The 100 Best Mountain Films

by victor-335 | created - 03 May 2012 | updated - 22 Sep 2013 | Public

A personal selection about mountain films, with climbers, hikers, skiers and professional alpinism from the silent movies to present.

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1. The Mountain Calls (1938)

95 min | Drama

The Italian mountaineer Carel wants to be the first man to stand on the top of the Matterhorn. Since the climb is very difficult, he agrees to try it together with the British mountaineer ... See full summary »

Director: Luis Trenker | Stars: Luis Trenker, Herbert Dirmoser, Heidemarie Hatheyer, Peter Elsholtz

Votes: 203

3. Death of a Guide (1975 TV Movie)

101 min | Drama

Veteran Chamonix mountain guide Michel Servoz (Pierre Rousseau) and the young aspiring guide Patrick Falavier (Jeane-Pierre Marry) attempt to climb the west face of the Dru in the ... See full synopsis »

Director: Jacques Ertaud | Stars: Pierre Rousseau, Georges Claisse, Victor Lanoux, Jean-Pierre Mary

Votes: 50

4. The Challenge (1938)

Approved | 76 min | Adventure, History, Romance

Dramatization of the first climbing of the Matterhorn in 1865.

Directors: Milton Rosmer, Vincent Korda, Luis Trenker | Stars: Robert Douglas, Frank Birch, Geoffrey Wardwell, Moran Caplat

Votes: 156

5. Fight for the Matterhorn (1928)

117 min | Drama

This Alpine thriller is based on the story of English climber Edward Whymper who vies with Jean-Antoine Carrel, an Italian mountain guide, to conquer the Matterhorn.

Directors: Mario Bonnard, Nunzio Malasomma | Stars: Luis Trenker, Marcella Albani, Alexandra Schmitt, Clifford McLaglen

Votes: 32

6. The Holy Mountain (1926)

100 min | Drama

Diotima meets Karl in the mountains where they fall in love and have an affair. When Karl's friend, Vigo, meets her, he mistakenly believes she is in love with him. Karl then believes that she is betraying him with his friend.

Director: Arnold Fanck | Stars: Leni Riefenstahl, Luis Trenker, Ernst Petersen, Frida Richard

Votes: 642

7. North Face (2008)

Not Rated | 126 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

67 Metascore

Based on a true story, North Face is a survival drama 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: 14,015 | Gross: $0.71M

8. 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: 32,167 | Gross: $4.59M

10. White Hell of Pitz Palu (1929)

75 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A man climbs a 12,000-foot mountain to search for his wife, who was lost on their honeymoon. Another couple makes the dangerous climb with him.

Directors: Arnold Fanck, Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Gustav Diessl, Leni Riefenstahl, Ernst Petersen, Ernst Udet

Votes: 837

11. Storm Over Mont Blanc (1930)

93 min | Adventure, Drama

In the Mont Blanc Observatory works Hannes. The only contact to the outside world is a pilot and Hella over the morse-code-radio. As Hella climbs the mountain with her father, the father ... See full summary »

Director: Arnold Fanck | Stars: Leni Riefenstahl, Sepp Rist, Ernst Udet, Mathias Wieman

Votes: 189

14. 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: 1,158

15. 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: 69

16. 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: 1,555

17. The White Tower (1950)

Approved | 98 min | Adventure

A group of people come together in the Swiss Alps to climb a previously unconquered mountain, revealing their inner selves in the process.

Director: Ted Tetzlaff | Stars: Claude Rains, Glenn Ford, Alida Valli, Oskar Homolka

Votes: 674

18. The Mountain (1956)

Approved | 105 min | Adventure, Drama

Selfish Chris Teller pressures his older brother, a retired climber, to accompany him on a treacherous Alpine climb to loot the bodies of plane crash victims.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Robert Wagner, Claire Trevor, William Demarest

Votes: 1,691

19. 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: 218

20. Everest Unmasked (1978)

52 min | Documentary

Legendary high-altitude climber Reinhold Messner pushes himself to the limit in achieving the first successful summit without the use of supplemental oxygen.

Director: Leo Dickinson | Stars: Reinhold Messner, Peter Habeler, Eric Jones, Leo Dickinson

Votes: 79

21. The Wildest Dream (2010)

PG | 94 min | Documentary, 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: 2,256 | Gross: $0.87M

22. Where Eagles Dare (1968)

PG | 158 min | Action, Adventure, War

63 Metascore

Allied Agents stage a daring raid on a castle where the Nazis are holding American Brigadier General George Carnaby (Robert Beatty) prisoner, but that's not all that's really going on.

Director: Brian G. Hutton | Stars: Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure, Patrick Wymark

Votes: 48,900

24. Into the White (I) (2012)

R | 104 min | Action, Biography, Drama

Norway, WWII: A group of British and German soldiers find themselves stranded in the wilderness after an aircraft battle. Finding shelter in the same cabin, they realize the only way to survive the winter is to place the rules of war aside.

Director: Petter Næss | Stars: Florian Lukas, David Kross, Lachlan Nieboer, Stig Henrik Hoff

Votes: 18,604 | Gross: $0.00M

25. The Heroes of Telemark (1965)

Approved | 131 min | Action, Drama, History

Norwegian resistance tries to stop German efforts to produce an atomic bomb component during World War II.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Richard Harris, Ulla Jacobsson, Michael Redgrave

Votes: 6,086

27. Karakoram (1937)

38 min | Documentary, Short

Short about the first French Himalayan expedition of 1936 under management of Henry de Ségogne, with Jean Charignon, Pierre Allain, Raymond Leininger, Jean Carle, Jean Deudon, Louis Neltner... See full summary »

Directors: Marcel Ichac, Henri de Ségogne

29. Der große Sprung - Eine unwahrscheinliche, aber bewegte Geschichte (1927)

112 min | Adventure, Comedy

A young Italian girl living in the Dolomites falls in love with a member of a tourist party skiing on the nearby mountains.

Director: Arnold Fanck | Stars: Leni Riefenstahl, Luis Trenker, Hans Schneeberger, Paul Graetz

Votes: 91

30. The Blue Light (1932)

85 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

When the moon is full, young men die attempting to reach the mysterious blue light in the mountains.

Directors: Leni Riefenstahl, Béla Balázs | Stars: Leni Riefenstahl, Mathias Wieman, Beni Führer, Max Holzboer

Votes: 1,068

31. The Eiger Sanction (1975)

Approved | 129 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

61 Metascore

Classical art professor and collector Dr. Jonathan Hemlock, 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: 16,493

33. K2 (1991)

R | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Sport

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: 6,180 | Gross: $3.11M

34. Five Days One Summer (1982)

PG | 108 min | Drama

Sir Sean Connery stars in Fred Zinnemann's haunting tale of incestuous love set against a magnificent background of the Swiss Alps.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Sean Connery, Betsy Brantley, Lambert Wilson, Jennifer Hilary

Votes: 904 | Gross: $0.20M

35. Malabar Princess (2004)

94 min | Drama

A man leaves his 8-year old son with his father-in-law who lives near the glacier where the boy's mother died.

Director: Gilles Legrand | Stars: Jacques Villeret, Jules-Angelo Bigarnet, Michèle Laroque, Claude Brasseur

Votes: 592

36. Pura Vida (2012)

8 min | Documentary, Music | Completed

Musical warriors on a mission to expand the cultural landscape of Australia... A short musical documentary that follows the adventures of the 1st Pura Vida Latin Music Festival, a ... See full summary »

Director: Rafael Florez | Stars: Ivan Ordenes, Frank Madrid, Martín Buscaglia, Gloria Martinez

37. The Art of Flight (2011)

PG-13 | 80 min | Documentary, Adventure, Sport

Two years in the making, "The Art of FLIGHT" gives iconic snowboarder Travis Rice and friends the opportunity to redefine what is possible in the mountains. Experience the highs, as new ... See full summary »

Director: Curt Morgan | Stars: Travis Rice, Mark Landvik, John Jackson, Nicolas Müller

Votes: 7,426

39. 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: 1,555

40. 127 Hours (2010)

R | 94 min | Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

A 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: 332,716 | Gross: $18.34M



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