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Rider Insider: The Best Horse Movies

Horses have inspired brilliant (and not-so-brilliant) cinema over the years. Which movie is your favorite?

June 2, 2014

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One of our most popular articles of all time here on is our 2006 list of the 30 Best Horse Movies. The continued traffic to that page proves that plenty of people are looking for some horsey cinema to enjoy. The sometimes strongly worded disagreement (and occasional whole-hearted agreement) in the comments section shows that people also have very strong opinions on the topic.

The list was limited to 30, which means the editors who compiled it couldn't select everyone's favorite. And now the article is eight years old! Since its publication, the world of equine film has had several notable additions, including War Horse, Secretariat and the documentary Buck.

For this month's Rider Insider, we're recruiting your help in updating this list. Are there any classics that we missed? Are there some newer titles that deserve recognition? Even those movies that aren't exactly Oscar-worthy might still earn a place on the list because of other good qualities. Beautiful cinematography, a few laughs, a compelling plot or—the rare and beautiful Holy Grail of horse movies—accuracy in the depiction of horse behavior or equestrian practices are totally valid reasons for adding a movie to our new and improved list.

So what is your favorite horse movie of all time, and what makes it better than the rest? Click "Submit a Comment" below and let us know your thoughts. Some of the best responses could be included in an upcoming issue of Horse Illustrated!

This month, Noble Outfitters is sponsoring the Rider Insider column in Horse Illustrated with a prize for the selected featured response. If you'd like to be considered for a prize, make sure to include your contact info in the email field of the comment form (emails will not be publicly displayed.)

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Ayana    International

2/8/2015 4:57:37 AM

My favourite would be The black stallion. I saw it first when I was a child. After that I begin to ride horse.

Danita    Port Elgin, ON

1/26/2015 1:39:10 PM

I love the article and have a few titles you may have missed.
Hannah's law
Straight A's
dark horse
cowboy christmas/documentary on rodeo wrestlers
the winged colt/horse named comet
after the fall
storm rider
of horses and men/not in english
the jack bull/1999
the lighthorsemen/1987
our wild hearts

Maggie    Morgantown, WV

9/6/2014 4:12:47 AM

My all time favorite always will be Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. I remember everyday after kindergarten I would come home and watch it! Whenever the horses showed up, there was a lift in my spirit!

Karen    chatsworth, CA

8/24/2014 12:32:34 AM

Got to catch The Horse Whisper again on TV tonight. It was nostalgic watching the young talented Scarlett Johanson and who can go wrong with a recovering Horse Robert Redford, and the beautiful Montana scenery. My favorite.

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