John Ford's Top 10

John Ford’s Top 10

John Ford with Dennis Hopper and John Huston, Palm Springs, September 13th, 1971. Photo: Victor Skrebneski.

John Ford with Dennis Hopper and John Huston, Palm Springs, September 13th, 1971. Photo: Victor Skrebneski.


In 1963, John Ford submitted the following Top 10 to Cinema Magazine. John Huston and Dennis Hopper did not make the cut, but any list that includes two Henry King films is fine with me, although admittedly I’ve never seen the Capra or–alas!–the Walsh.

The Birth of a Nation (D.W. Griffith, 1915)
The Honor System (Raoul Walsh, 1917) [considered lost]
3 Godfathers (John Ford, 1948)
Ninotchka (Ernst Lubitsch, 1939)
The High and the Mighty (William A. Wellman, 1954)
Tol’able David (Henry King, 1921)
The Song of Bernadette (Henry King, 1943)
Lady for a Day (Frank Capra, 1933)
Going My Way (Leo McCarey, 1944)
The Alamo (John Wayne, 1960)

Still, one item remains deeply puzzling–The High and the Mighty of all Wellman films? Really???

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