John Wayne starred in the films "Fort Apache," "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" and "True Grit." Other John Wayne films include "Red River," "Stage Coach," "Rio Bravo" and "The Quiet Man." Wayne appeared in over 175 movies throughout the course of his 50-year career.
"Fort Apache," a fictionalized dramatization of the Battle of Little Big Horn, starred Henry Fonda and Shirley Temple alongside Wayne. It was released in 1948 and featured Wayne as second-in-command to Fonda's General Custer.
"The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," released in 1962, co-starred Jimmy Stewart and Lee Marvin as the villain Wayne must face off against.
Although he wasn't the main character, Wayne's performance in the 1939 film "Stagecoach" is considered the breakthrough role that made him famous. Directed by John Ford and nominated for 7 Oscar nominations, this film explores themes such as alcoholism, childbirth and revenge.
The 1948 film "Red River" features John Wayne as a villain, the authoritarian Tom Dunson. This film cost $3 million to produce, an extremely high amount for that time period.
"True Grit," released in 1969, stars Wayne as the drunken, one-eyed marshall Rooster Cogburn, in the only role of his career to earn him an Oscar.