Horse movies of the 1980’s, which was a popular decade for horses on the silver screen. The bright days of dayglo inspired faves like The Man From Snowy River, Pharlap & Legend.
Each one provides a brief description with links to their IMDB & where they can be purchased online. Enjoy!
The Last Unicorn (1982)
Based on the novel by Peter S. Beagle about a young unicorn who learns she is the last in the world. She goes on a quest to find what happened to the rest of her kind with the help of a rather bumbling magician.
The Man From Snowy River (1982)
About a young man (Jim) who looses his father and is forced to work in the lowlands to keep his family farm. He uses some fancy riding to capture a wild colt in the hopes of impressing the men of the high country.
Phar Lap (1983)
Based on the true story of Australian racehorse Pharlap. An ugly horse who, with a little coaxing (& the intense love of his groom), went on to become an inspiration to Australia & one of their most famous horses.
The Black Stallion Returns (1983)
The saga continues as The Black is taken back by his original owners, Alec stows away on a plane & follows them to Morocco. He chases his horse through Morocco & along the way makes some highly unlikely friends.
A true story about a British steeplechase jockey who discovers he has cancer while on vacation in Kentucky. He forces himself into harsh treatments, beating the disease & going on to race again in the 1984 Grand National.
The Red Fury (1984)
About a native American boy who falls off a train and ends up in the care of an old drunk. The boy suffers racial prejudice at the hands of white townfolk, so the drunk gives up the sauce, defends the boy and teaches him more horses.
Archer’s Adventure (1985)
Archer’s Adventure is the exciting story of a young stable boy who rode an amazing horse named Archer some 600 miles across Australia to enter the Melbourne Cup of 1862. A testament to the robust horses of Australia.
A classic tale of good & evil, darkness personified wants to bring everlasting night by killing the unicorns. Jack becomes involved when darkness takes the woman he loves. He must save the unicorns & his girl to save the light.
Legend of the White Horse (1985)
Originally named Bialy Smok, this is a satire of cold war politics, mixing modern politics with fantasy. The story takes place in a fictional European country where a young blind girl shares a strong bond with a white horse.
About a young woman named Charlie who works breaking horses to support her siblings. After loosing her job, she decides to train her strongest bronco, Sylvester, for 3-day eventing, something she knows nothing about.
Lightning: The White Stallion (1986)
Lighting is a racehorse who is stolen from his master & winds up in the hands of a young girl. Stephanie has bad eyes but handles Lightning well. Together they win competition money which will cover the cost of surgery on her eyes.
Hot to Trot (1988)
Hot to Trot is about a stockbroker named Fred who just lost his mother & must share his family business with his no-good step-father. However, Fred also inherits Don, the talking horse with a knack for reading the stock market.