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A trio of John Wayne war films

The Duke was not only known for westerns but also for World War II action-adventures.

May 09, 2011
  • John Wayne in "The Flying Tigers" (1942).
John Wayne in "The Flying Tigers" (1942). (File photo )

'Back to Bataan'

Wayne stars as a U.S. Army colonel in this stirring 1945 film about the aftermath of the Battle of Bataan on the island of Luzon in the Philippines.

'Flying Tigers'

Released in 1942, Wayne's first war film finds the Duke playing a fighter pilot for the legendary unit that protected China against Japanese attack.

'The Sands of Iwo Jima'

Wayne earned his first lead actor Oscar nomination for his memorable turn as a tough Marine sergeant whipping recruits into shape in this 1949 gem directed by Allan Dwan.

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