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The Most Captivating Movies On Netflix About Kidnapping

Updated July 6, 2020 179 votes 27 voters15 items

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Is anything more suspenseful in a movie than a kidnapping? Seriously, the best kidnapping movies on Netflix are enough to put you on the edge of your seat. Such a crisis is not to be taken lightly, and many times, it becomes the driving conflict for the whole film. However, it's a pretty specific genre, so you may be wondering where to watch movies about kidnapping on Netflix. The good news is that Netflix has a ton of films that include a good caper. This list has all the best kidnapping films on Netflix that span a variety of genres that are ready for streaming.

Whether you're looking for a cinematic classic like The Silence of the Lambs or a more contemporary film like Room, you'll be sure to find a film that fits the bill. There's even a comedy or two sprinkled into the mix. Take Hail, Caesar! for instance — sure, George Clooney gets kidnapped, but it's all in lighthearted jest. Those looking for a true crime offering will find it in Abducted in Plain Sight, a chilling documentary about the mysterious disappearance of a young girl. 

Keep reading below to learn more about the best movies about kidnapping on Netflix. Vote up the ones you enjoyed the most! 

  • The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Captivating Movies On Netflix About Kidnapping
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    The Silence of the Lambs has become a bonafide classic since its 1991 release. Jodie Foster stars as Agent Clarice Starling, who is assigned to interview the incarcerated cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter in prison in an attempt to capture another serial killer nicknamed Buffalo Bill. Meanwhile, Buffalo Bill is up to no good as he kidnaps Catherine Martin, a Senator's daughter. Agent Starling works tirelessly to free Catherine, as she is haunted by nightmares of lambs being slaughtered outside her window. Lecter surmises that she's solving the crime to allieve herself of these nightmares. The character Hannibal Lecter is further explored in the television drama Hannibal

    • Actors: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak, George A. Romero, Roger Corman
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: Jonathan Demme
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    Room is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Captivating Movies On Netflix About Kidnapping
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    Room is a deeply affecting story of a young mother and her adolescent son. Brie Larson plays a woman named Joy who was captured as a teenager, raped, and forced to carry her child to term, all the while trapped inside an outdoor shed. However, her son Jack (Jacob Tremblay) fills her life with meaning and love. When they finally escape, Jack gets to experience the outside world for the first time. But freedom brings with it a new set of challenges, as Joy learns that she needs to let her son grow up in the world she has worked so hard to shelter him from. 

    • Actors: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay
    • Released: 2015
    • Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson
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  • Abducted in Plain Sight is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Captivating Movies On Netflix About Kidnapping
    Photo: Abducted in Plain Sight / Netflix

    This fascinating documentary will intrigue any true crime fan. Abducted in Plain Sight delves into the case of 12 year-old Jan Broberg, who was abducted in 1974 in a small Idaho town. As it turns out, the culprits are a trusted neighbor and a close family friend. Seriously, this documentary is just as compelling as if it were written. But the fact that it's true makes it all the more chilling. 

    • Actors: Jan Broberg
    • Released: 2017
    • Directed by: Skye Borgman
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  • The Crying Game is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Captivating Movies On Netflix About Kidnapping
    Photo: The Crying Game / Miramax Films

    Fergus (Stephen Rea) is an Irish Republican Army member who is tasked with watching over a kidnapped British soldier named Jody (Forest Whitaker), who is in his custody. The two form an unexpected bond, and Jody asks Fergus to protect his girlfriend Dil (Jaye Davidson) in London. When Fergus does seek her out, he doesn't expect to learn that she is transgender. At first he is shocked, but his feelings for her continue to grow. Will he be able to act on his feelings, or will he keep his promise to Jody? 

    • Actors: Forest Whitaker, Jim Broadbent, Miranda Richardson, Stephen Rea, Ralph Brown
    • Released: 1992
    • Directed by: Neil Jordan
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