Sportmen live for the outdoors, but let’s face it, sometimes we just want to spend a little time on the couch, watching a good movie.
Luckily, Netflix has us covered, meaning when the mood strikes, you won’t even have to venture outside to hunt down a Redbox machine for hunting and fishing movies.
Here are 10 movies currently on Netflix Instant that’ll allow you a glimpse into the outdoors sports you love, all without leaving your living room.
1. A River Runs Through It
This coming-of-age story about a flyfishing family should be almost required viewing for any serious angler. Even if you get nothing out of the fascinating plot, the beautiful Montana landscape will give you something to look at.
2. Escanaba in da Moonlight
Filmed and set in the Escanaba, Mich. area, this comedy centers around a group of friends at a deer camp. Even if you’re not a Yankee, you’ll get a good laugh at the film’s take on hunting traditions and the hijinks that can often occur on a hunting trip anywhere.
3. The Ghost and the Darkness
An unrealistic, but nevertheless gripping, account of a true hunting story, where an Irish engineer took on two man-eating lions. There’s not many movies about big game hunting, and even fewer that have this film’s quality of adventure, history and horror.
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4. The Hunter
For this Australian film, star Willem Dafoe worked with a real bush survival expert, so you can expect to not only be entertained, but maybe even educated while watching. The movie tackles heavy topics like conservation and corporate corruption, but also has some good old-fashioned action and hunting tactics featured.
5. The Grey
I suppose this barely qualifies as a hunting movie, since it’s the humans being hunted. However, the film is a powerful reflection on outdoor survival and what it means to be a man. Expect that kind of story and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Expect nothing but Liam Neeson fighting wolves, and you’ll be disappointed.
6. Where the Red Fern Grows
This 1974 adaptation of the classic novel is set in the Depression-era Ozarks around a young boy and his two coon hunting dogs. A great story, but no matter how tough a hunter you are, if you’re a fan of dogs, you best have the tissues ready.
7. The River Why
This film adaptation of a novel is little known, but will appeal to both fans of flyfishing and romance films. It centers on a young man’s search for a trout, which serves a metaphor for his lifelong search for meaning. If you’re an angler who gets more out of fishing than fish, give this a watch.
The next time you sit down in front of the T.V. consider one of these outdoor films to entertain the sportsman in you.