They Were Expendable
Rank Title Points Votes Your Vote
1
The thinking man's war movie stars an older Wayne as a demoted officer with a chance to redeem himself by taking on the Navy's brass.
Current Score:
2939
Total Votes:
4555
2
The Duke is perfect as a tough-talking drill sergeant with a heart of gold, whipping his charges into fighting shape.
Current Score:
2788
Total Votes:
4138
3
Wayne shines among an all-star cast in the original blockbuster about the invasion of Normandy.
Current Score:
2608
Total Votes:
4028
4
Wayne and John Ford's classic makes clear the cruel truth of war: men who sacrifice everything for a cause greater than themselves.
Current Score:
2448
Total Votes:
3608
5
The Duke's most controversial flick is nothing if not memorable and distills the essence of his philosophy. He directed it, too.
Current Score:
2081
Total Votes:
4099
6
Wayne whips a crew of hotshot fighter pilots into shape for battles. The Duke is as gruff and authoritative as ever.
Current Score:
1995
Total Votes:
3189
7
Sure, it's basically a propaganda flick, but the Duke is in fine form, and the ending will have you reaching for the tissues.
Current Score:
1912
Total Votes:
3184
8
Wayne plays a guerrilla warrior aiding the Philippines against Japan. His magnetism makes up for the flick's racism.
Current Score:
1731
Total Votes:
2955
9
War and romance come together as Wayne fights to get a sub into working condition and win back his ex-wife.
Current Score:
1430
Total Votes:
2904
10
Directed by John Ford, this pic stars Wayne as a reckless WWI aviator who loses use of his legs and works to get them back.
Current Score:
918
Total Votes:
2060
11
Wayne goes against type as a German who hates the Third Reich as much as the Americans -- so not that against type.
Current Score:
552
Total Votes:
2636