Westerns with a side of marinara

As I am revisiting the Spaghetti Western genre I am generally impressed by the number of different tones this film strike, or the combinations they come up with. I realize that this is true for all forms of cinema, but by looking at what some consider the gutter of Italian rip-offs, I find that the creativity and risk taking that many of these films employ is worthy.
Most people’s entry into the genre is through the big classics, FISTFULL OF DOLLARS, DJANGO, et al.., but by digging deeper one can find interesting threads that a number of the equivalent American releases did not truly explore. Culturally this is interesting as the European sensibility, especially Italy and Spain, were still reeling…

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  • Django
  • The Big Gundown
  • Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot!
  • For a Few Dollars More
  • Once Upon a Time in the West
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • The Great Silence
  • Keoma
  • They Call Me Trinity
  • Companeros
  • Navajo Joe
  • The Grand Duel
  • A Fistful of Dollars
  • The Hellbenders
  • Johnny Yuma
  • Beyond the Law
  • The Stranger and the Gunfighter
  • The Fighting Fists Of Shanghai Joe
  • Adios Sabata
  • I Am Sartana, Trade Your Guns for a Coffin
  • Death Rides a Horse
  • It Can Be Done, Amigo
  • Trinity Is Still My Name
  • 10,000 Dollars for a Massacre
  • Four of the Apocalypse
  • Django Kills Softly