Movies about the Arctic

List of the best movies about the Arctic, selected by visitors to our site: The Great Northern Way, Arctic, Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell, Two Lovers and a Bear, Fortitude, Long Way North, Far North, Winged Migration, Bear Island, The Island at the Top of the World.

In the top there are new films of 2020, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

The Great Northern Way (2019)

Journey into the history and along the arctic latitudes of our country. Leonid Kruglov, documentary filmmaker, photographer, ethnographer, member of the Russian Geographical Society, took the legendary route of Semen Dezhnev through the most difficult regions of the Russian Arctic and made a documentary about it.

Arctic (2018)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, adventure
CharactersPilots, Fish
PlotSurvival, Cold, Snow
PlaceHelicopters, Antarctica, Arctic, Caves
StyleUnexpected ending, Fascinating, For men, Touching, Tense

A man stranded in the Arctic is finally about to receive his long awaited rescue. However, after a tragic accident, his opportunity is lost and he must then decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his camp or embark on a deadly trek through the unknown for potential salvation.

Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell (2018)
Markimdb: 5
Genrehorror, fantastic, action, thriller, comedy, adventure
CountryUSA, South Africa
CharactersMonsters, Pilots, Surgeons, Mutant
PlotSnow, Supernatural, Survival
PlaceCanada, Arctic, Aircraft

Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) and his son Travis Welker (Jamie Kennedy) find themselves up to their ears in Graboids and Ass-Blasters when they head to Canada to investigate a series of deadly giant-worm attacks. Arriving at a remote research facility in the artic tundra, Burt begins to suspect that Graboids are secretly being weaponized, but before he can prove his theory, he is sidelined by Graboid venom. With just 48 hours to live, the only hope is to create an antidote from fresh venom — but to do that, someone will have to figure out how to milk a Graboid!

Two Lovers and a Bear (2016)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genremelodrama, drama, adventure
PlaceSmall cities, Arctic

Set in a small town near the North Pole where roads lead to nowhere, the story follows Roman and Lucy, two burning souls who come together to make a leap for life and inner peace.

Fortitude (2015)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom
PlaceSmall cities, Arctic
StyleFascinating, Action, Depressive, Disturbing, Serious

Fortitude is a place like nowhere else. Although surrounded by the savage beauty of the Arctic landscape, Fortitude is one of the safest towns on earth. There has never been a violent crime here. Until now. In such a close-knit community a murder touches everyone and the unsettling, mysterious horror of this crime threatens the future of the town itself.

Long Way North (2015)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, drama, adventure, family, cartoon
CountryFrance, Denmark
CharactersDogs, Horses, Family, Teens
PlotTravel, Snow, Hunger, Friendship, Adventure
PlaceShips, Trains, Russia, St. Petersburg, Arctic
StyleAction, Touching, Exciting, Fascinating

1892, Saint Petersburg. Sasha, a young Russian aristocrat, has always been fascinated by her grandfather's life as an adventurer. A renowned explorer, he designed a magnificent arctic ship, but he hasn't returned from his last expedition to the North Pole. To save her family's honor, Sasha runs away. Headed towards the Great North, she follows her grandfather's trail in search of his famous ship.

Far North (2008)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, France
CharactersSoldier, Shamans, Thieves
PlotRevenge, Survival, Love triangle, Curses
StyleFascinating, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Disturbing, Serious

In the arctic, as Saiva is being born, a shaman declares that she is evil and will bring harm to all who become involved with her. Saiva is cast out of her tribe of herders and grows up to live a nomadic existence with Anja, a young woman she adopts as an infant. Then Loki, an injured and starving soldier, stumbles into their isolated lives. The women nurse him back to health, but treachery, violence and doom await them all.

Winged Migration (2001)
Markimdb: 7.9
CountryFrance, Italy, Germany, Spain, Luxembourg
CharactersDogs, Horses, Owls, Parrots, Birds
PlotAdventure, Survival
PlaceSea, Africa, France, Nature, Lake

The cameras of Jacques Perrin fly with migratory birds: geese, storks, cranes. The film begins with spring in North America and the migration to the Arctic; the flight is a community event for each species. Once in the Arctic, it's family time: courtship, nests, eggs, fledglings, and first flight. Chicks must soon fly south. Bad weather, hunters, and pollution take their toll. Then, the cameras go

Bear Island (1979)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genreaction, thriller, adventure, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, Canada
PlotAdventure, Snow, Investigation, Missing people, Avalanches
PlaceMountains, Islands, Arctic
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, For men, Disturbing, Serious

A group of people converge on a barren Arctic island. They have their reasons for being there but when a series of mysterious accidents and murders take place, a whole lot of darker motives become apparent. Could the fortune in buried Nazi gold be the key to the mystery? Donald Sutherland and Vanessa Redgrave investigate

The Island at the Top of the World (1974)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrefantastic, fantasy, adventure, family
CharactersDogs, Family, Archaeologists, Heroes, Blonde girls
PlotTime travel, Adventure, Volcanoes, Survival, Rivalry
PlaceMountains, Islands, Arctic
StyleAtmospheric, Serious

A Victorian gentleman hopes to find his long-lost son, who vanished whilst searching for a mysterious Viking community in a volcanic valley somewhere in uncharted Arctic regions. The gentleman puts together an expedition team to go on the search, but when they reach their destination they must escape from some Viking descendants who will kill to keep their existence a secret.

Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, drama
CountryDenmark, Germany, Sweden
PlotConspiracies, Snow, Investigation, Friendship
StyleAtmospheric, Depressive, Disturbing, Serious

Smilla Jaspersen, half Danish, half Greenlander, attempts to understand the death of a small boy who falls from the roof of her apartment building. Suspecting wrongdoing, Smilla uncovers a trail of clues leading towards a secretive corporation that has made several mysterious expeditions to Greenland. Scenes from the film were shot in Copenhagen and western Greenland. The film was entered into the 47th Berlin International Film Festival, where director Bille August was nominated for the Golden Bear.

Harbinger Down (2015)
Markimdb: 4.5
Genrehorror, fantastic
CharactersAliens, Monsters, Scientists, Whale, Military
PlotDeath, Snow, Radio, Fear
PlaceSpace, Ships, Alaska, Arctic, Ocean
StyleAction, Heavy, Disturbing, Tense

A group of grad students have booked passage on the fishing trawler Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Orcas in the Bering Sea. When the ship's crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage, things get downright deadly. It seems that the Russians experimented with tardigrades, tiny resilient animals able to withstand the extremes of space radiation. The creatures survived, but not without mutation. Now the crew is exposed to aggressively mutating organisms. And after being locked in ice for 3 decades, the creatures aren't about to give up the warmth of human companionship.

Chasing Ice (2012)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genredocumentary, biography
CharactersPhotographers, Artists
PlotExpeditions, Snow
PlaceNature, Antarctica, Arctic, Ocean
StyleFascinating, Serious

When National Geographic photographer James Balog asked, “How can one take a picture of climate change?” his attention was immediately drawn to ice. Soon he was asked to do a cover story on glaciers that became the most popular and well-read piece in the magazine during the last five years. But for Balog, that story marked the beginning of a much larger and longer-term project that would reach epic proportions.

Arctic Tale (2007)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrefamily, documentary
CharactersFamily, Whale
PlotSurvival, Rivalry
PlaceIslands, Arctic
StyleAtmospheric, Soulful, Serious

Arctic Tale is a 2007 documentary film from the National Geographic Society about the life cycle of a walrus and her calf, and a polar bear and her cubs, in a similar vein to the 2005 hit production March of the Penguins, also from National Geographic.

Spiral (2014)
Markimdb: 3.8
CharactersZombie, Programmers, Scientists, Immortals
PlotViruses, Survival, Snow, Money, Chase
StyleFor men, Atmospheric, Action, Disturbing, Serious

The beginning of a new life in Moscow is going well for Alexey - until he gets into a lot of troubles...

Dinoshark (2010)
Markimdb: 3.1
Genrehorror, fantastic
CharactersSharks, Heroes
PlaceBeach, Mexico, Helicopters, Arctic
StyleExciting, Disturbing, Serious

The film opens with a baby dinoshark swimming away from a broken chunk of Arctic glacier that calved due to global warming. Three years later, the dinoshark is a ferocious predatory adult and kills tourists and locals offshore from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The protagonist, Trace, is first to notice the Dinoshark and witnesses his friend get eaten, but has trouble convincing people that a creature of such antiquity is still alive and eating people.

Aloft (2014)
Markimdb: 5.3
CountrySpain, Canada, France
PlaceArctic, USA, Canada
StyleAtmospheric, Soulful, Gloomy, Serious, Psychological problems

As we follow a mother and her son, we delve into a past marred by an accident that tears them apart. She will become a renowned artist and healer, and he will grow into his own and a peculiar falconer who bears the marks of a double absence. In the present, a young journalist will bring about an encounter between the two that puts the very meaning of life and art into question, so that we may contemplate the possibility of living life to its fullest, despite the uncertainties littering our paths.

To the Arctic (2012)
Markimdb: 6.6
CharactersAnimals, Bears
PlaceNature, Arctic, Ocean
StyleFascinating, To cry, Serious

A journey into the lives of a mother polar bear and her two seven-month-old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home.

Norm of the North (2016)
Markimdb: 3.4
Genrecomedy, adventure, family, cartoon
CountryIndia, USA
CharactersFamily, Friends
PlotTime travel, Adventure, Snow, Chase, Friendship
PlaceShips, New York, Arctic, Ocean, USA
StyleLight, Fascinating

The stereoscopic 3D animated family film "Norm" tells the story of the titular polar bear and his three Arctic lemming buddies, who are forced out into the world once their icy home begins melting and breaking apart. Landing in New York, Norm begins life anew as a performing corporate mascot, only to discover that his new employers are directly responsible for the destruction of his polar home.

The Midnight Sky (2020)
CharactersScientists, Terminally ill, Old man, Astronauts
PlotApocalypse, End of the world, Survival, Cancer, Dreams
PlaceArctic, Spaceships
TimePost apocalypse

A lone scientist in the Arctic races to contact a crew of astronauts returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe.

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