Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked Films

Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked

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If you’re looking for an adrenaline-filled adventure, the best kidnapping movies and hostage movies below have you covered. The kidnapping and hostage genre has been around for decades and stories in that genre have been done in a variety of ways. Some tell the story from the perspective of the kidnapped while others cast the hostage takers as the protagonists.

When you think about kidnapping and hostage movies, what genre do you usually associate with them? If you’re thinking action, you wouldn’t be wrong, but they span so many more. For instance, there are horror movies about kidnapping as well as comedy movies about it. Yes, there have even been comedy movies about hostage taking and kidnapping. Apparently, abducting someone against their will can be funny, who knew?

To find out which is the best kidnapping or hostage movie of all time, movie fans have voted for their favorites below, regardless of genre. If you’re looking to see where a particular kidnapping movie is ranked, you can use the search function at the top of the list. Don’t see it? Then add it so that others may vote on it. After all, this is supposed to be a comprehensive list of the best hostage and kidnapping movies.

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    Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

  2. 2
    + 125
    - 30


    Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello

  3. 3
    + 87
    - 24

    most listed
    Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper

  4. 4
    + 114
    - 35


    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

  5. 5
    + 165
    - 38

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    Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut

  6. 6
    + 73
    - 16


    Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Jodie Foster

  7. 7
    + 99
    - 31


    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

  8. 8
    + 88
    - 26


    Mel Gibson, Liev Schreiber, Rene Russo

  9. 9
    + 76
    - 18


    Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning

  10. 10
    + 66
    - 17


    Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini

  11. 11
    + 67
    - 19


    Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal

  12. 12
    + 65
    - 15


    Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington, Willem Dafoe

  13. 13
    + 74
    - 21


    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

  14. 14
    + 64
    - 17


    Bruce Willis, Rumer Willis, Ben Foster

  15. 15
    + 62
    - 18


    Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, Bill Maher

  16. 16
    + 57
    - 17


    Katie Holmes, Colin Farrell, Jared Leto

  17. 17
    + 51
    - 15


    Jessica Biel, Kim Basinger, Chris Evans

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  18. 18
    + 50
    - 21


    Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Brian Cox

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  19. 19
    + 46
    - 17


    Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close

  20. 20
    + 46
    - 18


    Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Giamatti

  21. 21
    + 47
    - 17


    Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, Ashley Judd

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  22. 22
    + 39
    - 16


    Morgan Freeman, Michelle Monaghan, Ed Harris

  23. 23
    + 35
    - 16


    Jason Statham, Shu Qi, François Berléand

  24. 24
    + 41
    - 19


    Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Mena Suvari

  25. 25
    + 26
    - 15


    Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jason Statham

  26. 26
    + 34
    - 14


    Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter, Anton Yelchin

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    + 30
    - 15


    Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

  28. 28
    + 32
    - 13


    Famke Janssen, Michael Douglas, Brittany Murphy

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    + 23
    - 13


    Johnny Depp, Christopher Walken, Charles S. Dutton

  30. 30
    + 27
    - 15


    Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange

  31. 31
    + 17
    - 10


    Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Amber Heard

  32. 32
    + 32
    - 17


    Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Ed Harris

  33. 33
    + 27
    - 17


    John Travolta, Denzel Washington, James Gandolfini

  34. 34
    + 25
    - 12


    Austin Stoker, Charles Cyphers, Tony Burton

  35. 35
    + 23
    - 14


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alyssa Milano, Bill Paxton

  36. 36
    + 20
    - 13


    Al Pacino, Carol Kane, Charles Durning

  37. 37
    + 9
    - 7


    Bruce Willis, Cate Blanchett, January Jones

  38. 38
    + 21
    - 12


    Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, John C. Reilly

  39. 39
    + 24
    - 20


    Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz

  40. 40
    + 14
    - 7


    Halle Berry, Steven Seagal, Kurt Russell

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    + 15
    - 12


    Salma Hayek, Blake Lively, John Travolta

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  42. 42
    + 17
    - 5


    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch

  43. 43
    + 16
    - 10


    Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Cage, Cam Gigandet

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  44. 44
    + 28
    - 23


    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

  45. 45
    + 15
    - 10


    Meg Ryan, Russell Crowe, David Morse

  46. 46
    + 14
    - 9


    Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood, Val Kilmer

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    + 7
    - 7


    Harrison Ford, Paul Bettany, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

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  48. 48
    + 6
    - 6


    Elizabeth Hurley, Wesley Snipes, Tom Sizemore

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  49. 49
    + 12
    - 10


    Terence Stamp, Kenneth More, Samantha Eggar

  50. 50
    + 12
    - 10


    Kurt Russell, Kathleen Quinlan, J. T. Walsh

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