film 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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Taken Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

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Prisoners Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello

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Die Hard Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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Speed Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper

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The Call Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut

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The Silence of the Lambs Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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Ransom Mel Gibson, Liev Schreiber, Rene Russo

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Panic Room Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Jodie Foster

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Man on Fire Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning

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Captain Phillips Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini

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Misery Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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Inside Man Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington, Willem Dafoe

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Hostage Bruce Willis, Rumer Willis, Ben Foster

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White House Down Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal

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John Q Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, Bill Maher

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Phone Booth Katie Holmes, Colin Farrell, Jared Leto

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Cellular Jessica Biel, Kim Basinger, Chris Evans

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Red Eye Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Brian Cox

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Air Force One Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close

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Olympus Has Fallen Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, Ashley Judd

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The Transporter Jason Statham, Shu Qi, François Berléand

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Gone Baby Gone Morgan Freeman, Michelle Monaghan, Ed Harris

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The Negotiator Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Giamatti

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Fargo Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

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Kiss the Girls Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Mena Suvari

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Collateral Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jason Statham

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Nick of Time Johnny Depp, Christopher Walken, Charles S. Dutton

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The Taking of Pelham 123 John Travolta, Denzel Washington, James Gandolfini

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Don't Say a Word Famke Janssen, Michael Douglas, Brittany Murphy

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Along Came a Spider Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter, Anton Yelchin

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Commando Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alyssa Milano, Bill Paxton

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The Rock Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Ed Harris

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Alpha Dog Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Amber Heard

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Cape Fear Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange

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12 Years a Slave Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch

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Die Hard 2 Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz

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Trespass Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Cage, Cam Gigandet

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Dog Day Afternoon Al Pacino, Carol Kane, Charles Durning

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Assault on Precinct 13 Austin Stoker, Charles Cyphers, Tony Burton

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The River Wild Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, John C. Reilly

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Saw Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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Bandits Bruce Willis, Cate Blanchett, January Jones

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Savages Salma Hayek, Blake Lively, John Travolta

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Executive Decision Halle Berry, Steven Seagal, Kurt Russell

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Proof of Life Meg Ryan, Russell Crowe, David Morse

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The Collector Terence Stamp, Kenneth More, Samantha Eggar

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The Missing Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood, Val Kilmer

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Firewall Harrison Ford, Paul Bettany, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

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Gone Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Carpenter, Sebastian Stan

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Taken 2 Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace