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 Douglas set in Africa at the end of the 19th century. It was directed by Stephen Hopkins and the... more
Directed by: Sydney PollackJeremiah 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 have been... more
Directed by: Michael CiminoThe 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 Niro,... more
Directed by: Daniel NettheimThe Hunter is a 2011 drama film written by Alice Addison and directed by Daniel Nettheim based on the novel by Julia Leigh.... more
Directed by: Clint EastwoodWhite 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 with... more
The Tiger is a 2015 South Korean period action drama film directed by Park Hoon-jung.
Directed by: Jean-Jacques AnnaudThe 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 Brach. Set in... more
Directed by: Joe CarnahanThe 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 "Ghost... more
Directed by: Kevin CostnerDances with Wolves is a 1990 American epic western film directed, produced by, and starring Kevin Costner. It is a film adaptation of the 1988 book of the same name by Michael Blake and tells the... more
Directed by: Jeff DanielsEscanaba 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 the... more
Directed by: Richard LangThe Mountain Men is a 1980 adventure/Western film starring Charlton Heston and Brian Keith.... more
Dark Age is a 1987 Australian horror adventure film directed by Arch Nicholson, produced by Antony I. Ginnane and starring John Jarratt.
Directed by: Henry HathawayThe 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.... more
Directed by: William GirdlerGrizzly 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
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.
Directed by: Tom GriesWill Penny is a 1968 western film written and directed by Tom Gries starring Charlton Heston and Donald Pleasence. It was based upon an episode of the 1960 Sam Peckinpah television series The... more
Directed by: Cornel WildeThe 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
Directed by: Russell MulcahyRazorback 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
Directed by: Nils GaupPathfinder is a 1987 Norwegian action-adventure film written and directed by Nils Gaup. The film is based on an old Sami legend. It was the first full-length film in Sami, and it was nominated for... more
The Eagle Huntress is a 2016 internationally co-produced Kazakh-language documentary film directed by Otto Bell and narrated by executive producer Daisy Ridley.
Directed by: Taika WaititiHunt 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.... more
Directed by: Albert HughesAlpha 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 (Kodi... more
Directed by: Richard BrooksThe 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 was... more
Directed by: Josh StewartThe 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 on... more
Directed by: Luis LlosaAnaconda 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 crew for... more