25 best Western movies ever

With Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained hitting cinemas, we saddle up and look back over the best tales from the Wild West on the silver screen

Is there a better way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon than donning your stetson, grabbing your holster (not a euphenism) and sitting down on your sofa to watch a classic Western movie or two? Thought not. Here are 25 to keep you busy.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

The third and best-known film in Sergio Leone’s "Dollars" trilogy, this Spaghetti western is arguably the most famous depiction of the violent, opportunistic American West – despite being filmed in Spain and Italy. Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach play the titular characters, three men hunting treasure against the backdrop of the American Civil War (it’s actually a prequel to A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More). One of the most stylish westerns you’ll ever see, and Ennio Morricone’s score is quite simply unforgettable.