Did somebody say John Wayne movie marathon?
We’ll bring the popcorn if you bring this 14-movie box set of John Wayne movies! Paramount Home Entertainment announced earlier this year that it planned to release 14 of the most celebrated John Wayne films in a single package. And just like the virtue-driven Duke, the company stayed true to its word and released “John Wayne 14-Movie Collection” on May 11. The set spans nearly 25 years of Wayne’s career. And it includes his only Oscar-winning performance, True Grit, as well as his final lead role in The Shootist. Each of the fan-favorite movies captures the grit, virtue, and humor of The Duke. Here’s a complete list of the movies included in the set:
- Hondo (1953)
- Island in the Sky (1953)
- The High and the Mighty (1954)
- The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
- Hatari! (1962)
- Donovan’s Reef (1963)
- McLintock! (1963)
- In Harm’s Way (1965)
- The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
- El Dorado (1966)
- True Grit (1969)
- Rio Lobo (1970)
- Big Jake (1971)
- The Shootist (1976)
Where Can You Buy The John Wayne Collection?
You can purchase the collection at a variety of online stores including Target, Walmart and Best Buy. You may be wondering what 14 of John Wayne’s greatest films will run you. Well, we’re happy to tell you that the collection is surprisingly affordable. Although prices vary according to the store, you can currently purchase the set on Amazon for under $50.
Have You Heard Of The New John Wayne Exhibit In Fort Worth, Texas?
If 14 movies aren’t enough John Wayne for you, how about 10,000 square feet of the Duke’s memorabilia? After your movie marathon, you can start planning a trip to the John Wayne: An American Experience at the Fort Worth Stockyards in Texas. The exhibit opened in December after Wayne’s son, Ethan, discovered the family had decades’ worth of movie memorabilia and nowhere to put it.
Ethan inherited the memorabilia after his half-brother, who ran the family business, died in 2003. During a recent interview, Ethan talked about how he came up with the idea for the exhibit.
“I thought, ‘My gosh, we have a lot of really significant memorabilia here,” said Ethan. “I don’t think the rest of the family really knew. From that moment we started thinking about how we were going to find a home for it.”
A few of the treasures on display include the original script for “True Grit” and the Academy Award John Wayne won for his role in it. Wayne’s Medal of Freedom from President Jimmy Carter, his Congressional Gold Medal, and his Grammy-nominated original poems are also on display.