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Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken is an also-ran in the history of horse movies. But it does encourage a nod to such cinematic steeds as Trigger, Champion, Topper and Tony, who never got the star vehicles they merited; to equine TV personalities Flicka, Fury and Mr. Ed; and to the horse who put up with Bob Goldthwait in Hot to Trot. But here’s a list—can you stomp five times?—of the top horse-centered features: National Velvet (1944), with Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney; The Black Stallion (1979), with Rooney and Kelly Reno; Sorrowful Jones (1949), with Bob Hope and Lucille Ball; The Red Pony (1949), with Robert Mitchum, and A Day at the Races (1937), with the Marx Brothers. While The Misfits (1961), with Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable, had lots of manes and hooves, it was about horsing around of a different sort.