Best mountaineering movies – ranking.

Holidays, the time for trips, big and small ones. Sometimes to the seaside, and sometimes – well, exactly – to the mountains. Amateurs of mountain expeditions will be interested in this article, which is entirely devoted to films about mountains and climbing. Below you will find the TOP 5 ranking of the best positions of this genre.

The best films about mountains – TOP 5 ranking

“127 Hours”

A cinematic look at the story of Aron Ralston, a climbing enthusiast who rose to fame in 2003. The man was travelling in Utah’s Blue John Canyon when a huge boulder crushed his arm – it was immobilized, stuck to the wall of one of the rocks. In order to survive, Ralston was finally forced to amputate his forearm. He accomplished this with his own pocket knife.

In “127 Hours”, the character of the hapless American was played by James Franco – he was nominated for an Academy Award for this performance. The title of the survivalist drama refers to the time Ralston spent before he decided to take the drastic step.

“Vertical Limit”

Chris O’Donnell appears here as a young Himalayan climber named Peter Garrett. He is attempting to climb the famous icy summit of K2 accompanied by his team. Peter’s sister is stranded in the icy wonderland after suffering an unfortunate accident. Now it’s up to Peter to get her out of there alive and bring her home safe. The film is full of high-octane action sequences, and climbing enthusiasts may also be interested in it from a different perspective. For it gives an insight into mountain sickness and how it affects the human body.

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Sylvester Stallone in one of the most unremarkable films of his career. The star has built his body of work playing commandos, war veterans, and typical tough guys. Here, however, he appears as… a mountain rescuer named Gabe Walker. A dynamic action film with thriller elements that takes place thousands of meters above sea level. The climbing scenes will make you dizzy, the tension is not lacking either. A great asset in “On the Edge” are beautiful open-air locations, and there’s no denying it – Sylvester Stallone is in top form here! Three Oscar nominations in technical categories.

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Survival drama with a biographical plot. It describes a tragedy that occurred in 1972 in the eponymous Andes Mountains – an Uruguayan rugby team crashed by plane into a remote area where, after some time, they were forced to adopt cannibalistic eating habits in order to survive. The mountain drama directed by Frank Marshall is famous for its capital acting roles by Ethan Hawke, Josh Hamilton and Illeana Douglas. The film is gripping, deals with the indomitability of the human spirit, and is chilling.


Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin and Robin Wright star in this adventure drama from acclaimed director Baltasar Korm√°kur. The film explores the story of a tragic climbing expedition in the mid-1990s, during which two groups of daredevils attempted to summit Mount Everest. Despite their considerable experience and preparation for the expedition in extreme conditions, serious complications arose for which the climbers were not prepared.

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