The Best Thriller Movies with a Hostage  

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List Rules Vote up the best movies that feature a kidnapped hostage.

Once a hostage enters the picture the stakes of any situation go up exponentially. The best hostage thriller movies feature brave lead characters who risk their lives to save innocent victims. This is a list of the top hostage thriller movies including everything from The Silence of the Lambs to From Dusk Till Dawn to Captain Phillips.

What films will you find on this list of great hostage thrillers? You won't be surprised to find Die Hard here. The staff at the Nakatomi Corporation were held hostage by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) and his gang of thieves until John McClane (Bruce Willis) enlisted the help of local police and sheer nerve to save the day. Dog Day Afternoon is another thrilling film featuring a hostage situation. Retired CIA field operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) would stop at nothing to retrieve his daughter in the 2008 thriller Taken. Other top thrillers with a hostage that appear on this list include John Q, Kiss the Girls, and Inside Man.

Do you have a favorite hostage thriller? Give the best movies a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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Metro is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Hostage
Eddie Murphy, Michael Rapaport, Donal Logue
Metro is a 1997 American action comedy thriller film which was directed by Thomas Carter, produced by Roger Birnbaum, and starring Eddie Murphy as Scott Roper, a hostage negotiator and inspector ...more
Funny Games is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Hostage
Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt
Funny Games is a 2007 psychological thriller film written and directed by Michael Haneke, a remake of Haneke's 1997 Austrian film Funny Games. Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, and Brady ...more