There has been a lot written on The Searchers in recent weeks due to it being the 50th anniversary of it's release. I myself struggled with parts of it as I mentioned a few days back, but felt that it was worth multiple viewings just to sort out the questions and the viewers reactions to questions posed in the movie.
Jim Emerson's Scaners blog has an excellent piece on the film here. It's a reaction piece to an article that was critical of the film, and Emerson goes at the article with vigor, but more just states what he loves about The Searchers
He has too many great thoughts to quote. And the one's I do wanna quote give away the movie to those who haven't seen it. At any rate, just read the piece now. The only thing that approaches a great film, is great writing about great films.
Jim Emerson's blog will be added to the links page shortly.