Re: John Ford or John Huston?
I'm going to take this opportunity to admit something: I think John Ford is overrated. Yes, he's made some great films, specifically The Searchers, but so many of his westerns blend together. I'm already not a huge fan of the kind of westerns he made (I much prefer the revisionist westerns of Leone and Peckinpah), and the fact that he did so many make them all blend together in my mind.
John Huston, on the other hand, is absolutely brilliant. The Maltese Falcon is, along with Double Indemnity, the representative film noir, and then you've got The Treasure of Sierra Madre, Key Largo, The Asphalt Jungle, The Red Badge of Courage, The African Queen, The Misfits, The Night of the Iguana, The Man Who Would Be King, and Prizzi's Honor. And he's the heavy in Chinatown. Can't be beat.