One of the intriguing things in this new age of media and technology is the series of movies released daily and no matter the niche you have in mind, there is just a film for it. Whether it’s a new memoir or just a short video clip of an expedition on Instagram, its quality is best defined by the story behind the scene. So how you know which film is really worth watching or hearing? It is from the storytelling. And that is why in this article, I am going to show you 9 must-watch climbing films, those movies can be your rock climbing inspiration of course in storytelling. And here we go;
#1.King lines – By Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer (2007)
Directed by: Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer
Genre: Action & Adventure, Sports & Fitness
In Theaters: Mar 1, 2007, Wide
Runtime: 60 minutes
The blockbuster movie producer of the masterpiece “First Ascent” is back with another amazing movie the “King lines”. And this time raising the genre bar even higher. In this movie two friends Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer partnered to create the movie, King Lines, taking a climbing movie to the new dimension it deserves. King lines became an Emmy award-winning movie in history.
This hour-long movie featured Chris Sharma following him from Clark Mountain in Spain France California to Venezuela Greece Utah and Mallorca all in search of a magical line to climb.
The footage shows a stunning scene of Sharma’s attempt on the frightening high deep water arch in Mallorca, his most outrageous ascents and visionary projects and explores his fascinating lifestyle as a nomadic professional climber and global citizen. And for the first time in a climbing movie, a well-developed character followed through the entire journey, pulling off such a huge story to the limelight. This is a masterpiece rock climbing movies of all time.
I cannot find words to express the spectacle, the grandeur, and adrenaline contained in this tour de force of extreme adventure filmmaking. You can find the movie here on Amazon.
#2.Everest – By Baltasar Kormákur
Rating: Moving have disturbing images, PG-13 is advised.
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery, and Suspense
Directed By: Baltasar Kormákur
Written By: William Nicholson, Simon Beaufoy, Lem Dobbs
Studio: Universal Pictures
In Theaters: Sep 18, 2015, Wide
Streaming: Jan 19, 2016
Runtime: 94 minutes
The movie set covers a set when a number of simultaneous expeditions up Mount Everest resulted in the deaths of eight climbers including Jason Buchanan, Rovi.
Written on the movie poster is a tagline “Never Let Go” based on the true story of an exceedingly ill-fated trek up the title mountain in 1996. There a lot of movies about Everest this is one of them.
A realistic and detailed depiction experience of various climbers facing the worst possible climbing conditions at heights and climates that could shut the human body down. And finally, it resulted in a dispiriting and excruciating recreation of real-life events. You can find the movie here on Amazon.
#3. Vertical limit
Directed: By Martin Campbell
Streaming: October 3, 2002
Cast: Bill Paxton, Chris O’Donnell, Robin Tunney
Studio: Columbia Tristar
Run time: 125 minutes
MPAA rating: PG-13
This movie has a frightening and emotionally disturbing opening scene, therefore, Parental guardian is advised. The scene opens with a young man forced to kill his father in order to save his own life as well as his sister’s. Down the scene, a climber finds the frozen corpse of his wife, who died many years ago. The film was shot to create maximum tension in viewers and you can dare watch only if you have guts.
The movie also revealed the tale of a young climber Peter Garrett who launched a treacherous and extraordinary rescue team up K2, the world’s second-largest peak. In order to save his own life and that of his sister, Peter has to confront both his own limitations and the awesome uncontrollable elements in the power of nature.
Nitro was introduced into vertical Limit when three climbers were trapped in an ice cave near the top of K2.
Whereas explosives are used on mountains from time to time to lose avalanches, but the movie never explains how uncontrollable nitro explosion can be with more potential to help the trapped victims rather than harm them. You can find the movie here on Amazon.
#4. Valley uprising
Directed By: Peter Mortimer, Josh Lowell, Nick Rosen, Nick Rosen
Written By: Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen
Studio: Sender Films
Runtime: 99 minutes
Carving out a countercultural lifestyle with a wild party by a group of climbers. But unknown to them, they were going against the conservative values of the National service park.
A group of climbers carved out a countercultural lifestyle with a wild party that goes against the conservative values of the National park service. This movie is the best mountaineering documentary film.
The riveting and the unforgettable tale of rock climbing tradition in the Yosemite National park was revealed in the movie which owns a counter effect against the laws of the land. You can find the movie here on Amazon.
#5.Third man on the mountain (1959)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Drama, Kids & Family
Directed By: Ken Anakin
Written By: Eleanor Griffin
In Theaters: Dec 31, 1959, Wide
On Disc/Streaming: Sep 7, 2004
Runtime: 106 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Productions
The theme “the man versus nature“ from the novel “banner in the sky by James Ramsey Ullman, this Walt Disney film was released at the same time as the unveiling of the Matterhorn which capitalizes on the colorful Alpine scenery of both the movie and the amusement park attraction.
The scenes encamp the story of a young man who struggles to emerge from the shadow of his late father. Being the son of a great mountain climber, he sets out to climb the Matterhorn on the very trail on which his father died.
Years later, British Mountaineer Edward Whymper led the first climbing party to scale the Matterhorn successfully which is one of the highest peaks in the Alps and one of the last of the Alpine peaks to be conquered.
After the movie production, the third man on the mountain was opened to a good review. With a high altitude thrill to send viewer cowering deep in his seat and the sort of moving drama to put him on the edge of it. You can find the movie here on Amazon.
#6. The summit – By Nick Ryan
Director: By Nick Ryan
Written: By Mark Monroe
Stars: Christine Barnes, Hoselito Bite, Walter Bonatti
When a group of climbers from different international expeditions decided to embark on an adventure to the high camp of K2 on the most dangerous summit on earth. But then, the unfortunate thing happened. Within 48 hours, eleven of the climbers had been killed or do we just say they disappeared into the thin air? Just like a horror movie, the mountain appears to be stealing lives, taking one climber at a time. Among such climber was the fun-loving, friendly Ger McDonnell, the first Irish man to summit the K2.
Ger was faced with a dilemma of finding three entangled climbers struggling in the K2 perilous death zone. Not knowing what to do, he decided to defy the climber’s code of conduct and attempted to give a helping hand to his fellow climbers descend. You can find the movie here on Amazon.
Directed By: Philipp Stölzl
Written By: Christopher Silber, Philipp Stölzl, Christoph Silber, Rupert Henning, Johannes Naber
Genre: Action & Adventure, Drama
Streaming: May 11, 2010
Runtime: 121 minutes
Studio: Music Box Films
The north face is based on a true-life story of a group of climbers in a climbing competition to get to the top of the most dangerous rock face in the Alps.
While preparing themselves at the foot of the North face to begin this daring ascent, to scale the infamous rock face popularly called the murder wall, one of the team Toni and Andi ran into Luise, Toni’s first lover who is now a journalist. On the day of ascent, Luise came with her boss Arau to cover the scene as Toni and Andy begin the ascent of the North Face. Everything seems to be fine as they continue their journey on the summit little did they know they have lost their advantage over the mountain as the force of nature begins to work against them.
You can find the movie here on Amazon.
#8. The Dawn wall – By Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson
One of the captivating events was that of the two American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson when they caught the world interest as they make effort to climb the seemly impossible dawn wall, a 3,000-foot rock in Yosemite National Park in California.
Climbing the Dawn Wall was much more than just a climb to Tommy Caldwell, but a lifelong culmination redefined by obstacles that needed to be overcome.
Both partners plotted their route around the wall for six years in line with their dedication to the summit and on the final attempt, Caldwell is faced with a moment of truth. Whether to abandon his partner to fulfill his ultimate dream, or to put his own success on the line for the sake of their friendship. You can find it here on IMDb.
Directed By: Stephen Judson, Mark Krenzien
Written By: Stephen Judson, Stephen Venables
Genre: Adventure, Documentary, Sports & Fitness
In Theaters: Mar 30, 2007, Limited
Runtime: 44 minutes
Studio: McGillivray Freeman Films
This movie was shot on the sheer rock and ice wall known as the Eiger in the thin air above Switzerland as an American climber is about to embark on the most dangerous yet meaningful ascent he has ever undertaken: the same adventure to the legendary mountain that took his father’s life.
Also featured in the film, is the celebration of the unsurpassed beauty of the Alps and the indomitable spirit of the people who lived around that area. This is one of the best mountain climbing documentary films.
You can find the movie here on Amazon.