1956 western movie about a Confederate veteran searching for his niece who had been captured by the Comanches


The Searchers (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The Searchers is a 1956 American Western film directed by John Ford, based on the 1954 novel by Alan Le May, and set during the Texas-Indian Wars. The picture stars John Wayne as a middle-aged Civil War veteran who spends years looking for his abducted niece (Natalie Wood), along with Jeffrey Hunter as his adoptive nephew, who accompanies him. The film was a commercial success, although it received no Academy Award nominations. It was named the Greatest American Western of all time by the American Film Institute in 2008, and it placed 12th on the American Film Institute's 2007 list of the Top 100 greatest movies of all time. ..."

Cast and Crew

John WayneEthan Edwards
Natalie WoodDebbie Edwards
John FordDirector

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Freedom's Flicks: The 20 Best Libertarian Movies of all Time, Nov 1999
The Orange County Register picks movies for "freedom lovers"
"13. The Searchers (1956). The Duke makes our list again in John Ford's epic, playing the fiercely individualistic Ethan Edwards."