* AdaptationDisplacement: There was a novel?
* AlasPoorScrappy: Look (Martin's homely Comanche trophy wife) is cringe-inducing in her ModernMinstrelsy....but you ''will'' feel bad when you see her corpse after she's massacred during a cavalry raid.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The song ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FS-KeikPmFg The Searchers,]]'' by the Sons of the Pioneers (it starts at 0:19).
* HarsherInHindsight: While the racism is ''meant'' to make the viewer uncomfortable, modern viewers are still going to be put off far more than the 1950s audience.
* HypeBacklash: Inevitable due to being held up as the greatest western ever.
* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler: Ethan attempts to cross it when he almost kills his niece for marrying a Comanche; he doesn't follow through when he's hit with an arrow.]]
* {{Narm}}: Oh, Lord. Let us count the ways....
** The ''atrocious'' way Lucy Edwards sets her jaw before screaming bloody murder when she realizes that Comanches are approaching the homestead (when a simple OhCrap expression would have been much more effective).
** The first time we see Henry Brandon as Scar. He is ''obviously'' wearing makeup.
** The actor playing the Indian corpse early on picked a quite unfortunate moment to take a deep breath.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: A bunch, but most prominently, the "dead" Comanches who are clearly breathing.
* VindicatedByHistory