What is your favorite horse movie of all times?

needed a horse movie that I could watch over and over again in the motor home…can you guess which one we bought last night? Do you have a go-to horse movie you love to re-watch?What is your favorite horse movie of all time?

I always loved The Black Stallion. Even watching it now as an adult I am impressed with how non-verbal the entire beginning is. I love it because it makes the horse/human interaction even more personal.

I try to go to every horsey movie that comes out…even if it is a movie like Hidalgo where I have to poke my husband to get him to stop picking on the movie (he wasn’t a fan of Hidalgo).

I am hoping that when I check the comments on here I will have a complete list of the best horse movies so I can make it my mission to watch them all.


  1. Claire James on October 24, 2014 at 7:48 am

    OMG can’t believe people are mentioning Wild Hearts can’t be Broken a horrible film about shocking horse abuse!!!!! Really upset me, and then when I researched it afterwards the truth behind it was even more shocking. Can’t believe it was made by Disney. Making horses fall huge drops into water, even one off a pier where it panicked swam out to sea and was drowned. Sick. Rant over…. will have to search out some of the others mentioned esp Black Stallion. The films I saw as a child like National Velvet always seemed to have too much human stuff in them! Loved the Silver Brumby books, didn’t know there was a film made will definately have to seek that out.

    • Susan on October 24, 2014 at 8:58 am

      Thank you for the insight!

  2. quarterhorsegirl on October 24, 2014 at 7:45 am

    War Horse, Secretariat, and National Velvet!

  3. Alli on October 24, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Phar lap is a great movie about Australia’s most famous race horse. You can see Phar lap today in the Melbourne museum. Man from snowy river and silver brumby are other Australian Classics, but the silver brumby movie does not capture the true essence of the silver brumby book series.

  4. Deborah Watson on October 24, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Medicine hat stallion

  5. Marissa Cornelisse on October 24, 2014 at 4:59 am

    Abosolutely the horse whisperer! Beautifull movie

  6. Gretta on October 24, 2014 at 4:50 am

    Does anyone remember Fury

    • Sharon Buxton-Bregola on October 26, 2014 at 6:37 am

      My favorite when I was a kid..no Sat AM was complete without watching it! 😀

  7. Rebecca on October 24, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Just not a Fine Step. Okay, I appreciated that there were Paso Finos in a movie, finally. But we Paso people are really perturbed with the movie for so many glaring innacuracies. They made the shows which are so exciting, look so boring and lame, rediculous announcing.
    I was stuck in a state of being happy to see Pasos on the screen, and annoyed every other minute, LOL.
    Not to mention all the bad general horsemanship. How long were those horses tied in their stalls? “Training” being twirling the horse is tiny circles and yelling his name at him, oh my. Ect ect.
    And what was with the weird canters when they went to search the fields….. my Paso has an actual canter + lope and he does a fast gallop, even though he is a tightly gaited show horse!
    Just bugged it painted such a poor picture of our breed….. go ahead and watch it so you can see some of the things that bugged us, LOL.
    In the show scenes, I don’t know what the cause was, maybe a rush to make the movie / actor riders / whatever, but the horses were not very collected and the gaits uneven…. hurried production is all I can think. The real shows have really good horses in them.
    The Nationals is held at Kentucky horse park beginning of Oct, and we enjoyed watching it on live USEF streaming this year.

  8. Rosie Wylie on October 24, 2014 at 4:12 am

    Lightening The White Stallion with Mickey Rooney. My sister and I still get over excited…., 30 years on :))))

  9. Gunnar Halldórsson on October 24, 2014 at 4:00 am

    Check out the icelandic movie Of horses and men(Hross í oss).

  10. Josephine on October 24, 2014 at 1:44 am

    I like the one called spirit, I don’t know if it’s the same name I the us. And war horse is absolutely fantastic!

  11. Heather Fenn on October 24, 2014 at 1:25 am

    I love all the above. There is a super French movie doco called Zingaro it all set to gypsy music in a horse circus.

  12. Heather M on October 24, 2014 at 1:21 am

    1. Man from Snowy River 1&2 2. Black stallion, 3. Pharlap

  13. Manda Rowe on October 24, 2014 at 1:20 am

    While I love The Black Stallion, the Black Stallion Returns is probably one of my all time favorite movies to watch over and over. The beauty of the scenery and horses take my breath away, and the race is my absolute favorite of all race scenes. The other horse movie I could watch over and over is The Man From Snowy River (not so much the second). And for what ever reason I really love the movies Virginia’s Run and Moon Alexander and Flash.

  14. Dana on October 24, 2014 at 1:20 am

    Black Stallion is still a big favorite- but not mentioned so far was Sylvester- about a young woman training a raw bronc for 3 day event- really nice understory to that one, even better as a book- and does anyone else remember “Ride a wild pony” an Australian film , well done about 2 kids who think they own the same pony-

  15. Wallace G. Wereley on October 24, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Seabiscuit is my absolute favorite

  16. Pam Wilson on October 24, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Favorite is Sylvester

  17. Londyn Rychel on October 23, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    I would have to say running free is my all time favorite! Also two-bit and pepper was an awesome movie as well!

  18. Sharon Hill on October 23, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Flash staring Lucas Black. Rides a horse from Atlanta to New York.
    Made for tv Disney movie. You can find it on DVD if you search for Lucas Black in Flash.

  19. Sonja on October 23, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit, Slyvester, Casey Shadow, My friend Flicka (my first horse’s name). I actually am collecting all horse movies on DVD. So this is awesome to see which movies I need to add.

  20. Kristy Licu on October 23, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    I love Justin Morgan had a Horse. Just got it off iTunes. Haven’t seen it since I was a kid (I’m 35). Loved it now just as much as then.

  21. Marsha on October 23, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Ride a Wild Pony. I think I watched it a thousand times as a girl. Danny, the original one. I think there’s a newer version that wasn’t as good. Both might be hard to find, now.

  22. Brenda on October 23, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    One of my favorites that hasn’t been mentioned is “Dreamer”. It always brings tears to my eyes.

  23. sharyl on October 23, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    I loved DREAMER with Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning

  24. Tish on October 23, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Gypsy Colt, Black Stallion, Seabiscuit, Man from Snowy River, Silver Stallion.

  25. Mandy on October 23, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    All if these are awesome. I think we own most, 2 teenage horse loving girls in our home! You’ve got to check out “Two-bits & Pepper”. It’s a keeper!!! I’ve found it at TSC in the $5 movie display.

  26. Annie Azzopardi on October 23, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    My Friend Flicka (the original with Roddy McDowell), Thunderhead Son of Flicka and The Green Grass of Wyoming

  27. pattiyoung on October 23, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Also The Silver Brumby. Just found the movie on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdAV9bSSjjI

  28. Jacque on October 23, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Secretariat is my favorite, cause all the men talked down to his owner like she knew nothing and proved them all wrong by having the greatest horse to ever live and she did it without having a barn full of horse’s to choose from….

  29. Lanette chance on October 23, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Pharlap!!!! Absolutely love this movie

  30. mswomanoffire on October 23, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Does anyone remember “The Pit Ponies”? I remember seeing that in the movie theatre around 35-40 years ago. It was about the ponies used in the coal mines. A young girl tear jerker for sure as there was a competion by two girls over the ownership of one of the ponies.

    • Dona on November 11, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      My Dads first pony was from a mine, she was blind, either from being in the dark or purposly blinded. This would be around 1935. He said it was one of the best ponies he ever had, no one would of ever known she was blind. They rode her & also used her to plow the garden. He lived in Ohio.

  31. Judy Gooding on October 23, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    If it is a horse movie that is all I need to qualify as one to watch again and again 🙂

  32. Rachel Ivey on October 23, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    War Horse, Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken, and Thunderhead- Son of Flicka are all some of my favorites!
    There is another movie called Saved by Grace that isn’t as popular as the other ones, but just as good!

  33. Patti Young on October 23, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Secretariat is definitely a favorite, but I’ve always loved The Long Shot. Feel-good tear jerker (mostly at the end), and I especially like it because it’s based on a true story.

  34. paulastevens7 on October 23, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    My Friend Flicka trilogy,the original not the ruined one with the girl and Tim Mcgraw. Windancer,Moondance Alexander,Hildalgo,Spirit. List could go on an on.

  35. Jan on October 23, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I’ve seen most of the movies listed. One of my recent favorites is 50 to 1, a true store about the 2009 long shot Kentuckey Derby winner Mine That Bird. The movie is about his unusual journey to the Derby and beyond. Jockey Calvin Bored plays himself in the movie as do some others. Really enjoyed this movie. I believe it was released in 2013. Other great horse movies were ones by Disney such as The Miracle of the White Stallions, Run Appaloosa Run and The Horse With The Flying Tail (about a horse that was going to slaughter and ended up as a jumper). These could probably be ordered through the Internet. 50 to 1 definitely worth seeing!!!

    • Jan on October 23, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      Ooops, auto correct misspelled Calvin Borel’s name. Should have caught it.

  36. Anne Voskuil on October 23, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    My favorite is Jappeloup, although its in French and I havent found English subtitles so far. Good to brush up on my highschool French though!!

  37. eklundpiddlers on October 23, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    I loved Black Beauty. It gave me empathy for all domesticated animals. They are at our mercy. I have a good version of Black Beauty, and even though it makes me sad, I love the movie. I never wanted to sell a horse after watching that movie.

  38. kayla on October 23, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Seabiscuit, secretariate, spirit, black beauty, black stallion, hidalgo, the red pony, misty, old version of flicka movies, new version of flicka movies, wildfire, wild stallion, national velvet, the man fron snowy river movies, the horse whisperer, tv show heartland, racing stripes, the colt, my pal trigger, the strawberry roan, smoky, and tonka. Ive watched all of these an still do I just love em all.

  39. Maria Melendez on October 23, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Seabiscuit and The Horse Whisperer

  40. Jeni on October 23, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    wild hearts cant be broken, second chances

  41. cathy walker on October 23, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    April Love. The horse in this movie is awesome. Tugfire was his name.

  42. Elizabeth on October 23, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    The Little Horse That Could… My son watched it over and over and over…

  43. janet Fraser on October 23, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    I can watch ‘Man From Snowy River’ 1&2 again and again

  44. LW on October 23, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Wild Hearts Can’t be Broke…true story…has to be one of my favs then Man from Snowy River I and II. Great thread! Next we should share the best horse books! I was tipped to read one called “Last of the Saddle Tramps” another true story about an older lady that made her way from East to West across the USA on horseback. Another all time fav book is “Kings in Grass Castles” true story about one particular family responsible for helping settle Australia. Plenty of horses in there!

  45. Dianekane on October 23, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    The horse in the grey flannel suit, the horse with the flying tail, National Velvet, The Miracle Of the White Stallions, Dreamer, lots of great movies.

  46. Heather on October 23, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    My all time favorite, go-to horse movie is The Horse Whisperer.

  47. Billee on October 23, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Someone did mention Phar Lap, excellent movie. While not a horse movie, I LOVE Phillipe in Beauty and the Beast. All others mentioned, minus Hidalgo and the Horse Whisperer. Again, not a horse movie, but I loved Goliath in Ladyhawke. And the Irish Movie: Into the West.

  48. Sharon on October 23, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Man From Snowy River, parts 1 & 2, are two of my fav’s. Amazing riding scenes and I was told by an Australian who knows the family on whose ranch the movie was filmed that the star of the show was only an amateur English rider before the movie and had to be coached to loosen up, not be so rigid in order to do the riding scenes. He did all his own stunts in the movie which is amazing!

    • jen Hileman on October 23, 2014 at 9:43 pm


  49. Debbie Kelly on October 23, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I loved My Friend Flicka, Thunderhead, and The Green Grass of Wyoming….did not see these mentioned here. Of course the books surpass any movie. Loved all the Walter Farley books.

  50. Sharon on October 23, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Secretariat, wonderful true story! a tear jerker for me as we had a stallion we rescued with Secretariat’s lineage, who looked like Secretariat, who was a dream to my late husband who wanted to race him. We rescued him as an 11 day old foal and raised him on goat milk. He grew to 16 1/2 H. He had a HUGE stride and the attitude of a winner. We kept him in a large pen with hot wire around it and he was constantly challenging the hot wire getting within a whisker of it. Sadly, after we started him in training we discovered he had a stenosis of the 5th and 6th vertebrae which made him a “wobbler”. We couldn’t afford the surgery for him so he never went on in his training. I’ve often wondered what might have been…. Anyway, Secretariat is a great true story of faith and determination.

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