It's time to vote for the best hunting movies. Hunting is both a leisure activity and a sport for millions of Americans. Therefore, it is no surprise that movies have incorporated it. Drama and comedy are both inherent in the activity. Suspense comes from waiting for the right moment to bag an animal -- and, of course, that waiting can often take hours. Humor occasionally rears its head, too. Just search "wacky hunting videos" on YouTube for proof.
Good movies about hunting animals come in two forms. Some movies are specifically about people seeking to make a particular score. The Ghost and the Darkness, for instance, is about an engineer who teams up with a hunter to take down two lions that are threatening a construction project. Other films begin with hunters or hunting, then thrust their characters into some different scenario. A perfect example of this is The Deer Hunter, in which a group of friends go hunting before a couple of them are shipped off to Vietnam. In both cases, hunting is a vital element, even if one is fundamentally about the activity and the other uses it to reveal something about the characters.
Vote up your favorites from this hunting movies list. Feel free to add any titles that are missing, and don't forget to check back later on to see how your picks are faring.
Directed by: Stephen HopkinsThe Ghost and the Darkness is a 1996 historical adventure film starring Val Kilmer and Michael... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Sydney PollackJeremiah Johnson is a 1972 western film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Michael CiminoThe Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Joe CarnahanThe Grey is a 2011 American survival thriller co-written, produced and directed by Joe... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Clint EastwoodWhite Hunter Black Heart is a 1990 American film, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood,... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Daniel NettheimThe Hunter is a 2011 drama film written by Alice Addison and directed by Daniel Nettheim based... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Jean-Jacques AnnaudThe Bear is a 1988 French film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Adapted from the novel The... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Kevin CostnerDances with Wolves is a 1990 American epic western film directed, produced by, and starring... more on Wikipedia
The Tiger: An Old Hunter's TaleChoi Min-shik
The Tiger is a 2015 South Korean period action drama film directed by Park Hoon-jung.
Directed by: Richard LangThe Mountain Men is a 1980 adventure/Western film starring Charlton Heston and Brian Keith.
Directed by: William GirdlerGrizzly is a 1976 horror film directed by William Girdler, about a 15-foot tall, man-eating... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Luis LlosaAnaconda is a 1997 adventure-horror film, directed by Luis Llosa, starring Jennifer Lopez, Ice... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Tom GriesWill Penny is a 1968 western film written and directed by Tom Gries starring Charlton Heston... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Albert HughesAlpha is a 2018 American historical drama film directed by Albert Hughes. After a hunting... more on Wikipedia
The Last SafariStewart Granger, Johnny Sekka
Directed by: Henry HathawayThe Last Safari is a 1967 British adventure film directed by Henry Hathaway. It stars Kaz... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Akira KurosawaDersu Uzala is a 1975 Soviet-Japanese co-production film directed by Akira Kurosawa, his first... more on Wikipedia
Beyond the Reach
Beyond the Reach is a 2014 American adventure thriller film directed by Jean-Baptiste Léonetti and written by Stephen Susco. It is based on the 1972 novel Deathwatch by Robb White.
Dark AgeJohn Jarratt, Nikki Coghill
Dark Age is a 1987 Australian horror adventure film directed by Arch Nicholson, produced by Antony I. Ginnane and starring John Jarratt.
Directed by: Cornel WildeThe Naked Prey is a 1965 adventure film starring Cornel Wilde, who also served as director and... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Jeff DanielsEscanaba in da Moonlight is a 2001 movie starring Jeff Daniels. It is a comedy about hunting... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Russell MulcahyRazorback is a 1984 Australian film written by Everett De Roche, based on Peter Brennan's... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Nils GaupPathfinder is a 1987 Norwegian action-adventure film written and directed by Nils Gaup. The... more on Wikipedia
Hunt for the WilderpeopleSam Neill, Rhys Darby
Directed by: Taika WaititiHunt for the Wilderpeople is a 2016 New Zealand adventure comedy-drama film written and... more on Wikipedia
The Eagle Huntress
The Eagle Huntress is a 2016 internationally co-produced Kazakh-language documentary film directed by Otto Bell and narrated by executive producer Daisy Ridley.
The HuntedNikki DeLoach, Josh Stewart
Directed by: Josh StewartThe Hunted is a 2013 found footage thriller film and the directorial debut of American actor... more on Wikipedia