25 Favorite Spaghetti Westerns

by bensonmum2 | created - 24 Sep 2014 | updated - 13 Nov 2015 | Public

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1. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

PG-13 | 165 min | Western

80 Metascore

A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Votes: 282,598 | Gross: $5.32M

2. The Great Silence (1968)

Not Rated | 105 min | Western

A mute gunfighter defends a young widow and a group of outlaws against a gang of bounty killers in the winter of 1898, and a grim, tense struggle unfolds.

Director: Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Klaus Kinski, Frank Wolff, Vonetta McGee

Votes: 12,800 | Gross: $0.05M

3. For a Few Dollars More (1965)

R | 132 min | Western

74 Metascore

Two bounty hunters with the same intentions team up to track down a Western outlaw.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volontè, Mario Brega

Votes: 215,967 | Gross: $15.00M

4. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

R | 178 min | Western

90 Metascore

A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè

Votes: 647,428 | Gross: $6.10M

5. Django (1966)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Western

75 Metascore

A coffin-dragging gunslinger and a half-breed prostitute become embroiled in a bitter feud between a Klan of Southern racists and a band of Mexican Revolutionaries.

Director: Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Franco Nero, José Canalejas, José Bódalo, Loredana Nusciak

Votes: 23,105 | Gross: $0.03M

6. Companeros (1970)

R | 118 min | Action, Comedy, Western

A Swedish arms dealer and a Mexican peon team up to rescue the intellectual leader of the Revolutionary cause, while taking part in numerous misadventures along the way.

Director: Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Franco Nero, Tomas Milian, Fernando Rey, Iris Berben

Votes: 3,600

7. Run, Man, Run (1968)

Not Rated | 120 min | Adventure, Comedy, Western

Several competing groups and mavericks (including the lead character Cuchillo) are hunting a gold treasure of $3,000,000. The gold was reserved for the Mexican revolution.

Director: Sergio Sollima | Stars: Tomas Milian, Donald O'Brien, Linda Veras, Marco Guglielmi

Votes: 1,474

8. Death Rides a Horse (1967)

R | 114 min | Western

A young gunfighter plans to track down and eliminate the bandits who killed his family, and forms a tenuous alliance with an aging ex-outlaw, till the surprising end.

Director: Giulio Petroni | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, John Phillip Law, Mario Brega, Luigi Pistilli

Votes: 6,540

9. A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

R | 99 min | Drama, Western

65 Metascore

A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volontè, Marianne Koch, Wolfgang Lukschy

Votes: 184,444 | Gross: $14.50M

10. Sabata (1969)

PG-13 | 111 min | Western

A master gunfighter teams up with a banjo-playing drifter and a Mexican tramp to foil the town leaders of Daugherty, Texas, who want to steal $100,000 from their own bank to buy land that the approaching railroad will cross.

Director: Gianfranco Parolini | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, William Berger, Ignazio Spalla, Aldo Canti

Votes: 4,085 | Gross: $0.23M

11. My Name Is Nobody (1973)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Western

A young, easygoing gunman (Hill) worships and competes with an old gunfighter (Fonda) who only wants to retire.

Director: Tonino Valerii | Stars: Terence Hill, Henry Fonda, Jean Martin, R.G. Armstrong

Votes: 21,782

12. The Cruel Ones (1967)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

An ex-Confederate and his sons plan to use stolen money as a way to revive the Confederacy.

Director: Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Joseph Cotten, Norma Bengell, Julián Mateos, Gino Pernice

Votes: 1,093

13. And God Said to Cain (1970)

Not Rated | 93 min | Western

Gary Hamilton, innocently sentenced to ten years in prison is released. When he comes out he promises himself to seek revenge on the guilty.

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Peter Carsten, Marcella Michelangeli, Antonio Cantafora

Votes: 821

14. They Call Me Trinity (1970)

G | 113 min | Comedy, Western

A lazy, unorthodox gunfighter and his portly, horse-thieving brother defend a Mormon settlement from a land-grabbing Major, a Mexican bandit, and their henchmen.

Director: Enzo Barboni | Stars: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Steffen Zacharias, Dan Sturkie

Votes: 18,073

15. Shanghai Joe (1973)

R | 98 min | Action, Drama, Western

A Chinese immigrant, recently arrived in America, fights to free Mexican slaves from their cruel master.

Director: Mario Caiano | Stars: Chen Lee, Klaus Kinski, Carla Romanelli, Gordon Mitchell

Votes: 759

16. The Ugly Ones (1966)

Approved | 95 min | Western

Escaped outlaw Jose Gomez returns to his home town pursued by bounty killer Luke Chilson. The towns people protect Gomez, unaware, at first, that he is now a changed and dangerous man.

Director: Eugenio Martín | Stars: Richard Wyler, Tomas Milian, Halina Zalewska, Hugo Blanco

Votes: 459

17. A Bullet for the General (1967)

M | 115 min | Action, Western

A band of Mexican gun-runners employed by a revolutionary general accept an American into their gang, unaware of his intentions.

Director: Damiano Damiani | Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Klaus Kinski, Martine Beswick, Lou Castel

Votes: 3,665

18. The Brute and the Beast (1966)

M | 92 min | Western

A prospector and his drunkard half-brother must fight a rancher and his sadistic son after they seize control of his farm.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Franco Nero, George Hilton, Linda Sini, Giuseppe Addobbati

Votes: 1,478

19. Day of Anger (1967)

M/PG | 111 min | Action, Western

A scruffy garbage boy becomes the pupil of a famed gunfighter, and the stage for confrontation is set when the gunman becomes unhinged and overruns the boy's town through violence and corruption.

Director: Tonino Valerii | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Giuliano Gemma, Walter Rilla, Christa Linder

Votes: 3,663

20. His Name Was Holy Ghost (1972)

94 min | Comedy, Western

Gianni Garko returns as the Holy Ghost, a supernatural gunfighter dressed in white and with a dove sitting on his shoulder.

Director: Giuliano Carnimeo | Stars: Gianni Garko, Víctor Israel, Poldo Bendandi, Cris Huerta

Votes: 106

21. Return of Sabata (1971)

PG | 100 min | Western

Hobsonville's citizens hire a gunslinger to rid them of the McIntock clan that is forcibly and unlawfully taxing the townsfolk under the pretext of town development.

Director: Gianfranco Parolini | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Reiner Schöne, Giampiero Albertini, Ignazio Spalla

Votes: 1,559

22. Adiós, Sabata (1970)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, War, Western

Master gunslinger Sabata helps a band of Mexican revolutionaries steal a wagon-load of gold.

Director: Gianfranco Parolini | Stars: Yul Brynner, Dean Reed, Ignazio Spalla, Gérard Herter

Votes: 1,669

23. The Big Gundown (1966)

Approved | 110 min | Western

Unofficial lawman John Corbett hunts down Cuchillo Sanchez, a Mexican peasant accused of raping and killing a 12-year-old girl.

Director: Sergio Sollima | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Tomas Milian, Walter Barnes, Nieves Navarro

Votes: 4,951

24. Gunman of Ave Maria (1969)

Unrated | 80 min | Western

Mann is a gunman informed by a childhood friend that his father was murdered years earlier by his mother and her lover. To make matters worse, Mann's sister, who is in love with his friend,... See full summary »

Director: Ferdinando Baldi | Stars: Leonard Mann, Luciana Paluzzi, Pietro Martellanza, Alberto de Mendoza

Votes: 573

25. If You Meet Sartana... Pray for Your Death (1968)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Mystery, Western

Crooked bankers plan an insurance swindle and hire a Mexican gang to steal the bank's gold but they also pay Lasky's gang to kill the Mexicans.

Director: Gianfranco Parolini | Stars: Gianni Garko, William Berger, Sydney Chaplin, Gianni Rizzo

Votes: 1,109



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