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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 abduction thriller films. 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace
Taken is a 2008 French action thriller film directed by Pierre Morel. A former CIA operative (Liam Neeson) sets about tracking down his teenage daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) and her best friend ...more
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The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak
The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime and horror genres. Directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Scott ...more
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Prisoners is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello
Prisoners is a 2013 drama thriller film written by Aaron Guzikowski and directed by Denis Villeneuve.
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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia
Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan and written by Steven E. de Souza and Jeb Stuart. It is based on the 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever, by Roderick Thorp. Die ...more
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Man on Fire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning
Man on Fire is a 2004 American thriller film and the second adaptation of A. J. Quinnell's 1980 novel of the same name; the first film based on the novel was released in 1987. The 2004 film ...more
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The Call is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut
The Hive is a 2013 thriller film written by Richard D'Ovidio and directed by Brad Anderson.
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Misery is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan
Misery is a 1990 American psychological thriller film based on Stephen King's 1987 novel of the same name and starring James Caan, Kathy Bates, Lauren Bacall, Richard Farnsworth, and Frances ...more
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Panic Room is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Jodie Foster
Panic Room is a 2002 American thriller film directed by David Fincher and written by David Koepp. The film stars Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart as a mother and daughter whose new home is ...more
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Speed is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper
Speed is a 1994 American action film directed by Jan de Bont in his feature film directorial debut. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Joe Morton, and Jeff Daniels. A ...more
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Ransom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
Mel Gibson, Liev Schreiber, Rene Russo
Ransom is a 1996 American thriller film written by Richard Price & Alexander Ignon and directed by Ron Howard. The film stars Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, Brawley Nolte, Gary Sinise, Delroy ...more
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Kiss the Girls is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Mena Suvari
Kiss the Girls is a 1997 American psychological thriller film directed by Gary Fleder and starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, and Cary Elwes. The screenplay by David Klass is based on the ...more
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Air Force One is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close
Air Force One is a 1997 American political action thriller film written by Andrew W. Marlowe and directed and co-produced by Wolfgang Petersen. It is about a group of Russian terrorists that ...more
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Inside Man is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington, Willem Dafoe
Inside Man is a 2006 American thriller film directed by Spike Lee, and written by Russell Gewirtz. The film centers on an elaborate bank on Wall Street over a 24-hour period. It stars Denzel ...more
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Split is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
Lswood added James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley
Split is a 2016 American psychological horror thriller film directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan. After a wholesome teen birthday party, three girls are taken in broad daylight: friends ...more
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Captain Phillips is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini
Captain Phillips is a 2013 American biographical thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi. The film is inspired by the true story of the 2009 Maersk ...more
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White House Down is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal
White House Down is a 2013 American political action-thriller film directed by Roland Emmerich about an assault on the White House by a paramilitary group and the Capitol Police Officer who ...more
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Along Came a Spider is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter, Anton Yelchin
Along Came a Spider is a 2001 American psychological thriller film directed by Lee Tamahori. It is a sequel to the 1997 film Kiss the Girls. The screenplay by Marc Moss was adapted from the 1993 ...more
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Olympus Has Fallen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, Ashley Judd
Olympus Has Fallen is a 2013 American action thriller film. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, it stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman, with Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Cole ...more
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John Q is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, Bill Maher
John Q is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Nick Cassavetes. The film follows John Quincy Archibald, a father and husband whose son is diagnosed with an enlarged heart and then finds out ...more
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Hostage is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
Bruce Willis, Rumer Willis, Ben Foster
Hostage is a 2005 American action thriller drama film starring Bruce Willis and directed by Florent Emilio Siri. The film was based on a novel by Robert Crais, and was adapted for the screen by ...more
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Red Eye is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Brian Cox
Red Eye is a 2005 American thriller film directed by Wes Craven and starring Rachel McAdams as a hotel manager ensnared in a plot by a terrorist while aboard a red-eye flight to Miami. The film ...more
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Phone Booth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
Katie Holmes, Colin Farrell, Jared Leto
Phone Booth is a 2002 American psychological thriller film about a man who is held hostage in a telephone booth by a sniper. It stars Colin Farrell, Forest Whitaker, Katie Holmes, Radha Mitchell ...more
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Gone Baby Gone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
Morgan Freeman, Michelle Monaghan, Ed Harris
Gone Baby Gone is a 2007 American neo-noir mystery film directed by Ben Affleck and starring his brother Casey Affleck. The screenplay by Ben Affleck and Aaron Stockard is based on the novel of ...more
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The Transporter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
Jason Statham, Shu Qi, François Berléand
The Transporter is a 2002 French action thriller film directed by Louis Leterrier and Corey Yuen and written by Luc Besson, who was inspired by BMW Films' The Hire series. The film stars Jason ...more
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Room is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen
Room is a 2015 independent drama film directed by Lenny Abrahamson, based on the novel by Emma Donoghue. After being held captive for seven years, a woman (Brie Larson) and her son (Jacob ...more