We lost.We'll always lose."
That quote is part of the final line of dialogue in the film The Magnificent Seven. It was released in 1960 and I remember seeing it in a theater with my dad. I must have been around 7 years old. Due to subsequent viewings on television in the Sixties I'd almost forgotten it was shot in color and Panavision. I recently found a copy of a Blu-Ray edition of the film. It is a really gorgeous transfer.
This is probably my favorite Western of all time. There is so much in the film with which I identify, the young, Mexican wanna-be gunfighter, the Irish/Mexican gunfighter, the farmer who expresses his fear and pride after the initial gunfight with the bandit gang. Fear at what the bandits might do but also, "The feeling in my chest as I watched them run away from us. Man, that's a feeling worth dying for." The ethics of keeping your word even in a contract which would not hold up in court. As one character says, "Maybe those are exactly the kind you have to keep."
I especially like that the depiction of the Mexicans is not overly stereotypical. Not that it's without cliche, it was 1960 after all. See The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, released two years later for an interesting contrast.
As I got older and learned more about the making of this film I discovered that it was inspired by and loosely based on Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai. Searching for and watching that film sparked an interest in and love for Japanese film which continues to this day.