
4 Doris Day Elizabeth Taylor John Wayne John Wayne Jack Lemmon
5 Debbie Reynolds Debbie Reynolds Cary Grant Elvis Presley Cary Grant
6 Glenn Ford Tony Curtis Sandra Dee Elizabeth Taylor Elizabeth Taylor
7 Frank Sinatra Sandra Dee Jerry Lewis Jerry Lewis Elvis Presley
8 John Wayne Frank Sinatra William Holden Frank Sinatra Sandra Dee
9 Jerry Lewis Jack Lemmon Tony Curtis Sandra Dee Paul Newman
10 Susan Hayward John Wayne Elvis Presley Burt Lancaster Jerry Lewis
Place 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968
1 Doris Day Sean Connery Julie Andrews Julie Andrews Sidney Poitier
2 Jack Lemmon John Wayne Sean Connery Lee Marvin Paul Newman
3 Rock Hudson Doris Day Elizabeth Taylor Paul Newman Julie Andrews
4 John Wayne Julie Andrews Jack Lemmon Dean Martin John Wayne
5 Cary Grant Jack Lemmon Richard Burton Sean Connery Clint Eastwood
6 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Cary Grant Elizabeth Taylor Dean Martin
7 Shirley MacLaine Cary Grant John Wayne Sidney Poitier Dustin Hoffman
8 Ann-Margret James Stewart Doris Day John Wayne Jack Lemmon
9 Paul Newman Elizabeth Taylor Paul Newman Richard Burton Lee Marvin
10 Richard Burton Richard Burton Elvis Presley Steve McQueen Elizabeth Taylor
Place 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973
1 Paul Newman Paul Newman John Wayne Clint Eastwood Clint Eastwood
2 John Wayne Clint Eastwood Clint Eastwood George C. Scott Ryan O’Neal
3 Steve McQueen Steve McQueen Paul Newman Gene Hackman Steve McQueen
4 Dustin Hoffman John Wayne Steve McQueen John Wayne Burt Reynolds
5 Clint Eastwood Elliott Gould George C. Scott Barbra Streisand Robert Redford
6 Sidney Poitier Dustin Hoffman Dustin Hoffman Marlon Brando Barbra Streisand
7 Lee Marvin Lee Marvin Walter Matthau Paul Newman Paul Newman
8 Jack Lemmon Jack Lemmon Ali MacGraw Steve McQueen Charles Bronson
9 Katharine Hepburn Barbra Streisand Sean Connery Dustin Hoffman John Wayne
10 Barbra Streisand Walter Matthau Lee Marvin Goldie Hawn Marlon Brando
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