10 Best Mountain Movies

Friday, March 4 by Annette Smith

From classic espionage to modern cliffhangers, here are 10 best mountain movies to enjoy. If you like movies about mountain climbing, consider renting one of these. All of these movies were filmed at least partly in the mountains. The titles are arranged alphabetically to make them easier to find.

  1. “Alive” “Alive” is a 1993 movie based on true story as told in a non-fiction book. Starring Ethan Hawke, Vincent Spano and Josh Hamilton, the movie tells the story of a Uruguayan rugby team stranded in the Andes mountains after a plane crash. The men resort to desperate measures to survive.
  2. “Cliffhanger” “Cliffhanger” is a 1993 action film starring Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow and Michael Rooker. The movie focuses on a group of people searching for money in the Rocky Mountains after a mid-air heist goes wrong.
  3. “The Eiger Sanction” “The Eiger Sanction” is a 1975 action-thriller based on a Trevanian novel. Starring Clint Eastwood, the film centers on an art collector/mountaineer who doubles as an assassin. Much of the movie is set in the Swiss Alps.
  4. “K2” “K2” is a 1991 movie loosely based on the true story of two friends who climbed the second highest mountain in the world. Michael Biehn and Matt Craven star in this excellent climbing film with breathtaking mountain scenery.
  5. “The Mountain” “The Mountain” is a classic film starring Spencer Tracy and Robert Wagner. The 1956 mountain movie is based on a French novel inspired by the 1950 crash of Air India Flight 245 on Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps.
  6. “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” is a 1969 James Bond film starring George Lazenby as Bond. The British secret agent goes undercover to investigate questionable research in the Alps that involves beautiful women from around the world.
  7. “Shoot To Kill” “Shoot To Kill” is a 1988 adventure movie starring Sidney Poitier, Tom Berenger and Kirstie Alley. The film centers on a wilderness guide, her mountain man boyfriend and an FBI agent in pursuit of a killer.
  8. “Third Man On The Mountain” “Third Man On The Mountain” is a 1959 Walt Disney movie starring Michael Rennie, James MacArthur and Janet Munro. The movie’s focus is a young Swiss man determined to conquer the mountain that killed his father.
  9. “Vertical Limit” “Vertical Limit” is a 2000 action thriller starring Scott Glenn, Chris O’Donnell and Bill Paxton. It tells the story of a mountain climber who attempts to rescue his sister on top of K2, known as the Savage Mountain.
  10. “Where Eagles Dare” An Alistair MacLean book inspired the 1968 spy film “Where Eagles Dare.” Set during World War II, the story tells of an Allied raid on a castle in the Alps where the Nazis are holding an American general prisoner. Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood star in this action-packed mountain movie.