20 films about bears

When bears act as actors in feature films, they easily outplay people! It is always interesting to look at clubfoot in family melodramas, but in horror films, a majestic powerful animal inspires awe and fear. The list of the best movies about bears covers different genres – from thriller, drama, adventure to fantasy, comedy and children’s fairy tale.

Save the panda (2020)

This is a positive Korean comedy for cozy home viewing. Minmin is South Korea’s most important panda. She was sent as a gift for the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations with China. The best national intelligence agent, Chu, is sent to look after the bamboo bear. Upon arrival at the zoo, Mingmin is immediately kidnapped, and Chu gains the ability to understand animal language. Until recently, he did not like animals, and now he has an unusual investigation in the company of a service dog .

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

Original title:
Miseuteo Ju: sarajin VIP

Genre:
Comedy, Action, Detective, Fantasy

Actors:
Lee Sun-min, Ingu, Shin Ha-gyun …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.7

Age Limits :
12+


Coming Out (2017)

A spectacular foreign film about a bear attack and family relationships will take viewers to picturesque Montana. Young David comes to visit his father, a hunter. It is difficult to interest an urban teenager , accustomed to comfort, in the harsh everyday life of a hermit. Therefore, David’s father decides to take his son on a hunt in order to find a common language with the boy in nature. Terrible events begin to develop at a rapid pace after the meeting of the heroes and the wild bear.

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+


Unnatural (2015)

In a laboratory in Alaska, scientists are experimenting with changing the genetic code of polar bears. At the same time, a photographer with two models appears in the snowy expanses to take pictures. The company settles in the hunter’s house, not knowing that the experiments of the scientific expedition have turned the bears into bloodthirsty mutants. And now people will have to resist the unfriendly bears, who strive to have a bite to eat with a human.

Original title:
Unnatural

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, action, thriller

Actors:
James Remar, Sherilyn Fenn, Ron Carlson…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 3.8, IMDb – 4.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Fatal Route (2014)

A chamber film about a killer bear, based on real events , will once again remind the viewer that a person without special skills and training has nothing to do in the wilderness. While hiking through the Canadian taiga , young couple Alex and Jen go astray. Without supplies of water, food and not knowing how to navigate the terrain, they have to fight for their lives. After all, they have entered the territory of the beast, and the furry master of the taiga is ready to defend his borders.

Original title:
Backcountry

Genre:
Horror, thriller, drama

Actors:
Missy Peregrym, Jeff Roop, Nicholas Campbell…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Grizzly (2013)

Poachers killed a brood of bear cubs, which caused the wrath of the grizzlies. The animal begins to dismember everyone who gets in the way. At the same time, Rowan arrives in town after serving 7 years in prison for murder. Visiting native places cannot be called pleasant, because Rowan’s brother, with whom he has long-standing disagreements, works as a sheriff here. However, soon the relatives will have to forget old grievances and unite to stop the angry beast before it attacks again.

Original title:
Into the Grizzly Maze

Genre:
Horror, Action, Thriller, Drama, Adventure

Actors:
Thomas Jane, James Marsden, Piper Perabo, Billy Bob Thornton…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.9, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Bear (2009)

In an American grizzly movie, a ferocious bear will take revenge on two married couples. A company of young people goes on a road trip. Driving through the forest, the guys are frightened by a huge bear that crashed into their car, running out onto the road. A rash decision to shoot a wild animal becomes fatal for tourists. After all, a grizzly male roams nearby, ready to tear the killers to pieces. Now the guys are locked in a broken car, and they have to find a way to survive.

Original title:
Bear

Genre:
Horror, thriller, drama

Actors:
Brendan Michael Coughlin, Patrick Scott Lewis, Katie Lowes …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 3.2, IMDb – 2.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Panda Trail (2009)

A story about the interaction between man and nature will appeal to fans of touching stories involving animals. A lonely orphaned boy lives with his guardian. One day, he finds an injured panda bear that has fallen off a cliff. Saving a baby from poachers, an orphan will learn to take care of the weak, open his soul to another creature and find the meaning of life and the source of strength in amazing friendship.

Original title:
Xiong mao hui jia lu

Genre:
Adventure, family

Actors:
Daichi Harashima, Zhang Qi, Feng Li…

Country:
China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 6.5

Age limit:
6+


Grizzly Park (2007)

This horror film about a man-eating bear is worth a watch for fans of the finest thrash, because the movie is simply teeming with scenes of violence. Grizzly Park is a labor camp for troubled teenagers in the California woods. It is there that a group of new pupils arrives. In the middle of the impenetrable thickets, the guys will face predators. But not only a wild bear is waiting for teenagers, there is also a second opponent – a serial killer who escaped from prison . Both of them do not know what compassion is, and are ready to shred and destroy.

Original title:
Grizzly Park

Genre:
Horror, Thriller

Actors:
Glenn Morshower, Shedrak Anderson III, Susan Blakely, Brodie the Bear…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.2, IMDb – 4.0

Age Limits :
18+


Golden Compass (2007)

The fictional fairy-tale world of the film is similar to ours. That’s just science there is tightly intertwined with magic , and the human soul has a completely material embodiment in the form of an animal. Twelve-year-old Lyra embarks on an incredible journey in the wake of her uncle, who is looking for mysterious dust. On the way, the girl will meet real witches , cunning villains, an army of monsters and an armored bear.

Original title:
The Golden Compass

Genre:
Fantasy, adventure, family

Actors:
Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Dakota Blue Richards…

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.1

Age limit:
12+


Bear named Winnie (2004)

A family film about a living bear that became the mascot of a Canadian regiment during World War I , based on a true story. Winnie is the bear who inspired Alexander Milne to create Winnie the Pooh. And an amazing story began when Lieutenant Harry Coleborn rescued a bear cub whose mother was killed by hunters. Having become the “daughter of the regiment”, Winnie won the hearts of all soldiers and officers. And after the pet had to be left in the London Zoo, Harry Colebourn’s corps continued to patronize the living mascot.

Original title:
A Bear Named Winnie

Genre:
Drama, military

Actors:
Michael Fassbender, Gil Bellows, David Suchet…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
6+


Bear Kiss (2002)

This fantasy melodrama is the last film with the completed role of Sergei Bodrov, who went missing in the same year. A philosophical parable in the form of a fairy tale tells about a lonely girl Lola and a bear cub Misha, taken from the Russian taiga. Both characters live in a circus. One night, Lola sees a young man in a cage instead of a bear, and he admits that he is Misha. They fall in love with each other, they perform together, they are truly happy together. But the day will come when Misha will have to make a terrible choice.

Original title:
Bear’s Kiss

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, melodrama

Actors:
Rebeka Liljeberg, Sergei Bodrov Jr., Joachim Krul …

Country:
Germany, Sweden, Russia, Spain, France, Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Master of the Mountain (dilogue, 2002 and 2003)

The adventure film is a remake of the 1967 film of the same name. In a movie about a bear hunt, a little orphaned boy will try to save his furry friend from hunters, and himself from social workers. A combination of circumstances forced 12-year-old Mark to run away into the forest and escape there, together with Ben the bear, from the cruelty and injustice of people.

Original title:
Gentle Ben

Genre:
Drama, family

Actors:
Dean Cain, Corbin Bernsen, William Catt…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 5.8

Age limit:
0+


My Grizzly (1999)

Brave hunter and adventurer Tyrone Bankston decides to take his son Harry on a hunt. In the forest, a mother bear who has lost her cubs drags Harry away with her. The animal does not kill the child, but begins to carefully care for him. After a while, the characters become friends. They live in the forest, hide from hunters, fight off other predators, and the grizzly teaches Harry incredible skills.

Original title:
Grizzly Falls

Genre:
Drama, adventure

Actors:
Brian Brown, Tom Jackson, Oliver Tobias …

Country:
UK, Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
0+


Faithful Heart (1997)

Set in the beautiful highlands of Canada, the bear movie follows the adventures of a brother and sister whose plane crashes in the forest. The twins are the only survivors of the crash. Accompanied by a local Indian , the guys set off on their way to the guard post where their stepfather works. Together with them goes the bear Kiryak, called by their Indian friend grandfather. On the way, travelers overcome natural barriers and traps and protect the clubfoot from poachers.

Original title:
True Heart

Genre:
Drama, adventure, family

Actors:
Kirsten Dunst, Zachary Tai Brian, August Schellenberg…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.2

Age limit:
16+


On the Edge (1997)

The adventure thriller is an old American classic with an all-star cast duo and impressive cinematography. Charles Morse, along with his model wife, travels to Alaska at the urging of photographer Robert Green for a spectacular photo shoot of Mickey. Leaving his wife on the ground, Charles and Robert take off in a private jet, but it crashes. The pilot dies, communication is lost, it gets colder, wild bears roam around. Will the heroes be able to survive in extreme conditions and what kind of secret will the billionaire reveal?

Original title:
The Edge

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama, adventure

Actors:
Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin, Elle MacPherson, Bart bear …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Alaska (1996)

The film about the polar bear is not a new film, but it won the hearts of the audience with an amazingly beautiful atmosphere and a touching story suitable for family viewing. Private airline pilot Jake Burns goes missing after a plane crash in the mountains of Alaska. His 13-year-old daughter Jesse and 15-year-old son Sean are sent in search of their father. Fluffy white teddy bear Cabbie helps the children on a difficult journey.

Original title:
Alaska

Genre:
Adventure, family

Actors:
Thora Birch, Vincent Kartheiser, Dirk Benedict …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 5.8

Age limit:
12+


Jonathan the Bears Friend (1994)

Youth Jonathan hides in a cave when criminals kill his parents. It is there that he meets an orphaned bear cub. The heroes live together until Jonathan is taken in by a tribe of Indians. Having matured, the man lives a full life according to the laws of an Indian tribe, but one day a local tycoon finds oil on the reservation. Now the tribe is in danger, and Jonathan decides to protect his clan.

Original title:
Jonathan degli orsi

Genre:
Action, Western

Actors:
Franco Nero, John Saxon, Floyd “Red Crow” Westerman …

Country:
Italy, Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
12+


The King is a polar bear (1991)

A naive Norwegian fairy tale will appeal to both the younger generation and the older one. Against the backdrop of Scandinavian nature, a romantic story unfolds. The young king Valemon offended the witch, not wanting to take her as his wife – and in revenge, the sorceress turns him into a polar bear. Now he is forced to hide in distant lands, leaving his kingdom. Once Valemon meets a kind princess, whose kiss turns him into a man – but only before sunset, and at night he again becomes clubfoot.

Original title:
Kvitebjørn Kong Valemon

Genre:
Fantasy, adventure, family

Actors:
Jak Fjeldstad, Maria Bonnevie, Tobias Hösl…

Country:
Norway, Sweden, Germany, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.0

Age limit:
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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