10 Best Horse Movies to Watch in 2022

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One of the most iconic and long-lasting animals to appear in film history, horses have been featured in countless films over the years. Although their roles have ranged from mount to beast of burden, they’ve never failed to wow audiences with their strength and beauty.

With that in mind, we thought it would be fun to take a look at what movies you can look forward to watching involving these majestic creatures over the next 10 years!

Here are our picks for the 10 best horse movies to watch in 2022!

 

1) National Velvet

Based on a children’s novel, National Velvet is a story about a young girl who loves horses and wants desperately to be a jockey. Her father is dead set against it, but she works hard and learns to ride well enough that she wins her first race.

Based on her victory, she gets financial backing for an even bigger event – and wins! Definitely one of my favorite horse movies as I was growing up.

 

2) Black Beauty

Based on Anna Sewell’s novel, Black Beauty stars Peter Mann as a young stallion sold into horse training. It follows him from owner to owner as he witnesses many examples of human cruelty and explores his friendship with Ginger, a mare who begins to teach him how much more there is to life than just doing what you are told.

While it was released in 1994, it’s easy to see why Black Beauty topped our list! This heartwarming movie about animal rights will warm your heart for years to come.

 

3) The Black Stallion

Starring Mickey Rooney and Alec Baldwin, The Black Stallion is about a young boy (Baldwin) who befriends a wild Arabian horse he saves from a plane crash. In that classic underdog-makes-good style, The Black Stallion will have you rooting for Baldwin’s character as he trains his steed and prepares him for an important show jumping competition.

It may seem dated by today’s standards, but it remains one of cinema’s best horse movies. Plus, what child hasn’t dreamed of finding their own real-life Black Stallion? There are still plenty out there—you just need to know where to look!

 

4) Shiloh

This 1995 family drama was a surprisingly good film, based on Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s novel. A young boy who is traumatized by losing his dog adopts a wild mare, who becomes pregnant and later gives birth to a foal.

The boy names her Shiloh and raises her with help from his grandfather, but when he learns that she must be sold for slaughter because she’s not registered with any official breed registry, he tries to find someone who will buy her so he can keep her.

The movie has an emotional impact as you watch Shiloh struggle to adjust from life in nature to domestication—but it also has some flaws that are obvious now more than 20 years after its release.

 

5) McLintock!

This 1963 Western follows feisty loner George Washington McLintock as he battles his town’s corrupt cattle baron. This action-packed comedy is one of John Wayne’s best performances and features a dream cast, including Maureen O’Hara, Patrick Wayne, Andy Devine, and Ed Asner.

The music won an Oscar for Best Original Song! This horse movie is sure to become a classic!

Ride ‘Em Cowboy!: Starring Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Ride ‘Em Cowboy was nominated for two Oscars: Best Original Song (for Don Raye and Gene de Paul) and Best Music (Score of a Musical Picture).

While it didn’t win either award, its fun storyline about an impostor who steals Roy Rogers’ horse will keep you on your toes.

 

6) The Sound of Music

Though The Sound of Music wasn’t a box office success when it was first released, it has gone on to become one of the most beloved horse movies ever made. It chronicles Julie Andrews’ Maria as she leaves her Austrian home for nunnery life at an abbey.

While there, she learns about music and romance before becoming governess for a widower’s seven children. The family moves from Austria to Germany during World War II and makes new friends—and enemies—along their journey.

 

7) Seabiscuit

It’s not easy to make a movie about a horse. But you can’t make a movie about Seabiscuit without showing him galloping into battle at Pimlico, soaring over jumps at Narragansett, and blowing away Thunder at Suffolk Downs—three races that made him an American legend.

Based on Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling book, 2003’s Seabiscuit was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won three: Best Cinematography (Conrad L. Hall), Best Sound Mixing (Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Keith A. Wester), and Best Makeup (Rick Baker).

The film also stars Tobey Maguire as jockey Red Pollard, Jeff Bridges as trainer Tom Smith, and Chris Cooper as Charles Howard.

 

8) Mr. Ed

This classic television show starring a talking horse was a massive hit when it first aired in 1961. The show was so popular that it spawned two made-for-TV movies, and remains an important piece of entertainment history to many.

If you’re looking for horse movies, you can’t go wrong with Mr. Ed. It might be almost 60 years old, but it will never get old!

 

9) War Horse

The war horse is a 2011 drama film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Lee Hall, Richard Curtis, and Lee Hall. It is an adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 novel of the same name. The film features Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Peter Mullan.

Set during World War I, it tells the story of Joey, a bay Thoroughbred horse raised by British farmer Albert Narracott (Peter Mullan) and his son Freddie (Jeremy Irvine). When Freddie is killed on the Western Front, Joey becomes lost and ends up in German hands.

He is taken on by German cavalry officer Captain Nicholls (Tom Hiddleston), who initially sees him as no more than equipment, but eventually comes to see Joey as a true friend.

 

10) All Creatures Great and Small

While there are thousands of movies about horses, most fall into one of two categories: documentaries or competitions. Luckily, there are a few exceptions. One such film is All Creatures Great and Small (1978), starring Simon Ward as a veterinarian and Alec McCowen as his assistant, James Herriot.

This movie is loosely based on Herriot’s book All Creatures Great and Small (1975), which he wrote after moving to Yorkshire with his wife Helen Alderson, played by Kristin Scott Thomas in the film.

The movie also stars Christopher Timothy as Herriot’s friend and fellow vet Siegfried Farnon, Anthony Hopkins as a wealthy farmer named Donald Sinclair, Robert Hardy as Sinclair’s father-in-law, Donald Macdonald, and Peter Davison as an apprentice named Tristan Farnon.

The plot follows James Herriot from his move to England through several years of practice. The setting is rural Yorkshire during World War II; however, it was filmed at Shepperton Studios near London.

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