There’s nothing quite like a classic western. From Tombstone to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, there’s no lack of choices for the Wild West loving cowgirl.
While the men of popular western movies and television are often discussed, the women are not talked about as frequently, which is why I have made a list of some of the most iconic women to grace us with their presence in the old westerns we enjoy so much.
When you’re finished reading this article, make sure to comment below saying who your favorite female from a western film is!
1) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – Etta Place: Portrayed by Katharine Ross.
The beautiful and talented Katharine Ross is a force to be reckoned with in her role as Etta Place, the companion of the infamous outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
2) High Noon – Helen Ramírez: Portrayed by Katy Jurado.
Katy Jurado brings the character of Helen to life in this classic film. While some film critics may spend more time analyzing Grace Kelly in her role, Katy’s performance cannot be overlooked.
3) Lonesome Dove – Lorena Wood: Portrayed by Diane Lane.
Arguably one of the more popular women in western television, Diane Lane gained fame with her riveting portrayal of Lorena Wood in Lonesome Dove.
4) Calamity Jane – Calamity Jane: Portrayed by Doris Day.
This colorful film was brought to its success by Doris Day’s whimsical depiction of the beloved gun-toting character the movie was named after.
5) Gunsmoke – Kitty Russell: Portrayed by Amanda Blake.
Amanda Blake, as Kitty Russell, delivers a powerful performance throughout the Gunsmoke television series.