John Wayne said something that is really going to annoy some fans. But before we get to what he said take a look at his top 10 movies to remember what he said. If you don’t want to wait you can scroll to the bottom to see!
10: The Cowboys
Wayne’s career was slowly dwindling in the seventies as movie viewers were grew less interested in western films. The Cowboys, remains one of his best performances.
The film focuses on veteran cattle rancher Wil Andersen (Wayne). His crew unexpectedly quits to join in the historic California Gold Rush. Requiring workers, Wil enlists the help of local teen schoolboys where he bond forms with the boys as they become their own family.
9: True Grit
The 1969 film True Grit is undeniably Wayne’s most memorable film out of his entire career. After hired hand Tom Chaney (Jeff Corey) murders the father of 14-year-old Mattie Ross (Kim Darby), she hires U.S. Marshal “Rooster” Cogburn (Wayne) to seek vengeance. He is a man of “true grit” and he teams up with Texas Ranger La Boeuf (Glen Campbell) in his manhunt.
The film earned Wayne his first and only Academy Award for Best Actor. To this day, the film is regarded as a truly iconic film of the western genre. When you think of Wayne’s career, you typically associate him with True Grit.
8: El Dorado
The 1966 film El Dorado is a collaboration between Wayne and another memorable western film star, Robert Mitchum. The film centers on gunslinger Cole Thorton (Wayne), who returns to the town of El Dorado to work for a heartless landowner, Bart Jason (Ed Asner). However, he realizes he will have to fight his old friend, J.P. Harrah (Mitchum). So, he turns down the offer.
Instead, he teams up with J.P. to protect the citizens of El Dorado from Bart. At the same time, he helps J.P. with his alcoholism. A story about friendship with plenty of gunfights, El Dorado is a western you don’t want to miss.
7: The Shootist
1976’s The Shootist was Wayne’s final film role, and it was one of his most memorable performances. He plays J.B. Books, an aging gunfighter who was recently diagnosed with cancer. He travels to Nevada at the turn of the 20th century for one last gunfight. He rents a room from the widowed Bond Rogers (Lauren Bacall) and her son, Gillom (Ron Howard).
Books is puzzled by many citizens in the town like a man who wants to avenge his brother’s death. Others are looking to make a profit off of Books’ notoriety. Knowing his time is running up, Books devises one last gunfight to end his life with a, well, bang.
6: Red River
John Wayne was always the hero, until the film, Red River. He starred as Thomas Dunson, a tyrannical cattle rancher who works with a faithful trail hand, Groot (Walter Brennan) and his protégé and adopted son, Matt Garth (Montgomery Clift). They lead a cattle drive to Missouri following the Civil War.
Thomas becomes a dictator. This causes Matt to rebel against him, and they wonder if they’ll ever be a “family.” If you’re used to watching Wayne as a hero, it might be difficult to watch his behavior in this movie, but it’s a stand-out performance.
5: The Quiet Man
The 1952 comedy-drama The Quiet Man is where Wayne teamed up with Maureen O’Hara, his co-star in four other popular romantic films. This was the best movie they made together.
Boxer Sean Thornton (Wayne) flees to Ireland to buy his family’s homestead after accidentally killing an opponent in the ring. There he meets and falls in love with Mary Kate Danaher (O’Hara). Their romance seems perfect until Mary Kate’s brother wants to buy Sean’s property from him.
In the 1930s, Wayne worked as an extra. He finally got his big break in Stagecoach, in 1939 where he played Ringo Kid, a young outlaw who sought revenge for the death of his father and brother.
The film includes a diverse group of characters, all aboard the same stagecoach and they must live with each other. This film set Wayne on a path to stardom.
3: The Searchers
Wayne was best when he starred in westerns. In the 1956 film The Searchers, Ethan Edwards (Wayne) returns home to Texas following the Civil War. Several members of his brother’s family are killed and abducted by Comanches, so Ethan is on a hunt to track them down and bring them home.
Eventually he finds out that his niece, Debbie (Natalie Wood), is alive and with her adopted brother, Martin (Jeffrey Hunter). This sends Ethan on a dangerous mission to find them. If anyone can find them, it’s “The Duke.”
2: Rio Bravo
In the 1959 film Rio Bravo, gunslinger Joe Burdette (Claude Akins) kills a man in a saloon. This causes Sheriff John T. Chance (Wayne) to arrest him, along with the help of the town drunk, Dude (Dean Martin).
John finds himself in trouble when Joe’s brother, Nathan (John Russell), comes to town and breaks his brother out of jail. John stands his ground, but is tested many times.
1: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
The 1962 film The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance has everything you want from a western film, which begins with Senator Ransom Stoddard (James Stewart) arriving in town to attend the funeral of rancher Tom Doniphon (Wayne). The movie flashes back 25 years when he’s asked why he is attending the funeral,
When Ransom visits town, he bumps into a cruel gang led by Liberty Valance (Lee Marvin). Tom Doniphon saves Ransom’s life. The pair become a competitive force against Liberty Valance and can’t be stopped.
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Finally on to what exactly John Wayne Said: Wayne made it clear that he felt white people were superior to other races of people on Earth. This is an alarming thing to hear from a man portrayed as a hero on the big screen. Wayne was supposed to be the good guy, but the statements that were published in the Playboy issue shed light on a much darker side of John Wayne that has the power to erode his reputation forever.