“The Magnificent Seven
” has been parodied, copied, referenced, and completely remade over the past 60 years. Nothing comes close to the original. This is the classic buddy Western — a tale of seven men from completely different circumstances who come together for the same goal.
However, it’s worth noting that this film is a remake itself. It pulls from “Seven Samurai
” by Akira Kurosawa — a masterpiece of film and a Western (thematically speaking) in its own right.
“The Magnificent Seven” does justice to its source material and employs an unprecedented number of A-listers such as Steve McQueen, Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Charles Bronson, and Robert Vaughn among others. That could easily weigh a film down as stars fight for the spotlight — but it doesn’t happen here. The chemistry amongst the cast is what lands the film so high on this list.