Quentin Tarantino's Top 20 Spaghetti Westerns

by 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

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: 600,792 | Gross: $6.10M

2. 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: 197,640 | Gross: $15.00M

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.

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

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.

Director: Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Franco Nero, Tony Musante, Franco Giacobini, Eduardo Fajardo

Votes: 3,362

5. 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: 262,524 | Gross: $5.32M

6. A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

R | 99 min | 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: 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.

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

Votes: 3,277

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: 5,870

9. Navajo Joe (1966)

Not Rated | 93 min | Western

32 Metascore

A Native American warrior called Navajo Joe seeks revenge on a gang of sadistic outlaws who has massacred the people of his tribe.

Director: Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Aldo Sambrell, Nicoletta Machiavelli, Fernando Rey

Votes: 3,017

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.

Director: Duccio Tessari | Stars: Giuliano Gemma, Fernando Sancho, Lorella De Luca, Nieves Navarro

Votes: 1,099

11. La resa dei conti (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: 4,616

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.

Director: Duccio Tessari | Stars: Giuliano Gemma, Fernando Sancho, Lorella De Luca, Nieves Navarro

Votes: 1,184

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 »

Director: Franco Rossetti | Stars: Andrea Giordana, Rosemary Dexter, Franco Giornelli, Dana Ghia

Votes: 240

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.

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

Votes: 11,776 | Gross: $0.05M

15. The Grand Duel (1972)

R | 98 min | Western

A grizzled ex-sheriff helps a man framed for murder to confront the powerful trio of brothers who want him dead.

Director: Giancarlo Santi | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Alberto Dentice, Jess Hahn, Horst Frank

Votes: 2,035

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.

Director: Giuseppe Vari | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Victoria Zinny, Paolo Casella, Dino Strano

Votes: 468

17. Tepepa (1969)

R | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The Mexican guerilla leader Tepepa and his gang fight against the chief of police, Cascorro.

Director: Giulio Petroni | Stars: Tomas Milian, Orson Welles, John Steiner, José Torres

Votes: 773

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.

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

Votes: 422

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.

Director: Ferdinando Baldi | Stars: Terence Hill, Horst Frank, George Eastman, Bruna Simionato

Votes: 1,970

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.

Director: Paolo Bianchini | Stars: John Ireland, Robert Woods, Evelyn Stewart, Claudie Lange

Votes: 157

21. 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: 1,015

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.

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

Votes: 894

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.

Director: Giuseppe Colizzi | Stars: Terence Hill, Frank Wolff, Bud Spencer, Gina Rovere

Votes: 3,358

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.

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

Votes: 3,302

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.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Fabio Testi, Lynne Frederick, Michael J. Pollard, Harry Baird

Votes: 2,007

26. Ace High (1968)

PG-13 | 122 min | Comedy, Western

A recently-escaped bandit forms an unlikely alliance with two bounty hunters and an acrobat to get revenge against the people who framed him.

Director: Giuseppe Colizzi | Stars: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Eli Wallach, Brock Peters

Votes: 3,277

27. Boot Hill (1969)

PG | 87 min | Comedy, Western

Victims of oppressive town boss Honey are offered help by an unusual alliance of gunmen and circus performers.

Director: Giuseppe Colizzi | Stars: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Woody Strode, Eduardo Ciannelli

Votes: 2,624

28. Duck, You Sucker (1971)

PG | 138 min | Drama, War, Western

77 Metascore

An I.R.A. explosives expert on the run in Mexico meets an amoral Mexican bandit; together they are drawn into the Mexican revolution.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Rod Steiger, James Coburn, Romolo Valli, Maria Monti

Votes: 25,473

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.

Director: Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Georges Rivière, Ethel Rojo, Diana Martín

Votes: 522

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 »

Director: Michele Lupo | Stars: Giuliano Gemma, Fernando Sancho, Corinne Marchand, Nello Pazzafini

Votes: 397

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.

Director: Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Mark Damon, Valeria Fabrizi, Franco De Rosa, Giulia Rubini

Votes: 341

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.

Director: Giorgio Stegani | Stars: Giuliano Gemma, Evelyn Stewart, Roberto Camardiel, Jesús Puente

Votes: 344

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.

Director: Giorgio Ferroni | Stars: Giuliano Gemma, Evelyn Stewart, Pierre Cressoy, Giuseppe Addobbati

Votes: 807

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.

Director: Giorgio Ferroni | Stars: Giuliano Gemma, Dan Vadis, José Calvo, Ángel del Pozo

Votes: 254

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.

Director: Giorgio Ferroni | Stars: Giuliano Gemma, Germán Cobos, Teresa Gimpera, Serge Marquand

Votes: 268

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.

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

Votes: 16,644

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.

Director: Enzo Barboni | Stars: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Yanti Somer, Enzo Tarascio

Votes: 12,254

38. 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: 20,408

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!

Director: Gianfranco Baldanello | Stars: Guy Madison, Lucienne Bridou, Rik Battaglia, Anna Liotti

Votes: 289

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.

Directors: Burt Kennedy, Niksa Fulgosi | Stars: Bekim Fehmiu, Richard Crenna, Chuck Connors, Ricardo Montalban

Votes: 310

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.

Directors: Don Taylor, Italo Zingarelli | Stars: Bud Spencer, Peter Graves, James Daly, Nino Castelnuovo

Votes: 1,247

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.

Directors: John Sturges, Duilio Coletti | Stars: Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Marcel Bozzuffi, Vincent Van Patten

Votes: 1,471

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.

Director: Carlo Lizzani | Stars: Lou Castel, Mark Damon, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Barbara Frey

Votes: 572

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.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Charles Bronson, Toshirô Mifune, Alain Delon, Ursula Andress

Votes: 6,691 | Gross: $4.84M



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