Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The / Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (1966)

5.0 out of 5

While chronologically set prior to the first two films in Leone's Dollars Trilogy, this third entry is perhaps the most epic and most famous of the series. It thoroughly succeeds by upping the ante of the first two films both in scope and cast. Highlights include a superb musical score, beautiful cinematography, great dialog, and even some memorable comedic moments. Widely considered the best film in the trilogy, the film does not disappoint on almost every level. Despite all this, the film ranks second place in the trilogy to For A Few Dollars More. The latter film succeeding better due to more interesting, better developed characters, leaner pacing, and (on a more biased note) more screen time to badass actor Lee Van Cleef. Still, the movie stands as one of the finest achievements in all of cinema and is a film that viewers will be hard-pressed to ever forget.

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