Alex Cox's top 20 Favourite Spaghetti Westerns

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1.
For a Few Dollars More (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Two bounty hunters with the same intentions team up to track down a Western outlaw. (132 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
 
2.
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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. (164 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
 
3.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
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. (161 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
 
4.
Django (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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. (92 mins.)
Director: Sergio Corbucci
 
5.
The Great Silence (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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. (105 mins.)
Director: Sergio Corbucci
 
6.
Requiescant (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The adopted son of a preacher comes upon a village that is under the thumb of a deranged ex-Confederate officer, who is - among other things - stealing land from the locals with phony land grants. (92 mins.)
Director: Carlo Lizzani
 
7.
Johnny Hamlet (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
On his way back from the Civil War, Johnny Hamilton is visited in his sleep by the ghost of his father... (91 mins.)
 
8.
Man from Nowhere (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Bandit Gordo frees a group of prisoners, forcing them to join his gang or die. Arizona Colt, declining to do either... (118 mins.)
Director: Michele Lupo
 
9.
Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot! (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Various factions, including a half-breed bandit, a gang of homosexual cowboys and a priest, feud over stolen gold in a surreal town. (100 mins.)
Director: Giulio Questi
 
10.
A Bullet for the General (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A band of Mexican gun-runners employed by a revolutionary general lure an American mercenary into joining their gang, unaware that he is targeting their general. (118 mins.)
Director: Damiano Damiani
 
11.
Tepepa (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The Mexican guerilla leader Tepepa and his gang fight against the chief of police, Cascorro. (136 mins.)
Director: Giulio Petroni
 
12.
Cemetery Without Crosses (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A melancholic, fetishistic gunfighter is drawn into a vengeful and tragic kidnapping plot by his widowed ex-lover. (90 mins.)
Director: Robert Hossein
 
13.
California (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
After the Civil War, Michael "California" Random, is released from prison and goes to Missouri with his partner William. He is killed by bandits. California decides to return the belongings to his family and help them against outlaws. (98 mins.)
Director: Michele Lupo
 
14.
Today We Kill, Tomorrow We Die! (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A man, released after a jail term for a crime he did not commit, raises a gang to go after the man who framed him. (105 mins.)
Director: Tonino Cervi
 
15.
Black Jack (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Following the robbery of a bank in the Wild West a gang gathers around Jack Murphy, their leader. Things go awry when Skinner... (99 mins.)
 
16.
The Ruthless Four (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Four men embark on a mission to unearth a fortune in gold from a mine. (106 mins.)
Director: George Holloway
 
17.
$1,000 on the Black (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Twelve years ago, Sartana framed his brother Johnny for murder and stole his girlfriend. Now the town's undisputed boss and doted over by his possessive mother, Sartana seems safe - until, his sentence served, Johnny rides back into town. (102 mins.)
Director: Albert Cardiff
 
18.
Bandidos (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Renowned gunman Richard Martin is traveling on a train, held up by Billy Kane, a former student of Martin's... (95 mins.)
Director: Max Dillman
 
19.
And God Said to Cain (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Gary Hamilton, innocently sentenced to ten years in prison is released. When he comes out he promises himself to seek revenge on the guilty. (109 mins.)
Director: Anthony Dawson
 
20.
Don't Touch the White Woman! (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A highly stylized surreal farce about the events leading up to Custer's Last Stand anachronistically reenacted in an urban renewal area in modern Paris. (108 mins.)
Director: Marco Ferreri