We can all agree that on days when it's snowing or raining, going outside just doesn't sound appealing. If you’re anything like me, once the chores are done, you just get a good blanket and snuggle up, warm on the couch with the dogs and find a good movie to watch.
But that’s the question isn’t it, what movie?! There are so many choices. Do I want a romance? Action? Comedy? Blockbuster hit or something no ones heard of? How do I choose?
I narrow it down by first deciding I want to watch something with horses and go from there. I have quite a few favorite horse films that are my go to, and to make it easier for you I will list my top several most watched horse related movies.
I will put short descriptions and links to each movie later in the post.
My first pick of the day is The Black Stallion. This one started my love of horses as a child and its only grown stronger since. Who wouldn’t love this story? A boy getting stranded on an island with a stallion that was on the same ship as him, becoming friends and helping each other to survive until they get rescued.
Second of my go to horse movies is The Horse Whisperer. A little clichéd I’ll admit, but I love it, the heartbreaking beginning, all the struggles the young girl goes through and then coming back together with her horse. The subtle but growing romance. Such a great movie for an evening in.
Third choice is Flicka! The 2006 version. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen and enjoyed the old original versions but for this, it’s the new one I like. I love how it shows a growing bond between girl and the mustang she rescues and tames.
Fourth and fifth picks are The Man From Snowy River as well as its sequel, Return to Snowy River. Now keep in mind they are older movies set in Australia, but I love the storyline and how realistic it is. They did a great job on the sequel, it is a continuation of the first with all the same characters and expanding on the original story.
So those are my top favorite horse movies. I hope you can enjoy them too, with a big bowl of popcorn!
The Black Stallion 1979, Alec (Kelly Reno) encounters a magnificent black Arabian horse while traveling aboard a steamship around the coast of North Africa with his father (Hoyt Axton). When a disaster destroys the ship, Alec frees the horse and escapes with it to a nearby island, where they form a close bond. When Alec is rescued, he insists the horse be rescued too, and both return to America. There, Alec and former jockey Henry (Mickey Rooney) work to train the horse, which Alec names "The Black," for a race.
The Horse Whisperer 1998, When teenage Grace (Scarlett Johansson) is traumatized by a riding accident that badly injures her horse, her mother Annie (Kristin Scott Thomas), a high-powered New York magazine editor, realizes Grace will only recover once the horse is healed. She takes them both to a secluded Montana ranch, where legendary "horse whisperer" Tom Booker (Robert Redford) begins to heal the horse, and also stirs long-dormant feelings in Annie that lead her to question her marriage and choice of career.
Flicka 2006, In modern-day Wyoming, teenager Katy McLaughlin (Alison Lohman) dreams of working on and, one day, taking over her father's ranch. She tames a mustang and names her Flicka, then finds that she and her new equine companion are more alike than she imagined. After her father (Tim McGraw) sells Flicka, Katy schemes to win back the horse by entering a dangerous race.
The Man From Snowy River 1982, After the death of his father, proud young Jim Craig (Tom Burlinson) sets out to become his own man. Taking a job with horse rancher Harrison (Kirk Douglas), Craig is treated poorly by the more experienced cowboys, but wins the heart of the rancher's daughter, Jessica (Sigrid Thornton), when he helps her break a high-strung colt and later saves her life. When he's unfairly blamed for the loss of an expensive horse, Craig fights to restore his honor and prove that he's worthy of Jessica's hand.
Return To Snowy River 1988, During the 1880s, handsome young cattleman Jim Craig (Tom Burlinson), accompanied by his herd of Australian horses, returns to his hometown of Snowy River to be with his love, Jessica Harrison (Sigrid Thornton). However, Jessica's father, Harrison (Brian Dennehy), steadfastly opposes their relationship, preferring Alistair Patton (Nicholas Eadie), an egotistical banker's son, as a potential suitor. When Patton learns Jessica wants to be with Jim, he sets out to steal Jim's prized horses.