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Phar Lap (1983)
Director: Simon Wincer
Starring: Tom Burlinson, Ron Leibman, Richard Morgan, Robert Grubb, Martin Vaughan, Celia De Burgh, Vincent Ball, Judy Morris, Richard Terrill, Peter Whitford and Steven Bannister
The true story of a legendary Australian racehorse that becomes a champion with the help of a local stableboy, rising from obscurity to win nearly 40 races in just three years before mysteriously dying in 1932.
Director: Gary Ross
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire, Chris Cooper, William H. Macy, Ed Lauter, Gianni Russo, Sam Bottoms, Eddie Jones, Elizabeth Banks and Danny Strong
True story of the undersized Depression-era American racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Tom Hiddleston, Peter Mullan, Emily Watson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Kennedy, Niels Arestrup, Celine Buckens, Toby Kebbell, David Thewlis, Liam Cunningham, David Kross, Leonard Carow, Eddie Marson, Rainer Bock, Gerard McSorley, Pip Torrens, Jeremy Wadham and Sebastian Hülk
Young Albert enlists to service in WWI after his beloved horse, Joey, is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and across Europe as the war rages on.
Black Beauty (1971)
Director: James Hill
Based on the novel by Anna Sewell
Starring: Mark Lester, Walter Slezak, Peter Lee Lawrence, Uschi Glas, Patrick Mower, John Nettleton, Maria Rohm and Eddie Golden
When farmer Evan's mare has a black colt, he promises the young horse to his son Joe. The youngster and colt, named Black Beauty, enjoy growing up as playmates. However, once the squire who owns Evan's farm dies, his mean heir, who abuses animals, turns the screws on Evans until he is forced to leave his farm. He then loses Black Beauty in a card game so the now full-grown stallion ends up in the Hackenschmidt circus. But Joe is desperate to get him back.
The Littlest Horse Thieves (1976)
[Also known as 'Escape From The Dark']
Director: Charles Jarrott
Starring: Alaister Sim, Peter Barkworth, Maurice Colbourne, Susan Tebbs, Andrew Harrison, Zoe Franks, Benji Bolgar and Prunella Scales
When the owner of a Yorkshire coal-mine decides to mechanize to increase profits, the mine's pit ponies are scheduled to be destroyed. So, three children plan to steal them to keep them safe. But when they're caught, it's up to the mine owners and the miners themselves to decide what's right.
Director: Carroll Ballard
Starring: Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Clarence Muse and Hoyt Axton
When Alec washes upon the shore of a deserted island after a terrible shipwreck, he soon discovers that he isn't the only survivor. A wild Arabian stallion managed to reach the island as well, giving Alec a new reason to live. Gradually, Alec wins the stallion's trust, instigating a relationship that will change both of them forever.
When Alec is finally discovered, he convinces his mother to let the stallion live in the backyard and, after meeting Henry Dailey, a thrilling final chapter is introduced, one in which Alec and the stallion begin to train for a racing championship, making their bond even stronger.
My Lucky Star (2012)
Director: Anne Fassio
Starring: Christopher Lambert, Claude Brasseur, Fleur Lise Heuet and Antoine Berry
The Barthelemys have been training racing horses, trotters, for generations. After tragedy befalls Pierrot Barthelemy, his family's inheritance seems at stake. Can his daughter and his sole mare, Marquise, save the family from ruin?
Director: Randall Wallace
Starring: Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Margo Martindale, Nelsan Ellis, Otto Thorwarth, Fred Dalton Thompson, James Cromwell and Scott Glenn
Against all odds, housewife and mother Penny Chenery - with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin — navigates the male–dominated horseracing business, ultimately taking Secretariat on a spectacular journey to become the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and perhaps the greatest racehorse of all time.
The Story of Seabiscuit (1949)
[Also known as 'Pride Of Kentucky']
Director: David Butler
Starring: Shirley Temple, Barry Fitzgerald, Lon McCallister and Rosemary DeCamp
Irish horse trainer Shawn O'Hara (Barry Fitzgerald) and his lovely niece, Margaret (Shirley Temple), come to America to escape the memory of an accident involving Margaret's brother, Danny.
Working with thoroughbreds in Kentucky, Shawn takes a liking to a yearling named Seabiscuit and fights to convince the horse's owner that the tiny horse with big knees will become a top-notch racehorse. Meanwhile, Margaret begins a tentative relationship with jockey Ted Knowles (Lon McCallister) but is haunted by her brother's death in a steeplechase spill.
My Friend Flicka (1943)
Director: Harold D. Schuster
Based on the novel by Mary O'Hara
Starring: Roddy McDowall, Preston Foster, Rita Johnson, James Bell, Patti Hale and Jeff Corey
Ken McLaughlin struggles to please his family in any way. He comes back from boarding school boasting poor grades and facing going through the fifth grade again, much to his father, Rob's, dismay. Ken's mother, Nelle, manages to persuade his Rob to let Ken choose a colt from the herd for himself. He instead chooses a sorrel chestnut filly, who becomes injured soon after in a barbed wire accident. Can Ken nurse the filly back to full health?
Director: Robert Totten
Based on the novel by John Steinbeck
Starring: Henry Fonda, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson, Jack Elam and Richard Jaekel
A young farmboy who can't seem to communicate with his father develops an attachment to a young red pony.
Thunderhead: Son of Flicka (1945)
Director: Louis King
Based on the novel by Mary O'Hara
Starring: Roddy McDowall, Preston Foster, Rita Johnson, James Bell, Patti Hale and Carleton Young
A young boy tries to train Thunderhead, a beautiful white colt and the son of his beloved Flicka, to be a champion race horse.
A Horse for Summer (2015)
Director: Nancy Criss
Starring: Dean Cain, Lee Meriwether, Christopher Atkins and Mandalynn Carlson
Summer, a troubled teenager, steals money to save a horse on her uncle's farm. When the pastor finds out why she took the money and forgives her, his compassion and understanding change her way of thinking.
A list of my favorite films starring horses and ponies.
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