YMMV: The Quiet Man
- Adaptation Displacement: Few people have read the short story the film is based on.
- Award Snub: The part of Thornton was practically John Wayne's first role as a romantic lead, and while he's pretty much acting as JOHN WAYNE, he's surprisingly good as the romantic-at-heart Sean Thorton. That he wasn't even nominated for Best Actor stands as a minor injustice.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: When Wayne petitions the Widow Tillane (Mildred Natwick) to buy back "White O'Morning" property, the Widow Tillane quizzes him on his motives, joking that he was going to convert the farm into "a national shrine, perhaps charge tuppence a visit for a guided tour through the little thatched cottage." In Real Life, the community where the filming took place – in County Mayo, Ireland — has kept up the film sets, including that cottage, for the waves of tourists who come to visit.
- Stop Helping Me!: During the big fight between Sean and Danaher when ever one of them was knocked down a guy would throw a bucket of water in his face, then the crowd would pick him up and throw him back into the fight.
- Tear Jerker: The flashback to Thorton killing his opponent in the boxing ring. The horrified look on John Wayne's face was an incredible piece of acting on his part, while the rest of the scene is filled with understated on-lookers showing no expression at all.
- Values Dissonance: Jokes about drunken Irishmen and the threat of domestic violence were perfectly acceptable back then.
- It should be noted that both times Sean, uh John is handed a stick to beat his wife, he doesn't use it. And the second time he hands it to Mary Kate who later throws it away once the issue with the dowry is settled.