No fluff, no feather: 20 films for hunting lovers

If earlier hunting was considered a way of survival, now shooting wild animals is perceived as a specific entertainment. And in the cinema, stories about the confrontation between man and beast often turn into a psychological drama, where prey loses its meaning, and people themselves come to the fore. Filmmakers make films about hunting and hunters – in Africa, Siberia or Alaska, skillfully using extreme stories to reveal human characters.

Predators (2021)

The novelty of the movie is an interesting thriller where an ordinary family trip turns into a struggle for survival. Jack and his wife and children go on a safari into the African outback, underestimating the dangers of wildlife. Animals only in pictures and on TV look cute, but the meeting in reality is fraught with a mortal threat. Due to the attack of a rhinoceros, travelers lose their car and become easy prey for the inhabitants of the savannah.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Endangered Species

Genre:
Action, thriller

Actors:
Rebecca Romijn, Philip Winchester, Michael Johnston…

Country:
Kenya, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.9, IMDb – 4.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Gray top (2020)

Foreign movies about hunting will be appreciated by fans of intense plots with an unexpected ending. Joseph lives with his family in the forest, harvesting furs, and one day he notices the tracks of a lone wolf. The man begins to track down the prey by setting traps, but the guest is not stupid enough to fall into the trap. The unpredictable behavior of the wolf disrupts Joseph’s usual plans, and the hunt turns into a personal vendetta.

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+


Lioness (2020)

Samantha O’Hara leads a group of mercenaries – a mobile and close-knit team takes on the most difficult tasks. The next mission is the release of the governor’s daughter, who was captured by terrorists . Soldiers brilliantly cope with the task, but face a new enemy. A wild lioness escaped from the farm in the jungle , ready to fight with everyone for her own freedom and life.

Original title:
Rogue

Genre:
Action

Actors:
Megan Fox, Philip Winchester, Greg Creek …

Country:
UK, South Africa

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.4, IMDb – 4.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Legacy of the Whitetail Deer Hunter (2018)

After a divorce from his wife, Buck Ferguson wants to improve relations with his son Jaden, but chooses not the best way to get closer. The man loves to hunt, and his friend Don is filming adventures on camera. Buck decides to take the heir on another outing, although Jaden is much more interested in modern gadgets. An American movie about a hunter and his son is worth watching for fans of comedic life dramas – the film touches on the theme of the relationship between fathers and children with humor.

Original title:
The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Josh Brolin, Danny McBride, Montana Jordan …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.5


Caliber (2017)

Two friends go to the Scottish outback to relax in nature. One of them will soon become a father – the guy will have to postpone friendly gatherings and outings, devoting free time to his family. In the evening, friends celebrate the meeting well, and in the morning they go hunting, where an accident occurs. The rest of the problems pile up like a snowball, ready to roll over all the participants in the events.

Original title:
Caliber

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Jack Lowden, Martin McCann, Tony Curran …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Trail of the Beast (2017)

The action of the feature film about hunters takes place in the outback, where the elderly Yanina Dusheiko lives. She is against the killing of animals, but the villagers do not want to listen to a strange woman. One day, Yanina discovers the body of a neighbor poacher, and only traces of a roe deer are visible near the corpse. A few days later, similar killings take place – and all the victims were engaged in illegal shooting of wild animals.

Original title:
Pokot

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime, detective

Actors:
Agnieszka Mandat-Grabka, Viktor Zborovsky, Jakub Gershal …

Country:
Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden, Slovakia, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Coming Out (2017)

City schoolboy David visits his long-departed father for the holidays in rural Montana. Cal organizes a joint hunt with his son, hoping to get closer to the teenager . David is not happy with his father’s idea, but agrees to go to the forest. The hike turns into a fight for survival after a man is injured and an angry bear encounters him.

Original title:
Walking Out

Genre:
Thriller, drama, adventure

Actors:
Matt Bomer, Josh Wiggins, Bill Pullman…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.8

Age limit:
16+


End (2016)

A dramatic film about hunting will not let go of the attention of the audience until the very credits, telling about the misadventures of a lost hunter. For an elderly man, stalking the beast remains the only entertainment after the departure of his wife. In the morning, the hunter takes the dog and sets off on the familiar path into the thicket, but the dog soon disappears without a trace. The man does not recognize the area, and the loss of the gun makes him worry, because he was alone in the middle of the wild.

Original title:
The End

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Gerard Depardieu, Audrey Bonnet, Swann Arlo …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.1, IMDb – 5.5


Tiger (2015)

Cheon Man-deok gave up hunting after an accident, but even years later, he is considered the best in the business. A Korean hunter is asked to track down the most powerful local tiger in order to present the animal’s skin as a gift to a Japanese general. Man-dok refuses, but his son Sogu joins the ranks of hunters, inspired by a rare trophy. People consider a wounded tiger an easy prey, but the predator has already been deprived of his family – and he has nothing more to lose.

Original title:
Daeho

Genre:
Drama, thriller, story

Actors:
Choi Min-sik, Jung Man-shik, Kim Sang-ho …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Survival Game (2014)

An American hunter film is a twisted thriller set in the Mojave Desert. Millionaire Madek arrives on safari before the season opens, paying a hefty sum for the opportunity to hunt. The best tracker Ben becomes the guide of the businessman , but the entertainment suddenly gets out of control. By an absurd accident, Madek mortally wounds a man with a shot and decides to get rid of the only witness. He leaves Ben without clothes and water, so that the hot desert will finish off the guy.

Original title:
Beyond the Reach

Genre:
Thriller

Actors:
Michael Douglas, Jeremy Irwin, Hanna Mangan Lawrence…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.6

Age Limits :
18+


Hunted (2013)

Among the best films about hunting animals, there are often thrillers where a person can unexpectedly become a victim. Longtime friends create a television show and decide to shoot a story about tracking down a large animal. Prey is quickly found, but after dark the hunt takes an unexpected turn. The friends realize that they are no longer in control of the situation as a supernatural force is nearby.

Original title:
The Hunted

Genre:
Horror, Thriller, Detective

Actors:
Josh Stewart, Skipp Sadduth, Katherine Von Till …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.7, IMDb – 4.8

Age Limits :
16+


Kuta (2013)

The Russian drama film will show the reverse side of the hunt – the one that exposes human vices and passions. Two friends in the company of a forester go for game, but a gambling venture suddenly turns into a tragedy. One fatal mistake is enough for the inner demons of the hunters to break out – and friends will have to make a choice between anger and forgiveness.

Genre:
Thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Vladislav Portnyagin, Georgy Bessonov, Nikolai Soldatov, Natalya Yakovleva-Dalaana

Country:
Russia

Age restrictions:
18+


Hunter (2011)

The list of the best adventure films about hunters continues with the Australian thriller about hunting down a rare tiger. Martin is a lone mercenary who has never been able to acquire loved ones. In pursuit of easy money, the hunter enters into a contract with a large firm. Martin’s task is to find the last Tasmanian tiger and deliver biological samples to a military laboratory.

Original title:
The Hunter

Genre:
Thriller, drama, adventure

Actors:
Willem Dafoe, Francis O’Connor, Sam Neil …

Country:
Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Live (2010)

Mikhail comes to the taiga to hunt, but becomes an unwitting witness to an unsuccessful assassination attempt. A guy who ran out onto the road asks for help, and the man picks up the fugitive without hesitation. Now Michael and his companion have the only goal – to survive at any cost. The bandits are determined to finish what they started, and the nearest settlement is a few hours away through the backcountry.

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Denis Shvedov, Vladislav Toldykov, Alexey Komashko …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Masai – Rain Warriors (2004)

The French drama got into the top films about hunting thanks to the positive feedback from the audience and the picturesque visuals. The Kenyan tribes are suffering from a severe drought, so they turn to the local sorcerer for advice. The sorcerer reports that the lands are under the curse of the Red God, but he can be appeased with a generous gift. The young inhabitants of the tribe need to go in search of the king of lions and get the mane of the beast for an offering.

Original title:
Massai – Les guerriers de la pluie

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Ngotiek Ole Mako, Paul Nteri Ole Sekenan, Parkasio Ole Muntet …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.5

Age Limits :
16+


Vesyegonskaya she-wolf (2004)

The touching Russian film will not leave the audience indifferent, because the plot is centered on the amazing interaction between a man and a wild animal. Egor is a hereditary wolf hunter who protects a village in Siberia from the attacks of dangerous predators. Everything changes when a man one day meets an incredibly smart she-wolf, and the finger refuses to pull the trigger. The villagers are convinced that there is no friendship between a predator and a man, but Yegor is ready to prove the opposite.

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+


Peculiarities of national hunting in winter (2000)

The list of the best films about hunters cannot be imagined without a comedy, which has long been disassembled into quotes by fans. The operative Lyova Soloveichik comes to the huntsman Kuzmich in the company of General Ivolgin to spend time in nature. Rest is hampered by the sudden appearance of inspectors who monitor the observance of order in the forest lands. Checks begin with absurd requirements, but nothing can piss off Kuzmich, who tells parables about Hu Zhou from China, a thoughtful lover of Russian hunting.

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Alexei Buldakov, Viktor Bychkov, Sergei Gusinsky …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Ghost and Darkness (1996)

At the end of the 19th century, the builder John Patterson is entrusted with an important project to build a bridge in Africa. Local residents work under the supervision of the engineer. Workers warn visitors of mortal danger. A pride of cannibal lions roams the area, attacking everyone indiscriminately. John managed to shoot one of the predators from an ambush, but the animals retreat only for a while.

Original title:
The Ghost and the Darkness

Genre:
Thriller, drama, adventure

Actors:
Michael Douglas, Val Kilmer, Tom Wilkinson…

Country:
Germany, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Features of the National Hunt (1995)

Aspiring Finnish historian Raivo is working on a book about Russian hunting and, accompanied by an interpreter, comes to collect material from the huntsman Ivolgin. The guy represents dexterous riders on fast horses who go around the land in search of animals. However, upon arrival, it turns out that the writer ‘s fantasies are far from Russian reality, and the hunters are armed with a huge supply of strong drinks.

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Ville Haapasalo, Alexey Buldakov, Viktor Bychkov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


White Hunter Black Heart (1990)

Director John Wilson is known as a true fighter for human rights, and most of his films devote to this topic. For the filming of the next picture, the cinematographer invites a writer friend whose book is ideal for the script. Friends fly to Africa, but John pursues a completely different goal on the trip. Filming is just an excuse to be on the land of elephants and bring back a valuable trophy.

Original title:
White Hunter Black Heart

Genre:
Drama, adventure

Actors:
Clint Eastwood, Jeff Fahey, Charlotte Cornwell …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.6

Age limit:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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