Spaghetti westerns portray the west as a man's world - women tend to play a secondary role, be it the warm-hearted whore, the manipulative wife of the evil town boss, or the hero's faithful gal. The women are often beautiful however, and are sometimes the only redeeming feature in a bad, bad film. This may not seem politically correct by today's standards, but we must take the films in their own context and time-period - both the period when they were made and the historical period they represent.

Although his Dollars Trilogy has a conspicuous lack of women, even by spaghetti western standards, Sergio Leone gave us one of the strongest female leads with Jill in 'Once Upon a Time in the West', played by Claudia Cardinale.