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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Directed by: John G. Avildsen8 Seconds is a 1994 American biographical drama film directed by John G. Avildsen. Its title refers to the length of time a bull rider is required to stay on for a ride to be scored. It stars Luke... more
Directed by: Sam PeckinpahJunior Bonner is a 1972 film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Steve McQueen, Joe Don Baker, Robert Preston and Ida Lupino. The film focuses on a veteran rodeo rider as he returns to his... more
Directed by: Cliff RobertsonJ. W. Coop is a 1972 Western film set in the world of the modern American rodeo circuit. It stars and was directed by Cliff Robertson who also co-scripted the film. Featuring footage from actual... more
Directed by: Burt KennedyThe Rounders is a lighthearted 1965 film starring Glenn Ford and Henry Fonda. The comedy was based on the novel of the same name by Max Evans.... more
Directed by: Christopher CainPure Country is a 1992 American dramatic musical western film directed by Christopher Cain and starring George Strait in his acting debut, with Lesley Ann Warren, Isabel Glasser and Kyle Chandler.... more
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Directed by: Chloé ZhaoThe Rider is a 2017 American drama film directed by Chloé Zhao. After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy (Brady Jandreau) undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be... more
Directed by: Stuart MillarWhen The Legends Die is both a novel, by Hal Borland, and a film released by Twentieth Century-Fox.... more
Directed by: George Tillman, Jr.The Longest Ride is a 2015 American romantic drama film directed by George Tillman, Jr., based on Nicholas Sparks' 2013 novel of the same name. The lives of a professional bull rider, an art lover... more
Directed by: Stuart RosenbergMy Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys is a 1991 Western drama film starring Scott Glenn and Kate Capshaw and directed by Stuart Rosenberg.... more
Directed by: Kieth MerrillThe Great American Cowboy is a 1973 documentary film by Kieth Merrill. The film, which won the 1973 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, is about the battle between two rodeo stars for the... more
Directed by: Xavier KollerCowboy Up is a 2001 film directed by Xavier Koller. It stars Kiefer Sutherland and Marcus Thomas. It won the Crystal Heart Award at the 2001 Heartland Film Festival.... more
Directed by: Gregg ChampionThe Cowboy Way is a 1994 comedy film directed by Gregg Champion and starring Woody Harrelson and Kiefer Sutherland.... more
Directed by: Sydney PollackThe Electric Horseman is a 1979 adventure-romance film starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda and directed by Sydney Pollack. The film is about a former rodeo champion who is hired by a cereal... more
Directed by: Michael O. SajbelThe Ride is a 1997 western, sports, drama, family film written and directed by Michael O. Sajbel.... more
Directed by: Rod HolcombConvict Cowboy is a 1995 TV film directed by Rod Holcomb....
Directed by: George ShermanSmoky is a 1966 film directed by George Sherman....
Directed by: Robert Parrish, Nicholas RayThe Lusty Men is a 1952 western film made by Wald-Krasna productions and RKO Radio Pictures. The film stars Susan Hayward, Robert Mitchum, Arthur Kennedy, and Arthur Hunnicutt. It was directed by... more
Directed by: Jackie CooperRodeo Girl is a 1980 American family drama film directed by Jackie Cooper. Sammy Garrett, the wife of a champion rodeo performer, is tired of her subsidiary role at home as a housewife. So she... more
Directed by: Jeff KanewBlack Rodeo is a 1972 documentary by filmmaker Jeff Kanew.... more
Directed by: Robert N. BradburyThe Man from Utah is a 1934 Western movie starring John Wayne, Polly Ann Young, Lafe McKee, Edward Peil Sr., and stuntman–actor Yakima Canutt. The film was written by Lindsley Parsons and directed by... more
Directed by: Richard FleischerArena is a 1953 3-D film directed by Richard Fleischer.... more
Directed by: Anne WheelerCowboys Don't Cry is a 1988 Canadian drama film directed by Anne Wheeler, based on the novel by Marilyn Halvorson.... more
Directed by: Conor AllynWalk Ride Rodeo is a 2019 American biopic directed by Conor Allyn. Nationally-ranked rodeo barrel racer Amberley Snyder (Spencer Locke) barely survives a car accident that leaves her paralyzed from... more
Directed by: George ShermanWild Horse Rodeo is a 1937 American Western film directed by George Sherman and starring Robert Livingston, Ray Corrigan, and Max Terhune. Written by Oliver Drake and Betty Burbridge, based on a... more