Entertainment The Best Movies About Kidnapping  

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List Rules Movies about kidnappings and kidnappers.

No one wants to be kidnapped, but everyone loves a good kidnapping movie. Human trafficking, a parent's fear that their kid could mysteriously disappear off the school playground one day, drug related kidnapping, news footage of a victim of a kidnapping finally returning home after being gone for two decades, seeing a group of friends, families and neighbors searching through the forest for a missing child – films about kidnapping run the gamut, keeping viewers on the edge of their seats.

Some of the movies featured on this list involve a kidnapping story based on real life events where a child has gone missing, the emotional traumas they suffered, how many years it took for them to be found, and how it affected friends and families. Others create a fictional world in which a kidnapping occurs.

This list has the best kidnapping movies, including: Taken, Ransom, Man on Fire, Along Came a Spider, Misery, Kiss the Girls, Don’t Say a Word, Proof of Life, A Perfect World, The Missing, and Breakdown.

Vote up your favorite kidnapping capers, or add your favorite film below that isn't already on the list.
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Man on Fire is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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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Taken is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace
Taken is a 2008 French action thriller film directed by Pierre Morel, written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, and starring Leland Orser, Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Jon Gries, David ...more

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Misery is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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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Kiss the Girls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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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Along Came a Spider is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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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Ransom is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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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Prisoners is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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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Man on Fire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Joe Pesci, Danny Aiello, Jonathan Pryce
Man on Fire is a 1987 French-Italian action thriller film directed by Élie Chouraqui and starring Scott Glenn and Jade Malle. It is based on the eponymous novel by A. J. Quinnell. Another ...more

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Gone Baby Gone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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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Greta is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Isabelle Huppert, Chloë Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe
Greta is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by Neil Jordan. A young woman (Chloe Grace Moretz) befriends a lonely widow (Isabelle Huppert), who turns out to have sinister intentions.

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Don't Say a Word is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Famke Janssen, Michael Douglas, Brittany Murphy
Don't Say a Word is a 2001 psychological thriller film starring Michael Douglas, Brittany Murphy and Sean Bean based on the novel of the same title by Andrew Klavan. Don't Say a Word was ...more

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Not Without My Daughter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Sally Field, Alfred Molina, Roshan Seth
Not Without My Daughter is a 1991 drama film depicting the escape of American citizen Betty Mahmoody and her daughter from her husband in Iran. The film was shot in the United States, Turkey and ...more

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The Missing is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood, Val Kilmer
The Missing is a 2003 American Revisionist Western thriller film directed by Ron Howard, based on Thomas Eidson's 1996 novel The Last Ride. The film is set in 1885 New Mexico Territory is ...more

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Commando is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alyssa Milano, Bill Paxton
Commando is a 1985 American action film directed by Mark L. Lester, and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rae Dawn Chong. The film was released in the United States on October 4, 1985. The film ...more

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Savages is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Salma Hayek, Blake Lively, John Travolta
Savages is a 2012 American thriller film directed by Oliver Stone. It is based on the novel of the same name by Don Winslow. The screenplay was written by Shane Salerno, Winslow and Stone. The ...more

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Proof of Life is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Meg Ryan, Russell Crowe, David Morse
Proof of Life is a 2000 American action thriller film directed by Taylor Hackford. The title refers to a phrase commonly used to indicate proof that a victim is still alive. The film's ...more

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The Deep End of the Ocean is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Michelle Pfeiffer, Whoopi Goldberg, Alexa Vega
The Deep End of the Ocean is an American motion picture drama directed by Ulu Grosbard, and starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Treat Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Jonathan Jackson and Ryan Merriman. It is ...more

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The Silence is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
The Silence

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Breakdown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Kurt Russell, Kathleen Quinlan, J. T. Walsh
Breakdown is a 1997 American thriller film, written and directed by Jonathan Mostow. The film stars Kurt Russell, J. T. Walsh, and Kathleen Quinlan. The original music score was composed by ...more

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Stolen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Stolen
Stolen is a 2009 Australian documentary film that uncovers slavery in the Sahrawi refugee camps controlled by the Polisario Front located in Algeria and in the disputed territory of Western ...more

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The Guilty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Johan Olsen
The Guilty is a 2018 Danish thriller film directed by Gustav Möller. A police officer (Jakob Cedergren) assigned alarm dispatch duty enters a race against time when he answers an emergency ...more

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Final Score is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Dave Bautista, Pierce Brosnan, Ray Stevenson
Final Score is a 2018 action film directed by Scott Mann. Michael Knox (Dave Bautista) is an ex-soldier who must use all his military skills to save the 35,000 capacity crowd at a major sporting ...more

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Take Me is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Pat Healy, Taylor Schilling, Alycia Delmore
Take Me is a 2017 American screwball comedy film directed by Pat Healy. Entrepreneur Ray Moody (Pat Healy) runs a business in which clients pay him for the experience of a simulated detainment ...more

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Trapped is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Charlize Theron, Courtney Love, Dakota Fanning
edTrapped is a 2002 American-German crime thriller film starring Charlize Theron, Courtney Love, Stuart Townsend, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Fanning, and Pruitt Taylor Vince, and is directed by Luis ...more

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Spartan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Kristen Bell, Val Kilmer, William H. Macy
Spartan is a 2004 American political thriller film written and directed by David Mamet. It features Val Kilmer, Derek Luke, Tia Texada, Ed O'Neill, William H. Macy, and Kristen Bell. It was ...more