(Giulio Petroni, Italy, 1966): Before it was named as such, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was lurking in the Hollywood western in all those movies about remorseful gunslingers and Civil War vets struggling to stay peaceful in the face of mounting provocation, but in the Italian western...

(Rafael Romero Marchent, Italy/Spain, 1968): Riding into the town of Blackstone to collect one bright day, the 'bounty killers' Fred (Anthony Steffen) and Johnny (Mark Damon), spot a fat reward for a wanted desperado and attempt to scam the local sheriff -- named, inevitably, 'Bob' --...

(USA, 2004-6): While it's true that Deadwood, David Milch's extraordinary experiment in western TV, was unfairly yanked just as it was emerging from the mud, it's also true that nothing is fair -- ask Al Swearengen -- and the Deadwood we've got is still pretty drop-dead...

(Quentin Tarantino, U.S.A., 2012): As much a splattered-up invocation of a salt-and-pepper Burt Kennedy comedy as it is a neo-spaghetti western, Quentin Tarantino's slave-revenge movie is every bit as much dirty fun as you'd expect, and nowhere near as substantial or serious as the controversy...

(André De Toth, USA, 1959): Jesus, it looks cold in Bitters, Wyoming, maybe the best-named place for a guy as darkly freighted as Robert Ryan since Spencer Tracy blew him right out of Black Rock. It's a place where anger can calcify and harden like...

(Anthony Mann, USA, 1950): One of Anthony Mann's first westerns, Devil's Doorway is also a fascinating early entry into the race-based revisionist sweepstakes of the '50s and '60s. Indeed, although produced and finished before Delmer Daves' similar-theme but more softly embraceable Broken Arrow, it was...

(Guilio Questi, Italy, 1967): Speaking during the retrospective making-of documentary featured on the 2002 Blue Underground DVD of this legendarily strange Euro art-western, star Tomas Milian nails matters when he describes the movie as a cult item in a cult genre. It's one of those...

(John Ford, USA, 1939): The least known of John Ford's astounding yield of 1939 -- the year he also made Stagecoach, Young Mr. Lincoln and began The Grapes of Wrath -- Drums Along the Mohawk is a fascinating, faultlessly executed delight, a lavish Technicolor reproduction of...

(Frank Perry, USA, 1971): Frank Perry's perspective-shifting take on the events leading up to the O.K. Corral gunfight is early-70s revisionism at its laziest, enervated and condescending. Focusing on the ruefully regretful Doc Holliday (Stacy Keach, reliably forceful as ever) and his utterly implausible relationship with...

(Alberto de Martino, Italy, 1966): Since the name 'Django' in spaghetti westerns refers more to a kind of generic brand than a specific character -- think Coke, Kleenex or Sheiks -- one comes to expect otherwise absurd variations from one Djangler to the next. But...