Climbing movies and documentaries take us into worlds that are often inaccessible to ourselves. As a climber it can sometimes be hard to find a good climbing movie and we wanted to share some of the best climbing movies in this article.
The best climbing movies according to IMDB rating
Free solo (2018)
Freesolo is the story of Alex Honnold’s dream of free solo climbing the El Cap. The movie has some amazing scenery and just thinking about the climbing in the film makes my hands feel sweaty as I write this. The freesolo movie has brought climbing to a bigger spotlight and especially solo climbing.
The movie shows the ethical and mental sides of free solo climbing as the film crew are pondering the climb. As well as when Alex and his then girlfriend Sanni McCandless consider the risks and mental aspects of free solo climbing when considering a relationship.
Runtime 1h 40min
Valley Uprising (2014)
Valley uprising tells the stories of the early days of climbing in Yosemite when climbing wasn’t as mainstream as it is nowadays. The movie has a great combination of old and new material that will keep you amazed and entertained for the whole duration of the movie.
Runtime 1h 43min
The Alpinist (2020)
The alpinist shows a peek in to the solo adventures of Marc-André Leclerc. This climbing movie has quite a different atmosphere compared to more traditional climbing movies. The amazing climbs and scenery are mixed with the ethics of free solo climbing.
Runtime 1h 32min
King Lines (2007)
The Sharp End (2007)
The concept sharp end refers to the part where problems are more likely to show up. In climbing it often refers to the lead climber as opposed to the follower.
The movie shows a highlight reel of some of the most famous climbers of the day such as Dean Potter, Alex Honnold, Steph Davis, Lisa Rands and Ammon McNeely pushing their barriers. This movie has a wide range of different climbing styles such as free soloing, highball bouldering, trad climbing and massive big wall climbs. There are also some highlining and basejumping parts in this action packed film.
Runtime 1h 3min
14 Peaks (2021)
Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja is a former special forces operative and 14 Peaks is the story about his attempt to climb all the highest peaks in the world in one season. To be more spesific he is aiming to climb all the 14 peaks in the world that are above 8000 meters high. The movie also features some amazing details about Nirmals’ life, his battle experiences and his amazing fitness.
Also the movie talks about how this seemingly impossible goal affects Nirmals’ family life. The movie has a strong cast of Nims’ fellow climbers Galjen Sherpa, Mingma Sherpa, Lakpa Dendi and Gesman Tenang as well as interviews from such famous mountaineers as Reinhold Messner, Conrad Anker and climber Jimmy Chin.
Runtime 1h 41min
Meru is an inspiring story about the attempts of three famous climbers Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk to climb the shark fin route on Meru. The documentary shows incredible footage of the climb and the scenery and also showcases the more of the personal lives of these climbers.
Runtime 1h 30min
Fine Lines (2019)
Fine lines features an impressive cast of stars of different mountain activities. The film goes more in to the mental states and aspects of climbing and is often described as meditative. So don’t expect to get just a spectacular visual show, but also something to think about.
Runtime 1h 36min