Westerns

Westerns

Yes, we at ARROW call them Westerns. Some call them Spaghetti Westerns. Whatever you may call them (and no matter how many times you may have watched Once Upon A Time in Hollywood) we can all agree that this incredible little sub-genre that came out of the 60's still stands the test of time today.

These are the films where the anti-hero rules and things are a bit more gritty and violent than your usual run-of-the-mill American western of the early to mid 20th century. We bring you a great jumping on point with some of the best in the genre be it the SARTANA films, the RINGO films or the others that make up the perfect collection to sit back, grab a cold one and watch some absolute bad-assery in true Western form.

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  • I Want Him Dead (Italian version)

    1968 • Italy • Directed by Paolo Bianchini

    In Paolo Bianchini's I Want Him Dead (1968), American actor Craig Hill (The Bloodstained Shadow) stars as an ex-Confederate soldier who vows revenge after his sister is raped and murdered, in so doing setting him on a collision course with a dastardly p...

  • El Puro (Italian version)

    1969 • Spain • Directed by Edoardo Mulargia

    In Edoardo Mulargia's El Puro (1969; a.k.a. The Reward's Yours... The Man's Mine), western icon Robert Woods (My Name is Pecos) gives arguably his greatest performance as a legendary gunfighter forced to emerge from hiding after the bounty hunters on h...

  • Wrath of the Wind (Italian version)

    1970 • Spain • Directed by Mario Camus

    In Mario Camus' Wrath of the Wind (1970), genre superstar Terence Hill (They Call Me Trinity) shows his darker side as an assassin who finds his conscience when he and his brother (Mario Pardo, Knife of Ice) are hired by a ruthless landholder (Fernando Rey,...

  • The Four of the Apocalypse (Italian version)

    1975 • Italy • Directed by Lucio Fulci

    Fabio Testi (What Have You Done to Solange?) and Tomas Milian (Don't Torture a Duckling) star in Lucio Fulci's Four of the Apocalypse (1975), in which a quartet of misfits go from sharing the same jail cell to embarking on a savage odyssey that will lead to...

  • $10,000 Blood Money (English version)

    1967 • Italy • Directed by Romolo Guerrieri

    In Romolo Guerrieri's $10,000 Blood Money (1967; a.k.a. $10,000 for a Massacre), Gianni Garko - best known for his portrayal of supernatural gunslinger Sartana - takes on the part of another beloved western antihero, Django, who is on the trail of band...

  • Vengeance is Mine (English version)

    1967 • Italy • Directed by Giovanni Fago

    Giovanni Fago's Vengeance is Mine (1967; a.k.a. $100,000 for a Killing), Garko and Camaso once again lead the cast, this time as estranged half-brothers - one a Confederate soldier now riding with renegade outlaws, the other a bounty hunter tasked with br...

  • Find a Place to Die (English version)

    1968 • Italy • Directed by Giuliano Carnimeo

    In Giuliano Carnimeo's Find a Place to Die (1968), Jeffrey Hunter (The Searchers) plays Joe Collins, a disgraced former soldier who assembles a ragtag band of scoundrels. They are lured into helping a woman (Pascale Petit, A Queen for Caesar) to rescu...

  • Matalo! (Kill Him) (English version)

    1970 • Italy • Directed by Cesare Canevari

    In Cesare Canevari's psychedelic Matalo! (Kill Him) (1970), double-and triple-crosses abound as a band of outlaws, having holed up in an isolated ghost town, set about terrorizing travelers Ray (Lou Castel, Orgasmo) and Bridget (Ana María Mendoza, 7 Wom...

  • Millionaires' Express

    1986 • Hong Kong • Directed by Sammo Hung

    All aboard for the all-star action-packed adventure of a lifetime as martial arts maestro Sammo Hung (Heart of Dragon) brings East and West crashing spectacularly together in Millionaires’ Express!

    Sammo himself plays Ching Fong-tin, a former outlaw wit...

  • A Pistol For Ringo

    In A Pistol for Ringo, the eponymous hero, played by Giuliano Gemma (Day of Anger, Tenebrae), infiltrates a ranch of Mexican bandits to save a beautiful hostage (Nieves Navarro, Death Walks on High Heels).

  • The Return of Ringo

    1965 • Italy • Directed by Duccio Tessari

    In The Return of Ringo, the gunslinger, Ringo, now a veteran of war, disguises himself as a Mexican in order to take revenge on outlaws who have stolen his property and taken his wife.

  • Django

    1966 · Italy · Directed by Sergio Corbucci

    In this definitive spaghetti western, Franco Nero ('Keoma', 'The Fifth Cord') gives a career-defining performance as Django, a mysterious loner who arrives at a mud-drenched ghost town on the Mexico-US border, ominously dragging a coffin behind him. Aft...

  • Keoma

    A strikingly original spaghetti western with a unique elegiac tone, 'Keoma' truly is a one-of-a-kind classic of its genre...

    The legendary Franco Nero (Django; 'The Fifth Cord') stars in the titular role as a half-breed gunfighter who returns from the killing fields of the Civil War to find his...

  • Texas, Adios

    1966 ・ Italy ・ Directed by Ferdinando Baldi

    Following on from the enormous success of his breakthrough film Django, Franco Nero returned to the Wild West (Almería, Spain) to star in the same year's Texas Adios, which was released as Django 2 in some countries. Here he plays tough gunslinger Burt...

  • Requiescant

    Directed by Carlo Lizzani (Wake Up and Kill, The Hills Run Red) and with a superb soundtrack by Riz Ortolani (Day of Anger, Cannibal Holocaust), Requiescant – Latin for ‘Rest in Peace’ – ranks among the finest Spaghetti Westerns. Alex Cox named it the “one film to prove that the Italian Western w...

  • Massacre Time (Italian version)

    1966 • Italy • Directed by Lucio Fulci

    Franco Nero (Django) and George Hilton (The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail), two of Italian cult cinema’s toughest leading men, team up in this explosive, revenge-soaked western from the Godfather of Gore himself, director Lucio Fulci (Four of the Apocalypse, ...

  • My Name is Pecos (Italian version)

    1966 • Italy • Directed by Maurizio Lucidi

    Robert Woods (Johnny Colt, Seven Guns for the MacGregors) stars as the eponymous Mexican gunslinger in My Names is Pecos, an action-packed, revenge-fueled western directed by Maurizio Lucidi (Motel of Fear). Pecos Martinez returns to his hometown, deter...

  • Bandidos (Italian version)

    1967 • Italy • Directed by Massimo Dallamano

    Massimo Dallamano (What Have You Done to Solange?, Colt 38 Special Squad), cinematographer of the first two instalments in Sergio Leone’s “Dollars” trilogy, steps into the director’s chair for the first time with Bandidos, an action-packed and visual...

  • And God Said to Cain (Italian version)

    1970 • Italy • Directed by Antonio Margheriti

    The inimitable Klaus Kinski (Double Face) gives an uncharacteristically restrained performance as a wronged man chasing justice in And God Said to Cain, a dark, uncompromising western from celebrated Italian horror maestro Antonio Margheriti (Canniba...