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Your Guide to the Best Mountain Movies and Travel Movies of All Time

Your Guide to the Best Mountain Movies and Travel Movies of All Time

The Complete List of the Best Mountaineering and Travel Films Ever Made

We all know that COVID-19 is in full swing, but what are you going to do when you're cooped up inside? Binge on Netflix and get bored of watching shows about people who have never even seen a mountain. We've got the perfect list for you! These movies will transport your tired self back into the mountains before it's too late.

What's a better way to distract yourself from the COVID-19 lockdowns and unlocks than with some good old fashioned mountain movies? We've compiled a list of 25 must-watch mountain and travel movies that will keep you occupied during these trying times.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

IMDb rating 7.3

01 hour 54 min 

2013 Released 

The manager of the negative assets sector of Life magazine, Walter Mitty, has been working for sixteen years for the magazine and has a tedious life, not going anywhere but from his home to his job and vice-versa. He is an escapist, daydreaming into a world of fantasy many times a day. Walter has a crush on the recently hired Cheryl Melhoff but he is too shy to invite her on a date and he is trying to contact her via online dating. The magazine is preparing to release its last printed edition and the loathsome manager of transition Ted Hendricks is preparing an inevitable downsizing over the next few days. Walter has been the liaison between the magazine and the mysterious independent photographer Sean O'Connell who has sent to him a package of negatives and a wallet as a gift for his work. Sean also suggests to the senior management the use of negative 25 for the cover of the last edition. However, Walter cannot find the negative that is missing. Walter has no means to contact Sean ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Meru

IMDb rating 7.7

01 hour 30 min 

2015 Released 

Watch on: Amazon Prime 

Celebrated alpinists Conrad Anker, Renan Ozturk, and Jimmy Chin attempt the challenging climb: the Shark's Fin on Mount Meru, a 21,000-foot peak beyond the Ganges River in Northern India and the final test in the high-stakes world of big-wall climbing.

Everest

IMDb rating 7.1

02 hour 01 min

2015 Released 

Watch on: Netflix

The story of New Zealand's Robert "Rob" Edwin Hall, who on May 10, 1996, together with Scott Fischer, teamed up on a joint expedition to ascend Mount Everest.

On the morning of May 10, 1996, climbers from two commercial expeditions start their final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. A violent storm strikes the mountain with little warning, engulfing the adventurers in one of the fiercest blizzards ever encountered by man. Challenged by the harshest conditions imaginable, the teams must endure blistering winds and freezing temperatures in an epic battle to survive against nearly impossible odds. written by IMDb

Under an Arctic Sky

IMDb Rating 7.1
02 hour 10 min
Released 2010

Six surfers set sail along the frozen shores of Iceland as the worst storm in twenty-five years is about to arrive.

The Way

IMDb Rating 7.4

239 min

Released 2010

A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son, who died while travelling the "El Camino de Santiago," and decides to take the pilgrimage himself.

"The Way" is a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends and the challenges we face while navigating this ever-changing and complicated world. Martin Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France, to collect the remains of his adult son (played by Emilio Estevez), killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James. Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage to honour his son's desire to finish the journey. What Tom doesn't plan on is the profound impact the journey will have on him and his "California Bubble Life". Inexperienced as a trekker, Tom soon discovers that he will not be alone on this journey. On his journey, Tom meets other pilgrims from around the world, each with their own issues and looking for greater meaning in their lives: a Dutchman (Yorick van Wageningen), a Canadian (Deborah Kara Unger) and an Irish writer (James Nesbitt), who is ... Written by The Way

A Walk in the Woods

IMDb Rating 6.4

01 hour 42 min

Released 2015

After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) returns to the U.S., where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends, Stephen Katz (Nick Nolte).

In this new comedy adventure, celebrated travel writer, Bill Bryson (Robert Redford), instead of retiring to enjoy his loving and beautiful wife, Catherine (Dame Emma Thompson), and large and happy family, challenges himself to hike the Appalachian Trail - two thousand two hundred miles of America's most unspoiled, spectacular and rugged countryside from Georgia to Maine. The peace and tranquility he hopes to find, though, is anything but, once he agrees to being accompanied by the only person he can find willing to join him on the trek - his long-lost and former friend Stephen Katz (Nick Nolte), a down-on-his-luck serial philanderer who, after a lifetime of relying on his charm and wits to keep one step ahead of the law - sees the trip as a way to sneak out of paying some debts and sneak into one last adventure before its too late. The trouble is, the two have a completely different definition of the word, "adventure". Now they're about to find out that when you push yourself to the ... Written by Broad Green Pictures

The Climb

IMDb Rating 6.9

01 hour 43 min

Released 2017

Watch on Netflix

A young man from the French suburbs with no mountaineering experience decides to climb Mt Everest to show a woman he'd do anything for her. Based on a true story. Must watch for those who love comedy-drama romance 

Touching the Void

IMDb Rating 8.0

01 hour 46 min

Released 2004

Watch on: Amazon Prime

The actual account of two climbers and their dangerous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.

In 1985 two friends, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates set out to climb Siula Grande in Peru via the West Face, a hitherto unaccomplished feat by any climber. After a challenging ascent, they succeed, but on the descent, they run into significant problems. Soon they are both in dire danger, and the chances of surviving are slim. Written by grantss

Vertical Limit

IMDb Rating 5.9

02 hour 04 min

Released 2000

Watch on: Mxplayer

A climber must rescue his sister on top of K2, one of the world's most enormous mountains. A high-adrenaline tale of young climber Peter Garrett, who must launch a treacherous and extraordinary rescue effort up K2, the world's second-highest peak. Confronting his limitations and the incredible power of nature's uncontrollable elements, Peter risks his life to save his sister, Annie, and her summit team in a race against time. 

Unfortunately, the team is trapped in an icy grave at 26,000 feet - a death zone above the vertical limit of endurance where the human body cannot survive for long. Every second count as Peter enlists the help of a crew of fellow climbers, including eccentric, reclusive mountain man Montgomery Wick, to ascend the chilling might of the world's most feared peak to save her. Written by Sujit R Varma

Wild

IMDb Rating 7.1

01 hour 55 min

Released 2014

A chronicle of one woman's one thousand one hundred mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent personal tragedy.

With the dissolution of her marriage and her mother's death, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behaviour, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail alone. Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthen, and ultimately heals her. Written by Fox Searchlight

127 Hours

IMDb Rating 7.5

01 hour 34 min

Released 2011

A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65-foot wall and hike over eight miles before he can be rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers, family, and the two hikers he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet? Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

The Motorcycle Diaries

IMDb Rating 7.8

02 hour 06 min

Released 2004

The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth showed him his life's calling.

In 1952, twenty-three year old medical student Ernesto Guevara de la Serna - Fuser to his friends and later better known as 'Ernesto Che Guevara' - one semester away from graduation, decides to postpone his last semester to accompany his twenty-nine year old biochemist friend 'Alberto Granado' - Mial to his friends - on his four month, 8,000 km long dream motorcycle trip throughout South America starting from their home in Buenos Aires. Their quest is to see things they've only read about in books about the continent on which they live, and to finish that quest on Alberto's thirtieth birthday on the other side of the continent in the Guajira Peninsula in Venezuela. Not all on this trip goes according to their rough plan due to a broken down motorbike, a continual lack of money (they often stretching the truth to gain the favor of a variety of strangers to help them), arguments between the two in their frequent isolation solely with each other, their raging libidos which sometimes get ... Written by Huggo

Poorna

IMDb Rating 7.8
01 hour 40 min
Released 2017

An Adivasi 13-year-old from Telangana becomes the youngest girl in history to climb Mount Everest.

Lost in Translation

IMDb Rating 7.7

01 hour 42 min

Released 2003

A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.

Middle-aged American movie star Bob Harris is in Tokyo to film a personal endorsement Suntory whiskey ad solely for the Japanese market. He is past his movie star prime, but his name and image still have enough cachet for him to have gotten this lucrative $2 million job. He has an unsatisfying home life where his wife Lydia follows him wherever he goes - in the form of messages and faxes - for him to deal with the minutiae of their everyday lives, while she stays at home to look after their kids. Staying at the same upscale hotel is fellow American, twenty-something recent Yale Philosophy graduate Charlotte, her husband John, an entertainment still photographer, who is on assignment in Japan. As such, she is largely left to her own devices in the city, especially when his job takes him out of Tokyo. Both Bob and Charlotte are feeling lost by their current situations, which are not helped by the cultural barriers they feel in Tokyo, those cultural barriers extending far beyond just not... Written by Huggo

Death on the Matterhorn

01 hour 48 min
Released 2015

Seven men stand on the summit of the Matterhorn, the last Alpine peak to be conquered. Finally, their place in history is assured. Then disaster strikes. A rope snaps, and four men fall to their death. But did the rope snap, or did one of the climbers cut it? This is a murder mystery at 14,000 feet, filled with gripping reenactments filmed at the original locations to retell the tragic events.

Into the Wild

IMDb Rating 8.1

02 hour 28 min

Released 2007

Watch on Netflix

After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.

Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University, Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire savings account to charity, and hitchhiked Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters who shape his life. Written by Lisa Kelley

Seven Years in Tibet

IMDb Rating 7.1

02 hour 16 min

Released 1997

Watch on Netflix

The true story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China's takeover of Tibet.

After the death of 11 climbers, Austrian Heinrich Harrer (Brad Pitt) decides to add glory to his country and to the Austrian pride by climbing Nanga Parbat in British India and leaves his expectant wife behind. An egoist and a loner, he does not get along with others on his team - but must bend to their wishes after bad weather threatens them. Then WWII breaks out, and they are arrested and lodged in Dehra Dun's P.O.W. Camp. He attempts to break out several times in vain, but finally does succeed along with Peter Aufschnaiter (David Thewlis), and they end up in the holy city of Lhasa - a place banned to foreigners. They are provided food and shelter, and Peter ends up marrying a tailor, Pema Lhaki, while Heinrich befriends the Dalai Lama. They meet regularly; while he satiates the child's curiosity about the world, including Jack the Ripper and 'yellow hair'; he is exposed to the teachings of Lord Buddha, He even constructs a movie theater, while getting news of the end of the war, his ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

Solo

IMDb Rating 5.0

01 hour 31 min

Released 2018

Watch on Netflix

Based on real events. On September 6, 2014, Álvaro Vizcaíno Albertos, a surfer who wakes up in his jeep in Fuerteventura Island (one of the Canary Islands) after being too drunk the last night, and after a fight with the companion of his part-time girlfriend Ona, in addition to learning that his close friend Nelo is going to leave him to travel to Canada to create a family with his recent and pregnant girlfriend. Alone in this remote corner of Fuerteventura and dominated by pride, anger and jealousy, Álvaro decides take his surf table looking for the perfect wave, but while he walks by the coastal dunes close to the jeep, he suddenly stumbles and slides down the dune to a reef, where he keeps in a delicate position in the border trying to avoid crashing against the rocks. Calculating the natural cycle of the waves, Álvaro throws himself to the void, falling into the water but injuring seriously in the head and breaking his left hip in the fall. Unable to stand up and walk, without ... Written by Chockys

The Way Back

IMDb Rating 7.13

02 hour 13 min

Released 2011

Siberian gulag escapees travel four thousand miles by foot to freedom in India.

In 1941, three men attempted to flee communist Russia, escaping a Siberian gulag. This movie tells their story, and that of four others escaped with them and a teenage girl, Irena Zielinska (Saoirse Ronan), who joins them in flight. The group's natural leader is Janusz Weiszczek (Jim Sturgess), a Pole condemned by accusations secured by torturing his wife, spent much of his youth outdoors, and knows how to live in the wild. They escape under cover of a snowstorm: cynical American Mr Smith (Ed Harris), Russian thug Valka (Colin Farrell), comedic accountant Zoran (Dragos Bucur), pastry chef Tomasz Horodinsky (Alexandru Potocean), who draws, Priest Andrejs Voss (Gustav Skarsgård), and Polish Kazik (Sebastian Urzendowsky), who suffers from night blindness. They face freezing nights, lack of food and water, mosquitoes, an endless desert, the Himalayas, as well as many moral and ethical dilemmas throughout the journey towards freedom. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>, Shahob, Bellingham, WA, US

The Summit

IMDb Rating 6.9
01 hour 35 min
Released 2012

The story of the deadliest day on the world's most dangerous mountain, when 11 climbers mysteriously perished on K2. Following a group of climbers attempting to climb K2 in 2009, on the 100th anniversary of its landmark 1909 expedition. Experience the adventure, peril and serenity of a group's attempt to climb the most challenging peak on Earth.

180° South

IMDb Rating 7.6

01 hour 25 min

Released 2011

The film follows adventurer Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia.

Conquerors of the Useless follows Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 

1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia. Along the way he gets shipwrecked off Easter Island, surfs the longest wave of his life - and prepares himself for a rare ascent of Cerro Corcovado. Jeff's life turns when he meets up in a rainy hut with Chouinard and Tompkins who, once driven purely by a love of climbing and surfing, now value above all the experience of raw nature - and have come to Patagonia to spend their fortunes to protect it. Written by Tim Lynch

Antarctica: A Year on Ice

IMDb Rating 7.6
01 hour 31 min
Released 2013

It is a visually stunning chronicle of what it is like to live in Antarctica for a whole year, including winters isolated from the rest of the world and enduring months of darkness in the coldest place on Earth.

This feature-length film reveals what it is like to live and work at the bottom of the planet, in Antarctica, for an entire year. The story is not from the point of view of scientists, but of the people who spend the most time there; the everyday workers who keep the stations running in the harshest place on the planet. Filmed over 15 years by Frozen Planet photographer Anthony Powell, the film features a unique insiders point of view, with unparalleled access and never before seen stunning footage of the deep Antarctic winters.

The Himalayas ( Korean )

IMDb Rating 6.5

02 hour 14 min

Released 2015

Based on true events, renowned mountaineer UM Hong-gil sets out on a mission to Everest to retrieve his late junior climber's body and faces the greatest challenge of his life.

Following a grueling climb up Kanchenjunga, Hong-gil and Mu-taek become fast friends and partners in climb. The peak of their professional careers comes when they become the 14th team to scale the Himalayas. But the climb came at a price: both sustained injuries and Hong-gil was compelled to retire. Years later, Hong-gil is a renowned lecturer and Mu-taek takes up an assignment to go up Everest. When Hong-gil learns that Mu-taek has gone missing, he blames himself for encouraging the younger man's plans. Looking at a photo of Mu-taek's frozen corpse still trapped on the mountain, he decides to put together a rescue team to retrieve the body. Despite warnings, concerns over his injured leg and treacherous storms, Hong-gil leads the expedition. Written by CJ Entertainment

Mountain

IMDb Rating 7.2
01 hour 14 min
Released 2018

An experience about the highest peaks around the world.

Keep in mind when watching this movie that this is not your ordinary documentary about mountains, and the film also doesn't intend to be one. It's a philosophical journey among the high peaks on Earth. The writing of Robert Macfarlane is one of the best on contemporary nature writing. Therefore, the narration in this 'documentary' is also based on his book 'Mountains in my mind'. I'm still convinced the book itself is a bit more exciting than this movie. Suppose you like to read at least. Mountain tells a unique philosophical story about the mountains and the humans who conquer and exploit them. It's a movie of not many words, but the words spoken will keep floating through your mind. The music made it even more enjoyable. Overall great movie; sometimes it misses the point of it all, but a must-watch for anybody who enjoys the outdoors, the mountains or the writing of Macfarlane.

The Dawn Wall

IMDb Rating 7.5
01 hour 40 min
Released 2017

In an unbelievable story of perseverance, free climber Tommy Caldwell and climbing partner Kevin Jorgeson attempt to scale the impossible 3000 feet Dawn Wall of El Capitan.

In January, 2015, American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson captivated the world with their effort to climb the Dawn Wall, a seemingly impossible 3,000 foot rock face in Yosemite National Park, California. The pair lived on the sheer vertical cliff for weeks, igniting a frenzy of global media attention. But for Tommy Caldwell, the Dawn Wall was much more than just a climb. It was the culmination of a lifetime defined by overcoming obstacles. At the age of 22, the climbing prodigy was taken hostage by rebels in Kyrgyzstan. Shortly after, he lost his index finger in an accident, but resolved to come back stronger. When his marriage fell apart, he escaped the pain by fixating on the extraordinary goal of free climbing the Dawn Wall. Blurring the line between dedication and obsession, Caldwell and his partner Jorgeson spend six years meticulously plotting and practicing their route. On the final attempt, with the world watching, Caldwell is faced with a moment of truth.

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