2. Red River
Year Released: 1948
Director: Howard Hawks
John Wayne is a staple of classic Westerns, and Red River features Wayne as Thomas Dunson, a rancher who initiates the first cattle drive from Texas to Kansas. Dunson is accompanied by his son, who is played by Montgomery Clift.
The film, which was also selected for preservation by the Library of Congress, is largely based off of Paul Fix. Borden Chase’s The Saturday Evening Post’s serialization titled "Blazing Guns on the Chisholm Trail."