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The Searchers U rating

John Ford created perhaps the greatest of all westerns with this tale of a Civil War veteran doggedly hunting the Comanche who kidnapped his niece.

Western 1956 119 mins

Director: John Ford



Cinema’s poet of the West, John Ford had countless westerns under his belt before reteaming with regular star John Wayne for this disturbing story of racism, obsession and revenge. Intending to kill his kidnapped niece (Natalie Wood) when he finds her, assuming her defiled by her Comanche kidnappers, morally conflicted Ethan Edwards is the role that convinced many that Wayne could act.

Ranked joint 14th in the 2022 Sight and Sound Great Films of All Time poll