A List Full of Spaghetti Westerns

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Spaghetti Western is a broad sub-genre of Western films that emerged in the mid-1960s in the wake of Sergio Leone's film-making style and international box-office success. The term was used by critics in USA and other countries because most of these Westerns were produced and directed by Italians.

It was Sergio Leone who defined the look and attitude of the genre with his first western and the two that soon were to follow:For a Few Dollars more (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). Together these films are called ‘The Dollars Trilogy’. Leone’s West was a dusty wasteland of whitewashed villages, howling winds, scraggy dogs and cynical heroes, as unshaven as the villains.

All three films were scored by Ennio Morricone, and his music was as unusual as Leone’s visuals: not only did he use instruments like the trumpet, the harp or the electric guitar, he also added whistle, cracking whips and gunshots to the concoction, described by a critic as a ‘rattlesnake in a drumkit’. Morricone went on to score over 30 Italian westerns and was a key factor in the genre's success.

In general spaghetti westerns are more action oriented than their American counterparts. Dialogue is sparse and some critics have pointed out that they are constructed as operas, using the music as an illustrative ingredient of the narrative. For the time of making many spaghetti westerns were quite violent, and several of them met with censorship problems, causing them to be cut or even banned in certain markets. Many spaghetti westerns have an American-Mexican border setting and feature loud and sadistic Mexican bandits. The Civil War and its aftermath is a recurrent background. Instead of regular names the heroes often have bizarre names like Ringo, Sartana, Sabata, Johnny Oro, Arizona Colt or Django. The genre is unmistakably a catholic genre (some other names in use are Hallelujah, Cemetery, Trinity or Holy Water Joe!), with a visual style strongly influenced by the catholic iconography of, for instance, the crucifixion, the last supper or the ecce homo. The surreal extravanganza Django Kill! (Se sei vivo, spara, 1967), by Giulio Questi, former assistant of Fellini (!) has a resurrected hero who witnesses a reflection of Judgment Day in a dusty western town.

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    Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

    1966 — a.k.a. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, in 24 top lists Check
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    C'era una volta il West

    1968 — a.k.a. Once Upon a Time in the West, in 25 top lists Check
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    Per qualche dollaro in più

    1965 — a.k.a. For a Few Dollars More, in 9 top lists Check
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    Il grande silenzio

    1968 — a.k.a. The Great Silence, in 5 top lists Check
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    Per un pugno di dollari

    1964 — a.k.a. A Fistful of Dollars, in 9 top lists Check
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    Django

    1966, in 4 top lists Check
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    La resa dei conti

    1966 — a.k.a. The Big Gundown, in 1 top list Check
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    Il mercenario

    1968 — a.k.a. The Mercenary, in 1 top list Check
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    Da uomo a uomo

    1967 — a.k.a. Death Rides a Horse, in 1 top list Check
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    Vamos a matar, compañeros

    1970 — a.k.a. Companeros, in 1 top list Check
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    Faccia a faccia

    1967 — a.k.a. Face to Face, in 2 top lists Check
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    Giù la testa... hombre

    1971 — a.k.a. Adios Compañeros, in 0 top lists Check
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    Quién sabe?

    1967 — a.k.a. A Bullet for the General, in 3 top lists Check
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    I giorni dell'ira

    1967 — a.k.a. Day of Anger, in 1 top list Check
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    Keoma

    1976 — a.k.a. Django Rides Again, in 1 top list Check
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    Il mio nome è Nessuno

    1973 — a.k.a. My Name Is Nobody, in 1 top list Check
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    Se sei vivo spara

    1967 — a.k.a. Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot!, in 3 top lists Check
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    Il ritorno di Ringo

    1965 — a.k.a. The Return of Ringo, in 1 top list Check
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    Corri uomo corri

    1968 — a.k.a. Run, Man, Run, in 1 top list Check
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    Se incontri Sartana prega per la tua morte

    1968 — a.k.a. If You Meet Sartana Pray for Your Death, in 1 top list Check
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    Blindman

    1971, in 1 top list Check
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    Ehi amico... c'è Sabata. Hai chiuso!

    1969 — a.k.a. Sabata, in 1 top list Check
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    Navajo Joe

    1966, in 1 top list Check
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    Mannaja

    1977 — a.k.a. A Man Called Blade, in 1 top list Check
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    Tepepa

    1969, in 1 top list Check
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    Dio perdona... Io no!

    1967 — a.k.a. God Forgives... I Don't!, in 1 top list Check
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    Le colt cantarono la morte e fu... tempo di...

    1966 — a.k.a. The Brute and the Beast, in 1 top list Check
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    I quattro dell'apocalisse

    1975 — a.k.a. The Four of the Apocalypse..., in 2 top lists Check
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    Il grande duello

    1972 — a.k.a. The Grand Duel, in 1 top list Check
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    Quella sporca storia nel west

    1968 — a.k.a. Johnny Hamlet, in 1 top list Check
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    I quattro dell'Ave Maria

    1968 — a.k.a. Ace High, in 1 top list Check
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    Continuavano a chiamarlo Trinità

    1971 — a.k.a. Trinity Is Still My Name, in 1 top list Check
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    Il pistolero dell'Ave Maria

    1969 — a.k.a. Forgotten Pistolero, in 1 top list Check
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    Django il bastardo

    1969 — a.k.a. Django the Bastard, in 1 top list Check
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    Sentenza di morte

    1968 — a.k.a. Death Sentence, in 1 top list Check
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    Al di là della legge

    1968 — a.k.a. Beyond the Law, in 0 top lists Check
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    Los desesperados

    1969 — a.k.a. A Bullet for Sandoval, in 0 top lists Check
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    Captain Apache

    1971 — a.k.a. Deathwork, in 0 top lists Check
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    Take a Hard Ride

    1975 — a.k.a. La lunga cavalcata, in 0 top lists Check
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    È tornato Sabata... hai chiuso un'altra volta!

    1971 — a.k.a. Return of Sabata, in 0 top lists Check
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    El kárate, el Colt y el impostor

    1974 — a.k.a. Blood Money, in 0 top lists Check
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    Prega il morto e ammazza il vivo

    1971 — a.k.a. Pray to Kill and Return Alive, in 1 top list Check
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    E poi lo chiamarono il magnifico

    1972 — a.k.a. Man of the East, in 0 top lists Check
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    Barquero

    1970, in 0 top lists Check
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    Joko invoca Dio... e muori

    1968 — a.k.a. Vengeance, in 1 top list Check
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    ¡Viva la muerte... tua!

    1971 — a.k.a. Don't Turn the Other Cheek, in 0 top lists Check
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    Lo straniero di silenzio

    1968 — a.k.a. The Silent Stranger, in 0 top lists Check
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    Buon funerale amigos!... paga Sartana

    1970 — a.k.a. Have a Good Funeral, My Friend... Sartana Will Pay, in 0 top lists Check
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    Un dollaro tra i denti

    1967 — a.k.a. A Stranger in Town, in 0 top lists Check
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    Minnesota Clay

    1964, in 0 top lists Check