Quoted from p. 452-3 of Tag Gallagher’s “John Ford: The Man and His Movies” (1986):
“*A “ten-favorite” list Ford compiled for “Cinema” in 1964 is whimsical: (1) The Birth of a Nation; (2) The Honor System (Walsh, 1916—a thief is let out of prison on his word, and returns); (3) 3 Godfathers (Ford); (4) Ninotchka (Lubitsch); (5) The High and the Mighty (Wellman), (6) Tol’able David (King, 1921); (7) The Song of Bernadette (King); (8) Lady for a Day (Capra); (9) Going My Way (McCarey); (10) The Alamo (Wayne). (Always extravagant with public praise, Ford once said: “The Alamo is the greatest picture I’ve ever seen. It will last forever, run forever, for all peoples, all families, everywhere.” Anything for a buddy.) On another occasion he cited Laurel and Hardy’s The Battle of the Century (McCarey, 1927) as his favorite. And he was so taken by Renoir’s Grand Illusions (1938) that he wanted to remake it in English, with English prisoners."
Not yet on Mubi:
The Battle of the Century (1927) with Laurel & Hardy