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The Best Movies About Kidnapping

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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 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
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    Man on Fire

    Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington

    Released2004

    Directed byTony Scott

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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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    Kiss the Girls
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    Kiss the Girls

    Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd

    Released1997

    Directed byGary Fleder

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    Prisoners
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    Prisoners

    Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2013

    Directed byDenis Villeneuve

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    Along Came a Spider
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    Along Came a Spider

    Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter

    Released2001

    Directed byLee Tamahori

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    Gone Baby Gone
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    Gone Baby Gone

    Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan

    Released2007

    Directed byBen Affleck

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    Man on Fire
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    Man on Fire

    Joe Pesci, Danny Aiello

    Released1987

    Directed byElie Chouraqui

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    Not Without My Daughter
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    Not Without My Daughter

    Sally Field, Alfred Molina

    Released1991

    Directed byBrian Gilbert

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    The Silence
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    The Silence

    Ulrich Thomsen, Burghart Klaußner

    Released2013

    Directed byBaran Odar

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    Ransom
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    Ransom

    Mel Gibson, Liev Schreiber

    Released1996

    Directed byRon Howard

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    Greta
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    Greta

    Isabelle Huppert, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2019

    Directed byNeil Jordan

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    Don't Say a Word
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    Don't Say a Word

    Famke Janssen, Michael Douglas

    Released2001

    Directed byGary Fleder

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    Breakdown
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    Breakdown

    Kurt Russell, Kathleen Quinlan

    Released1997

    Directed byJonathan Mostow

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    Extraction
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    Extraction

    Chris Hemsworth, David Harbour

    Released2020

    Directed bySam Hargrave

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    A Perfect World
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    A Perfect World

    Clint Eastwood, Kevin Costner

    Released1993

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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    The Guilty
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    The Guilty

    Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage

    Released2018

    Directed byGustav Möller

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    Take Me
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    Take Me

    Pat Healy, Taylor Schilling

    Released2017

    Directed byPat Healy

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    Spartan
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    Spartan

    Kristen Bell, Val Kilmer

    Released2004

    Directed byDavid Mamet

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    The Tracker
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    The Tracker

    Dolph Lundgren, Cosimo Fusco

    Released2019

    Directed byGiorgio Serafini

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    The Missing
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    The Missing

    Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood

    Released2003

    Directed byRon Howard

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    Not Forgotten
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    Not Forgotten

    Chloë Grace Moretz, Claire Forlani

    Released2009

    Directed byDror Soref

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    Target
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    Target

    Gene Hackman, Matt Dillon

    Released1985

    Directed byArthur Penn

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    The Deep End of the Ocean
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    The Deep End of the Ocean

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1999

    Directed byUlu Grosbard

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    Savages
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    Savages

    Salma Hayek, Blake Lively

    Released2012

    Directed byOliver Stone

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