Spaghetti western films starring American actor Clint Eastwood include “A Fistful of Dollars,” “For a Few Dollars More” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” Eastwood also starred in several films inspired by the spaghetti western genre, including “Hang ‘Em High,” “Two Mules for Sister Sara” and “High Plains Drifter.”Continue Reading
Italian director Sergio Leone’s spaghetti western trilogy, released in 1964, 1965 and 1966, made Eastwood an international star. In all three films, Eastwood played a cigarillo-smoking, enigmatic bounty hunter and hired gun known as “The Man with No Name.” The films, known for their intense violence, unexpected camera angles and discordant music, are widely considered among the greatest westerns of all time.
In 1968’s "Hang ‘Em High,” Eastwood played a rancher, mistaken for a rustler and murderer, who was saved from a lynch mob by a marshal and deputized to track down the men who tried to hang him. The film was directed by Ted Post, who also directed Eastwood on the television show “Rawhide.”
In the 1970 film, “Two Mules for Sister Sara,” Eastwood played a mysterious stranger who rescued a nun, played by Shirley MacLaine, and escorted her across the Mexican desert to blow up a fort. Eastwood played another mysterious stranger in the 1973 hit western, “High Plains Drifter,” which he also directed.Learn more about Art & Literature