1. Seven Samurai (1954)
From a technical, narrative and creative standpoint, arguably no movie has had the sort of long-lasting impact on cinema as Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. The basic setup, plot machinations, visual techniques and even dialogue have been reworked, reinvented, remade and reimagined by everyone from George Lucas and Peter Jackson to George Miller and Quentin Tarantino.
The ‘men on a mission’ movie fell into cliché a long time ago, but Kurosawa’s epic adventure is a monolithic presence in the annals of film history, one that will always be regarded as a benchmark for all future generations to draw awe and inspiration from.