Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) Poster


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Edited into 

The Clock (2010)
Shooting at gunman on roof
Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012)
Footage from this movie is used.


Jesse James (1939)
Frank's mannerism is heavily based on the character of Frank James. Both roleas are played by henry Fonda.
The Return of Frank James (1940)
Frank's mannerism is heavily based on the character of Frank James. Both roleas are played by henry Fonda.
My Darling Clementine (1946)
The first confrontation between Doc Holliday and the Earps is referenced in Cheyenne and Harmonica's first meeting - right down to Morgan/Cheynne sliding the gun down the bar to Wyatt/Harmonica
Pursued (1947)
Maureen McBain singing "Danny Boy" was cited by Leone as a reference to this film
Ace in the Hole (1951)
Line: "How can you trust a man who wears both a belt and suspenders? The man can't even trust his own pants."
High Noon (1952)
Opening scene.
Shane (1953)
Timmy McBain's 'hunting' early in the film mimics that of Joey Starrett.
Ride, Vaquero! (1953)
The sequence where the horse carriage rides down a long road is exactly the same
Johnny Guitar (1954)
Guitar used to announce - like harmonica and the buggy/horse ride through railroad workers. The character of Jill McBain and the subplot involving a railroad were inspired by the character Vienna of Johnny Guitar.
Vera Cruz (1954)
In both films, Charles Bronson's character plays a harmonica and is only known by a nickname.
The Searchers (1956)
The Tall T (1957)
"You make good coffee [at least...]"
3:10 to Yuma (1957)
reference to jail
The Bravados (1958)
"Who are you?" - dead men
Rio Bravo (1959)
Warlock (1959)
Henry Fonda's outfit is taken from this movie
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Harmonica whittles away at a piece of wood, just like O'Reilly. Both are played by Charles Bronson.
The Comancheros (1961)
Towards the start of "The Comancheros" (1961) there is a gun-runner called Ed McBain travelling to the town of Sweetwater. In "Once Upon a Time in The West", the family patriarch at the start of the movie is Brett McBain who, it transpires, intended to create a town called Sweetwater.
The Leopard (1963)
Cemetery Without Crosses (1969)
Harmonica and Manuel both whittle on pieces of wood while waiting for someone. Hossein's film was made before Leone's, but released afterwards.

Referenced in 

Out 1 (1971)
Mentioned in dialogue (Episode 2).
Blindman (1971)
References the opening train station sequence, and uses the same train and windmill sound effects.
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972)
When Ogami Itto faces the three Hidari brothers,there is a shot that resembles the famous shot from the beginning of "C'era una volta il West" in which Harmonica meets the three gunmen.
The Way of the Dragon (1972)
The Song "As A Judgement" from Ennio Morricone's score plays as Chuck Norris steps off the airplane in Rome.
And Hope to Die (1972)
the waiting scene at the railway station and the man with a flute in the role of harmonica
The Train Robbers (1973)
Silent opening sequence at a railway station in the middle of the desert.
My Name Is Nobody (1973)
The music in the two duel scenes between Jack Beauregard and 'Nobody' contains obvious references to the music in C'era una volta il West (1968), in particular to scenes where Frank, played by Henry Fonda, was involved.
Mr. Majestyk (1974)
Deep Red (1975)
Sholay (1975)
Keoma (1976)
The films German poster features two of the same men in dusters from the 'Once Upon a Time in the West' poster.
A Man Called Blade (1977)
McGowan is virtually the same character as Morton from Once Upon A Time In The West.
Escape to Athena: Cast and Crew Interviews (1978)
This production is referred to in relation to actress Claudia Cardinale.
Tenebrae: Interview with Dario Argento and Daria Nicolodi (1982) (Video)
Mentioned. As 'Once Upon a Time in the West'.
Valley Girl (1983)
Nick Cage plays the harmonica like Charles Bronson's character when he decides to get revenge.
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Both these titles of movies by Leone are based on the "Once upon a time..." expression. In both the Italian titles: "C'era una volta..."
Hi-de-Hi!: Opening Day (1984) (TV Episode)
Sequence at train station where the Yellowcoats await new group of holidaymakers references Once Upon a Time in the West
Phil Collins: Don't Lose My Number (1985) (Video)
Mentioned by the director.
Detektivbüro Roth: Kunsthandel (1986) (TV Episode)
the first minutes of the episode have the same soundtrack and some identical camera shoots to the leone movie
Wanted: Dead or Alive (1986)
Nick is consantly playing the Harmonica thoughtout the film, this is an allusion to Harmonica playing hero Charles Bronson plays in Once Upon a Time in the West
The Killer (1989)
Chow Yun-Fat's character plays the harmonica in a way rather similar to Charles Bronson's Harmonica.
Der Todesking: The Death King (1990)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Fonda on Fonda (1992) (TV Movie)
mentioned in narration
Dust Devil (1992)
Unforgiven (1992)
Arizona Dream (1993)
Vincent Gallo ist distirbed by a fly on his face while he's sleeping, just like Jack Elam's character in the opening sequence of Leone's movie.
Posse (1993)
Scenes of railroad being constructed
Gunmen (1993)
Christopher Lambert playing with a fly on his face is a reference to Jack Elam playing with a fly on his face at the beginning of C'era una volta il West.
Dear Diary (1993)
Cemetery Man (1994)
The Quick and the Dead (1995)
Main character similarities between Charles Bronson and Sharon Stone.
Trainspotting (1996)
Killers (1996)
they're talking about that movie
Vampires (1998)
Train Birds (1998)
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
When Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels shows the carnage after the fight between the gangs of Dog and Rory Breaker, and again later, it plays the dirge-like theme from C'era una volta il West, associated with Harmonica and Frank, and which plays, among other times, when Frank massacres the McBain family and later when he finds everybody dead after a massive shootout on Morton's train.
Dollar for the Dead (1998) (TV Movie)
Caboblanco: Introduction and Tony Curtis' Parting Words (1998) (Video)
This title is mentioned / referred to.
Ravenous (1999)
The Matrix (1999)
PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal: Once Upon a Time in the West (1999) (TV Episode)
The title is a reference to the movie.
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Raid: Toivo lepää siinä, että ihmisen kyky erottaa oikea ja väärä säilyy sittenkin... (2000) (TV Episode)
Raid says exactly the same words (as the last line of this episode) as Harmonica says to Jill in C'era una volta il West when she asks if he's coming back "Someday."
Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror (2000) (TV Movie)
Discussed. Stills and artwork shown.
Cowboys Don't Kiss in Public (2001) (Short)
Uses Morricone's "Harmonica" theme in the opening segment.
Amazons and Gladiators (2001)
Young Serena is forced to hold up her mother lest she be hanged just like Harmonica and his brother
Chedope (2001) (Short)
Men waiting at the unenmployement office as the men waiting at the train station
Big Fat Liar (2002)
Close-up on Muniz's (as in Bronson's) and Giamatti's (as in Fonda's) face. Western-like background.
Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (2002)
title reference
From Puppets to Pixels: Digital Characters in 'Episode II' (2002) (Video)
"what Sergio leone did to henry fonda we will do with Yoda"
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
The title was chosen as a tribute to 'Sergio Leone'.
An Opera of Violence (2003) (Video)
The Wages of Sin (2003) (Video)
Making Of...
A Bullet in the Arse (2003)
visual homage
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
On her way to Budd's trailer (after escaping the coffin), The Bride is walking through a sun-bathed desert out of focus, then slowly comes into focus, just like Henry Fonda in C'era una volta il West (1968). Also, they way you frst see Bill is similar to the way you first see Charles Bronson in C'era una volta il West.
The Punisher (2004)
the gunfight in the bank lobby & the scene outside the nightclub in the finale
Red Dead Revolver (2004) (Video Game)
The town of Brimstone looks like Flagstone, the train shootout level
Lucky Luke and the Daltons (2004)
There's a replica of the set of C'era una volta il West (1968).
Too Fat Too Furious (2005)
Harmonica playing in some scenes
The Razor's Edge (2005) (Short)
visual inspiration
A History of Violence (2005)
The scene early in the film where one of the killers (who eventually are taken down by Tom Stall) points the gun at the little girl is very similar to the famous scene in Once Upon A Time In The West where Frank points his gun at the last remaining member of the McBain clan, also a child. And another thing that follows both those scenes is a loud noise, in Once Upon A Time In The West a train whistle blowing. And in A History of Violence, the scream of the daughter of the Stall's.
Het schnitzelparadijs (2005)
The way 'The End' comes into the frame at the ending of the movie is inspired by the way 'Once Upon a Time in the West' comes into the frame in C'era una volta il West (1968).
Imagine Me & You (2005)
on shelf in video store
The Spaghetti West (2005) (Video)
Poster shown.
Pistvakt (2005)
the soundtrack is very inspirered of that in Once upon a time in the west.
The Legend of Zorro (2005)
Because of the 'Sergio Leone' close-ups at the farm
Life on Mars: Episode #1.8 (2006) (TV Episode)
One of the confiscated porn films is called "Once upon a time in her vest"
Doctor Who Confidential: Friends Reunited (2006) (TV Episode)
Harmonica's theme is played during the discussion of the faceoff between the Doctor and Mr. Finch.
Flushed Away (2006)
"Once Upon a Time in a Vest" in Roddy's DVD collection
We Are the Strange (2007)
M. Dot Strange commented that the duel between eMMM & Him was like seeing Henry Fonda & Charles Bronson dueling.
Pistoleros (2007)
Poster in Ramirez' flat can be seen when Shameer and Pucha pay him a visit
Ijon Tichy: Raumpilot: Kosmische Kollegen (2007) (TV Episode)
The first notes of the iconic music theme are played when Ijon tries to open the door in his dream
Aída: Hasta que llegó su ORA (2007) (TV Episode)
Title (Spanish aka) reference.
The Last Detective: Once Upon a Time on the Westway (2007) (TV Episode)
Episode title is a play on the classic Leone western.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
The "parlay standoff" with the six main characters on a sand island uses eye-closeups and music reminiscent of the Sergio Leone western(s).
Top Gear: Botswana Special (2007) (TV Episode)
Music heard several times
What Just Happened (2008)
Ben plays the soundtrack in his car.
CSI: Miami: All In (2008) (TV Episode)
The harmonica music heard near the beginning and at the end is from this movie.
The Good the Bad the Weird (2008)
The shot composition of the final showdown echoes the famous movie poster image and the 'whistling finger' and flashback recalls Harmonica.
Six Reasons Why (2008)
In one of the last scenes, when The Sherpa awakens from the shootout, the shot of him sitting up and slinging his arm is a shot for shot homage to the opening shootout in Once Upon a Time in the West
Skeleton Key 2: 667 Neighbor of the Beast (2008) (Video)
mentioned in dialogue
The Cinema Snob: Black Devil Doll from Hell (2008) (TV Episode)
It's mentioned.
Oorlogswinter (2008)
Director Koolhoven has pointed out the similarities in the introduction of Uncle Ben and Cheyenne
Australia (2008)
Sarah arriving in Faraway Downs to find her husband killed, the funeral scene, and the design of Faraway Downs (with squeaking windmill and water tower) are all inspired by this film
Pro Wrestling X (2008) (Video Game)
Referenced in script.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
The open scene is an homage to Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time in the West", hence the chapter's title, "Once Upon a Time in Nazi Occupied France".
Psych: High Noon-ish (2009) (TV Episode)
Frank McBain is an amalgamation of Frank and Brett McBain, both characters in Once Upon a Time in the West, and Sweetwater Land Corp references the name of the town Jill McBain establishes in Once Upon a Time in the West.
L'âge d'or de la musique de film 1965-1975 (2009) (TV Movie)
Micmacs (2009)
DVD is shown in a video store.
Heroes: Chapter Seven 'Once Upon a Time in Texas' (2009) (TV Episode)
Episode title and similar harmonica music.
Twigson Ties the Knot (2010)
In a western style scene in the store, the busdriver plays the song Harmonica in Once Upon a Time in the West use to play.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Death Trap (2010) (TV Episode)
Harmonica song reference.
Gunless (2010)
Movie starts off with the words 'Once upon a time in the north'.
Beyond the Grave (2010)
The Harmonica's characteristic sound is briefly played by a character.
Once Upon a Time in Algeria and France: The Making of 'Outside the Law' (2010) (Video)
Director Rachid Bouchareb compares 'Outside the Law' (2010) to a western movie with this 'Making Of' EPK film being named under the French wording for 'Once Upon a Time in Algeria and France'.
Special Collector's Edition: Supercop (2011) (TV Episode)
DVD mentioned
Rango (2011)
The squeaking windmill in the town of Dirt, including the specific sound of the squeaking, incorporates the squeaking windmill in the beginning of C'era Una Volta il West. The dramatic lighting in the saloon when Rango first enters is also the same as the first saloon scene in this 1968 film.
Erase una vez... El western (2011) (Short)
The Sonia Ayala's character named Jill, and the title is a reference of this movie.
Saving Private Perez (2011)
In the second flashback scene, where the 13 year old Julián discovers that he is surrounded by Benito García and other gunmen at the service of Don Artemio, the way that is is revealed, with the bus leaving and showing the gunmen behind, is in homage to the Sergio Leone movie, when the train leaves and reveals the Charles Bronson character behind. This reference came from the early drafts of the screenplay, without quoting the Leone's movie specifically.
CCTV (2011) (Short)
Drang (2012) (Short)
the harmonica played by Jochem
Deathly Kiss (2012)
When the sisters arrive in Stockholm, the scene has several visual references to Once Upon A Time In The West
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Selina Kyle knocking down a crippled Bruce Wayne by kicking his crutches resembles the same move used by Frank to knock down a crippled Morton.
Django Unchained (2012)
Django and Schultz slowly coming into focus as Stephen watches the arrive at Candyland is like Frank in the flashback
I Phoni (2012) (Short)
A poster can be seen.
Person of Interest: Proteus (2013) (TV Episode)
Reese mentions the movie by its English name.
Stolepark (2013)
The climactic western duel is inspired by Harmonica's final duel with Frank.
Particka: Episode #5.6 (2013) (TV Episode)
One skit is about ballet adaptation of the film.
The Lone Ranger (2013)
Replicates two scenes: the Rangers waiting at the train station, and the attack on the ranch (complete with birds flying). Additionally, Morricone's theme is echoed at a few key moments.
Editors: Formaldehyde (2013) (Video)
Filmed on the same sets
Breaking Bad: Ozymandias (2013) (TV Episode)
The shot of Walt collapsing in despair after Hank is killed by the Neo-Nazis mirrors the scene where Young Harmonica collapses after his brother is killed by Frank and his gang.
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (2013) (Short)
Several of the shots, during the sword fight, pay homage to Serigo Leone and Quentin Tarantino films.
MovieBerto: Hasta que llegó su hora (2014) (TV Episode)
Discussed film of the episode
Na plovárne: Na plovárne s Christopherem Lambertem (2014) (TV Episode)
Christopher Lambert talks about it.
Tatort: Im Schmerz geboren (2014) (TV Episode)
Opening scene at the train station resembles opening scene.
Castle: Once Upon a Time in the West (2014) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Storage Wars: Once Upon a Locker in the West (2015) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Loirinuotiolla: Episode #1.6 (2015) (TV Episode)
Movie is mentioned.
Better Call Saul: Mijo (2015) (TV Episode)
Young Harmonica being kicked away by his brother hitting the ground is once again referenced, this time with Jimmy being thrown onto the dirt with duct tape over his mouth.
A Final Hit (2015)
mentioned in dialogue
Flat Earth & Revelation 10: Is Revelation 10 the Flat Earth Movement? (2015) (TV Episode)
Movie poster on the wall.
De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #7.19 (2016) (TV Episode)
Subject of a question
Na vode: Na dne (2016) (TV Episode)
During Hugo's first meeting with his boss, "Man with Harmonica" is playing.
The Cinema Snob: Death Wish II (2016) (TV Episode)
"So she saw one of his movies? I sure hope it was"
23. Ceský lev (2016) (TV Special)
Referenced by acapella band Skety.
The Simpsons: The Burns Cage (2016) (TV Episode)
Image referenced in final montage.
The Handmaiden (2016)
A continuous shot shows Hideko and Sook-he as they pass through a gate, Hideko first, then Sook-he carrying her luggage. The camera pans over the gate and shows the two of them from behind, now crossing a field. Almost identical to the famous shot, when Jill McBain along with the baggage porter crosses the station building and walks over to Sweetwater.
Reel Iconic: Once Upon a Time for Indiana Jim (2016) (TV Episode)
The whole episode contains mocks of the famous harmonica scenes.
Brimstone (2016)
Cardinale/Jill's character arch has been compared to that of Fanning/Liz. From prostitute to wife, to entrepreneur.
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
Last scenes between Chisolm and Bogue are reminiscent of those between Frank and Harmonica.
Tähdet, tähdet: Elokuvamusiikki (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during the episode.
Svet pod Hlavou: Mrtvý lidi (2017) (TV Episode)
Krystof Hádek plays the main theme on mouth organ.
De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #10.9 (2017) (TV Episode)
Answer to a question; Swedish poster shown
De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #10.22 (2017) (TV Episode)
Answer to a question
Keeping Justice (2017)
poster on the wall
Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 (2017) (Video Game)
Mission Name: Once Upon a Totem in the West
Die schlechtesten Filme aller Zeiten: Der Polyp - Die Bestie mit den Todesarmen (2018) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Rütten, recalling Henry Fonda's career
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Captain America appears after a train has passed like Harmonica does in this film.
Westworld: Reunion (2018) (TV Episode)
The Man In Black shooting "young Robert" echoes the climax of the McBain massacre
Honest Trailers: Every Christopher Nolan Movie (2018) (TV Episode)
Title seen in screenshot
Le Cabinet de Suspiria (2018) (Short)
Title is referenced and the harmonica character is a homage
Die schlechtesten Filme aller Zeiten: Slugs (2018) (TV Episode)
Rütten mentioned that Frank Brana was in both movies
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
Character playing the harmonica before standoff.
De Kijk van Koolhoven: Spaghettiwestern (2018) (TV Episode)
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies that Should Have Gotten a 100 Percent on Rotten Tomatoes (2019) (TV Episode)
Once Upon a Time in the West is #8.
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019)
Title reference

Featured in 

Western, Italian Style (1968) (TV Short)
we can see the shooting of this movie
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda (1978) (TV Special)
Seen in montage. clip
The 53rd Annual Academy Awards (1981) (TV Special)
Precious Images (1986) (Short)
Fonda on Fonda (1992) (TV Movie)
clip with Fonda shooting boy
Posse (1993)
Clips of Woody Strode seen in closing credits.
100 Years at the Movies (1994) (TV Short)
Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (1998) (TV Movie)
Opening clip in documentary,
Raid: Komisario Jansson alkaa oivaltaa mistä lopultakin on kysymys... (2000) (TV Episode)
Raid's watching the film during this episode.
When Brendan Met Trudy (2000)
Brendan watches this movie at the theater with Trudy/visual homage in bed
Once Upon a Time: Sergio Leone (2001) (Video)
1 scene shown
CinéMagique (2002) (Short)
An Opera of Violence (2003) (Video)
Is a documentary about the film and features footage.
The Wages of Sin (2003) (Video)
Is a documentary about the film and features footage.
Something to Do with Death (2003) (Video)
Is a documentary about the film and features footage.
The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) (TV Special)
Clips featuring Charles Bronson and Jack Elam used during the memorial section of the show
The Spaghetti West (2005) (Video)
Clip shown.
Denn sie kennen kein Erbarmen - Der Italowestern (2006) (TV Movie)
Is shown and talked about.
Zomergasten: Episode #20.3 (2007) (TV Episode)
A fragment of this film is shown.
TCM Guest Programmer: James Mangold (2007) (TV Episode)
One of the films selected by the co-host
The American (2010)
It is played on a television set.
The Story of Film: An Odyssey: Birth of the Cinema (2011) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
The Story of Film: An Odyssey: European New Wave (2011) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
At the Movies: Ennio Morricone in Conversation (2012) (TV Episode)
Clips shown during the interview.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Western Movie Gunfights (2012) (TV Episode)
The Train Rolls is #5.
Stars of the Silver Screen: Henry Fonda (2013) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
Smashing UK Top 10: Top 10 Film Directors (2013) (TV Episode)
WatchMojo: Top 10 Western Movies (2014) (TV Episode)
Once Upon a Time in the West is #4.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Comeback Lines (2014) (TV Episode)
Two Horses Too Many is #9.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Actors Who Broke Type-Casting (2015) (TV Episode)
Henry Fonda, who broke type-casting with Once Upon a Time in the West, is #8.
Renegade Cut: Once Upon a Time in the West (2016) (TV Episode)
movie is discussed and analyzed
Tähdet, tähdet: Elokuvamusiikki (2016) (TV Episode)
Features clip of the film.
Down by Dawn (2016) (Short)
Clips shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies That Had the Wrong Rating (2018) (TV Episode)
Once Upon a Time in the West is #3.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Western Movie Heroes (2018) (TV Episode)
Harmonica is #3.
De Kijk van Koolhoven: Spaghettiwestern (2018) (TV Episode)
Footage shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Scores That Will Make You Cry (2019) (TV Episode)
The score for Once Upon a Time in the West is #6.
Hep Taxi!: Claudia Cardinale (TV Episode)
Footage: 'Il était une fois dans l'ouest' Réal. Sergio Leone - 1968

Spoofed in 

Hi-de-Hi!: Opening Day (1984) (TV Episode)
While the camp staff are waiting for the train they mimic the famous opening scene of Once Upon a Time in the West with the fly landing on the face of one of the actors, water dripping onto a hat etc.
The 'Burbs (1989)
Schmidteinander: Tod (1991) (TV Episode)
Feuerstein & Schmidt play a parody
Revenge of the Nerds (1991) (TV Short)
Paraphrased in the scene of confrontation between nerds and jocks.
Purple Gas (2003)
There's a scene that's matches exactly to Once Upon A Time in the West.
Dieter Hallervorden - Mit 70 hat man noch Träume! (2005) (TV Movie)
The scene of the hanging of Harmonica's brother is parodied
Almost Perfect (2012)
The music at the drinking competition resembles the Mr Harmonica theme

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