Django (Italy, Spain 1966 / Director: Sergio Corbucci)
This film was very successful and spawned hundreds of immitators. If you see any movie today that has "Django" in the title (click here to see a list of all Django titles) or Django as the name of a major character, then that's because of this film. The only true sequel is Django 2: il grande ritorno. This film also created the "look" of Django (army coat, hat) and came up with the gatling gun. Sergio Corbucci made quite a number of films before this one. Mark Damon and Sergio Corbucci originally wrote this based upon an idea of Corbucci, but Damon ended up not starring, instead, Corbucci cast an unknown gas station worker called Franco Nero.
Django (Franco Nero) rides into a town controlled by two rival factions: a gang of racist KKK types wearing red hoods and a gang of gold hungry Mexicans. In Fistful of Dollars style, Django plays both gangs against each other in an attempt to get money and possibly revenge. Django's motivations for his actions are left vague throughout, although several possibilities are hinted at.
Sergio Corbucci crafted one of the most popular and widely imitated of the Italian "spaghetti westerns" of the 1960s with this violent but stylish action saga. A mysterious man named Django (Franco Nero) arrives in a Mexican border town dragging a small coffin behind him. When he attempts to save a woman who is being attacked by a group of bandits, he finds himself in the middle of a conflict between Mexican gangsters and racist Yankee thugs, with the innocent townspeople and a fortune in Mexican gold stuck somewhere in between. Django becomes a force to be reckoned with when it's discovered his coffin actually contains a Gatling gun. Django proved so popular in Europe that over 30 sequels and follow-ups were produced, though Franco Nero would not return to the role until 1987's Django Strikes Again (the only sequel endorsed by Corbucci}, which proved to be the last film in the series.