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Which Is the Best True Grit Movie?

Updated on August 30, 2017

What Do You Think? Which True Grit Movie Is Better?

The original True Grit was a serial story which appeared in The Saturday Evening Post in 1968. It was eventually redone in book form with a slightly different storyline by the author, Charles Portis.

The first movie was made in 1969 and starred John Wayne, in his only oscar winnning performance in which Roger Ebert said that Wayne displayed "a quiet confidence that grows out of 40 years of acting." A sequel called Rooster Cogburn followed in 1975.

The second version of the movie is coming to screens in North America on December 22, 2010 and will star Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn. It all features Matt Damon and Josh Brolin we have yet to see if this new movie can live up to the reputation of the original.

As always, a movie remake stirs up emotions...some people love the original and hate to see it redone. Others are curious about how a remake might turn out. On this page, watch the movie trailers for both movies, learn a bit more about them and take the opportunity to share your opinion on which is better, the 1969 or the 2010 version of True Grit.

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True Grit 1969

True Grit 1969 Official Movie Trailer

Fast Facts About the 1969 Movie

Cast: John Wayne, Glen Campbell, Kim Darby, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper

Original Release Date: June 11, 1969

Rating: G - General

Studio: Warner Brothers

Run Time: 127 minutes

Awards: John Wayne won his only Academy Award in this movie when he played the U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn

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True Grit 2010

True Grit 2010 Official Movie Trailer

Fast Facts About the 2010 Version of the Movie

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Hailee Steinfeld, Barry Pepper

Original Release Date: December 22, 2010

Rating: PG-13

Studio: Paramount Pictures

Run Time: 111 minutes

Awards: This version of True Grit was nominated for ten Academy Awards but won none.

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Which Is Better, John Wayne's 1969 or Jeff Bridges' 2010 Version of True Grit?

True Grit 1969 and 2010
True Grit 1969 and 2010

This is where you get to have your say. If you have seen both versions of the movie, please be sure to share your opinion here. If you have not seen both, please reserve judgement and enter your opinion and thoughts in the guest box at the end of this page.

Okay. No waffling. This is it. Which True Grit movie is the best?


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© 2010 Treasures By Brenda

IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN BOTH MOVIES (AND EVEN IF YOU HAVE), THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE YOUR SAY - What did you think? Do you like the old movie? The new one?

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    • goldenrulecomics profile image


      7 years ago from New Jersey

      One of the great movie experiences of my life was seeing the original True Grit at Radio City Music Hall when it premiered way back when. In the climactic stand-off, John Wayne so filled that huge screen he looked like he could have stopped a Panzer division! Thanks for bringing back such a fond memory!

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      8 years ago

      If the remake is better than the original it will have to be one heck of a movie. I've only seen the Wayne version and I thought it was magnificent. Interesting Lens, thank you!

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      Susan Deppner 

      8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I'm back and I have to report that I was actually surprised how much I enjoyed the 2010 True Grit since I like the 1969 version so much. Since we live in the area where the story takes place, we definitely noticed that the scenery in the new movie is much more accurate than the first movie (I didn't mention that in my formal review on my blog). My son saw the movie last night and we discussed it today, and the 2010 version gets our family's vote because of both the local accuracy and the fact that it sticks closer to the Charles Portis novel. I think instead of "remake" I'd have to call it a different interpretation, and neither is wrong. Great topic for a debate, though, definitely!

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      Susan Deppner 

      8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I'll be back to complete the surveys after I see the new version. The original True Grit with John Wayne is one of my favorite movies, so I have high expectations. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked the trailer for the new movie. Looking forward to seeing it!


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