There's a reason horse movies are a staple at the box office: Horses are pretty. Really, really pretty. The magnificent way they run, the way their manes fly in the wind and, of course, those deep, soulful eyes that show us what noble creatures they are ... oh, sorry, was I getting carried away?

It's easy to do when it comes to movies about horses: They get filed away under "sports movies" because very often, like in 'Secretariat,' which opens today, it's all about the world of horse racing. But, really, every horse movie is a romance. Sometimes the love story is between two horses, but very often, it's between the horse and the human who believes in them.

Read on for some of our favorite scenes of humans and horses falling in love in the movies, even if they're eventually destined for someone of their own species.
National Velvet Movie Poster
National Velvet
G1944
In Theaters on August 10, 2001

When Velvet Brown (Elizabeth Taylor), an equine-loving 12-year-old living in rural Sussex, becomes the... Read More

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True Lies
R1994
Based on 17 critics

Secretly a spy but thought by his family to be a dull salesman, Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger)... Read More

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Black Beauty
G1994
In Theaters on 1994

Like the Anna Sewell novel that inspired it, this film adaptation is told from the perspective of a majestic... Read More

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
PG-132001
Based on 34 critics

The future of civilization rests in the fate of the One Ring, which has been lost for centuries. Powerful... Read More

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Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
G2002
Based on 29 critics

Follows the adventures of a wild and rambunctious mustang stallion as he journeys through the untamed... Read More

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
PG-132002
Based on 38 critics

The sequel to the Golden Globe-nominated and AFI Award-winning "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship... Read More

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The Man From Snowy River
PG1982
In Theaters on November 29, 2002

After the death of his father, proud young Jim Craig (Tom Burlinson) sets out to become his own man.... Read More

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Hidalgo
PG-132004
Based on 36 critics

Rugged cowboy Frank Hopkins (Viggo Mortensen) is an expert horseman who performs in Buffalo Bill's Wild... Read More

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Flicka
PG2006
Based on 21 critics

In modern-day Wyoming, teenager Katy McLaughlin (Alison Lohman) dreams of working on and, one day, taking... Read More