Top 10 Best Horse Movies of All Time
There’s a reason why there aren’t just human beings on this planet. The reason can be simply the way genetics went or the evolution sorted things or it can be an answer to why human beings need companions other than the humans themselves and who else can really fill in the requirement other than an animal that is a pet and what possibly can get better than having a horse as a companion. Horses are kind and very different in nature and for years they have literally taken the burden of human beings on their backs. The same burden and the same capability of being called a friend have been exposed in the movies and those are exactly what we have tried to cover in our Top 10 Best Horse Movies listing.
We’re going to start our list with the 1999 classic that is based on a true story. Directed by Dennis C. Lewiston movie revolves around the basic bond that can be shared by a human and a horse and is about a story of an Irish racehorse that is kidnapped by the Irish Republican Army. The horse is then rescued by a young boy who is an orphan, played by David Warner. A perfect movie you can spend the weekend with.
Not the best quality trailer, but its the only one I could find.
A boy-and-his-horse tale loosely based on the IRA's unsolved 1983 horsenapping of a Derby winner, this adventure film opens with the animal being abducted and brought to a farm run by Garritty (David Warner), a borderline IRA sympathizer. After Irish authorities refuse to pay a 5 million pound ransom, sinister terrorist O'Rourke (Mickey Rourke) orders the horse to be shot, but before that happens, the animal escapes with Kevin (Tim Walsh), a stableboy who has run away from reform school. Kevin and the horse are subsequently befriended by a tinker (Ian Holm) and his granddaughter (Laura Murphy).
Now, how many of us don’t know Hidalgo? Not many are unaware of it and also of the movie. Actually, the movie is based on the name of the horse. The movie is made on a deadly race that is spread all over the desert and this also shows how a cowboy takes his horse to Arabia and takes a part in the race. Throughout they are met with the challenges and other hurdles that are yet another source of keeping the viewer in a state of the continuous question as to what is next. Viggo Mortensen has given his career’s best in this as well.
Rugged cowboy Frank Hopkins (Viggo Mortensen) is an expert horseman who performs in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. When affluent Sheik Riyadh (Omar Sharif), piqued by tales of Hopkins' talent, challenges Hopkins to prove himself in a treacherous long-distance horse race called the Ocean of Fire, Hopkins is forced to oblige. In the Middle East with his American mustang, he must race against thoroughbred horses ridden by the best riders in the world with his reputation -- and his life -- at stake.
You all shouldn’t be surprised that all of the movies that have horses in them turn out to be true most of the times because once again as mentioned horses do give rise to a fantasy that is, in reality, a truth. Based on yet another true story is a movie called Champions. A film that was released back in 1981 that shows the struggles and obstacles Bob Champion and his horse Aldaniti take on. A perfect family movie that you can enjoy.
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 recovery and goes on to win the 1981 Grand National steeple chase on the horse Aldaniti.
Diane Lane has been known on the big screen because of this movie and this one is also one of the recent ones that you can enjoy. Disney has been generous enough to shoot Big Red, the all times famous horse on the race track with all of the records he has broken as well as the life and determination of the woman who is sitting right on its back. The movie is all about commitment one can give to go across the line once it is drawn.
Despite her lack of experience, housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) agrees to take over management of the family Thoroughbred farm after her father (Scott Glenn) becomes ill. Successfully navigating her way through the male-dominated world of horse racing, Chenery, together with veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich), fosters a gifted colt that ultimately crosses the finish line into history as the Triple Crown winner in 1973.
The Black Stallion
Old is Gold and this beauty back from 1979 is enough to prove the phrase correct. The movie is about the fascination a young kid has with an Arabian horse that is brought on the ship of his father and once the ship sinks, he and the horse survive only to be stranded on a desert island. They both continue the bond of friendship only to come back home and make the horse learn how to race and later to be a part of the race that involves other fastest horses that have been known by the people around.
While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion that is brought on board and stabled in the ship he is sailing on. When the ship tragically sinks both he and the horse survive only to be stranded on a deserted island. Alec befriends the horse, so when finally rescued both returns to his home where they soon meet Henry Dailey, a once successful trainer. Together they begin training The Black to race against the fastest horses in the world.
England's Grand National Sweepstakes is at stake, and a former jockey is going to help a girl train a horse that she has been gifted in a lottery. The horse is wild so they both have to work out really hard to find out a way in which they can convince its soul and continue having a bonding in between. Directed by Clarence Brown film was released in 1945 and is regarded as one of the most seen from the same era. One of the very first films that tried to show how horses are taken care of.
When Velvet Brown (Elizabeth Taylor), an equine-loving 12-year-old living in rural Sussex, becomes the owner of a rambunctious horse, she decides to train it for England's Grand National race. Aided by former jockey Mi Taylor (Mickey Rooney) and encouraged by her family, the determined Velvet gets her steed, affectionately called "The Pie," ready for the big day. However, a last-minute problem arises with the jockey and an unexpected rider must step in as a replacement.
The Man From Snowy River
Another one of the movies that are set as early as the 1880s Australia, where a young boy called Jim Craig has to face the tragedy of the death of his father. Jim takes a job at the Harrison cattle ranch, where he is forced to become a man. In these challenges, he must come across a horse and try to make sure that they both come along well to continue taking care of the ranch.
After the death of his father, proud young Jim Craig (Tom Burlinson) sets out to become his own man. Taking a job with horse rancher Harrison (Kirk Douglas), Craig is treated poorly by the more experienced cowboys, but wins the heart of the rancher's daughter, Jessica (Sigrid Thornton), when he helps her break a high-strung colt and later saves her life. When he's unfairly blamed for the loss of an expensive horse, Craig fights to restore his honor and prove that he's worthy of Jessica's hand.
Tobey Maguire is mostly known for either being a Spiderman Trilogy main character or for being called Red Pollard from the famous movie called Seabiscuit. This is yet another one of the true stories out there that are related to the undersized Depression-era racehorse who comes forward with a series of wins that alternatively give rise to not only the spirits of the team it belongs to but also of the nation that is behind that team. Tobey is known because of doing his career’s best in this one as well.
In the midst of the Great Depression, a businessman (Jeff Bridges) coping with the tragic death of his son, a jockey with a history of brutal injuries (Tobey Maguire) and a down-and-out horse trainer (Chris Cooper) team up to help Seabiscuit, a temperamental, undersized racehorse. At first the horse struggles to win, but eventually Seabiscuit becomes one of the most successful thoroughbreds of all time, and inspires a nation at a time when it needs it most.
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
People actually loved the idea of this movie because it was about a stallion that was way too wild that it can only exist in the cartoons. The movie is about a rebel who decides not to go down no matter what is put ahead of him. But the movie progresses with him getting captured and traveling the entire western frontier only to get back home and on his way, he falls in love with a beauty and learns more about what it is to have a life and what it possibly means to have freedom, above all.
Follows the adventures of a wild and rambunctious mustang stallion as he journeys through the untamed American frontier. Encountering man for the first time, Spirit defies being broken, even as he develops a remarkable friendship with a young Lakota brave. The courageous young stallion also finds love with a beautiful paint mare named Rain on his way to becoming one of the greatest unsung heroes of the Old West.
Last but not least is War Horse that is the recent most inspiring film that came out in 2011. It’s about the bond and a friendship a soldier and a horse can share even in the tense situations like a war. The movie is all set to take you back to World War I where the actor tries to take care of the situation with his horse.
Albert (Jeremy Irvine) and his beloved horse, Joey, live on a farm in the British countryside. At the outbreak of World War I, Albert and Joey are forcibly parted when Albert's father sells the horse to the British cavalry. Against the backdrop of the Great War, Joey begins an odyssey full of danger, joy, and sorrow, and he transforms everyone he meets along the way. Meanwhile, Albert, unable to forget his equine friend, searches the battlefields of France to find Joey and bring him home.
Ok, so there might be some truth to the saying we are "horse crazy". I personally think that owning a horse is one of the best things I could possibly ever do, but if you think about it there are so many reasons why a lot of people think we are crazy people for doing so.