A sub-genre of the [[TheWestern Western]] films, so called because they were produced by Italian studios. These movies were typically shot in Spain, since the Tabernas Desert looks similar to [[TheWildWest Hollywood's idea of the old west]]. Since Spanish extras were readily available, Spaghetti Westerns often featured [[FakeNationality "Mexican" characters]] and themes, often focusing on the Mexican Revolution, border problems, or [[{{Bandito}} Mexican banditos]]. There was a whole sub-genre dedicated to politically-oriented westerns about the Mexican Revolution called the Zapata Western.

Spaghetti Westerns were originally scorned for their low budgets, fading Hollywood stars, and [[DeconstructorFleet deconstruction of nearly every Western trope]]. However, the conventions found in Spaghetti Westerns later became staples of the genre and it was here that actor Creator/ClintEastwood launched his movie career.

Some well-known Spaghetti Westerns are:

* ''The Man With No Name Trilogy'', also called the ''Film/DollarsTrilogy'' (''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'', ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'', and ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'')
* The ''Cat Stevens'' trilogy (''[[Film/GodForgivesIDont God Forgives, I Don't]]'', ''Film/AceHigh'', ''Film/BootHill'') directed by Creator/GiuseppeColizzi
* The ''Film/{{Sartana}}'' pentalogy
* ''Film/DeathRidesAHorse''
* ''Film/TheMercenary''
* ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest''
* ''Film/TheGreatSilence''
* ''Film/{{Trinity}}'' duology.
* ''Film/AFistfulOfDynamite''
* ''Film/{{Django}}''
* ''Film/TheSabataTrilogy''
* ''Film/APistolForRingo''
* ''Film/MyNameIsNobody''
* ''Film/AlDiLaDellaLegge'' (also known as ''Beyond the Law'' and ''The Good Die First'')

Works influenced by the Spaghetti Western include:

* ''Anime/FistOfTheNorthStar'' is a classic Japanese {{Anime}} that has been deeply influenced by the directorial style of Sergio Leone, right down to the violence-torn desert wasteland setting (albeit a futuristic one) and the mournful musical style of Music/EnnioMorricone in its more thoughtful scenes.
** Taken even further by another post apocalyptic anime, ''Anime/CombatMechaXabungle''. The desert landscape and several characters dressed like cowboys or banditos give the show a Wild West feeling, but according to maps, at least the ones shown in its ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' appearances, the action takes place in Southern Europe.
* In what may be the SpaghettiWestern tradition coming full circle, the [[TabletopGames Tabletop Card Game]] ''Bang!'' was created by an Italian designer and set in the Wild West.
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' features vast desertscapes, dangerous fauna, a band of [[AntiHero Anti-heroes]], a population of AxeCrazy convicts, the occasional small town and [[GunPorn loads and loads of guns]], oh and a [[MacGuffin big fat treasure at the end of the story]], either sought or disbelieved by all.
** ''[[VideoGame/{{Borderlands2}} Borderlands 2]]'' has a side mission where a search for some treasure ends with a shootout between the PC and two [=NPCs=] over a grave...
* The 2011 film ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'' is practically a love letter to this genre of film, featuring numerous shout outs in its plot to films of days gone past, mimicking the cinematography typical of its genre and even [[spoiler:featuring a cameo an animated version of the Man With No Name as the "Spirit of the West"]].
* ''Film/SukiyakiWesternDjango''
* ''Film/FlyingSwordsOfDragonGate'' is a Chinese {{Wuxia}} film staring JetLi that is openly infulenced by the melancholic and violent world of Sergio Leone; being set in the mournful and windswept deserts of ''Shing Jiang'' province really helps.
* ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead'' is basically a Martial Arts Tournament (think EnterTheDragon) [[RecycledInSpace fought with quick-drawn revolvers.]] Made by Americans, yes. But its corrupt, wind-swept and decaying wasteland punctuated with a mournful Music/EnnioMorricone inspired soundtrack hits the genre's nail right on the head.
* ''Film/TheGoodTheBadTheWeird'' is a more humourous and action-packed [[ForeignRemake Korean Remake]] of ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'', set in the 1930s Manchuria.
* Creator/QuentinTarantino's ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' has a number of spaghetti western elements to it. ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' follows the genre a lot more closely, considering it actually ''is'' a [[TheWestern Western]]. Not to be outdone, ''Film/KillBill'' also has several shout-outs, including reusing a lot of music from this genre.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Boktai}}'' game series features a number of spaghetti elements, most notably its gunslinging protagonist, Django. The second game in the series was by far the most heavily influenced by the genre, but then the influences were downplayed significantly for the third game as well as the InNameOnly follow-up ''Lunar Knights''.

See also [[TheWestern Western]].
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