In 1960, The Magnificent Seven rode its way into cinemas. The American Western, about a group of seven gunfighters hired to protect a Mexican village from bandits, was a big hit in Europe (not so much in the US) and led to a series of sequels.

But how many Magnificent Seven movies are there?

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The Magnificent Seven in order

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To date, there are five Magnificent Seven movies. The Magnificent Seven movies – which were produced between 1960 and 2016 – include:

  • The Magnificent Seven (1960)
  • Return of the Seven (1966)
  • Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969)
  • The Magnificent Seven Ride! (1972)
  • The Magnificent Seven (2016)
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Are all of The Magnificent Seven movies part of the same series?

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The first four Magnificent Seven films – The Magnificent Seven, Return of the Seven, Guns of the Magnificent Seven and The Magnificent Seven Ride! – are part of the same series, with events told in chronological order. The Magnificent Seven 2016 is a remake of the original film.

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Who are the cast of The Magnificent Seven films?

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The cast of the Urban Legend films varies across the five movies. Notable actors in the Magnificent Seven series include Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn, Horst Buchholz, Eli Wallach, Robert Fuller, Julián Mateos, Elisa Montés, George Kennedy, Joe Don Baker, Michael Ansara, Lee Van Cleef, Stefanie Powers, Gary Busey, Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Lee Byung-hun, and Peter Sarsgaard.

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Is The Magnificent Seven series the work of the same director?

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The Magnificent Seven films are the work of multiple directors. John Sturges directed The Magnificent Seven, Burt Kennedy directed Return of the Seven, Paul Wendkos directed Guns of the Magnificent Seven, George McCowan directed The Magnificent Seven Ride!, and Antoine Fuqua directed The Magnificent Seven 2016.

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What is the best Magnificent Seven film?

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The Magnificent Seven is generally considered to be the strongest film in the collection. According to IMDb The Magnificent Seven films are ranked as follows:

  • The Magnificent Seven (1960) – 7.7/10
  • The Magnificent Seven (2016) – 6.9/10
  • Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969) – 5.7/10
  • The Magnificent Seven Ride! (1972) – 5.7/10
  • Return of the Seven (1966) – 5.5/10
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