The Best Horse Racing Movies 

Updated May 12, 2020 5.3k votes 1.7k voters 119.2k views 39 items

List Rules Vote 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 Instant 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.

All sorts of directors have taken on Horse racing movies. Examples include Frank Capra, William Beaudine, and David Butler.

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Diane Lane, John Malkovich, James Cromwell

Released: 2010

Directed by: Randall Wallace

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Released: 2003

Directed by: Gary Ross

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William Anthony Hatch added 50 to 1 Christian Kane, Skeet Ulrich, William Devane

Released: 2014

Directed by: Jim Wilson

50 to 1 is a 2014 American drama film based on the true story of Mine That Bird, an undersized thoroughbred racehorse that won the 2009 Kentucky Derby in one of the biggest upsets in the history ...more
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Seabiscuit: America's Legendary Racehorse

Released: 2003

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gem-gem-rabor added Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russell, Elisabeth Shue

Released: 2005

Directed by: John Gatins

Dreamer is a 2005 American family drama film starring Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning, inspired by the true story of an injured Thoroughbred racehorse named Mariah's Storm. The film was written ...more

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CSHorseman added Ron Leibman, Robert Grubb, Judy Morris

Released: 1983

Directed by: Simon Wincer

Tom Burlinson, Richard Morgan

Phar Lap is a 1983 film about the racehorse Phar Lap. The film starred Tom Burlinson and was written by famous Australian playwright David Williamson.
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Released: 1979

Directed by: Carroll Ballard

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Ruffian Sam Shepard, Laura Bailey, Frank Whaley

Released: 2007

Directed by: Yves Simoneau

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Jennifer Tilly, Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr

Released: 1989

Directed by: Joe Pytka

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Released: 1939

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CSHorseman added Viggo Mortensen, Omar Sharif, Malcolm McDowell

Released: 2004

Directed by: Joe Johnston

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Shirley Temple, Barry Fitzgerald, Rosemary DeCamp

Released: 1949

Directed by: David Butler

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Released: 2005

Directed by: Frederik Du Chau

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Walter Matthau, Alexis Smith, Murray Hamilton

Released: 1978

Directed by: Martin Ritt

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Released: 1944

Directed by: Clarence Brown

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Harley Rae Reid added Roddy McDowall, James Bell, Jeff Corey

Released: 1943

Directed by: Harold D. Schuster

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Kirstie Alley, John Hurt, Ben Johnson

Released: 1983

Directed by: John Irvin

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Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Plummer, Tatum O'Neal

Released: 1978

Directed by: Bryan Forbes

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Released: 2020

Directed by: Rachel Griffiths

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Released: 2005

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Released: 1954

Directed by: William Beaudine

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Released: 2009

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Released: 1945

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Released: 1988

Directed by: Michael Dinner

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