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John Ford

Highest Rated:   100% 7 Women (1966)
Lowest Rated:   40% The Wings of Eagles (1957)
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Birthplace:   Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA
Maine-born John Ford (born Sean Aloysius O'Fearna) originally went to Hollywood in the shadow of his older brother, Francis, an actor/writer/director who had worked on Broadway. Originally a laborer, propman's assistant, and occasional stuntman for his brother, he rose to became an assistant director and supporting actor before turning to directing in 1917. Ford became best known for his Westerns, of which he made dozens through the 1920s, but he didn't achieve status as a major director until the mid-'30s, when his films for RKO (The Lost Patrol [1934], The Informer [1935]), 20th Century Fox (Young Mr. Lincoln [1939], The Grapes of Wrath [1940]), and Walter Wanger (Stagecoach [1939]), won over the public, the critics, and earned various Oscars and Academy nominations. His 1940s films included one military-produced documentary co-directed by Ford and cinematographer Gregg Toland, December 7th (1943), which creaks badly today (especially compared with Frank Capra's Why We Fight series); a major war film (They Were Expendable [1945]); the historically-based drama My Darling Clementine (1946); and the "cavalry trilogy" of Fort Apache (1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), and Rio Grande (1950), each of which starred John Wayne. My Darling Clementine and the cavalry trilogy contain some of the most powerful images of the American West ever shot, and are considered definitive examples of the Western. Ford also had a weakness for Irish and Gaelic subject matter, in which a great degree of sentimentality was evident, most notably How Green Was My Valley (1941) and The Quiet Man (1952), which was his most personal film, and one of his most popular. It also earned more Oscars and nominations than any other movie ever produced at Republic Pictures. Poor health dogged Ford's career during the 1950s, but he still managed to create The Sun Shines Bright (1953) -- one of his favorite films, dealing with politics and race relations in the 19th century South -- Mogambo (1953), and The Searchers (1956), which is considered one of the most powerful Western dramas ever made. The Horse Soldiers (1959) showed some of Ford's flair, but was marred by production problems, and Ford later directed the John Wayne/Harry Morgan section of How the West Was Won (1963). His concern with social justice, which manifested itself in The Sun Shines Bright also became more evident during the early '60s, in films such as Sergeant Rutledge (1960), Donovan's Reef (1963), and Cheyenne Autumn (1964), all of which sought to address problems of racial prejudice. Ford was the recipient of the first Life Achievement Award bestowed by the American Film Institute, and was the subject of Peter Bogdanovich's documentary, Directed by John Ford (1971). He died in 1973.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
67% Never Apologize: A Personal Visit With Lindsay Anderson
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet The Great American West of John Ford
  • Actor
1973
100% 7 Women
  • Director
1966
60% Cheyenne Autumn
  • Director
1964
86% How the West Was Won
  • Director
1963
54% Donovan's Reef
  • Director
  • Producer
1963
94% The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
  • Director
1962
83% Two Rode Together
  • Director
1961
90% Sergeant Rutledge
  • Director
1960
85% The Horse Soldiers
  • Director
1959
No Score Yet Gideon's Day (Gideon of Scotland Yard)
  • Director
  • Producer
1958
86% The Last Hurrah
  • Director
  • Producer
1958
No Score Yet Slippery When Wet
  • Actor
1958
No Score Yet The Rising of the Moon
  • Director
1957
40% The Wings of Eagles
  • Director
1957
96% The Searchers
  • Director
1956
93% Mister Roberts
  • Director
1955
100% The Long Gray Line
  • Director
1955
77% Mogambo
  • Director
1953
60% The Sun Shines Bright
  • Producer
  • Director
1953
91% The Quiet Man
  • Producer
1952
63% What Price Glory?
  • Director
1952
71% Rio Grande
  • Producer
  • Director
1950
100% Wagon Master
  • Producer
  • Director
1950
92% She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
  • Director
  • Producer
1949
95% Mighty Joe Young
  • Producer
1949
85% Three Godfathers
  • Producer
  • Director
1948
100% Fort Apache
  • Director
  • Producer
1948
75% The Fugitive
  • Producer
  • Director
1947
100% My Darling Clementine
  • Director
1946
91% They Were Expendable
  • Director
  • Producer
1945
No Score Yet December 7th
  • Director
  • Producer
1942
No Score Yet The Battle of Midway
  • Director
1942
89% How Green Was My Valley
  • Director
1941
No Score Yet Tobacco Road
  • Director
1941
100% The Long Voyage Home
  • Director
1940
100% The Grapes of Wrath
  • Director
1940
82% Drums Along the Mohawk
  • Director
1939
No Score Yet Frontier Marshal
  • Director
1939
100% Young Mr. Lincoln
  • Director
1939
100% Stagecoach
  • Director
1939
50% Four Men and a Prayer
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet Submarine Patrol
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet The Hurricane
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet Wee Willie Winkie
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet The Plough and the Stars
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet Mary of Scotland
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet The Prisoner of Shark Island
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet Steamboat Round The Bend
  • Director
1935
94% The Informer
  • Director
1935
100% The Whole Town's Talking
  • Director
1935
No Score Yet The World Moves On
  • Director
1934
100% The Lost Patrol
  • Director
1934
80% Judge Priest
  • Director
1934
No Score Yet Doctor Bull
  • Director
1933
80% Pilgrimage
  • Director
1933
No Score Yet Flesh
  • Director
  • Producer
1932
No Score Yet Air Mail
  • Director
1932
89% Arrowsmith
  • Director
1931
No Score Yet Up the River
  • Director
1930
No Score Yet Born Reckless
  • Director
1930
No Score Yet Seas Beneath
  • Director
  • Producer
1930
No Score Yet Men Without Women
  • Producer
  • Director
1930
No Score Yet Salute
  • Director
  • Producer
1929
No Score Yet The Black Watch
  • Director
1929
No Score Yet Mother Machree
  • Director
1928
No Score Yet Hangman's House
  • Director
  • Producer
1928
No Score Yet Four Sons
  • Producer
  • Director
1928
No Score Yet The Blue Eagle
  • Producer
  • Director
1926
No Score Yet Three Bad Men
  • Producer
1926
82% The Iron Horse
  • Director
  • Producer
1924
50% The Village Blacksmith
  • Director
1922
No Score Yet Just Pals
  • Director
1920
No Score Yet Straight Shooting
  • Director
1917

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