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The Best Movies About Hunting

Updated May 18, 2020 907 votes 117 voters 8.6k views33 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.

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. 

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  • The Ghost and the Darkness1
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    The Ghost and the Darkness

    Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas

    Released1996

    Directed byStephen Hopkins

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  • Jeremiah Johnson2
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    Jeremiah Johnson

    Robert Redford, Tanya Tucker

    Released1972

    Directed bySydney Pollack

    Jeremiah Johnson is a 1972 western film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford...  more
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  • The Deer Hunter3
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    The Deer Hunter

    Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro

    Released1978

    Directed byMichael Cimino

    The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino...  more
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  • The Grey4
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    The Grey

    Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney

    Released2011

    Directed byJoe Carnahan

    The Grey is a 2011 American survival thriller co-written, produced and directed by Joe...  more
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  • The Hunter5
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    The Hunter

    Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill

    Released2011

    Directed byDaniel Nettheim

    The Hunter is a 2011 drama film written by Alice Addison and directed by Daniel Nettheim based...  more
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  • The Bear6
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    The Bear

    Tchéky Karyo, Bart the Bear

    Released1988

    Directed byJean-Jacques Annaud

    The Bear is a 1988 French film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Adapted from the novel The...  more
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  • White Hunter, Black Heart7
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    White Hunter, Black Heart

    Clint Eastwood, Timothy Spall

    Released1990

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    White Hunter Black Heart is a 1990 American film, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood,...  more
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    Dances with Wolves

    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell

    Released1990

    Directed byKevin Costner

    Dances with Wolves is a 1990 American epic western film directed, produced by, and starring...  more
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  • The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale9
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    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 Mountain Men10
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    The Mountain Men

    Charlton Heston, Brian Keith

    Released1980

    Directed byRichard Lang

    The Mountain Men is a 1980 adventure/Western film starring Charlton Heston and Brian Keith....  more
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  • Grizzly11
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    Grizzly

    Christopher George, Richard Jaeckel

    Released1976

    Directed byWilliam Girdler

    Grizzly is a 1976 horror film directed by William Girdler, about a 15-foot tall, man-eating...  more
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    Escanaba in da Moonlight

    Jeff Daniels, Harve Presnell

    Released2001

    Directed byJeff Daniels

    Escanaba in da Moonlight is a 2001 movie starring Jeff Daniels. It is a comedy about hunting...  more
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    The Last Safari

    Stewart Granger, Johnny Sekka

    Released1967

    Directed byHenry Hathaway

    The Last Safari is a 1967 British adventure film directed by Henry Hathaway. It stars Kaz...  more
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    Will Penny

    Charlton Heston, Bruce Dern

    Released1968

    Directed byTom Gries

    Will Penny is a 1968 western film written and directed by Tom Gries starring Charlton Heston...  more
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  • Alpha15
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    Alpha

    Kodi Smit-McPhee, Leonor Varela

    Released2018

    Directed byAlbert Hughes

    Alpha is a 2018 American historical drama film directed by Albert Hughes. After a hunting...  more
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  • The Naked Prey16
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    The Naked Prey

    Cornel Wilde, Patrick Mynhardt

    Released1966

    Directed byCornel Wilde

    The Naked Prey is a 1965 adventure film starring Cornel Wilde, who also served as director and...  more
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  • Beyond the Reach17
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    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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  • Dark Age18
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    Dark Age

    John 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.

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  • Anaconda19
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    Anaconda

    Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube

    Released1997

    Directed byLuis Llosa

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  • Pathfinder20
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    Pathfinder

    Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, Helgi Skulason

    Released1987

    Directed byNils Gaup

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  • Razorback21
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    Razorback

    Gregory Harrison, Chris Haywood

    Released1984

    Directed byRussell Mulcahy

    Razorback is a 1984 Australian film written by Everett De Roche, based on Peter Brennan's...  more
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  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople22
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    Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    Sam Neill, Rhys Darby

    Released2016

    Directed byTaika Waititi

    Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a 2016 New Zealand adventure comedy-drama film written and...  more
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    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 Hunted24
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    The Hunted

    Nikki DeLoach, Josh Stewart

    Released2013

    Directed byJosh Stewart

    The Hunted is a 2013 found footage thriller film and the directorial debut of American actor...  more
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  • The Last Hunt25
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    The Last Hunt

    Robert Taylor, Stewart Granger

    Released1956

    Directed byRichard Brooks

    The Last Hunt is a 1956 MGM western film directed by Richard Brooks and produced by Dore...  more
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