Spaghetti Western Movies For Guys

Friday, March 25 by Travis Petersen

If there was ever a subgenre of film made for men, it's spaghetti westerns and these spaghetti westerns for guys are filled with lantern-jawed anti-heroes who shoot first and ask questions later. Unlike most westerns, there isn't much room in these spaghetti western movies for guys for romance. Women are either just (often-beautiful) window dressing or villains in their own right, deserving of the desolate frontier justice these anti-heroes dispatch. Here are some great spaghetti western movies for guys.

  1. "For a Few Dollars More" The best film in the "Man With No Name" trilogy that put Clint Eastwood's nearly-silent, laconic anti-hero on the map is filled with double-crosses and bloody revenge, as Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef team up to bring down the villainous Gian Maria Volonte, a classic spaghetti western baddie if there ever was one. Two-fisted gun battles dot the bloody landscape of this, tops on our list of spaghetti western movies for guys.
  2. "Duck, You Sucker!" If that last one didn't have enough explosion, this entry on the list of spaghetti western movies for guys sure does. Also known by the title "A Fistful of Dynamite," "Duck, You Sucker!" stars two of the baddest dudes to ever hit the screen, Rod Steiger and James Coburn, as a Mexican bandit and an IRA explosives expert getting involved in the Mexican Revolution. This movie goes boom!
  3. "Django" Franco Nero stars as the titular badass in this favorite among fans of spaghetti western movies for guys. He's a killer who drags his own coffin around knowing he'll meet his bloody end sooner or later. This fatalist attitude makes him one of the most compelling anti-heroes in all the spaghetti western movies for guys, not to mention he takes on the KKK and gives them a dose of frontier justice.
  4. "A Fistful of Dollars" The one that started it all; this is a great beginning spot for those looking for spaghetti western movies for guys. Based on Akira Kurosawa's wandering samurai film "Yojimbo," "A Fistful of Dollars" introduced the world to Clint Eastwood's "Man With No Name" and his brand of outlaw retribution.
  5. "High Plains Drifter" Eastwood has his own take on the genre of spaghetti western movies for guys, his directorial effort "High Plains Drifter," in which he also stars as a variation on his "Man With No Name" character. He teaches a greedy town full of cowardly murderers a lesson, smiling the whole way, in this compelling revenge flick, which closes out our list of spaghetti western movies for guys.