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

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    + 132
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    Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello

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    + 88
    - 24

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    Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper

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    + 115
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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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    + 169
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    Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut

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    + 77
    - 16


    Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Jodie Foster

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  7. 7
    + 101
    - 32


    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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  8. 8
    + 88
    - 26


    Mel Gibson, Liev Schreiber, Rene Russo

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  9. 9
    + 78
    - 18


    Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning

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  10. 10
    + 67
    - 18


    Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini

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  11. 11
    + 68
    - 19


    Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal

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  12. 12
    + 66
    - 15


    Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington, Willem Dafoe

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  13. 13
    + 74
    - 21


    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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  14. 14
    + 64
    - 17


    Bruce Willis, Rumer Willis, Ben Foster

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  15. 15
    + 62
    - 18


    Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, Bill Maher

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  16. 16
    + 59
    - 17


    Katie Holmes, Colin Farrell, Jared Leto

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  17. 17
    + 52
    - 15


    Jessica Biel, Kim Basinger, Chris Evans

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  18. 18
    + 51
    - 21


    Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Brian Cox

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    + 46
    - 17


    Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close

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    + 46
    - 18


    Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Giamatti

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  21. 21
    + 48
    - 17


    Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, Ashley Judd

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    + 40
    - 16


    Morgan Freeman, Michelle Monaghan, Ed Harris

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    + 35
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    Jason Statham, Shu Qi, François Berléand

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    + 41
    - 19


    Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Mena Suvari

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    + 26
    - 15


    Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jason Statham

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    + 34
    - 14


    Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter, Anton Yelchin

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    + 30
    - 15


    Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

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    + 32
    - 13


    Famke Janssen, Michael Douglas, Brittany Murphy

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    + 23
    - 13


    Johnny Depp, Christopher Walken, Charles S. Dutton

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    + 27
    - 15


    Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange

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    + 17
    - 10


    Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Amber Heard

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    + 28
    - 17


    John Travolta, Denzel Washington, James Gandolfini

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    + 32
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    Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Ed Harris

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    - 12


    Austin Stoker, Charles Cyphers, Tony Burton

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    - 14


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alyssa Milano, Bill Paxton

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    + 20
    - 13


    Al Pacino, Carol Kane, Charles Durning

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    + 9
    - 7


    Bruce Willis, Cate Blanchett, January Jones

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    + 21
    - 12


    Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, John C. Reilly

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    + 19
    - 5


    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch

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    + 25
    - 21


    Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz

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    + 14
    - 7


    Halle Berry, Steven Seagal, Kurt Russell

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  42. 42
    + 15
    - 12


    Salma Hayek, Blake Lively, John Travolta

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  43. 43
    + 29
    - 23


    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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  44. 44
    + 16
    - 10


    Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Cage, Cam Gigandet

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  45. 45
    + 15
    - 10


    Meg Ryan, Russell Crowe, David Morse

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  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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    - 6


    Elizabeth Hurley, Wesley Snipes, Tom Sizemore

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    + 14
    - 11


    Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Carpenter, Sebastian Stan

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    + 12
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    Terence Stamp, Kenneth More, Samantha Eggar

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