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The Best Movies About Kidnapping

Updated August 6, 2020 5.1k votes 1.1k voters 150.2k views44 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 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
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    Man on Fire

    Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington

    Released2004

    Directed byTony Scott

    Man on Fire is a 2004 American thriller film and the second adaptation of A. J. Quinnell's... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Taken is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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    Taken

    Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen

    Released2008

    Directed byPierre Morel

    Taken is a 2008 French action thriller film directed by Pierre Morel. A former CIA operative... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Misery is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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    Misery

    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates

    Released1990

    Directed byRob Reiner

    Misery is a 1990 American psychological thriller film based on Stephen King's 1987 novel of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Kiss the Girls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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    Kiss the Girls

    Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd

    Released1997

    Directed byGary Fleder

    Kiss the Girls is a 1997 American psychological thriller film directed by Gary Fleder and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Prisoners is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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    Prisoners

    Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2013

    Directed byDenis Villeneuve

    Prisoners is a 2013 American drama thriller film directed by Denis Villeneuve. Two young girls... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Along Came a Spider is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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    Along Came a Spider

    Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter

    Released2001

    Directed byLee Tamahori

    Along Came a Spider is a 2001 American psychological thriller film directed by Lee Tamahori.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Gone Baby Gone is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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    Gone Baby Gone

    Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan

    Released2007

    Directed byBen Affleck

    Gone Baby Gone is a 2007 American neo-noir mystery thriller film directed by Ben Affleck,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Man on Fire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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    Man on Fire

    Joe Pesci, Danny Aiello

    Released1987

    Directed byElie Chouraqui

    Man on Fire is a 1987 French-Italian action thriller film directed by Élie Chouraqui and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Not Without My Daughter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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    Not Without My Daughter

    Sally Field, Alfred Molina

    Released1991

    Directed byBrian Gilbert

    Not Without My Daughter is a 1991 drama film depicting the escape of American citizen Betty... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Silence is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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    The Silence

    Ulrich Thomsen, Burghart Klaußner

    Released2013

    Directed byBaran Odar

    "A bicycle found in a wheat field. A missing teenager. Is history repeating itself? 23 years... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Ransom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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    Ransom

    Mel Gibson, Liev Schreiber

    Released1996

    Directed byRon Howard

    Ransom is a 1996 American thriller film written by Richard Price & Alexander Ignon and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Greta is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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    Greta

    Isabelle Huppert, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2019

    Directed byNeil Jordan

    Greta is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by Neil Jordan. A young woman (Chloe... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Don't Say a Word is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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    Don't Say a Word

    Famke Janssen, Michael Douglas

    Released2001

    Directed byGary Fleder

    Don't Say a Word is a 2001 psychological thriller film starring Michael Douglas, Brittany... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Breakdown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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    Breakdown

    Kurt Russell, Kathleen Quinlan

    Released1997

    Directed byJonathan Mostow

    Breakdown is a 1997 American thriller film, written and directed by Jonathan Mostow. The film... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Stolen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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    Stolen

    Stolen

    Released2009

    Directed byDan Fallshaw, Violeta Ayala

    Stolen is a 2009 Australian documentary film that uncovers slavery in the Sahrawi refugee... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    A Perfect World is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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    A Perfect World

    Clint Eastwood, Kevin Costner

    Released1993

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    A Perfect World is a 1993 adventure drama film directed by Clint Eastwood, and starring Kevin... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Guilty is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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    The Guilty

    Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage

    Released2018

    Directed byGustav Möller

    The Guilty is a 2018 Danish thriller film directed by Gustav Möller. A police officer (Jakob... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Spartan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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    Spartan

    Kristen Bell, Val Kilmer

    Released2004

    Directed byDavid Mamet

    Spartan is a 2004 American political thriller film written and directed by David Mamet. It... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Not Forgotten is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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    Not Forgotten

    Chloë Grace Moretz, Claire Forlani

    Released2009

    Directed byDror Soref

    Not Forgotten is a 2009 independent thriller written and directed by Dror Soref starring Simon... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Missing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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    The Missing

    Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood

    Released2003

    Directed byRon Howard

    The Missing is a 2003 American Revisionist Western thriller film directed by Ron Howard, based... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Target is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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    Target

    Gene Hackman, Matt Dillon

    Released1985

    Directed byArthur Penn

    Target is a 1985 film directed by Arthur Penn. It stars Matt Dillon and Gene Hackman.amazon buy button
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    Extraction is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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    Extraction

    Chris Hemsworth, David Harbour

    Released2020

    Directed bySam Hargrave

    Extraction (a.k.a. Out of the Fire) is a 2020 American action thriller film directed by Sam... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Final Score is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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    Final Score

    Dave Bautista, Pierce Brosnan

    Released2018

    Directed byScott Mann

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    The Deep End of the Ocean is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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    The Deep End of the Ocean

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1999

    Directed byUlu Grosbard

    The Deep End of the Ocean is an American motion picture drama directed by Ulu Grosbard, and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Rambo V: Last Blood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
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    Rambo V: Last Blood

    Sylvester Stallone, Adriana Barraza

    Released2019

    Directed byAdrian Grunberg

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