17. Seven Samurai – The Original Magnificent Seven
Akira Kurosawa is an acclaimed director who gives us a taste of his prodigious talent in this movie. Seven samurai are hired by a village to protect their harvest from bandits. The movie touches deftly on their personal stories, motivations, and skills as these seven deadly warriors defend the walls of the village with their very lives at stake. Both emotional and action-packed, this movie is compelling and shows how people can give the best of themselves even in a bad situation. Seven Samurai later inspired the famous Western, The Magnificent Seven.