Media set in the African wilderness

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1. The Lion King (1994)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

83 Metascore

A Lion cub crown prince is tricked by a treacherous uncle into thinking he caused his father's death and flees into exile in despair, only to learn in adulthood his identity and his responsibilities.

Directors: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg

Votes: 838,438 | Gross: $312.90M

You can never make a list about Africa without including this film, the highest-grossing traditionally-animated movie of all time, and probably the best Disney movie of all time.

2. African Cats (2011)

G | 89 min | Documentary, Adventure

61 Metascore

A nature documentary centered on two cat families and how they teach their cubs the ways of the wild.

Directors: Keith Scholey, Alastair Fothergill | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Stewart, Mara

Votes: 5,791 | Gross: $15.42M

3. Duma (2005)

PG | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

82 Metascore

An orphaned cheetah becomes the best friend and pet of a young boy living in South Africa.

Director: Carroll Ballard | Stars: Alex Michaeletos, Campbell Scott, Hope Davis, Mary Makhatho

Votes: 7,335 | Gross: $0.86M

4. The African Lion (1955)

Approved | 75 min | Family, Documentary

The Milotte's spend three years in Africa filming a lion.

Director: James Algar | Star: Winston Hibler

Votes: 242

5. Mia and the White Lion (2018)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

52 Metascore

A young girl from London moves to Africa with her parents where she befriends a lion cub.

Director: Gilles de Maistre | Stars: Daniah De Villiers, Mélanie Laurent, Langley Kirkwood, Ryan Mac Lennan

Votes: 1,412 | Gross: $0.40M

If you wanna a thought-provoking film about the importance of wildlife conservation in Africa, especially when it comes to fighting the controversial canned lion hunting, then this movie is for you (that is, if you can stand the heartbreaking moments in it)

6. Africa (2013)

360 min | Documentary

Africa, the world's wildest continent. David Attenborough takes us on an awe-inspiring journey through one of the most diverse places in the world. We visit deserts, savannas, and jungles and meet up with some of Africa's amazing wildlife.

Stars: David Attenborough, Simon Blakeney, James Aldred, Katrina Bartlam

Votes: 11,726

7. White Lion (2010)

PG | 88 min | Drama, Family

According to the legend of the Shangaan, white lions are the messengers of the gods, but it has been years since one has been seen in their remote African valley. When a white lion is ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Swan | Stars: Jamie Bartlett, John Kani, Thabo Malema, A.J. van der Merwe

Votes: 829

8. Out of Africa (1985)

PG | 161 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen

Votes: 64,640 | Gross: $87.10M

9. Tarzan (1999)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

79 Metascore

A man raised by gorillas must decide where he really belongs when he discovers he is a human.

Directors: Chris Buck, Kevin Lima | Stars: Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Brian Blessed, Glenn Close

Votes: 182,825 | Gross: $171.09M

10. The Last Lions (2011)

PG | 88 min | Documentary, Family

69 Metascore

Fifty years ago there were close to half-a-million lions in Africa. Today there are around 20,000. To make matters worse, lions, unlike elephants, which are far more numerous, have ... See full summary »

Director: Dereck Joubert | Star: Jeremy Irons

Votes: 3,825 | Gross: $0.64M

11. Meerkat Manor (2005–2008)

26 min | Documentary

This is a documentary drama series which follows a meerkat family in the Kalahari Desert, South Africa, called the Whiskers.

Stars: Flower the Meerkat, Mozart the Meerkat, Bill Nighy, Zaphod the Meerkat

Votes: 1,021

12. Le lion (2003 TV Movie)

105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In Africa in the fifties, during the Mau-Mau war, young Patricia's friendship with a lion she raised for years.

Director: José Pinheiro | Stars: Alain Delon, Anouchka Delon, Ornella Muti, Heino Ferch

Votes: 114

13. Big Cat Diary (1996– )

TV-G | 25 min | Documentary

Come along on an adventure with Jonathan Scott, Simon King, and other professionals and camera crews as they journey through the Masai Mara game park in Kenya, Africa. In their travels they... See full summary »

Stars: Simon King, Jonathan Scott, Saba Douglas-Hamilton, Toto The Cheetah

Votes: 593

14. David Attenborough Wildlife Specials (1995– )
Episode: Lions: Spy in the Den (2000)

TV-PG | 59 min | Documentary

Introducing 'Bouldercam' - a revolutionary remote camera device that boldly goes where no camera has gone before - right into the heart of a lion pride.

Director: John Downer | Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 118

15. Chimpanzee (2012)

G | 78 min | Documentary

57 Metascore

A 3-months-old chimpanzee is separated from his troop and is then adopted by a fully-grown male.

Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield | Star: Tim Allen

Votes: 5,548 | Gross: $28.97M

16. The Lion King (2019)

PG | Animation, Adventure, Drama | Completed

After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: John Kani, Seth Rogen, Donald Glover, Keegan-Michael Key

17. National Geographic Specials (1965– )
Episode: Eternal Enemies: Lions and Hyenas (1992)

60 min | Documentary, History

National Geographic goes to Botswana to examine the struggle for survival between lions and hyenas.

Star: Powers Boothe

Votes: 143

18. Eye of the Leopard (2006 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Drama

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Directors: Beverly Joubert, Dereck Joubert | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Legadema

Votes: 192

One of my favorite documentaries of all time!

19. Whispers: An Elephant's Tale (2000)

G | 72 min | Family

30 Metascore

A nameless baby male elephant was just getting used to life in the herd, when poachers kill his mother, so he runs and gets lost. He's found by a grouchy female, Groove, the sister of a ... See full summary »

Director: Dereck Joubert | Stars: Angela Bassett, Joanna Lumley, Anne Archer, Debi Derryberry

Votes: 249 | Gross: $0.50M

20. The Leopard Son (1996)

G | 87 min | Documentary

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Director: Hugo Van Lawick | Star: John Gielgud

Votes: 152 | Gross: $0.42M

21. Prey (I) (2007)

TV-MA | 92 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

An American family on holiday in Africa becomes lost in a game reserve and stalked by lions.

Director: Darrell Roodt | Stars: Bridget Moynahan, Peter Weller, Carly Schroeder, Jamie Bartlett

Votes: 7,280

22. The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)

R | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

A bridge engineer and an experienced old hunter begin a hunt for two lions after they start attacking local construction workers.

Director: Stephen Hopkins | Stars: Michael Douglas, Val Kilmer, Tom Wilkinson, John Kani

Votes: 52,581 | Gross: $38.62M

23. Heart of Darkness (1993 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

A trading company manager travels up an African river to find a missing outpost head and discovers the depth of evil in humanity's soul.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Tim Roth, John Malkovich, Isaach De Bankolé, James Fox

Votes: 1,614

24. Rivers of Fire and Ice (1968)

G | 98 min | Documentary

An account of a safari through Africa by wildlife photographer Ron Shanin.

Director: Ronald E. Shanin | Star: Michael Rye

Votes: 60

25. Gorillas in the Mist (1988)

PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Drama

The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Bryan Brown, Julie Harris, John Omirah Miluwi

Votes: 22,203 | Gross: $24.72M

26. Born Free (1966)

PG | 95 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The story of George and Joy Adamson and the orphaned lion cub, Elsa, they adopt.

Directors: James Hill, Tom McGowan | Stars: Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Geoffrey Keen, Peter Lukoye

Votes: 5,476

27. The African Queen (1951)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

91 Metascore

In Africa during World War I, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley, Peter Bull

Votes: 66,514 | Gross: $0.54M

28. Congo (1995)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

22 Metascore

When an expedition to the African Congo ends in disaster, a new team is assembled to find out what went wrong.

Director: Frank Marshall | Stars: Laura Linney, Tim Curry, Dylan Walsh, Ernie Hudson

Votes: 39,367 | Gross: $81.02M

29. Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)

71 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

In a troubled African village, an unusual baby is born.

Directors: Michel Ocelot, Raymond Burlet | Stars: Doudou Gueye Thiaw, Maimouna N'Diaye, Awa Sene Sarr, Robert Liensol

Votes: 7,696

30. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (2016 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Drama

Thrown back into the dangerous underworld he'd tried to leave behind, Nathan Drake must decide what he's willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves.

Directors: Neil Druckmann, Bruce Straley | Stars: Nolan North, Troy Baker, Richard McGonagle, Emily Rose

Votes: 15,840

Most of this game involves exploring the vast wilderness of Madagascar (an African country itself), as well as a jungle island off the coast of the country – in either location, you find wild lemurs roaming.

31. I Dreamed of Africa (2000)

PG-13 | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

33 Metascore

Kuki, a divorced Italian socialite, changes her life after a serious car crash. She accepts a marriage proposal from Paolo Gallmann, a man she doesn't know well, and she moves to Kenya with... See full summary »

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Kim Basinger, Vincent Perez, Liam Aiken, Garrett Strommen

Votes: 4,125 | Gross: $6.54M

32. King Solomon's Mines (1950)

Passed | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

Adventurer Allan Quartermain leads an expedition into uncharted African territory in an attempt to locate an explorer who went missing during his search for the fabled diamond mines of King Solomon.

Directors: Compton Bennett, Andrew Marton | Stars: Deborah Kerr, Stewart Granger, Richard Carlson, Hugo Haas

Votes: 5,239



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