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The Best Movies About Hunting  

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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.

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. 

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The Ghost and the Darkness is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas, Emily Mortimer
The Ghost and the Darkness is a 1996 historical adventure film starring Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas set in Africa at the end of the 19th century. It was directed by Stephen Hopkins and the ...more
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White Hunter, Black Heart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Clint Eastwood, Timothy Spall, Marisa Berenson
White Hunter Black Heart is a 1990 American film, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, based on the 1953 book White Hunter, Black Heart by Peter Viertel. Viertel also co-wrote the script ...more
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The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tal... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale Choi Min-shik

The Tiger is a 2015 South Korean period action drama film directed by Park Hoon-jung.

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The Hunter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Frances O'Connor
The Hunter is a 2011 drama film written by Alice Addison and directed by Daniel Nettheim based on the novel by Julia Leigh.
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Jeremiah Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Robert Redford, Tanya Tucker, Will Geer
Jeremiah Johnson is a 1972 western film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford as the title character and Will Geer as "Bear Claw" Chris Lapp. The film has been said to ...more
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The Last Safari is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
The Last Safari Stewart Granger, Johnny Sekka, Liam Redmond
The Last Safari is a 1967 British adventure film directed by Henry Hathaway. It stars Kaz Garas and Stewart Granger. It was based on the novel Gilligan's Last Elephant by Gerald Hanley.
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Dark Age is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Dark Age John Jarratt, Nikki Coghill, Max Phipps

Dark Age is a 1987 Australian horror adventure film directed by Arch Nicholson, produced by Antony I. Ginnane and starring John Jarratt.

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Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Owen Wilson
Anaconda is a 1997 adventure-horror film, directed by Luis Llosa, starring Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Jon Voight, Eric Stoltz, Owen Wilson, Kari Wuhrer and Jonathan Hyde. It centers on a film ...more
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The Grey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo
The Grey is a 2011 American survival thriller co-written, produced and directed by Joe Carnahan and starring Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo and Dermot Mulroney. It is based on the short story ...more
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The Eagle Huntress is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
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.

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Grizzly is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Christopher George, Richard Jaeckel, Andrew Prine
Grizzly is a 1976 horror film directed by William Girdler, about a 15-foot tall, man-eating Grizzly bear that terrorizes a National Forest. It stars Christopher George, Andrew Prine and Richard ...more
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The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken
The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino about a trio of Russian American steelworkers and their service in Vietnam. The film stars Robert De ...more
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The Last Hunt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Robert Taylor, Stewart Granger, Debra Paget
The Last Hunt is a 1956 MGM western film directed by Richard Brooks and produced by Dore Schary. The screenplay was by Richard Brooks from the novel The Last Hunt by Milton Lott. The music score ...more
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The Bear is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Tchéky Karyo, Bart the Bear, Jack Wallace
The Bear is a 1988 French film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Adapted from the novel The Grizzly King by American author James Oliver Curwood, the screenplay was written by Gérard ...more
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Escanaba in da Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Jeff Daniels, Harve Presnell, Kimberly Norris-Guerrero
Escanaba in da Moonlight is a 2001 movie starring Jeff Daniels. It is a comedy about hunting and hunting traditions and is set in the Escanaba, Michigan area. The movie is the film adaptation of ...more
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Beyond the Reach is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
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. 

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The Naked Prey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Cornel Wilde, Patrick Mynhardt, Ken Gampu
The Naked Prey is a 1965 adventure film starring Cornel Wilde, who also served as director and producer, which was released by Paramount Pictures. Set in the South African veldt, the film is a ...more
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Razorback is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Gregory Harrison, Chris Haywood, Judy Morris
Razorback is a 1984 Australian film written by Everett De Roche, based on Peter Brennan's novel, and directed by Russell Mulcahy. The film revolves around the attacks of a gigantic wild boar ...more
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Alpha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Kodi Smit-McPhee, Leonor Varela, Jens Hultén
Alpha is a 2018 American historical drama film directed by Albert Hughes. After a hunting expedition 20,000 years ago in Europe during the Upper Paleolithic period goes awry, a young caveman ...more
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Primal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Nicolas Cage, Famke Janssen, Kevin Durand
Primal is a 2019 American action film directed by Nick Powell. A big-game hunter is traveling back to the United States on a Greek shipping freighter along with an assassin who escapes and ...more
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Hunt for the Wilderpeople is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Hunt for the Wilderpeople Sam Neill, Rhys Darby, Cohen Holloway
Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a 2016 New Zealand adventure comedy-drama film written and directed by Taika Waititi, based on the book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump.
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The Food of the Gods is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Ida Lupino, Pamela Franklin, Ralph Meeker
The Food of the Gods is a 1976 science fiction thriller film released by American International Pictures and was written, produced, and directed by Bert I. Gordon. The Food of the Gods starred ...more
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Open Season is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Ashton Kutcher, Debra Messing, Martin Lawrence
Open Season is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy film, written by Steve Bencich and Ron J. Friedman and directed by Jill Culton and Roger Allers, and co-directed by Anthony Stacchi. The ...more
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The Hunted is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
The Hunted Nikki DeLoach, Josh Stewart, Skipp Sudduth
The Hunted is a 2013 found footage thriller film and the directorial debut of American actor Josh Stewart. Stewart stars in the film and also penned its script. The Hunted had its world premiere ...more
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The Mountain Men is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Charlton Heston, Brian Keith, John Glover
The Mountain Men is a 1980 adventure/Western film starring Charlton Heston and Brian Keith.