It’s no secret that we love to hunt, and we figure that our customers and readers also share the same passion we do for being engulfed in nature waiting to take the perfect shot. It’s also a great opportunity to bond with family and friends. No doubt that many sons remember their first hunting trip with their fathers. So, with that in mind, we’ve compiled a short list of some of the better hunting movies. Whether you’re in the mood to just kick back and watch an entertaining flick, or if you need a movie to watch back at the cabin during your trip, we hope that you’ll enjoy some of these picks:
The Deer Hunter
Though this 1978 film is widely considered to be a classic war film, there is still a very important correlation to hunting. The titular character, Mike (played brilliantly by Robert De Niro), is a sharp-shooting deer hunter who finds himself fighting amidst the horrors of Vietnam. This film is definitely the most widely acclaimed found in our list and for good reason. There is much to take away from this powerful film for anyone.
The Ghost and the Darkness
The film claims to be based on actual events, and while that is true, there are many fictionalized elements that are depicted. Nevertheless, the film itself is a thrill ride. It places two hunters (Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas) against two man-eating lions in the African wilderness. Hunting movies do not get much more intense since the beasts that our heroes are hunting are just as capable at hunting, themselves.
Hard to go wrong with this classic story turned motion picture starring Gregory Peck. Peck plays Ahab, a man completely obsessed with hunting the great white whale that is responsible for taking his leg. Ahab will stop at nothing to get the elusive creature of the sea.
Another film in which we have hunters attempting to capture and destroy a superior hunter of the sea. The film is outright terrifying even after all these years. Plus, who can forget the line, “we’re gonna need a bigger boat”?
Alright, so this really is more of a survivalist movie than it is a hunting one, but there is a lot to take away from it that is directly related to hunters. A crew of Alaskan oil drillers are on a flight home when things go wrong and the plane crashes in the harsh environment of the Alaskan wilderness. Now, the survivors must band together and not only survive the natural elements, but a pack of ferocious wolves that are hot on their trail. The film is both terrifying and surprisingly poetic with a great performance from Liam Neeson.
What are some of your favorite hunting movies or a perhaps a movie with just one single great hunting scene?