outdoors The Best Films About Climbing  

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List Rules Both feature films and documentaries about mountain climbing are ranked here

What are the very best  climbing movies? This is a list of them ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best climbing movies come in all shapes and sizes. Some great mountain climbing movies are feature films and other rock climbing movies are documentaries. A few of the best movies about climbing have even been nominated for the Academy Awards.

What films will you find on this best climbing movies list? 127 Hours, directed by Danny Boyle, was a beautiful film which showcased the strength of one climber's will to live. James Franco was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of the real-life climber, Aron Ralston. Everest, staring Jake Gyllenhall, is another good climbing movie.

If you like action in your rock climbing movies, pop on Sylvester Stallone's 1993 film, Cliffhanger. Other popular movies that appear on this top climbing movies list include Touching the Void, Vertical Limit and The Eiger Sanction.

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Touching the Void is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Films About Climbing
Touching the Void Nicholas Aaron, Brendan Mackey, Ollie Ryall Touching the Void is a 2003 documentary based on the book of the same name by Joe Simpson about Simpson's and Simon Yates' disastrous and near fatal attempt to climb Siula Grande in the ...more

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North Face is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Films About Climbing
North Face Florian Lukas, Benno Fürmann, Ulrich Tukur North Face is a 2008 German historical fiction film directed by Philipp Stölzl and starring Benno Fürmann, Florian Lukas, Johanna Wokalek, and Ulrich Tukur. Based on a famous 1936 ...more

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The Summit is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Films About Climbing
The Summit Lochlainn O'Mearain, Niall Foley, Garrett Philipps The Summit is a 2012 documentary film about the 2008 K2 disaster directed by Nick Ryan. It combines documentary footage with dramatized recreations of the events of the 2008 K2 disaster. On the ...more

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The Wildest Dream is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Films About Climbing
The Wildest Dream Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman The Wildest Dream is a 2010 documentary adventure biography film written by Richard Bedser, Mark Halliley and Kevin Maher and directed by Anthony Geffen.

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Everest is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Films About Climbing
Everest Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes Everest is a 2015 biographical adventure film directed by Baltasar Kormákur, based on the memoir by Beck Weathers. The story of New Zealand's Robert "Rob" Edwin Hall (Jason ...more

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Alive is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Films About Climbing
Alive John Malkovich, Ethan Hawke, Josh Lucas Alive is a 1993 American biographical survival drama film based upon Piers Paul Read's 1974 book Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors, which details the story of a Uruguayan rugby team who ...more

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127 Hours is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Films About Climbing
127 Hours James Franco, Kate Mara, Lizzy Caplan 127 Hours is a 2010 British-American biographical survival drama film directed, co-written and produced by Danny Boyle. The film stars James Franco as real-life canyoneer Aron Ralston, who ...more

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K2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Films About Climbing
K2 Michael Biehn, Julia Nickson-Soul, Matt Craven K2 is a 1991 motion picture loosely based on the story of two friends' ascent of the second-highest mountain on Earth, K2. The story is based on a play written by Patrick Meyers and presented as ...more

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Everest is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Films About Climbing
Everest Liam Neeson, Jamling Tenzing Norgay, Beck Weathers Everest is a 70mm American documentary film from MacGillivray Freeman Films about the struggles involved in climbing Mount Everest, the highest mountain peak on Earth, located in the Himalayan ...more

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Cliffhanger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Films About Climbing
Cliffhanger Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Janine Turner Cliffhanger is a 1993 American action adventure film directed by Renny Harlin and starring Sylvester Stallone and John Lithgow. Stallone, who co-wrote the screenplay, plays a mountain climber ...more

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Vertical Limit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Films About Climbing
Vertical Limit Bill Paxton, Robin Tunney, Chris O'Donnell Vertical Limit is a 2000 American action thriller film directed by New Zealander Martin Campbell starring, among others, Chris O'Donnell, Bill Paxton, Robin Tunney and Scott Glenn. The film was ...more

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Nanga Parbat is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Films About Climbing
Nanga Parbat Karl Markovics, Lena Stolze, Volker Bruch "Two brothers. One mountain. Their destiny. The brothers Reinhold and Guenther Messner had a childhood dream of one day climbing the Nanga Parbat, the over 8,000 meter “naked mountain” in ...more

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The Beckoning Silence is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Films About Climbing
The Beckoning Silence Steven Mackintosh The Beckoning Silence is a 2007 British television film that follows and retraces the unsuccessful attempt to scale the north face of the Eiger led by Toni Kurz in 1936. The film features ...more

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The Eiger Sanction is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Films About Climbing
The Eiger Sanction Clint Eastwood, George Kennedy, Vonetta McGee The Eiger Sanction is a 1975 American action thriller directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. Based on the novel The Eiger Sanction by Trevanian, the film is about an art history professor and ...more

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Seven Years in Tibet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Films About Climbing
Seven Years in Tibet Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, B. D. Wong Seven Years in Tibet is a 1997 British-American biographical war drama film based on the 1952 book of the same name written by Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer on his experiences in Tibet ...more

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Into Thin Air is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Films About Climbing
Into Thin Air Ellen Burstyn, Tate Donovan, Robert Prosky Into Thin Air is a 1985 film directed by Roger Young.

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Beyond the Edge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Films About Climbing
Beyond the Edge Matthew Metcalfe, Erroll Shand, John Wraight Beyond the Edge is a 2013 New Zealand 3D docudrama about Sir Edmund Hillary's historical ascent of Mount Everest in 1953. As well as featuring dramatised recreations shot on location on Everest ...more

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Into Thin Air: Death on Everes... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Films About Climbing
Into Thin Air: Death on Everest Richard Jenkins, Christopher McDonald, Peter Horton Into Thin Air: Death on Everest is a made-for-TV movie based on the book Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer. The film is directed by Robert Markowitz and written by Robert J. Avrech. The film tells ...more

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The Holy Mountain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Films About Climbing
The Holy Mountain Alejandro Jodorowsky, Juan Ferrara, Letícia Robles La montaña sagrada is a 1973 Mexican-American surreal fantasy film directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky, who also participated as an actor, composer, set designer and costume designer on the ...more

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High Ground is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Films About Climbing
High Ground High Ground is a 2012 documentary film written by Michael Brown, Scott McElroy, Brian Mockenhaupt, Ryan Fenson-Hood, Don Hahn and directed by Michael Brown.

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The White Tower is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Films About Climbing
The White Tower Glenn Ford, Claude Rains, Lloyd Bridges The White Tower is a 1950 mountain film starring Alida Valli as a woman determined to fulfil her father's dream by conquering the mountain that killed her father, and Glenn Ford as the ...more

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Steep is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Films About Climbing
Steep Steep is a 2007 documentary about extreme skiing written and directed by Mark Obenhaus. Steep explores the history of extreme and Big Mountain Skiing, starting with its roots in 1960s and 1970s ...more

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Blindsight is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Films About Climbing
Blindsight Erik Weihenmayer, Sabriye Tenberken Blindsight is a 2006 documentary film directed by Lucy Walker and produced by Sybil Robson Orr for Robson Entertainment. It premiered at 2006 Toronto International Film Festival in the category ...more