Ranking John Ford

Only counting those I’ve watched or re-watched in 2020 - any notable omissions are ones I simply haven’t revisited recently enough as I think I’ve seen every one of note.


Top 4 is tier 1 - effectively interchangeable, perfect films and all in at minimum my top 20 of all time, probably 10.


What a huge number of great films, comes together as a pretty singular vision and I don’t think I could be convinced there is a director with a better body of work.

  • Fort Apache

    1

  • The Sun Shines Bright

    2

  • My Darling Clementine

    3

  • How Green Was My Valley

    4

  • The Long Gray Line

    5

  • The Searchers

    6

  • Wagon Master

    7

  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    8

  • Stagecoach

    9

  • They Were Expendable

    10

  • Wee Willie Winkie

    11

  • 7 Women

    12

  • She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

    13

  • The Quiet Man

    14

  • Sergeant Rutledge

    15

  • Hangman's House

    16

  • Young Mr. Lincoln

    17

  • Steamboat Round the Bend

    18

  • The Lost Patrol

    19

  • 3 Bad Men

    20

  • Four Sons

    21

  • The Prisoner of Shark Island

    22

  • The Iron Horse

    23

  • The Long Voyage Home

    24

  • Gideon's Day

    25

  • Rio Grande

    26

  • Donovan's Reef

    27

  • 3 Godfathers

    28

  • Judge Priest

    29

  • Cheyenne Autumn

    30

  • Pilgrimage

    31

  • Doctor Bull

    32

  • The Rising of the Moon

    33

  • The Horse Soldiers

    34

  • Two Rode Together

    35

  • The Wings of Eagles

    36

  • The Fugitive

    37

  • The Informer

    38

  • The Whole Town's Talking

    39

  • The Last Hurrah

    40

  • Mister Roberts

    41

  • The Plough and the Stars

    42

  • Tobacco Road

    43