The Searchers

The Searchers

By John Ford

  • Genre: Western
  • Release Date: 1956-03-13
  • Advisory Rating: U
  • Runtime: 1h 58min
  • Director: John Ford
  • Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • iTunes Price: GBP 7.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: GBP 3.49
From 1,086 Ratings


Working together for the 12th time, John Wayne and director John Ford forged The Searchers into an indelible image of the frontier and the men and women who challenged it. Wayne plays ex-Confederate soldier Ethan Edwards, a believer more in bullets than in words. He's seeking his niece, captured by Comanches who massacred his family. He won't surrender to hunger, thirst, the elements or loneliness. And in his obsessive, five-year quest, Ethan encounters something he didn't expect to find: his own humanity.



  • Powerful Film

    By Burumbut
    Many have called this the Best Cowboy Film ever. I dont disagree. If you outline the plot, it sounds like an ordeal to watch. I have never been one for watching films involving "a journey" to find redemption or a goal. The Searchers keeps you engaged throughout, with a great cast, a good script with plenty of twists and the spectular scenery of Monument Valley and Bronson Canyon. Have watched several times ans still enjoy.
  • John's best

    By Aw12123
    This is one of the best westerns ever made, certainly John Wayne's best movies. Should have got an Oscar !
  • The best

    By Gradwell
    Never mind best western, this is one of the best films, of any genre, ever made.
  • Simply the best

    By Kondratiev the iPad
    What else is there to say other than this is the best western ever made. Excellent.
  • The Searchers

    By edwillpaul1
    Beautifully shot! No wonder it's one of Martin Scorsese's favourite films. John Ford and John Wayne at their (almost) best!!!!!
  • John Wayne Should Have Won The Oscar For This

    By goonergal86
    He got it (eventually) for True Grit but he should have won it for Ethan Edwards - absolutely brilliant.
  • Believe the Hype

    By effinjamie
    The Best Cowboy Film ever made, An amazing Film with some of the best cinematography put to celluloid. This Film never fails to move me, and it's how I always remember John Wayne.
  • renting buying

    By Will666
    This is a great film. Why do the folks at itunes feel the need to make so many films rent only or buy only? THIS IS THE MOST IRRITATING THING ABOUT ITUNES! Like many people, I want to see a film once - when I've seen it, I don't need to see it again.
  • Big Duke

    By This nick name is already used?
    Best cowboy film ever, would watch over and over again.
  • The Searchers

    By John waynes biggest fan
    This film IS the greatest western/film ever John Waynes acting is excellent and the whole film is fantastic John Wayne acts as Ethan Edwards and is completely believable John Fords directing is superb and this is undoubtedly his best film as well as John Waynes best film This is my favourite film I've loved it since I was three and every time I watch it I love it even more it is a masterpiece!!