Big cats have been the subject of a huge amount of documentary films over the years. They are without a doubt one of the most popular subjects in nature docos. Whether it be programs specifically created about these top of the food chain predators, or unique footage as part of a more broad wildlife documentary; big cats have been heavily researched and featured in nature films for decades, and that is still continuing today.
It’s easy to see why: they are spectacular to look at, fascinating in their habits, powerful, mysterious and well.. how can you not be fascinated by them?
Whilst big cats often feature in films that aren’t specifically about them (eg Planet Earth etc), this list contains films that are specifically about lions, leopards, tigers, jaguars and other big cats.
Our guide to the very best big cat documentaries is updated regularly. We also strive to find lesser known documentary films on big cats so you don’t miss out on anything.
This 2010 Discovery Channel film is another in what has become quite a long line of animated prehistoric documentaries which have proven popular not only for their educational value, but for the stunning recreation effects used.
Discovery is at the top of the game when it comes to special effects and Clash of the Dinosaurs continues that legacy.
It runs in four separate episodes, each focusing on a particular aspect of dinosaurs from their survival mechanisms, to how some dinosaurs become such effective and feared predators.
On the other side of the coin is an episode focused just on the the less fearosome but often no less huge plant eating dinosaurs.
Finally, the episode on procreation and how it is believed dinosaurs courted and mated provides a lot of interesting insights into the scientific research that has gone into this aspect of the life of dinosaurs.
Clash of the Dinosaurs is presented in typical Discovery style, with plenty of drama and cut outs to interviews. This only adds to the appeal though, particularly when talking to experts on the subject who provide invaluable insights in language that anyone can understand.
Running at 172 minutes, there is plenty to keep the dinosaur fan entertained but it’s not short on scientific facts either so will appeal to those who want more than just a story to follow.
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The Leopard Son
The Leopard Son is one of the most classic and masterful documentaries ever produced in Africa. There is a book, soundtrack and VHS recording but as yet, it does not seem to have been released on DVD.