Howard Hawks made so many fantastic films it's hard to choose a favorite, but I think Rio Bravo comes close--this is on my top five westerns list. This is a perfect western, and I think one of John Wayne's best performances. I agree with the comment that though the Duke and John Ford had the more celebrated partnership, Howard Hawks got the best performances out of him. Anyway, I LOVE this movie.
It's long but you hardly notice the length because the action is so continuous; the storyline is great and no more predictable than any other western (ie, you can assume the bad guy gets his in t