John Ford filmography

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The following are the films directed by John Ford. He was credited as Jack Ford in all his silent films until Cameo Kirby in 1923. The Internet Movie Database lists Ford as directing 140 films from 1917 to 1966.[1] Of Ford's silent films, only 15% of them are known to have survived.[2]

Silent films[edit]

Title Studio Genre Cast Notes
- 1917 -
The Tornado Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western John Ford and Jean Hathaway Ford's debut film and now considered to be lost
The Trail of Hate Universal Film Manufacturing Company Drama John Ford Lost film
The Scrapper Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western John Ford Lost film
Cheyenne's Pal Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Gertrude Astor and Harry Carey Lost film
The Soul Herder Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Harry Carey Lost film
Straight Shooting Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Harry Carey Prints survive in the film archive at George Eastman House
The Secret Man Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Harry Carey Two of the five reels survive
A Marked Man Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Harry Carey and Molly Malone Lost film
Bucking Broadway Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Harry Carey and Molly Malone Thought to be lost, but rediscovered in 2002. Released in 2014 as an extra feature on The Criterion Collection Blu-ray of the 1939 classic Stagecoach.[3]
- 1918 -
The Phantom Riders Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Harry Carey and William Steele Lost film
Wild Women Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Harry Carey and Molly Malone Lost film
Thieves' Gold Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Harry Carey and Molly Malone Lost film
The Scarlet Drop Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Harry Carey and Molly Malone 30 minutes of footage still survives
Hell Bent Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Harry Carey and Duke R. Lee A print of the film still survives
A Woman's Fool Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Harry Carey and Betty Schade Lost film
The Craving Universal Film Manufacturing Company Drama Francis Ford Lost film and co-directed with his brother, Francis Ford
Three Mounted Men Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Harry Carey Lost film
- 1919 -
Roped Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Harry Carey and Neva Gerber Lost film
The Fighting Brothers Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Pete Morrison and Hoot Gibson Lost film
A Fight for Love Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Harry Carey Lost film
Rustlers Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Pete Morrison and Hoot Gibson
Bare Fists Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Harry Carey and Betty Schade Lost film
Gun Law Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Pete Morrison and Hoot Gibson
By Indian Post Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Pete Morrison and Duke R. Lee One of the two reels survive
The Gun Packer Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Pete Morrison and Hoot Gibson
Riders of Vengeance Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Harry Carey and Seena Owen Lost film
The Last Outlaw Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Edgar Jones and Lucille Hutton Part of the film survives
The Outcasts of Poker Flat Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Harry Carey and Cullen Landis Lost film
Ace of the Saddle Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Harry Carey and Duke R. Lee Lost film
Rider of the Law Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Harry Carey and Vester Pegg Lost film
A Gun Fightin' Gentleman Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Harry Carey and J. Barney Sherry Partially lost film – 3 reels survive
Marked Men Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Harry Carey Lost film and a remake of the 1916 film The Three Godfathers
- 1920 -
The Prince of Avenue A Universal Film Manufacturing Company Drama James J. Corbett and Richard Cummings Lost film
The Girl in Number 29 Universal Film Manufacturing Company Drama Frank Mayo and Elinor Fair Lost film
Hitchin' Posts Universal Film Manufacturing Company Drama Frank Mayo Lost film
Just Pals Fox Film Corporation Western Buck Jones and Helen Ferguson Ford's first film for Fox
- 1921 -
The Big Punch Fox Film Corporation Western Buck Jones and Barbara Bedford
The Freeze-Out Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Harry Carey and Helen Ferguson Lost film
The Wallop Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Harry Carey and Mignonne Golden Lost film
Desperate Trails Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Harry Carey and Irene Rich Lost film
Action Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Hoot Gibson and Francis Ford Lost film
Sure Fire Universal Film Manufacturing Company Western Hoot Gibson and Molly Malone Lost film
Jackie Fox Film Corporation Drama Shirley Mason and William Scott Lost film
- 1922 -
Little Miss Smiles Fox Film Corporation Drama Shirley Mason and Gaston Glass Lost film
Silver Wings Fox Film Corporation Drama Mary Carr and Lynn Hammond Ford directed the prologue only
The Village Blacksmith Fox Film Corporation Drama Will Walling and Virginia True Boardman Lost film with only one of the eight reels surviving
- 1923 -
The Face on the Bar-Room Floor Fox Film Corporation Drama Henry B. Walthall and Ruth Clifford Lost film
Three Jumps Ahead Fox Film Corporation Western Tom Mix and Alma Bennett Lost film
Cameo Kirby Fox Film Corporation Drama John Gilbert and Gertrude Olmstead First film credited as John Ford
North of Hudson Bay Fox Film Corporation Action Tom Mix and Kathleen Key 40 minutes of footage survive
Hoodman Blind Fox Film Corporation Drama David Butler and Gladys Hulette Lost film
- 1924 -
The Iron Horse Fox Film Corporation Western George O'Brien and Madge Bellamy Ford was uncredited
Hearts of Oak Fox Film Corporation Drama Hobart Bosworth and Pauline Starke Lost film
- 1925 -
Lightnin' Fox Film Corporation Comedy Jay Hunt and Wallace MacDonald
Kentucky Pride Fox Film Corporation Drama Gertrude Astor and Peaches Jackson
Thank You Fox Film Corporation Comedy Alec B. Francis and Jacqueline Logan Lost film
The Fighting Heart Fox Film Corporation Drama George O'Brien and Billie Dove Lost film
- 1926 -
The Shamrock Handicap Fox Film Corporation Romance Janet Gaynor and Leslie Fenton Print survives at the Museum of Modern Art
3 Bad Men Fox Film Corporation Western George O'Brien and Olive Borden
The Blue Eagle Fox Film Corporation Action George O'Brien and Janet Gaynor Ford was uncredited
- 1927 -
Upstream Fox Film Corporation Comedy Nancy Nash and Earle Foxe Once lost, but rediscovered in 2010 in New Zealand

Sound films[edit]

Title Studio Genre Cast Notes
- 1928 -
Mother Machree Fox Film Corporation Drama Belle Bennett and Neil Hamilton Part sound and Ford was uncredited. John Wayne's first film with Ford, albeit in an uncredited minor role. Wayne was also a prop man in this film. Three reels survive.
Four Sons Fox Film Corporation Drama Margaret Mann and James Hall Part sound
Hangman's House Fox Film Corporation Drama Victor McLaglen and June Collyer Ford was uncredited. Silent film.
Napoleon's Barber Fox Film Corporation Comedy Otto Matieson and Natalie Golitzen Short sound film that's now lost
Riley the Cop Fox Film Corporation Comedy J. Farrell MacDonald and Nancy Drexel Ford was uncredited. Silent film with synchronized music track.
- 1929 -
Strong Boy Fox Film Corporation Comedy Victor McLaglen and Leatrice Joy Silent film with synchronized music track. Lost film.
The Black Watch Fox Film Corporation Epic Victor McLaglen and Myrna Loy. Wayne was a prop man in this film.
Salute Fox Film Corporation Drama George O'Brien and Helen Chandler John Wayne has an uncredited role. Wayne was also costumer for this film.
- 1930 -
Men Without Women Fox Film Corporation Action Kenneth MacKenna and Frank Albertson Wayne was unbilled as a radioman on the surface in this film. Apparently a lost film.
Born Reckless Fox Film Corporation Crime-Comedy Edmund Lowe and Catherine Dale Owen Also directed by Andrew Bennison. Wayne was unbilled as a soldier in this film.
Up the River Fox Film Corporation Comedy Spencer Tracy and Humphrey Bogart Debut film for both Tracy and Bogart
- 1931 -
Seas Beneath Fox Film Corporation Action George O'Brien and Marion Lessing
The Brat Fox Film Corporation Comedy Sally O'Neil and Alan Dinehart
Arrowsmith United Artists Drama Ronald Colman and Helen Hayes Nominated for Best Picture
- 1932 -
Air Mail Universal Pictures Action Ralph Bellamy and Gloria Stuart
Flesh Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Drama Wallace Beery and Ricardo Cortez Ford was uncredited
- 1933 -
Pilgrimage Fox Film Corporation Drama Henrietta Crosman and Heather Angel
Doctor Bull Fox Film Corporation Comedy Will Rogers and Vera Allen
- 1934 -
The Lost Patrol RKO Pictures Action Victor McLaglen and Boris Karloff
The World Moves On Fox Film Corporation Drama Madeleine Carroll and Franchot Tone
Judge Priest Fox Film Corporation Comedy Will Rogers and Tom Brown
- 1935 -
The Whole Town's Talking Columbia Pictures Comedy Edward G. Robinson and Jean Arthur Released in the UK as Passport to Fame
The Informer RKO Pictures Drama Victor McLaglen and Heather Angel Nominated for Best Picture
Ford won an Academy Award for Best Director
Steamboat Round the Bend Fox Film Corporation Comedy Will Rogers and Anne Shirley
- 1936 -
The Prisoner of Shark Island Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Drama Warner Baxter and Gloria Stuart
Mary of Scotland RKO Pictures Historical drama Katharine Hepburn
The Plough and the Stars RKO Pictures Drama Barbara Stanwyck and Preston Foster
- 1937 -
Wee Willie Winkie Fox Film Corporation Adventure Shirley Temple and Victor McLaglen
The Hurricane United Artists Drama Dorothy Lamour and Jon Hall
- 1938 -
The Adventures of Marco Polo United Artists Drama-Adventure Gary Cooper and Sigrid Gurie Directed by Archie Mayo with an uncredited Ford
Four Men and a Prayer Fox Film Corporation Adventure Loretta Young and Richard Greene
Submarine Patrol Fox Film Corporation Adventure Richard Greene and Nancy Kelly
- 1939 -
Stagecoach United Artists Western Claire Trevor and John Wayne Ford's first Western using sound
Nominated for Best Picture
Ford nominated Academy Award for Best Director
Young Mr. Lincoln Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Historical Henry Fonda Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Story.
Drums Along the Mohawk Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Western Claudette Colbert and Henry Fonda Ford's first film in color
- 1940 -
The Grapes of Wrath Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Drama Henry Fonda and Jane Darwell Ford won an Academy Award for Best Director and Darwell won Best Supporting Actress
The Long Voyage Home Argosy Pictures-United Artists Drama John Wayne and Thomas Mitchell
- 1941 -
Tobacco Road Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Comedy Charley Grapewin and Marjorie Rambeau
How Green Was My Valley Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Drama Walter Pidgeon and Maureen O'Hara Won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Ford won an Academy Award for Best Director
- 1942 -
Torpedo Squadron United States Navy Documentary
Sex Hygiene U.S. Army Signal Corps Documentary George Reeves and Richard Derr
The Battle of Midway War Activities Committee Documentary Donald Crisp and Henry Fonda Won the Academy Award for Documentary Feature
- 1943 -
December 7th Documentary Won the Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject
We Sail at Midnight Documentary Ford was uncredited
- 1945 -
They Were Expendable MGM War Robert Montgomery and John Wayne Nominated for two Academy AwardsBest Visual Effects and Best Sound Recording
- 1946 -
My Darling Clementine Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Western Henry Fonda and Linda Darnell
- 1947 -
The Fugitive Argosy Pictures-RKO Pictures Drama Henry Fonda and Dolores del Río
- 1948 -
Fort Apache Argosy Pictures-RKO Pictures Western John Wayne and Henry Fonda
3 Godfathers Argosy Pictures-MGM Western John Wayne and Harry Carey Jr.
- 1949 -
Pinky Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Drama Jeanne Crain and Ethel Barrymore Ford was the original director, but he was replaced after one week by Elia Kazan
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon Argosy Pictures-RKO Pictures Western John Wayne and Joanne Dru
- 1950 -
When Willie Comes Marching Home Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Comedy Dan Dailey and Corinne Calvet
Wagon Master Argosy Pictures-RKO Pictures Western Ben Johnson and Harry Carey Jr.
Rio Grande Argosy Pictures-Republic Pictures Western John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara
- 1951 -
This Is Korea! Documentary
Screen Snapshots: Reno's Silver Spur Awards Documentary Short N/A Ford and John Wayne
- 1952 -
The Quiet Man Argosy Pictures-Republic Pictures Romantic comedy John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara Ford won an Academy Award for Best Director. Also won Best Cinematography and was nominated in five other categories.
What Price Glory Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation War James Cagney and Corinne Calvet
- 1953 -
The Sun Shines Bright Argosy Pictures-Republic Pictures Comedy Charles Winninger and Arleen Whelan Entered into the 1953 Cannes Film Festival
Mogambo MGM Adventure Clark Gable Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly
- 1955 -
The Long Gray Line Columbia Pictures Drama Tyrone Power and Maureen O'Hara
Mister Roberts Warner Bros. Comedy-drama Henry Fonda and James Cagney Replaced by Mervyn LeRoy
Bamboo Cross 29 minute episode of Fireside Theater
Screen Directors Playhouse episode: Rookie of the Year N/A John Wayne, Ward Bond, Vera Miles, and Patrick Wayne
- 1956 -
The Searchers C. V. Whitney Pictures-Warner Bros. Western John Wayne and Jeffrey Hunter
Screen Directors Playhouse episode: Markheim N/A John Wayne also appeared in the introduction.
- 1957 -
The Wings of Eagles MGM Drama John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara
The Rising of the Moon Warner Bros. Comedy-drama Tyrone Power
- 1958 -
Gideon's Day Columbia Pictures Crime Jack Hawkins US title: Gideon of Scotland Yard
The Last Hurrah Columbia Pictures Drama Spencer Tracy and Jeffrey Hunter
Wide Wide World episode: The Western Documentary TV Series With John Wayne. Ford and Wayne appear as themselves in a brief interview talking about their careers.
- 1959 -
Korea Documentary
The Horse Soldiers United Artists Western John Wayne and William Holden
- 1960 -
Sergeant Rutledge Warner Bros. Western Woody Strode and Jeffrey Hunter
Wagon Train episode: The Colter Craven Story Western With John Wayne. Wayne plays General William Tecumseh Sherman.
The Alamo United Artists Western John Wayne and Richard Widmark Some 2nd unit work only, Ford is often erroneously described as an uncredited co-director
- 1961 -
Two Rode Together Columbia Pictures Western James Stewart and Richard Widmark
- 1962 -
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Paramount Pictures Western John Wayne and James Stewart
Alcoa Premiere episode: Flashing Spikes N/A with Jimmy Stewart. With Wayne playing a Umpire in Korea.
How the West Was Won MGM Western James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Gregory Peck, John Wayne The Civil War segment
- 1963 -
Donovan's Reef Paramount Pictures Action John Wayne and Elizabeth Allen Wayne's final acting performance in a Ford film
- 1964 -
Cheyenne Autumn Warner Bros. Western Richard Widmark and Carroll Baker
- 1965 -
Young Cassidy MGM Drama Rod Taylor and Julie Christie Directed with Jack Cardiff
- 1966 -
7 Women MGM Drama Anne Bancroft and Margaret Leighton
- 1971 -
Chesty: A Tribute to a Legend Documentary Narrated by John Wayne

Documentaries about Ford[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Ford at the Internet Movie Database". imdb. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
  2. ^ "New Zealand-American Partnership to Save and Make Available "Lost" American Silent Films". filmpreservation.org. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  3. ^ "Stagecoach (1939)". The Criterion Collection. Retrieved 2014-06-26.