#8. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

- Director: John Ford

- IMDb user rating: 8.1

- Votes: 63,369

- Metascore: 94

- Runtime: 123 min

John Ford’s flashback story about the ways legends become fact, creates a few myths of its own around what makes a heroic man. The “man” of the title exists as a conflict between an eastern politician (Jimmy Stewart) and the Western cowboy (John Wayne) who always arrives to save him. Lee Marvin stars as the archetypical bully, Liberty Valance, so evil that whoever kills him will become a legend.

 

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