Essential Top 20 Films
From The Spaghetti Western Database
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These films were voted by our community as the essential films of the genre. More info on our voting procedure and where to find those that didn't make the top 50, you'll find at the bottom of the page. For an introduction to the genre, please visit our Introduction.
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|14||DAY OF ANGER, Tonino Valerii (1967)
Community vote score: (678 points)
|15||KEOMA, Enzo G. Castellari (1976)
In its late phase, only few directors have managed to churn out quality films on decent budgets. Veteran director Castellari teamed up with icon Franco Nero in what is a very gloomy but gripping western tale.
Community vote score: (608 points)
|16||CEMETERY WITHOUT CROSSES, Robert Hossein (1968)
The French director's singular endeavor into the genre is also one of the most revered. This sinister tale of revenge and death boasts with incredibly atmospheric scenes, great music and exceptional acting and directing. A small gem if you so will.
Community vote score: (599 points)
|17||MY NAME IS NOBODY, Sergio Leone/Tonino Valerii (1973)
As the genre turned into its self-parody phase, Leone conceived a self reflective western pitting the established Terence Hill against acting titan Henry Fonda. Controversial in it's mixture of comedy and deeper meaning about the decline of the west it was not the last SW, but nonetheless a fitting end for an already dying genre.
Community vote score: (538 points)
|18||RETURN OF RINGO, Duccio Tessari (1965)
Elegantly directed by Ducio Tessari this is one of the early classics and one of the early successes of the genre. Following the storyline of Homer's Odyssey, Gemma (in his best role) returns home after the civil war to win back his wife and house.
Community vote score: (480 points)
|19||DJANGO KILL, IF YOU LIVE, SHOOT!, Giulio Questi (1967)
Questi's very bizarre and only entry in the genre might not find too many friends but is a well-directed film with many memorable moments, as well as a great deal of elements found in exploitation cinema.
Community vote score: 463 points)
|20||RUN MAN RUN, Sergio Sollima (1968)
Tomas Milian runs for his life, this time not from a bounty hunter but for his honor, lots of gold and a promise. An adorable film but maybe the weakest of the three films Sollima made. But it has a scene in the snow!
Community vote score: (398 points)
- Followed by these:
21. If You Meet Sartana, Pray for Your Death G. Parolini, 1968 (355 points);
22. Blindman F. Baldi, 1971 (325 points);
23. Sabata G. Parolini, 1969 (275 points);
24. $10,000 Blood Money R. Guerrieri, 1967 (252 points);
25. Navajo Joe S. Corbucci, 1966 (247 points);
26. Mannaja S. Martino, 1977 (244 points);
27. And God Said to Cain A. Margheriti, 1969 (234 points);
28. Tepepa G. Petroni, 1968 (215 points);
29. Light the Fuse ... Sartana is Coming G. Carnimeo, 1970 (205 points);
30. A Pistol for Ringo D.Tessari, 1965 (197 points);
31. Massacre Time L. Fulci, 1966 (173 points);
32. God Forgives, I Don't G. Colizzi, 1967 (161 points);
33. Bandidos M. Dallamano, 1967 (154 points);
34. El Puro E. Mulargia, 1969 (146 points)
35. Kill and Pray C. Lizzani, 1967 (140 points);
36. The Grand Duel G. Santi, 1972 (138 points);
37. California M. Lupo, 1977 (136 points);
38. Four of the Apocalypse L. Fulci, 1975 (130 points);
39. Matalo! C. Canevari, 1970 (130 points);
40. Ace High G. Colizzi, 1968 128 points);
41. Johnny Hamlet E.G. Castellari, 1968 (126 points);
42. Trinity is Still my Name E. B. Clucher, 1971 (120 points);
43. The Bounty Killer E. Martàn 66 (113 points);
44. The Forgotten Pistolero F. Baldi, 1969 (112 points);
45. Death Sentence M. Lanfranchi, 1968 (111 points);
46. The Specialists S. Corbucci, 1970 (101 points);
47. Django the Bastard S. Garrone, 1969 (99 points);
48. Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead G. Vari, 1971 (94 points);
49. They Call Him Cemetery G. Carnimeo 71 (93 points);
50. They Call Me Trinity E. Barboni 71 (91 points);
50. A Stranger in Town L. Vanzi 67 (91 points);
Information on this list:
- About the points system: The top 20 films from each list were scored using the following formula: #1=25 points; #2=21 points; #3=19 points; #4= 17 points and then down to #20=1 point
- The complete list (last update January 2015): http://forum.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/topic,190.msg172383.html#msg172383
- Compiled from meanwhile 153 Top-20-lists (post yours!), this is a dynamically changing list of the most important Spaghetti Westerns as rated by our community.
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