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.
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
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.
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...
Django, Prepare A Coffin
1968 · Italy · Directed by Ferdinando Baldi
Django the drifter returns in this classic Sixties Spaghetti Western from Ferdinando Baldi (Texas Addio, Comin At Ya!), starring Terence Hill (They Call Me Trinity) as the wandering gunslinger, hired as executioner to a corrupt local politician who is ...
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...
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 Sullivan, a sheriff who, along with his youn...
Cemetery without Crosses
After her husband is lynched by bandits, Michèle Mercier (Black Sabbath) seeks revenge and turns to an old friend, played by Robert Hossein, for help. A solitary figure who lives in a ghost town and dons a single black glove before each gunfight, Hossein is initially reluctant but soon infiltrate...
Day of Anger
When Sergio Leone turned Lee Van Cleef into a major star with For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the actor sensibly stayed in Italy to make several more Spaghetti Westerns, including this one from Leone’s former assistant Tonino Valerii that genre aficionados rank amongst ...
I Am Sartana, Your Angel of Death
1969 • Italy • Directed by Giuliano Carnimeo
Sartana is falsely accused of robbing a bank and must find the real robbers and clear his name.
If You Meet Sartana... Pray for Your Death
Crooked bankers plan an insurance swindle and hire a Mexican gang to steal the bank's gold but they also pay Lasky's gang to kill the Mexicans.
Light the Fuse... Sartana is Coming
1970 • Italy • Directed by Anthony Ascot
Wily roving gunslinger Sartana arrives in a small town and tries to find a hidden fortune of half a million dollars in gold and two million dollars in counterfeit money. Naturally, a bunch of other treacherous folks who include conniving widow Senora Man...
Sartana's Here... Trade Your Pistol for a Coffin
Sartana, bounty hunter and gunfighter, witnesses the robbery of a shipment of gold. He finds his way into town where he meets with a lot of suspicious stares from the locals. He also meets with Samuel Spencer, who seems to own the company in this company town. The gold shipments are being stolen,...
Have A Good Funeral, My Friend... Sartana Will Pay
1970 • Italy • Directed by Giuliano Carnimeo
After witnessing a brutal massacre, the legendary hero Sartana is ready to do some investigating. Almost everyone in the tiny town of Indian Creek seems eager to buy up the property left behind by the murder victims, and one of them could well be beh...
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...