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... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Sam PeckinpahJunior Bonner is a 1972 film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Steve McQueen, Joe Don... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Cliff RobertsonJ. 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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Directed by: Stuart MillarWhen The Legends Die is both a novel, by Hal Borland, and a film released by Twentieth... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: George Tillman, Jr.The Longest Ride is a 2015 American romantic drama film directed by George Tillman, Jr., based... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Christopher CainPure Country is a 1992 American dramatic musical western film directed by Christopher Cain and... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Stuart RosenbergMy Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys is a 1991 Western drama film starring Scott Glenn and Kate... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Sydney PollackThe Electric Horseman is a 1979 adventure-romance film starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Kieth MerrillThe Great American Cowboy is a 1973 documentary film by Kieth Merrill. The film, which won the... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Xavier KollerCowboy Up is a 2001 film directed by Xavier Koller. It stars Kiefer Sutherland and Marcus... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Chloé ZhaoThe Rider is a 2017 American drama film directed by Chloé Zhao. After suffering a near fatal... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Gregg ChampionThe Cowboy Way is a 1994 comedy film directed by Gregg Champion and starring Woody Harrelson... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Michael O. SajbelThe Ride is a 1997 western, sports, drama, family film written and directed by Michael O....
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Directed by: George ShermanWild Horse Rodeo is a 1937 American Western film directed by George Sherman and starring... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Robert N. BradburyThe Man from Utah is a 1934 Western movie starring John Wayne, Polly Ann Young, Lafe McKee,... more on Wikipedia
ArenaGig Young, Harry Morgan
Directed by: Richard FleischerArena is a 1953 3-D film directed by Richard Fleischer.
Directed by: Howard W. KochBorn Reckless is a 1958 western drama film starring Mamie Van Doren and released through... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: William BeaudineRodeo is a 1952 American sports drama film directed by William Beaudine and starring Jane... more on Wikipedia
Convict CowboyJon Voight, Marcia Gay Harden
Directed by: Rod HolcombConvict Cowboy is a 1995 TV film directed by Rod Holcomb.
Directed by: Lewis D. CollinsThe Desert Trail is a 1935 Western film starring John Wayne and directed by Cullin Lewis. The... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Jackie Cooper
Adventures of Gallant BessCameron Mitchell, Fuzzy Knight
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