Best Horse Flicks

by OnlyRocknRoll | created - 23 Nov 2013 | updated - 06 Dec 2013 | Public
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1. 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: 64,396 | Gross: $120.28M

2. 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: 11,078

3. 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: 404

4. 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: 25,280 | Gross: $59.71M

5. 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: 1,555

6. 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: 75,236 | Gross: $67.29M

7. Black Beauty (1971)

G | 106 min | Drama, Family, Western

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: 904

8. National Velvet (1944)

Passed | 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: 6,140

9. My Friend Flicka (1943)

Approved | 89 min | Family, Western

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: 817

10. Thunderhead: Son of Flicka (1945)

Approved | 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: 284

11. War Horse (2011)

PG-13 | 146 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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: 140,760 | Gross: $79.88M



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