::INNOCENT FUGITIVE ON-THE-RUN THRILLERS::

THE GIST OF THE LIST: A list of thrillers that feature innocent people who are framed for a crime that they didn't commit and thus must go on-the-run from the law - and often on-the-run from the real criminals too - all the while trying to expose the actual culprits.

Not to be confused with just any old chase thriller or something of that ilk, this is a list which is very specific in its requirements - a character must be framed for a crime (but is actually innocent), he must be forced to go on the run from the police, and lastly he must also figure out who the real criminals are and how to expose them.

[LISTED IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER]

OTHER LISTS:

CAMMANDO (MEN-ON-A-MISSION) THRILLERS
CON THRILLERS
COURTROOM THRILLERS
CULT EUROPEAN SUPERHERO MOVIES
DARK COMEDIES WITH PESKY CORPSES, BOTCHED KIDNAPPINGS, MURDEROUS BLUNDERS & ACCIDENTAL DEATHS
DEALS WITH THE DEVIL
DINNER PARTIES FROM HELL
DON'T PERFORM THE AUTOPSY! I'M NOT DEAD!
GOTHIC HORROR
HEIST THRILLERS
HEROIC BLOODSHED + BULLET BALLET + GUN-FU
HOLLYWOOD GIALLO (+ ITS OTHERS)
INNOCENT FUGITIVE ON-THE-RUN THRILLERS
ITALIAN GIALLO (+ ITS OTHERS)
LOCKED ROOM MYSTERIES + IMPOSSIBLE CRIMES
LO-FI SCI-FI
ONE ROOM THRILLERS
PARALLEL UNIVERSES, ALTERNATE REALITIES, FEVERISH DREAMS
POLICE PROCEDURALS
PRISON ESCAPE THRILLERS
RURAL-COUNTRY THRILLERS
THEOLOGICAL FILMS
THRILLING SHORT FILMS
THRILLING TV EPISODES
THRILLING TV MOVIES
UNKNOWN + UNAVAILABLE THRILLERS
VANISHED PERSON THRILLERS
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1.
The Lodger (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London. (68 mins.)
“ Hitchcock is clearly the master of this particular sub-genre.

Here is his first. ” - Schwenkstar
 
2.
The 39 Steps (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information. (86 mins.)
“ Hitchcock's iconic British film. ” - Schwenkstar
 
3.
The Girl Was Young (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Man on the run from a murder charge enlists a beautiful stranger who must put herself at risk for his cause. (80 mins.)
“ Another British film by Hitchcock that explores similar territory as The 39 Steps. ” - Schwenkstar
 
4.
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
On the eve of World War II, a young American reporter tries to expose enemy agents in London. (120 mins.)
“ Hitchcock during WWII. ” - Schwenkstar
 
5.
Saboteur (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Aircraft factory worker Barry Kane goes on the run across the United States when he is wrongly accused of starting a fire that killed his best friend. (109 mins.)
“ Hitchcock again. This time, American soldier is framed as a saboteur and now must find the real terrorist. ” - Schwenkstar
 
6.
Dark Passage (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A man convicted of murdering his wife escapes from prison and works with a woman to try and prove his innocence. (106 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
“ Bogie escapes jail to prove his innocence. ” - Schwenkstar
 
7.
Desperate (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young married couple flee both police and a gangster out for revenge. (73 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
8.
High Wall (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
After a brain-damaged man confesses to murder and is committed, Dr. Ann Lorrison tries to prove his innocence. (99 mins.)
“ Man escapes from an insane asylum to find real killer of his wife. ” - Schwenkstar
 
9.
I Became a Criminal (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After WW2, former RAF airman Clem Morgan joins a gang of black-market smugglers-thieves but when a robbery goes wrong, Clem is caught , framed for a policeman's murder, and is sent to prison where he plots his escape and revenge. (101 mins.)
Director: Cavalcanti
 
10.
The October Man (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Jim Ackland, who suffers from a head injury sustained in a bus crash, is the chief suspect in a murder hunt... (110 mins.)
Director: Roy Baker
 
11.
The Clouded Yellow (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When Secret Service agent David Somers is fired, he takes a quiet job with the Fentons at their country estate - cataloging butterflies... (95 mins.)
Director: Ralph Thomas
 
12.
Stage Fright (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A struggling actress tries to help a friend prove his innocence when he's accused of murdering the husband of a high society entertainer. (110 mins.)
 
13.
To Catch a Thief (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
When a reformed jewel thief is suspected of returning to his former occupation, he must ferret out the real thief in order to prove his innocence. (106 mins.)
“ A thief is accused of several recent burglaries and now he must catch the real thief in order to clear his name. ” - Schwenkstar
 
14.
The Wrong Man (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
True story of an innocent man mistaken for a criminal. (105 mins.)
“ Hitchcock re-versed "on-the-run" film. ” - Schwenkstar
 
15.
Nightfall (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Through a series of bizarre coincidences artist finds himself falsely accused of bank robbery and murder and is pursued by the authorities and the real killers. (78 mins.)
 
16.
The 39 Steps (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Richard Hannay witnesses a hit-and-run involving a woman pushing a pram. Looking in the pram he sees a gun instead of a baby... (93 mins.)
Director: Ralph Thomas
“ The Second Remake. ” - Schwenkstar
 
17.
North by Northwest (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. (136 mins.)
“ Hitchcock's definite take on the sub-genre. ” - Schwenkstar
 
18.
Frenzy (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A serial murderer is strangling women with a necktie. The London police have a suspect, but he is the wrong man. (116 mins.)
“ More Hitchcock. A man is framed as the neck-tie murderer and must find the real killer! ” - Schwenkstar
 
19.
Three Days of the Condor (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust. (117 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
“ Innocent government agent is framed and on the run. ” - Schwenkstar
 
20.
The Wilby Conspiracy (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Black anti-apartheid activist and British engineer are forced to run from South African secret police. (105 mins.)
Director: Ralph Nelson
 
21.
Marathon Man (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A graduate history student is unwittingly caught in the middle of an international conspiracy involving stolen diamonds, an exiled Nazi war criminal, and a rogue government agent. (125 mins.)
 
22.
The Thirty-Nine Steps (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The year is 1914 and Richard Hannay, Mining Engineer who is visiting Britain for a short time before returning to South Africa... (102 mins.)
Director: Don Sharp
“ The Third Remake ” - Schwenkstar
 
23.
F/X (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A movie special effects man is hired to fake a real-life mob killing for a witness protection plan, but finds his own life in danger. (109 mins.)
Director: Robert Mandel
 
24.
The Hitcher (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young man who escaped the clutches of a murderous hitch-hiker is subsequently stalked by the hitcher and framed for his crimes. (97 mins.)
Director: Robert Harmon
 
25.
Frantic (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In a hotel room in Paris, a doctor comes out of the shower and finds that his wife has disappeared. He soon finds himself caught up in a world of intrigue, espionage, gangsters, drugs and murder. (120 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
26.
Run (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
When a law student accidentally kills the son of a mob boss in a fight, he finds himself relentlessly pursued by the mob and the police. (91 mins.)
Director: Geoff Burrowes
 
27.
The Fugitive (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Dr. Richard Kimble, unjustly accused of murdering his wife, must find the real killer while being the target of a nationwide manhunt. (130 mins.)
Director: Andrew Davis
“ One of the iconic examples of the sub-genre. ” - Schwenkstar
 
28.
Mission: Impossible (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization. (110 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ Ethan Hunt is framed as a mole so he has to go on the run to find out who is the real counter-agent. ” - Schwenkstar
 
29.
Absolute Power (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A career thief witnesses a horrific crime involving the U.S. President. (121 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
30.
Most Wanted (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A Marine on death row is recruited by a shadowy U.S. military officer as part of a top-secret ops team, then gets framed for murder when the team and it's officer set him up as the fall guy for the assassination of the First Lady. (99 mins.)
 
31.
The Wrong Guy (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After his boss is murdered, Nelson is on the run for fear of prosecution. He hides out in a small town to avoid the police, which should be easy because they know he didn't do it and they aren't looking for him. (92 mins.)
Director: David Steinberg
 
32.
Enemy of the State (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A lawyer becomes a target by a corrupt politician and his NSA goons when he accidentally receives key evidence to a serious politically motivated crime. (132 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
 
33.
U.S. Marshals (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
US Marshal Samuel Gerard (Jones) and his team of Marshals are assigned to track down Sheridan (Snipes), who has been accused of a double-murder. (131 mins.)
Director: Stuart Baird
“ Spin-off of The Fugitive but not as good. ” - Schwenkstar
 
34.
Impostor (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
In the future, an alien race uses androids as bombs to attack Earth. A government weapons specialist is accused of being one such android and sets out to prove his innocence. (95 mins.)
Director: Gary Fleder
 
35.
The Parole Officer (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A failed parole officer framed for murder must enlist the help of his former clients to clear his name. (93 mins.)
Director: John Duigan
 
36.
The Bourne Identity (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and regain his memory. (119 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
“ Followed by two sequels. American secret agent is the fall guy, but he is about to turn the tables. ” - Schwenkstar
 
37.
Minority Report (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder. (145 mins.)
“ A cop framed and on the run in a futuristic society. ” - Schwenkstar
 
38.
Out of Time (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A Florida police chief must solve a vicious double homicide before he himself falls under suspicion. (105 mins.)
Director: Carl Franklin
 
39.
Paycheck (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
What seemed like a breezy idea for an engineer to net him millions of dollars, leaves him on the run for his life and piecing together why he's being chased. (119 mins.)
Director: John Woo
 
40.
The Recruit (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A brilliant young CIA trainee is asked by his mentor to help find a mole in the Agency. (115 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
 
41.
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When Jason Bourne is framed for a CIA operation gone awry, he is forced to resume his former life as a trained assassin to survive. (108 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
“ First sequel to The Bourne Identity. ” - Schwenkstar
 
42.
Spartan (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The investigation into a kidnapping of the daughter of a high-ranking US government official. (106 mins.)
Director: David Mamet
 
43.
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Agent Ethan Hunt comes into conflict with a dangerous and sadistic arms dealer who threatens his life and his fianceé in response . (126 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
“ Second sequel to Mission: Impossible. Unlike that film, he's only a fugitive for the second half of the picture instead of nearly the whole picture. ” - Schwenkstar
 
44.
The Sentinel (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A Secret Service agent is framed as the mole in an assassination attempt on the President. He must clear his name and foil another assassination attempt while on the run from a Secret Service Protective Intelligence Division agent. (108 mins.)
Director: Clark Johnson
 
45.
Tell No One (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Police find two bodies at an old murder scene and evidence to suggest the first victim's husband is a murderer. The husband receives clues suggesting his deceased wife is actually alive and begins to investigate. (131 mins.)
Director: Guillaume Canet
“ A French adaptation of an American novel. A man gets an e-mail from his supposedly dead wife - is she alive? While investigating, he gets framed for murder and must now go on the lam to find the real perpetrator while also searching for his missing wife. ” - Schwenkstar
 
46.
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Jason Bourne dodges a ruthless CIA official and his agents from a new assassination program while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer. (115 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
“ Second sequel to The Bourne Identity. ” - Schwenkstar
 
47.
Shooter (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A marksman living in exile is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the President. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he goes on the run to find the real killer and the reason he was set up. (124 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
 
48.
Anything for Her (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
With no legal means left to him, a high school teacher devises a daring plan to rescue his wrongfully imprisoned wife from jail. (96 mins.)
Director: Fred Cavayé
“ Plays out like a Hollywood production... only that it's French. The husband doesn't believe his wife is guilty so he busts her out of jail and they go on a high speed chase to get out of the country! ” - Schwenkstar
 
49.
Eagle Eye (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Jerry and Rachel are two strangers thrown together by a mysterious phone call from a woman they have never met. Threatening their lives and family, she pushes Jerry and Rachel into a series of increasingly dangerous situations, using the technology of everyday life to track and control their every move. (118 mins.)
Director: D.J. Caruso
 
50.
Golden Slumber (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
When easy-going Aoyagi meets an old friend for a fishing trip, he ends up drugged, framed for the Prime Minister's assassination... (139 mins.)
 
51.
Knight and Day (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A young woman gets mixed up with a disgraced spy who is trying to clear his name. (109 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
 
52.
The Next Three Days (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A married couple's life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of a murder. (133 mins.)
Director: Paul Haggis
“ Remake of Anything For Her. ” - Schwenkstar
 
53.
Point Blank (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Samuel, a male nurse, saves the life of a thief whose henchmen take Samuel's wife hostage and force him to spring their boss. (81 mins.)
Director: Fred Cavayé
“ From the director of Anything For Her. A rip-roaring thriller about a man whose wife is taken captive and in order to get her back he himself needs to kidnap a criminal at a hospital and bring it to them... of course, along the way, he is framed by corrupt cops and now everyone is after him! ” - Schwenkstar
 
54.
Salt (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A CIA agent goes on the run after a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. (100 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
 
55.
Hanna (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A sixteen-year-old girl who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives. (111 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
“ A girl is chased by government authorities for no apparent reason...

Side Note: the Chemical Brothers soundtrack for this movie is incredible. ” - Schwenkstar
 
56.
In Time (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In a future where people stop aging at 25, but are engineered to live only one more year, having the means to buy your way out of the situation is a shot at immortal youth. Here, Will Salas finds himself accused of murder and on the run with a hostage - a connection that becomes an important part of the way against the system. (109 mins.)
Director: Andrew Niccol
 
57.
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization's name. (133 mins.)
Director: Brad Bird
“ Ethan goes rogue... again! ” - Schwenkstar
 
58.
The Prey (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Bank-robber Franck Adrien is serving a prison sentence after robbing a national bank. Before he was... (102 mins.)
Director: Eric Valette
“ Similar in spirit to Point Blank by Fred Cavayé. A man breaks out of jail to save his family from a serial killer... but of course, the police think he's the serial killer! ” - Schwenkstar
 
59.
The Bourne Legacy (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum's novels, centered on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films. (135 mins.)
Director: Tony Gilroy
“ Third sequel to The Bourne Identity. ” - Schwenkstar
 
60.
Erased (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
An ex-CIA agent and his estranged daughter are forced on the run when his employers erase all records of his existence, and mark them both for termination as part of a wide-reaching international conspiracy. (100 mins.)
Director: Philipp Stölzl
 
61.
Safe House (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge. (115 mins.)
Director: Daniel Espinosa
 
62.
The November Man (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An ex-CIA operative is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect. (108 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
 
63.
The Gunman (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A sniper on a mercenary assassination team, kills the minister of mines of the Congo. Terrier's successful kill shot forces him into hiding. Returning to the Congo years later, he becomes the target of a hit squad himself. (115 mins.)
Director: Pierre Morel
 
64.
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate - an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF. (131 mins.)
“ Ethan can't help but be an innocent fugitive! ” - Schwenkstar
 
65.
Run All Night (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Mobster and hit man Jimmy Conlon has one night to figure out where his loyalties lie: with his estranged son, Mike, whose life is in danger, or his longtime best friend, mob boss Shawn Maguire, who wants Mike to pay for the death of his own son. (114 mins.)
 
66.
Survivor (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A Foreign Service Officer in London tries to prevent a terrorist attack set to hit New York, but is forced to go on the run when she is framed for crimes she did not commit. (96 mins.)
Director: James McTeigue