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Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked

Updated September 28, 2020 12.5k votes 2.2k voters 181.1k views89 items

List RulesVote for what you think are the best kidnapping and hostage movies.

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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  • 1
    Taken is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Taken

    Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen

    Released2008

    Directed byPierre Morel

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  • 2
    Misery is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Misery

    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates

    Released1990

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    Prisoners is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Prisoners

    Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2013

    Directed byDenis Villeneuve

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    Man on Fire is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Man on Fire

    Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington

    Released2004

    Directed byTony Scott

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  • 5
    Speed is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Speed

    Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves

    Released1994

    Directed byJan de Bont

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    Ransom is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Ransom

    Mel Gibson, Liev Schreiber

    Released1996

    Directed byRon Howard

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  • 7
    The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1991

    Directed byJonathan Demme

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  • 8
    Air Force One is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Air Force One

    Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman

    Released1997

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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  • 9
    John Q is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    John Q

    Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall

    Released2002

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

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    Along Came a Spider is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Along Came a Spider

    Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter

    Released2001

    Directed byLee Tamahori

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  • 11
    Split is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Split

    James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy

    Released2016

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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  • 12
    Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Die Hard

    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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  • 13
    Captain Phillips is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Captain Phillips

    Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener

    Released2013

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

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  • 14
    Panic Room is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Panic Room

    Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman

    Released2002

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    Hostage is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Hostage

    Bruce Willis, Rumer Willis

    Released2005

    Directed byFlorent Emilio Siri

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  • 16
    Phone Booth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Phone Booth

    Katie Holmes, Colin Farrell

    Released2002

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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    Inside Man is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Inside Man

    Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington

    Released2006

    Directed bySpike Lee

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  • 18
    Kiss the Girls is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Kiss the Girls

    Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd

    Released1997

    Directed byGary Fleder

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    Gone Baby Gone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Gone Baby Gone

    Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan

    Released2007

    Directed byBen Affleck

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    The Negotiator is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    The Negotiator

    Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1998

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

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    Fargo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Fargo

    Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy

    Released1996

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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    The Call is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    The Call

    Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin

    Released2013

    Directed byBrad Anderson

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  • 23
    The Transporter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    The Transporter

    Jason Statham, Shu Qi

    Released2002

    Directed byCorey Yuen, Louis Leterrier

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    Red Eye is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Red Eye

    Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy

    Released2005

    Directed byWes Craven

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    Olympus Has Fallen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked
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    Olympus Has Fallen

    Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler

    Released2013

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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