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The Best Kidnapping & Hostage Movies Of All Time, Ranked

Updated November 30, 2020 12.6k votes 2.2k voters 182.7k views101 items

List RulesVote up the best movies took your attention hostage the entire time.

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. You'll find good kidnapping movies on this list and some of them may even be on Netflix.

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? There are other kidnapping movies that are based on true stories.

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. Vote up your favorite good kidnapping movies. After all, this is a comprehensive list of the best hostage and kidnapping movies.

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    Taken
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    Taken

    Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen

    Released2008

    Directed byPierre Morel

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    Misery
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    Misery

    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates

    Released1990

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    Man on Fire
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    Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington

    Released2004

    Directed byTony Scott

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    Prisoners
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    Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal

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    Directed byDenis Villeneuve

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    Speed
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    Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves

    Released1994

    Directed byJan de Bont

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    Ransom
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    Ransom

    Mel Gibson, Liev Schreiber

    Released1996

    Directed byRon Howard

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    The Silence of the Lambs
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1991

    Directed byJonathan Demme

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    Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman

    Released1997

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    Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall

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    Along Came a Spider
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    Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter

    Released2001

    Directed byLee Tamahori

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    Split
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    James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy

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    Captain Phillips
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    Captain Phillips

    Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener

    Released2013

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

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    Die Hard
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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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    Panic Room
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    Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman

    Released2002

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    Inside Man
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    Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington

    Released2006

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    Hostage
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    Bruce Willis, Rumer Willis

    Released2005

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  • 17
    Phone Booth
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    Katie Holmes, Colin Farrell

    Released2002

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  • 18
    Kiss the Girls
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    Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd

    Released1997

    Directed byGary Fleder

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    Gone Baby Gone
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    Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan

    Released2007

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  • 20
    Fargo
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    Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy

    Released1996

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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    The Negotiator
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    Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1998

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

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  • 22
    The Transporter
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    Jason Statham, Shu Qi

    Released2002

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  • 23
    Red Eye
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    Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy

    Released2005

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    Olympus Has Fallen
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    Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler

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    Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin

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