Non-Hollywood Westerns I have seen

by Alberto-7 | created - 31 Jan 2013 | updated - 14 Dec 2017 | Public

A list of all the Westerns I have seen not made in Hollywood.

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1. The Treasure of the Silver Lake (1962)

82 min | Western, Adventure

In their first cinematic adventure, Apache chief Winnetou and mountain man Old Shatterhand pursue a gang of murderous outlaws who will stop at nothing to find the legendary treasure of Silver Lake.

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Pierre Brice, Lex Barker, Herbert Lom, Götz George

Votes: 2,485

West Germany/Yugoslavia/France: I really liked this film. The Yugoslav locations are simply spectacular and the story works. Lex Barker is especially good as Old Shatterhand. Karin Dor is simply beautiful in this film. This was the first of the Winnetou films and easily one of the best.

2. Winnetou (1963)

91 min | Western, Adventure

When violent conflict breaks out between greedy railroaders and a tribe of Mescalero Apaches, only two men, destined to be blood brothers, can prevent all-out war: chief's son Winnetou and German engineer Old Shatterhand.

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Lex Barker, Pierre Brice, Marie Versini, Mario Adorf

Votes: 3,327

West Germany/Italy/Yugoslavia: Not as good as Treasure of Silver Lake but the action is top notch and Lex Barker is his usual stoic self. The actress who plays Winnetou's sister is pretty but leaves a lot to be desired as far as acting is concerned.Ralf Wolter (Sam Hawkens) does his usual funny Benny Hill type of impression .

3. Amongst Vultures (1964)

Approved | 98 min | Western, Adventure

Outlaws disguised as Indians commit crimes against settlers but Winnetou and Old Surehand are determined to unmask the bandits and keep the peace between settlers and Indians.

Director: Alfred Vohrer | Stars: Pierre Brice, Götz George, Elke Sommer, Stewart Granger

Votes: 1,261

West Germany/Yugoslavia/Italy/France: Stewart Granger isn't as good as Lex Barker, so right away this film loses something. The Yugoslav locations are still beautiful but this film is nowhere near as good as the first two.

4. The Valley of Death (1968)

89 min | Western, Adventure

An army gold shipment and its escort vanish in the Ozarks, prompting accusations of theft and desertion but frontiersman Old Shatterhand and Apache chief Winnetou help solve the mystery of the missing army gold.

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Lex Barker, Pierre Brice, Rik Battaglia, Karin Dor

Votes: 1,144

West Germany/Italy/Yugoslavia: The last Winnetou film is quite suspenseful and it has Karin Dor, once again looking amazing. The story is quite good and Lex Barker is solid as always. A great way to end the series.

5. A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

R | 99 min | Drama, Western

65 Metascore

A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volontè, Marianne Koch, Wolfgang Lukschy

Votes: 179,939 | Gross: $14.50M

Italy/Spain/west Germany: A great start to the Man With No Name trilogy. Clint Eastwood rocks this film. Gian Maria Volonte is a despicable villain and Marianne Koch an amazing leading lady. The final showdown is very exciting. I absolutely love the little musical exclamation points throughout.

6. For a Few Dollars More (1965)

R | 132 min | Western

74 Metascore

Two bounty hunters with the same intentions team up to track down a Western outlaw.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volontè, Mario Brega

Votes: 209,567 | Gross: $15.00M

Italy/Spain/West Germany: A little too long but the pairing of Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef is inspired. Gian Maria Volonte is once again a perfect (hideous) villain. The story is quite tense. Probably the weakest of the trilogy but still a good film.

7. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

R | 178 min | Western

90 Metascore

A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè

Votes: 631,203 | Gross: $6.10M

Italy/Spain/West Germany/USA: Terrific film with a trio of great actors and a story that throws in everything including the kitchen sink. The civil war scenes add a much needed pathos to the proceedings and the final shootout in the graveyard is as classic as they get. If it wasn't for Once Upon A Time in the West, this film would be the greatest Euro western ever.

8. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

PG-13 | 165 min | Western

80 Metascore

A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Votes: 275,238 | Gross: $5.32M

Italy/USA: The greatest Euro Western ever and one of the best westerns of all time, period. Henry Fonda is evil incarnate and Charles Bronson simply marvelous. The location work in Monument Valley elevates this film beyond a mere western. The finale is amazing. For those who have never seen a Euro western, start here please.

9. Duck, You Sucker (1971)

PG | 138 min | Drama, War, Western

77 Metascore

An I.R.A. explosives expert on the run in Mexico meets an amoral Mexican bandit; together they are drawn into the Mexican revolution.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Rod Steiger, James Coburn, Romolo Valli, Maria Monti

Votes: 26,828

Italy/Spain/USA: Didn't enjoy this film as much as other Sergio Leone films. Maybe it is James Coburn. Rod Steiger is good but this film just doesn't do it for me.

10. Sabata (1969)

PG-13 | 111 min | Western

A master gunfighter teams up with a banjo-playing drifter and a Mexican tramp to foil the town leaders of Daugherty, Texas, who want to steal $100,000 from their own bank to buy land that the approaching railroad will cross.

Director: Gianfranco Parolini | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, William Berger, Ignazio Spalla, Aldo Canti

Votes: 3,948

Italy: Very well done western with Lee Van Cleef in top form. Easily the best of the 3 Sabata films. Solid.

11. Adiós, Sabata (1970)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, War, Western

Master gunslinger Sabata helps a band of Mexican revolutionaries steal a wagon-load of gold.

Director: Gianfranco Parolini | Stars: Yul Brynner, Dean Reed, Ignazio Spalla, Gérard Herter

Votes: 1,622

Italy/Spain: Ok, I admit it: I really enjoyed this film. It is perfectly over-the-top with a very silly performance by Yul Brynner. Pedro Sanchez/Ignazio Spalla is also terrific. The death of the colonel is very imaginative as is the dance of death. This was originally a film about a character named Indio Black but was changed to Sabata when the first film became a hit.

12. Return of Sabata (1971)

PG | 100 min | Western

Hobsonville's citizens hire a gunslinger to rid them of the McIntock clan that is forcibly and unlawfully taxing the townsfolk under the pretext of town development.

Director: Gianfranco Parolini | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Reiner Schöne, Giampiero Albertini, Ignazio Spalla

Votes: 1,507

Italy/France/West Germany: What a horrible film with Van Cleef not taking anything seriously. Only the insane opening saves this from being a total bomb.

13. Beyond the Law (1968)

PG | 90 min | Western

A trio of thieves plot to steal a town's silver shipment but a turn of events makes them the town's heroes.

Director: Giorgio Stegani | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Antonio Sabato, Gordon Mitchell, Lionel Stander

Votes: 990

Italy/West Germany: Surprisingly not very violent Euro western with a good performance by Van Cleef and a solid story.

14. They Call Me Trinity (1970)

G | 113 min | Comedy, Western

A lazy, unorthodox gunfighter and his portly, horse-thieving brother defend a Mormon settlement from a land-grabbing Major, a Mexican bandit, and their henchmen.

Director: Enzo Barboni | Stars: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Steffen Zacharias, Dan Sturkie

Votes: 17,528

Italy: Silly Terence Hill-Bud Spencer picture is a good film for a rainy Sunday.

15. Trinity Is Still My Name (1971)

G | 117 min | Comedy, Western

Bambino tries to teach his brother Trinity how to become an outlaw, but the two wind up saving a pioneer family and breaking up an arms ring instead.

Director: Enzo Barboni | Stars: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Yanti Somer, Enzo Tarascio

Votes: 12,872

Italy: Not as good as They Call Me Trinity but the pairing of Terence Hill and Bud Spencer still works.

16. Viva Maria! (1965)

Not Rated | 119 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

Somewhere in Central America in 1907: Maria II is the daughter of an Irish terrorist. After her father's death, she meets Maria I, a singer in a circus. She decides to stay with the circus,... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Brigitte Bardot, Jeanne Moreau, George Hamilton, Paulette Dubost

Votes: 3,017

France/Italy: Over-the-top and very funny.

17. Comin' at Ya! (1981)

R | 91 min | Western

Tragedy strikes as two ruthless brothers kidnap a bride during her wedding. Hurt and angry, H.H. begins his quest to find the love he lost, and take vengeance upon the wicked. Comin' at Ya.

Director: Ferdinando Baldi | Stars: Tony Anthony, Gene Quintano, Victoria Abril, Ricardo Palacios

Votes: 427 | Gross: $12.00M

Italy/Spain/USA: I saw this in the theatre in 3D. Not really worth much without the 3D effects. Only redeeming point: the lovely Victoria Abril.

18. Zorro (I) (1975)

G | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

In the New World, a new Spanish governor finds the province of Nueva Aragón under the iron fist of the corrupt Colonel Huerta and vows to bring justice under the guise of a masked avenger.

Director: Duccio Tessari | Stars: Alain Delon, Stanley Baker, Ottavia Piccolo, Enzo Cerusico

Votes: 2,763

Italy/France: Stunt filled and full of life, this European Zorro has an energetic Alain Delon in the title role. Definitely a good film to see on a cold night.

19. Yellow Hair and the Fortress of Gold (1984)

R | 102 min | Adventure, Western

Fiery blonde half-breed Yellow Hair and her easygoing sidekick the Pecos Kid are after a fortune in Mayan gold. The courageous duo have run-ins with an army of Mexican soldiers, a gang of ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Cimber | Stars: Laurene Landon, Ken Roberson, Cihangir Gaffari, Luis Lorenzo

Votes: 286

Spain/USA: Not as good as it should have been. The Spanish locations are nice but the film is missing something: a decent script.

20. My Name Is Nobody (1973)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Western

A young, easygoing gunman (Hill) worships and competes with an old gunfighter (Fonda) who only wants to retire.

Director: Tonino Valerii | Stars: Terence Hill, Henry Fonda, Jean Martin, R.G. Armstrong

Votes: 21,255

Italy/France/West Germany: Please don't shoot me: I didn't care for this film. It goes on and on and on. The finale is very good and Terence Hill is funny but that is it for me.

21. Winnetou: The Red Gentleman (1964)

94 min | Western, Adventure

Forester, a ruthless oil baron, wants to create a war between the native American tribes and the white men. Old Shatterhand, Winnetou and their sidekick Castlepool try to prevent this.

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Lex Barker, Pierre Brice, Anthony Steel, Karin Dor

Votes: 2,624

West Germany/France/Italy/Yugoslavia: Terrific Winnetou entry has a great cast that includes Klaus Kinski and a very young Terence Hill and the always gorgeous Karin Dor. The Yugoslav locations are spectacular as is the story with a very exciting finale where both the cavalry and Indians (along with Winnetou and Old Shatterhand) save the day and defeat the villains. The comic character of Castlepool actually helps out Shatterhand instead of being in the way. Great fun.

22. God's Gun (1976)

R | 94 min | Western

A priest and his twin brother take turns defending a small town from the vicious Clayton gang.

Director: Gianfranco Parolini | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Jack Palance, Richard Boone, Sybil Danning

Votes: 1,150

Italy/Israel: Absolute garbage western with awful performances by Lee Van Cleef (in a dual role) and Jack Palance. The only redeeming value: the breathtaking landscapes of the Negev desert in Israel (Yes you read that correctly: Israel). One of Golan-Globus' early efforts features shaky camera work, cringe worthy dialogue and an incredibly stupid story. Oh yes, 1970s teen idol Leif Garret is also in this. Enough said.

23. Vengeance (1977)

R | 94 min | Western

Tom's parents are killed by Mexican outlaws after their leader (Van Cleef) rapes his mother as he watched. He sets out to exact revenge and is ultimately helped by a successful gold prospector who has been robbed by the same outlaws.

Director: Joseph Manduke | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Jim Brown, John Marley, Glynnis O'Connor

Votes: 433

USA/Israel: Another western shot in the Negev desert in Israel. This one, like God's Gun, stars Lee Van Cleef and Leif Garret but is surprisingly better.The story is much more polished and the revenge angle more interesting. Van Cleef is his usual slimy self and Jim Brown comes off ok. The dialogue is poor and the acting quite bad but the revenge plot keeps the whole thing going. The Negev desert locations are excellent. Garret is actually not bad. Ok overall.

24. Death Rides a Horse (1967)

R | 114 min | Western

A young gunfighter plans to track down and eliminate the bandits who killed his family, and forms a tenuous alliance with an aging ex-outlaw, till the surprising end.

Director: Giulio Petroni | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, John Phillip Law, Mario Brega, Luigi Pistilli

Votes: 6,336

Italy: Excellent revenge Spaghetti western with Lee Van Cleef in top form. He is ably assisted by John Phillip Law as the young gunslinger out to avenge his parents' deaths. Good taught script with some brilliant flashbacks and great action. Not to be missed.

25. Valdez Is Coming (1971)

PG-13 | 90 min | Western

A Mexican-American sheriff must resort to violence against a powerful rancher in order to get just compensation for the pregnant Indian widow of a wrongly killed black man.

Director: Edwin Sherin | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Susan Clark, Frank Silvera, Jon Cypher

Votes: 3,053

USA/Spain: Technically this is an American western but since it was shot in Spain, I am including it on my list. Based on a story by Elmore Leonard, this is almost an anti-western. Burt Lancaster is brilliant as the (anti)hero. The story moves along at a great pace but character development is never sacrificed for the sake of action. The ending might leave a few people unsatisfied but I thought it was perfect for what had transpired (It is the same as in the book). Not to be missed if you are in the mood for a different type of western.

26. Billy Two Hats (1974)

PG | 99 min | Romance, Western

After a bank robbery, runaway Scottish outlaw Arch Deans and his young half breed Kiowa partner Billy Two Hats develop a father-son relationship but Sheriff Henry Gifford is determined to capture or kill them.

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Gregory Peck, Desi Arnaz Jr., Jack Warden, David Huddleston

Votes: 1,017

USA: Also technically an American Western, this one was shot in Israel so I am including it on my list as well. Very different film with a strong performance from Gregory Peck. The Negev desert locations are breathtaking and the story does not go where you expect it to. Another very offbeat Western that is worth your time.

27. The Proposition (2005)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Western

73 Metascore

A lawman apprehends a notorious outlaw and gives him nine days to kill his older brother, or else they'll execute his younger brother.

Director: John Hillcoat | Stars: Ray Winstone, Guy Pearce, Emily Watson, Richard Wilson

Votes: 47,759 | Gross: $1.90M

Australia/UK: Violent, nihilistic, downbeat western that really disappointed me. The first 3/4 of the film is well done and tense (but much too violent). The last part is simply too downbeat and ridiculous. The ending too pat. I did not care for this film.

28. The Grey Fox (1982)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

When an aging, but gentlemanly stagecoach robber is released from prison, he decides to go to Canada to become a train robber.

Director: Phillip Borsos | Stars: Richard Farnsworth, Jackie Burroughs, Ken Pogue, Wayne Robson

Votes: 1,488

Canada: Lovely little Canadian western with a dynamite performance from Richard Farnsworth. Not to be missed.

29. Grey Owl (1999)

PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Western

The story of the life and work of the Canadian fur trapper-turned-conservationist who claimed to be an aboriginal North American.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Stewart Bick, Vlasta Vrana, Annie Galipeau

Votes: 3,217 | Gross: $0.63M

UK/Canada: OK biopic of the famous imposter. Scenery is excellent but the story is clichéd and the acting very average.

30. Gunless (2010)

89 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

A hardened American gunslinger is repeatedly thwarted in his attempts to mount a showdown in a friendly town in Canada where no one seems to understand or appreciate the brutal code of the American Wild West.

Director: William Phillips | Stars: Paul Gross, Sienna Guillory, Dustin Milligan, Melody B. Choi

Votes: 3,392

Canada: Silly little western spoof with Paul Gross hitting the right notes. Perfect film for a rainy afternoon.

31. Alien Thunder (1974)

PG | 93 min | Western

Based on an actual event, this is the tragic story of Saskatchewan fugitive Almighty Voice (Gordon Tootoosis), a Cree Indian who isarrested for stealing government livestock out of desperate hunger.

Director: Claude Fournier | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Gordon Tootoosis, Chief Dan George, Kevin McCarthy

Votes: 250

Canada: This is what happens when screenwriters get a hold a true story and let their imaginations run wild. Not a bad film but could have been 1000 times better if they had stuck to the historical facts and not tried to embellish them. Donald Sutherland is actually good in this. The Saskatchewan backdrop is simply spectacular.

32. The Gunfighters (1987 TV Movie)

PG | 96 min | Western

The Everetts, two brothers and a cousin are trying to make a go of their ranch in Kansas, but Deke Turner, someone who wants to see them fail, is doing everything he can to see that happen.... See full summary »

Director: Clay Borris | Stars: Art Hindle, Reiner Schöne, Anthony Addabbo, George Kennedy

Votes: 173

Canada: Terrible made for TV nonsense. Don't waste your time.

33. Drylanders (1963)

69 min | Drama, Family, Western

The epic story of the opening of the Canadian West and the drought that brought the Depression in the thirties. This is the saga of a family who left eastern Canada to stake their future in the Prairies.

Director: Don Haldane | Stars: Frances Hyland, James B. Douglas, Lester Nixon, Mary Savidge

Votes: 56

Canada: Beautiful historical film has terrific performances and a solid script. Definitely worth your time.

34. His Name Was Madron (1970)

GP | 90 min | Western

A nun, the only survivor of an Indian massacre of a wagon train, is taken in by a cantankerous old gunfighter.

Director: Jerry Hopper | Stars: Richard Boone, Leslie Caron, Gabi Amrani, Mosko Alkalai

Votes: 199

Israel: One of the first ever Israeli westerns is not too bad. It includes a droll performance by Richard Boone and a stoic performance from the ever lovely Leslie Caron. The Negev desert locations are spectacular but the story never quite gets going. Not a bad film overall.

35. Forsaken (I) (2015)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama, Western

55 Metascore

In 1872, an embittered gunslinger named John Henry Clayton attempts to make amends with his estranged father Reverend Samuel Clayton while their community is besieged by ruthless land-grabbers.

Director: Jon Cassar | Stars: Esther Purves-Smith, Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland, Lex Cassar

Votes: 9,298

Canada/France/USA: Well made Canadian western with Donald and Keifer Sutherland appearing as father and son. The story has been told a thousand times before but the shootout ending is very exciting and includes a nice little twist. Keifer is surprisingly good but it is Michael Wincott who steals the show in a small role. Spectacular Alberta scenery is the the icing on the cake. Definitely worth checking out.

36. Gunfight in the Red Sands (1963)

Not Rated | 97 min | Action, Drama, Romance

An avenging stranger guns down a gang of ruthless bandits in revenge for the murder of his family.

Director: Ricardo Blasco | Stars: Richard Harrison, Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Mikaela, Sara Lezana

Votes: 240

Spain/Italy: Pretty ordinary Spanish/Italian western is remarkable only because it was produced one year before A Fistful of Dollars. The cast are Ok and the story engaging enough but it lacks the over-the-top drama of Leone westerns. Locations in Spain are spectacular. Richard Harrison as the "hero" Gringo is ok. There is a very odd/risque romance with his adopted sister that is quite jarring. Apart from that, a pretty straightforward western. Ennio Morricone score is quite lackluster. To see only if there is nothing else on.

37. A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)

126 min | Comedy, Western

Three rogues set out to rob $300,000 from an Indian-hating cavalry major.

Director: Damiano Damiani | Stars: Terence Hill, Miou-Miou, Robert Charlebois, Patrick McGoohan

Votes: 4,552

Italy/France/West Germany: Very silly comedy Spaghetti Western with a terrific cast but the film runs too long and has too many plot twists. Patrick McGoohan is great as the villain of the film. Robert Charlebois is actually quite good as is Miou-Miou. Klaus Kinski steals the show in his short sequence. Terence Hill is his usual smart-ass character. The landscapes in Spain and in Monument Valley are spectacular. This is the kind of movie you can only enjoy if you put your brain on "idle" .

38. Winnetou: The Last Shot (1965)

Approved | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Western

Rollins' gang wants to grab land by inciting the settlers in a war against the Indians but Winnetou and Old Shatterhand try to keep the peace, until Rollins frames Winnetou up for the murder of Jicarilla Chief's son.

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Lex Barker, Pierre Brice, Rik Battaglia, Ralf Wolter

Votes: 2,101

West Germany/Italy/Yugoslavia: This is a very exciting entry in the Winnetou series with plenty of action and a relatively good story. The Croatian lakes and canyons where the film was shot are spectacular. The performances are on par for this type of Euro-Western. The entire thing is a good way to kill 90 minutes. Overall a lot of fun.

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