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Nov 4, 2021 - 2:15pm

I am quite possibly the best expert on this forum when it comes to Italian and Spanish made Spaghetti/EuroWesterns. I've watched more than just about anybody. I love them more than just about anybody. Here are my suggestions of ones I think are top-tier:

Corbucci films: Django, Il mercenario, Il grande silenzio (my favorite Western of all time, but don't watch until you've got some under your belt).

Leone films: Dollars Trilogy and Once Upon a Time in the West are essentials. My Name Is Nobody is a Leone/Valerii hybrid that is the greatest comedy Spaghetti Western of all time. Duck You Sucker is lower tier.

Preparati la bara is the best 20th century Django copycat out there.

Additional suggestions available on demand.

High Noon is an American Western classic. It's a real snooze for me, but I like that it has Lee Van Cleef in it. 

Dollars, Django, Once Upon a Time, and Il grande silenzio are a good base.

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Nov 5, 2021 - 11:42am

Fantastic list and great color. For a newbie, one can pretty much stay in the Leone/Corbucci camp for awhile and find plenty of quality stuff to watch. I never tire of the Dollars trilogy, Once Upon a Time in the West, and the original Django.

I'd add a couple more off-the-beaten path recommendations that are often overlooked:

Keoma - One of the later (1976) Italian offerings. The genre was fully mature at the time, but there was still some space to cover, and this is a great choice and a nice representation of where the genre would "finish". Franco Nero offers his incredible skills to the eponymous character. Recommend the full length/uncut version. The cinematography is a bit "new-fangled" compared to the older Leone and Corbucci classics, but I don't feel that it detracts from that "Spaghetti" atmosphere.

Mannaja (aka A Man Called Blade) - Another late (1977) Italian offering. The genre had gotten even darker by this point, and the deaths and torture in this film are pretty gnarly (no spoilers, but the opening death scene and the scene where Blade is buried up to his neck are brutal). I think a lot of these late stage Italian westerns get overlooked, which is a shame, as they have a lot to offer.

Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot! - A totally bizarre Italian western that will make you feel like you're on drugs or in a fugue state. The writer/director did some weird shit in this one, melding western with exploitation and horror, which was pretty rare at the time (1967). Very likely the most violent and weird of the Italian westerns (which is saying a lot). Recommended for just how bizarre it can be. An example of the genre taken to the extreme.

Nov 5, 2021 - 11:48am

+1 SB for being a real one. I've watched Keoma and Se sei vivo spara, but not Mannaja. You're clearly into delirium, so E dio disse a Caino and Requiescant are probably reasonable suggestions to you (although you've likely watched them).

Se sei vivo spara is a very unsettling film. The woman who is imprisoned in that 2nd story room. The gay black leather cowboy gang that sexually assaults Evan. The surgery scenes. That one is unlike any other. Most Spaghetti Westerns are inherently homoerotic, but that's next-level.

EDIT: To OP and everybody else, these are definitely part of the canon, but don't watch any of these three until you've watched a lot of the more mainstream ones. You'll have a better appreciation for them. They're fine picks, but viewing order is important, in my opinion.

Nov 4, 2021 - 2:25pm

Well, you can't go wrong with Clint Eastwood.  You've already named one of his most prolific works, others that I like are Pale Rider, and Unforgiven(my favorite western).

There are seminal westerns such as Cat Balou, and High Noon.  But my favorites are The Magnificent 7 (where else do you get an all star cast like Yul Brenner, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Charles Bronson, Eli Wallach etc), Shane, Once Upon a Time in the West, Silverado, and The Wild Bunch, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Honorable Comedic Mentions are Blazing Saddles, Maverick, and The Three Amigos.

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