Lions in Documentary Movies

        The magnifcance and charm of the lion created a strong need to study its behavior, mating, hunting, and other aspects of its life. Therefore, scientists and animal experts found that the best way to study the lions' life is to document it on film. So, a lot of documentary movies have been made about lions since the invention of cinematic photography. In this section I will include some of the good documentary movies I have seen about lions and I will rate them on a scale from 1 to 10, where the higher the score, the better is the movie. The unrated movies that are included are the ones that I think would be worth watching.

All these movies to study us?




POSTER MOVIE SUMMARY PRODUCER RATING
Africa: The Serengeti Africa: The Serengeti (1992) A documentray about the circle of life in the Serengeti plains including a lot of lion scenes. N/A 10
Born To Be Free Born To Be Free (1999) A documentray about the life of Geroge Adamson and his efforts to help African Lions along with Gareth Patterson who continue to help the lions after the murder of George Adamson. Gareth Patterson N/A- Email me your rating if you seen it
Christian the Lion Christian the Lion (1976) A documentray with Bill Travers from the movie "Born Free" being introduced to a lion called Christian. N/A N/A- Email me your rating if you seen it
Eternal Enemies: Lions and Hyenas Eternal Enemies: Lions and Hyenas (1991) Documentary about the clashes between lions and hyenas as they compete for prey. National Geogrpahic 10
In the Wild: In the Lions Den With Anthony Hopkins In the Wild: In the Lions Den With Anthony Hopkins (1994) Actor Anthony Hopkins travels to East Africa to track several lion prides and observe their behavior closely. PBS 10
Lions: Africa's King of the Beasts Lions: Africa's King of the Beasts (1994) Documentary about the different aspects of the life of the African lion. ABC N/A- Email me your rating if you seen it
Lions: Kings of the Serengeti Lions: Africa's King of the Beasts (1995) Documentary narrated by Melanie Griffith about the life of the African lions and includes a visit to the Shmbala preserve in California. N/A N/A- Email me your rating if you seen it
Lions of Darkness Lions of Darkness (1993) A documentary about a lion pride in Botswana. National Geographic 10 (AWESOME)
Lions of the African Night Lions of the African Night (1987) Documentary about a pride of 30 lions and their hunt for prey at night. National Gepgraphic N/A- Email me your rating if you seen it
Lions of the Kalahari: Lords of the Dry Land Lions of the Kalahari: Lords of the Dry Land Documentary of a lioness that mates and starts a pride and showing how this pride survives in the Kalahari desert. ProVision N/A- Email me your rating if you seen it
Lions of the Serengeti Lions of the Serengeti (1978) A documentary hosted by Jane Goodall that examines the life of the African lion in the Serengeti plains. MCA N/A- Email me your rating if you seen it
Predators of the Wild: Lion Predators of the Wild: Lion (1992) Documentary about the hunting techinques of lions. Time Life Video 9
Rivers of Life: Life and Death Around the Okovango Delta and Chobe River Rivers of Life: Life and Death Around the Okovango Delta and Chobe River Documentary about lions around Chobe River delta and their unusual techniques to hunt prey N/A N/A- Email me your rating if you seen it
Royal Blood: Life and Death in an African Lion Pride Royal Blood: Life and Death in an African Lion Pride Documentary about different lion prides in South Africa and Botswana over a three year period. Panthera Productions 10 (great movie)
Savannah Cats: The Power and the Grace Savannah Cats: The Power and the Grace Documentary about the life and hunting techinques of lions and cheetahs. Londolozi Productions N/A- Email me your rating if you seen it
Tales from the Wild: Tau the Lion Tales from the Wild: Tau the Lion A story of a lion cub throughout his life and how he developes his skills till he grows up to a big lion. National Geographic N/A- Email me your rating if you seen it
The Big Five The Big Five A documentary that examines the life of five of the largest animals in Africa: lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, and rhinoceros. Panthera Productions N/A- Email me your rating if you seen it
The Killing Game The Killing Game Documentary showing various predators and their hunting techniques, including lions. PDN N/A- Email me your rating if you seen it
The Long Night of the Lion The Long Night of the Lion Documentary showing a pride of lions during their hunting time in Chobe National Park in Botswana. GTV N/A- Email me your rating if you seen it
N/A The Maneaters of Tsavo (1997) Documentary about Colonel John Patterson's Safari to hunt down the man-eating lions of Tsavo in East Africa. Winstar Home Entertainment 10
The Super Predators The Super Predators Documentary showing hunting scenes of lions, leopards, cheetah, hyaena, wild dogs, and crocodiles. Londolozi Productions N/A- Email me your rating if you seen it
Untamed Africa: Mother Courage Untamed Africa: Mother Courage Documentary showing the animals of the Masai Mara preserve including a pride of lions. GTV N/A- Email me your rating if you seen it
BBC Wildlife Special-Lion BBC Wildlife Special-Lion Documentary showing a mini camera taking us in the heart of a pride of lions in Tanzania to show very rare scenes. BBC 10
* Movies are listed in alphabetical order.

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