Big Cats: 15 Tiger Movies

Some tabby cats don’t like to be petted in a familiar way. These beauties sometimes weigh more than 300 kilograms, but in order to gain such a mass, cats need to eat a lot. There is an easy way to avoid the menu and, at the same time, enter the world of orange-tailed dudes who do not let strangers in – watch a movie. The best films from our selection about tigers will allow you to admire wild cats without fear for your life.

The Jungle Book (2016)

Famous characters will return to the screen in a large-scale colorful film adaptation of the book by Rudyard Kipling, where incredibly realistic computer graphics were used. A human cub, raised by a pack of wolves, will again try to defeat the terrible tiger Sher Khan, will confront the monkey king and try to save the jungle from the sinister “red flower”. And the bear Baloo, panther Bagheera and python Kaa will help the boy in his adventures.

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

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+


Tiger (2015)

In this feature film about tigers in the wild, Japanese occupiers go on the hunt for the striped symbol of free Korea. The legendary mighty beast inspires fear even in the best hunters. However, the Minister of War of Japan does not care much about this fact – the general wants to add one more tiger skin to his collection. Such a mission is only possible for one person – the most famous Korean hunter. At first, he refuses to participate in the case, but after learning that his son was also going to go to the beast, he joins the ranks of desperate daredevils.

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+


Tiger Mountain Capture (2014)

Based on a true story, the film focuses on the Chinese Civil War and is shot in the style of a patriotic action movie. After the defeat of the Japanese in 1946, China does not find peace – the country is tormented by civil war. Taking advantage of the deplorable state of the army and the general devastation, bandits are in charge of the province. A military detachment led by Shao Jianbo finds a fortress-lair where a bandit named Hawk is hiding along with his army. One of the soldiers decides to infiltrate the enemy ranks in order to find out the information necessary for the attack. And in the hands of a spy there is a serious trump card.

Original title:
Zhi qu weihu shan

Genre:
Action, military, history

Actors:
Zhang Hanyu, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Kenny Lin …

Country:
China, Hong Kong

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 6.4

Age limit:
16+


Tiger Tail (2014)

This good movie about the friendship of a tiger and a boy can be classified as a family movie. A traveling circus arrives in an American suburb. Schoolboy Billy was already buzzing all the ears of his parents in anticipation of the performance with the participation of animals. And when the X-day comes, the child is in for an incredible surprise – in the back seat of their car, he discovers an escaped tiger cub. Of course, Billy decides to hide this from his parents and sneak the baby into the house. How long can he hide the dangerous but still small beast?

Original title:
A Tiger’s Tail

Genre:
Comedy, family

Actors:
Christopher Judge, Greg Granberg, Darlene Vogel …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 4.7

Age limit:
6+


Tiger Trail (2014)

An action-packed Russian action movie with the participation of a furry actor – a two-hundred-kilogram kitty named Amur – will tell about the smuggling of animals by the Russian and Chinese mafia . The taiga in Primorsky Krai is the only place where the Ussuri tigers, which smugglers have laid eyes on, live. Two animals were killed, but they did not fall into the hands of customers. Jaegers Pavel Shirokov are involved in a dangerous special operation organized by Colonel Khazov. Their task is to be the first to get on the trail of predators and prevent a second attack on them.

Genre:
Drama, crime

Actors:
Alexander Baluev, Alexey Kravchenko, Denis Nikiforov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Courageous (2013)

In a foreign film about a tough Indian showdown, the tiger will become the savior of a young man named Ravi, who takes revenge on the killers of his father. Once an honest priest of Dharamutha became a bystander of a crime and testified in court against an influential person – the landowner Sher Singh. In retaliation to the priest, Sher spread dirty rumors around the village, which drove the poor fellow to suicide. After many years, the son of Dharamutha returns to the village to restore justice.

Original Title :
Himmatwala

Genre:
Action, Comedy

Actors:
Ajay Devgan, Tamanna Bhatia, Paresh Rawal…

Country:
India

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 1.7

Age Limits :
12+


Life of Pi (2012)

Imagine an open ocean, a boat, and in it a human child, a tiger, a hyena, a zebra and an orangutan. An unusual company will not last long in such a composition, leaving the two strongest alone. The journey , which began due to the wreck of the ship, will teach a boy named Pi to listen to himself, strengthen his faith and direct him to the path that he has been looking for for so long. The colorful drama, based on the novel by Yann Martel, can be viewed from two sides – as an adventure film and as a philosophical parable.

Original title:
Life of Pi

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, adventure

Actors:
Suraj Sharma, Irfan Khan, Ayush Tandon…

Country:
USA, Taiwan, UK, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.9

Age limit:
6+


Blue Tiger (2012)

Czech fantasy is a kind film for the whole family, which tells a story about people and a blue tiger. The main characters are friendly brother and sister who love nature. One day, the calm and entertaining life of the guys playing in the botanical garden comes to an end when the head of administration decides to clean up the garden and build a quarter with shops and cafes in its place. While the children are trying to figure out how to stop the official, a blue tiger cub appears in the city. The girl Yekhanka is sure that this is a beast from her drawings, and he also needs help.

Original title:
Modrý tygr

Genre:
Fantasy, adventure, family

Actors:
Linda Votrubova, Jan Hartl, Daniel Drewes…

Country:
Czech Republic

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
12+


In the power of the tiger (2010)

Kelly lives in a small house with her stepfather and younger brother who has autism. The stepfather is not very happy with the share that fell to him to raise other people’s children after the death of their mother, but he really wants to withdraw money from her account. Then the man comes up with a very sophisticated plan on how to get rid of the adopted children. After all, he recently bought a tiger for a safari. A storm is approaching, and the resourceful foster dad boards up all the windows and doors and locks the children in a death trap alone with a ferocious beast, which he has not fed for several days on purpose.

Original title:
Burning Bright

Genre:
Horror, thriller, drama

Actors:
Garret Dillahunt, Briana Evigan, Charlie Tahan …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
16+


One Blood (2007)

Although this man-eating tiger movie received mixed reviews from viewers, the horror film may appeal to fans of the Jaws franchise and similar thrillers. In the vicinity of the town, people began to disappear, and a torn body of a man was found in the forest. By the nature of the wounds, it is clear that the killer is a ferocious striped predator. And while he is being hunted by the military and the police, 10-year-old Ron plays with the wild beast like a pet kitten. Living with his mother in the wilderness, he has no friends at all. Therefore, the predator becomes his only companion. How will the dangerous friendship between the boy and the man-eating animal end?

Original title:
Maneater

Genre:
Horror, Thriller

Actors:
Gary Busey, Ian D. Clarke, Ty Wood…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.0, IMDb – 4.1

Age Limits :
16+


Eye of the Tiger (2005)

Two Britons die in the national reserve under inexplicable circumstances. A National Geographic correspondent undertakes to conduct his own investigation. The journalist hears rumors that people are being devoured by a man-eating tiger that has been living in the jungle for many years. Deciding to refute or confirm the speculation, the man and his girlfriend go to the jungle, where they meet several tourists. There, in the tropical wilderness, people are faced with the inexplicable – it seems to them that someone is watching their every step. And soon the members of the group begin to die.

Original title:
Kaal

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller, detective, adventure

Actors:
Ajay Devgan, Vivek Oberoi, John Abraham…

Country:
India

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 4.6

Age Limits :
16+


Two brothers (2004)

Two tiger cubs were born in the jungles of Indochina, but once free animals were caught by people. One kid gets into the circus, and the second becomes a pet. A few years later they are made fighting animals, ready to fight in the ring not for life, but for death. Fate will bring two brothers here again to force them to fight against each other for the amusement of their soulless masters. This highly rated film about the dramatic adventures of big tigers separated as children is a must see for all caring animal lovers.

Original title:
Deux frères

Genre:
Drama, adventure, family

Actors:
Guy Pearce, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Freddie Highmore…

Country:
France, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.0

Age limit:
12+


Sabretooth (2002)

Continues the selection of the film in the genre of fantasy . Using DNA found during archaeological excavations in Africa, scientist Katherine Weisley clones a prehistoric animal – a huge saber-toothed predator from the cat family. During transportation, the beast breaks free and runs into the forest, killing tourists and random travelers on its way. Katherine decides to hire experienced tracker and hunter Bob Thatcher to hunt down the animal for a fee. However, Bob is told that he is on the trail of an ordinary African lion, not a cloned ferocious killer.

Original title:
Sabretooth

Genre:
Horror, fantasy

Actors:
David Keith, Vanessa Engel, John Rhys-Davies…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.1, IMDb – 3.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Striped Flight (1961)

There will be no tiger hunting, murder or bloody horror in this human-wildlife clash movie, but this classic family comedy has long been on the list of the best. During the transportation of animals for the zoo, an emergency occurs – the monkey opens the cages with predators, and they disperse on the deck. Big wild cats terrify the entire male crew. And only the barmaid Marina finds a common language with the tigers, subordinating the animals to her will.

Genre:
Comedy, family, adventure

Actors:
Alexei Gribov, Ivan Dmitriev, Margarita Nazarova …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
12+


Tiger Tamer (1954)

The main characters of the Soviet film Fedor and Lena work in a circus. He is a famous motorcycle racer who performs incredible stunts under the dome. She is his assistant, dreaming of her number. Over time, young people fall in love with each other. Meanwhile, a full-time tamer is fired due to addiction to alcohol. The show is under threat – no one can handle the huge cats. Then Lena enters the cage, and surprisingly all the animals obey her. So the brave girl gets her star chance.

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Lyudmila Kasatkina, Pavel Kadochnikov, Leonid Bykov …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.2

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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