Top spaghettis by year?

Would it be possible to list a top five films for each year, starting perhaps in 1964, and carrying through to 1973? That gives us a decade to work with. The Database has them nicely sorted by year My hope is that such an exercise would give me some new off-the-beaten-path recommendations for films to watch, especially for the earlier and later years of the genre.

If this has been done before, and I just overlooked it, or didn’t use the right search terms, I apologize!

Okay, let’s start with 1964 or rather - since in my opinion Per un pugno di dollari is separate and simply unreachable - from pre-Leone movies, 24 films from May '63 (Tres hombres buenos) until the end of December '64 (Pistoleros de Arizona/5.000 dollari sull’asso).

Within this category, that with the partial exception of Sergio Corbucci’s movie has little to do with strictly speaking Italian-style western, I think that the most important and significant films are these five:

Minnesota Clay
Duello nel Texas
Antes llega la muerte
Le pistole non discutono
El sabor de la venganza

Other to some extent relevant titles:
Massacro al Grande Canyon, Tres hombres buenos, Il piombo e la carne, Jim il primo

Just like Jonathan, my list includes all Italian and Spain westerns from 1964 and before (before they became SWs):

  1. FoD

[1,5. The Taste of Violence (but not really a western)]

  1. Minnesota Clay

3.-5. forget it …

… or with other words: none worth naming it.

If we are combining 63 and 64 I think Jonathan’s is a pretty solid list.
If I could add another it would be Bava’s Road to Fort Alamo. Not a great film by any means but it is of interest and has its moments.

This is not my personal top 5, this is just the five westerns I think are most representative of 1964 and doesn’t include German westerns. Criteria is historical significance and critical evaluation.

  1. Fistful of Dollars
  2. Minnesota Clay
  3. Le pistole non discutono aka Bullets Don’t Argue
  4. El sabor de la venganza
  5. Antes llega la muerte

Honorable mention goes to Due mafiosi nel Far West (Franco and Ciccio westerns were hugely popular in the Italian box office)

For pre 1964 westerns,

Duello nel Texas, and well thats about it unless you count the German films.

1965 Should look like this:

For a Few Dollars More
Pistol for Ringo
Return of Ringo
One Silver Dollar
Adios Gringo

Honorable mention to Centomila dollari per Ringo which was a huge hit when it came out, although it hasn’t really stood the test of time.

The Good the Bad and the Ugly
Big Gundown
Bullet for the General
Navajo Joe

Massacre Time gets honorable mention.

Death Rides a Horse
God Forgives I Don’t
Day of Anger
Django Kill if You Live Shoot
Face to Face

Hellbenders gets honorable mention.

Once Upon a Time in the West
Great Silence
Ace High
The Mercenary

The number 5 spot is tricky for this year, Django Prepare a Coffin, Run Man Run, Today We Kill Tommorow We Die, Sartana Pray for Your Death all are reasonable candidates. If forced to choose I’d go with Run Man Run, even though I’m a Sartana fan. Hows that for being objective? lol

Five Man Army
Cemetery without Crosses
Django the Bastard

Honorable mention goes to Price of Power and Specialists

I´ll go with the whole of Europe. Pickings are kind of slim in the early years. Nevertheless I rank Lemonade Joe high. Very innovative stuff.


  1. Fistful of Dollars
  2. Lemonade Joe
  3. Bullets Don´t Argue
  4. Road to Fort Alamo
  5. Among Vultures


  1. For a Few Dollars More
  2. Return of Ringo
  3. A Pistol for Ringo
  4. In a Colt’s Shadow
  5. The Relentless Four


  1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  2. Django
  3. Blood at Sundown
  4. Massacre Time
  5. The Big Gundown


  1. Django Kill
  2. God Forgives, I Don’t
  3. Face to Face
  4. $10.000 Blood Money
  5. Death Rides a Horse


  1. Once Upon a Time in the West
  2. The Mercenary
  3. The Great Silence
  4. Black Jack
  5. If You Meet Sartana Pray for Your Death


  1. Sabata
  2. No Room to Die
  3. Five Man Army
  4. I Am Sartana Your Angel of Death
  5. The Price of Power


  1. Compañeros
  2. And God Said to Cain
  3. Light the Fuse… Sartana Is Coming
  4. Have a Nice Funeral, My Friend… Sartana Will Pay
  5. One Damned Day at Dawn… Django Meets Sartana!


  1. Fistful of Dynamite
  2. Savage Guns
  3. Cutthroats Nine
  4. Blindman
  5. Trinity Is Still My Name


  1. Sonny & Jed
  2. The Grand Duel
  3. Kill the Poker Player
  4. Thunder Over El Paso
  5. God in Heaven… Arizona on Earth


  1. My Name is Nobody
  2. Charge!
  3. The Fighting Fists of Shanghai Joe
  4. Dust in the Sun
  5. Fast Hand is Still My Name


  1. The Stranger and the Gunfighter
  2. Zorro
  3. The White, the Yellow, and the Black
  4. Gunfight at OQ Corral
  5. Red Coat


  1. Tres Hombres Buenos
  2. Duello nel Texas
  3. El Sabor de la Venganza


  1. Per un Pugno di Dollari
  2. Pistoleros de Arizona
  3. Antes llege la muerte


  1. Per qualche Dollari in piu
  2. All’ombra di una Colt
  3. Mestizo


  1. La resa dei Conti
  2. GBU
  3. Tempo di Massacro


  1. Requiescant
  2. Se sei vivo Spara
  3. 10.000 Dollari per un Massacro


  1. Il grande Silenzio
  2. Il Mercenario
  3. Tepepa


  1. I Vigliacchi non Pregano
  2. Un Corde, un Colt
  3. L’odio e il mio Dio


  1. Vamos a matar Companeros
  2. E Dio disse a Caino
  3. Indio Black


  1. Anda Muchacho spara
  2. Blindman
  3. Uomo avvisato mezzo ammazzato… Parola di Spirito Santo


Per qualche dollaro in più
Un dollaro bucato
Il ritorno di Ringo
All’ombra di una Colt
Una Pistola per Ringo

Other noteworthy titles:
Adios Gringo, Perché uccidi ancora?, Centomila dollari per Ringo, Ocaso de un pistolero

(La resa dei conti/The Big Gundown was released in March 1967, at the same time as 10.000 dollari per un massacro)

Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo
Navajo Joe
Quien Sabe?
El precio de un hombre/The Bounty Killer

Other noteworthy titles:
Johnny Yuma, Per pochi dollari ancora, Mille dollari sul nero, Texas addio, Due once di piombo/Il mio nome è Pecos, Le colt cantarono la morte e fu… tempo di massacro, Un dollaro tra i denti, Arizona Colt, Degueyo, Django spara per primo, Yankee

(I’ve also included Eurowesterns, but not Le Goût de la Violence)

  1. El Sabor de la Venganza
  2. Duello nel Texas
  3. Der Schatz im Sibersee,
  4. Tierra Brutal
  5. Winnetou I


  1. Per un Pugno di Dollari
  2. Antes Llega la Muerte
  3. Minnesota Clay
  4. Der Letzte Rit nach Santa Cruz
  5. Le Pistole non Discutono


  1. Per Qualche Dollaro in Più
  2. Una pistola per Ringo
  3. Il Ritorno di Ringo
  4. Un Dollaro Bucato
  5. Gli Uomini dal Passo Pesante

4. Minnesota Clay


  1. Il Buono, il Brutto, Il Cattivo
  2. El Precio de un Hombre
  3. Quièn Sabe?
  4. Django
  5. I Lunghi Giorni della vendetta
  6. Arizona Colt
  7. Un Dollaro tra i Denti
  8. Django spara per primo
  9. Johnny Yuma
  10. Per pochi dollari ancora


  1. La Resa dei Conti
  2. Faccia a Faccia
  3. Da uomo a Uomo
  4. Bandidos
  5. Ballata per un Pistolero
  6. 10.000 Dollari per un Massacro
  7. John il Bastardo
  8. Per 100.000 dollari ti ammazzo
  9. Dio perdona, Io no!
  10. Sette Donne per I Macgregor

Well for 1964 mine would also include some euro westerns:

A Fistful of Dollars.
Fury of The Apaches.
Dammed Pistols of Dallas.
Five Thousand Dollars On One Ace

No Minnesota Clay?

I have Minnesota Clay in '65

But it was released in '64… ???


  1. Per qualche dollaro in piu

  2. Il ritorno di Ringo

  3. Una pistola per Ringo

  4. Perche uccidi ancora?

  5. Un dollaro bucato

4. Perche uccidi ancora?
That's a surprising pick, Stanton.