Humanity and horses have long had such a special relationship, that it is no wonder they are a favourite topic of all kinds of art – from the earliest cave paintings, to Napoleonic era master canvasses and, in the modern day, movies. There’s more than a few to choose from though, with more than 30 on this list of British-based movies alone. That’s why we decided to saddle up and put on our research boots for a journey into Google, and our own childhood memories, to find the three most critically acclaimed and successful horse racing movies ever made. Sea Biscuit One of many movies about the true story of this legendary American horse that was a Depression-era champion, the 2001 film starred Toby Maguire and Jeff Bridges. The script was adapted from the best-selling book Seabiscuit: An American Legend, and the film showed similar success as it was eventually nominated for no less than seven Academy Awards on

the year of its release. In the movie, Toby Maguire plays real-life Sea Biscuit jockey Red Pollard, who spent his whole racing career blind in one eye after a racing accident at the age of 16. A half blind man and a temperamental and overlooked horse, Red and Sea Biscuit conquer the American racing landscape – culminating in a thrilling showdown with the nation’s most medalled horse, War Admiral. Hidalgo Despite not actually being about modern horse racing, this period drama is nonetheless a fantastic tribute not only to the speed and determination of horses, but also the unique bond they can share with their riders. The movie follows the story of Viggo Mortensen as famous cowboy John Hopkins, racing his long-distance running horse, Hidalgo, in a 3000-mile race across the Saudi Arabian desert – dramatically known as the ‘Ocean of Fire’. Although it is based upon the real-life historical writings of John Hopkins’, the story upon which this film’s plot…