When John Ford directed The Searchers in 1956, he could not have known that he was making one of the greatest films of all time. The story of a man's relentless search for his abducted niece, played by Natalie Wood
The Searchers is a 1956 American Western film directed by John Ford, based on the 1954 novel by Alan Le May, and set during the Texas–Indian Wars. The picture stars John Wayne as a middle-aged Civil War veteran who spends years looking for his abducted niece (Natalie Wood), along with Jeffrey Hunter as his adoptive nephew, who accompanies him. The film was a commercial success, although it received no Academy Award nominations.