For the breathtaking vistas, the perilous fall and the sheer force of will in an epic tale of man versus nature, one must turn to the other real-life story told in "The Man Who Skied Down Everest." 1975's documentary winner followed skier Yuichiro Miura up and down Mt. Everest in a journey marked by tragedy and harrowing beauty. His skiing feat soon careened out of control, not unlike the canyoneering trip by Aron Ralston, portrayed by James Franco in "127 Hours." Audiences watched breathlessly as each man headed toward almost certain death. No word on whether anyone fainted watching the documentary, though.
From top: Yuichiro Miura, credit: Gurinder Osan / Associated Press; James Franco, credit: Fox Searchlight.
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