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1. The Horse Whisperer (1998)

PG-13 | 169 min | Drama, Romance, Western

6.6
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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: 37,452 | Gross: $75.38M

2. National Velvet (1944)

Passed | 123 min | Drama, Family, Sport

7.3
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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: 6,088

3. The Rider (2017)

R | 104 min | Drama, Western

7.4
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92 Metascore

After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.

Director: Chloé Zhao | Stars: Brady Jandreau, Mooney, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau

Votes: 11,471 | Gross: $2.42M

4. Secretariat (2010)

PG | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.2
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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: 25,209 | Gross: $59.71M

5. Lean on Pete (2017)

R | 121 min | Adventure, Drama, Sport

7.2
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80 Metascore

A teenager gets a summer job working for a horse trainer and befriends the fading racehorse, Lean on Pete.

Director: Andrew Haigh | Stars: Charlie Plummer, Amy Seimetz, Travis Fimmel, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 9,636 | Gross: $1.16M

6. Seabiscuit (2003)

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

7.3
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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: 64,222 | Gross: $120.28M

7. 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)

PG-13 | 154 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

6.5
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47 Metascore

Christopher Columbus' discovery of the Americas and the effect this has on the indigenous people.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Armand Assante, Sigourney Weaver, Loren Dean

Votes: 26,831 | Gross: $7.19M

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

G | 88 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.2
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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: 4,563 | Gross: $7.30M

9. The Champ (1979)

PG | 121 min | Drama, Sport

6.9
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38 Metascore

A former boxer discovers that his biggest battle of all is going to be with his ex-wife, Annie, who returns after abandoning their young son seven years prior.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway, Ricky Schroder, Jack Warden

Votes: 7,425 | Gross: $30.44M

10. Racing Stripes (2005)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

5.2
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43 Metascore

An abandoned zebra grows up believing he is a racehorse, and, with the help of his barnyard friends and a teenage girl, sets out to achieve his dream of racing with thoroughbreds.

Director: Frederik Du Chau | Stars: Frankie Muniz, David Spade, Snoop Dogg, Bruce Greenwood

Votes: 15,196 | Gross: $49.77M

11. Luck (2011–2012)

52 min | Drama, Sport

7.5
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A television series centered around characters who are tied to the same horse racing track.

Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, John Ortiz, Richard Kind

Votes: 5,266

12. Murphy's Romance (1985)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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Emma is a divorced woman with a teen-aged son who moves into a small town and tries to make a go of a horse ranch. Murphy is the widowed town druggist who steers business her way. Things ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Sally Field, James Garner, Brian Kerwin, Corey Haim

Votes: 5,152 | Gross: $30.76M

13. A Sunday Horse (2016)

108 min | Biography, Family

6.1
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After a near-fatal accident, on a horse the experts thought was nothing special, a determined rider from the wrong side of the tracks defies all the odds to pursue her dreams of winning a national jumping championship.

Director: Vic Armstrong | Stars: Nikki Reed, Ryan Merriman, Cassi Thomson, Linda Hamilton

Votes: 776

14. Dark Victory (1939)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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A young socialite is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, and must decide whether or not she'll meet her final days with dignity.

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald

Votes: 9,307

15. The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit (1968)

G | 113 min | Family, Comedy, Drama

6.5
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Frederick Bolton has to solve two problems. First, his boss has instructed him to come up with a reasonable campaign to promote a new product, a stomach pill named "Aspercel" - by tomorrow.... See full summary »

Director: Norman Tokar | Stars: Dean Jones, Diane Baker, Lloyd Bochner, Fred Clark

Votes: 814

16. National Velvet (1960– )

30 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

8.5
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Velvet Brown lives on a dairy farm with her parents Martha and Herbert, an ex-jockey, Mi Taylor, her brother Donald and her sister Edwina. Teddy is Edwina's boyfriend. Velvet owns a ... See full summary »

Stars: Lori Martin, Ann Doran, James McCallion, Arthur Space

Votes: 86

17. International Velvet (1978)

PG | 127 min | Drama, Family, Sport

5.8
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Velvet's (Nanette Newman's) orphaned niece, Sarah (Tatum O'Neal), 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: 1,286

18. Ostwind (2013)

Not Rated | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

6.8
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A girl who thinks is not good at doing anything has to stay for the holidays with her grandmother at a riding stable. There she discovers her interest in horses, riding and more and what she is good in.

Director: Katja von Garnier | Stars: Hanna Binke, Marvin Linke, Cornelia Froboess, Tilo Prückner

Votes: 1,308

19. Farewell to the Night (2019)

104 min | Drama

6.3
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Muriel farms horses and owns an almond plantation. When her grandson comes to visit her for one last time before he leaves for Canada. She learns that he has dark secrets.

Director: André Téchiné | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Kacey Mottet Klein, Oulaya Amamra, Stéphane Bak

Votes: 267

20. Sylvester (1985)

PG | 104 min | Drama, Family

6.6
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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: 362 | Gross: $0.39M

21. Moondance Alexander (2007)

G | 94 min | Drama, Family

6.3
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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: 1,171 | Gross: $0.04M

22. My Friend Flicka (1943)

Approved | 89 min | Family, Western

6.5
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Ken McLaughlin struggles to please his family in any way. He comes back from boarding school boasting poor grades and facing going through the fifth grade again, much to his fathers dismay.... See full summary »

Director: Harold D. Schuster | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Preston Foster, Rita Johnson, James Bell

Votes: 808

23. My Friend Flicka (1955–1960)

TV-G | 30 min | Adventure, Western

7.3
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Set in Montana about 1900, this was a story about young Ken McLaughlin and his horse Flicka. Ken lived on a ranch with his parents Rob and Nell and the ranch-hand Gus and had many an adventure.

Stars: Gene Evans, Anita Louise, Johnny Washbrook, Frank Ferguson

Votes: 119

24. Casey's Shadow (1978)

PG | 117 min | Drama, Family, Sport

6.1
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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: 501

25. The Cup (2011)

PG | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

5.6
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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: 667

26. Four Shades of Brown (2004)

192 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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An eccentric millionaire dies at a manor in Dalarna in Sweden, leaving behind three sons and a mistress. One of four parallel stories about parents and children. Four sides of Sweden. Four shades of brown.

Director: Tomas Alfredson | Stars: Robert Gustafsson, Maria Kulle, Karl Linnertorp, Jonas Inde

Votes: 4,056

27. Immenhof - Das Abenteuer eines Sommers (2019)

105 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

5.8
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After the death of their father three sisters, sixteen year old Lou, Charly who is in her early twenties and Emmie who is a mere child, have to try and run the family's horse farm between ... See full summary »

Director: Sharon von Wietersheim | Stars: Leia Holtwick, Moritz Bäckerling, Heiner Lauterbach, Valerie Huber

Votes: 70

28. Dark Horse (2015)

PG | 85 min | Documentary, Drama

7.3
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75 Metascore

An inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men's club who decide to take on the elite 'sport of kings' and breed themselves a racehorse

Director: Louise Osmond | Stars: Jan Vokes, Howard Davies, Brian 'Daisy' Vokes, Angela Davies

Votes: 940

29. Black Beauty (2015)

PG | 86 min | Family

3.7
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"Black Beauty," a film centering on a 15 year-old girl who volunteers at a city pound, and convinces her Grandfather in the country to adopt a horse that was rescued from an abusive owner. ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Zirilli | Stars: Luke Perry, Bruce Davison, Jude S. Walko, Sarah Ann Schultz

Votes: 198

30. Riding High (1950)

Passed | 112 min | Comedy

6.1
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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: 413

31. Ostwind 2 (2015)

103 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

6.5
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Ostwind comes face to face with the Mondmann and tries to kill him before he gets savagely murdered by the Hungarian.

Director: Katja von Garnier | Stars: Hanna Binke, Jannis Niewöhner, Marvin Linke, Amber Bongard

Votes: 618

32. The New Adventures of the Black Stallion (1990–1993)

30 min | Adventure, Family

7.1
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Inspired by the novels of Walter Farley. After being shipwrecked on a remote desert island, courageous, young Alec Ramsay and a wild Arabian stallion named the "Black," form an irrevocable ... See full summary »

Stars: Mickey Rooney, Richard Ian Cox, Docs Keepin Time, Marian Filali

Votes: 344

33. Hammers Over the Anvil (1993)

Not Rated | 97 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

5.7
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This is the story of the crippled young Alan Marshall and his hero worship of the local he-man horse trainer East Driscoll, the schoolboy crush Alan has on the local aristocratic English ... See full summary »

Director: Ann Turner | Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Russell Crowe, Alexander Outhred, Frankie J. Holden

Votes: 540

34. Smoky (1946)

Passed | 87 min | Drama, Family, Music

6.7
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Drama about the strong bond between a cowpoke and a wild bronco set during the 1940s.

Director: Louis King | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Anne Baxter, Burl Ives, Bruce Cabot

Votes: 301

35. The Derby Stallion (2005)

PG | 99 min | Drama

5.5
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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: 1,038

36. The Story of Seabiscuit (1949)

Approved | 98 min | Drama, Family, Romance

6.2
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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: 682

37. Home in Indiana (1944)

Approved | 106 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.8
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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: 380

38. The Great Dan Patch (1949)

Passed | 94 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

6.0
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Story of the legendary trotting horse Dan Patch.

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

Votes: 190

39. Sporting Blood (1940)

Passed | 82 min | Drama

6.0
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Myles Vanders feuds with hardnosed stable owner Davis Lockwood. Myles takes revenge by romancing and marrying Lockwood's daughter Linda. But as the big race looms nearer, Myles is ... See full summary »

Director: S. Sylvan Simon | Stars: Robert Young, Maureen O'Sullivan, Lewis Stone, William Gargan

Votes: 93

40. The Littlest Outlaw (1955)

Not Rated | 73 min | Drama, Family

6.1
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Little Pablito is the ten year old son of a cruel horse trainer. The trainer is responsible for training a Mexican General's horse to jump for the grand race. The trainer's methods cause ... See full summary »

Director: Roberto Gavaldón | Stars: Pedro Armendáriz, Joseph Calleia, Rodolfo Acosta, Andrés Velázquez

Votes: 176

41. The Legend of Walks Far Woman (1982 TV Movie)

111 min | Western, Drama

5.6
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A woman kills her husband after he becomes violently abusive following concussion. The tribe then banishes her from the community.

Director: Mel Damski | Stars: Raquel Welch, Bradford Dillman, George Clutesi, Nick Mancuso

Votes: 177

42. The White Pony (1999)

G | 93 min | Family, Fantasy

5.6
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Leah is eager to visit her uncle's ranch in Ireland, until her attempt to ride her cold cousin Shannon's horse results in Silky's being injured, and her ordered not to ride again. When she ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Kelly | Stars: Olivier Gruner, Warwick Davis, Carly Anderson, Victoria Farrer

Votes: 171

43. Gypsy Colt (1954)

Approved | 72 min | Drama, Family, Western

6.4
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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: 200

44. The Dark Horse (I) (2008)

105 min | Drama, Family, Sport

4.4
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The Dark Horse is a story of struggle and redemption. Dana, a ballet teacher, reluctantly returns to her childhood home to discover it is about to be sold. To save the farm, and the family,... See full summary »

Director: Cornelia Duryée | Stars: Carol Roscoe, Kathryn Mesney-Hetler, Sean G. Griffin, Kate Bayley

Votes: 117

45. Chad Hanna (1940)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, Romance

6.3
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Country boy joins a circus in the 1840s and falls in love with Albany the star equestrian rider. Later he falls in love with Caroline another runaway who becomes the Circus' new bareback rider.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Henry Fonda, Dorothy Lamour, Linda Darnell, Guy Kibbee

Votes: 227

46. Wendy 2 - Freundschaft für immer (2018)

96 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

5.3
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Director: Hanno Olderdissen | Stars: Christian Ahlers, Jasmin Gerat, Lorenzo Germeno, Jule Hermann

Votes: 35

47. Maryland (1940)

92 min | Drama

6.7
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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: 72

48. Black Gold (1947)

Passed | 90 min | Drama, History, Sport

6.4
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In the 1920s Texas, Indian farmer Charley Eagle is dreaming of winning the Kentucky Derby with his Black Hope horse but things change when oil is found on his land and the Black Gold colt is born.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Katherine DeMille, 'Ducky' Louie, Raymond Hatton

Votes: 134

49. Of Women and Horses (2011)

101 min | Drama, Sport

5.4
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Enraged by the sale of the vaulting horse that she'd been promised as hers to ride, Gracieuse, a talented rider, dumps her job at a stable. She starts again from zero by accepting work as a... See full summary »

Director: Patricia Mazuy | Stars: Marina Hands, Bruno Ganz, Josiane Balasko, Amanda Harlech

Votes: 171

50. Lightning, the White Stallion (1986)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Family

4.6
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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: 120



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