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List Rules Movies must have horses and equestrian sports.

A list of the best horse movies, especially those that focus on horse racing. We believe we thought of them all, but if you think we missed any of the top horse movies please feel free to add it to the list yourself. All genres of horse films have been included (they are generally inspirational) from the famous to the not so famous. Many of these films are based on real-life horses such as the race-horses Seabiscuit and Secretariat.

What are the best horse movies? Like dogs and even cats, horses have been with man for much of our history. It's no coincidence then that stories about horses and horse racing have been popular for ages. Great horse movies, or even good horse movies, bring us closer to these majestic animals and give us stories of their caretakers. Maybe the horses learn from them, but I think we can all agree that horses have more to teach us than we could ever teach them.

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Diane Lane, John Malkovich, James Cromwell Secretariat is a 2010 biographical sports drama film produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by Randall Wallace. The film chronicles the life of thoroughbred race horse ...more

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Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire Seabiscuit is a 2003 American biographical sports psychological-drama thriller film based on the best-selling non-fiction book Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand. The film is ...more

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War Horse is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horse Movies
analise.dubner added Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson This film is a 2011 American drama film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is an adaptation of British author Michael Morpurgo's 1982 children's novel of the same name set before and during the ...more

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Matt Damon, James Cromwell, Charles Napier Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is a 2002 American animated western drama film that that was produced by DreamWorks Animation and released by DreamWorks Pictures. It follows the adventures of a ...more

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Sean Bean, Alan Cumming, Peter Cook Black Beauty is a 1994 film adaptation of Anna Sewell's novel by the same name directed by Caroline Thompson in her directorial debut. The film stars Andrew Knott, Sean Bean and David Thewlis. ...more

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Maria Bello, Tim McGraw, Armie Hammer Flicka is a 2006 film loosely based on the 1941 children's novel My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara. The film is directed by Michael Mayer. The novel has previously been made into a film in 1943, ...more

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Viggo Mortensen, Omar Sharif, Malcolm McDowell Hidalgo is a 2004 film based on the legend of the American distance rider Frank Hopkins and his mustang Hidalgo. It recounts Hopkins' racing his horse in Arabia in 1891 against Bedouins riding ...more

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Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Hoyt Axton The Black Stallion is a 1979 American film based on the 1941 classic children's novel The Black Stallion by Walter Farley. It tells the story of Alec Ramsay, who is shipwrecked on a deserted ...more

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Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russell, Elisabeth Shue 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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Richard Denning, Mona Freeman Black Beauty is a 1946 American drama film directed by Max Nosseck and based on Anna Sewell's novel of the same name.

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Hayden Panettiere, Snoop Dogg, Mandy Moore Racing Stripes is a 2005 American sports comedy-drama family film, directed by Frederik Du Chau, produced by Alcon Entertainment, distributed by Summit Entertainment and Warner Bros. and stars ...more

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Kirk Douglas, Jack Thompson, Gus Mercurio The Man from Snowy River is a 1982 Australian drama film based on the Banjo Paterson poem The Man from Snowy River. The film had a cast including Kirk Douglas in a dual role as the brothers ...more

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Scarlett Johansson, Kate Bosworth, Robert Redford The Horse Whisperer is a 1998 American drama film directed by and starring Robert Redford, based on the 1995 novel The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans. Redford plays the title role, a talented ...more

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Patrick Warburton, Tammin Sursok, Clint Black Flicka 2 is a 2010 direct-to-DVD film and sequel to Flicka. This is a movie about a city girl who finds herself in the country not by choice and befriends a horse. Both girl and horse not ...more

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Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Angela Lansbury National Velvet is a 1944 Technicolor sports film based on the novel by Enid Bagnold, published in 1935. It stars Mickey Rooney, Donald Crisp and a young Elizabeth Taylor. In 2003, National ...more

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Ron Leibman, Robert Grubb, Judy Morris 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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Teri Garr, Woody Strode, Vincent Spano The Black Stallion Returns is a 1983 film adaptation of the book of the same name by Walter Farley, and is a sequel to The Black Stallion. It is directed by Robert Dalva and produced by Francis ...more

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Gabrielle Anwar, Cliff Robertson, Bird York Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken is a 1991 film about Sonora Webster Carver, a rider of diving horses and is based on events in her life as told in her memoir A Girl and Five Brave Horses.

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Roddy McDowall, James Bell, Jeff Corey My Friend Flicka is a 1943 coming-of-age film about a young boy, played by Roddy McDowall, who is given a young horse to raise. It is based on the popular children's novel by Mary O'Hara.

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Brian Dennehy, Bryan Marshall, Sigrid Thornton The Man from Snowy River II is a 1988 Australian drama film, the sequel to the 1982 film The Man from Snowy River. It was released in the United States as Return to Snowy River, and in the ...more

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Lori Loughlin, Don Johnson, Kay Panabaker Moondance Alexander is a comedy-drama film directed by Michael Damian and written by Janeen Damian. The film was released in North America in October, 2007. The story is shot on location in ...more

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Richard Romanus, Gerard Rudolf, Adil Abdelwahab The Young Black Stallion is a 2003 made-for-IMAX family film from Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Simon Wincer, the film is based on the 1989 novel of the same name by Black Stallion creator ...more

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Zac Efron, Billy Preston, Bill Cobbs The Derby Stallion is a 2005 film starring Zac Efron.

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Sam Shepard, Laura Bailey, Frank Whaley Ruffian is an American made-for-television movie that tells the story of the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame Champion thoroughbred filly Ruffian who went undefeated until her death after breaking down ...more

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Jolien Mocking added Emily Bett Rickards, Clint Black, Lisa Hartman Black Flicka: Country Pride is a 2012 direct-to-DVD film and sequel to Flicka and Flicka 2.

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Kurt Russell, Dean Jones, Lurene Tuttle The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit is a 1968 light comedy family film directed by Norman Tokar, with a screenplay by Louis Pelletier, based on the 1955 book, The Year of the Horse by Eric Hatch. ...more

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Arthur O'Connell, David Ladd, Anne Seymour Misty is the name of a 1961 film based upon Marguerite Henry's award-winning children's book Misty of Chincoteague, published in 1947. It was made with a budget of $705,000 and was directed by ...more

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Robert Taylor, Eddie Albert, James Franciscus Miracle of the White Stallions is a 1963 film released by Walt Disney starring Robert Taylor, Lilli Palmer, and Eddie Albert. It is the story of the evacuation of the Lipizzaner horses from the ...more

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Russell Crowe, Amiel Daemion, Caroline Goodall The Silver Brumby was an Australian movie based on the Silver Brumby books. The movie, which was produced in 1993, was directed by John Tatoulis and starred Russell Crowe and Caroline Goodall.

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Unbranded is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Horse Movies
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SuzanneClaireFinigan added Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Plummer, Tatum O'Neal International Velvet is a 1978 Metrocolor dramatic film. It was a sequel to the 1944 classic, National Velvet. The film stars Tatum O'Neal, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Hopkins and Nanette ...more

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Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Zegers, Rachel Skarsten Virginia's Run is a 2002 Canadian-American independent family drama/coming of age film. The movie was filmed in Shelburne, Nova Scotia.

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Lukas Haas, Jan Decleir, Arie Verveen Running Free is a 1999 film directed by Sergei Bodrov.

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Julie Benz, Denis O'Hare, Marsha Mason The Long Shot, sometimes called The Long Shot: Believe in Courage, is a Hallmark Channel original movie that aired April 18, 2004. It stars Julie Benz and Marsha Mason and centers around a ...more

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RyanJamesBarratt added Joe Piscopo, Dennis Weaver, Ethan Erickson Two Bits & Pepper is a 1995 comedy about two kidnappers, both played by Joe Piscopo, who capture two young girls and hold them for ransom. Fortunately for them, their talking equine pets, ...more

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Steve Martin, Ryan Merriman, Steve Bacic The Colt is a 2005 television movie made for Hallmark Channel. The film is set during the American Civil War, and is based on the short story by Nobel Prize winner Mikhail Sholokhov.

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cocinelle added Wild Horse, Wild Ride is a 2011 documentary film directed by Alex Dawson and Greg Gricus.

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Jolyn Rebecca Snider added Shergar Based on a true story, Shergar, Ireland's most decorated thoroughbred and perhaps the greatest race horse of all time, is kidnapped by IRA terrorists and held for a $2 million ransom. Can a ...more

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Saving Winston is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Horse Movies
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Mimi Rogers, Ed Begley, Jr. Dark Horse is a 1992 American drama film directed by David Hemmings. The screenplay by Janet Maclean was adapted from an original story by Tab Hunter.

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Sorry to Bother You is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Horse Movies
Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler Sorry to Bother You is a 2018 American sci-fi fantasy comedy film directed by Boots Riley. In an alternate reality of Oakland, California, a young African-American telemarketer (Lakeith ...more

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A family travels through Mongolia in search of a mysterious shaman who they believe can heal their autistic son.

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Ellen Barkin, Brendan Gleeson, Gabriel Byrne Into the West is a 1992 Irish magical realist film about Irish Travellers written by Jim Sheridan and directed by Mike Newell. Into the West was one of several major films to come from Ireland ...more

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Sal Mineo, Slim Pickens, Joy Page Tonka is a 1958 Walt Disney Western adventure film about the US cavalry horse that survived the Battle of the Little Big Horn; it stars Sal Mineo as a Sioux who fought there. It was filmed in ...more

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Gabrielle Anwar, Don Johnson, Rod Steiger In Pursuit of Honor is a 1995 made-for-cable movie directed by Ken Olin. Don Johnson stars as a member of a United States Cavalry detachment refusing to slaughter its horses after being ordered ...more

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slaft added Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy from a screenplay by Mario Puzo and Coppola. Starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as ...more

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slaft added Christopher Walken, Roger Moore, Grace Jones This film is the fourteenth spy film of the James Bond series, and the seventh and last to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Although the title is adapted from Ian ...more

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Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Horse Movies
Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Hudson, Kim Cattrall This film is a 2008 American blue romantic comedy film written and directed by Michael Patrick King, and a film adaptation of the HBO comedy series of the same name about four female friends: ...more