The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – The Story Behind One of the Best Western Films Ever Made

There are only a handful – if at all – of Western films that saw the success of Sergio Leone’s The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly from 1966. This is pretty much the biggest Spaghetti Western of all time. Side note: for those who don’t know what a Spaghetti Western even is (heck, I didn’t), they’re a sub-genre of films in the American Western-style made by Italian directors.


From the left: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Sergio Leone. Source:, Copyrights: United Artists

In a nutshell, Clint Eastwood was “the Good,” Lee Van Cleef was “the Bad,” and Eli Wallach was “the Ugly.” The movie hurled the young Clint Eastwood into untouchable super-stardom. Aside from providing the world with a classic actor, the film also changed the way tons of directors – both past and present – feel about the Western genre in general. The movie even continues to influence film to this day. That said, it’s high time to put a spotlight on this classic.

Here are all the facts you need to know about the legendary tale of gunslingers on a hunt for treasure.

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