* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Ford worked with documentary crews in the Pacific theater during WorldWarII. He won an Oscar for the documentary ''The Battle Of Midway'' parts of which ''he actually filmed during the battle'' (he was on the island waiting for transit elsewhere when the attack came). Combat scenes he filmed would be edited into the big epic ''Film/{{Midway}}''.
** Creator/OrsonWelles watched ''Film/{{Stagecoach}}'' repeatedly for inspiration before coming to Hollywood to direct ''his'' first feature film: ''Film/CitizenKane''. You might have heard of it.
** Perhaps Ford's greatest moment came during the RedScare. During a meeting at the Directors Guild of America, Creator/CecilBDeMille was attacking other directors whom he considered to be Communist sympathizers. Ford held his tongue til [=DeMille=] started calling Creator/WilliamWyler "Villiam Vyler" and attacked Joseph Mankiewicz. He stood up, and declared, "My name is John Ford. I make Westerns. I don't think there is anyone who knows more about what the American public wants than Cecil B. [=DeMille=] - and he certainly knows how to give it to them. In that respect I admire him. But I don't like you, C.B. I don't like what you stand for and I don't like what you've been saying here tonight. Joe has been villified and I think he needs an apology." When [=DeMille=] remained silent for thirty seconds, Ford added, "Then I believe there is only one alternative, and I hereby so move: that Mr. [=DeMille=] and the entire board of directors resign, and that we give Joe a vote of confidence - and then let's all go home and get some sleep. We've got some pictures to make in the morning." And that's ''exactly'' what happened: [=DeMille=] and the board of directors resigned, Mankiewicz received a vote of confidence, and everyone got some sleep so they could make pictures in the morning.
* FairForItsDay: His portrayal of Native American characters is usually ''much'' better than most other Westerns from his time, which often treat them as barbarous, murderous savages. Ford at least treated them with a level of respect other Western directors lacked, and Native American characters were often given most character traits than just "the Indian."