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Top 5 Bull Riding Movies

Top 5 Bull Riding Movies

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  1. 8 Seconds
  2. The Longest Ride
  3. The Rider
  4. My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
  5. Cowboy Up

1. 8 Seconds

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First on our list is the movie 8 Seconds. This film from 1994 is by the director John G. Avildson who is quite familiar with sport's films. He directed Rocky and The Karate Kid as well as this movie! 8 Seconds is all about the life of the famous bull rider Lane Frost. The movie shows Frost winning the 1987 PRCA Bull Riding World Championship. It also talks about his personal life including his marriage to Kellie Kyle and friendship with fellow bull riders Tuff Hedeman and Cody Lambert.

Frost is portrayed by Luke Perry who does an excellent job in this role. He also looks very similar to the actual bull rider which helped make the film feel more realistic. Stephen Baldwin and Cynthia Geary also deliver powerful performances.

Ultimately, 8 Seconds is a great film about an incredible bull rider. It's a must watch for any rodeo fan.

2. The Longest Ride

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Next on our list is a combination most people didn't see coming: bull riding and Nicholas Sparks. The Longest Ride makes it work, however. This 2015 romance movie is about a bull rider trying to get back into the sport and his relationship with a college art student who wants to move to New York City. As they wonder about their future together, they meet an older widowed man who recounts his love story from over 50 years ago.

The film stars Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, and Alan Ada who all make the movie both exciting and emotional. Robertson and Eastwood also have great chemistry which will have viewers rooting for them.

Ultimately, The Longest Ride is a great movie that can make anyone a bull riding fan. Not only will the bull riding scenes keep you on the edge of your seat but the love story will keep you wanting more as well.

3. The Rider

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Our third movie is another emotional one. The Rider is a 2017 film about a young man who wakes up from a coma after a bronc riding competition went wrong. After his injury, he struggles with finding his new personal identity. In his free time he takes care of his sister who has autism and his friend who suffered a head injury while bull riding.

What's interesting about this film is that none of the actors in this movie are actual actors. Brady Jandreau actually suffered from the injuries the main character of the film did and inspired the director to tell his story.

The fact that the characters aren't actors make it feel more real and personable. It's an honest and emotional look into life as a cowboy in the modern age. This film also explains the danger that bull and bronc riders face and why they risk it all for the sport they love.

4. My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

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Number four on our list is the 1991 western drama My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys. This film begins with the main character suffering a serious injury while bull riding. When he returns home though to try and live a more tame life he finds that a lot has changed since he left. In order to help his dad and maintain the family farm, he decides he needs to enter one last bull riding competition.

The movie features Scott Glenn, Kate Capshaw, Ben Johnson, and Gary Busey who all give great performances. While the cast helps make the movie engaging, it's the genuine rodeo performers that will keep true rodeo fans intrigued.

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys is a great story about a man trying to become a better son. Bull riding fans will find a lot to love in this wholesome story.

5. Cowboy Up

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Last on our list is Cowboy Up. This 2001 film is another family drama mixed with a little bit of romance. The movie follows two brothers of a famous bull riding champ who have both continued to work in the rodeo scene. The oldest works as a bullfighter and stock contractor while the younger is a bull rider as well. When both of the brothers fall for the same girl, their relationship becomes strained and the two struggle to work together.

The film has some great actors in it such as Kiefer Sutherland, Marcus Thomas, Daryl Hannah, and even Molly Ringwald. The cast come together to make a movie filled with drama and excitement.

Cowboy Up is the perfect movie for rodeo fans who appreciate a romance drama. It has an intense love triangle that is sure to keep viewers holding on for the wild ride.



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