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.. everyone loves 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.
Big Cat Diary
The classic big cat series from BBC which gained a huge following. Set in the Masai Mara in Kenya, viewers got to know individual lions, leopards and cheetahs on a personal basis with popular presenters spending weeks monitoring and filming prides and family groups. View one of the most memorable scenes from this remarkable series:
Tiger: Spy in the Jungle
Eye of the Leopard
The Last Lions
Other big cat documenaries:
Snow Leopard: Beyond the Myth
Lions spy in the den
Wild Lion Army: Battle to Survive
Lions Behaving Badly
Cheetah: The deadly race
In search of the Jaguar
PBS Nature – Big Cats
This box set has four separate documentaries in it, with each one running for one hour. PBS only ever publish top quality nature films and these are no exception, wtih each of these films a part of the highly renowned and loved PBS Nature series of nature and wildlife documentaries.