Horse Racing Movies

by zzzorf | created - 31 Dec 2016 | updated - 31 Dec 2016 | Public

This list contains movies which are all about the sport of Horse Racing.

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1. 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: 23,579 | Gross: $59.71M

2. A Gamble for Love (1917)

Drama, Sport

A Lord tries to hobble a rich widow's horse which she wagers against her lover's

Director: Frank Wilson | Stars: Gerald Ames, James Lindsay, George Foley, Arthur Walcott

3. A Dead Certainty (1920)

Drama, Sport

A usurper tries to force his niece's suitor to lose a horse race.

Director: George Dewhurst | Stars: Gregory Scott, Poppy Wyndham, Cameron Carr, Harry Royston

5. Sporting Blood (1931)

Passed | 82 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

The saga of thoroughbred Tommy Boy, born in a rain puddle, and his various owners as he evolves into a a champion stakes horse.

Director: Charles Brabin | Stars: Clark Gable, Ernest Torrence, Madge Evans, Lew Cody

Votes: 270

6. Men of Chance (1931)

Passed | 67 min | Drama

Hoping to get even with gambler/bookie Johnny Silk, racetrack owners and partners Dorval and Farley convince down-and-out Martha Preston to pose as a rich, single French countess, whom Silk... See full summary »

Director: George Archainbaud | Stars: Ricardo Cortez, Mary Astor, John Halliday, Ralph Ince

Votes: 105

7. Broadway Bill (1934)

Approved | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

A runaway heiress and her sister's husband join forces to race the latter's fast horse, Broadway Bill.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Walter Connolly, Helen Vinson

Votes: 798

8. Racing Luck (1935)

Approved | 56 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Racehorse-owner Dan Morgan is ruled off the track and out of racing when his horse is doped by a rival owner who knows that Dan's horse can win a high-stakes race. Trying to clear his name,... See full summary »

Director: Sam Newfield | Stars: William Boyd, Barbara Worth, George Ernest, Esther Muir

Votes: 15

9. Hot Tip (1935)

70 min | Comedy

Jane McGill has fallen in love with Ben Johnson and would like to marry him. But her mother Belle has set certain conditions for that to happen. Father Jimmy decides that betting on the horses will help the kids out.

Directors: James Gleason, Ray McCarey | Stars: Zasu Pitts, James Gleason, Margaret Callahan, Russell Gleason

Votes: 39

11. Educated Evans (1936)

86 min | Comedy

A newly rich couple, under the impression that Cockney racing tout Evans is a championship-winning trainer (he isn't), ask him if he can train a racehorse they have just bought. It turns ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Max Miller, Nancy O'Neil, Clarice Mayne, Albert Whelan

12. Racing Blood (1936)

Passed | 61 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Frankie Reynolds (Frankie Darro'), youngest member of a family of jockeys, borrows $4.85 (yes, four dollars and eighty-five cents) from his sister Phyllis (Gladys Blake), who is not a ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Halperin | Stars: Frankie Darro, Kane Richmond, Gladys Blake, Arthur Housman

Votes: 16

13. Three Men on a Horse (1936)

Approved | 86 min | Comedy

A meek salesman with an uncanny ability to pick horses is virtually kidnapped by a trio of gamblers.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Frank McHugh, Joan Blondell, Guy Kibbee, Carol Hughes

Votes: 331

14. Down the Stretch (1936)

Approved | 66 min | Action, Drama, Sport

A jockey tries to overcome the reputation of his father, who once threw a race.

Director: William Clemens | Stars: Patricia Ellis, Mickey Rooney, Dennis Moore, Willie Best

Votes: 79

15. 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: 11,749

16. You Can't Buy Luck (1937)

Approved | 61 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Wealthy and superstitious race-horse owner Joe Baldwin practices philanthropy because he believes his charity donations bring luck to his ponies. One object of his bounty is gold-digger ... See full summary »

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Onslow Stevens, Helen Mack, Vinton Hayworth, Maxine Jennings

Votes: 44

17. Saratoga (1937)

Passed | 92 min | Drama, Comedy, Romance

After winning a stud farm in lieu of gambling debts, bookie Duke Bradley turns an eye to the daughter of the now deceased gambler and her millionaire fiancée.

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Lionel Barrymore, Frank Morgan

Votes: 1,303 | Gross: $5.30M

18. Racing Lady (1937)

Approved | 59 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

In a film advertised and sold as a Damon Runyon story, but actually combined elements from his "All Scarlet" and another story written by J. Robert Bren and Norman Houston called "Odds Are ... See full summary »

Director: Wallace Fox | Stars: Ann Dvorak, Smith Ballew, Harry Carey, Berton Churchill

Votes: 64

19. Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (1937)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

A cocky young jockey who gets mixed up with some crooked gamblers befriends an English lad with a fast horse and the niece of a woman who runs a boarding house for jockeys.

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Sophie Tucker, C. Aubrey Smith

Votes: 413

20. Wine, Women and Horses (1937)

Approved | 64 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Gamblers Jim Turner and Valarie part company in Chicago and agree to meet at Saratoga with Jim stopping off at Barrowville en route. There, Jim meets George Mayhew and Eight Ball, a ... See full summary »

Director: Louis King | Stars: Barton MacLane, Ann Sheridan, Dick Purcell, Peggy Bates

Votes: 66

21. Kentucky (1938)

Passed | 96 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Romeo and Juliet story set amidst horse racing in Kentucky. The family feud of lovers Jack and Sally goes back to the Civil War and is kept alive by her Uncle Peter.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Loretta Young, Richard Greene, Walter Brennan, Douglass Dumbrille

Votes: 394

22. Going Places (1938)

Approved | 84 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A sports store clerk poses as a famous jockey as an advertising stunt, but gets more than he bargained for.

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Dick Powell, Anita Louise, Allen Jenkins, Ronald Reagan

Votes: 235

23. Stablemates (1938)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Sport

A washed up, alcoholic Vet and a dreamer stable boy help nurse a sick race horse back to health.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Wallace Beery, Mickey Rooney, Arthur Hohl, Margaret Hamilton

Votes: 137

24. Trouble Brewing (1939)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

George has won a lot of money at the races but he's paid with counterfeit money. He sets about tracking down the criminals himself.

Director: Anthony Kimmins | Stars: George Formby, Googie Withers, Gus McNaughton, Garry Marsh

Votes: 92

25. Two Thoroughbreds (1939)

Approved | 62 min | Crime, Drama, Family

A group of gangsters steal the valuable brood-mare "Larkspur" from the Conway Ranch in Arizona. The mare's three-month-old colt tries to follow its dam, but is outdistanced. The lost colt ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Hively | Stars: Jimmy Lydon, Joan Leslie, Arthur Hohl, J.M. Kerrigan

Votes: 35

27. Long Shot (1939)

Approved | 69 min | Drama

Henry Sharon is about to be ruined financially by rival stable owner Lew Ralston when he gets an idea to fake his own death. His prize horse Certified Check is bequeathed to niece Martha, a young woman Ralston had hoped to marry.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Gordon Jones, Marsha Hunt, C. Henry Gordon, George Meeker

Votes: 45

28. King of the Turf (1939)

Approved | 88 min | Drama

Mason is a former race-horse owner who gave up everything and started to drink after the death of one of his jockeys. One day he meets Goldie who has run away from home, hoping to find a ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Roger Daniel, Dolores Costello, Walter Abel

Votes: 7

29. The Lady's from Kentucky (1939)

Approved | 67 min | Action, Drama, Sport

Good-natured gambler Marty Black falls into ownership of a booking joint but soon falls on hard times. His one out is a marker for half-ownership in a young thoroughbred, which he quickly ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Hall | Stars: George Raft, Ellen Drew, Hugh Herbert, Zasu Pitts

Votes: 19

30. Pride of the Blue Grass (1939)

Approved | 65 min | Drama

Based on the story of the steeplechase-winning blind jumping horse, Elmer Gantry aka Gantry the Great, owned by Eleanor Getzendaner. The horse plays himself.

Director: William C. McGann | Stars: Edith Fellows, James McCallion, Granville Bates, Aldrich Bowker

Votes: 68

31. Maryland (1940)

92 min | Drama

A woman tormented by the hunting death of her husband forbids her son to have anything to do with horses. But when he falls for the daughter of his father's trainer, he defies his mother by entering the Maryland Hunt.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Walter Brennan, Fay Bainter, Brenda Joyce, John Payne

Votes: 66

32. He Married His Wife (1940)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy

Race horse owner pays so much attention to business he winds up divorced from his wife. His alimony payments are so steep he plots with his lawyer to get her married off.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Joel McCrea, Nancy Kelly, Roland Young, Mary Boland

Votes: 143 | Gross: $0.05M

33. It Ain't Hay (1943)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Musical

Adaptation of the Damon Runyon story 'Princess O'Hara', in which the horse of a street vendor is replaced by a racehorse.

Director: Erle C. Kenton | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Grace McDonald, Cecil Kellaway

Votes: 732

34. 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: 5,721

35. Home in Indiana (1944)

Approved | 106 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A lad with a penchant for trouble is sent to live with his aunt and uncle in Indiana. Though he's not happy about the arrangement at first, his love of horses and his affection for a young ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Walter Brennan, Jeanne Crain, Charlotte Greenwood, Ward Bond

Votes: 308

37. She Went to the Races (1945)

Passed | 86 min | Comedy

Scientists have developed a method for winning at the track. Lovely Ava is a horse owner interest to a desperate gambler.

Director: Willis Goldbeck | Stars: James Craig, Frances Gifford, Ava Gardner, Edmund Gwenn

Votes: 151

38. Salty O'Rourke (1945)

Approved | 100 min | Drama

Salty owes money to Doc Baxter; he and his pal Smitty have one month to pay up. They get a race horse and a disbarred jockey, Johnny Cates, who must fake his identity to race. Johnny and ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Alan Ladd, Gail Russell, William Demarest, Stanley Clements

Votes: 136

39. The Bride Wore Boots (1946)

85 min | Comedy, Romance

A bookish historian is married to a steely Southern belle who raises horses, an animal that he doesn't care for. However, the cute young neighbor girl doesn't feel that way about him and makes no bones about letting him know it.

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Cummings, Diana Lynn, Patric Knowles

Votes: 254

40. My Brother Talks to Horses (1947)

Approved | 92 min | Comedy

A classic film featuring a boy who is able to hear what the racehorses at the track are thinking. He bases their moods on how well he thinks they'll do, and tells his older brother who is ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins, Peter Lawford, Beverly Tyler, Edward Arnold

Votes: 206

41. The Homestretch (1947)

Approved | 99 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

A film that qualifies as a Travelogue Documentary in that it contains footage of world-famous race tracks such as England's Ascot, Palermo in South America, and Churchill Downs, Jamaica, ... See full summary »

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Cornel Wilde, Maureen O'Hara, Glenn Langan, Helen Walker

Votes: 59

42. Green Grass of Wyoming (1948)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Family, Western

"Thunderhead," a roving, big white stallion, causes problems for the Wyoming ranchers when he leads their blue-blooded racing mares off to join his wild horse herd in the mountains. ... See full summary »

Director: Louis King | Stars: Peggy Cummins, Charles Coburn, Robert Arthur, Lloyd Nolan

Votes: 280

43. The Return of October (1948)

Approved | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

This is the warm-hearted story of a wholesome Terry Moore, whose late uncle Willie (James Gleason) is reincarnated as a thoroughbred horse. At least, as far as Ms. Moore is concerned, he is... See full summary »

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Glenn Ford, Terry Moore, Albert Sharpe, James Gleason

Votes: 131

44. 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: 180

45. 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: 604

46. The Rocking Horse Winner (1949)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Fantasy

A young boy receives a rocking horse for Christmas and soon learns that he is able to pick the winning horse at the races.

Director: Anthony Pelissier | Stars: Valerie Hobson, John Howard Davies, Ronald Squire, John Mills

Votes: 897

47. County Fair (1950)

76 min | Drama

"Ma" Ryan, who runs a burger stand at the county fair, asks daughter Loretta to put a bet on a horse that Loretta's boyfriend Tommy is riding. Unfortunately, Loretta mistakenly places the ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Rory Calhoun, Jane Nigh, Florence Bates, Warren Douglas

Votes: 12

48. Riding High (1950)

Passed | 112 min | Comedy

A horse trainer who has fallen on hard times looks to his horse, Broadway Bill, to finally win the big race.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Bing Crosby, Coleen Gray, Charles Bickford, Frances Gifford

Votes: 387

49. Under My Skin (1950)

Approved | 86 min | Drama, Sport, Thriller

On the run from gamblers he double-crossed, expatriate jockey Danny Butler tries to justify his son's faith in him as a winner.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: John Garfield, Micheline Presle, Luther Adler, Orley Lindgren

Votes: 201