Three names are largely regarded as being synonymous with this form, these being the director Sergio Leone, the actor Clint Eastwood, and the composer Ennio Morricone. The quintessential classic of the form is the 1966 movie The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, in which all three have a hand - although, atypically for the Spaghetti Western genre, the film had a relatively high budget for the time (in excess of 1 million USD).
Many of the films were shot in the Spanish desertic zone of Almerķa. Because of the desert setting and the readily available Southern Spanish extras, a usual theme in Spaghetti Westerns is the Mexican Revolution, Mexican bandits and the border zone between Mexico and the USA.
Sometimes the name Chorizo Western is used for similar films financed by Spanish capital. Publicity for the Japanese comedy film Tampopo coined the phrase "noodle western" to describe the parody made about a noodle restaurant.
Spaghetti Westerns include: