TOP 10 BEST HORSE MOVIES

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If you love horses, then the next best thing to riding horses is watching a Horse movie. The following are the Top 10 Best horse Movies based on technical merit, story line, acting, and of course the horse itself!

10. Shergar


shergarShergar is a 1999 movie based on a 1983 true story of an unsolved Horse Kidnapping where a race horse is allegedly abducted and brought to Farm of Garritty (David Warner) a borderline IRA Sympathizer. After kidnapping the horse, they were asking for a ransom of 5million pounds.

When the authorities refused to pay the amount as it may be used for illegal activities and to buy illegal weapons, terrorist O’Rourke (Mickey Rourke) orders the horse to be shot, cut the head and send it to the newspapers as a proof of the death. But before that happens, the horse escapes with Kevin (Tim Walsh), a stableboy who works in the farm and has a great love for horses. has run away from reform school. He saves the horse by running away with the horse to a countryside where the IRA and authorities won’t be able to find their presence. wonKevin and the horse are subsequently befriended by a tinker (Ian Holm) and his granddaughter (Laura Murphy).

The Movie was directed and written by Dennis C. Lewiston.

 

9. Hidalgo


hidalgoHidalgo is a 2004 biographical western film based on the legend of the American distance rider Frank Hopkins and his mustang Hidalgo.

Frank Hopkins a cowboy and a dispatch rider for the U.S. cavalry and was once billed as the best rider in the west. In 1890, Frank Hopkins was invited to the Ocean of Fire–a 3,000 mile survival race across the Arabian desert which is a restricted challenge and taken part only but the finest Arabian horses and noblest and purest bred horses from the royal families. Frank Hopkins and his mustang were put to test with the best Arabian horses and Bedouin riders – some of whom are determined to prevent a foreigner from finishing the race.

 

8. Flicka


flickaThis is a story of a girl Katy who is her father’s only daughter and was hoping to take over her father’s ranch someday. But her father thought her elder brother is better suitable to run the ranch. Her dreams were shattered when she saw her father’s disapproval face when she returned back home with a failure to complete an essay for her school exam.

Katy had an encounter with a Black mustang filly and a mountain lion. She went after the horse, captured it and named it Flicka. In order to prove to her father, she trained the horse and rode on its back. when the father was not really fond of Katy’s actions, Katy continued disobeying him, resulting in Flicka being sold to the rodeo to be used in the wild horse race. Katy goes after the horse with the help of her brother and takes part in the race acting as a man. She brings Flicka back home. But on the way back home, things take a turn and they again encounter the mountain lion. In the encounter, Flicka gets seriously injured and Katy gets very ill getting struck in the storm. Her family takes her and the horse back home and her father decided to put down the horse considering it’s critical injury and Katy was deeply saddened by the decision but she was not able to do anything as the fever and health condition kept her low. She heard a gun shot when she was inside the house and was very sad about her horse being killed. After few days, when she had recovered from the fever, he father called her downstairs to show Flicka alive and healthy and he had killed the mountain lion with the gun shot. The film ends with Katy and Flicka riding together through the Wyoming mountains.

7. Secretariat


secretariatSecretariat is a 2010 American biographical sports drama film produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures, written by Mike Rich and Sheldon Turner with music by Nick Glennie-Smith and directed by Randall Wallace. The film chronicles the life of Thoroughbred race horse Secretariat, winner of the Triple Crown in 1973. Diane Lane portrays Secretariat’s owner, Penny Chenery, and John Malkovich plays his trainer, Lucien Laurin. Filming took place on location in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky, and around Lafayette, Louisiana and Carencro, Louisiana. The film premiered at the Hollywood premiere in September 30, 2010 and was released on October 8, 2010 by Walt Disney Pictures. The film received mixed reviews from critics and earned $60.3 million.

6. The Black stallion


the-black-stallionThe Black Stallion is a 1979 American film based on the 1941 classic children’s novel The Black Stallion by Walter Farley. It tells the story of Alec Ramsey, who is shipwrecked on a deserted island with a wild Arabian stallion whom he befriends. After being rescued, they are set on entering a race challenging two champion horses.

The film is adapted by Melissa Mathison, Jeanne Rosenberg and William D. Wittliff. It is directed by Carroll Ballard. The movie stars Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Hoyt Axton, and the Arabian horse Cass Ole. The film features music by Carmine Coppola, the father of Hollywood producer Francis Ford Coppola, who was the executive producer of the film.

5. National Velvet


national-velvetNational Velvet is a 1944 American Technicolor sports film directed by Clarence Brown and based on the novel of the same name by Enid Bagnold, published in 1935. It stars Mickey Rooney, Donald Crisp, and a young Elizabeth Taylor. In 2003, National Velvet was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Mi Taylor was a young wanderer and opportunist whose father had given him “all the roads in the Kingdom” to travel. One of the roads, and a notation in his father’s journal, leads him to the quiet English country-side home of the Brown family. The youngest daughter, Velvet, has a passion for horses and when she wins the spirited steed Pie in a town lottery, Mi is encouraged to train the horse for the Grand National – England’s greatest racing event.

 

4. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron


spiritSpirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is a 2002 American animated western film that was produced by DreamWorks Animation and released by DreamWorks Pictures1. It follows the adventures of a young Kiger Mustang stallion living in the 19th century wild west.

The film, written by John Fusco and directed by Kelly Asbury and Lorna Cook, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. In contrast to the way animals are portrayed in an anthropomorphic style in other animated features, Spirit and his fellow horses communicate with each other through sounds and body language. Spirit’s thoughts are narrated by his voice actor Matt Damon, but otherwise he has no dialogue. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron was released in theaters on May 24, 2002, and earned $122.6 million on a $80 million budget. [via] Wikipedia

 

3. Black Beauty


black-beautyBlack Beauty is a 1994 American film adaptation of Anna Sewell’s novel by the same name directed by Caroline Thompson in her directorial debut.The film stars Andrew Knott, Sean Bean and David Thewlis.The film is also treated as an autobiography of the horse Black Beauty as in the original novel, and is narrated by Alan Cumming as the voice of the ‘Black Beauty’. This is the fifth feature film adaptation of the 1877 classic novel by Anna Sewell.

Like the Anna Sewell novel that inspired it, this film adaptation is told from the perspective of a majestic stallion named Black Beauty (Alan Cumming). As a colt, Black Beauty has a relaxed life in the English countryside, owned by the kindly farmer Grey (Sean Bean). However, later in life, he is forced to work as a taxi horse in London. As an aged horse, Black Beauty finds himself in the care of loving owners again, but only after a series of thrilling hardships and triumphs. [via] wikipedia

 

2. Seabiscuit


seabiscuitSeabiscuit is a 2003 American equestrian sports film based on the best-selling non-fiction book Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand. The film is loosely based on the life and racing career of Seabiscuit, an undersized and overlooked Thoroughbred race horse, whose unexpected successes made him a hugely popular media sensation in the United States during the Great Depression. Seabiscuit was nominated for seven Academy Awards.

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.

 

1. War Horse


war-horseWar Horse is a 2011 American war drama film directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay written by Lee Hall and Richard Curtis, adapted from Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 novel of the same name. The film’s cast includes Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Marsan, Niels Arestrup, Toby Kebbell, David Kross and Peter Mullan. Set before and during World War I, it tells of the journey of Joey, a Bay Thoroughbred horse raised by British teenager Albert (Irvine), as he is bought by the British Army, leading him to encounter numerous individuals and owners throughout Europe, all the while experiencing the tragedies of the war happening around him.

DreamWorks Pictures acquired the film rights to the original novel in December 2009, with Spielberg announced to direct the film in May 2010; after directing many films set during the Second World War, it is his first film to tackle the events of World War I. Long-term Spielberg collaborators Janusz Kamiński, Michael Kahn, Rick Carter and John Williams all worked on the film as cinematographer, editor, production designer, and music composer, respectively. [via] wikipedia