Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Tarantino's Top 20 Spaghetti Westerns

From years ago...

Now that Tarantino's BASTERDS has blown up the box office, it seems like a good idea to look at his favorite Spaghetti Westerns... I'm sure you'd read my article on BASTERDS in Script Magazine and have seen the movie and maybe even seen the Italian film with the same title in order to compare. So what else is there left to do but look at his favorite Italian cowboy films?

Tarantino’s Top 20 Spaghetti Westerns.

1. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

2. For a Few Dollars more

3. Django

4. The Mercenary / A Professional Gun

5. Once Upon a Time in the West

6. A Fistful of Dollars

7. Day of Anger

8. Death Rides a Horse

9. Navajo Joe

10. The Return of Ringo

11. The Big Gundown

12. A Pistol for Ringo

13. The Dirty Outlaws

14. The Great Silence

15. The Grand Duel

16. Shoot the Living, Pray for the Dead

17. Tepepa

18. The Ugly Ones

19. Django, Prepare a Coffin

20. Machine Gun Killers

Click on the DVD box for more information on the movies. The score for THE BIG GUNDOWN is one of my favorites, and the Django films are a lot of fun. One thing about all of these films is you start to wonder if Lee Van Cleef just moved to Italy and got rich - he ends up being in so many of these movies it's crazy.

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aggiebrett said...

I've seen DJANGO mentioned on all sorts of best lists for years and years, so when I found a DVD of it in a cut-out bin for 3 bucks, I grabbed it. I and a friend were excited to finally have a chance to see one of these great 'other" Italian westerns, and... it sucked. I mean, it sucked long hard deep and with sincere feeling. Not one moment felt original or fresh or new or interesting or witty or ironic or anything. It felt for all the world like a really poorly made low budget rip-off of Italian westerns.


Anonymous said...

genius of GI Joe????

ObiDonWan said...

It felt for all the world like a really poorly made low budget rip-off of Italian westerns.

exactly why quislin tarantula loves it.

wcmartell said...


Anonymous said...

Django was one of the most iconic spaghetti westerns to come out of Italian cinema in the 1960's. Putting aside the fact that Corbucci had as much of an influence in inventing the genre as Sergio Leone, and putting aside all of his other work (Companeros, The Great Silence, The Hellbenders) I'm curious how a film about a revenge-seeking outlaw dragging a coffin across the desert is unoriginal and a "rip-off" when it was filmed prior to the bulk of the westerns mentioned in the above list.

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Unknown said...

Mmmm, I love westerns. But in the same time the stereotypical characters (not to mention the usual appearance of Native Americans in the older movies) are somewhat out of date. Taking against loving them :-)

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