- Ensemble Dark Horse: Ward Bond as Sergeant-Major O'Rourke, maintaining quiet dignity in the most trying of circumstances.
- Fair for Its Day: Somehow this movie gets remembered as propagating stereotypes of "savage" Native Americans, even though Ford is highly sympathetic towards the Apache.
- Metaphorically True: York's responses to the reporters at the end are all technically true. Thursday did die bravely and brought honor to the regiment which improved the quality of the soldiers at the post. When he responded, "Correct in every detail.", it could be interpreted that he was commenting on the reporter's description of the Thursday's Charge painting, not on the historcal accuracy of the painting, itself.
YMMV / Fort Apache