Five of the best feminist westerns
Johnny Guitar (1954) When the mob descends on her windswept saloon with their “angry faces and evil minds”, Joan Crawford (right) plays piano in a ball-gown. Take that, mob.
Forty Guns (1957) Samuel Fuller’s 1957 western about cattle queen Jessica Drummond (Barbara Stanwyck) was originally titled Woman with a Whip. The Ballad of Little Jo (1993) Suzy Amis is a star-crossed, crossdressing feminist in a subversive western that’s begging for reissue.
The Missing (2003) When her eldest daughter is kidnapped by a band of outlaws, Cate Blanchett (left) and her estranged father (Tommy Lee Jones) form a rescue party.
The Keeping Room (2014) During the Civil War, two white sisters (Brit Marling and Hailee Steinfeld) and one African-American slave (Muna Otaru) defend their home from rogue soldiers.