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The Best Movies About Kidnapping

Updated February 2, 2021 4.3k votes 1.2k voters 157.1k views97 items

List RulesMovies 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 child abductions 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

    Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington

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    Taken

    Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen

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    Misery

    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates

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    Kiss the Girls

    Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd

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    Prisoners

    Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal

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    Along Came a Spider

    Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter

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    Ransom

    Mel Gibson, Liev Schreiber

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    Gone Baby Gone

    Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan

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    Man on Fire

    Joe Pesci, Danny Aiello

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    Don't Say a Word

    Famke Janssen, Michael Douglas

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    Greta

    Isabelle Huppert, Chloë Grace Moretz
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    Not Without My Daughter

    Sally Field, Alfred Molina

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    The Missing

    Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood

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    The Deep End of the Ocean

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Whoopi Goldberg

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    Savages

    Salma Hayek, Blake Lively

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    Commando

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alyssa Milano

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    Proof of Life

    Meg Ryan, Russell Crowe

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    The Silence

    Ulrich Thomsen, Burghart Klaußner
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    Breakdown

    Kurt Russell, Kathleen Quinlan

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    Extraction

    Chris Hemsworth, David Harbour

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    A Perfect World

    Clint Eastwood, Kevin Costner

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    Trapped

    Charlize Theron, Courtney Love

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    Firewall

    Harrison Ford, Paul Bettany

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    Point Blank

    Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie
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    Spartan

    Kristen Bell, Val Kilmer

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