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The Best Movies About Kidnapping 

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Updated August 6, 2020 4.1k votes 1.1k voters 148.6k views 44 items

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.

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Taken is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

Released: 2008

Directed by: Pierre Morel

Taken is a 2008 French action thriller film directed by Pierre Morel. A former CIA operative (Liam Neeson) sets about tracking down his teenage daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) and her best friend ...more

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Man on Fire is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning

Released: 2004

Directed by: Tony Scott

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
Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

Released: 1990

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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
Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Mena Suvari

Released: 1997

Directed by: Gary Fleder

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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Prisoners is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello

Released: 2013

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

Prisoners is a 2013 American drama thriller film directed by Denis Villeneuve. Two young girls in Pennsylvania are kidnapped and the father of one of the girls, Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman), must ...more

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Ransom is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Mel Gibson, Liev Schreiber, Rene Russo

Released: 1996

Directed by: Ron Howard

Ransom is a 1996 American 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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Along Came a Spider is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter, Anton Yelchin

Released: 2001

Directed by: Lee Tamahori

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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Gone Baby Gone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Morgan Freeman

Released: 2007

Directed by: Ben Affleck

Gone Baby Gone is a 2007 American neo-noir mystery thriller film directed by Ben Affleck, based on the 1998 novel by Dennis Lehane. After a young girl goes missing, Boston detectives Patrick ...more

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Man on Fire is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Joe Pesci, Danny Aiello, Jonathan Pryce

Released: 1987

Directed by: Elie Chouraqui

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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Greta is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Isabelle Huppert, Chloë Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe

Released: 2019

Directed by: Neil Jordan

Greta is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by Neil Jordan. A young woman (Chloe Grace Moretz) befriends a lonely widow (Isabelle Huppert), who turns out to have sinister intentions.
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Don't Say a Word is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Famke Janssen, Michael Douglas, Brittany Murphy

Released: 2001

Directed by: Gary Fleder

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) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Sally Field, Alfred Molina, Roshan Seth

Released: 1991

Directed by: Brian Gilbert

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) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood, Val Kilmer

Released: 2003

Directed by: Ron Howard

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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Commando is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alyssa Milano, Bill Paxton

Released: 1985

Directed by: Mark L. Lester

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
Salma Hayek, Blake Lively, John Travolta

Released: 2012

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Savages is a 2012 American 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. The ...more

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Proof of Life is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Meg Ryan, Russell Crowe, David Morse

Released: 2000

Directed by: Taylor Hackford

Proof of Life is a 2000 American action thriller film directed by Taylor Hackford. The title refers to a phrase commonly used to indicate proof that a victim is still alive. The film's ...more

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The Deep End of the Ocea... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Michelle Pfeiffer, Whoopi Goldberg, Alexa Vega

Released: 1999

Directed by: Ulu Grosbard

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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The Silence is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
The Silence Ulrich Thomsen, Burghart Klaußner, Katrin Saß

Released: 2013

Directed by: Baran Odar

"A bicycle found in a wheat field. A missing teenager. Is history repeating itself? 23 years ago, a young girl named Pia was raped and murdered at this exact spot. Has the same happened ...more
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Breakdown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Kurt Russell, Kathleen Quinlan, J. T. Walsh

Released: 1997

Directed by: Jonathan Mostow

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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Stolen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Stolen

Released: 2009

Directed by: Dan Fallshaw, Violeta Ayala

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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Trapped is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Trapped Charlize Theron, Courtney Love, Dakota Fanning

Released: 2002

Directed by: Luis Mandoki

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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Final Score is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Dave Bautista, Pierce Brosnan, Ray Stevenson

Released: 2018

Directed by: Scott Mann

Final Score is a 2018 action film directed by Scott Mann. Michael Knox (Dave Bautista) is an ex-soldier who must use all his military skills to save the 35,000 capacity crowd at a major sporting ...more
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Take Me is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Pat Healy, Taylor Schilling, Alycia Delmore

Released: 2017

Directed by: Pat Healy

Take Me is a 2017 American screwball comedy film directed by Pat Healy. Entrepreneur Ray Moody (Pat Healy) runs a business in which clients pay him for the experience of a simulated detainment ...more
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Extraction is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Chris Hemsworth, David Harbour, Golshifteh Farahani

Released: 2020

Directed by: Sam Hargrave

Extraction (a.k.a. Out of the Fire) is a 2020 American action thriller film directed by Sam Hargrave. A Bangladeshi businessman hires a mercenary (Chris Hemsworth) to rescue his kidnapped son.

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Rambo V: Last Blood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Kidnapping
Sylvester Stallone, Adriana Barraza, Paz Vega

Released: 2019

Directed by: Adrian Grunberg

Rambo V: Last Blood is a 2019 American action thriller film directed by Adrian Grunberg, and the fifth movie in the series. Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) travels to Mexico to save a friend's ...more