Horse Movies

by SilkeJ | created - 14 May 2014 | updated - 17 Jul 2016 | Public

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1. A Fine Step (2014)

PG | 111 min | Drama

When an expert horseman (Luke Perry) suffers a traumatic accident with his top horse, he overcomes his injury with the help of a young girl who helps rehabilitate him and the horse

Director: Jonathan Meyers | Stars: Luke Perry, Armand Assante, Cameron Daddo, Anna Claire Sneed

Votes: 249

2. War Horse (2011)

PG-13 | 146 min | Drama, History, War

72 Metascore

Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch

Votes: 129,914 | Gross: $79.88M

3. The Horse Whisperer (1998)

PG-13 | 170 min | Drama, Romance, Western

65 Metascore

The mother of a severely traumatized daughter enlists the aid of a unique horse trainer to help the girl's equally injured horse.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Robert Redford, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Neill, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 35,361 | Gross: $75.38M

4. Hidalgo (2004)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

54 Metascore

In 1890, a down-and-out cowboy and his horse travel to Arabia to compete in a deadly cross desert horse race.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Omar Sharif, Zuleikha Robinson, Louise Lombard

Votes: 71,818 | Gross: $67.29M

5. Seabiscuit (2003)

PG-13 | 140 min | Drama, History, Sport

72 Metascore

True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Cooper

Votes: 61,232 | Gross: $120.28M

6. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)

G | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

52 Metascore

A wild stallion is captured by humans and slowly loses the will to resist training. Yet throughout his struggles for freedom, the stallion refuses to let go of the hope of one day returning home to his herd.

Directors: Kelly Asbury, Lorna Cook | Stars: Matt Damon, James Cromwell, Daniel Studi, Chopper Bernet

Votes: 53,128 | Gross: $73.28M

7. 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: 844

8. 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: 8,086 | Gross: $4.63M

9. Secretariat (2010)

PG | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Family

61 Metascore

Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown.

Director: Randall Wallace | Stars: Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Margo Martindale, Nelsan Ellis

Votes: 22,957 | Gross: $59.71M

10. 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: 10,005

11. 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: 1,743 | Gross: $9.80M

12. 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: 10,923 | Gross: $32.70M

13. The Young Black Stallion (2003)

G | 99 min | Adventure, Family, Drama

51 Metascore

A young girl befriends a wild black stallion.

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Biana Tamimi, Richard Romanus, Patrick Elyas, Gérard Rudolf

Votes: 909 | Gross: $6.75M

14. 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

15. The Wild Stallion (2009)

G | 82 min | Drama, Family

A story about two girls, CJ and Hanna. CJ lives on a ranch, Hanna comes to visit and decides to photograph wild horses for a school project. The girls become great friends and learn of a plot that might jeopardize the mustangs.

Director: Craig Clyde | Stars: Connie Sellecca, Fred Ward, Miranda Cosgrove, Danielle C. Ryan

Votes: 446

16. Virginia's Run (2002)

PG | 103 min | Drama, Family

A teenage girl, trying to come to grips with the death of her mother in a horse-riding accident, nurtures the foal of her mother's horse.

Director: Peter Markle | Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Lindze Letherman, Rachel Skarsten, Joanne Whalley

Votes: 654

17. The Long Shot (2004 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

A woman moves with her husband and seven-year-old daughter from Colorado to California and then her husband abandons them. While trying to rebuild her life, she finds solace while working at a horse farm and decides to enter her beloved horse in a high-stakes riding competition.

Director: Georg Stanford Brown | Stars: Julie Benz, Marsha Mason, Paul Le Mat, Gage Golightly

Votes: 482

18. All Roads Lead Home (2008)

PG | 108 min | Drama, Family

The story is about a 12 year old girl who loses her mother in an automobile accident. Her father struggles with the loss of his wife and trying to raise his young daughter who believes her ... See full summary »

Director: Dennis Fallon | Stars: Peter Coyote, Jason London, Vivien Cardone, Peter Boyle

Votes: 685

19. Flicka: Country Pride (2012 Video)

G | 90 min | Family

Flicka and Toby help out a struggling stable owner and her teenage daughter.

Director: Michael Damian | Stars: Clint Black, Lisa Hartman, Kacey Rohl, Lily Pearl Black

Votes: 991

20. Cowgirls 'n Angels (2012)

PG | 92 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A group of rodeo trick-riders recruits a young girl to join them.

Director: Timothy Armstrong | Stars: Bailee Madison, Dusta Kimzey, Richard Levi, Drew Waters

Votes: 1,289 | Gross: $0.12M

21. Moondance Alexander (2007)

G | 94 min | Drama, Family

The curiously named, Moondance Alexander is a spirited teen living with her eccentric mother. She is faced with another uneventful summer until she discovers a lost pinto pony named ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Damian | Stars: Kay Panabaker, Don Johnson, Lori Loughlin, James Best

Votes: 1,076 | Gross: $0.04M

22. 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: 6,685 | Gross: $21.00M

23. 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: 1,324

24. The Silver Brumby (1993)

G | 93 min | Drama, Family

A mother tells her daughter a fable about the prince of the brumbies, brumby being a term for the feral horses of Australia, who must find its place among its kind, while one man makes it his mission to capture it and tame it.

Director: John Tatoulis | Stars: Caroline Goodall, Russell Crowe, Amiel Daemion, Johnny Raaen

Votes: 788

25. International Velvet (1978)

PG | 127 min | Drama, Family, Sport

Velvet's orphaned niece, Sarah, follows her dream of Olympic glory with her horse Arizona Pie.

Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: Tatum O'Neal, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Hopkins, Nanette Newman

Votes: 1,203

26. Touching Wild Horses (2002)

PG | 91 min | Drama

After a car accident that claimed his father and sister's lives and left his mother in a coma, a boy is sent to live with his reclusive aunt on Sable Island, a world-renowned wild horse preserve.

Director: Eleanore Lindo | Stars: Mark Rendall, Jane Seymour, Charles Martin Smith, Gloria Slade

Votes: 392

27. Thunderhead - Son of Flicka (1945)

78 min | Drama, Family

A young boy tries to train Thunderhead, a beautiful white colt and the son of his beloved Flicka, to be a champion race horse.

Director: Louis King | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Preston Foster, Rita Johnson, James Bell

Votes: 262

28. Zafir (2003)

Not Rated | 90 min | Family

Anna's sister Lena was killed in an accident by the horse Zafir. The horse has since the accident been shut up in a barn, but Anna would like to ride the horse even though the parents are against it.

Director: Malene Vilstrup | Stars: Rose Marie Hermannsen, Katrine Schnoor, Henrik Lykkegaard, Claus Bue

Votes: 97

29. Running Free (1999)

G | 81 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

22 Metascore

The tale of the extraordinary life and times of Lucky, a horse that was born in captivity but achieves his dream of running free with the help of a stableboy.

Director: Sergei Bodrov | Stars: Chase Moore, Maria Geelbooi, Arie Verveen, Jan Decleir

Votes: 568 | Gross: $0.10M

30. Sylvester (1985)

PG | 104 min | Drama, Family

Charlie is a 16-year-old orphan struggling to raise her two younger brothers when she endeavors to train a rogue horse she names Sylvester and turn him into an eventing champion.

Director: Tim Hunter | Stars: Richard Farnsworth, Melissa Gilbert, Michael Schoeffling, Constance Towers

Votes: 327 | Gross: $0.39M

31. 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: 712

32. 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: 923

33. 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

34. Phar Lap (1983)

PG | 107 min | Biography, Drama, Family

55 Metascore

The true story of an Australian racehorse that became a champion, with the help of a local stableboy.

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Tom Burlinson, Judy Morris, Richard Morgan, Robert Grubb

Votes: 1,416

35. 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: 448

36. Misty (1961)

Approved | 91 min | Family, Drama

Every year the Chincoteague fire department rounds up the wild ponies of Assateague. island, and then auctions off the colts and yearlings to thin out the herd. A young brother and sister, ... See full summary »

Director: James B. Clark | Stars: David Ladd, Arthur O'Connell, Pam Smith, Anne Seymour

Votes: 242

37. Ruffian (2007 TV Movie)

85 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

A look at the life of the thoroughbred filly that dominated horse racing in the early 1970s.

Director: Yves Simoneau | Stars: Sam Shepard, Frank Whaley, Mark Adam, Lisa Arnold

Votes: 390

38. 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

39. Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken (1991)

G | 88 min | Drama, Family, Romance

Thrilled by a performance she sees at a fair, Sonora tries to land a spot as a daredevil who rides horses off of high dives.

Director: Steve Miner | Stars: Gabrielle Anwar, Michael Schoeffling, Cliff Robertson, Dylan Kussman

Votes: 4,220 | Gross: $7.30M

40. 50 to 1 (2014)

PG-13 | 110 min | Drama

37 Metascore

A misfit group of New Mexico cowboys find themselves on the journey of a lifetime when their crooked-footed racehorse qualifies for the Kentucky Derby. Based on the inspiring true story of ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Wilson | Stars: Skeet Ulrich, Christian Kane, William Devane, Madelyn Deutch

Votes: 1,643 | Gross: $1.06M

41. Shergar (1999)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Shergar is based on the true story of a champion race horse, allegedly abducted by the I.R.A., then rescued by an orphaned boy.

Director: Dennis C. Lewiston | Stars: Alan Barker, Billy Boyle, Stephen Brennan, Gary Cady

Votes: 385

42. King of the Wind (1990)

PG | 103 min | Adventure

In 1727, an Arab colt is born with the signs of the wheat ear and the white spot on his heel: evil and good. And thus begins the life of Sham. He is a gift to the King of France, through a ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Duffell | Stars: Richard Harris, Glenda Jackson, Frank Finlay, Jenny Agutter

Votes: 153

43. The Story of Seabiscuit (1949)

Approved | 98 min | Drama, Family, Romance

Horse trainer Shawn O'Hara and his lovely niece, Margaret, come to America to escape the memory of an accident involving Margaret's brother, Danny. Working with thoroughbreds in Kentucky, ... See full summary »

Director: David Butler | Stars: Shirley Temple, Barry Fitzgerald, Lon McCallister, Rosemary DeCamp

Votes: 591

44. A Horse Story (2016)

Not Rated | 100 min | Family, Fantasy

When Monica's horse, Champion, breaks horse tradition and reveals to her that horses can talk, Monica helps him figure out what kind of horse he wants to be when he grows up and ultimately discovers her own path as well.

Director: John Rogers | Stars: Sarah Lieving, Aaron Johnson Araza, Jesse Bell, Joe Bell

Votes: 64

45. National Velvet (1944)

G | 123 min | Drama, Family, Sport

A jaded former jockey helps a young girl prepare a wild but gifted horse for England's Grand National Sweepstakes.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor, Donald Crisp, Anne Revere

Votes: 5,629

46. Lightning, the White Stallion (1986)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Family

Gambler Barney Ingram's prize white stallion, Cloverdale III, is abducted by creditor Emmett Fallon, but his pick up breaks down on a school-bus route, and the horse runs off. Schoolkids ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Levey | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Susan George, Isabel García Lorca, Billy Wesley

Votes: 114

47. 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: 2,991 | Gross: $4.02M

48. 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: 85

49. Second Chances (1998)

G | 107 min | Drama

A little girl's physical and emotional reawakening after an accident claims her father and her spirit.

Director: James Fargo | Stars: Tom Amandes, Isabel Glasser, Kelsey Mulrooney, Terry Moore

Votes: 268

50. Sherdil (1999)

Not Rated | 97 min | Family