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Rodeo Film List

Decade by Decade


This list features rodeo movies or films that feature rodeo in some form or fashion, rodeo cowboys and/or cowgirls. This rodeo film list is in no way exhaustive. If one of your favorite rodeo films is missing from the list, relax, send me a polite e-mail at rodeo@aboutguide.com and I will gladly add it to the list.

Note: I haven't seen all of these rodeo films, so if you rent one and think that it's terrible, don't blame me. This list is for reference purposes only.

For a list of rodeo movies that I have seen, read my Rodeo Movie Article. Enjoy!


  • Rodeo King and the Senorita (1951)- Starring: Rex Allen, Mary Ellen Kay. Republic Pictures 'B' western.
  • The Lusty Men (1952)- Starring: Robert Mitchum, Susan Hayward.
  • Arena (1953)- Starring: Gig Young, Jean Hagen. MGM's first 3D production.


  • Stoney Burke (1963)- Starring: Jack Lord. TV series that comes well reviewed.
  • The Rounders (1965)- Starring: Glenn Ford, Henry Fonda. Casey Tibbs, legendary real-life bronc rider is listed in the credits! Also inspired a TV series.


  • J.W. Coop (1972)- Starring: Cliff Robertson, Geraldine Page. Larry Mahan plays himself in this movie.
  • Junior Bonner (1972)- Starring: Steve McQueen, Robert Preston.
  • The Electric Horseman (1979)- Starring: Robert Redford, Jane Fonda.


  • Rodeo Girl (1980)- Starring: Katharine Ross, Bo Hopkins. TV movie based on a true story.
  • Stir Crazy (1980)- Starring: Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor. I guess this qualifies as a rodeo film?


  • My Heros Have Always Been Cowboys (1991)- Starring: Scott Glenn, Kate Capshaw.
  • The Cowboy Way (1994)- Starring: Woody Harrelson, Kiefer Sutherland.
  • Everything That Rises (1998)- Starring: Dennis Quaid.
  • Ruby Jean and Joe (1996) - Starring: Tom Seleck, Rebekah Johnson
  • 8 Seconds (1994)- Starring: Luke Perry, Stephen Baldwin.
  • Colorado Cowboy: The Bruce Ford Story (1994)- Great documentary on the rodeo life.


  • Cowboy Up! (2001)- Starring: Kiefer Sutherland, Daryl Hannah.

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