The Seven Samurai (1954)

Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Cast: Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura

The Western of the East. Ironically, this Japanese film influenced many other Westerns, including the American remake, John Sturges's The Magnificent Seven. A group of villagers hire seven samurai to protect their property from bandits. Groundbreaking action sequences.