Westerns Written or Directed by Women

by KasparM | created - 17 Mar 2013 | updated - 18 Aug 2013 | Public

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Lois Weber directed Captain Courtesy and When A Girl Loves, both sadly lost.

Dorothy Arzner wrote a couple of westerns, that are now considered lost: Breed of the Border and The No-Gun Man.

Frances Marion wrote 18 westerns, most of which are lost: All Man, The Mask of Lopez, Galloping Gallagher, Sundown, Ridin' the Wind, The Tough Guy, Hands Across the Border, The Two-Gun Man, Lone Hand Saunders, Pioneer Scout, The Sunset Legion, Kit Carson.

Anita Loos wrote a few westerns, The Saving Grace is lost.

Grace Cunard wrote (some for John Ford and many for his brother Francis), directed, produced and acted in many westerns, these are now considered lost: A Soldier's Honor (wrote), Texas Kelly at Bay (wrote), The Half Breed parson (wrote and acted in), Taps (wrote), The Darling of The Regiment (wrote and acted in), Captain Billie's Mate (wrote and acted in), From Dawn Till Dark (wrote and acted in), The White Vaquero (wrote and acted in), The Mysterious Hand (wrote and acted in), Old Peg Leg's Will (wrote and acted in), Three Bad Men and A Girl (wrote and acted in), And They Called Him A Hero (wrote and acted in), The Phantom Island (wrote and acted in), His Majesty Dick Turpin (wrote and acted in), The Princely Bandit (wrote and acted in), The Bandit's Wager (wrote, produced and acted in), The Powder Trail (wrote and acted in), The Tornado (wrote), The Rebel's Net (wrote and acted in), Hell's Crater (produced and acted in), The Man Hater (wrote, directed and acted in), A Daughter of the Law (directed and acted in), The Gun Runners (wrote), Her Western Adventure (wrote, directed and acted in).

Jeanie Macpherson wrote a few westerns for DeMille, thankfully some survive, these are considered lost: The Desert's Sting (wrote and acted in), The Love Mask (wrote)

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1. Algie, the Miner (1912)

10 min | Short, Comedy, Romance

Algie Allmore has one year to prove he's a man in order to wed Harry Lyons' daughter.

Director: Edward Warren | Stars: Billy Quirk, Mary Foy

Votes: 323

Actually Directed by Alice Guy Blaché

3. '49-'17 (1917)

Unrated | 61 min | Drama, Western

A retired judge comes West to restore a ghost town.

Director: Ruth Ann Baldwin | Stars: Joseph W. Girard, Leo Pierson, William Dyer, Mattie Witting

Votes: 241

4. Something New (1920)

Unrated | 57 min | Adventure, Western

A young woman visiting in Mexico is kidnapped by a gang of bandits, who drag her through the rugged wilderness to their hideout. She manages to leave word for her friend Bill, who knows the... See full summary »

Directors: Nell Shipman, Bert Van Tuyle | Stars: Nell Shipman, Bert Van Tuyle, L.M. Wells, Merrill McCormick

Votes: 223

5. Hotel de Paree (1959–1960)
Episode: The Man Who Believed in Law (1959)

30 min | Western

Tired of gun law, the citizens of Georgetown hire a former sheriff to clean up the town, but the crime wave only escalates after the man is sworn in.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Earl Holliman, Judi Meredith, Jeanette Nolan, Strother Martin

Directed by Ida Lupino

6. Have Gun - Will Travel (1957–1963)
Episode: The Man Who Lost (1959)

Not Rated | 25 min | Western

Palidin is hired by Joe Gage to bring in Ben Coey for the murder of Mrs. Bryson's husband -- $500 Dead or $1000 Alive. Everyone tells him to just collect the $500. But Ben says he didn't do... See full summary »

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Richard Boone, Mort Mills, Jack Elam, Rodolfo Acosta

Votes: 61

Directed by Ida Lupino

7. Have Gun - Will Travel (1957–1963)
Episode: First, Catch a Tiger (1959)

Not Rated | 26 min | Western

Two of the three men responsible for hanging Jacob Mordain's son have been gunned down by Fred Horn. The third, heading to Wyoming to face him, is Paladin.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Richard Boone, Pamela Lincoln, John Anderson, Don Megowan

Votes: 61

Directed by Ida Lupino

8. Have Gun - Will Travel (1957–1963)
Episode: Charley Red Dog (1959)

Not Rated | 25 min | Western

Summoned to a beleaguered Western village to drive off a desperado, Paladin meets a young Native American, who's taken a correspondence course in being a Marshal, and plans to install ... See full summary »

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Richard Boone, Scott Marlowe, Raymond Bailey, Cyril Delevanti

Votes: 62

Directed by Ida Lupino

9. Have Gun - Will Travel (1957–1963)
Episode: The Lady on the Wall (1960)

Not Rated | 25 min | Western

Paladin is accused by Bonanza's citizenry of swiping the treasured painting behind the bar of the hamlet's last remaining saloon. The portrait of a vibrant and gorgeous former woman ... See full summary »

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Richard Boone, Lillian Bronson, Howard Petrie, Ralph Moody

Votes: 74

Directed by Ida Lupino

10. Have Gun - Will Travel (1957–1963)
Episode: The Day of the Bad Man (1960)

Not Rated | 26 min | Western

C. Palmer sends for Paladin to clean up Cedar Wells - a place where folks lose at faro, lose their lives and the cattle she tries to sell there. With the help of Laredo Perkins, Paladin hatches an idea of how exactly he can earn his fee.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Richard Boone, William Joyce, Sue Randall, Norman Shelly

Votes: 52

Directed by Ida Lupino

11. Have Gun - Will Travel (1957–1963)
Episode: Lady with a Gun (1960)

Not Rated | 26 min | Western

A man is shot at by a woman because he killed her little brother during the Civil War. He has been running from her since then. Paladin offers to contact the police but when that is refused, he offers his card and services.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Richard Boone, Paula Raymond, Jack Weston, Ron Soble

Votes: 52

Directed by Ida Lupino

12. Have Gun - Will Travel (1957–1963)
Episode: The Trial (1960)

Not Rated | 25 min | Western

Morgan Gibbs hires Paladin to bring his son in alive for the murder of his fiancee. He tries to but a bounty hunter is there first and shoots him in the back. Now Morgan wants Paladin to have a kangaroo style trial for his son's murder.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Richard Boone, Robert F. Simon, Raymond Hatton, Bud Slater

Votes: 51

Directed by Ida Lupino

13. Tate (1960– )
Episode: Stopover (1960)

30 min | Western

Tate rides into town with the body of a wanted outlaw he's just killed, and presents it to the sheriff to collect the bounty. The sheriff sends Tate to the saloon to wait while he fills out... See full summary »

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: David McLean, Bill Tennant, Vaughn Taylor, Robert F. Simon

Votes: 19

Directed by Ida Lupino

14. Tate (1960– )
Episode: The Mary Hardin Story (1960)

30 min | Western

When Tetlow (Mort Mills) tries to take her property Mary Hardin (Julie Adams) asks Tate for help.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: David McLean, Mort Mills, James Bell, Chris Alcaide

Votes: 13

Directed by Ida Lupino

16. Have Gun - Will Travel (1957–1963)
Episode: The Gold Bar (1961)

Approved | 30 min | Western

Paladin is hired to retrieve a stolen gold bar taken from a bank before the state examiner comes Monday. When he catches up to the clerk who took it, complications ensue and Paladin instead helps him put the bar back.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Richard Boone, John Fiedler, Jean Engstrom, Val Avery

Votes: 47

Directed by Ida Lupino

17. The Rifleman (1958–1963)
Episode: Assault (1961)

TV-PG | 30 min | Family, Western

Cade Conway and Vashti Croxton are arguing about where to get married. This leads to a fight and Vashti being knocked unconscious, and a traveling salesman being falsely blamed for it.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Chuck Connors, Johnny Crawford, Paul Fix, Linda Lawson

Votes: 53

Directed by Ida Lupino

18. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: Dead-Eye Dick (1966)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

A woman visits her sister in Medicine Bow bringing her teenage daughter who is enamored with a Dead Eye Dick western novel. She develops a crush on The Virginian after he settles her horse aggravating a teenage boy she meets who likes her.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Charles Bickford, Doug McClure, Don Quine, Sara Lane

Votes: 34

Directed by Ida Lupino

19. Daniel Boone (1964–1970)
Episode: The King's Shilling (1967)

60 min | Adventure, Western

When a villager's son is sentenced to hang by the British, the father kidnaps an injured British soldier to trade for his son, leaving the soldier in the care of the villager's daughter. Daniel Boone then sets out to free both young men.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Fess Parker, Patricia Blair, Barbara Hershey, Mort Mills

Votes: 17

Directed by Ida Lupino

21. The Belle Star Story (1968)

Not Rated | 103 min | Western

Abused and dominated by men in her youth, Belle Starr now out-rides, out-smokes, out-shoots, and out-gambles them as she makes her way around the Old West, usually wearing male garb. One ... See full summary »

Directors: Piero Cristofani, Lina Wertmüller | Stars: Elsa Martinelli, Robert Woods, George Eastman, Francesca Righini

Votes: 163

Directed by Lina Wertmüller

22. A Man from Boulevard des Capucines (1987)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Mr Jonny First arrives to the Wild West to present the art of the Cinematograph.

Director: Alla Surikova | Stars: Andrey Mironov, Aleksandra Yakovleva-Aasmyae, Mikhail Boyarskiy, Oleg Tabakov

Votes: 2,645

23. The Ballad of Little Jo (1993)

R | 121 min | Drama, Romance, Western

After being thrown out of her home, a young woman decides to disguise herself as a man to survive the ruthless Wild West.

Director: Maggie Greenwald | Stars: Suzy Amis, Bo Hopkins, Ian McKellen, David Chung

Votes: 1,327 | Gross: $0.54M

24. Meek's Cutoff (2010)

PG | 104 min | Drama, Western

85 Metascore

Settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions.

Director: Kelly Reichardt | Stars: Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Paul Dano, Will Patton

Votes: 10,906 | Gross: $0.98M

25. Chimmie Fadden Out West (1915)

50 min | Comedy, Western

Chimmie is sent to Death Valley CA as part of a railroad scheme. He's to pretend to have discovered gold there, then set a new transcontinental record heading east. It doesn't quite work out that way.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Victor Moore, Camille Astor, Raymond Hatton, Mrs. Lewis McCord

Votes: 9 | Gross: $0.07M

Written by Jeanie Macpherson. A Copy of the film survives at the Eastman House.

26. The Half-Breed (1916)

73 min | Western

An outcast named Lo Dorman encounters a young woman lost in the woods. He defends her from danger in the forest and from Sheriff Dunn.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Alma Rubens, Sam De Grasse, Tom Wilson

Votes: 130

Written by Anita Loos

27. A Romance of the Redwoods (1917)

Not Rated | 70 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A young girl travels west to live with her uncle during the California Gold Rush only to find that he has been killed by Indians and his identity assumed by an outlaw.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Mary Pickford, Elliott Dexter, Tully Marshall, Raymond Hatton

Votes: 719 | Gross: $0.42M

written by Jeanie Macpherson

28. Wild and Woolly (1917)

Passed | 72 min | Comedy, Western, Romance

A rich young Easterner who has always wanted to live in "the Wild West" plans to move to a Western town. Unknown to him, the town's "wild" days are long gone, and it is an orderly, ... See full summary »

Director: John Emerson | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Eileen Percy, Calvert Carter, Charles Stevens

Votes: 541

Written by Anita Loos

29. The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926)

89 min | Drama, Romance, Western

While building an irrigation system for a Southwestern desert community, an engineer vies with a local cowboy for the affections of a rancher's daughter.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Ronald Colman, Vilma Bánky, Gary Cooper, Charles Lane

Votes: 601

Written by Frances Marion

31. Jesse James (1927)

80 min | Western

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Director: Lloyd Ingraham | Stars: Fred Thomson, Nora Lane, Montagu Love, Mary Carr

Votes: 24 | Gross: $1.20M

Written by Frances Marion

Written by Frances Marion

33. Secrets (1933)

Passed | 90 min | Drama, Western

In the late 1800s New England, banker William Marlowe and his wife Martha have arranged for their daughter Mary to marry the officious and older Lord Hurley of England. Mary does not want ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Mary Pickford, Leslie Howard, C. Aubrey Smith, Blanche Friderici

Votes: 525 | Gross: $0.70M

Written by Frances Marion

34. The Plainsman (1936)

Passed | 113 min | Biography, History, Romance

Wild Bill Hickok attempts to stop an Indian uprising that was started by white gun-runners.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, James Ellison, Charles Bickford

Votes: 1,861

Material compiler: Jeannie Macpherson

35. The Cowboy and the Lady (1938)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A lonely socialite masquerades as a maid and meets an unpretentious, plain-spoken cowboy who is unaware of her true identity.

Directors: H.C. Potter, Stuart Heisler, William Wyler | Stars: Gary Cooper, Merle Oberon, Patsy Kelly, Walter Brennan

Votes: 1,122

Contributing Writer: Anita Loos, Lillian Hellman & Dorothy Parker

36. Union Pacific (1939)

Passed | 135 min | Drama, Western

In 1862, Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads compete westward across the wilderness toward California.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Akim Tamiroff, Robert Preston

Votes: 2,447

Contributor to screenplay construction: Jeanie Macpherson

37. The Westerner (1940)

Approved | 100 min | Drama, Romance, Western

78 Metascore

Judge Roy Bean, a self-appointed hanging judge in Vinegarroon, Texas, befriends saddle tramp Cole Harden, who opposes Bean's policy against homesteaders.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Doris Davenport, Fred Stone

Votes: 4,717

Uncredited writing by Lillian Hellman

38. Northwest Passage (1940)

Passed | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Langdon Towne and Hunk Marriner join Major Rogers' Rangers as they wipe out an Indian village. They set out for Fort Wentworth, but when they arrive they find no soldiers and none of the supplies they expected.

Directors: King Vidor, Jack Conway, W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Robert Young, Walter Brennan, Ruth Hussey

Votes: 3,095

Contributing writer: Frances Marion

39. Unconquered (1947)

Passed | 146 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Intrepid frontiersman Chris Holden foils the political and personal ambitions of renegade Martin Garth in the Ohio Valley following the French and Indian War.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Gary Cooper, Paulette Goddard, Howard Da Silva, Boris Karloff

Votes: 1,962

Jeanie Macpherson (uncredited)

40. The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973)

PG | 114 min | Romance, Western

Western story about a defiant wife who leaves her husband to take up riding with outlaws.

Director: Richard C. Sarafian | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Sarah Miles, Lee J. Cobb, Jack Warden

Votes: 1,239

Written and Produced by Eleanor Perry

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