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Per un pugno di dollari

Sergio Leone Spain, 1964

Nick Schwab's rating of the film A Fistful of Dollars

The plot-heaviness means it's only as good as its action. These set pieces exist in the odd time period between primitiveness and modernism. Leone's action scenes were influential if not quite fully formed yet, but it's an important film that brought along the spaghetti-western genre. The first entries were surpassed in action/style by many others in the explosion, including the third film and Leone's later westerns.