White Women’s Western Films, 1910-1970

Elizabeth Taylor as Leslie Benedict in Giant (1956)

To supplement my presentation at SAMLA in 2019, I put together a Letterboxd list of Westerns written, directed, or edited by white women from 1910-1970. The list currently contains over 260 entries, making it interesting but a little unwieldy (and still not comprehensive).

Here is a shorter list of important Westerns with women in key creative roles, most of which are available to watch online or on DVD.

Adapted from the work of women writers

  • Ramona (1910; 1916; 1928; 1936), from the novel by Helen Hunt Jackson
  • The Wind (1928), from the novel by Dorothy Scarborough, adapted by Frances Marion
  • Cimarron (1931; 1960), from the novel by Edna Ferber
  • Giant (1956), from the novel by Edna Ferber
  • The Hanging Tree (1959), from the short story by Dorothy M. Johnson
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), from the short story by Dorothy M. Johnson
  • A Man Called Horse (1970), from the short story by Dorothy M. Johnson

Written by women

  • The Half-Breed (1916), scenario by Anita Loos
  • The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926), written by Frances Marion, edited by Viola Lawrence
  • Stars in My Crown (1950), co-written by Margaret Fitts
  • True Grit (1969), co-written by Marguerite Roberts

Directed by Women

  • Greater Love Hath No Man (1911), directed by Alice Guy-Blaché
  • Algie the Miner (1912), directed by Alice Guy-Blaché
  • ’49-’17 (1917), directed by Ruth Ann Baldwin
  • Something New (1920), directed by Nell Shipman

Edited by Women

  • The Squaw Man (1931), edited by Anne Bauchens
  • Stagecoach (1939), edited by Dorothy Spencer
  • My Darling Clementine (1946), edited by Dorothy Spencer

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