The man versus animal movies that feature characters fighting to survive against terrible animals tends to stick in people’s minds the most. Animals are frequently shown in movies as attractive, cuddly pet side characters. In contrast, they appear as predators who are trying to harm the main characters in the horror and thriller genres.
Killers may be motivated by bad intentions that lead them to carry out heinous deeds in the shadows, but wild animals are different since they lack higher thinking and only follow their natural instincts.
These creatures may be “real” animals that were provoked or they may be genetically altered unnatural entities, but the outcome is always the same: they end up preying on people. Additionally, these films have the potential to be more frightful than ghosts and killers.
Here are some of the best films on how humans and animals interact and what each must do to survive, from land to sea.
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12. The Grey (2011)
Another man with a very specific set of skills is Liam Neeson. This time, wolves are being shot from a helicopter and then punched in the face. John Ottway (Neeson), an oil company sharpshooter, is one of the select few oil workers to survive a plane disaster.
The local wolf population is in severe need of food and water because of the especially harsh winter. As with every horror film, director Joe Carnahan creates a relentlessly gloomy atmosphere that captures our attention. Although the circumstances will almost lead you to support the wolves.
11. The Revenant (2015)
In Alejandro G. Iárritu’s Oscar-winning adventure thriller, the bear attack serves just as the catalyst. Hugh Glass, portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio, was a real-life frontiersman who was attacked by a grizzly bear and abandoned for dead by his friends in 1823.
As Glass struggles to return to civilization, the film eventually becomes an endurance test for him and occasionally for the viewer (and revenge). DiCaprio, who won Best Actor for his portrayal, devotes himself to the part with an inspiring level of focus.
10. Lake Placid (1999)
Steve Miner and David Kelly collaborated on the 1999 movie Lake Placid. A 30-foot saltwater crocodile that is terrorizing the made-up Black Lake is the subject of the movie about a group of people searching for it.
A well-known special effects creator that worked on predators, Stan Winston Studios, collaborated with Fox 2000 Pictures to develop Lake Placid.
Given that crocodiles typically hunt by surprising their prey, the jumpscare components fit the animal’s nature perfectly. You might not see a predator standing close by if you’re not paying enough attention.
9. The Breed (2006)
A group of friends visits an island that two of them have inherited from their uncle in Nicholas Mastandrea’s 2006 horror thriller The Breed. However, the island serves as a testing area for dogs with genetic enhancements.
Even though dogs are regarded as man’s best friend, in this film, they are so violent that they are nothing short of terrifying. The party must find their way out of the island before the killer dogs waiting outside capture them because they have no other option for survival than to leave.
8. Jaws (1975)
Steven Spielberg directed the 1975 movie Jaws. The story of a Great White Shark that is attacking swimmers in a summer resort town is followed in the movie along with the efforts of a police chief, a marine biologist, and a professional shark hunter.
The first significant motion picture to be filmed on the ocean was Jaws, which is widely recognized as the best shark movie ever. Even the Library of Congress chose it in 2001 for inclusion in the American National Film Registry.
7. Crawl (2019)
A 2019 movie titled Crawl was produced by Sam Raimi, directed by Alexandre Aja, and written by Michael and Shawn Rasmussen.
The problems faced by a daughter, father, and dog who are confined to their home during a Category 5 hurricane are the focus of the movie. The scariest news isn’t just the devastating hurricane; an alligator is there under the water, waiting to pounce.
The film’s photography, notably the unquestionably attractive CGI enemy, received favorable reviews.
6. Snakes on a Plane (2006)
The plot of the American movie Snakes on a Plane, which was released in 2006 and was directed by David Ellis, is around an assassination attempt that involves bringing down an entire aircraft. How will the passengers survive in a small area with no exit and a snake-filled environment?
The film barely generated $25 million at the box office and received poor reviews upon release, but it went on to become an internet sensation that gave rise to a variety of parodies and fan-made films.
5. The Shallows (2016)
The Shallows is a 2016 survival movie that Jaume Collet-Serra directed and Anthony Jaswinski wrote. This gripping film follows a surfer who gets trapped 180 meters from land and must struggle to survive a Great White Shark that prowls the seas.
This film’s action-packed, dramatic plot, which doesn’t sacrifice either horror or plot, makes it one of the better shark movies. The Shallows contains fewer screams than other shark movies, which in fact heightens the suspense and thrills.
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4. The Meg (2018)
The Meg, a 2018 movie with Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, and Cliff Curtis as its main cast, was directed by Jon Turteltaub. It is based on the novel Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten.
The story of the movie centers on the findings of a team of scientists who unearth the 75-foot-long megalodon shark, the largest kind of shark that has ever existed.
Imagine how terrifying it would be to come across this enormous sea creature that can ingest many people in one mouthful if you thought a man-eating Great White Shark was already lethal.
3. The Swarm (2020)
In the French horror drama The Swarm, a widow breeds locusts to sell. She unintentionally discovers that blood and flesh make her locusts overactive and reproduce quickly, which she greedily takes advantage of to maximize the number of locusts she can sell.
These vicious locusts can’t kill people or animals on their own, but when they swarm, it’s impossible to avoid them.
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2. Anaconda: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004)
Giant anacondas larger than those in the Guinness Book of World Records can be seen in the Anaconda film series.
The second movie in the series, Anaconda: The Hunt for Blood Orchid, is a stand-alone that you should watch even if you haven’t watched any of the other Anaconda movies.
In it, a team of researchers travels to Borneo in search of the fabled Blood Orchid, which is thought to extend life. An enormous anaconda, however, will not make things simple for them.
1. In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
Based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s nonfiction book of the same name, Ron Howard’s adventure drama In the Heart of the Sea is a motion picture. It tells the tale of the survivors after the 1820 shipwreck of the whaling ship Essex.
They move to deeper waters in the hopes of catching more sperm whales after their first action-packed yet successful catch. Unfortunately, a massive sperm whale called the “White Devil” by some sailors appears, completely destroying the Essex and killing the majority of its crew.
The remaining crew’s struggle to survive in the open ocean with scant supplies and no sign of shore is the main subject of the narrative.