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The Best Horse Movies

Updated May 12, 2020 7.4k votes 1.8k voters 153.4k views48 items

List RulesMovies 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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    Hidalgo
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    Hidalgo

    Viggo Mortensen, Omar Sharif

    Released2004

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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    Seabiscuit
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    Seabiscuit

    Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges

    Released2003

    Directed byGary Ross

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    Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
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    Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

    Matt Damon, James Cromwell

    Released2002

    Directed byLorna Cook, Kelly Asbury

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  • 4
    Secretariat
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    Secretariat

    Diane Lane, John Malkovich

    Released2010

    Directed byRandall Wallace

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    Black Beauty
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    Black Beauty

    Sean Bean, Alan Cumming

    Released1994

    Directed byCaroline Thompson

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    War Horse
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    War Horse

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston

    Released2011

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Flicka
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    Flicka

    Maria Bello, Tim McGraw

    Released2006

    Directed byMichael Mayer

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    The Black Stallion
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    The Black Stallion

    Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr

    Released1979

    Directed byCarroll Ballard

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  • 9
    Dreamer
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    Dreamer

    Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russell

    Released2005

    Directed byJohn Gatins

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    Black Beauty
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    Black Beauty

    Richard Denning, Mona Freeman

    Released1946

    Directed byMax Nosseck

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    Racing Stripes
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    Racing Stripes

    Hayden Panettiere, Snoop Dogg

    Released2005

    Directed byFrederik Du Chau

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    The Man from Snowy River
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    The Man from Snowy River

    Kirk Douglas, Jack Thompson

    Released1982

    Directed byGeorge T. Miller

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  • 13
    The Horse Whisperer
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    The Horse Whisperer

    Scarlett Johansson, Kate Bosworth

    Released1998

    Directed byRobert Redford

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  • 14
    Flicka 2
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    Flicka 2

    Patrick Warburton, Tammin Sursok

    Released2010

    Directed byMichael Damian

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    The Long Shot
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    The Long Shot

    Julie Benz, Denis O'Hare

    Released2004

    Directed byGeorg Stanford Brown

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  • 16
    National Velvet
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    National Velvet

    Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney

    Released1944

    Directed byClarence Brown

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  • 17
    Running Free
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    Running Free

    Lukas Haas, Jan Decleir

    Released1999

    Directed bySergei Bodrov

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    My Friend Flicka
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    My Friend Flicka

    Roddy McDowall, James Bell

    Released1943

    Directed byHarold D. Schuster

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  • 19
    The Black Stallion Returns
    104
    39

    The Black Stallion Returns

    Teri Garr, Woody Strode

    Released1983

    Directed byRobert Dalva

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    Phar Lap
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    Phar Lap

    Ron Leibman, Robert Grubb

    Released1983

    Directed bySimon Wincer

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  • 21
    The Colt
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    The Colt

    Steve Martin, Ryan Merriman

    Released2005

    Directed byYelena Lanskaya

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  • 22
    Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken
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    Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken

    Gabrielle Anwar, Cliff Robertson

    Released1991

    Directed bySteve Miner

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    The Man from Snowy River II
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    The Man from Snowy River II

    Brian Dennehy, Bryan Marshall

    Released1988

    Directed byGeoff Burrowes

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    Harry & Snowman
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    Harry & Snowman

    Harry DeLeyer, Harriet DeLeyer

    Released2015

    Directed byRon Davis

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    The Young Black Stallion
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    The Young Black Stallion

    Richard Romanus, Gerard Rudolf

    Released2003

    Directed bySimon Wincer

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