Climbing Movies

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1. 127 Hours (2010)

R | 94 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

An adventurous mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara, Sean Bott

Votes: 324,197 | Gross: $18.34M

2. Vertical Limit (2000)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

48 Metascore

A climber must rescue his sister on top of K2, one of the world's biggest mountains.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Scott Glenn, Chris O'Donnell, Bill Paxton, Robin Tunney

Votes: 55,335 | Gross: $69.24M

3. Take It to the Limit (2000)

87 min | Action, Adventure

A troubled teenager joins a group of rock climbers and is quickly forced into a death-defying adventure.

Director: Sam Kieth | Stars: Jason Bortz, Christian Couto, Bobby Debevec, Leo Fitzpatrick

Votes: 50

4. K2 (1991)

R | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A U.S. climbing team, funded by millionaire Clairborne is determined to conquer K2.

Director: Franc Roddam | Stars: Michael Biehn, Matt Craven, Annie Grindlay, Elena Wohl

Votes: 6,050 | Gross: $3.11M

5. The Eiger Sanction (1975)

R | 129 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

61 Metascore

A classical art professor and collector, who doubles as a professional assassin, is coerced out of retirement to avenge the murder of an old friend.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, George Kennedy, Vonetta McGee, Jack Cassidy

Votes: 15,948

6. Cliffhanger (1993)

R | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

60 Metascore

A botched mid-air heist results in suitcases full of cash being searched for by various groups throughout the Rocky Mountains.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker, Janine Turner

Votes: 111,454 | Gross: $84.05M

7. The Wildest Dream (2010)

PG | 94 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

57 Metascore

Uses astonishing visuals to tell the intersecting stories of George Mallory, the first man to attempt a summit of Mount Everest, and Conrad Anker, the mountaineer who finds Mallory's frozen remains 75 years later.

Director: Anthony Geffen | Stars: Conrad Anker, Susan Robertson, Robert Macfarlane, Peter Gillman

Votes: 2,187 | Gross: $0.87M

8. North Face (2008)

Not Rated | 126 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

67 Metascore

Based on a true story, North Face is a suspenseful adventure film about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps. Set in 1936, as Nazi propaganda urges the nation's ... See full summary »

Director: Philipp Stölzl | Stars: Benno Fürmann, Florian Lukas, Johanna Wokalek, Simon Schwarz

Votes: 13,633 | Gross: $0.71M

9. The Sharp End (2007 Video)

63 min | Documentary

Enter the danger zone with the worlds' best climbers, including Alex Honnold, Dean Potter, Steph Davis, Lisa Rands, Chris McNamara, Ammon McNeely, Renan Ozturk, Cedar Wright and others, as ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen | Stars: Bernd Arnold, Hank Caylor, Johnny Copp, Micah Dash

Votes: 135

10. Progression (2009 Video)

82 min | Documentary, Adventure, Sport

Behind every breakthrough in the progression of climbing, there's a true story of doubt and determination, perseverance in the face of failure. From boulders, to big walls, to competition ... See full summary »

Directors: Bret Lowell, Josh Lowell, Cooper Roberts | Stars: Tommy Caldwell, Johanna Ernst, Alex Honnold, Kevin Jorgeson

Votes: 94

11. Return2Sender (2005)

90 min | Sport

The infamous Timmy O'Neill hosts a zany romp through the cutting edge of the vertical world. Includes multi-award winning segment Parallelojams, an expose on Indian Creek crack climbing.

Director: Peter Mortimer | Stars: Biskit, Eric Decaria, Jim Donini, Cicada Jenerik

Votes: 50

13. Front Range Freaks (2003)

90 min

A celebration of the eccentric climbers of Colorado's Front Range. Includes buildering with Urban Ape Timmy O'Neill, trad climbing with Heidi Wertz, Matt Samet, Topher Donahue, adventures ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Mortimer | Stars: Hank Caylor, Topher Donahue, Timmy O'Neill, Matt Samet

14. The Island That Does Not Exist (Video)

7 min | Documentary, Short, Action | Post-production

Fred Nicole discuss his philosophies of climbing, and completes the project of a lifetime in Amden, Switzerland.

Director: Chuck Fryberger | Star: Frederic Nicole

15. Specimen (2006 Video)

80 min | Documentary, Action, Sport

Cedar Wright is on a quest to understand climbing's most mysterious discipline: the ropeless art of bouldering.

Director: Chuck Fryberger | Stars: Frederic Nicole, Andy Raether, Lisa Rands, Daniel Woods

16. Pure (II) (2009 Video)

67 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure

A flick about bouldering on planet Earth: PURE. Pure is about 19 extraordinary climbers in six countries on three continents, with no ropes.

Director: Chuck Fryberger | Stars: Kilian Fischhuber, Nalle Hukkataival, Kevin Jorgeson, Francois Nicole

Votes: 5

17. King Lines (2007)

60 min | Adventure, Sport

Follow Chris Sharma on his ultimate global quest to redefine the possible in the vertical world. Includes his first ascent of Es Pontas, the still-unrepeated Mediterranean deep-sea arch. Co-produced by Sender Films and Big UP Productions.

Directors: Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer | Stars: Melissa LaCasse, Tony Lamprecht, Miquel Riera, Chris Sharma

Votes: 297

18. Touching the Void (2003)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

82 Metascore

The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Simon Yates, Joe Simpson, Brendan Mackey, Nicholas Aaron

Votes: 31,488 | Gross: $4.59M

19. First Ascent (2006 Video)

90 min | Action, Adventure

"First Ascent" is unlike any mountain climbing film you've ever seen. Join Swiss climber Didier Berthod as he attempts the impossible - to become the first man ever to climb the insanely ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen | Stars: Didier Berthod, David Lama, Timmy O'Neill, Kevin Perez

Votes: 214

21. Power in the Pristine (2011)

24 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure

Patagonia, one of the last untouched places on the planet is under attack. Big business seeks to choke two of the region's most pristine rivers with dams and plans to decimate unique forest... See full summary »

Directors: Christine Kassar, James Q Martin | Stars: Craig Childs, Timmy O'Neill

22. First Ascent (2010– )

Not Rated | 30 min | Adventure, Sport

Solo free climbers as well as alpinists are featured tackling difficult climbing, and sometimes personal, challenges across the world.

Stars: Nick Rosen, Johnny Copp, Micah Dash, Alex Honnold

Votes: 69

23. 180° South (2010)

PG | 85 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

The film follows adventurer Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia.

Director: Chris Malloy | Stars: Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins, Keith Malloy, Alicia Salome Acuna Ika

Votes: 2,764 | Gross: $0.03M

24. Reel Rock Film Tour (2010– )

100 min | Adventure, Sport

An annual event focusing on some of the best athletes conquering breathtaking feats in the vertical realm.

Stars: Alex Honnold, Chris Sharma, Daniel Woods, Ashima Shiraishi

Votes: 39

25. Learning with Lawrence (2009– )
Episode: Climbing (2011)


Lawrence teaches and experiences the thrills and dangers of rock climbing... almost.

Directors: Daniel Jonce Evans, Quentin McCuiston | Stars: Daniel Jonce Evans, Quentin McCuiston

26. Climbing the Matterhorn (1947)

21 min | Short, Documentary

Iring Allen was filming High Conquest when he shot this short film. Locale villagers rescue a couple trapped om the mountain.

Director: Irving Allen | Star: Warren Douglas

Votes: 7

27. Into Thin Air: Death on Everest (1997 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

An adaptation of Jon Krakauer's best selling book, "Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster". It attempts to recreate the disastrous events that took place during the ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Markowitz | Stars: Peter Horton, Nathaniel Parker, Richard Jenkins, Christopher McDonald

Votes: 1,310

28. The Beckoning Silence (2007 TV Movie)

PG | 73 min | Drama

After a near-death mountain climbing accident, Joe Simpson's injuries were so severe he was told he'd never climb again. His recovery left him to confront the question: why, after coming so... See full summary »

Director: Louise Osmond | Stars: Roger Schäli, Simon Anthamatten, Andreas Abegglen, Cyrille Berthod

Votes: 1,022

29. The Conquest of Everest (1953)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Adventure

Documentary that covers the famous and successful expedition of the Everest conquest by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, the first climbers to reach its peak.

Director: George Lowe | Stars: Meredith Edwards, John Hunt, George Band, Tom Bourdillon

Votes: 202

31. Nanga Parbat (2010)

104 min | Biography, Drama

Drama about the tragic Nanga Parbat expedition by the two Messner brothers in 1970, on which Reinhold Messners younger brother Günther died.

Director: Joseph Vilsmaier | Stars: Florian Stetter, Andreas Tobias, Karl Markovics, Steffen Schroeder

Votes: 1,505

32. Messner (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

Feature documentary about mountaineering icon Reinhold Messner and how he became what he is. This film is as much about his personality as it is about his extraordinary exploits - the psycho-gram of a controversial mountaineer.

Director: Andreas Nickel | Stars: Reinhold Messner, Maxime Belleville, Maurice Cretton, Paul Faller

Votes: 445

33. The Climb (1986)

PG | 90 min | Adventure

Based on the true story of the 1953 assault on Nanga Parbat, a treacherous Himalayan Peak.

Director: Donald Shebib | Stars: Bruce Greenwood, James Hurdle, Kenneth Welsh, Ken Pogue

Votes: 68

34. Messner (2002 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 47 min | Documentary

First documentary on Reinhold Messner, the world's greatest mountaineer, since Werner Herzog's "Dark Glow of the Mountains" in 1984. Messner looks back over his career with surprising ... See full summary »

Director: Les Guthman | Stars: Chris Bonington, Reinhold Messner, Peter Strauss, Ed Viesturs

Votes: 47

35. Scream of Stone (1991)

105 min | Drama

Two famous competitive climbers make a bet on who can climb Cerro Torre, one of the most dangerous mountains in Argentina and the world, first. As the day of the climb approaches, their increasing competitiveness becomes destructive.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Stefan Glowacz, Mathilda May, Al Waxman

Votes: 1,128

36. To the Limit (2007)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Sport

71 Metascore

Daredevil mountain climbers on their attempt to break yet another speed climbing record.

Director: Pepe Danquart | Stars: Thomas Huber, Alexander Huber, Dean Potter, Chongo

Votes: 667 | Gross: $0.02M

37. Cold (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 19 min | Documentary, Short, Action

For the past 26 years 16 expeditions have tried and failed to climb one of Pakistan's 8,000 meter peaks in winter. On February 2, 2011, Simone Moro, Denis Urubko and Cory Richards became ... See full summary »

Director: Anson Fogel | Stars: Simone Moro, Cory Richards, Denis Urubko

Votes: 187

38. The Alps (2007)

Not Rated | 45 min | Documentary, Adventure

John Harlin III attempts to climb the North Face of the Eiger, the site of his father's death 40 years earlier.

Director: Stephen Judson | Stars: Michael Gambon, Adele Hammond, John Harlin III, Adele Harlin

Votes: 319

39. Cerro Torre: A Snowball's Chance in Hell (2013)

Unrated | 101 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure

Set against the backdrop of breathtaking Patagonia, David Lama, the worlds youngest climbing world champion, sets out to climb an unfathomable route on Cerro Torre, a mountain once said to be the most difficult in the world.

Director: Thomas Dirnhofer | Stars: David Lama, Peter Ortner, Jim Bridwell, Toni Ponholzer

Votes: 310

40. Mount St. Elias (2009)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

At an altitude of 18,000 feet, Alaska's Mount St. Elias is the destination for a trio of mountaineers determined to reach the mountain's summit, and to ski back down as well. Mount St. ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Salmina | Stars: Axel Naglich, Jon Johnston, Peter Ressmann, Paul Claus

Votes: 328

41. The Summit (II) (2012)

R | 95 min | Documentary, Adventure

63 Metascore

The story of the deadliest day on the world's most dangerous mountain, when 11 climbers mysteriously perished on K2.

Director: Nick Ryan | Stars: Christine Barnes, Hoselito Bite, Walter Bonatti, Marco Confortola

Votes: 4,150 | Gross: $0.22M

42. The Mountaineers (2010 Video)

30 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

Three women cancer survivors decide to test their bodies and spirits, as they prepare to climb Mt. Adams (12,276 ft), the third highest peak of the Cascades. This is their tale of friendship, survival and finding out what really matters.

Director: Mridula Bhatia

43. K2: Siren of the Himalayas (2012)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

Following a group of climbers attempting to climb K2 in 2009, on the 100-year anniversary of its landmark 1909 expedition. Experience the adventure, peril and serenity of a group's attempt to climb the most challenging peak on earth.

Director: Dave Ohlson | Stars: Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, Simone Leorin, Jake Meyer, Chris Szymiec

Votes: 782 | Gross: $0.01M

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