5 Nail-Biting Mountain Climbing Thrillers

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Sony Pictures

In the vein of Sylvester Stallone's Cliffhanger, this 2000 action-adventure film directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) casts Chris O'Donnell as a climber haunted by the past who must strap on his ice spikes to rescue his sister (Robin Tunney) near the top of K2. Bill Paxton and Scott Glenn also star. While the dialogue and drama is hokey at times, with some over-the-top stunts and implausible scenarios, Vertical Limit still manages to entertain and put you right in the middle of the action.