One of my favorite Stewart roles is Glyn McLyntock in Bend of the River. I'm pretty much a sucker for redemption arcs or storylines, which may or may not stem from my job. But I also love Stewart's speech to Arthur Kennedy's Emerson Cole after Cole has commandeered the wagon train they're leading and send Stewart out to fend for himself without weapons, a horse or supplies. Cole thinks he gives the bursh-off to his former partner, but Stewart turns it around for a top-level mind-game that leaves little doubt as to who's going to win, no matter what it looks like now:
Cole: I'll be seeing you, Glyn.Kind of freaks you out to watch kindly Mr. Smith go psycho, but Stewart was that good, even if he was never flashy.
McLyntock: You'll be seeing me. You'll be seeing me. Everytime you bed down for the night, you'll look back to the darkness and wonder if I'm there. And some night, I will be. You'll be seeing me!
Steyn's article notes one of Stewart's most important roles, of course -- pilot during World War II, when he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross. Not as big as an Oscar, but probably worth more in the end.