10 Best Italian Western Movies

Tuesday, March 29 by Annette Smith

If you're searching for ten best Italian western movies, you're probably thinking of Spaghetti Westerns, the nickname for westerns produced and directed by Italians. Spaghetti Westerns emerged in the mid-1960s. Filmed in Spanish regions that favored the American southwest, Italian westerns sometimes had Spanish and German partners, All of them had Italian actors, and many featured rising Hollywood stars, like Clint Eastwood. Here are some of the best Italian westerns ever produced. Enjoy re-living the Old West, Italian style.

  1. “A Bullet For The General.” “A Bullet For The General,” or “El chuncho, quien sabe?” is a 1966 western directed by Damiano Damiani. It tells of a mercenary hired to infiltrate a band of Mexican revolutionaries. Gian Maria Volonté, Klaus Kinski, and Martine Beswick star in the film.
  2. “Companeros.” Sergio Corbucci directed the 1970 western “Companeros,” originally called “Vamos a matar, compañeros.” It focuses on an arms dealer who agrees to help a Mexican revolutionary free a professor to rob a bank. The film stars Franco Nero, Tomas Milian, and Jack Palance.
  3. “Django.” “Django” is another 1966 western directed by Sergio Corbucci. It centers on a wandering gunfighter who becomes involved in a battle between white supremacists and a Mexican bandit. Franco Nero, José Bódalo, and Loredana Nusciak star in the film.
  4. “Death Rides A Horse.” “Death Rides A Horse,” originally called “Da uomo a uomo,” is an Italo-western from 1967. Directed by Giulio Petroni, the film centers on a man who joins forces with an ex-outlaw to find the men who murdered his family. Lee Van Cleef, John Phillip Law, and Mario Brega star in the film.
  5. “A Fistful Of Dollars.” “A Fistful Of Dollars,” or “Per un pugno di dollari,” is a Sergio Leone film from 1964. It tells of a gunfighter who plays two rival families against each other. Part of well-known “Dollars Trilogy” of films, it stars Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté, and Marianne Koch.
  6. “For A Few Dollars More.” “For A Few Dollars More,” originally called “Per qualche dollaro in più,” is another movie in the Sergio Leone “Dollars Trilogy.” This one tells the story of two bounty hunters with differing objectives, who team up to track an outlaw. The film stars Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Gian Maria Volonté.
  7. “The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly.” “The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly,” or “Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo,” is probably the best-known Spaghetti Western. The last in the “Dollars Trilogy,” this 1966 movie centers on three bounty hunters in a race to discover Civil War gol buried in an isolated cemetery. Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, and Lee Van Cleef star in the film.
  8. “Johnny Yuma.” “Johnny Yuma” is a 1966 western directed by Romolo Guerrieri. The movie tells of a wife who has her husband killed, then attempts to murder his heir. This Italian western stars Mark Damon, Lawrence Dobkin, and Rosalba Neri.
  9. “Massacre Time.” “Massacre Time,” or “Tempo di massacro,” is a 1966 movie. Directed by Lucio Fulci, the film tells of a prospector who fights to win back his ranch from a cruel man and his son. Franco Nero, George Hilton, and Linda Sini star in the film.
  10. “Once Upon A Time In The West.” “Once Upon A Time In The West,” or “C'era una volta il West,” is another popular Sergio Leone movie. The 1968 film tells of a mysterious harmonica-playing stranger who teams up with an infamous desperado to protect a beautiful widow from an assassin hired by the railroad. The film stars Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, and Claudia Cardinale. 

Additional Sources

“A Fistful Of Dollars (1964).” (Internet Movie Database) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058461/

“For A Few Dollars More (1965).” (Internet Movie Database) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059578/

“The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly (1966).” (Internet Movie Database) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060196/

“Once Upon A Time In The West (1968).” (Internet Movie Database) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064116/

“Johnny Yuma (1966).” (Internet Movie Database) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061846/