We all adore horses, so it doesn't come as a surprise that there are dozens of movies themed around these beautiful creatures. For a horse lover, there is no greater pleasure than watching a horse movie in their spare time! These movies are not only about horse racing, but they also explore the beautiful relationship that human beings have with horses. As with any other genre, you may have your own favorite here, too. Here is the compilation of our favorite horse films ever made!
This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

Ranked: Best Horse Movies For Equestrian Lovers

1.Lonely Are the Brave (1962)
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Lonely Are the Brave
TV-PG
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Jack Burns, an independent cowboy, feels out of place in the modern world. He purposely gets into a brawl and gets himself arrested to be with Paul, a friend who has been imprisoned for helping illegal aliens. Jack wants Paul to flee with him, but Paul has too much at stake.

Director:
David Miller
2.Buck (2011)
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Buck
PG
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This documentary film is about American cowboy Buck Brannaman, who has a unique way of communicating with horses. The film explores how his abusive childhood helps teach him about compassion and insight that is required for training horses.

3.The Rider (2017)
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The Rider
R
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Brady Blackburn lives an impoverished life with Wayne, his father, and Lily, his autistic teen sister. Although he used to be a rising rodeo star, things get ugly after he meets an accident, which leads to severe brain damage. Despite the warnings from the doctors that riding will make it worse, Brady refuses to quit horse riding.

4.The Black Stallion (1979)
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The Black Stallion
G
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While traveling on a ship, a young boy is fascinated by a wild stallion on board. However, after being shipwrecked, he finds himself stranded on a deserted island along with the horse. He soon develops a bond with the animal, and begins to train him to race.

Director:
Carroll Ballard
5.Seabiscuit (2003)
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Seabiscuit
PG-13
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The Depression era’s true story about thoroughbred Seabiscuit, who, though relatively undersized and with slight limp, became one of the most successful racehorses. Car dealer Charles Howard bought the disgraced horse on suggestion of down-and-out trainer Tom Smith, who selected Red Pollard as his jockey. Forming a close bond with them, Seabiscuit achieves victories that boost the spirit of his team as well as the nation. 

Director:
Gary Ross
6.The Selfish Giant (2013)
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The Selfish Giant
Not Rated
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Arbor and Swifty are two teen boys who grow up in a poor area in Bradford, West Yorkshire. When the boys get into a fight at school, they get suspended. They decide to earn money by collecting and selling scrap metal, and soon learn that it can indeed be profitable. They start  selling their scrap to a local dealer named Kitten, who also competes in amateur harness racing. Soon, Swifty works with the horses and realizes that he has a natural talent with these animals.

7.National Velvet (1944)
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National Velvet
G
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A former jockey, Mi Taylor mentors Velvet Brown, a young girl who wants her horse to win the England's Grand National race. Velvet gets her steed with her determination and encouragement of her family. However, on the big day, some last-minute issues arise with the jockey resulting in an unexpected rider to take over as a replacement.

Director:
Clarence Brown
8.War Horse (2011)
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War Horse
PG-13
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A young farm boy Albert is heartbroken when his father sells his beloved horse, Joey, to the army after Britain enters WWI, and eventually enlists in the army four years later. He is temporarily blinded while fighting in no man's land in France, and while recuperating, learns about a unique horse recovered from the Germans.

Director:
9.Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)
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Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
G
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Spirit, a wild Mustang stallion, is captured by US cavalry men who try to tame him. Despite being punished, Spirit resists and is finally saved by a young Native American, Little Creek. Spirit finds love in Rain, Little Creek’s pretty mare. He saves Little Creek’s life during an army raid, but later, Spirit gets captured. Will he re-unite with his loved ones?

Director:
Kelly Asbury, Lorna Cook
10.Secretariat (2010)
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Secretariat
PG
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Secretariat is a biographical sports drama film which tells the story of a young girl Penny, who takes charge of her father’s stable, despite having no experience or knowledge about horse racing. She soon enters the male-dominated business and creates history by winning the Triple Crown.

Director:
Randall Wallace
11.The Man from Snowy River (1982)
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The Man from Snowy River
PG
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Young Jim Craig decides to go to work to earn money after the death of his father, in order to get the farm back on its feet. Craig starts working for horse rancher Harrison, where he is ill-treated by fellow cowboys but he is able to make his place in the heart of Jessica, Harrison's daughter. Will love conquer all?

Director:
George Miller
Star Cast:
12.Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken (1991)
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Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken
G
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Wild Hearts Can’t be Broken is a romantic drama film which revolves around a girl named Sonora, who lives with her sister Arnette, and her abusive Aunt Helen, during the time of the Great Depression. When she learns that she is going to be sent off to an orphanage, she runs away and soon manages to find a job as a stable hand.  She also manages to become a rider eventually, and learn the tricks and trade of the sport.

Director:
Steve Miner
13.Phar Lap (1983)
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Phar Lap
PG
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Harry Telford entrusts Tommy, who works for him as a stable boy, the responsibility of Phar Lap, a gaunt horse. Telford's faith in the animal is unshakable and soon Phar Lap begins his winning streak with the diligence and love of Tommy that results in heavy losses for the professional gamblers. Will the disgruntled gamblers strike back?

Director:
Simon Wincer
Star Cast:
14.Lean on Pete (2017)
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Lean on Pete
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Charley Thompson is a fifteen year old boy living with his father Ray, who manages to find a summer job, which involves working for an aging racehorse named Lean On Pete. However, things get complicated when he learns that Pete is going to be sent to Mexico shortly, to be slaughtered, as he is getting too old to race.

Director:
Andrew Haigh
15.Equus (1977)
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Equus
R
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Martin Dysart is a psychiatrist who works for disturbed teenagers. His friend Hesther asks him to help Alan, a seventeen year old boy who blinded six horses in a stable. He tries to learn the truths behind the boy’s demons.

Director:
Sidney Lumet
Star Cast:
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
16.In Pursuit of Honor (1995)
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In Pursuit of Honor
PG-13
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In Pursuit of Honor is a Western drama film which revolves around a group of cavalrymen, who disobey orders, after the Army orders them to put down unneeded army horses. Instead, they decide to steal the horses, in order to save their lives, but  they soon find themselves pursued by the military.

Director:
Ken Olin
17.Ride Like a Girl (2018)
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Ride Like a Girl
PG
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Ride like a Girl is a biography sports drama film which tells the story of Michelle Pen, the youngest child of a racehorse trainer Paddy Paine. Despite people telling her otherwise, Michelle struggles and manages to become the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup.

18.Into the West (1992)
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Into the West
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A mysterious white stallion is spotted by two young boys. They take care of it but the crooked cops take it away and give it to an infamous breeder who intends to sell it as a racing horse. Deeply attached to the horse, the boys rescue the horse and take it far away. 

Director:
Mike Newell
19.Dream Horse (2020)
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Dream Horse
PG
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A Welsh bartender Jan Vokes decides to breed an unlikely racehorse, though, she lacks the required money and experience. She convinces her neighbours and other people of her community to chip in their meager earnings so that she can raise the foal. The investment that they made pays off, as the foal soon becomes a ray of hope for the struggling community.

20.Mustang (2018)
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Mustang
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Prisoner Roman, notorious for his vicious behaviour, gets a chance to change and rebuild his life. He is required to train a wild mustang in the rehabilitation therapy that is he chosen for.

Director:
Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
21.My Little Pony: A New Generation (2021)
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My Little Pony: A New Generation
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In a small pony seaside town, Argyle Starshine tells his daughter, Sunny, stories about the past, where earth ponies, pegasi, and unicorns, all three races of ponies lived in harmony. Though these ideas are now regarded as myth, Sunny still strives to build a world where all the three races can be friends, and live peacefully. She soon befriends a unicorn named Izzy, and together they attempt to restore peace.

22.Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005)
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Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story
PG
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A horse trainer Ben Crane is unable to connect with Cale, his precocious daughter. However, Sonador, an injured horse which is adopted by Ben becomes the reason that bridges the gap between the father and daughter. 

Director:
John Gatins
23.Let It Ride (1989)
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Let It Ride
PG-13
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Looney is a nosy cab driver who records the private conversations of his passengers using a hidden microphone. After getting a tip on a race horse, he places a bet and wins a significant amount. However, things get complicated as he is unable to stop gambling.

Director:
Joe Pytka
24.Hidalgo (2004)
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Hidalgo
PG-13
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Frank T. Hopkins and his American mustang, Hidalgo, are famed as the world’s greatest endurance horse and rider as part of Buffalo Bill’s ‘Wild West’ show. When wealthy Sheikh Riyadh challenges Hopkins and Hidalgo to take part in the ‘Ocean of Fire’ race, they must prove themselves against the thoroughbred horses, deadly environment and sabotaging opponents.  

Director:
Joe Johnston
26.Black Beauty (1994)
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Black Beauty
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Based on an 1877 novel of the same name, this drama film is about a stallion born in the English countryside named Black Beauty. The film portrays his story, starting from his birth to his experiences with the various people who become his owners.

Director:
Caroline Thompson
Star Cast:
Sean Bean, Alan Cumming, Peter Edward Cook
27.Return to Snowy River (1988)
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Return to Snowy River
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Jim Craig, a handsome young cattleman, returns to his hometown of Snowy River with his herd of Australian horses only to find that the love of her life, Jessica Harrison, is all set to walk down the aisle with Alistair Patton, the son of an egotistical banker. Though, Jessica wants to be with Jim, her father opposes their relationship and sets his eyes on Jim's most prized possession - his horses.

Director:
Geoff Burrowes
Star Cast:
Brian Dennehy
28.My Friend Flicka (1943)
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My Friend Flicka
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Ken McLaughlin lives on a remote Wyoming ranch with his family. His parents give him an opportunity to raise a horse so that he becomes responsible. Much to his father's dismay, Ken chooses a fiery mustang filly. However, soon they get along well with each other.

29.Misty (1961)
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Misty
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The Chincoteague fire department collects the wild colts and yearlings of Assateague Island and then auctions off the ponies. Maureen and Paul have their hearts set on a pony named The Phantom, whom they aspire to own. They have to earn enough money to bid higher than everyone else in the auction. And Phantom also has a surprise for Maureen and Paul: a foal named Misty. Will they be able to get their hands on it?

30.The Electric Horseman (1979)
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The Electric Horseman
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Sonny, a rodeo star is being hired for an advertisement. When the shoot begins, Sonny gets to know that the horse is being doped to keep it docile. In order to protect the horse from being drugged, Sonny rides away the horse into the desert. 

Director:
Star Cast:
Jane Fonda, Sydney Pollack, Robert Redford
31.Black Beauty (2020)
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Black Beauty
TV-PG
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A wild horse named Black Beauty that was born in the American West is brought to Birtwick Stables. Black Beauty meets a vibrant teenager Jo Green. Jo and Beauty develop a bond that takes them through different adventures, chapters and challenges.

Star Cast:
Kate Winslet
32.Walk. Ride. Rodeo. (2019)
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Walk. Ride. Rodeo.
TV-PG
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After suffering a severe injury which leaves her paralyzed, a courageous teen girl named Amberley Synder fights to earn back her place in competitive rodeo.

Star Cast:
Corbin Bleu, Missi Pyle
33.50 to 1 (2014)
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50 to 1
PG-13
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50 to 1 is a drama film which is based on a true story of a group of misfit cowboys, who find their lives taking a turn, after their undersized thoroughbred racehorse qualifies for the Kentucky Derby. As they make their way to Churchill Down, they face several mishaps on the way.

Director:
Jim Wilson
Star Cast:
William Devane
34.The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit (1968)
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The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit
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3

There are two problems in Frederick Bolton's life. The first - he has to come up with a great promotional campaign to promote a product named "Aspercel," which is a stomach pill. And the second - his daughter Helen, who is fond of horses and aspires to own a horse. He combines his problems to get a solution. He approaches his boss, Tom Dugar, trying to convince him that he should buy a horse and name it Aspercel which will participate in jumping competitions, with the hope that it will become a champion, bringing attention to the product, with Helen as its jockey. Will they make it to the finish line?

Director:
Norman Tokar
Star Cast:
Kurt Russell
35.Tonka (1958)
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Tonka
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In the 1870s, Sioux brave White Bull trains a wild colt, naming him Tonka Wakan. His senior cousin demands Tonka, but mistreats the horse, so White Bull sets him free. Tonka finally reaches the stables of US cavalry Captain Myles Keogh. When the Indian tribes collectively confront US cavalry led by General Custer, Tonka becomes a part of the Battle of Little Bighorn. 

Director:
Lewis R. Foster
Star Cast:
Sal Mineo, Slim Pickens
36.The Nest (2020)
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The Nest
R
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This period drama film tells the story of an Englishman named Rory, who lives with his American wife, Allison, in New York City, with their son Ben, and Allison’s daughter from a previous relationship, Sam. Believing that his opportunities in the US are limited, Rory convinces Allison to return with him to Britain. However, things don’t go as expected, and financial hardships threaten to destroy their family.

Star Cast:
Jude Law
37.The Appaloosa (1966)
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The Appaloosa
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The Appaloosa is a Western film which revolves around Matt Fletcher, a buffalo hunter, who is planning to start a horse breeding farm, along with Paco, his friend. However, things get ugly after a Mexican bandit steals his beloved Appaloosa stallion. He decides to cross the border, in order to get back his horse. But soon he meets and falls for a beautiful woman named Trini, who is the girlfriend of the very same bandit he is looking for.

Director:
Sidney J. Furie
Star Cast:
Marlon Brando
38.Flicka (2006)
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Flicka
PG
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Flicka is an adventure drama film which tells the story of a sixteen year old girl named Katy McLaughlin, who dreams of running her family ranch. However, her father has other plans for her, and he sends her away to a private school. After coming home for the summer, she sets out to tame a wild mustang, in order to prove herself to her father.

Director:
Michael Mayer
Star Cast:
Maria Bello, Tim McGraw
39.The Black Stallion Returns (1983)
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The Black Stallion Returns
PG
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Ishak, a wealthy Moroccan sheik, believes that he is the true owner of the Black, a horse that stays with his caretaker, Alec Ramsay. Ishak's henchmen steal the champion Arabian stallion and Alec, determined to get the horse back, follows them to Morocco. Ishak plans to enter the horse in a an upcoming race and for the time being Alec settles for training the Black's new jockey. Will Alec succeed in getting the horse back?

Director:
Robert Dalva
Star Cast:
Teri Garr
40.Black Beauty (1946)
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Black Beauty
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Black Beauty is a romantic drama film which tells the story of Anne, a young English teenage girl, who receives a newborn horse as a present. She names him Black Beauty, and within some time, he grows into a strong colt. When an American named Bill Dixon visits their neighborhood, he notices Black Beauty, and takes a liking to him. Meanwhile, Anne finds herself attracted to Bill, although he views her only as a child.

41.The Silver Brumby (1993)
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The Silver Brumby
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Elyne Mitchell narrates the story of Thowra, an illustrious silver steed, to her daughter Indi. Thowra is fit to become the leader of a band of wild horses as he reaches maturity. However, a man, living in the wilderness, is set to capture the animal. The horse has to now fight for his own freedom.

Director:
John Tatoulis
Star Cast:
Russell Crowe
42.Spirit Untamed (2021)
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Spirit Untamed
PG
5
4

Spirit Untamed is an animated adventure comedy western film which tells the story of a young girl Lucky Prescott, who befriends a wild mustang named Spirit, after moving into a small town.  A wrangler plans to capture Spirit and his herd, but Lucky and her new friends embark on an adventure to rescue the horse that changed her life.

Star Cast:
Andre Braugher, Isabela Moner
43.Racing Stripes (2005)
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Racing Stripes
PG
8
6

An abandoned baby zebra is rescued and adopted by a retired horse trainer named Nolan. The zebra grows up believing himself to be a racehorse, and dreams of participating in races one day.

Director:
Frederik Du Chau
Star Cast:
Whoopi Goldberg, Dustin Hoffman, Joe Pantoliano, Michael Clarke Duncan, Snoop Dogg, Joshua Jackson, Frankie Muniz