Many of the Americans see hunting as a sport and a leisure activity. There’s loads of adventure, a little bit of suspense, and lots of drama involved in a hunting expedition. So, it doesn’t come as a surprise that you’ll find several excellent movies on hunting. When it comes to films made on hunting, you’ll see that they’re of two types. There are movies that show the main character or characters who are not hunters.
The protagonist or lead characters embark on a mission to take down an animal that’s causing trouble. Some films show the main character or characters who are professional hunters. The lead character or characters are put in situations where they must track and hunt an animal. Here are some of the best movies on hunting that you must not miss watching:
1. The Ghost and the Darkness
In this historical adventure film, Sir Robert Beaumont is the main financier of a rail project in Kenya. He chooses John Henry Patterson to get the project completed within the set deadline. Everything seems to be going well until the mutilated corpse of the foreman of the project is found.
He is believed to have been killed by a lion. More attacks on the people involved in the project follow. A famous hunter, Charles Remington, comes in to put an end to this trouble. Bruce Stambler had won the Academy Award for this film for Best Sound Editing.
2. The Grey
This film from director Joe Carnahan is a survival film starring Liam Neeson as John Ottway. He is a sharpshooter, who is flying home for a vacation. The plane crashes in the freezing wilderness after great struggle in the middle of a brutal storm. Only eight men survive the crash, including Ottway.
This group of eight make their way towards the south in search of safety and civilization. On the way, they encounter mortal injuries, extremely cold climate, and a pack of wolves.
3. Escanaba in da Moonlight
A 2001 release starring Jeff Daniels, Escanaba in da Moonlight is a comedy showcasing hunting and hunting traditions. The filming of this movie took place in the port city of Escanaba. This city is in the Delta county of Michigan. In the movie, the protagonist takes up the task of shooting a buck.
If he fails, people in the community would end up believing that he’s a curse for them. You’ll get to hear a lot of the Upper Peninsula slang in this film. It is the movie adaptation of a play of the same name.
4. The Tiger: An Old Hunter’s Tale
Released in 2015, this is a period action drama film from the South Korean director, Park Hoon-jung. The film is about a hunter on a mission to kill the last tiger of the kingdom of Joseon. The story is from 1925, a time when Korea was under Japan’s occupation. He lives near Mount Jirisan in a hut with Seok, who is his teenage son.
The hunter, Chun Man-duk had the chance to save a one-eyed cub when it was in danger. This cub grows up to become a ferocious tiger with the nickname ‘The Mountain Lord’. James Mudge, a film critic, was all praise for this film. According to Mudge, this film was the best among all film releases of the year.