Westerns Written or Directed by Women

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After that written by...

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 Short Film)
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Algie Allmore has one year to prove he's a man in order to wed Harry Lyons' daughter. (10 mins.)
Director: Edward Warren
“ Actually Directed by Alice Guy Blaché ” - KasparM
 
3.
'49-'17 (1917)
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A retired judge comes West to restore a ghost town. (61 mins.)
 
4.
Something New (1920)
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A young woman visiting in Mexico is kidnapped by a gang of bandits, who drag her through the rugged wilderness to their hideout... (57 mins.)
 
5.
Hotel de Paree (1959 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
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. (30 mins.)
“ Directed by Ida Lupino ” - KasparM
 
6.
Have Gun - Will Travel (1957 TV Series)
Episode: The Man Who Lost (1959)
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Palidin is hired by Joe Gage to bring in Ben Coey for the murder of Mrs. Bryson's husband -- $500 Dead or $1000 Alive... (25 mins.)
“ Directed by Ida Lupino ” - KasparM
 
7.
Have Gun - Will Travel (1957 TV Series)
Episode: First, Catch a Tiger (1959)
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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. (25 mins.)
“ Directed by Ida Lupino ” - KasparM
 
8.
Have Gun - Will Travel (1957 TV Series)
Episode: Charley Red Dog (1959)
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Summoned to a beleaguered Western village to drive off a desperado, Paladin meets a young Native American... (25 mins.)
“ Directed by Ida Lupino ” - KasparM
 
9.
Have Gun - Will Travel (1957 TV Series)
Episode: The Lady on the Wall (1960)
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Paladin is accused by Bonanza's citizenry of swiping the treasured painting behind the bar of the hamlet's last remaining saloon... (25 mins.)
“ Directed by Ida Lupino ” - KasparM
 
10.
Have Gun - Will Travel (1957 TV Series)
Episode: The Day of the Bad Man (1960)
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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. (25 mins.)
“ Directed by Ida Lupino ” - KasparM
 
11.
Have Gun - Will Travel (1957 TV Series)
Episode: Lady with a Gun (1960)
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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. (25 mins.)
“ Directed by Ida Lupino ” - KasparM
 
12.
Have Gun - Will Travel (1957 TV Series)
Episode: The Trial (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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. (25 mins.)
“ Directed by Ida Lupino ” - KasparM
 
13.
Tate (1960 TV Series)
Episode: Stopover (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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... (30 mins.)
“ Directed by Ida Lupino ” - KasparM
 
14.
Tate (1960 TV Series)
Episode: The Mary Hardin Story (1960)
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When Tetlow (Mort Mills) tries to take her property Mary Hardin (Julie Adams) asks Tate for help. (30 mins.)
“ Directed by Ida Lupino ” - KasparM
 
15.
Hotel de Paree (1959 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Sundance, a reformed gunslinger just released from prison, drifts into the town of Georgetown, CO. A... (30 mins.)
“ Directed by Ida Lupino ” - KasparM
 
16.
Have Gun - Will Travel (1957 TV Series)
Episode: The Gold Bar (1961)
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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 instead helps him put the bar back. (25 mins.)
“ Directed by Ida Lupino ” - KasparM
 
17.
The Rifleman (1958 TV Series)
Episode: Assault (1961)
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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. (30 mins.)
“ Directed by Ida Lupino ” - KasparM
 
18.
The Virginian (1962 TV Series)
Episode: Dead-Eye Dick (1966)
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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. (75 mins.)
“ Directed by Ida Lupino ” - KasparM
 
19.
Daniel Boone (1964 TV Series)
Episode: The King's Shilling (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (60 mins.)
“ Directed by Ida Lupino ” - KasparM
 
20.
Dundee and the Culhane (1967 TV Series)
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follows the exploits of two frontier lawyers who provided legal defense to their accused clients. (60 mins.)
“ Directed by Ida Lupino ” - KasparM
 
21.
Il mio corpo per un poker (1968)
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Abused and dominated by men in her youth, Belle Starr now out-rides, out-smokes, out-shoots, and out-gambles... (103 mins.)
“ Directed by Lina Wertmüller ” - KasparM
 
22.
A Man from Boulevard des Capucines (1987)
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Mr Jonny First arrives to the Wild West to present the art of the Cinematograph. (98 mins.)
Director: Alla Surikova
 
23.
The Ballad of Little Jo (1993)
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Based on a true story, this is the tale of Josephine Monaghan, a young woman of the mid-19th century... (121 mins.)
 
24.
Meek's Cutoff (2010)
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Settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions. (104 mins.)
Director: Kelly Reichardt
 
25.
Chimmie Fadden Out West (1915)
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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. (50 mins.)
“ Written by Jeanie Macpherson. A Copy of the film survives at the Eastman House. ” - KasparM
 
26.
The Half-Breed (1916)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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. (73 mins.)
Director: Allan Dwan
“ Written by Anita Loos ” - KasparM
 
27.
A Romance of the Redwoods (1917)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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. (70 mins.)
“ written by Jeanie Macpherson ” - KasparM
 
28.
Wild and Woolly (1917)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A rich young Easterner who has always wanted to live in "the Wild West" plans to move to a Western town... (72 mins.)
Director: John Emerson
“ Written by Anita Loos ” - KasparM
 
29.
The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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. (89 mins.)
Director: Henry King
“ Written by Frances Marion ” - KasparM
 
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“ Written by Frances Marion ” - KasparM
 
31.
Jesse James (1927)
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(80 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Ingraham
“ Written by Frances Marion ” - KasparM
 
32.
Forever Yours (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
Director: Marshall Neilan
“ Written by Frances Marion ” - KasparM
 
33.
Secrets (1933)
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In the late 1800s New England, banker William Marlowe and his wife Martha have arranged for their daughter... (90 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
“ Written by Frances Marion ” - KasparM
 
34.
The Plainsman (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Wild Bill Hickok attempts to stop an Indian uprising that was started by white gun-runners. (113 mins.)
“ Material compiler: Jeannie Macpherson ” - KasparM
 
35.
The Cowboy and the Lady (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When a beautiful socialite masquerades as a maid, she becomes involved with an unpretentious, plain-spoken cowboy who's unaware of her true identity. (91 mins.)
Director: H.C. Potter
“ Contributing Writer: Anita Loos, Lillian Hellman & Dorothy Parker ” - KasparM
 
36.
Union Pacific (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In 1862, Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads compete westward across the wilderness toward California. (135 mins.)
“ Contributor to screenplay construction: Jeanie Macpherson ” - KasparM
 
37.
The Westerner (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Judge Roy Bean, a self-appointed hanging judge in Vinegarroon, Texas, befriends saddle tramp Cole Harden, who opposes Bean's policy against homesteaders. (100 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ Uncredited writing by Lillian Hellman ” - KasparM
 
38.
Northwest Passage (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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. (126 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
“ Contributing writer: Frances Marion ” - KasparM
 
39.
Unconquered (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Intrepid frontiersman Chris Holden foils the political and personal ambitions of renegade Martin Garth in the Ohio Valley following the French and Indian War. (146 mins.)
“ Jeanie Macpherson (uncredited) ” - KasparM
 
40.
The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Western story about a defiant wife who leaves her husband to take up riding with outlaws. (114 mins.)
“ Written and Produced by Eleanor Perry ” - KasparM