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The Best Rodeo Movies

Updated October 9, 2019 388 votes 63 voters 3.2k 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 Seconds is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Junior Bonner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
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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 on Wikipedia
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    J. W. Coop is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
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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 on Wikipedia
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    The Rounders is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
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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 on Wikipedia
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    When the Legends Die is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
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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 on Wikipedia
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    The Longest Ride is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Pure Country is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
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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 on Wikipedia
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    The Honkers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
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    The Honkers

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    My Heroes Have Always Been Cow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
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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 on Wikipedia
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    The Electric Horseman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
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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 on Wikipedia
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    The Great American Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies

    Released1973

    Directed byKieth Merrill

    The Great American Cowboy is a 1973 documentary film by Kieth Merrill. The film, which won the... more on Wikipedia
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    Cowboy Up is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
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    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 on Wikipedia
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    The Rider is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
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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 on Wikipedia
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    The Cowboy Way is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
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    The Cowboy Way

    Kiefer Sutherland, Woody Harrelson

    Released1994

    Directed byGregg Champion

    The Cowboy Way is a 1994 comedy film directed by Gregg Champion and starring Woody Harrelson... more on Wikipedia
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    The Ride is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
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    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....
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    The Lusty Men is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
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    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 on Wikipedia
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    Wild Horse Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
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    Wild Horse Rodeo

    Roy Rogers, Ray "Crash" Corrigan

    Released1937

    Directed byGeorge Sherman

    Wild Horse Rodeo is a 1937 American Western film directed by George Sherman and starring... more on Wikipedia
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    The Man from Utah is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Arena is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
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    Arena

    Gig Young, Harry Morgan

    Released1953

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    Arena is a 1953 3-D film directed by Richard Fleischer.
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    Born Reckless is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Convict Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
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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.
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    The Desert Trail is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Rodeo Girl is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
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    Rodeo Girl

    Katharine Ross, Wilford Brimley

    Released1980

    Directed byJackie Cooper

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    Adventures of Gallant Bess is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
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    Adventures of Gallant Bess

    Cameron Mitchell, Fuzzy Knight

    Released1948

    Directed byLew Landers

    Adventures of Gallant Bess is a 1948 American contemporary Western film directed by Lew... more on Wikipedia
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