King of the Beasts in Movies: 10 Movies About Lions

These powerful and graceful felines are called monarchs among animals for a reason – mane-crowned predators occupy the top place in the food chain. Legends and fairy tales with the participation of the formidable “king of beasts” can be found in the folklore of many peoples. We have made for you a selection of stories about big cats with a tassel on their tail – choose the most interesting growling movie from the pride of films about lions!

Lena and the lion cub (2021)

Caught in an exotic country, a unique white lion cub was intended for a wealthy collector, but escaped from smugglers. It is not known how the fate of a rare beast would have developed if a schoolgirl had not met him on the way . Lena took him home, called him Snowy and surrounded him with care. The girl who recently moved to the city had not yet taken root at school, so she herself needed a friend, who became the mustachioed baby. But how long can Lena hide Snowball from his strict father and prowling hunters?

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

Original title:
Lena and Snowball

Genre:
Comedy, adventure, family

Actors:
Melissa Collazo, Michael Pearl, Elliott Sankrant…

Country:
USA

Rating:
IMDb – 5.5

Age limit:
6+


Lioness (2020)

An action-packed movie about a fight between lions and people in the vastness of Africa. Samantha O’Hara leads a squad of tough ex- special forces . A team of ex-military professionals is hired by an African governor whose daughter has been kidnapped. But the carefully prepared liberation mission did not work out right away. First, the helicopter exploded, and then the heroes left alone with the wild nature were waiting for a meeting with a bloodthirsty lioness who had escaped from a special farm.

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+


Mia and the white lion (2018)

The list of the best films about lions continues with the story of Mia, a teenager from London who arrived with her family in Africa. The girl misses her friends in Britain very much. Her parents have an exotic occupation, and a white lion cub born on the family farm helps the heroine to accept the changes. Charlie became for Mia a faithful companion and companion in games and walks. But the grown predator cannot be kept in the house and Mia’s father decides to sell it. The girl cannot allow Charlie to be the object of the hunt, and goes with him in search of a new home.

Original title:
Mia et le lion blanc

Genre:
Drama, adventure

Actors:
Dania De Villiers, Melanie Laurent, Langley Kirkwood …

Country:
France, Germany, South Africa

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
6+


Extraction (2016)

A fictional horror comedy film showing that lions are not to be trifled with. Zoo veterinarian Lizzie is involved in the capture of a predator that prefers human flesh. When examining a torn family, a girl who previously worked in Tanzania discovers characteristic traces of claws and teeth. Lizzy claims that this specimen is at least 90 kg and 2 meters long, not counting the tail. Meanwhile, the ogre heads for Amsterdam.

Original title:
Prooi

Genre:
Horror, thriller, comedy

Actors:
Abby Hues, Mark Frost, Sophie van Winden…

Country:
Netherlands

Rating:
IMDb – 5.2

Age limit:
18+


White Lion (2010)

The white lion Letsatsy became the “black sheep” in his pride, as the unique color of the skin made him too noticeable against the backdrop of the African bush. Expelled from the pride for being unlike his relatives, the albino did not yet know how to hunt. He would have starved to death if he had not met the more experienced Nkulu, who shared his booty with him. The young animals became friends and together successfully honed their hunting skills. Such a serene pastime lasted until one of them fell into the hands of a two-legged predator – a man. A highly rated family film is an interesting drama with a touching story , shot by filmmakers from South Africa.

Original Title :
White Lion

Genre:
Drama, Family

Actors:
Jamie Bartlett, John Kani, Thabo Malema…

Country:
South Africa

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.7

Age limit:
12+


Extraction (2007)

An action-packed film about a fatal meeting of unarmed people and a pack of wild lions, hungry for human meat. American Mr. Newman spends a lot of time in Africa for work. He comes up with the idea of ​​inviting the children from his first marriage over the holidays to spend time together and introduce them to his stepmother, his second wife. The main local entertainment – safari – turned into a dangerous adventure for the heroes who found themselves in a jeep surrounded by hungry predators.

Original title:
Prey

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller, drama, adventure

Actors:
Bridget Moynahan, Peter Weller, Carly Schroeder …

Country:
South Africa

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 4.7

Age limit:
16+


The Lion Family (2004)

A good family film about the adventures of young lion cubs, which has earned a high rating and rave reviews from young viewers. Once funny fidgets Zuki and Lynas were so carried away by the game that they did not notice how they were far from their mother, the lioness Makhiba, and from their native pride. Zuki and Lynas will travel to the Great River, where they will meet both good and bloodthirsty inhabitants of the savannah. Kids will have to rely only on their own strength to avoid traps and return home.

Original Title :
Pride

Genre:
Drama, Comedy, Family

Actors:
Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, Rupert Graves, Sean Bean, Martin Freeman…

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.3

Age Limits :
0+


Lion (2003)

A family film about the friendship of a man and a lion is worth watching because of the beautiful filming and famous actors. Movie stars of the 20th century Ornella Muti and Alain Delon play the role of a married couple, and the real daughter of a Frenchman who does not drink cologne plays his screen daughter. The Bullitt family lives in an African reserve where John works as a caretaker. 13-year-old Patricia’s best friend is the huge King she played with when he was a kitten. The girl is happy here, but her mother Sybil insists on her leaving for Europe for the sake of studying and a civilized life in a big city.

Original title:
Le lion

Genre:
Action, drama, adventure, family

Actors:
Alain Delon, Anushka Delon, Ornella Muti …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
12+


Walk with Lions (1999)

Based on true events, the dramatic story of animal rights activist George Adamson. Many years ago, he rented a territory from the government of Kenya, where lions who previously lived in captivity learned to live independently. Adamson’s faithful companion was former adventurer Tony Fitzjohn, who unexpectedly found a calling in working with animals. When the corrupt authorities stopped protecting the reserve from poachers and land claimants, the heroes had to do it themselves with weapons in their hands.

Original title:
To Walk with Lions

Genre:
Drama, adventure, biography

Actors:
Richard Harris, John Michi, Kerry Fox…

Country:
Canada, UK, Kenya

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.8

Age limit:
0+


Ghost and Darkness (1996)

Screen version of a true story that happened at the end of the 19th century on the construction of a railway in Africa. Colonel John Patterson supervised the work, at first he did not attach importance to local legends about man-eating lions. But when a predator maims one of the workers, John tracks down and kills him. The builders are happy that they are now safe, but it turned out that the ogre was not alone, and the workers begin to die again.

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+


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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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