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Westerns for Women?

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Initial post: Jun 1, 2010, 9:08:58 AM PDT
Tiffany says:
Looking for some westerns with a female main character. Thanks.

Posted on Jun 3, 2010, 11:34:16 AM PDT
mesadallas says:
Right off my head.... The Quick and the Dead with Sharon Stone.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2010, 6:44:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 8, 2010, 6:45:53 PM PDT
Johnny Guitar
Cattle Queen of Montana
Bad Girls

Posted on Jun 9, 2010, 1:36:31 AM PDT
Destry Rides Again (1939)
The Singing Cowgirl (1939)
Arizona (1940)
Rancho Notorious (1952)
Calamity Jane (1953)
Cat Ballou (1965)
The Ballad of Little Jo (1993)
Buffalo Girls (1995)
Bandidas (2006)

Posted on Jun 9, 2010, 10:16:40 PM PDT
Balok says:
Johnny Guitar has been mentioned, but what hasn't been mentioned is that the main villain is also a woman, and this being a film by Nicholas Ray, there is a lesbian subtext if you're willing to look for it.

While the main character in Shane is a man, the farmer's wife is an important secondary character, and the development of the relationship between her and the traveling gunman who comes to save the homesteaders from the bad guys is an important subplot.

Posted on Jun 9, 2010, 11:59:42 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 10, 2010, 12:07:17 AM PDT
mark twain says:
How about the western dvd about to be released.....Hannie Caulder(Raqual Welch) or also with Raqual Welch.....100 Rifiles or Bandolero....great westerns to watch!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2010, 1:04:47 PM PDT
Meyer3 says:
I believe the title of a Robert Taylor film about women in the West is called WESTWARD THE WOMEN, about a wagon train of women going West is one you would enjoy. Very realistic. Also, one that is mentioned above, called THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO, a real classic as far as I am concerned. You might want to check out ZANDY'S BRIDE, and a similar picture whose title I cannot remember, starring Rip Torn. Maybe someone on here can remember the title. All of these are very realistic.
If you are looking for books, try Willa Cather or Maria Sandoz. Willa writes fiction about the West, Maria non-fiction.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2010, 8:20:27 AM PDT
G. Morrison says:
I've been thinking lately about the film "Hannie Caulder" with the late Robert Culp and Raquel Welch. Ernest Borgnine plays a key villain in the film. Novel! Interesting cast and premises--outside the box! I liked it very much in the TV-only-replay days.

(I desire to see that film again, now. Rental places are stupid and narrow-minded concerning past movies--they may not stock something like that. Those places like to stock "Hannah Montana." Of course, they'll never divest themselves of their Olsen twins movies, either! I can't believe how many used DVDs of recent so-so films they continually have to foist upon us, somehow!)

Anyway, another suggestion: Claudia Cardinale plays a very important character in my favorite film--"Once Upon a Time in the West." I think that would prove interesting for many women--my mother was blown away and agreed that it is excellent.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2010, 3:16:43 PM PDT
mesadallas says:
Heartland is a great film with a female lead. It's about a widow who accepts a job as housekeeper to a rancher. Her plan was to file a homestead claim for herself and then work her land but she doesn't really know how hard this reality is going to prove.

Posted on Jul 2, 2010, 7:19:38 PM PDT
Let's see, if we're talking about movies - especially classics (in addition to the already mentioned Cat Ballou and Calamity Jane):

Big Hand for a Little Lady
Annie Oakley
The Unsinkable Molly Brown

I guess I'd have to ask for more specifics on what you're looking for, though. There are probably more movies out there with dual leads (one man, one woman) than with women as central characters alone. Also are you looking for women in less traditional roles (The Quick and The Dead and Calamity Jane) or more a depiction of the women's side of the story (Westward the Women)?

I will say look through the IMDb list of films for any of the great actresses from the 30s through the 50s and odds are you'll find a western in there somewhere. After that, it wasn't necessarily every one who did it, but you'll find a few.

Have Gun, Will Play

Posted on Jul 3, 2010, 3:17:31 AM PDT
J. Turner says:
well, depending on what your looking for, how about 'Buffalo Girls'? (from the book by Larry McMurtry) Anjelica Huston plays Calamity Jane, and Melanie Griffiths gives a superb performance as Dora Dufran, and the supporting cast is excellent.

Posted on Jul 3, 2010, 8:33:19 AM PDT
Forty Guns
Oh! how could I forget to list this one? Forty Guns staring Barbara Stanwyck and Barry Sullivan. It was to originally be titled "Woman With A Whip", Ms. Stanwyck at her tough gal best.

Posted on Aug 16, 2010, 8:32:22 AM PDT
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Posted on Aug 19, 2010, 5:37:05 PM PDT
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Posted on Aug 26, 2010, 5:54:14 PM PDT
D. Eraldi says:
My new novel, SETTLER'S CHASE, has a female protagonist (Ria, a French-Blackfeet woman) along with many other female main characters. Yes, there's guys too ;-)

SETTLER'S CHASE by D.H. Eraldi (Berkley Westerns, NY, 2010) available in paperback and Kindle versions here on Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 26, 2010, 7:26:42 PM PDT
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I have a lesbian anthology called "Love in Times Gone By" - historical setting - and it contains a very good western story featuring 4 female characters, that you might enjoy.

The book will be available in a print on demand addition soon as well -probably around the end of September and I have some other books in the works that will be coming out some time this year that are historical fiction, some of which contain are western stories.

Posted on Sep 4, 2010, 4:03:20 PM PDT
rbefly says:
Hello Tiffany,
although these two movies don't have an exclusive female lead, they both have powerful female roles that you should enjoy;
"The Missing" Cate Blanchette, Tommy Lee Jones. Ms. Blanchette is one of the finest and most versatile actressess alive, and this somewhat neglected film is one of her best roles.
Tommy Lee plays her father, who abandoned the family when Cate was young. She wants nothing to do with him, but when her eldest daughter is kidnapped by roving Indians, she must (reluctantly) call upon his help. The chase, escape and final battle are truly nerve-wracking but I won't spoil the end- It's a doozy!
Buy, rent or borrow this movie, you won't be disappointed!
"High Noon" Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Katy Jurado. Although Coop is the lead, the two female parts are very important to the story, and as different as two people can be.
Kelly is the prim, proper and pacifistic (Quaker) bride, who wants Will Kane (Cooper) to give up his Sheriff duties and settle down. He promises to do so, but finds out Frank Miller, an imprisioned killer has been released and is due in town (you guessed it!) at noon. More thugs are awaiting his arrival, to help him seek revenge on Sheriff Kane.
Katy Jurado is Helen Ramirez, "Saloon Owner" and former lover of Kane. What a handful! The fiery temper, straight-talk and obvious lingering feelings for Kane are the stuff of movie legend. She steals every scene she's in, apparently without even trying. She literally humilates Kelly into taking an action that is completely against her character and upbringing, not to mention religion. How she didn't win the Oscar for "Best Supporting" is beyond me, although she did win the Golden Globe and was the first Mexican Actress to do so.
Another interesting thing about "High Noon" is that it takes place in real time, opening at 10:30 in the morning and culminating with the noon train. Clocks are shown several times during the film, as everyone awaits the arrival of Miller.
A must-own film!
Hope you enjoy' em

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 5, 2010, 2:47:29 PM PDT
Diane Story says:
Hi Tiffany,
Two of my books are historical westerns where the main charachters are women.
You can find them on Kindle and paper back.
"Desperate Hearts" and "The Overlanders bride"

Posted on Sep 7, 2010, 3:41:39 PM PDT
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Posted on May 24, 2011, 12:40:18 AM PDT
Tippi says:
Duel in the sun.

Posted on May 24, 2011, 11:56:09 PM PDT
My husband Kenneth Pratt has recently published his first western novel called Sweethome, which has gotten some great reviews so far. Sweethome has disturbed some male readers by a scene or two, but the women who have read it have said that they could relate to the story in a powerful way. Sweethome deals with real life issues such as domestic abuse and the hopelessness that comes with it. It is a realistic story with realistic characters, some you hate and some you fall in love with. But having hope is the message of Sweethome. Take a moment to check it out and read the reviews..

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2011, 2:17:48 AM PDT
Forgive the lateness of this reply, however I just joined this discussion. I wrote (among others) a historical western novel, "The DAYES of Wyoming", that features Bertha Daye, a horsetrainer, adventurer, and eventual wife and business partner to mountain man Charlie Daye. Takes place late 1800s in northwesern Wyoming. You may check my web site for the complete synopsis. If you like horses and the west, you'll like the book.
Patricia Probert Gott

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2011, 11:19:41 AM PDT
Allow me to jump in on this discussion too and offer my historical western romance, Trail To Destiny, about a heroine who faces her share of challenges crossing the continent on a wagon train, and in particular, saving the life of the courageous white warrior, Grey Wolf. Please check out my web site, to read more about the book and view the book trailer. In ebook and Kindle edition formats also.

Posted on Jun 15, 2011, 11:42:13 AM PDT
Alan says:
Try the old western "Many Rivers To Cross" starring Robert Taylor & Eleanor Parker.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2011, 1:57:26 PM PDT
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mesadallas says:
Loved that movie,Alan! Waited a long time for it to be released on DVD.
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