The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (and that's what I call it, I don't care) is a well known movie series that started in 1966. It was made by Sergio Leone, who is best known for his spaghetti westerns, and it has become a classic. Most people know this because of its popularity.
Now, it's not only an American classic but one that really set a stage for the rest of movies in the dark ages. It was especially popular in Mexico, and by the early 90's it was already considered to be one of the top films in the whole world. It started as a Vietnam war movie called the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and then it morphed into a darkly comic epic in the hands of Sergio Leone. This was when he created The Silence of the Lambs, as well as several other films that got the Tarantino name.
The main protagonist of the original film was an American soldier named "The Rifleman" played by Clint Eastwood. He was nicknamed "The Man With No Name" and he was known as the epitome of tough guy. In a strange twist of fate, The Rifleman is killed by his own comrades.
There are three other soldiers who survived and they become best friends: "The Gunfighter", "The Driver"The Monkey-Man" played by Warren Oates and James Remar respectively. The Gunfighter is a perfect example of a rough tough guy - he doesn't have any manners and he gets in trouble all the time.
The Driver is the clean-cut (and witty) one, he just wanted to get by every day, that's all. But, he gets to the point where he starts to reflect on his own actions - he begins to question why he fights so much and why he kills so many people. When he starts to think more about his past, he finally decides to give it all up.
The Monkey-Man is a lot different. He is gentle and shy, but he also carries a very sharp knife. He constantly ponders what his life was and where he wants to go, and he spends most of his time reading books, one of them being The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
The third character, "The Driver" is the quiet one, he finds himself not being loved by The Monkey-Man and he starts to question his own value. He is a loner, but he also thinks that someone's worth is based on how they treat others. While the three make for good friends and are perfect for each other, a falling out happens soon after. It's a story that is filled with true, genuine human emotion, and this is something I would want to see again.
Another movie I would watch over again is Bonnie and Clyde (1971), another western classic and one of the real killers. But, again, it's the themes and characters that make it special. After all, being able to relate to the characters of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is what defines these movies for me.