The top five horse racing movies you must watch

two horses racing to represent the top five horse racing movies

The top five horse racing movies you must watch in reverse order …

Horse racing is a different world on its own. An ecosystem of a kind. It is a complete thing. It is not only the horses, the athletes, the spectators, and the fans. It is the excitement and fun from the engagement that comes from a number of interactions with the sport such as betting on horse racing at as well as watching masterpiece films dedicated to this amazing, unique sport. 

For those who love horse racing, there are, in fact, a number of must-see films available! Let’s see the top five horse racing movies of all time. 

5. Dreamer: Inspired by a true story (2005)

This film can’t be missing from the top five movies because it is the ultimate celebration of the unique, strong, and deep relationships between humans and horses. It is about the love people have for horses and what they receive from this love. It is about the ties and bonds developed between the two ‘kinds’. And all these in a beautiful story over horse racing. 


4. Let it ride (1989)

‘Let it ride’ is a fun, entertaining and feel-good movie about horse racing and its immediate relevance – horse racing betting. The film does not get into any deeper meanings or deeper and complex ‘takeaways’. It is more like a film aiming at making you have fun and enjoy because everything that is happening becomes an extraordinary thing. 

A gambler falsely believes to have an edge and while he has promised to stop horse racing betting, he does so one more time in order to leverage what he thinks will be a fixed race. Luckily he wins, and everything from that point on is extraordinary in his routine life. 

‘Let it ride’ is indeed a very good film that you should definitely watch if you want to enjoy the world of horse racing!

3. Secretariat (2010)

The 2010 movie starring Diane Lane and John Malkovich tells a great story about the world of horse racing and the ways in which a woman can not only survive but also succeed in a male dominated system. 

It is a film about strong devotion to one’s dreams and goals and about succeeding in what seems to be unattainable or even unthinkable. If you haven’t yet seen this movie, it is time you give yourself a treat for the eyes and the soul.

2. Hidalgo (2004)

The 2004 film Hidalgo is a must-watch film for those who love true stories and of course for those who love horse racing. It is based on the story of a man and a horse who are called the absolute and superior endurance and they are challenged to defend or even prove this ‘title”. Against odds, difficulties, prejudice, and many more obstacles, they eventually end up finishing the race and coping successfully with the challenge. 

The film does a great job of highlighting the importance of cultural differences, diversity and acceptance all tied up in a unique true story. 

1. Seabiscuit (2003)

Nominated for 7 Oscars, the film ‘Seabiscuit’ is actually a masterpiece. It is based on the classic -yet all-so-impressive story of a complete underdog that manages to turn things around and win in the end. The film embodies the ‘Cinderella story’, the dream-come-true life of a trio: a trainer, a jockey, and a car maker. All with a touch of fortune, effort, dedication, and commitment. All with a touch of living the dream and making it in the end. All with their hopes put on a horse!

It is a film that horse racing fans must absolutely watch because it is a celebration of life, hopes, and dreams combined with what else? The wonderful world of horses. It is a manifestation of the deep impact that horses have on everyone around them and their beneficial effects on people’s lives. And of course, it is also an absolutely amazing film getting you into the psychology of all those involved in horse racing.

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