16 Best Feature Films About Elephants

The largest land inhabitants of our planet do not trumpet their strength and intelligence, they trumpet for other reasons, and they also know how to clap their ears and greet with their trunks. For a long time, people have used smart giants from the African savannahs and Indian jungles for peaceful and military purposes. Of course, these amazing animals have appeared on movie screens more than once. In our selection you will find the best films about elephants – from foreign novelties to classics of Soviet cinema.

Dumbo (2019)

A touching children’s movie is a modern version of the adventures of the famous Disney character. An amazing baby elephant with huge ears and the ability to fly was born in the circus. The owner wants to squeeze more money out of the phenomenon, but the artist, who lost his arm in the war, along with his children, is trying to help the baby elephant meet his mother and find freedom.

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

Original title:  
Dumbo

Genre:  
Fantasy, adventure

Actors:  
Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito …

Country:  
USA, UK, Australia, Canada

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:  
6+


Vacation in the Wild (2019)

This melodramatic film with the participation of elephants is worth watching for fans of heartfelt and life-affirming stories. Having arranged her son for college, Kate wants to go on a romantic trip with her husband, but her husband suddenly proposes a divorce . Then the woman alone arranges a tour of Africa, where she finds happiness and a calling, helping a rescued orphan elephant in a special reserve.

Original title:
Holiday In The Wild

Genre:
Drama, Romance, Comedy

Actors:
Kristin Davis, Rob Lowe, Fezile Mpela…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.2


Jungle (2019)

The young hero of an Indian film befriends a baby elephant living in the jungle. Even after many years, the relationship between a man and an eared comrade remained strong and trusting. However, the time comes to test friendship with disaster: poachers intend to destroy the herd of elephants. The matured Raj does not hesitate to enter the warpath with bloodthirsty intruders.

Original Title :
Junglee

Genre:
Action, Adventure

Actors:
Vidyut Jamwal, Lars Kjeldsen, Asha Bhat…

Country:
India

Rating:
IMDb – 5.6


Escape with Fiona (2018)

A family film about elephants will make you worry about the characters, but will give you a lot of positive emotions. Once upon a time, an elderly elephant shone in the arena and amazed the audience with incredible tricks, but now the circus owner intends to get rid of the useless animal. To save a thick-skinned friend from certain death, the daughter of a pragmatic businessman arranges a joint escape.

Original title:
Saving Flora

Genre:
Drama, adventure, family

Actors:
Jenna Ortega, Martin Martinez, David Arquette…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
6+


Water for Elephants! (2011)

After the death of his parents, an immigrant student drops out of medical school and gets a job as a veterinarian in a traveling circus. Feelings flare up between a new employee and a pretty rider, but the girl is married to a trainer. A stern man who is very cruel to animals suspects treason and decides to get rid of a competitor.

Original title:  
Water for Elephants

Genre:  
Drama, melodrama

Actors:  
Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:  
16+


Elephant (2010)

The main role in the Russian feature film about elephants was played by the famous rock musician , the leader of the infamous Leningrad band. The administration of the circus decided to euthanize the sick favorite of the public. But instead of the ring star’s last trip to the veterinarian, a young assistant and a gloomy truck driver embark on a journey with Bothi to get him to a safe place.

Genre:  
Drama, adventure

Actors:  
Sergey Shnurov, Evgeny Ermakov, Irina Shevchuk …

Country:  
Russia

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:  
12+


Elephant and Princess (TV series, 2008 – 2011)

The main character of the Australian children’s series has always considered herself an ordinary girl, but turned out to be a princess of a magical land. Under the guidance of a wise mentor and an elephant moving between worlds, the heir to the throne will have to get to know her homeland better, as well as master magic . However, the evil local aristocrats greet the appearance of the princess with hostility.

Original title:
The Elephant Princess

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, melodrama

Actors:
Miles Santo, Siam, Emily Robins…

Country:
Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


In the Desert (2000)

An excellent movie about elephants was shot in hot Africa. An employee of the environmental department goes on the trail of poachers exterminating wild animals. Together with a lawyer who came from the USA, the girl is looking for tusk hunters. In the course of the investigation , conservationists realize that they are in love with each other, but the girl has become attached to Africa with all her heart, and the man must return to Chicago.

Original title: Kin Genre: Drama Actors: Miranda Otto, Isaiah Washington, Chris Chameleon… Country: South Africa, UK Rating: IMDb – 5.2 Age limit: 12+


Elephant Adventure (2000)

American cinema, using documentary footage, is based on real events and reflects the true picture of the life of the giants of the savannah. Elephant in childhood loses its mother and best friend. Hard times are coming, but the brave animal, having survived all the hardships, sets off on a journey to get to a safe place, meet new friends and find his own elephant happiness.

Original title:
Whispers: An Elephant’s Tale

Genre:
Family

Actors:
Angela Bassett, Joanna Lumley, Anne Archer…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 5.1

Age Limits :
12+


Elephant’s Revenge (1997)

The list of the best films about elephants continues with an Indian drama that tells a touching story of friendship between man and animal. A police officer takes care of his smart pet. One day, a law enforcement officer comes across a gang of drug dealers and dies while trying to stop illegal activities. The beast remembered the killers and is ready to use its sharp tusks to take revenge on the villains.

Original title:
Jodidar

Genre:
Action, Romance

Actors:
Mithun Chakraborty, Aditya Pancholi, Bindushree…

Country:
India

Rating:
IMDb – 4.3

Age limit:
12+


Larger than life (1996)

The popular coach did not know his father and was pretty surprised to inherit a huge elephant from his deceased parent. A zoo in distant Sri Lanka agrees to accept the animal, but first the giant must be brought there. The hero needs not only to find those who will contribute to transportation, but also to master the basics of training as soon as possible.

Original title:
Larger Than Life

Genre:
Comedy, family

Actors:
Bill Murray, Tai, Janine Garofalo …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 5.6

Age limit:
12+


Operation Elephant (1995)

The Incredible Elephant Movie may seem like just an adventure comedy , but the paradoxical plot is based on real events. During the years of the Vietnam War, two officers of the American army receive a difficult task: in conditions of the strictest secrecy, the fighters must deliver a giant beast to a remote village. The task itself is not easy, but also the surrounding jungle is teeming with enemies.

Original title:
Operation Dumbo Drop

Genre:
Action, drama, comedy

Actors:
Danny Glover, Ray Liotta, Denis Leary …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 5.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Lost in Africa (1994)

An African tribe kidnaps several foreign tourists to trade the captives for poachers arrested by the authorities. The prisoners manage to escape, but the leader of the tribe dies in the scuffle. The savages are determined to exact revenge. The fugitives have to flee from persecution in an alien and frightening world of the wild savannah, where they are waiting for meetings with exotic representatives of the African fauna.

Original title:
Lost in Africa

Genre:
Action, adventure

Actors:
Jennifer McComb, Ashley Hamilton, Mohamed Nangurai…

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
IMDb – 5.2

Age limit:
18+


Eva’s Magical Adventure (1994)

The director of the circus found himself in a difficult financial situation. To improve his situation, the treacherous leader decides to fraudulently obtain insurance. To implement the criminal plan, it is necessary to poison the gray two-ton giant shining in the arena. A little girl finds out about the terrible intentions and decides to save the noble good-natured beast from death.

Original Title :
Ava’s Magical Adventure

Genre:
Drama, Comedy, Family

Actors:
Michael J. Anderson, Kay Ballard, Priscilla Barnes…

Country:
USA

Rating:
IMDb – 5.8

Age Restrictions :
0+


White Hunter Black Heart (1990)

The famous director, taking a writer friend with him, goes to Africa to shoot his next film. In addition to creative work, the filmmaker intends to have fun hunting exotic animals and getting valuable elephant tusks. The writer opposes the bloody entertainment started by a callous friend. A bitter conflict unfolds between old friends.

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+


Boba and the Elephant (1972)

An excellent Soviet comedy film for children, even decades after its release, makes you smile. Its largest inhabitant escaped from the Leningrad Zoo and went for a walk around the northern capital. Employees are unable to do anything with the beast that escaped to freedom, but an ordinary boy manages to find a common language with a wise African giant .

Genre:
Family

Actors:
Denis Kucher, Arina Arakelova, Geliy Sysoev …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
0+


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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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