film 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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Taken is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Taken 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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Man on Fire is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Man on Fire 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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Misery is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Misery 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
Kiss the Girls 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
Along Came a Spider 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
Ransom Mel Gibson, Liev Schreiber, Rene Russo Ransom is a 1996 American crime 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
Prisoners Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello Prisoners is a 2013 crime 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
Man on Fire 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
Gone Baby Gone 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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Don't Say a Word is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Don't Say a Word 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) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Not Without My Daughter 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) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
The Missing 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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Proof of Life is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Proof of Life Meg Ryan, Russell Crowe, David Morse Proof of Life is a 2000 American kidnap action thriller film directed by Taylor Hackford. The title refers to a phrase commonly used to indicate proof that a kidnap victim is still alive. The ...more

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Commando is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Commando 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
Savages Salma Hayek, Blake Lively, John Travolta Savages is a 2012 American crime 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. ...more

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The Deep End of the Ocean is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
The Deep End of the Ocean 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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Stolen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Stolen 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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Breakdown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Breakdown 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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Spartan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Spartan 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

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The Silence is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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A Perfect World is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
A Perfect World Clint Eastwood, Kevin Costner, Laura Dern A Perfect World is a 1993 adventure crime drama film directed by Clint Eastwood, and starring Kevin Costner as an escaped convict who befriends a young boy, and ends up embarking on a road trip ...more

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Trapped is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Trapped 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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The Clearing is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
The Clearing Helen Mirren, Willem Dafoe, Robert Redford The Clearing is a 2004 American drama film and the directorial debut of Pieter Jan Brugge, who has worked as a film producer. The film is loosely based on the real-life kidnapping of Gerrit Jan ...more

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Firewall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Firewall Harrison Ford, Paul Bettany, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Firewall is a 2006 British-American thriller film directed by Richard Loncraine and written by Joe Forte. The film stars Harrison Ford as a banker who is forced by criminals, led by Paul ...more

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Not Forgotten is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Not Forgotten Chloë Grace Moretz, Claire Forlani, Paz Vega Not Forgotten is a 2009 independent thriller written and directed by Dror Soref starring Simon Baker and Paz Vega. The film takes place on the Texas-Mexico border and tells the story of a ...more

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Target is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Target Gene Hackman, Matt Dillon, Josef Sommer Target is a 1985 film directed by Arthur Penn. It stars Matt Dillon and Gene Hackman.

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No One Lives is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
No One Lives Laura Ramsey, Luke Evans, America Olivo No One Lives is a 2012 horror thriller film written by David Cohen and directed by Ryûhei Kitamura.

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Frantic is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Frantic Harrison Ford, Emmanuelle Seigner, John Mahoney Frantic is a 1988 American-French mystery thriller film directed by Roman Polanski and starring Harrison Ford and Emmanuelle Seigner. The theme was written, arranged and performed by Simply Red. ...more

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Keane is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Keane Abigail Breslin, Damian Lewis, Amy Ryan Keane is a 2004 American drama film written and directed by Lodge Kerrigan. Set in New York City, it focuses on a mentally disturbed man trying to come to terms with the abduction of his ...more

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The Rescue is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
The Rescue James Cromwell, Charles Haid, Kevin Dillon The Rescue is a 1988 adventure film about a group of teenagers who infiltrate a North Korean prison to rescue their Navy SEAL fathers. It was written by Michael J. Henderson, Jim Thomas, and ...more