Howling in the Forest: The 20 Best Wolf Movies

The protagonist of our selection is the same gray guest who was supposed to bite everyone on the barrel in childhood, but never came. We are correcting this oversight, and present you with a movie where furry four-legged animals will be in abundance, so do not sit on the edge, take your sides away from the screens and prepare handkerchiefs. The best films about wolves are not only thrillers about survival, but also touching dramas that break even adult men to tears.

My wolf (2021)

The French family film will be released in mid-December, but the expectation rating has already reached almost 100%. Little Victoria moves with her father to a mountain village, where she meets a local shepherd. The man gives the girl a cute puppy, and the nickname Secret completely coincides with the further development of events. Over time, the family realizes that they have sheltered a real predator, but sincere friendship erases fears and prejudices.

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Original Title :
Mystère

Genre:
Family, Adventure

Actors:
Cheky Cario, Marie Gillain, Vincent Elbaz…

Country:
France

Age Limit :
6+


Gray top (2020)

The original novelty of a movie about wolves is a thriller about events in the wilderness, where the hunter Joseph lives with his wife and daughter. The protagonist of the film hunts for furs until a lone predator appears in the vicinity, devastating his traps. A large animal poses a threat to life, so Joseph organizes a hunt, but is it only a terrible four-legged beast that the family should be afraid of?

Original title:
Hunter Hunter

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Camille Sullivan, Summer H. Howell, Devon Sawa…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Alpha (2018)

An adventure film for the whole family about the friendship of a wolf and a man – an exciting action movie with a plot that unfolded in prehistoric times. The primitive hunter Keda is lagging behind the tribe and now he must find his own way home among a hostile world full of dangers. The guy manages to survive the attack of the wolf pack and injure one of the animals. Ked does not raise his hand to finish off the unfortunate animal, and caring for a new friend gradually develops into true friendship.

Original title:
Alpha

Genre:
Action, drama, adventure

Actors:
Cody Smith-McPhee, Johannes Höykjur Johannesson, Marcin Kowalczyk…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.7

Age Limits :
12+


The Jungle Book (2016)

An American film about a man and a wolf is a colorful adaptation of a popular fairy tale with masterly use of computer graphics. Man-cub Mowgli grew up in the jungle , unaware of his origins, under the care of the wise Akela. One day, the insidious killer tiger Sherkhan demanded that the foundling be given to him, convincing the animals that he threatened all the inhabitants of the tropics. Mowgli does not want to endanger the wolf pack, so he leaves the lair and goes to people. The young traveler is helped by Bagheera and Baloo, the boy’s devoted mentors.

Original title:
The Jungle Book

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, adventure, family, cartoon

Actors:
Neil Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson …

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.4

Age limit:
12+


Wolf Totem (2015)

An interesting foreign film, directed by Oscar-winning director Jean-Jacques Annaud, is based on real events that happened to a Chinese student in the late 60s of the XX century. Chen Zhen comes to the north of the country to live among nomadic herders, teach them to read and learn about local customs. The wise head of the tribe adheres to the old rules that help to live in harmony with nature. But soon dramatic events will unfold in the Mongolian steppes, sweeping away the ancient way of the human and wolf pack.

Original title:
Wolf Totem

Genre:
Drama, adventure

Actors:
William Feng, Sean Dou, Basen Zhabu …

Country:
China, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.7

Age limit:
16+


Fight (2011)

The spectacular American thriller continues the list of the best movies about wolves. The oil company sends workers to the rig, hiring former sniper John to guard them. A professional shooter protects shift workers from attack by wild animals. At the end of the work, John, along with the drillers, returns home by plane, but the board crashes. Several people survive in the disaster, who have to fight for their lives in the snows of Alaska.

Original title:
The Gray

Genre:
Thriller, drama, adventure

Actors:
Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Among Wolves (2010)

Poverty forces a man to give his only son to the landowner, who sends the boy to the mountains to graze goats. An elderly shepherd teaches Marcos how to survive in the wild . A teenager finds a use for knowledge after the death of an old man, when he is left completely alone. The main assistants of Marcos, although they do not know how to speak, turn out to be more humane for the young man than people. Atmospheric beautiful drama with a high rating – a Spanish filmbased on real events.

Original title:
Entrelobos

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Juan Jose Ballesta, Sancho Gracia, Manuel Camacho …

Country:
Spain, Germany, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Frozen (2010)

An American wolf horror feature film worth watching for fans of thrillers . Three friends go to a ski resort and, by an absurd accident, find themselves on a disabled lift. There is nowhere to wait for help, panic grows along with darkness and cold, and you have to rely only on yourself. The guys hovered a few meters above the ground, and hungry animals are already gathering below, scenting their prey.

Original title:
Frozen

Genre:
Horror, thriller, drama

Actors:
Emma Bell, Sean Ashmore, Kevin Zegers…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Wolf (2009)

Sergey is a nomad living in the mountainous region of Siberia. From the age of 16, the guy has been guarding the herd of the Batagai clan, shooting attacking animals without pity. For Evenks, deer are the main and only family treasure. However, Sergei’s chance meeting with a she-wolf and her brood forces the guy to reconsider his own views and stand up for his former enemies. A French film with stunning Siberian landscapes will appeal to anyone who loves four-legged artists.

Original title:
Loup

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Nicolas Brioude, Pom Klementieff, Ming Man Ma…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 6.4

Age limit:
12+


Girl and Wolves (2008)

Another French movie about a wolf and a man makes you think about the value of every living creature. A small village becomes a real battlefield for people and predators seeking to reclaim the territory. Angel is a novice veterinarian, so the girl tries to protect the wolves. She understands that the extermination of animals threatens the disappearance of the population, and she tries by any means to convey this simple truth to her fellow villagers.

Original title:
La jeune fille et les loups

Genre:
Drama, adventure, family

Actors:
Laetitia Casta, Jean-Paul Ruv, Stefano Accorsi…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
12+


Living With Wolves (2007)

Little girl Misha is left alone in Belgium after her parents were deported in 1941 and sets off in search of her family. Local residents are unwilling to help a runaway of Jewish nationality , fearing for their own lives. Misha is forced to steal clothes and food so as not to freeze and die of hunger, but spends the night in the forests away from prying eyes. One day, the girl is saved by predators who are friendlier than people.

Original title:
Survivre avec les loups

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Mathilde Goffart, Yael Abecassis, Guy Bedos…

Country:
France, Belgium, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Vesyegonskaya she-wolf (2004)

A film about a pack of wolves has reached the top of Russian films about the relationship between man and beast. Egor is a hereditary hunter who regularly shoots predators in the area. If the population grows, wild animals will begin to attack the village, so the young man never spares his victims. Everything changes when he discovers several cubs and injures their mother. Egor decides to leave the cubs to let them go into the forest, forgetting about the main rule of the hunter, which leads to tragic events.

Genre:
Drama, adventure

Actors:
Oleg Fomin, Lev Borisov, Elena Drobysheva, Lev Durov, Vladimir Gostyukhin …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
6+


Wolf Summer (2003)

The touching plot of this beautiful film takes place in Norway, a country of picturesque mountains and forests. Young Kim’s father died, and one day a girl who loves climbing , like her dad, goes to the mountains. Because of the fall from the slope, she finds herself in a wolf’s lair, where the hostess takes care of an unusual guest. Kim gets used to wild animals, so she tries to protect her new friends and take them to Sweden, where it is forbidden to hunt them.

Original title:
Ulvesommer

Genre:
Drama, adventure, family

Actors:
Julia Paulina Boracco Braathe, Jörgen Langhelle, Line Verndal…

Country:
Norway

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 5.9

Age limit:
0+


Miza mi (2003)

After the death of her mother, Miza, a city girl, goes to her grandmother in Lapland. Gustav, the son of local shepherds, becomes the best friend of the newcomer. On a walk in the forest, Miza meets a she-wolf with cubs and makes friends with them. When Gustav’s family discovers several dead sheep, the shepherds hire poachers to keep the flock safe. The protagonist of a Swedish film about wolves and humans races against time to save her four-legged friends.

Original title:
Misa mi

Genre:
Drama, family

Actors:
Kim Jansson, Lena Granhagen, Per Nilja…

Country:
Sweden

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 5.7

Age limit:
12+


Wolf Time (2002)

Aron MacGregor remains an orphan, and elderly relatives are appointed guardians to him. The aunt and uncle reluctantly take their nephew into their house, not wanting to bother with the child. Most of the time the boy is left to himself, and after school he often walks in the forest. On one of his walks, Aron sees a little wolf cub in need of help, and from that moment begins the story of sincere friendship.

Original title:
Time of the Wolf

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Burt Reynolds, Martha Keller, Devin Douglas Drewitz, Jason Priestley …

Country:
Germany, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.3

Age Limits :
0+


Silver Wolf (1999)

After the death of his father, Jesse moves to live in a mountain reserve with his uncle. The guy is snowboarding, walking around the neighborhood, where one day he finds a wounded predator. Together with Uncle Jesse, he takes care of a wounded animal and gives him the nickname Silver for his unusual coat color. The locals are not happy with the dangerous neighborhood, so the guy is forced to take his strengthened four-legged friend to the mountains away from home, but even there the local hunter John threatens the animal. A film about a big wolf is worth watching for the picturesque landscapes and the magnificent performance of a four-legged artist.

Original title:
Silver Wolf

Genre:
Drama, adventure, family

Actors:
Michael Biehn, Roy Scheider, Shane Meyer…

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.1

Age limit:
0+


White Fang (1991)

A popular American film based on the works of Jack London. When little wolf cubs are left without a mother, only one cub manages to survive from the entire litter, and after months it gets to the gold diggers . Their favorite entertainment is dog fights – in the hands of cruel northerners, a grown-up puppy turns into a real killing machine. Acquaintance with young Jack changes the fate of the White Fang.

Original title:
White Fang

Genre:
Drama, adventure

Actors:
Jed, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Ethan Hawke …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 6.7

Age limit:
12+


Dances with Wolves (1990)

The war between the North and the South broke the lives of thousands of Americans – and one of the victims of the civil strife was John Dunbar. After a serious injury, the lieutenant is transferred to a remote fort in the border area, where new tests await the man. John’s fellow traveler dies at the hands of the Indians , the commander commits suicide – and Dunbar is left alone in the middle of the wild.

Original title:
Dances with Wolves

Genre:
Drama, western, adventure, military, history

Actors:
Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene…

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.0

Age limit:
16+


Under the Northern Lights (1990)

The Japanese hunter Tsuneiro by chance finds himself in the Russian taiga , where he finds temporary shelter. One day a man meets a wolf and gradually tames it. A wild animal becomes a hunter’s best friend, and unusual friends have to go through a lot of dangerous adventures. Tsuneiro will be convinced that the beast can be smart and loyal, and the predator will understand the value of human support.

Genre:
Adventure

Actors:
Andrei Boltnev, Alexander Filippenko, Olegar Fedoro, Nikita Mikhalkov, Elena Yakovleva …

Country:
Japan, USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Seromanets (1989)

A large-scale hunt destroyed the entire population of wolves near the village – only one animal managed to survive. The Seromanet is forced to hide in a ravine, avoiding the fate of the dead tribesmen, where he was discovered by young Sashko. The boy brings food to the predator, saves him from the hunters, but a new trouble is already knocking at the door. The old Seromanets loses his sight, so he can only rely on Sasha’s help and care.

Genre: Children’s, drama Actors: Zhenya Zabrodin, Les Serdyuk, Konstantin Artemenko … Country: USSR Age restrictions: 0+


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