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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.

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Taken is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace
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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Prisoners is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello
Prisoners is a 2013 drama thriller film written by Aaron Guzikowski and directed by Denis Villeneuve.
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The Call is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
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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Panic Room is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
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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Red Eye is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
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 a plot by a terrorist while aboard a red-eye flight to Miami. The film ...more
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Man on Fire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
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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Saw is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith
Saw is a 2004 horror film written by Leigh Whannell and directed by James Wan, in Wan's directorial debut. In the film, Adam (Whannell) and Lawrence (Cary Elwes) awaken chained in a large ...more
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The River Wild is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, John C. Reilly
The River Wild is a 1994 adventure thriller film directed by Curtis Hanson and starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, David Strathairn, John C. Reilly, Benjamin Bratt and Joseph Mazzello as Roarke. ...more
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Double Jeopardy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
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.
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Along Came a Spider is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
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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Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
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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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
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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And Soon the Darkness is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
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 Taking of Pelham 123 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
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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Trapped is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
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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Trespass is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
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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Point Blank is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie, Marcia Gay Harden
Point Blank is a 2019 action thriller directed by Joe Lynch and a remake of the 2010 film of the same name.
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Captain Phillips is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
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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Hunter Killer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common
Hunter Killer is a 2018 American action thriller film directed by Donovan Marsh, based on the novel Firing Point by Don Keith & George Wallace. An untested American submarine captain (Gerard ...more
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Close is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
Noomi Rapace, Sophie Nélisse, Eoin Macken
Close is a 2019 British-American action thriller film directed by Vicky Jewson. To protect an heiress (Sophie Nélisse) from highly trained kidnappers, a lone security expert (Noomi ...more
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The Fanatic is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
John Travolta, Devon Sawa, Ana Golja
The Fanatic is a 2019 American thriller film directed by Fred Durst. A rabid film fan (John Travolta) stalks his favorite action hero and destroys the star's life.
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Ransom is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
Mel Gibson, Liev Schreiber, Rene Russo
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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Furie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
Ngô Thanh Vân, Cát Vy, Phan Thanh Nhiên
Furie is a 2019 Vietnamese action film directed by Lê Văn Kiệt. An ex-gangster, Hai Phuong (Ngô Thanh Vân), who is lying low in the countryside after becoming a mother can't ...more
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My Son is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
Guillaume Canet, Mélanie Laurent, Olivier de Benoist
My Son is a 2017 (2019 US theatrical release) French-Belgian thriller film directed by Christian Carion. A man goes on a relentless search for his child after their sudden disappearance.
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Firewall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping
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