The 5 Best Horse Chases In Movies

Monday, July 9 by Steve Silverman

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There’s nothing like a good chase scene in the movies to get your blood boiling and your excitement level off the chart. When the chase takes place on the back of a horse, there’s an even higher level of adrenaline pumping. Most people know that staying up on a trotting or cantering horse is difficult; maintaining control on a galloping horse is fraught with peril. It takes skill, strength, and courage and here are the five best horse chases in movie history.

 

"Alex Rider:  Operation Stormbreaker" (2006)

Alex Rider (Alex Pettyfer) is a normal student living a normal life until his uncle is killed. Alex learns that his uncle was involved in espionage and was on a mission. He's then recruited to take his uncle's place and at one point gets on a horse with Sabina Pleasure (Samantha Bolger) and gallops through Hyde Park and London to save the day.


"Blood Sport" (1989)

Jockey club investigator David Cleveland (Ian McShane) goes from London to the Canadian Rockies while in pursuit of a horse doper. While there, he also helps horse breeder Harry Teller (Kenneth Welsh) track down a multi-million dollar stud stallion that has been kidnapped.


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This is the story of a depression-era racehorse that captured the imagination of the country. Seabiscuit was ridden by a struggling jockey named Red Pollard (Tobey McGuire), who has had to fight and scratch to prove himself every day of his life. Pollard grows in stature as Seabiscuit wins race after race. Despite his increased status, Pollard volunteers to workout a horse for a trainer who refused to give him the time of day when he was down on his luck. Pollard ends up nearly ending his career and losing use of his leg when the horse rears up drags him for hundreds of yards while the rogue horse chases its own demons.  

 

"The Great Train Robbery" (1903)

This was one of the classic westerns during the silent era. A group of outlaws plan a train hold-up in which they rob all of the passengers and end up killing a man. It doesn't take long for the law to track them down and the criminals ultimately get apprehended after an exhaustive horse chase.

 

"Stagecoach" (1939)

This John Ford classic featured some of the most spectacular riding and leaping ever seen on film. The Apache tribe and Ringo (John Wayne) are involved in a chase across the Alkali Flat. One of the Apache (stuntman Enos Yakima Canutt) leaps from his horse next to the moving stagecoach onto the galloping lead horse. As he tries to grab the reins, he is shot and falls down between the horses.

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