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The Best Rodeo Movies

Updated October 9, 2019 460 votes 76 voters 3.9k views32 items

The best rodeo movies take you deep inside a lifestyle most of us are unfamiliar with. These are tales of men and women with very specific skills, working a job in which there's always an element of danger. That allows for drama, but also some romance and even a little comedy at times. The top rodeo movies include The Electric Horseman, 8 Seconds, and, on a lighter note, Stir Crazy. Other examples go back to the 1930s, while a few, like The Rider, are very recent. All of the rodeo films on this list provide entertainment by giving audiences a look at the behind-the-scenes operation of rodeos.

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  • 8 Seconds1
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    8 Seconds

    Renée Zellweger, Luke Perry

    Released1994

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

    8 Seconds is a 1994 American biographical drama film directed by John G. Avildsen. Its title...  more
  • Junior Bonner2
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    Junior Bonner

    Steve McQueen, Ida Lupino

    Released1972

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    Junior Bonner is a 1972 film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Steve McQueen, Joe Don...  more
  • J. W. Coop3
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    J. W. Coop

    Cliff Robertson, Geraldine Page

    Released1972

    Directed byCliff Robertson

    J. W. Coop is a 1972 Western film set in the world of the modern American rodeo circuit. It...  more
  • The Rounders4
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    The Rounders

    Henry Fonda, Glenn Ford

    Released1965

    Directed byBurt Kennedy

    The Rounders is a lighthearted 1965 film starring Glenn Ford and Henry Fonda. The comedy was...  more
  • When the Legends Die5
    13
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    When the Legends Die

    Richard Widmark

    Released1972

    Directed byStuart Millar

    When The Legends Die is both a novel, by Hal Borland, and a film released by Twentieth...  more
  • The Honkers6
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    The Honkers

  • Pure Country7
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    Pure Country

    George Strait, Lesley Ann Warren

    Released1992

    Directed byChristopher Cain

    Pure Country is a 1992 American dramatic musical western film directed by Christopher Cain and...  more
  • The Longest Ride8
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    The Longest Ride

    Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson

    Released2015

    Directed byGeorge Tillman, Jr.

    The Longest Ride is a 2015 American romantic drama film directed by George Tillman, Jr., based...  more
  • My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys9
    14
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    My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

    Kate Capshaw, Scott Glenn

    Released1991

    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

    My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys is a 1991 Western drama film starring Scott Glenn and Kate...  more
  • The Electric Horseman10
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    The Electric Horseman

    Jane Fonda, Robert Redford

    Released1979

    Directed bySydney Pollack

    The Electric Horseman is a 1979 adventure-romance film starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda...  more
  • The Great American Cowboy11

    Released1973

    Directed byKieth Merrill

    The Great American Cowboy is a 1973 documentary film by Kieth Merrill. The film, which won the...  more
  • Cowboy Up12
    10
    6

    Cowboy Up

    Kiefer Sutherland, Daryl Hannah

    Released2001

    Directed byXavier Koller

    Cowboy Up is a 2001 film directed by Xavier Koller. It stars Kiefer Sutherland and Marcus...  more
  • The Rider13
    10
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    The Rider

    Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau

    Released2018

    Directed byChloé Zhao

    The Rider is a 2017 American drama film directed by Chloé Zhao. After suffering a near fatal...  more
  • The Ride14
    5
    2

    The Ride

    Michael Biehn, Jennifer O'Neill

    Released1997

    Directed byMichael O. Sajbel

    The Ride is a 1997 western, sports, drama, family film written and directed by Michael O....  more
  • The Man from Utah15
    5
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    The Man from Utah

    John Wayne, George "Gabby" Hayes

    Released1934

    Directed byRobert N. Bradbury

    The Man from Utah is a 1934 Western movie starring John Wayne, Polly Ann Young, Lafe McKee,...  more
  • Born Reckless16
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    Born Reckless

    Mamie Van Doren, Jeff Richards

    Released1958

    Directed byHoward W. Koch

    Born Reckless is a 1958 western drama film starring Mamie Van Doren and released through...  more
  • Stir Crazy17
    8
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    Stir Crazy

    Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder

    Released1980

    Directed bySidney Poitier

    Stir Crazy is a 1980 American comedy film directed by Sidney Poitier and starring Gene Wilder...  more
  • Convict Cowboy18
    5
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    Convict Cowboy

    Jon Voight, Marcia Gay Harden

    Released1995

    Directed byRod Holcomb

    Convict Cowboy is a 1995 TV film directed by Rod Holcomb....
  • Rodeo19
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    Rodeo

    Wallace Ford, Gary Gray

    Released1952

    Directed byWilliam Beaudine

    Rodeo is a 1952 American sports drama film directed by William Beaudine and starring Jane...  more
  • Rodeo Girl20
    6
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    Rodeo Girl

    Katharine Ross, Wilford Brimley

    Released1980

    Directed byJackie Cooper

    Rodeo Girl is a 1980 American family drama film directed by Jackie Cooper. Sammy Garrett, the...  more
  • The Desert Trail21
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    The Desert Trail

    John Wayne, Paul Fix

    Released1935

    Directed byLewis D. Collins

    The Desert Trail is a 1935 Western film starring John Wayne and directed by Cullin Lewis. The...  more
  • The Lusty Men22
    5
    5

    The Lusty Men

    Robert Mitchum, Susan Hayward

    Released1952

    Directed byRobert Parrish, Nicholas Ray

    The Lusty Men is a 1952 western film made by Wald-Krasna productions and RKO Radio Pictures....  more
  • Smoky23
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    Smoky

    Fess Parker

    Released1966

    Directed byGeorge Sherman

    Smoky is a 1966 film directed by George Sherman....
  • Arena24
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    Arena

    Gig Young, Harry Morgan

    Released1953

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    Arena is a 1953 3-D film directed by Richard Fleischer....  more
  • Black Rodeo25
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    Black Rodeo

    Archie Wycoff, Clarence Gonzalez

    Released1972

    Directed byJeff Kanew

    Black Rodeo is a 1972 documentary by filmmaker Jeff Kanew....  more