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JOHN FORD

by Joshua Starnes

John Ford is the winningest director in Oscar history -- four of them he received over the course of his career -- but that's not why he's on this list, though it helps. It's not for more or less discovering John Wayne either. Though that helps, too.

THE INFORMERThe Informer
1935
dir. John Ford
Cast
Victor McLaglen
Heather Angel
YOUNG MR LINCOLNYoung Mr. Lincoln
1939
dir. Ford
Starring
Henry Fonda
Alice Brady

HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEYHow Green Was My Valley
1941
dir. Ford
Starring
Walter Pidgeon
Maureen O'Hara
The Quiet ManThe Quiet Man
1952
dir. Ford
starring
John Wayne
Maureen O’Hara

The Long Gray LineThe Long Gray Line
1955
dir. Ford
Starring
Tyrone Power
Maureen O'Hara
THE SEARCHERSThe Searchers
1956
dir. Ford
Starring
John Wayne
Vera Miles

MOVIEStagecoach
1939
dir. John Ford
Starring
John Wayne
Claire Trevor
THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCEThe Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
1962
dir. Ford
starring
James Stewart
John Wayne

MOVIE POSTERTHE GRAPES OF WRATH
1940
dir. John Ford
Stars:
Henry Fonda
Jane Darwell

John Ford was one of the first and maybe the best at playing the singular individual against the vastness of nature, and in so doing laid the ground work for the modern epic. Other director's are probably more known for that particular style of filmmaking--David Lean certainly explored further into what an epic could do--but there would have been no David Lean without John Ford.

Like Chaplin and Hitchock, Ford started out in the silent's, transporting the ability to tell a story in purely visual terms into the age of sound (and eventually color and cinemascope) without losing his own personal voice. And like Hitchcok, Ford was a specialist. He made the western what is and was.

It's hard to remember, today, just how big the Western was in its heyday. In the 1950s if you were going to make a new TV show, it was probably going to be a western. While superhero comics languished, western comics rode on. And ever year, any studio worth its salt was making sure it had a slate full of western's.

And Ford was its master. "Stage Coach" "The Searchers" "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance." Even people who didn't make western's the way Ford did often made them in spite of the way he made them. If you made a Western, John Ford was your starting point.

But he was certainly capable of other things. His adaptation of "The Grapes of Wrath" is as good as any western he ever made. There are similarities of course, but that might be less because he turned everything into a western as it is that he found the innate humanity in all of his stories, and it is that which made all of his films so good.

Even decades after his preferred genre has fallen from the pedestal it once sat on, John Ford still remains.


WATCH TOP 10 JOHN FORD FILMS MOVIE SCENES

10. THE SEARCHERS - The best scene in the film. A lot going on without much happening!

9. FORT APACHE - Fort Apache is a 1948 western film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Henry Fonda.

8. SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON - "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" is a 1949 western film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne.

7. RIO GRANDE - Rio Grande is a 1950 western film and the third installment of John Ford's "cavalry trilogy",

6. THE WINGS OF EAGLE - The Wings of Eagles (1957) - Closing Scenes.

5. STAGECOACH - 1939- Colorized version starring: John Wayne, Claire Trevor director: John Ford

4. THE INFORMER - After squandering the reward money he received from the Black and Tans (Provincial Police) for informing on his friend Frankie McPhillip, Gypo Nolan stands trial

3. YOUNG MR LINCOLN - First sequence in the 1939 John Ford film

2. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - Together For The First Time - James Stewart - John Wayne - in the masterpiece of four-time Academy Award winner John Ford

1. THE SEARCHERS ENDING - Probably, the best ending in the history of cinema. Great Wayne, best Ford.

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JOHN FORD INTERVIEW - Video on the famous John Ford. Director of the Grapes of Wrath and many more!

JOHN FORD TRIBUTE - Tribute to the best of John Ford's Westerns.

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