The Best Horse Movies

List Rules
Movies must have horses and equestrian sports.

The best horse movies are not always about horse racing but all of them have us falling in love with the horses on screen. The most famous movies about horses are generally great for kids of all ages. 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.

Vote up your favorite horse films to the top of the list. You can also vote down the movies that you think other horse fans should skip.

Ranked by
  • Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
    1
    Matt Damon, James Cromwell, Daniel Studi
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: Kelly Asbury, Lorna Cook
  • Black Beauty
    2
    Sean Bean, David Thewlis, Jim Carter
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: Caroline Thompson
  • The Black Stallion
    3
    Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr
    • Released: 1979
    • Directed by: Carroll Ballard
  • Seabiscuit
    4
    Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Gary Ross
  • Secretariat
    5
    Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Dylan Walsh
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Randall Wallace
  • Flicka
    6
    Alison Lohman, Tim McGraw, Maria Bello
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Michael Mayer
  • War Horse
    7
    Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Jeremy Irvine
    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Black Beauty
    8
    Mona Freeman, Richard Denning, Evelyn Ankers
    • Released: 1946
    • Directed by: Max Nosseck
  • Black Beauty
    9
    Maria Rohm, Patrick Mower, Walter Slezake
    • Released: 1971
    • Directed by: James Hill
  • Dreamer
    10
    Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, Kris Kristofferson
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: John Gatins
  • Hidalgo
    11
    Viggo Mortensen, Omar Sharif, Louise Lombard
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: Joe Johnston
  • The Man from Snowy River
    12
    Kirk Douglas, Tom Burlinson, Sigrid Thornton
    • Released: 1982
    • Directed by: George Miller
  • Racing Stripes
    13
    Bruce Greenwood, Hayden Panettiere, M. Emmet Walsh
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Frederik Du Chau
  • The Horse Whisperer
    14
    Robert Redford, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Neill
    • Released: 1998
    • Directed by: Robert Redford
  • Flicka 2
    15
    Patrick Warburton, Tammin Sursok, Clint Black
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Michael Damian
  • National Velvet
    16
    Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor, Donald Crisp
    • Released: 1944
    • Directed by: Clarence Brown
  • My Friend Flicka
    17
    Roddy McDowall, James Bell, Jeff Corey
    • Released: 1943
    • Directed by: Harold D. Schuster
  • Phar Lap
    18
    Tom Burlinson, Martin Vaughan, Judy Morris
    • Released: 1983
    • Directed by: Simon Wincer
  • The Black Stallion Returns
    19
    Kelly Reno, Teri Garr, Vincent Spano
    • Released: 1983
    • Directed by: Robert Dalva
  • The Man from Snowy River II
    20
    Brian Dennehy, Bryan Marshall, Sigrid Thornton
    • Released: 1988
    • Directed by: Geoff Burrowes
  • Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken
    21
    Gabrielle Anwar, Michael Schoeffling, Cliff Robertson
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: Steve Miner
  • The Young Black Stallion
    22
    Richard Romanus, Gerard Rudolf, Adil Abdelwahab
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Simon Wincer
  • Moondance Alexander
    23
    Don Johnson, Kay Panabaker, Lori Loughlin
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Michael Damian
  • Ruffian
    24
    Sam Shepard, Laura Bailey, Frank Whaley
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Yves Simoneau
  • Flicka: Country Pride
    25
    Emily Bett Rickards, Clint Black, Lisa Hartman Black
    • Released: 2012
    • Directed by: Michael Damian