The Western genre hasn't always been kind to women. In the dusty world of the Wild West, gunslingers like John Wayne and Clint Eastwood commanded the screen for decades. However, Netflix's women-centric miniseries Godless is proof that women can lead Westerns with just as much confidence and swagger as the men who established the genre. Thanks to layered performances from Michelle Dockery and Merritt Wever, Godless's mining town, ran by women, is a place full of grit, gumption, and a healthy dose of feminism. In this landscape, women rule and men are outsiders even though they're moving through a world that has long served as their big-screen home.
With just seven episodes, Godless's only fault is that there's just not enough of it. Thankfully, it's not the only women-led Western out there. Women don't often take center stage in stories about the American West, but when they do, they tend to shine. Once you finish Godless, these 10 women-centric Western movies and TV shows will be there waiting for you like that first sip of water to quench your thirst after a long ride through the desert.