Quentin Tarantino has never shied away from showing his immense love and obsession towards Spaghetti Westerns.
Western genre is usually a piece of fiction set in the western United States of the mid-19th century, often popularized as the “Wild West.” The stories of these genres are commonly weaved around the life of a nomadic cowboy toying with a revolver or a rifle.
Western movies have been under a lot of controversies due to their involvement of Red Indians and portraying them as villains, but still, there are tons of films in this genre which are worth your quality time.
Tarantino recently put together a list of his favorite spaghetti westerns which inspired his own cinematic world. The reflection can be seen in his films like Inglorious Bastards, Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight, and Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood.
Let’s list out Quentin Tarantino’s top Spaghetti Westerns.
10. The Return of Ringo (1965) dir. Duccio Tessari
While returning back home, a Union Officer finds out that his home has been overrun by Mexican bandits. He infiltrates the gang to restore order and determine if his wife has been faithful to him.
9. Navajo Joe (1966) dir. Sergio Corbucci
A Native American Warrior, known as Navajo Joe, seeks out revenge on an outlaw gang who massacred the people of his tribe.
8. Death Rides a Horse (1967) dir. Giulio Petroni
A young gunfighter coins a plan to track down and kill the bandits who killed his family. In his journey, he is supported by an ageing ex-outlaw, which leads to a surprising end.
7. Day of Anger (1967) dir. Tonino Valerii
A famed gunfighter makes a garbage boy his disciple, and together they explore their past, where the gunman had overrun the boy’s town through violence and corruption.
6. A Fistful of Dollars (1964) dir. Sergio Leone
A story of greed, pride and revenge about a wandering gunfighter who plots two rival families against each other in a town torn apart.
5. Once Upon A Time in the West (1968) dir. Sergio Leone
To protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad, a mysterious man with a harmonium creates an alliance with a notorious desperado.
4. The Mercenary (1968) dir. Sergio Corbucci
A mine worker and peasant girl are aided by a greedy Polish mercenary, while they lead a revolution against the oppressive Mexican Government.
3. Django (1966) dir. Sergio Corbucci
A prostitute and a gunfighter unintentionally come in the way of a bitter feud between a Klan of Southern racists and a band of Mexican Revolutionaries.
2. For a Few Dollars More (1965) dir. Sergio Leone
Two bounty hunters form an alliance to track down a western outlaw for a meaning price in return.
1. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966) dir. Sergio Leone
Three bounty hunters set out on a journey to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery, but the uneasiness between the three creates a rift in their pursuit.
These are some famous titles from the Spaghetti Westerns Film List, but there are many more that I might have missed. If you have a favorite Spaghetti Western that is not in the list, do tell us in the comment below.