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The Best Horse Racing Movies

Updated August 4, 2020 5.2k votes 1.8k voters 123.1k views39 items

List RulesVote for your personal favorite Horse racing films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

A list of all the best horse racing movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. To see if your favorite horse racing movie, as well as other dramas, are currently streaming, head on over to the best drama movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime lists.

This horse racing movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director, and more. This list of horse racing films also contains horse racing movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. This horse racing films list can also be copied to start your own. This list, though, contains the best horse racing movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films This horse racing movie list is currently ordered from best to worst. Vote up your favorite movies to the top.

List of horse racing films includes horse racing movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. You could always re-rank this list then share it on your social networks to get a count of what only your friends think about this topic.

These are the top films in the horse racing genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie with at least a single element of the horse racing genre in it. Be it the motifs of the horse racing genre or just some of the most common archetypes.

Also, you should vote on movies like Laffit: All About Winning and Dead Cert, if you like them. If we missed any horse racing movies on this list, please add them to the list yourself, as this is an open list which means you can add any movies whenever you like (choices are subject to moderation). The films on this list cover the most famous horse racing movies of all time and are voted on by people who really care about horse racing movie lists and horse movies.

You can find the release information for any of the films listed below. It's often available in the data set, so you can even find the cast of some of these by clicking on the names of the horse racing movies. List includes photos and horse racing movie trailers next to the names of the movies.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different movies, like Secretariat and Kentucky Derby Greatest Moments.

Whether you're at home and want to watch these horse racing movies on DVD, streaming Blu-ray or streaming, or if you're seeing them in theatres for the first time, this is a list of good horse racing movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest horse racing movies, here is the full horse racing movies list, ordered from best to worst.

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    Seabiscuit is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horse Racing Movies
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    Seabiscuit

    Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges

    Released2003

    Directed byGary Ross

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    Secretariat is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horse Racing Movies
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    Secretariat

    Diane Lane, John Malkovich

    Released2010

    Directed byRandall Wallace

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    50 to 1 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horse Racing Movies
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    50 to 1

    Christian Kane, Skeet Ulrich

    Released2014

    Directed byJim Wilson

    50 to 1 is a 2014 American drama film based on the true story of Mine That Bird, an undersized... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Phar Lap is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horse Racing Movies
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    Phar Lap

    Ron Leibman, Robert Grubb

    Released1983

    Directed bySimon Wincer

    Tom Burlinson, Richard Morgan

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  • 5
    Dreamer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horse Racing Movies
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    Dreamer

    Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russell

    Released2005

    Directed byJohn Gatins

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    Seabiscuit: America's Legendar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horse Racing Movies
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    Seabiscuit: America's Legendary Racehorse

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    The Black Stallion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horse Racing Movies
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    The Black Stallion

    Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr

    Released1979

    Directed byCarroll Ballard

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  • 8
    Ruffian is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horse Racing Movies
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    Ruffian

    Sam Shepard, Laura Bailey

    Released2007

    Directed byYves Simoneau

    Ruffian is an American made-for-television movie that tells the story of the U.S. Racing Hall... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Hidalgo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horse Racing Movies
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    Hidalgo

    Viggo Mortensen, Omar Sharif

    Released2004

    Directed byJoe Johnston

    Hidalgo is a 2004 film based on the legend of the American distance rider Frank Hopkins and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 10
    Let It Ride is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horse Racing Movies
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    Let It Ride

    Jennifer Tilly, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1989

    Directed byJoe Pytka

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    International Velvet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horse Racing Movies
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    International Velvet

    Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Plummer

    Released1978

    Directed byBryan Forbes

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    Seabiscuit: The Lost Documenta is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horse Racing Movies
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    Seabiscuit: The Lost Documentary

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    The Story of Seabiscuit is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horse Racing Movies
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    The Story of Seabiscuit

    Shirley Temple, Barry Fitzgerald

    Released1949

    Directed byDavid Butler

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  • 14
    Casey's Shadow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horse Racing Movies
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    Casey's Shadow

    Walter Matthau, Alexis Smith

    Released1978

    Directed byMartin Ritt

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    Racing Stripes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horse Racing Movies
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    Racing Stripes

    Hayden Panettiere, Snoop Dogg

    Released2005

    Directed byFrederik Du Chau

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    National Velvet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horse Racing Movies
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    National Velvet

    Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney

    Released1944

    Directed byClarence Brown

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    Thunderhead, Son of Flicka is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horse Racing Movies
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    Thunderhead, Son of Flicka

    Roddy McDowall, James Bell

    Released1945

    Directed byLouis Eugene King, Louis King

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    Barbaro: A Nation's Horse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horse Racing Movies
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    Ride Like a Girl is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horse Racing Movies
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    Ride Like a Girl

    Teresa Palmer, Sam Neill

    Released2020

    Directed byRachel Griffiths

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    My Friend Flicka is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horse Racing Movies
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    My Friend Flicka

    Roddy McDowall, James Bell

    Released1943

    Directed byHarold D. Schuster

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  • 21
    Champions is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horse Racing Movies
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    Champions

    Kirstie Alley, John Hurt

    Released1983

    Directed byJohn Irvin

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    Dead Cert is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horse Racing Movies
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    Dead Cert

    Judi Dench, Julian Glover

    Released1974

    Directed byTony Richardson

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    Kentucky Derby Greatest Moment is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horse Racing Movies
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    Kentucky Derby Greatest Moments

    Secretariat, War Admiral

    Released2009

    Directed byLeonard Lusky

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  • 24
    Grand Prix is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horse Racing Movies
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    Grand Prix

    Kim Tae-hee, Yang Dong-geun

    Released2010

    Directed byYang Yun-ho

    Centered around a famous jockey in Japan that takes a brief trip back to South Korea. He and a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Big Spender is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horse Racing Movies
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    Big Spender

    Graham Greene, Casper Van Dien

    Released2003

    Directed byPaul Schneider

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