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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Directed by: Pierre MorelTaken is a 2008 French action thriller film directed by Pierre Morel. A former CIA operative... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Rob ReinerMisery is a 1990 American psychological thriller film based on Stephen King's 1987 novel of... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Gary FlederKiss the Girls is a 1997 American psychological thriller film directed by Gary Fleder and... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Denis VilleneuvePrisoners is a 2013 American drama thriller film directed by Denis Villeneuve. Two young girls... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Lee TamahoriAlong Came a Spider is a 2001 American psychological thriller film directed by Lee Tamahori.... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Ben AffleckGone Baby Gone is a 2007 American neo-noir mystery thriller film directed by Ben Affleck,... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Elie ChouraquiMan on Fire is a 1987 French-Italian action thriller film directed by Élie Chouraqui and... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Brian GilbertNot Without My Daughter is a 1991 drama film depicting the escape of American citizen Betty... more on Wikipedia
The SilenceUlrich Thomsen, Burghart Klaußner
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Directed by: Neil JordanGreta is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by Neil Jordan. A young woman (Chloe... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Gary FlederDon't Say a Word is a 2001 psychological thriller film starring Michael Douglas, Brittany... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Jonathan MostowBreakdown is a 1997 American thriller film, written and directed by Jonathan Mostow. The film... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Sam HargraveExtraction (a.k.a. Out of the Fire) is a 2020 American action thriller film directed by Sam... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Clint EastwoodA Perfect World is a 1993 adventure drama film directed by Clint Eastwood, and starring Kevin... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Gustav MöllerThe Guilty is a 2018 Danish thriller film directed by Gustav Möller. A police officer (Jakob... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Pat HealyTake Me is a 2017 American screwball comedy film directed by Pat Healy. Entrepreneur Ray Moody... more on Wikipedia
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Directed by: Giorgio SerafiniThe Tracker is a 2019 Italian American action thriller directed by Giorgio Serafini. Fifteen... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Ron HowardThe Missing is a 2003 American Revisionist Western thriller film directed by Ron Howard, based... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Dror SorefNot Forgotten is a 2009 independent thriller written and directed by Dror Soref starring Simon... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Arthur PennTarget is a 1985 film directed by Arthur Penn. It stars Matt Dillon and Gene Hackman.
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