thrillers The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping  

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List Rules Vote up the top thrillers that feature someone who has been kidnapped.

Imagine being held against your will by kidnappers looking to do you or your family harm. It's a terrifying scenario that provides plenty of fodder for screenwriters. The best thriller movies about kidnapping feature brave heroes risking their lives to save innocent people from high-stakes hostage situations. This is a list of the top kidnapping thrillers including everything from Man on Fire to Ransom to The Taking of Pelham 123.

What films will you find on this list of kidnapping thriller movies? The 2008 hit Taken, starring Liam Neeson, features a father who will stop at nothing to save his daughter from human traffickers. The film grossed over $200 million and led to several sequels. Fargo is another acclaimed movie featuring a kidnapping. The River Wild brings the tension of the thriller drama to the great outdoors as a family finds themselves at the mercy of violent criminals. Other good films featured on this list include Saw, Along Came A Spider, and Captain Phillips.

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

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Taken is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
Taken Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace Taken is a 2008 French action thriller film directed by Pierre Morel, written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, and starring Leland Orser, Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Jon Gries, David ...more

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Prisoners is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
Prisoners Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello Prisoners is a 2013 crime drama thriller film written by Aaron Guzikowski and directed by Denis Villeneuve.

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
Fargo Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand Fargo is a 1996 American neo-noir dark comedy crime film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Frances McDormand as a pregnant Minnesota police chief who ...more

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Captain Phillips is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
Captain Phillips Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini Captain Phillips is a 2013 American biographical thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi. The film is inspired by the true story of the 2009 Maersk ...more

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Saw is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
Saw Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith Saw is a 2004 horror film written by Leigh Whannell and directed by James Wan.

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Red Eye is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
Red Eye Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Brian Cox Red Eye is a 2005 American thriller film directed by Wes Craven and starring Rachel McAdams as a hotel manager ensnared in an assassination plot by a terrorist while aboard a red-eye flight to ...more

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Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance Bae Doona, Song Kang-Ho, Shin Ha-kyun Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is a 2002 South Korean film directed by Park Chan-wook which follows the character Ryu trying to earn enough money for his sister's kidney transplant and the path of ...more

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Panic Room is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
Panic Room Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Jodie Foster Panic Room is a 2002 American thriller film directed by David Fincher and written by David Koepp. The film stars Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart as a mother and daughter whose new home is ...more

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And Soon the Darkness is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
And Soon the Darkness Amber Heard, Odette Annable, Karl Urban And Soon the Darkness is a 2010 thriller film directed by Marcos Efron, starring Karl Urban, Amber Heard, and Odette Annable.

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The Call is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
The Call Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut The Hive is a 2013 thriller film written by Richard D'Ovidio and directed by Brad Anderson.

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The River Wild is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
The River Wild Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, John C. Reilly The River Wild is a 1994 adventure crime-thriller film directed by Curtis Hanson and starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, David Strathairn, John C. Reilly, Benjamin Bratt and Joseph Mazzello as ...more

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Double Jeopardy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
Double Jeopardy Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones, Bruce Campbell Double Jeopardy is a 1999 American mystery-thriller film directed by Bruce Beresford and starring Tommy Lee Jones, Ashley Judd, and Bruce Greenwood. The film is about a woman who is framed for ...more

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Man on Fire is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
Man on Fire Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning 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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Trapped is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
Trapped Charlize Theron, Courtney Love, Dakota Fanning 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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Along Came a Spider is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
Along Came a Spider Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter, Anton Yelchin 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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The Taking of Pelham 123 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
The Taking of Pelham 123 John Travolta, Denzel Washington, James Gandolfini The Taking of Pelham 123 is a 2009 American thriller film directed by Tony Scott, and starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta. It is a film adaptation of the novel by Morton Freedgood, and ...more

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Ransom is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
Ransom Mel Gibson, Liev Schreiber, Rene Russo Ransom is a 1996 American crime 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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Trespass is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
Trespass Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Cage, Cam Gigandet Trespass is a 2011 American thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher. The film stars Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman as a married couple taken hostage by extortionists. Shooting on the project ...more

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Firewall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
Firewall Harrison Ford, Paul Bettany, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Firewall is a 2006 British-American thriller film directed by Richard Loncraine and written by Joe Forte. The film stars Harrison Ford as a banker who is forced by criminals, led by Paul ...more