Top 10 Movies Like Beast
The new movie beast pits Idris Elba against a man-eating lion on the savannah. It heralds the return of the animal attack genre films that have fallen out of favor in Hollywood in recent years. But while there have been some silly entries in the genre over the years, there have also been some very entertaining ones.
There are many elements of beast which reminds me of other similar films. From the focus on this specific genre to the tone to the familiar aspect of the story, fans might like these movies too after watching beast.
10 Jaws (1975)
Although beast feels like elevating the animal attack movie beyond typical B-movie offerings, jaws was the first to show how amazing a genre film like this could be. It also featured perhaps the scariest movie sea monster ever.
jaws is set in the small island community where the bustling summer beach season is terrorized by a deadly shark. Steven Spielberg established himself as a true Hollywood talent with a thrilling, terrifying and brilliant adventure.
9 Anaconda (1997)
while beast tries to add some credibility to the genre, animal attack movies benefit from being cheesy at times. The moment in the trailer that showed Elba punching the lion in the face let audiences know that it shouldn’t be taken too seriously.
Another film that leaned entertainingly into its own ridiculousness is Anaconda. Starring the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Ice Cube, it follows a documentary that grew up exploring the Amazon jungle when a dangerous hunter forces them to deal with a huge and deadly snake.
8 Rogue (2007)
Part of the fun of beast it’s how it takes the characters to a new place that maybe isn’t seen that often in movies. The savannah is explored with its beauty and danger, which adds a fantastical element to the story.
scoundrel takes a similar approach with its setting of the Australian outback. It follows an American journalist who joins a boat excursion only for the boat and its passengers to be attacked by a territorial crocodile.
7 Burning Bright (2010)
As if facing a deadly animal wasn’t enough, beast enter a protective father story. When the lion targets Elba and her two daughters, he is determined to do whatever it takes to keep them safe, adding another layer of tension to the story.
burning bright takes a similar approach to these kinds of genre stories. It follows a young single mother who finds herself and her son trapped inside a house during a hurricane with a tiger inside with them looking for their next meal.
6 Backcountry (2014)
The lion inside beast it is a veritable enough enemy in any environment. But the film shows how formidable the animal is when humans roam its familiar territory and hunt. This makes the struggle for survival even more difficult.
Backcountry is set in a more relatable place as it follows a young couple on a camping trip in the woods. But it proves to be just as dangerous as they get lost and are soon terrorized by an angry bear.
5 Cujo (1983)
The familiar element of beast it adds a lot to the story. While few can relate to the terror of coming face-to-face with a lion, many people know the feeling of fearing for their child and trying to keep them safe.
whose is a faithful adaptation of Stephen King that takes a simple atmosphere and makes it terrifying. It follows a mother and her young son who are locked in their broken-down car with a rabid dog trying to get to them.
4 The Edge (1997)
beast it combines the typical animal attack movie with a survival movie. Elba and the other characters face various threats while in the desert, including some human threats.
Threshold is a gripping survival story starring Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin as two men whose small plane crashes leaving them to fend for themselves in the desert. Along with being chased by a bear, they begin to question how much they can trust each other.
3 Crawl (2019)
Another animal attack movie that includes a familiar element like beast is to crawl. It follows a young woman who checks in on her father during a hurricane only to find him trapped under the crawl space of their home with rising water.
While that threat is worrisome enough, the flood also brings several alligators. It’s fun watching a daughter fight to protect her father in this intense and terrifying thriller. It makes for a thrilling ride from start to finish.
2 The Gray (2011)
Elba is a great actor to watch in this type of film. He has the acting ability to elevate the film, but he’s also an exceptional movie star and action hero that fans can tap into as he takes on this deadly animal foe.
The gray is another animal attack movie that makes heavy use of its protagonist. Liam Neeson plays a hunter who finds himself trapped in the arctic tundra with other survivors of a plane crash. And as familiar as Neeson is with hard-hitting fight scenes, he meets his match with a pack of hungry wolves.
1 The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
Although there are so many different animals featured in the Man vs. beast, lions have not been used very often. However, Beast does a very effective job of showing why they are considered the kings of the jungle and are apex predators.
Another movie that did a great job of making lions a formidable threat is The ghost and the darkness. Based on a true story, Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas star as hunters trying to stop a pair of deadly lions terrorizing a local construction operation in 19th century Africa.
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