A sub-genre of TheWestern, so called because they were produced by Italian studios (and tended to feature quite a bit of gore). These movies were typically [[CaliforniaDoubling 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 [[{{Spexico}} "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 for its rougher and harder look at common Western tropes, albeit in general very few of these Westerns were especially political or informed about American history to be actual {{Deconstruction}}. Nonetheless, the greater violence, rougher and harder aesthetic, gave spaghetti westerns an integrity entirely at odds with the glossy and stagey Hollywood original and in time, the visual aesthetic of the spaghetti westerns later became staples of the genre. Most notably, the spaghetti Westerns provided the staging grounds for the last great icon of the Western genre: actor[=/=]director Creator/ClintEastwood, who was a TV and BMovie actor in America before his appearance in Creator/SergioLeone's films made him into a major movie star.

!!Some well-known Spaghetti Westerns are:

* ''The Man With No Name Trilogy'', also called the ''Film/DollarsTrilogy'':
** ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars''
** ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore''
** ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''
* The ''Cat Stevens'' trilogy directed by Creator/GiuseppeColizzi:
** ''Film/GodForgivesIDont''
** ''Film/AceHigh''
** ''Film/BootHill''
* 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'')
* ''Film/RedSun''
* ''Film/{{Companeros}}''

!!Others include:
* ''Film/TheBigGundown''
* ''Film/RunManRun''
* ''Film/AStrangerInTown''
* ''Film/DontTurnTheOtherCheek''
* ''Film/{{Keoma}}''
* ''Film/NavajoJoe''
* ''WesternAnimation/WestAndSoda'' (a rare ''animated'' Spaghetti Western, if not the only one of its kind)
* ''[[Film/TheWhiteTheYellowTheBlack The White, The Yellow, The Black]]'' (Sergio Corbucci's last western, and Eli Wallach's fourth and final Spaghetti Western)
* ''Film/ProfessionalsForAMassacre''
* ''Film/ATrainForDurango''

!!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.
* Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureSteelBallRun, being a story about the friendship between two violent, amoral and cynical cowboys questing across the desert of the final frontiers, is a super-powered (and fabulous) love letter from Creator/HirohikoAraki to Film/ForAFewDollarsMore of the blood-soaked and tragic Film/DollarsTrilogy by Creator/SergioLeone.
** Point in fact, The Man With No Name played by Creator/ClintEastwood in said trilogy is the primary inspiration in appearance and attitude for Kujo Jotaro, the protagonist of Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders, the third part of the saga. Upon finding out this, Eastwood met and befriended Araki, becoming a fast fan of the Jojo Franchise.
* 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 of 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 Creator/JetLi that is openly influenced 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 ''Film/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 humorous and action-packed [[ForeignRemake Korean Remake]] of ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'', set in the 1930s Manchuria.
* ''Film/KellysHeroes'' is basically a SpaghettiWestern set in UsefulNotes/WorldWar2 France, complete with Creator/ClintEastwood!
* 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. ''Film/TheHatefulEight'', while very much '''not''' in the style of a Spaghetti Western, takes several important cues from the 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''.
* The second act of VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption is one of these, complete with a Mexican setting, BlackAndGreyMorality, and the increasing prominence of John Marston's AntiHero side.
* ''WesternAnimation/ElTigre'' contains many characters, plots, and themes inspired by the genre. The most notable is Sergio, an Italian kid who moved to Mexico in hopes of being a cowboy.
* The ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' episode "Cowboy Funk" is an AffectionateParody of the genre (and of TheWestern in general).
* ''Anime/GunXSword'' is what happens when giant robots arrive in a spaghetti western.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', while not a direct inspiration, borrows heavily from the genre, especially the ''Film/DollarsTrilogy'': a lone warrior [[TheSilentBob of few words]], known [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname only by his nickname]], passes quietly through various places, defeats the bad guy and then moves along. Creator/PhilLamarr even described his voice for Jack as being a Japanese Creator/ClintEastwood.