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(Asa) #2501

Interesting list there, fella. Don’t often see Silver Saddle over The Good, the Bad & the Ugly. Nice to see The Hellbenders right up there too, that’s a terrific film.

(morgan) #2502

California in two top twenty list in a row! If I’m not mistaken, this will take it up three or four places in the big list.


It’s sad becuase I don’t think California has ever been released in any theater, here in the United States. It has anything you’d ever want in a western, ( i don’t care what anyone says about the Ringo movies, and yes I like them, but California outshines both of them two to one easy).


Silver Saddle is a prime example of what I really enjoy in a western, mostly action, lot’s of violence, filled with adventure, and leave’s the viewer wanting to watch it over and over again. Rare it is, some films never get old, and this film I can see, will never get old too me, I can’t imagine anyone being able to duplicate this film or make it better. Guilano Gemma ( Roy Blood) couldn’t have been more suitable for this role, as he is a, serious, unforgiving, gunslinger, out to avenge his father’s death. Plot may sound familiar, but it’s Roy Blood’s friendship, and sense of compassion that make this film stand out from others. It also a high killcount, as well a really cool scene with friars. It’s runtime is damn near perfect, and does not drag on ( All of Leone’s films ( except Once Upon A Time in The West) drag on a little to long for my taste, and I prefer a film that has a running time of about an hour and half filled with violence, action, and adventure, to 3 hour film that is slow paced, confusing, and tries to introduce too many idea’s and character’s all at once.) I love Leone with all my heart, but Once Upon a time in the west was his masterpeice, his best in the director’s chair, and in my opinion as fine as any film the genre has to offer. His other’s are classics of the genre however I would be the first to say they are not 100% my cup of tea. Getting back to Silver Saddle, it’s score is obscure 70’s pop music, which would fit right in to Fulci’s horror films,or sound great on any other twlight era spaghetti western soundtrack, All in all I could watch this over and over again.

(Asa) #2505

My favourite Gemma:

  1. Day of Anger
  2. California
  3. The Price of Power
  4. The Return of Ringo
  5. Long Days of Vengeance

Quite a big dropoff though between The Return of Ringo, which is a superb movie, and Long Days of Vengeance, which I see as good, but not great.

(Asa) #2506

I like Silver Saddle, I don’t love it though by any means. I love your enthusiasm though for a movie which isn’t often placed that high up the totem pole. Good to see some different titles in the mix. :slight_smile:

(Bible Joe) #2507

Ok, here’s my new Top 20.

  1. Per un pugno di dollari (Sergio Leone, 1964)
  2. Dio perdona… Io no! (Giuseppe Colizzi, 1967)
  3. C’era una volta il West (Sergio Leone, 1968)
  4. Django (Sergio Corbucci, 1966)
  5. Lo voglio morto (Paolo Bianchini, 1968)
  6. Il pistolero dell’Ave Maria (Ferdinando Baldi, 1969)
  7. Il ritorno di Ringo (Duccio Tessari, 1965)
  8. Keoma (Enzo G. Castellari, 1976)
  9. Comin’ at Ya! (Ferdinando Baldi, 1981)
  10. I vigliacchi non pregano (Mario Siciliano, 1969)
  11. Ringo del Nebraska (Antonio Roman/Mario Bava, 1966)
  12. Un treno per durango (Mario Caiano, 1968)
  13. Mannaja (Sergio Martino, 1977)
  14. El precio de un hombre (Eugenio Martin, 1967)
  15. Un dollaro tra i denti (Luigi Vanzi, 1967)
  16. …continuavano a chiamarlo Trinita (Enzo Barboni, 1971)
  17. Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo. (Sergio Leone, 1966)
  18. Gli specialisti (Sergio Corbucci, 1969)
  19. Ancora dollari per i MacGregor (Jose Luis Merino, 1970)
  20. Il mercenario (Sergio Corbucci, 1968)

I haven’t included

Le gout de la violence (Robert Hossein, 1961)
La colera del viento (Mario Camus, 1970)

cause I don’t consider them spaghetti or western (enough). Otherwise the Hossein would be my No.1.

PS: All the films in my Top 20 are masterpieces and I would rate the lowest of them 9/10. So getting them in any kind of order has been extremely difficult.


I find that Django (1966) almost always gets put top in the five or so of the genre and I don’t think it belongs there.


These five do it for me.

  1. California
  2. Silver Saddle
  3. One Silver Dollar
  4. Long Days of Vengeance
  5. Adios Gringo

(morgan) #2510

I have earlier asked the watcher of the list about them and this was his answer:


When I watch Gemma on screen, I can’t help but think he had to be pretty popular in Europe at the time these films were released. I can’t imagine him not being one of the most talked about spaghetti western actors of his day and I would have loved to seen a number of his films on the big screen. Shame I can’t meet him person. May he rest in peace.

(Stanton) #2512

Yes, but at the same time I have Le goût de la violence not in my list either, only because I don’t consider it being a western. Otherwise it would make my precious top 10.

(Bible Joe) #2513

Yeah, stanton accepts them, but I don’t.
As I wrote, I don’t think they can really be considered “Italian Westerns” in the sense of the spaghetti western. Or at least I consider them to be outliers and not really part of that cycle of films.

(morgan) #2514

I don’t have Le goût de la violence in my top 20 as it was made before the spaghetti western filone started. I have La collera del vento in my top 20, and O’ Cangaceiro will be in my alternative top 20 next time, I think. Strictly speaking they are not westerns, as they are not set in Northern America and later than the Zapatas are. On the other hand they are made during the filone and in my somehow belong to it, at least in my opinion. Maybe this is not all that consistent.


(tomas) #2515

now, that’s a game changer :wink:

(SilverRoc) #2516

Yeah it’s not one that really gets mentioned, but what can I say? I find it very entertaining. It helps that I’m a big fan of silent comedy as this has a real Chaplin/Keaton feel to it. I just wish that the sequel was readily and cheaply available in the US, hopefully it will be released here someday.

(Asa) #2517

Right, let’s have another go at this:

  1. Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (The Good, the Bad & the Ugly) (Sergio Leone, 1966)
  2. Per qualche dollaro in più (For a Few Dollars More) (Sergio Leone, 1965)
  3. La resa dei conti (The Big Gundown) (Sergio Sollima, 1966)
  4. Se sei vivo spara (Django Kill… If You Live, Shoot!) (Giulio Questi, 1967)
  5. Sentenza di morte (Death Sentence) (Mario Lanfranchi, 1968)
  6. Requiescant (Kill and Pray) (Carlo Lizzani, 1967)
  7. Da uomo a uomo (Death Rides a Horse) (Giulio Petroni, 1967)
  8. I giorni dell’ira (Day of Anger) (Tonino Valerii, 1967)
  9. Keoma (Enzo G. Castellari, 1976)
  10. Per un pugno di dollari (A Fistful of Dollars) (Sergio Leone, 1964)
  11. Réquiem para el gringo (Duel in the Eclipse) (José Luis Merino, 1968)
  12. Mannaja (A Man Called Blade) (Sergio Martino, 1977)
  13. Une corde, un colt (Cemetery Without Crosses) (Robert Hossein, 1969)
  14. La taglia è tua… l’uomo l’ammazzo io (El Puro) (Edoardo Mulargia, 1969)
  15. 10.000 dollari per un massacro (10,000 Dollars For a Massacre) (Romolo Guerrieri, 1967)
  16. Se incontri Sartana prega per la tua morte (If You Meet Sartana, Pray For Your Death) (Gianfranco Parolini, 1968)
  17. Il Mercenario (The Mercenary) (Sergio Corbucci, 1968)
  18. Faccia a faccia (Face to Face) (Sergio Sollima, 1967)
  19. Django (Sergio Corbucci, 1966)
  20. Il pistolero dell’Ave Maria (The Forgotten Pistolero) (Ferdinando Baldi, 1969)

Barely any change from my last offering almost two years ago. Companeros slides out, Sartana hops (back) in, and there’s some minor stirring of the elements elsewhere but that’s about it, really. Still, it all counts I guess.

(The Man With a Name) #2518
  1. Once Upon a Time in the West
  2. For a Few Dollars More
  3. A Fistful of Dynamite
  4. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  5. The Big Gundown
  6. Keoma
  7. 10,000 Dollars for a Massacre
  8. Vengeance
  9. Django Kill
  10. Cemetary Without Crosses
  11. Django
  12. My Name is Nobody
  13. Companeros
  14. A Bullet for the General
  15. El Puro
  16. The Great Silence
  17. Day of Anger
  18. Taste of Killing
  19. Vengeance is Mine
  20. Death Sentence

This was tough, especially deciding where to place the last 9 films on the list. I may amend my list in the future but for now, this is it. Honorable mentions: I Want Him Dead, A Fistful of Dollars, Long Days of Vengeance, Bandidos, Massacre Time, God Forgives… I Don’t

(Diamond) #2519

Hi there, I’d like to share my list. :slight_smile:

  1. For a Few Dollars More
  2. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
  3. The Mercenary
  4. Massacre Time
  5. Johnny Yuma
  6. Once Upon a Time in the West
  7. A Pistol for Ringo
  8. Companeros
  9. Cost of Dying
  10. Django
  11. Fistful of Dollars
  12. Day of Anger
  13. Long Days of Vengeance
  14. The Big Gundown
  15. A Stranger in Town
  16. The Return of Ringo
  17. A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die
  18. Dirty Outlaws
  19. Django Kill…If You Live Shoot
  20. Four of the Apocalypse

(Asa) #2520

Hi Diamond! Nice list. Welcome to the SWDB, amigo!