10 Best Spaghetti Western Movies

Wednesday, December 1 by Wendy Adams

The low cost of production was the driving force behind the 10 best spaghetti western movies. The spaghetti western era lasted from the late sixties to the early seventies. Spaghetti westerns are international collaborations produced by an Italian studio, filmed in Spain, starring actors from America, Spain and Italy. Spaghetti westerns are traditionally very violent but always fun to watch.

  1. "Once Upon A Time In The West" (1968) This is possibly the best spaghetti western ever made starring Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Jason Robards and Claudia Cardinale as the damsel in distress. Henry Fonda is brilliant as the evil Frank.
  2. "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" (1966) This is a classic spaghetti western of quality starring Clint Eastwood as Blondie, Lee Van Cleef, the crown prince of spaghetti westerns, as Angel Eyes, and Eli Wallach as Tuco. Lots of violence, evil and men squinting.
  3. "A Fistful of Dollars" (1964) Clint Eastwood stars as a mercenary stranger who turns a profit in the middle of a town feud between two families. Lots of gunfights, violence and the famous Eastwood squint.
  4. "Fistful of Dynamite" (1971) This was set in Mexico in 1913 and starring Rod Steiger as Juan Miranda, a leader of a band of outlaws made up of his children, who join the revolution. James Coburn is John H. Mallory, an Irish Republican Army munitions expert with a price on his head. It is very violent.
  5. "For a Few Dollars More" (1965) Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef team up as two bounty hunters on the trail of a dangerous fugitive. There are lots of violence, shootouts and Italian testosterone in this tale.
  6. "They Call Me Trinity" (1970) This is not your standard spaghetti western due to the addition of “guy humor” throughout the film. Terence Hill plays Trinity and Bud Spencer is Bambino. There is plenty of action and violence to enjoy with this unlikely comedy team.
  7. "Trinity Is Still My Name" (1971) Trinity (Terence Hill) and Bambino (Bud Spencer) are reunited in this classic comedy spaghetti western which is the perfect combination of humor and violence. Great fun!
  8. "The Great Silence" (1968) Directed by Sergio Corbucci and starring Jean-Louis Trintignant as Silence, this is about a mute gunfighte fighting a group of well hated bounty hunters. It is very bloody and violent in the tradition of spaghetti westerns.
  9. "Death Rides A Horse" (1967) Directed by Italian director Giulio Petroni and starring Lee Van Cleef as Ryan and John Phillip Law as Bill Meceita, this is about the two being unwilling partners in a bloody and violent quest for vengeance.
  10. "Red Sun" (1971) "Red Sun" is the perfect example of how international the cast of spaghetti westerns are. This is starring Charles Bronson (American), Toshiro Mifune (Japanese), Alain Delon (French) and Ursula Andress (Swiss). The Japanese element brings something new to the typical violence of spaghetti westerns, samurai swords. There are lots of violence, gunfights and samurai kill scenes.  
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