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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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Viggo Mortensen, Omar Sharif, Malcolm McDowell

Released: 2004

Directed by: Joe Johnston

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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Diane Lane, John Malkovich, James Cromwell

Released: 2010

Directed by: Randall Wallace

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

Released: 2003

Directed by: Gary Ross

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) 4 on the list The Best Horse Movies
analise.dubner added Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson

Released: 2011

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

This film is a 2011 American drama film directed by Steven Spielberg based on British author Michael Morpurgo's 1982 children's novel of the same name. After his beloved horse is sold to the ...more

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Matt Damon, James Cromwell, Charles Napier

Released: 2002

Directed by: Lorna Cook, Kelly Asbury

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

Released: 1994

Directed by: Caroline Thompson

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

Released: 2006

Directed by: Michael Mayer

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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Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Hoyt Axton

Released: 1979

Directed by: Carroll Ballard

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

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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Richard Denning, Mona Freeman

Released: 1946

Directed by: Max Nosseck

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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Kirk Douglas, Jack Thompson, Gus Mercurio

Released: 1982

Directed by: George T. Miller

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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Hayden Panettiere, Snoop Dogg, Mandy Moore

Released: 2005

Directed by: Frederik Du Chau

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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Scarlett Johansson, Kate Bosworth, Robert Redford

Released: 1998

Directed by: 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

Released: 2010

Directed by: Michael Damian

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

Released: 1944

Directed by: Clarence Brown

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

Released: 1983

Directed by: Simon Wincer

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

Released: 1983

Directed by: Robert Dalva

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

Released: 1991

Directed by: Steve Miner

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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Lori Loughlin, Don Johnson, Kay Panabaker

Released: 2007

Directed by: Michael Damian

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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Brian Dennehy, Bryan Marshall, Sigrid Thornton

Released: 1988

Directed by: Geoff Burrowes

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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Roddy McDowall, James Bell, Jeff Corey

Released: 1943

Directed by: Harold D. Schuster

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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Richard Romanus, Gerard Rudolf, Adil Abdelwahab

Released: 2003

Directed by: Simon Wincer

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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Ruffian Sam Shepard, Laura Bailey, Frank Whaley

Released: 2007

Directed by: Yves Simoneau

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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Zac Efron, Billy Preston, Bill Cobbs

Released: 2005

Directed by: Craig Clyde

The Derby Stallion is a 2005 film starring Zac Efron.

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Harry & Snowman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horse Movies
ronjaironriver added Harry & Snowman Harry DeLeyer, Harriet DeLeyer, Andre DeLeyer

Released: 2015

Directed by: Ron Davis