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The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping

Updated May 12, 2020 612 votes 148 voters 14.6k views29 items

List RulesVote 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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    Red Eye
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    Red Eye

    Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy

    Released2005

    Directed byWes Craven

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    Prisoners
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    16

    Prisoners

    Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2013

    Directed byDenis Villeneuve

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    Taken
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    Taken

    Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen

    Released2008

    Directed byPierre Morel

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    The Call
    27
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    The Call

    Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin

    Released2013

    Directed byBrad Anderson

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    And Soon the Darkness
    18
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    And Soon the Darkness

    Amber Heard, Odette Annable

    Released2010

    Directed byMarcos Efron

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  • 6
    Panic Room
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    Panic Room

    Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman

    Released2002

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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  • 7
    Saw
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    Saw

    Danny Glover, Monica Potter

    Released2004

    Directed byJames Wan

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    Man on Fire
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    Man on Fire

    Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington

    Released2004

    Directed byTony Scott

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  • 9
    Double Jeopardy
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    Double Jeopardy

    Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released1999

    Directed byBruce Beresford

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  • 10
    Close
    6
    2

    Close

    Noomi Rapace, Sophie Nélisse

    Released2019

    Directed byVicky Jewson

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    Along Came a Spider
    10
    8

    Along Came a Spider

    Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter

    Released2001

    Directed byLee Tamahori

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    Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
    9
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    Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

    Bae Doona, Song Kang-Ho

    Released2002

    Directed byPark Chan-wook

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  • 13
    Trespass
    7
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    Trespass

    Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Cage

    Released2011

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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  • 14
    The River Wild
    10
    10

    The River Wild

    Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon

    Released1994

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

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    Point Blank
    5
    1

    Point Blank

    Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie

    Released2019

    Directed byJoe Lynch

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  • 16
    Hunter Killer
    5
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    Hunter Killer

    Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman

    Released2018

    Directed byDonovan Marsh

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  • 17
    Extraction
    2
    1

    Extraction

    Chris Hemsworth, David Harbour

    Released2020

    Directed bySam Hargrave

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    Rambo V: Last Blood
    2
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    Rambo V: Last Blood

    Sylvester Stallone, Adriana Barraza

    Released2019

    Directed byAdrian Grunberg

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    The Fanatic
    2
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    The Fanatic

    John Travolta, Devon Sawa

    Released2019

    Directed byFred Durst

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  • 20
    Firewall
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    Firewall

    Harrison Ford, Paul Bettany

    Released2006

    Directed byRichard Loncraine

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  • 21
    Furie
    1
    1

    Furie

    Ngô Thanh Vân, Cát Vy

    Released2019

    Directed byLê Văn Kiệt

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  • 22
    Come to Daddy
    1
    1

    Come to Daddy

    Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie

    Released2020

    Directed byAnt Timpson

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  • 23
    Beneath Us
    1
    1

    Beneath Us

    Lynn Collins, Rigo Sanchez

    Released2020

    Directed byMax Pachman

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  • 24
    The Taking of Pelham 123
    8
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    The Taking of Pelham 123

    John Travolta, Denzel Washington

    Released2009

    Directed byTony Scott

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    Trapped
    7
    13

    Trapped

    Charlize Theron, Courtney Love

    Released2002

    Directed byLuis Mandoki

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