Quentin Tarantino's Top 20 Spaghetti Westernsby KasparM | created - 11 Jan 2012 | updated - 11 Jan 2012 | Public
Including the runners up that didn't make the list.
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1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
R | 178 min | Western
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.
Votes: 600,792 | Gross: $6.10M
3. Django (1966)
Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Western
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.
Votes: 21,516 | Gross: $0.03M
4. The Mercenary (1968)
PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Western
A greedy Polish mercenary aids a mine worker and peasant girl as they lead a revolution against the oppressive Mexican Government, and are pursued by an American rival.
5. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
PG-13 | 165 min | Western
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.
Votes: 262,524 | Gross: $5.32M
6. A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
R | 99 min | Western
A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.
Votes: 173,087 | Gross: $14.50M
7. 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.
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.
10. The Return of Ringo (1965)
Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Drama, Romance
A returning Union Officer discovers that his home has been overrun by Mexican bandits, and infiltrates the gang to restore order and determine if his wife has been faithful to him.
12. A Pistol for Ringo (1965)
Not Rated | 98 min | Action, Drama, Western
An 'angel-faced' gunfighter is tasked with infiltrating a ranch overrun by Mexican bandits and saving their hostages, including the fiancée of the local sheriff.
13. The Dirty Outlaws (1967)
R | 103 min | Western
The film tells the story of an outlaw who masquerades as a blind man's son in order to trick the old man out of a cache of gold located in a vacated town. A gang of bandits appears in the ... See full summary »
14. 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, as a grim, tense struggle unfolds.
Votes: 11,776 | Gross: $0.05M
16. Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead (1971)
PG-13 | 90 min | Western
After Dan Hogan and his gang rob a bank, they hire a mysterious man to guide them across the Mexican border in return for half of the loot.
18. 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.
19. Django, Prepare a Coffin (1968)
Not Rated | 92 min | Western, Action
A gunfighter forms a gang of "deceased" execution victims to get revenge on the politician and outlaw who killed his wife.
20. Gatling Gun (1968)
90 min | Adventure, Western, War
Richard Gatling wants to offer the machine gun he has invented to the government, but Tarpas has other ideas and kidnaps the man along with his prototype. Tanner then tries to track them down.
22. If You Meet Sartana... Pray for Your Death (1968)
Not Rated | 95 min | 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.
23. God Forgives... I Don't! (1967)
PG-13 | 97 min | Western
After a train is robbed of its payroll, an insurance agent and a card-shark team-up to retrieve the loot from the bandits who guard it at a secret location near the Mexican border.
24. 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.
25. The Four of the Apocalypse... (1975)
Unrated | 87 min | Western
Four petty criminals, three men and a woman, wander through the trackless terrain of the Wild West Utah and are hounded by a sadistic bandit.
29. Minnesota Clay (1964)
Not Rated | 90 min | Action, War, Western
Wrongfully imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit, Minnesota Clay seeks revenge on the man who withheld evidence at his trial. There is a problem however, he is going blind.
30. Arizona Colt (1966)
M | 104 min | Western
Bandit Gordo frees a group of prisoners, forcing them to join his gang or die. Arizona Colt, declining to do either, heads for Blackstone City where Gordon is planning a robbery. When one ... See full summary »
31. Ringo and His Golden Pistol (1966)
87 min | Western
A Mexican bandit teams up with a band of renegade Native Americans to avenge his older brothers when they are killed by a prankster, gold-obsessed bounty hunter.
32. Adiós gringo (1965)
100 min | Western
Tricked into buying stolen cattle, Brett Landers narrowly escapes being lynched. Still wanted, he hunts down the real cattle rustlers to clear his name.
33. Blood for a Silver Dollar (1965)
Not Rated | 98 min | Action, Romance, Western
After the Civil War, ex-Confederate officer returns home where he gets embroiled in local feuds involving an unscrupulous strongman and his hired henchmen.
34. For a Few Extra Dollars (1966)
96 min | War, Western
Captured Confederate raider Gary Diamond agrees to work with the Yankees to prevent any further bloodshed by warning a Confederate regiment against attacking heavily defended Yankee Fort Yuma.
35. Wanted (1967)
107 min | Action, Drama, Romance
A local sheriff is unjustly accused of murder in a small town and forced to flee. He gets rid of his enemies one by one and tries to prove his innocence.
36. 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.
37. Trinity Is Still My Name (1971)
G | 117 min | Comedy, Western
Bambino tries to teach his brother Trinity how to become an outlaw, but the two wind up saving a pioneer family and breaking up an arms ring instead.
39. Long Days of Hate (1968)
M | 90 min | Crime, Western
A bounty, Benson is hunting down a vicious outlaw gang, who killed his parents, brother and sisters, except for one sister, Susy, who he wants for himself!
40. The Devil's Backbone (1971)
GP | 100 min | Western
Army deserter Capt. Viktor Kaleb is offered a pardon and reinstatement in the cavalry if he agrees to lead a special forces group in a raid against an Apache stronghold into Mexico.
41. The 5-Man Army (1969)
M | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Western
Spaghetti western about a group of bandits, led by Peter Graves, who plan on robbing a train transporting gold for the Mexican army.
42. Chino (1973)
PG | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A runaway teenager and a mixed-race horse breeder strike an unlikely friendship in the context of common hardships.
43. Requiescant (1967)
Not Rated | 92 min | Western
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.
44. Soleil rouge (1971)
PG | 112 min | Action, Western
In 1870, a gang robs a train and steals a ceremonial Japanese sword meant as a gift from Japan to the U.S. President, prompting a manhunt to retrieve it.
Votes: 6,691 | Gross: $4.84M