What's your Top 20 Spaghettis from the 70s?


(Phil H) #1

Talk on the Official Top 20 thread about trying an extended Top 40 or 50 list got me to thinking about how the vast majority of the higher ranking films on our current list were made in the 1960s. My own Top 20 is a case in point. Only one film from the seventies in it if I remember correctly. Yet there are a number of films I like a lot from the later decade. They just tend to get muscled out by their 60s cousins when push comes to shove in narrowing down a list of all time favourites.

So, the question here is, if you could only pick films released in the 1970s, what would your top 20 Spaghettis look like?

I’m not intending (at this stage anyway) on compiling an official list for the database. Just interested in knowing what the folk here would choose and which films would prove to be the most popular.

To get things started here’s mine.
If I gave it a little more time I might make some changes but this will do to get the ball rolling.

  1. Companeros
  2. California
  3. Blindman
  4. Cut Throats Nine
  5. Have a Good Funeral My Friend…Sartana Will Pay
  6. Sonny & Jed
  7. Keoma
  8. Dead Men Ride
  9. Four of the Apocalypse
  10. A Man Called Sledge
  11. Light the Fuse…Sartana is Coming
  12. Vengeance Trail
  13. Shoot the Living…Pray for the Dead
  14. They Call Him Cemetery
  15. Fistful of Dynamite
  16. Mannaja
  17. The Man Called Noon
  18. The Grand Duel
  19. God in Heaven…Arizona on Earth
  20. They Call Me Trinity

(Stanton) #2

[quote=“Phil H, post:1, topic:2778”]1. El Puro
8. Night of the Serpents[/quote]

My first question was if the decade starts in 70 or in 71, but it seems it started already one year earlier as these 2 films are from 1969.


(JonathanCorbett) #3

Interesting idea.

Someone is not convinced, but the Seventies begin in 1970 and end in '79.


(Stanton) #4

1 My Name is Nobody (Leone)
2 Companeros (Corbucci)
3 Blindman (Baldi)
4 Duck, You Sucker! / A Fistful of Dynamite (Leone)
5 Matalo! (Canevari)
6 They Call Me Hallelujah (Carnimeo)
7 And god Said to Cain
8 Trinity is Still My Name (Clucher)
9 Have a Good Funeral, My Friend…Sartana Will Pay (Carnimeo)
10 Adios Sabata (Parolini)
11 The Return of Sabata (Parolini)
12 More dollars for the McGregors (Merino)
13 Here We Go Again, eh Providence? (de Martino)
14 Keoma (Castellari)
15 Dead Men Ride (Florio)
16 Four of the Apocalypse (Fulci)
17 Man of the East (Clucher)
18 They Call me Trinity (Clucher)
19 Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead (Vari)
20 Light the Fuse…Sartana is Coming (Carnimeo)

I have included 4 comedies (in italics), but still don’t know how to compare them to the others. Here We Go Again, eh Providence? should maybe be much higher on the list and Man of the East also. Maybe I should have dropped all 4.

The first 5 are also in my top 20. So not too bad that decade.


(Phil H) #5

Ha ha, well I said if I gave it more time I’d make some changes. ;D

But, of course, it starts in 1970. Despite any beliefs to the contrary. :wink:

I’ll update mine shortly so that it makes more sense.


(JonathanCorbett) #6

Phil, Giù la testa/Fistful of Dynamite in fifteenth position is quite shocking! ??? :slight_smile:


(Phil H) #7

Have now updated my list above. It now not only excludes those films from the wrong decade, it also includes the one I meant to put at the top but forgot completely. Let’s just call it a senior moment shall we?


(ION BRITTON) #8
  1. CUT THROATS NINE
  2. LIGHT THE FUSE… SARTANA IS COMING
  3. COMPANEROS
  4. THEY CALL ME HALLELUJA
  5. MANNAJA
  6. A FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE
  7. BLINDMAN
  8. THEY CALL HIM CEMETERY
  9. DEAD MEN RIDE
  10. THE RETURN OF SABATA
  11. HAVE A GOOD FUNERAL MY FRIEND…SARTANA WILL PAY
  12. THEY CALL ME TRINITY
  13. THE PRICE OF DEATH
  14. A MAN CALLED SLEDGE
  15. A FISTFUL OF LEAD
  16. KEOMA
  17. THE GRAND DUEL
  18. SHOOT THE LIVING AND PRAY FOR THE DEAD
  19. A MAN CALLED NOON
  20. TRINITY IS STILL MY NAME

(Bill san Antonio) #9

1 My Name is Nobody (Valerii & Leone)
2 Keoma (Castellari)
3 Companeros (Corbucci)
4 Duck, You Sucker! / A Fistful of Dynamite (Leone)
5 They Call Me Hallelujah (Carnimeo)
6 La banda J. & S. cronaca criminale del Far West (Corbucci)
7 Dead Men Ride (Florio)
8 California (Lupo)
9 The Fighting Fists of Shanghai Joe (Caiano)
10 Four of the Apocalypse (Fulci)
11 Light the Fuse…Sartana is Coming (Carnimeo)
12 Sartana’s Here… Trade Your Pistol for a Coffin (Carnimeo)
13 Cut Throats Nine (Marchent)
14 Silver Saddle (Fulci)
15 And God Said to Cain (Margheriti)
16 They Call Him Cemetery (Carnimeo)
17 Man of the East (Clucher)
18 Matalo! (Canevari)
19 Here We Go Again, eh Providence? (de Martino)
20 More dollars for the McGregors (Merino)


(ION BRITTON) #10

Forgot to put THE PRICE OF DEATH on the list. Editing it now…


(scherpschutter) #11
  1. Companeros
  2. They call me Trinity
  3. Keoma
  4. And God said to Cain
  5. California
  6. Trinity is still my Name
  7. Adios Sabata
  8. Don’t turn the other cheek
  9. Silver Saddle
  10. Vengeance is a dish served cold (Vengeance Trail)
  11. A Man called Sledge
  12. Duck, you Sucker!
  13. Anda Muchacho Spara (Dead Men Ride)
  14. My Name is Nobody
  15. Light the Fuse … Sartana’s coming
  16. Sonny & Jed
  17. They call me Halelujah
  18. Matalo!
  19. A man called Noon
  20. Trinity sees Red

Only one is in my Top 20, still I have enjoyed most films on this list, some quite a lot
I haven’t seen some of the films (in a long time) mentioned by others, Have a Good funeral Sartana, Cemetery, Cut-throats Nine, Shoot the living (so still a lot to do)
I don’t like Blindman, Mannaja and 4 of the Apocalypse


(Phil H) #12

Agreeing on dates is obviously going to a bit of an issue here. Two votes already for And God Said to Cain which I would have said was a 1969 film. If it is indeed 1970 it jumps into my list straight away.


(Phil H) #13

Maybe shocking, but I just don’t enjoy that film as much as others. It has some great aspects but others which don’t work for me at all.


(ENNIOO) #14

My list:

  1. Duck, you Sucker!
  2. Sonny and Jed.
  3. Blindman.
  4. The Grand Duel.
  5. Cut Throats Nine.
  6. The Fighting Fists of Shanghai Joe.
  7. The Great Treasure Hunt.
  8. Apache Woman.
  9. Kill The Poker Player.
  10. Vengeance Trail.
  11. The Boldest Job In The West.
  12. A Reason To Live A Reason To Die.
  13. A Bounty Killer For Trinity.
  14. My Horse, My Gun, Your Widow.
  15. Fasthand is Still My Name.
  16. Matalo!
  17. Death Smith and Johnny Ears.
  18. His Name Was Sam Walbash, But They Call Him Amen.
  19. What Am I Doing In The Middle Of The Revolution.
  20. Get Mean.
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(Stanton) #15

A border case.

Date of release was indeed 5.2.70, but the film is widely known as from 1969. I haven’t included it for that reason.
The database has Cain also as a 69 film. I propose not to include it here.

Same for these:

The Unholy Four / Chuck Mool
The Challenge of the MacKennas
Awkward Hands / Clumsy Hands


(sartana1968) #16
  1. light the fuse sartana is coming
  2. adios sabata
  3. they call him cemetery
  4. they call me hallelujah
  5. apocalypse joe
  6. the grand duel
  7. mannaja
  8. those dirty dogs
  9. fistfull of dinamite
  10. silver sadle
  11. a man called sledge
  12. blindman
  13. rytern of sabata
  14. those dirty dogs
  15. dead man ride
  16. sartana is here trade your pistol for a coffin
  17. bad men river
  18. fighting fists of shangai joe
  19. keoma

(Yodlaf Peterson) #17

Here’s 10 for now, In no particular order apart from the first four. Done them off the top of my head so if I missed anything better off…

Companeros
Fistful of Dynamite
My name is Nobody
Blindman
Light the Fuse … Sartana’s coming
Keoma
Man called Blade
Sartana’s Here… Trade Your Pistol for a Coffin
Return of Sabata
Here we go again eh Providence


(Commissioner) #18

I suspect this would benefit from me knowing a few of the years things were made, but nevermind… In a rough kind of order:

  1. Companeros
  2. Keoma
  3. My Name is Nobody
  4. Man called Blade
  5. Silver Saddle
  6. Fistful of Dynamite (somewhere round here, it’s been a long time since I saw it)
  7. End of the Rainbow / Dead Men Ride (whatever we’re choosing to call it)
    8 ) They Call Me Cemetery
  8. Sartana’s Here… Trade Your Pistol
  9. Blindman (although this could be slightly higher)
  10. Light the Fuse … Sartana
  11. They Call Me Hallelujah
  12. Grand Duel

I suspect California would go in that list, probably fairly high, but I haven’t seen it.


(JonathanCorbett) #19

[quote=“Stanton, post:15, topic:2778”]A border case.

Date of release was indeed 5.2.70, but the film is widely known as from 1969. I haven’t included it for that reason.
The database has Cain also as a 69 film. I propose not to include it here.

Same for these:

The Unholy Four / Chuck Mool
The Challenge of the MacKennas
Awkward Hands / Clumsy Hands[/quote]

I think to avoid confusion we should refer to release dates: to give an example Shutter Island, unanimously considered to be a 2010 movie, was released in February just like And God Said to Cain.

Release dates of Manos Torpes/Clumsy Hands are
5/70 Spain
3/72 France
10/73 Italy
The Challenge of the MacKennas
3/70 Italy
4/70 Spain

Only exception, as long as someone is willing to put it in his list, is Giunse Ringo e… fu tempo di massacro/Ringo It’s Massacre Time, since the film was released after four years but dates back to 1966.


(Phil H) #20

[quote=“JonathanCorbett, post:19, topic:2778”]I think to avoid confusion we should refer to release dates: to give an example Shutter Island, unanimously considered to be a 2010 movie, was released in February just like And God Said to Cain.

Release dates of Manos Torpes/Clumsy Hands are
5/70 Spain
3/72 France
10/73 Italy
The Challenge of the MacKennas
3/70 Italy
4/70 Spain

Only exception, as long as someone is willing to put it in his list, is Giunse Ringo e… fu tempo di massacro/Ringo It’s Massacre Time, since the film was released after four years but dates back to 1966.[/quote]

This seems fair to me. But raises the El Puro question again. According to Giusti it was released in 1970 in Italy and '71 in Spain. Was it released earlier elsewhere?