The Searchers

The Searchers

By John Ford

  • Genre: Western
  • Release Date: 1956-03-13
  • Advisory Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 1h 58min
  • Director: John Ford
  • Production Company: C.V. Whitney Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • iTunes Price: USD 12.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 2.99
From 412 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.




  • Great film, WRONG aspect ratio

    By emojeans
    Unfortunately, the film is presented in 16:9 aspect ratio and doesn’t do this beautiful film any justice. :(
  • A must see Western

    By Sir R. Royce
    Great cinematography, John Wayne at his best, class movie that is rewatchable.
  • Why only in Full Screen?

    By Tsone35
    Wasn't The Searchers Shot in Widescreen VistaVision? Where is that Version?
  • The Searchers

    By Head Maroon
    My favorite John Wayne film. This is a powerful story with excellent acting by the entire cast. On my top five list of western films.
  • Genius

    By Nei-Bomb
    Classic. Epic. Patient. Furious. Driving. Intense. Passionate. Angry. Timed. Vengeful. In a word, perfect. Arguably the best John Ford directed western, with John "the Duke" Wayne spear-heading this powerful locomotive of a movie. Takes its time and gets it right on the money. There's never too much to say about this film. And Duke Wayne is just fierce under John Ford's genius. Take notes, boys and girls. Is it the greatest American western film of all time? Quite possibly... A true force to be reckoned with.
  • Thank You..

    By Ray-Paul
    One of the Best Movies I have ever seen. I so enjoy watching all the older Classic Films. This film shows that justice can and will prevail, when the determination is strong enough. Thank you for making this film available.
  • HD buy?

    By PaxItaliae
    Certainly one of the best Westerns ever filmed and the cinematography is stunning. I'm happy to see it in HD for rent, but I'd pay $19.99 in a heartbeat to buy it!
  • Best movie ever made

    By AZHusker68
    Best movie, let alone best Western ever made. I grew up with John Wayne, Charlton Heston and Clint Eastwood as my heroes. Thank you God!! Thank you so very much for that !!!!!
  • I wanted to like it, but....

    By kc8000
    The cinematography is beautiful.....that's all I can commend it for. Some of the actors, the characters, the casting (the Indian chief Scar!), the performances are quite atrocious. I was disappointed.
  • The Searchers

    Okay, but not Wayne's best work. Movie feels almost too dated in parts.