Spaghetti Westerns

Tuesday, April 26 by Irving Oala

Spaghetti Westerns were made because they were cheap to shoot and could use the Italian landscape to double as the wild west when most of these cheap films were made in the '60s and '70s. A number of famous actors and directors were in these Spaghetti Westerns, which were directed by Italians but were set in the old West, often times with ones dimensional characters and plots that were always violent and sometimes racist. If you want to watch a diverse number of different Spaghetti Westerns, check out some of the movies that are listed below.

  1. "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly". The most famous and best made Spaghetti Westerns were the ones made by famously stylized director Sergio Leone. "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" followed Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach, who played a Mexican character who is only out for himself. However, he inadvertently becomes a bit of a hero in the film.
  2. "Django". This Spaghetti Western was made by another director named Sergio, Sergio Corbucci, who introduced the revenge plot to the Spaghetti Western. This Spaghetti Western was so violent it was banned in many markets and spawned a number of bizarre off-shoot movies, with vampires, homosexual outlaws and crucifiction.
  3. "The Big Gundown". This Spaghetti Western was considered one of the better ones to come out that wasn't directed by the great Sergio Leone. It starred Lee Van Cleef and Tomas Milian and tells the story of a Mexican peasant persecuted by the privileged society in his village. 
  4. "Tepepa". Giulio Petroni directed this Spaghetti Western which told the story of Mexican characters trying to live in a society amidst the Mexican Revolution. This movie also starred Tomas Millian, as well as Orson Welles.
  5. "The Ugly Ones". Yet another Spaghetti Western with Tomas Millian, who made his career playing titular Mexican characters, stars in this movie about a bounty hunters trying to track down a Mexican psycho killer. This Spaghetti Western was directed by Eugenio Martin.