The Ties That Bind: Bruce Springsteen's 25 Biggest Heroes

The artists, activists and friends that have shaped Springsteen's world

John Ford

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The legendary four-time Academy Award-winning director, whose career spanned from 1917 to 1966, was most famous for his morally complex westerns. (Ford also adapted the 1940 screen version of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath.) Springsteen drew deeply from Ford's multi-faceted work. He told an interviewer, "I became fascinated with John Ford movies, the fact that they were all westerns. I watched the early ones and the late ones. It was fascinating to me how he'd film the same scene — a dance scene or a confrontation — and make it different in every picture."

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