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The Best Rodeo Movies  

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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
Renée Zellweger, Luke Perry, Stephen Baldwin
8 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 ...more
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J. W. Coop is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
Cliff Robertson, Geraldine Page, Cristina Ferrare
J. 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
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Junior Bonner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
Steve McQueen, Ida Lupino, Ben Johnson
Junior 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
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The Rounders is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
Henry Fonda, Glenn Ford, Warren Oates
The 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.
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When the Legends Die is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
Richard Widmark
When The Legends Die is both a novel, by Hal Borland, and a film released by Twentieth Century-Fox.
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The Electric Horseman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Willie Nelson
The 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
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Pure Country is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
George Strait, Lesley Ann Warren, Kyle Chandler
Pure 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 ...more
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My Heroes Have Always Been Cow... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
Kate Capshaw, Scott Glenn, Ben Johnson
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys is a 1991 Western drama film starring Scott Glenn and Kate Capshaw and directed by Stuart Rosenberg.
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The Longest Ride is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Jack Huston
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 ...more
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Cowboy Up is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
Kiefer Sutherland, Daryl Hannah, Molly Ringwald
Cowboy 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.
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The Rider is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau
The 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 ...more
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Stir Crazy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Craig T. Nelson
Stir Crazy is a 1980 American comedy film directed by Sidney Poitier and starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor as down-on-their-luck friends who are given 125-year prison sentences after being ...more
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Everything That Rises is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
Everything That Rises Dennis Quaid
Everything That Rises is a film directed by Dennis Quaid released on July 12, 1998.
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The Honkers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
TravisCockerell added The Honkers
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The Cowboy Way is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
Kiefer Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Marg Helgenberger
The Cowboy Way is a 1994 comedy film directed by Gregg Champion and starring Woody Harrelson and Kiefer Sutherland.
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Black Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
Black Rodeo Archie Wycoff, Clarence Gonzalez
Black Rodeo is a 1972 documentary by filmmaker Jeff Kanew.
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Rodeo Girl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
Katharine Ross, Wilford Brimley, Bo Hopkins
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The Great American Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
Larry Mahan
The 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 ...more
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The Man from Utah is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
John Wayne, George "Gabby" Hayes, Yakima Canutt
The 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 ...more
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The Ride is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
Michael Biehn, Jennifer O'Neill, Franklin Graham
The Ride is a 1997 western, sports, drama, family film written and directed by Michael O. Sajbel.
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Arena is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
Arena Gig Young, Harry Morgan
Arena is a 1953 3-D film directed by Richard Fleischer.
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Cowgirls n' Angels is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
Cowgirls n' Angels Alicia Witt, James Cromwell, Jackson Rathbone
Cowgirls 'N Angels is a 2012 American family film starring Young Artist Award winner Bailee Madison, Oscar nominee James Cromwell, and Jackson Rathbone. The film was directed by Timothy ...more
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The Lusty Men is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
Robert Mitchum, Susan Hayward, Arthur Kennedy
The 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 ...more
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Cowboys Don't Cry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
Cowboys Don't Cry Ron White, Zachary Ansley, Rebecca Jenkins
Cowboys Don't Cry is a 1988 Canadian drama film directed by Anne Wheeler, based on the novel by Marilyn Halvorson.
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Wild Horse Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rodeo Movies
Roy Rogers, Ray "Crash" Corrigan, Robert Livingston
Wild 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