A Full List of Plays and Films Written by Sam Shepard

Getty Actor Sam Shepard poses for a portrait during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

Sam Sherpard, a playwright, director and actor, passed away on Sunday July 30, having been involved with a battle with ALS. In losing Shepard, the world losses a unique voice and an artist who came of age writing and acting in the vibrant and experimental New York City theater scene in the 1960’s.

Shepard wrote 44 plays over the course of his career, starting in 1964 and going all the way to 2013. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for Buried Child and the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a “master American dramatist: in 2009.

In 1980, New York magazine said Shepard was “the greatest American playwright of his generation.” Shepard’s plays are thought-evoking, bleak and honest; sparse by design and toy with elements of surrealism and absurdism.

Here is a list of Shepard’s plays.

Cowboys (1964)
The Rock Garden (1964)
Up To Thursday (1964)
Dog (1965)
Chicago (1965)
4-H Club (1965)
Icarus’s Mother (1965)
Rocking Chair (1965)
Fourteen Hundred Thousand (1965)
Red Cross (1966)
Melodrama Play (1967)
La Turista (1967)
Cowboys # 2 (1967)
Forensic and the Navigators (1967)
The Unseen Hand (1969)
The Holy Ghostly (1969)
Operation Sidewinder (1970)
Shaved Splits (1970)
Mad Dog Blues (1971)
Back Dog Beast Bait (1971)
Cowboy Mouth (1971) – written with Patti Smith
The Tooth of Crime (1972)
Nightwalk (1973)
Blue Bitch (1973)
Little Ocean (1974)
Geography of a Horse Dreamer (1974)
Action (1975)
Killer’s Head (1975)
The Sad Lament of Pecos Bill on the Eve of Killing his Wife (1976)
Angel City (1976)
Suicide in B Flat (1976)
Inacoma (1977)
Curse of the Starving Class (1977)
Buried Child (1978)
Seduced (1978)
Tongues (1978)
Jacaranda (1979)
Savage/Love (1979)
True West (1980)
Fool for Love (1983)
A Lie of the Mind (1985)
A Short Life of Trouble (1987)
Baby Boom (1987)
States of Shock (1991)
Simpatico (1994)
When the World was Green (1996)
Eyes for Consuela (1998)
The Late Henry Moss (2000)
The God of Hell (2004)
Kicking a Dead Horse (2007)
Ages of the Moon (2009)
Heartless (2012)
A Particle of Dread (2013)

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GettySam Shepard has died at the age of 73.

In addition to his work in the theater, Shepard wrote or co-wrote films, both regular length and short films, a few of which were film adaptations of his plays.


Me and My Brother (1969)
Zabriskie Point (1970)
Oh! Calcutta! (1972)
Renaldo and Clara (1978)
Savage/Love (1981)
Tongues (1982)
Paris, Texas (1984)
Fool for Love (1985)
Far North (1988)
Silent Tongue (1994)
Curse of the Starving Class (1994)
Simpatico (1999)
Don’t Come Knocking (2005)
Fool for Love (2007)

Shepard also wrote a handful of television episodes, most of which were international adaptions of his plays, including a Spanish adaption of True West and Portuguese adaption of Fool for Love.



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