1956: The Searchers


Warner Bros.

– Director: John Ford

– Stacker score: 90.1

– Metascore: 94

– IMDb user rating: 7.9

– Runtime: 119 minutes

More than just an acclaimed John Wayne Western, “The Searchers” is celebrated as one of Hollywood’s greatest achievements. Wayne plays Civil War veteran Ethan Edwards, who embarks on a perilous journey in order to save his niece from savage Comanches. The actor was so enamored with the role and the film that he named one of his own children after the character he portrayed.