2. Project Grizzly (1996)
While these last two selections are documentaries and hence the most realistic in the classic sense of the word, no bear movie list would be complete without them. Project Grizzly tells the story of Troy Hurtubise, a Canadian inventor and conservationist who attempts to construct a "grizzly proof" suit of armor. The film depicts his trials and tribulations in testing the armor, as the heavy suit offers limited mobility and visibility. One memorable scene features him in the suit being knocked over by swinging logs and speeding trucks. However, he never got the chance to test his suit with a bear in the film. "[Hurtubise] was saying it'd have applications to research, but you could never get in that thing and do any research," Ciarniello says. "You could never get into a bear den with that. None of it makes sense in the application to bear research, management, or safety." In 2002, a trainer allowed a suited-up Hurtubise to enter a cage with a Kodiak, but the bear, unsure of what to make of his appearance, never approached him.