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Over his 50-year career, John Wayne appeared in more than 175 movies from major Hollywood epics to shorts, documentaries, promotional films, television shows and special appearances. Though there are actors who may have appeared in more movies, it is yet to be seen if any actor will ever better Duke’s record of being the lead in more than 140 films.

Year Movie Title Role
1926 Bardelys the Magnificent Guard
1926 Brown of Harvard Yale Football Player
1926 The Great K & A Train Robbery Extra
1927 Annie Laurie Extra
1927 The Drop Kick USC Football Player
1928 Four Sons Extra
1928 Hangman’s House Horse Race Spectator/Condemned Man in Flashback
1928 Mother Machree Extra
1929 The Black Watch Extra
1929 The Forward Pass Extra
1929 Noah’s Ark Swimming Extra in temple collapse
1929 Salute Bill (Midshipman)
1929 Speakeasy Extra
1929 Words and Music Pete Donahue
1930 The Big Trail Breck Coleman, wagon train scout
1930 Born Reckless Extra
1930 Cheer Up and Smile Bit Part
1930 Men Without Women Radioman on surface
1930 Rough Romance Lumberjack
1931 Arizona/Men Are Like That Lt. Bob Denton
1931 The Deceiver Richard Thorpe as a corpse
1931 Girls Demand Excitement Peter Brooks
1931 Maker of Men Dusty Rhodes
1931 Range Feud Clint Turner
1931 Three Girls Lost Gordon Wales
1932 The Big Stampede Deputy Sheriff John Steele
1932 Haunted Gold John Mason
1932 The Hollywood Handicap Himself
1932 The Hurricane Express Larry Baker, pilot
1932 Lady and Gent Buzz Kinney
1932 Ride Him, Cowboy (The Hawk) John Drury
1932 Running Hollywood Himself
1932 The Shadow of the Eagle, Craig McCoy
1932 Texas Cyclone Steve Pickett
1932 That’s My Boy Football Player
1932 Two-Fisted Law Duke
1933 Baby Face Jimmy McCoy Jr.
1933 Central Airport Co-pilot in wreck
1933 College Coach Student Greeting Phil
1933 His Private Secretary Dick Wallace
1933 The Life of Jimmy Dolan Smith
1933 The Man from Monterey Captain John Holmes
1933 Riders of Destiny Singin’ Sandy Saunders
1933 Sagebrush Trail John Brant (using alias John Smith)
1933 Somewhere in Sonora John Bishop
1933 The Telegraph Trail John Trent
1933 The Three Musketeers Tom Wayne
1934 Blue Steel John Carruthers
1934 The Lawless Frontier John Tobin
1934 The Lucky Texan Jerry Mason
1934 The Man from Utah John Weston
1934 ‘Neath the Arizona Skies Chris Morrell
1934 Randy Rides Alone Randy Bowers
1934 The Star Packer U.S. Marshal John Travers
1934 The Trail Beyond Rod Drew
1934 West of the Divide Ted Hayden, posing as Gat Ganns
1935 The Dawn Rider John Mason
1935 The Desert Trail John Scott, aka John Jones
1935 Lawless Range John Middleton, aka John Allen
1935 The New Frontier John Dawson
1935 Paradise Canyon John Wyatt aka John Rogers
1935 Rainbow Valley John Martin
1935 Texas Terror Sheriff John Higgins
1935 Westward Ho John Wyatt /John Allen
1936 Conflict Pat Glendon
1936 King of the Pecos John Clayborn
1936 The Lawless Nineties John Tipton
1936 The Lonely Trail Capt. John Ashley
1936 The Oregon Trail Capt. John Delmont
1936 The Sea Spoilers Boson’ Bob Randall
1936 Winds of the Wasteland John Blair
1937 Adventure’s End Duke Slade
1937 Born to the West (Hell Town) Dare Rudd
1937 California Straight Ahead Biff Smith
1937 I Cover the War Bob Adams
1937 Idol of the Crowds Johnny Hansen (Janson)
1938 Overland Stage Raiders Stony Brooke
1938 Pals of the Saddle Stony Brooke, aka Ezeckial Saunders
1938 Red River Range Stony Brooke/Benson
1938 Santa Fe Stampede Stony Brooke
1939 Allegheny Uprising James ’Jim’ Smith
1939 New Frontier Stony Brooke
1939 The Night Riders Stony Brooke
1939 Stagecoach The Ringo Kid
1939 Three Texas Steers Stony Brooke
1939 Wyoming Outlaw Stony Brooke
1940 Dark Command Bob ’Shortcut’ Seton
1940 The Long Voyage Home Ole Olsen
1940 Seven Sinners Lt. Dan Brent
1940 Three Faces West John Phillips
1941 Lady from Louisiana John Reynolds
1941 A Man Betrayed Lynn Hollister
1941 The Shepherd of the Hills Young Matt Matthews
1942 Flying Tigers Capt. Jim Gordon
1942 In Old California Tom Craig
1942 Lady for a Night Jackson ’Jack’ Morgan
1942 Pittsburgh Charles ’Pittsburgh’ Markham/Charles Ellis
1942 Reap the Wild Wind Captain Jack Stuart
1942 Reunion in France Pat Talbot, RAF pilot
1942 The Spoilers Roy Glennister
1943 In Old Oklahoma/War of the Wildcats Daniel F. ’Dan’ Somers
1943 A Lady Takes a Chance Duke Hudkins
1944 The Fighting Seabees Wedge Donovan
1944 Tall In the Saddle Rocklin
1945 Back to Bataan Col. Joseph Madden
1945 Dakota John Devlin
1945 Flame of Barbary Coast Duke Fergus
1945 They Were Expendable Lt. (j.g.) ’Rusty’ Ryan
1946 Desert Command Tom Wayne
1946 Without Reservations Rusty Thomas
1947 Angel and the Badman Quirt Evans
1947 Tycoon Johnny Munroe
1948 3 Godfathers Robert ’Bob’ Marmaduke Sangster Hightower
1948 Fort Apache Capt. Kirby York
1948 Red River Thomas “Tom” Dunson
1948 Wake of the Red Witch Capt. Ralls
1949 The Fighting Kentuckian John Breen
1949 Sands of Iwo Jima Sgt. John M. Stryker
1949 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon Capt. of Cavalry Nathan Cutting Brittles (later Lt. Colonel)
1950 Rio Grande Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke (Commanding Officer, Fort Stark)
1951 Flying Leathernecks Maj. Daniel Xavier ’Dan’ Kirby
1951 Operation Pacific Lt. Cmdr. Duke E. Gifford, XO, Thunderfish
1952 Big Jim McLain James ’Jim’ McLain
1952 Miracle In Motion Narrator
1952 The Quiet Man Sean Thornton
1953 Hondo Hondo Lane
1953 Island In the Sky Capt. Dooley
1953 Trouble Along the Way Steve Aloysius Williams
1954 The High and the Mighty Dan Roman
1955 Blood Alley Capt. Tom Wilder
1955 The Sea Chase Capt. Karl Ehrlich
1956 The Conqueror Temujin, later Genghis Khan
1956 The Searchers Ethan Edwards
1957 Jet Pilot Col. Jim Shannon
1957 Legend of the Lost Joe January
1957 The Wings of Eagles Frank W. ’Spig’ Wead
1958 The Barbarian and the Geisha Townsend Harris
1958 I Married a Woman John Wayne / Leonard
1959 Horse Soldiers The Col. John Marlowe
1959 Rio Bravo Sheriff John T. Chance
1960 The Alamo Col. Davy Crockett
1960 North to Alaska Sam McCord
1961 The Comancheros Ranger Capt. Jake Cutter
1962 Hatari! Sean Mercer
1962 How the West was Won Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman
1962 The Longest Day Lt. Col. Benjamin Vandervoort
1962 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Tom Doniphon
1963 Donovan’s Reef Michael Patrick ’Guns’ Donovan
1963 McLintock! George Washington McLintock
1964 Circus World Matt Masters
1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told Centurion at Crucifixion, Roman Captain
1965 In Harm’s Way Capt. Rockwell Torrey
1965 The Sons of Katie Elder John Elder
1966 Cast a Giant Shadow Gen. Mike Randolph
1966 El Dorado Cole Thornton
1967 The War Wagon Taw Jackson
1968 The Green Berets Col. Mike Kirby
1968 Hellfighters Chance Buckman
1969 True Grit Reuben J. ’Rooster’ Cogburn
1969 The Undefeated Col. John Henry Thomas
1970 Chisum John Simpson Chisum
1970 Rio Lobo Col. Cord McNally
1971 Big Jake Jacob ’Big Jake’ McCandles
1972 Cancel My Reservation John Wayne
1972 The Cowboys Will Andersen
1973 Cahill, U.S. Marshal U.S. Marshal J.D. Cahill
1973 The Train Robbers Lane
1974 McQ Det. Lt. Lon McQ
1975 Brannigan Lt. Jim Brannigan (Chicago PD)
1975 Rooster Cogburn Reuben J. ’Rooster’ Cogburn
1976 The Shootist John Bernard Books