There are many movies that are centered on animals. To name a few, movies such as Noah, A Dog’s Way Home, Keanu, The Zoo Keeper’s Wife have been loved internationally. The fun and adventure doubles when an animal is included in the movie. But if you specifically love horses and want to watch movies that focus on the relationship between a man and a horse or just the horse itself, then you are in for a treat! Throughout many decades, Hollywood has produced some of the best horse movies. If you are unable to decide where to start, here’s presenting the 5 best horse movies of all the time!
The first of the franchise, Flicka is the story of a young Katy McLaughlin (Alison Lohman) who has dreams of running her family ranch in Wyoming once she grows up. After taming a wild mustang who she names Flicka, she realizes her father (Tim McGraw) has plans of selling it. What follows is a story of Katy’s struggle to win back her horse and also the heart of her father. Adapted from Mary O’Hara’s novel “My Friend Flicka”, Flicka will take you to an epic journey to the prairies of California and New Zealand.
Based on the book “Secretariat: The Making of a Champion” by William Nack, Secretariat is a biographical sports drama film revolving around the life of Penny Chenery (Diane Lane). After Penny takes over her ailing father’s ranch she finds herself in the middle of a male dominated business. However, overcoming all the hurdles Penny’s horse Secretariat went to win Triple Crwon- a trophy no one had won in 25 years!
War Horse (2011)
Steven Spielberg’s War Horse is the emotional story of Albert (Jeremy Irvine) and his beloved horse Joey. Set in the backdrop of World War 1, when Albert’s father sells Joey to the British cavalry, Albert is heartbroken. To reunite with Joey and bring him back home, Albert begins his journey of search. The emotional attachment and the bond between Joey and Albert was so beautifully portrayed, that it went on to become nominee for 6 Oscars!
Based on the true story of a horse that broke its leg and went on to win a race, Dreamer tells the story of a negligent father Ben (Kurt Russell) who always remains occupied with his ranch and doesn’t give any time to his daughter Cale (Dakota Fanning). Things take an unexpected turn when Ben adopts an injured horse who bridges the gap in the relationship between Ben and Cale.
The Horse Whisperer (1998)
Young Grace (Scarlett Johansson) is left traumatized when her beloved horse meets with a terrible accident and is left badly injured. When nothing seems to comfort Grace, her mother Annie (Kristin Scott Thomas) takes her daughter and the horse to a Montana ranch, where the horse starts to heal in the hands of Tom Booker (Robert Redford), a “horse whisperer”.
Movies that are centered on animals connects to us deeply in an entirely different level. There is a special emotional connection we start to feel when we see the characters portray their deep love for their animals. This is exactly the feeling that these movies stir in us and leaves us with a big smile on our face and tears in our eyes.