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The Best Movies About Hunting 

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Updated February 6, 2020 488 votes 70 voters 1.5k views 33 items

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 Darkne... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas, Emily Mortimer

Released: 1996

Directed by: Stephen Hopkins

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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Jeremiah Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Robert Redford, Tanya Tucker, Will Geer

Released: 1972

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

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 Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken

Released: 1978

Directed by: Michael Cimino

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 Grey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo

Released: 2011

Directed by: Joe Carnahan

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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White Hunter, Black Hear... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Clint Eastwood, Timothy Spall, Marisa Berenson

Released: 1990

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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 Bear is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Tchéky Karyo, Bart the Bear, Jack Wallace

Released: 1988

Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud

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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The Hunter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Frances O'Connor

Released: 2011

Directed by: Daniel Nettheim

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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The Tiger: An Old Hunter... is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

Released: 1990

Directed by: Kevin Costner

Dances 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 ...more

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The Mountain Men is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Charlton Heston, Brian Keith, John Glover

Released: 1980

Directed by: Richard Lang

The Mountain Men is a 1980 adventure/Western film starring Charlton Heston and Brian Keith.

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Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Owen Wilson

Released: 1997

Directed by: Luis Llosa

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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Will Penny is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Charlton Heston, Bruce Dern, Lee Majors

Released: 1968

Directed by: Tom Gries

Will 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

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Grizzly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Christopher George, Richard Jaeckel, Andrew Prine

Released: 1976

Directed by: William Girdler

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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Alpha is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Kodi Smit-McPhee, Leonor Varela, Jens Hultén

Released: 2018

Directed by: Albert Hughes

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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The Last Safari is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
The Last Safari Stewart Granger, Johnny Sekka, Liam Redmond

Released: 1967

Directed by: Henry Hathaway

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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The Naked Prey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Cornel Wilde, Patrick Mynhardt, Ken Gampu

Released: 1966

Directed by: Cornel Wilde

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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Beyond the Reach is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Razorback is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Gregory Harrison, Chris Haywood, Judy Morris

Released: 1984

Directed by: Russell Mulcahy

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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Pathfinder is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, Helgi Skulason, Mikkel Gaup

Released: 1987

Directed by: Nils Gaup

Pathfinder 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 ...more
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Dark Age is listed (or ranked) 20 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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The Eagle Huntress is listed (or ranked) 21 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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The Hunted is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
The Hunted Nikki DeLoach, Josh Stewart, Skipp Sudduth

Released: 2013

Directed by: Josh Stewart

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 Last Hunt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Robert Taylor, Stewart Granger, Debra Paget

Released: 1956

Directed by: Richard Brooks

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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Hunt for the Wilderpeopl... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Hunt for the Wilderpeople Sam Neill, Rhys Darby, Cohen Holloway

Released: 2016

Directed by: Taika Waititi

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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Primal is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Hunting
Nicolas Cage, Famke Janssen, Kevin Durand

Released: 2019

Directed by: Nick Powell

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