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Italian film director who almost single-handedly launched the mid-sixties/early-seventies cycle of {{Spaghetti Western}}s.

His major films:
* ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'' -- An inspired rip-off of ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}''[[note]]which was ''itself'' an adaptation of Creator/DashiellHammett's novel ''Literature/RedHarvest''[[/note]], which [[{{Recycled In Space}} effectively transplanted]] [[Creator/AkiraKurosawa Kurosawa]]'s JidaiGeki to TheWildWest (and made Creator/ClintEastwood a star). Together with the next two, it makes up the [[Film/DollarsTrilogy "Dollars" Trilogy]].
* ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'' -- The sequel. It has Eastwood's "[[NoNameGiven man with no name]]" and Creator/LeeVanCleef's "man in black" as rival [[BountyHunter Bounty Hunters]] going after a [[Film/BlueVelvet Frank Booth]]-esque bad guy. For one of them, ItsPersonal.
* ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' -- The {{Prequel}}, and one of the greatest films of the Western genre ever. GoldFever, TheAmericanCivilWar, and an Music/EnnioMorricone theme that has since become a StandardSnippet. Creator/LeeVanCleef plays a completely different character.
* ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'' -- Leone's {{deconstruction}} of the entire [[TheWestern Western]] genre, including his own previous films. Best known among film buffs for its stroke-of-genius casting: Charles Bronson as another "man with no name," smoky Claudia Cardinale as the [[WesternCharacters Determined Widow]] whose fortunes drive the plot, and Henry Fonda as [[PlayingAgainstType the villain]]. Best known to the rest of the world as the title that launched a thousand snowclones, including Tsui Hark's ''Film/OnceUponATimeInChina'', and Creator/RobertRodriguez's ''Film/OnceUponATimeInMexico''.
* ''Film/AFistfulOfDynamite'' -- Takes place during the Mexican Revolution in 1913, undoubtedly his most overlooked film. Suffered badly from Leone's conviction that Americans have ever used the phrase "Duck, you sucker!" (its original title).
* ''Film/MyNameIsNobody'' -- Leone's farewell to the genre he helped to create.
* ''Film/OnceUponATimeInAmerica'' -- Epic gangster movie set in New York during TheRoaringTwenties. Follows the rise of four boys in the criminal underworld.
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