Seven Samurai (1954) and related work:
- Remake: The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Seven Samurai (1954) IMDb
A village learns it will be attacked by bandits. A small group of somewhat sly villagers go to the city to hire samurai, of whom less than half will live.
An epic about a skirmish. Lots of impressive realism melded with nice symbolic archetypes, but few other sources of amusement. The 203 minute edition deserves some cutting.
An excellent performance by Yul Brynner, aided by iconographic personal props for the heroes.
References here: MythBusters (2003).