YMMV: The Searchers

  • Adaptation Displacement: There was a novel?
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Look (Martin's homely Comanche trophy wife) is cringe-inducing in her Modern Minstrelsy....but you will feel bad when you see her corpse after she's massacred during a cavalry raid.
  • Award Snub: Received no nominations at the Oscars. Rather ironic, considering how the film is now viewed as a Magnum Opus for John Ford, who was otherwise the most rewarded director in the Oscar's history.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The song The Searchers, by the Sons of the Pioneers (it starts at 0:19).
  • Harsher in Hindsight: 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.
  • Hype Backlash: Inevitable due to being held up as the greatest western ever.
    • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: It's a racist Western; so what's the big deal? Well, the "big deal" is that it was the genre-buster for the older, shiny-white-good-guys version of The Western, and was so powerful that virtually every Western, and a huge number of films in general that followed, felt compelled either try to respond to it in some way to avoid being tacky, or to at least homage and acknowledge it. Also, it must be noted that in the classic era, there were very few movies that actually deal with settler/native relations with the same kind of honesty and lack of Black and White Morality, as noted by author Sherman Alexie.
  • Moral Event Horizon: 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.
  • Magnum Opus: For both John Wayne and John Ford.
  • 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 Oh, Crap 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.
  • Special Effects Failure: A bunch, but most prominently, the "dead" Comanches who are clearly breathing.
  • Vindicated by History: The film was a box-office hit in its day but not regarded as anything more than a typical John Wayne potboiler, at least in America (the French, especially Jean-Luc Godard, really liked it). Even Ford fans like Lindsay Anderson were skeptical about it. It was only in the 70s that its reputation grew. It was a major cult film for the New Hollywood with Paul Schrader, John Milius, George Lucas and Martin Scorsese spearheading the revival of its reputation and talking of its influence.