I love John Wayne's movies but don't think I ever saw The Searchers. Please refresh my memory.
The Searchers is the one where the Duke spends 5 years looking for his niece (Natalie Wood) who was taken in an Indian raid. It's different because JW played an outright racist. And the scenery is like a member of the cast, too. It's considered the quintessential western, and a lot of Hollywood types like Uncle George, Spielberg, etc... said the Searchers influenced them.