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Monday, May 2, 2016

Best Spaghetti Westerns of All Time - Based on 96 Published Sources

Scene from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966) ranked number one spaghetti western movie.

Welcome to our Reel Fives pre-launch movie rankings for the best Spaghetti Western movies of all time. Its parent genre, Westerns can be found here and has a broader view of the genre. Those rankings are based on 96 published rankings for Westerns. Reel Fives took all of those rankings and aggregated them into definitive rankings for the top 89 Western movies of all time. For each ranked list of top movies for the Western film genre we found online, we have taken the top five ranked western films. Of those 89 Westerns, 13 were Spaghetti Westerns and they are ranked below. The original sources of rankings on top Westerns include rankings created by movie experts as well as Western movie rankings from polling sites, such as ranker.com.

Spaghetti Westerns came to being after Westerns developed into a well defined genre. They feature strong, selfish protagonists who often want revenge through action and violence. Emerging in Italy during the 1960s and 1970s, Westerns rode back in with director Sergio Leon and Clint Eastwood. These were made in Italy because the geography resembled the American West but the production costs were much lower. The strong Italian accent along with an American protagonist made the films interesting at first. Studios dubbed the movies to lessen the accents. Sergio Leon’s The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1966), the all-time best Spaghetti Western (also the all-time best Western), best exemplifies the best of both genres. All three characters had selfish motives and worked together until they could no longer use each other. Another Leon film, Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) took second place (ranked third best Western) and it features a man using a woman to plot his revenge. The action in the films moved faster than a traditional Western (although still relatively slow compared to other genres such as superhero movies), thus making them more exciting for audiences. For a Few Dollars More (1965), ranked third (also ranked tenth), two bounty hunters form a partnership, but one bounty hunter had other intentions than making money. Selfish protagonists will do anything to get what they want and use any and all means necessary, which is why the films used more action and violence than traditional Westerns. Sergio Leon’s dominance of this genre showed his influence in Westerns. The top Western film was made in the period, not the classic Western period. The Spaghetti Westerns remain a strong influence in the Western genre as a whole, and we expect it to remain that way.

Top 14 Spaghetti Western Movies
Percent of online top fives movies appear in shown
1 . The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966): 51.0%
2 . Once Upon a Time in the West (1968): 34.3%
3 . For a Few Dollars More (1965): 11.4%
4 . A Fistful of Dollars (1964): 7.29%
5 . Django (1966): 4.16%
6 . The Great Silence (1968): 4.16%
7 . A Bullet for the General (1966): 2.08%
8 . Massacre Time (1966): 1.04%
9 . Requiescant (1967): 1.04%
10 . The Big Gundown (1966): 1.04%
11 (tied). Companeros (1970): 1.04%
11 (tied). The Mercenary (1968): 1.04%
13 (tied). Duck, You Sucker (1971): 1.04%
13 (tied). A Fistful of Dynamite (1971): 1.04%

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