Best Horse Racing Movies

Marcus Bazzano
By Marcus Bazzano
Best Horse Racing Movies

What Are The Best Horse Racing Movies?

Horse racing has long been a source of fascination for many, with its rich history, majestic animals, and thrilling competitions. 

The sport has inspired numerous films over the years, each capturing the essence of horse racing in unique and captivating ways. 

Here are the 10 best horse racing movies according to IMDB rankings that will leave you breathless and yearning for more:

  1. A Day at the Races – (7.5/10)
  2. Eden Valley – (7.5/10)
  3. The Black Stallion – (7.4/10)
  4. Seabiscuit – (7.3/10)
  5. National Velvet – (7.3/10)
  6. The Fighting Chance – (7.3/10)
  7. Secretariat – (7.2/10)
  8. Phar Lap – (7.2/10)
  9. Ruffian – (7.2/10)
  10. The Rocking Horse Winner – (7.2/10)

What Are The Most Famous Horse Movies? 

Below you can find a list of the most famous horse racing movies according to IMDB:

  1. Hidalgo – (2004)
  2. Seabiscuit – (2003)
  3. Secretariat – (2010)
  4. The Black Stallion – (1979)
  5. Bite The Bullet – (1975)
  6. Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story – (2005)
  7. Racing Stripes – (2005)
  8. National Velvet – (1944)
  9. A Day at the Races – (1937)
  10. Let It Ride – (1989)

Movies About Horses Based On True Stories

Movies about horses based on true stories inspire and captivate audiences. “Secretariat” tells of the Triple Crown winner, “Phar Lap” of Australia's champion racehorse, “Seabiscuit” of an unlikely Depression-era hero, “Champions” of the 1981 Grand National, and “Ruffian” of a filly's tragic yet remarkable career. 

A list of horse movies based on true stories can be seen in the list below:

  • Secretariat
  • Seabiscuit
  • Phar Lap
  • Champions
  • Ruffian
  • Miracle of the White Stallions
  • Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken
  • Shergar

What Is The 2003 Horse Racing Movie? 

The 2003 horse racing movie is “Seabiscuit,” an American sports film that was written and directed by Gary Ross. The movie is based on the best-selling non-fiction book “Seabiscuit: An American Legend” by Laura Hillenbrand.

It tells the story of the life and racing career of Seabiscuit, an overlooked and undersized thoroughbred racehorse who became a media sensation during the Great Depression.

What Is The Disney Horse Racing Movie?

The Disney horse racing movie is “Secretariat” (2010), a biographical sports drama film about the Thoroughbred racehorse Secretariat, winner of the Triple Crown in 1973, and his owner Penny Chenery, played by Diane Lane.

What Are Some Famous Horses From Movies? 

Some famous horses from movies include Seabiscuit from “Seabiscuit”, Secretariat from “Secretariat”, The Black Stallion from “The Black Stallion”, National Velvet's Pie from “National Velvet”, Phar Lap from Phar Lap", & Spirit from “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron”. 

What Are Some Famous Horse Names That Have Come From Movies?

Some horse names become etched in the back of your mind from famous movies or TV shows. Here is a list of famous horse names that have come from movies:

  1. Seabiscuit (Seabiscuit, 2003)
  2. Secretariat (Secretariat, 2010)
  3. Black Stallion (The Black Stallion, 1979)
  4. Spirit (Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, 2002)
  5. Pie (National Velvet, 1944)
  6. Champion (Champion the Wonder Horse, 1955)
  7. Trigger (Roy Rogers' trusty steed, 1930s-1950s)
  8. Mr. Ed (The Mr. Ed Show, 1961-1966)
  9. Ruffian (Ruffian, 2007)
  10. Phar Lap (Phar Lap, 1983)
  11. The Black (The Black Stallion Returns, 1983)
  12. Alec's Horse (The Black Stallion, 1979)

What Are The Best Movies About Jockeys? 

“Seabiscuit” (2003) and “Jockey” (2021) are highly acclaimed movies about jockeys, showcasing their dedication, perseverance, and bond with horses. 

Both films offer inspiring stories and stunning racing sequences, making them must-watches for horse racing fans.

Marcus Bazzano
By Marcus Bazzano

Marcus is a young but experienced sports journalist and content creator, having been in the industry 5+ years. He has written racing specific content for leading racing sites such as RacingBase, Odds and now Fan Odds. Marcus learnt his love for racing from his father, who has owned multiple horses in Marcus' lifetime.