Animal Kingdom - Horses

by peterdi315 | created - 01 Aug 2012 | updated - 25 Aug 2012 | Public

Equine Features. Horses as stars (or in supporting roles). Domestic or wild (with an occasional zebra, mule or unicorn), with human or other species costars. Live action & animated. Not all family films. Most, but not all suitable for children. All-Time. Alphabetically (some sequels chronologically).

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1. The Adventures of Black Beauty (1972–1974)

Not Rated | 55 min | Adventure, Family

Black Beauty is a pure black, thoroughbred horse in late nineteenth century rural England, who is adopted into the household of James Gordon, a local doctor and widower, and befriended by ... See full summary »

Stars: William Lucas, Charlotte Mitchell, Roderick Shaw, Michael Culver

Votes: 266

2. All the Pretty Horses (2000)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Romance, Western

55 Metascore

Two Texas cowboys head to Mexico in search of work, but soon find themselves in trouble with the law after one of them falls in love with a wealthy rancher's daughter.

Director: Billy Bob Thornton | Stars: Matt Damon, Penélope Cruz, Henry Thomas, Angelina Torres

Votes: 12,057 | Gross: $15.53M

3. Amanda (1996)

PG | 83 min | Drama, Family

A small boy is hurt by a horse on his father's ranch and he refuses to even be near one ever again. When a storyteller called Seven arrives with his huge imposing horse Amanda, everything changes.

Director: Bobby Roth | Stars: Kieran Culkin, Dennis Haysbert, Alice Krige, Chris Mulkey

Votes: 106

4. American Black Beauty (2005 TV Movie)

PG | 88 min | Family

Cheryl Birtwick is 16 years old, rich, and freshly orphaned. Having no home and no one left to care for her but a giant trust fund and a passel of attorneys, she is sent to live with Lane ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Gabai | Stars: Dean Stockwell, Danielle Keaton, Mark Kelly, Chris Hunter

Votes: 42

5. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Seabiscuit (2003)

TV-G | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

He was boxy, with stumpy legs that wouldn't completely straighten a short straggly tail and an ungainly gait; though he didn't look the part, Seabiscuit was one of the most remarkable ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Ives | Stars: Scott Glenn, Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand, Farrell Jones

Votes: 78

6. An American Girl Adventure (2005 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama, Family

When Felicity meets Penny, a beautiful copper - colored mare, she knows with all her heart that she must free Penny from her cruel owner. Felicity desperately wishes for that same sureness ... See full summary »

Director: Nadia Tass | Stars: Shailene Woodley, Kevin Zegers, David Gardner, John Schneider

Votes: 963

7. And They're Off (2011)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy

A comedy centered on a failed horse trainer who desperately wants to be back in the winner's circle.

Director: Rob Schiller | Stars: Sean Astin, Bob Baffert, Camilla Ball, Michael Blaiklock

Votes: 121

8. Archer (1985 TV Movie)

93 min | Adventure

During the 1860s, Dave Powers, apprentice to a horse trainer, volunteers to ride Archer to the Melbourne Cup race. Their start is 600 miles from Melbourne, and the journey is anything but ... See full summary »

Director: Denny Lawrence | Stars: Brett Climo, Robert Coleby, Ned Lander, Doreen Warburton

Votes: 210

9. Big Spender (2003 TV Movie)

PG | 95 min

Orphan Eddie Burton is not bad, but too many screw-ups land him repeatedly in jail, so his 8-year old son Will, simply abandoned by his 'mother', has nobody else then Eddie's granny. When ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Schneider | Stars: Casper Van Dien, Graham Greene, Tara Spencer-Nairn, Matthew Knight

Votes: 239

10. Black Beauty (1946)

Approved | 74 min | Drama, Family, Romance

Widower Squire Weldon (Charles Evans). trying to raise his motherless daughter, Anne (Mona Freeman) presents her with a colt, Black Beauty (Highland Dale), in the hope that by disciplining ... See full summary »

Director: Max Nosseck | Stars: Mona Freeman, Richard Denning, Evelyn Ankers, Charles Evans

Votes: 162

11. Black Beauty (1971)

G | 106 min | Family, Drama

When farmer Evan's mare has a fine son, he promises the black stallion to his son Joe. The youngster enjoy growing up as playmates. Alas, once the good squire is buried, his mean heir, who ... See full summary »

Director: James Hill | Stars: Mark Lester, Walter Slezak, Peter Lee Lawrence, Uschi Glas

Votes: 838

12. Black Beauty (1978 TV Movie)

50 min | Adventure, Animation, Drama

Animated version of the book by Anna Sewell, which tells the story of a horse and the many hardships and tales of cruelty and kindness he encounters during his life.

Director: Daniel Haller | Stars: David Gregory, Laurie Main, Michael Evans, Colin Hamilton

Votes: 96

14. Black Beauty (1987 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 50 min | Animation, Family

This heartwarming adaptation of the novel tells the story of the courageous stallion Black Beauty, a well-bred horse in 19th century England. Black Beauty is happy as a country carriage ... See full summary »

Director: David Cherkasskiy | Stars: Bob Baines, Colin Borgonon, Patrick Dickson, Nicholas Gledhill

Votes: 52

15. Black Beauty (1994)

G | 88 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The fates of horses, and the people who own and command them, are revealed as Black Beauty narrates the circle of his life.

Director: Caroline Thompson | Stars: Sean Bean, David Thewlis, Docs Keepin Time, Alan Cumming

Votes: 8,048 | Gross: $4.63M

16. Black Beauty (II) (1995 Video)

Not Rated | 49 min | Animation, Drama, Family

An English horse is bought and sold by many different owners, some cruel, some kind, as he grows from a colt to adulthood. Black Beauty always does his best and helps humans and other horses.

Directors: Toshiyuki Hiruma, Takashi | Stars: Tony Ail, Nathan Aswell, Chera Bailey, Kathleen Barr

Votes: 108

17. The Black Stallion (1979)

G | 118 min | Adventure, Family, Sport

84 Metascore

While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion who is brought on board and stabled in the ship he is sailing on. When it tragically sinks ... See full summary »

Director: Carroll Ballard | Stars: Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Clarence Muse

Votes: 9,960

18. The Black Stallion Returns (1983)

PG | 103 min | Adventure, Family

34 Metascore

A teenager loses his horse in Morocco and gets him back after various daredevil adventures.

Director: Robert Dalva | Stars: Kelly Reno, Vincent Spano, Allen Garfield, Woody Strode

Votes: 1,735 | Gross: $9.80M

19. Blue Fire Lady (1977)

96 min | Drama, Family

A girl's love of horses meets with her father's disapproval.

Director: Ross Dimsey | Stars: Cathryn Harrison, Mark Holden, Peter Cummins, Marion Edward

Votes: 63

20. Born to Buck (1966)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

Bronco riders travel through South Dakota and round up 400 wild horses in danger of extinction, then bring them to Fort Pierre where they are ridden by broncobusters in rodeo competition.

Director: Casey Tibbs | Stars: Casey Tibbs, Rex Allen, Bill Barnes, Ken Cooper

Votes: 7

21. Born to the Saddle (1953)

Approved | 77 min | Western

When a young man agrees to race a wonderful quarter horse, a crooked, wife abusing, gambler has plans to sabotage the contest.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Leif Erickson, Donald Woods, Rand Brooks, Chuck Courtney

Votes: 53

22. Breaking Free (1995)

PG | 106 min | Drama

When troubled, cynical teen Rick chooses service at a camp for the blind over serving time at a correctional facility, he thinks he's found the easy way out. Instead, it's the way to a new ... See full summary »

Director: David Mackay | Stars: Jeremy London, Gina Philips, Megan Gallagher, Adam Wylie

Votes: 284

23. Brighty of the Grand Canyon (1966)

89 min | Drama, Family

The antics of a burro named Brighty is set among the grandeur of the Grand Canyon. The animal endures some perilous adventures before finding friendship with a prospector who finally strikes it rich.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Jiggs the Donkey, Joseph Cotten, Pat Conway, Dick Foran

Votes: 99

24. Buck (2011)

PG | 88 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

An examination of the life of acclaimed 'horse whisperer' Buck Brannaman, who recovered from years of child abuse to become a well-known expert in the interactions between horses and people.

Director: Cindy Meehl | Stars: Buck Brannaman, Gary Myers, Bibb Frazier, Betty Staley

Votes: 2,984 | Gross: $4.02M

25. Casey's Shadow (1978)

PG | 117 min | Drama, Family, Sport

Casey is a young boy in a family that trains racehorses. His best friend, a foal they call "Casey's Shadow", looks to be a loser, but comes out a champion.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Walter Matthau, Alexis Smith, Robert Webber, Murray Hamilton

Votes: 460

26. Champions (1984)

PG | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

The true story of Bob Champion, a British steeple chase jockey who, in the late 1970s, was diagnosed with cancer. Rather than succumb to the disease, however, Bob stages a miraculous ... See full summary »

Director: John Irvin | Stars: John Hurt, Gregory Jones, Mick Dillon, Ann Bell

Votes: 518 | Gross: $0.17M

27. The Colt (2005 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 80 min | Action, Drama, History

During the heat of battle in the midst of the Civil War, a beguilingly innocent colt is born to Union Jim Rabb's beloved mare. Refusing the orders to shoot it, lest it prove a hindrance, ... See full summary »

Director: Yelena Lanskaya | Stars: Ryan Merriman, Steve Bacic, William MacDonald, Darcy Belsher

Votes: 446

28. The Cup (2011)

PG | 99 min | Biography, Drama

33 Metascore

The 2002 Melbourne Cup horse race, brotherly love and the triumph of the human spirit. A true story.

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Bryan Martin, Stephen Curry, Jodi Gordon, Daniel MacPherson

Votes: 612

29. Danny (1977)

G | 90 min | Drama, Family

A young girl's special love for a horse helps them both.

Director: Gene Feldman | Stars: Page Feldman, Rebecca Page, Janet Zarish, Barbara Jean Earhardt

Votes: 84

30. Dark Horse (1992)

PG | 98 min | Drama, Family

A troubled girl, sentenced to community service on a ranch, bonds with a horse there. Her folks suggest that she enters the championship, but both she and the horse get seriously injured in a car accident.

Director: David Hemmings | Stars: Ed Begley Jr., Mimi Rogers, Ari Meyers, Donovan Leitch Jr.

Votes: 921

31. A Day at the Races (1937)

Not Rated | 111 min | Comedy, Musical, Sport

A veterinarian posing as a doctor and a race-horse owner and his friends struggle to help keep a sanitarium open with the help of a misfit race-horse.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Allan Jones

Votes: 11,531

32. The Derby Stallion (2005)

PG | 99 min | Drama

An alcoholic former horse-trainer perceives in a fifteen-year-old boy a unique gift of horsemanship and makes it possible for the boy to conceive his dream and pursue it.

Director: Craig Clyde | Stars: Charles Black, Sarah Blackman, Preston Wigasi Brant, K.C. Clyde

Votes: 1,001

33. Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005)

PG | 106 min | Drama, Family, Sport

59 Metascore

Cale Crane catalyzes the rescue and rehabilitation of Sonador, a race horse with a broken leg.

Director: John Gatins | Stars: Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, Oded Fehr, Kris Kristofferson

Votes: 10,874 | Gross: $32.70M

34. The Electric Horseman (1979)

PG | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A rodeo star past his prime steal his company's horse and rides off into the desert, with a feisty female reporter accompanying him.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Valerie Perrine, Willie Nelson

Votes: 6,388 | Gross: $61.80M

36. The Wonderful World of Disney (1995–2005)
Episode: Flash (1997)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A boy falls in love with a horse named Flash that's for sale. He gets a job to earn the money to buy the horse, but he's forced to sell when the family falls upon hard times. This ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Lucas Black, Brian Kerwin, Shawn Toovey, Tom Nowicki

Votes: 709

37. Flicka (2006)

PG | 95 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

57 Metascore

Young Katy claims a wild horse as her own -- an effort to prove to her father that she is capable of one day taking over the family ranch.

Director: Michael Mayer | Stars: Alison Lohman, Tim McGraw, Maria Bello, Ryan Kwanten

Votes: 6,665 | Gross: $21.00M

38. Flicka 2 (2010 Video)

PG | 96 min | Family

Carrie is a big-city teenager whose life is turned upside down when she moves to a horse ranch in Wyoming to live with her father. But everything changes when Carrie meets Flicka, a wild, ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Damian | Stars: Patrick Warburton, Tammin Sursok, Clint Black, Reilly Dolman

Votes: 1,317

39. Francis (1950)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

During World War II, a junior American Army officer, Lt. Peter Stirling, gets sent to the psychiatric ward whenever he insists that an Army mule named Francis speaks to him.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Donald O'Connor, Patricia Medina, Zasu Pitts, Ray Collins

Votes: 878

40. Francis Goes to the Races (1951)

Approved | 88 min | Comedy, Fantasy

The owner of a talking mule, now a horse-breeder, gets involved with gangsters.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Donald O'Connor, Piper Laurie, Cecil Kellaway, Jesse White

Votes: 330

41. Francis Goes to West Point (1952)

Not Rated | 81 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Francis the talking mule gets his owner in and out of trouble while he is taking basic training at West Point.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Donald O'Connor, Lori Nelson, Alice Kelley, Gregg Palmer

Votes: 332

42. Francis Covers the Big Town (1953)

Passed | 86 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

A man who has a talking mule gets a job on a newspaper, and both get mixed up in a murder trial.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Donald O'Connor, Yvette Duguay, Gene Lockhart, Nancy Guild

Votes: 230

43. Francis Joins the WACS (1954)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Peter Stirling (with his old friend the talking mule) is recalled to active duty...in the WACs!

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Donald O'Connor, Julie Adams, Chill Wills, Mamie Van Doren

Votes: 259

44. Francis in the Navy (1955)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy, Fantasy

A story following Lt. Peter Stirling and his dream being in the navy.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Donald O'Connor, Martha Hyer, Richard Erdman, Jim Backus

Votes: 489

45. Fury (1955–1960)

30 min | Family, Western

A horse and the boy who loved him.

Stars: Peter Graves, William Fawcett, Bobby Diamond, Highland Dale

Votes: 348

46. The Golden Stallion (1949)

Approved | 67 min | Action, Adventure, Music

Diamonds are being smuggled across the border from Mexico in a specially made shoe of a palomino mare. One of the smugglers is killed when the mare runs off. The sheriff blames Trigger for ... See full summary »

Director: William Witney | Stars: Roy Rogers, Trigger, Dale Evans, Estelita Rodriguez

Votes: 140

47. The Great Dan Patch (1949)

Passed | 94 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

Story of the legendary trotting horse Dan Patch.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Gail Russell, Ruth Warrick, Charlotte Greenwood

Votes: 173

48. Gus (1976)

G | 96 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

The California Atoms are in last place with no hope of moving up. But by switching the mule from team mascot to team member, (He can kick 100 yard field goals!) they start winning, and move... See full summary »

Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: Edward Asner, Don Knotts, Gary Grimes, Tim Conway

Votes: 1,271

49. Gypsy Colt (1954)

G | 72 min | Drama, Family, Western

A beautiful spirited horse is so devoted to his young mistress that he undertakes an incredible 500-mile journey over treacherous terrain to be reunited with her.

Director: Andrew Marton | Stars: Donna Corcoran, Ward Bond, Frances Dee, Larry Keating

Votes: 166

50. Harley's Hill (2011 Video)

85 min | Family

A racing horse chooses a new path.

Director: Don Most | Stars: Christopher Atkins, Kirstin Dorn, Rance Howard, Deborah Thompson Duda

Votes: 81

51. Heartland (II) (2007– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Drama, Family

8.4