The Searchers

As American as racism and violence. John Ford’s national landmark includes all the silly side quests endemic to a studio film of the era, including a song and a romantic subplot. But the monomaniacal focus of John Wayne’s damaged avenger as he tracks down his kidnapped niece lends it a terrible power. And if you’re looking for a master class on visual storytelling, search no further. -Lee Gardner

1956 John Ford 1.85:1 Color dcp 119 min.