Kidnapping/Hostage Movies

by Deanna_K | created - 20 Dec 2010 | updated - 4 days ago | Public

A compilation of kidnapping and hostage movies in no particular order. I love kidnapping movies, the thrill, the excitement the horror!

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1. The Collector (1965)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama, Thriller

A man kidnaps a woman and holds her hostage just for the pleasure of having her there.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Terence Stamp, Samantha Eggar, Mona Washbourne, Maurice Dallimore

Votes: 10,539

The theatrical version of John Fowles' classic novel of a very disturbed young man and the woman who fights him to be set free.

2. Hostage (2005)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

44 Metascore

When a family is held hostage, former hostage negotiator Jeff Talley arrives at the scene. Talley's own family is kidnapped and Talley must decide which is more important: saving a family he doesn't even know or saving his own family.

Director: Florent-Emilio Siri | Stars: Bruce Willis, Kevin Pollak, Serena Scott Thomas, Jimmy Bennett

Votes: 109,468 | Gross: $34.64M

3. Trade (I) (2007)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

42 Metascore

Adriana, 13, is kidnapped in Mexico City by Russian sex traffickers. Her criminal 17 y.o. brother starts looking for her. Across the border in Texas, he gets help from a cop.

Director: Marco Kreuzpaintner | Stars: Kevin Kline, Kathleen Gati, Paulina Gaitan, Cesar Ramos

Votes: 17,226 | Gross: $0.21M

A gripping film displaying the very real horrors of the sex trade.

4. Trapped (I) (2002)

R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Drama

42 Metascore

The Jennings' fight for their daughters life after she is kidnapped by an experienced gang of thieves.

Director: Luis Mandoki | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Charlize Theron, Courtney Love, Stuart Townsend

Votes: 23,677 | Gross: $0.06M

Kevin Bacon delivers a very chilling portrait of a psychopathic yet highly intelligent and calculating kidnapper. Charlize Theron, Stuart Townsend and Courtney Love also deliver a solid performance.

5. Kiss the Girls (1997)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

46 Metascore

Police hunting for a serial kidnapper are helped when a victim manages to escape for the first time.

Director: Gary Fleder | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Cary Elwes, Alex McArthur

Votes: 71,443 | Gross: $60.53M

Ashley Judd plays a headstrong doctor who narrowly escaped the clutches of 'Casanova' a serial kidnapper and murderer who views himself as the ultimate 'lover.' Will Alex Cross be able to catch this mad man before someone close to him is killed?

6. Along Came a Spider (2001)

R | 104 min | Drama, Thriller

42 Metascore

When a senator's daughter under Secret Service protection is kidnapped from a private school, detective Alex Cross investigates the case even though he's recovering from the loss of his partner.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Michael Wincott, Monica Potter, Dylan Baker

Votes: 82,987 | Gross: $74.08M

The second theatrical release of James Patterson's hit detective Dr. Alex Cross. A good suspense/mystery with good performances, as usual, from Morgan Freeman and the supporting cast.

7. Shuttle (2008)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A late night airport shuttle ride home descends into darkness.

Director: Edward Anderson | Stars: Tony Curran, Peyton List, Cameron Goodman, Cullen Douglas

Votes: 5,730 | Gross: $0.01M

An awesome independent film. DON'T MISS SHUTTLE! Terrifyingly entertaining. You will never get into an airport shuttle after watching this movie! At least not unarmed!

8. The Last House on the Left (2009)

R | 110 min | Horror, Thriller

42 Metascore

After kidnapping and brutally assaulting two young women, a gang unknowingly finds refuge at a vacation home belonging to the parents of one of the victims: a mother and father who devise an increasingly gruesome series of revenge tactics.

Director: Dennis Iliadis | Stars: Garret Dillahunt, Monica Potter, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Bowen

Votes: 90,458 | Gross: $32.75M

Easily my favourite horror movie of all time! Much better than the original in my opinion as it is tastefully violent not excessively violent and graphic! Not to mention solid performances from the entire cast from Sara Paxton and Martha McIsaac as the unwitting victims, Garret Dillahunt and Aaron Paul as the murdering maniacs to Monica Potter and Tony Goldwyn as the revenge seeking parents. If you are not squeamish don't miss this one!

9. The Last House on the Left (1972)

R | 84 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

68 Metascore

Two teenage girls heading to a rock concert for one's birthday try to score marijuana in the city, where they are kidnapped and brutalized by a gang of psychopathic convicts.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Sandra Peabody, Lucy Grantham, David Hess, Fred J. Lincoln

Votes: 36,422 | Gross: $3.10M

Much more graphic as are most typical 70s rape and revenge genre films. I prefer the remake personally however the original is filled with Wes Craven's talent for freaking people out!

10. Funny Games (2007)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

44 Metascore

Two psychopathic young men take a family hostage in their cabin.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, Brady Corbet

Votes: 94,974 | Gross: $1.29M

English version remake of the 1997 German horror has Naomi Watts and Tim Roth defending their lives, and dignity, against the psychotic and chilling Michael Pitt and Brady Corbet.

11. Funny Games (1997)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

69 Metascore

Two violent young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe, Arno Frisch, Frank Giering

Votes: 70,973

12. Don't Say a Word (2001)

R | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

38 Metascore

When the daughter of a psychiatrist is kidnapped, he's horrified to discover that the abductors' demand is that he break through to a post traumatic stress disorder suffering young woman who knows a secret...

Director: Gary Fleder | Stars: Michael Douglas, Sean Bean, Brittany Murphy, Skye McCole Bartusiak

Votes: 51,472 | Gross: $55.00M

Brittany Murphy does a great job playing the not so crazy crazy girl and Sean Bean of course delivers as the menacing villain.

13. Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Thriller

69 Metascore

John McClane and a young hacker join forces to take down master cyber-terrorist Thomas Gabriel in Washington D.C.

Director: Len Wiseman | Stars: Bruce Willis, Justin Long, Timothy Olyphant, Maggie Q

Votes: 400,289 | Gross: $134.53M

Okay Okay I am very aware that kidnapping is only a small portion of this movie however it's freaking JOHN McCLANE! which is why it goes on my list YIPPEE KI-YAY MOFO!

14. The Marine (2006)

PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

45 Metascore

A group of diamond thieves on the run kidnap the wife of a recently discharged marine who goes on a chase through the South Carolinian wilderness to retrieve her.

Director: John Bonito | Stars: John Cena, Kelly Carlson, Robert Patrick, Anthony Ray Parker

Votes: 33,629 | Gross: $18.84M

Fairly straightforward kidnapped wife and retrieval by military husband. It's worth wasting a Sunday afternoon with.

15. Summer's Moon (2009)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

A family of serial killers stalk a young woman out to find the father she's never known.

Director: Lee Demarbre | Stars: Ashley Greene, Peter Mooney, Barbara Niven, Stephen McHattie

Votes: 3,218

Some of these descriptions are so terrible. The family doesn't stalk her at all they kidnap her and keep her locked in the basement... that is until Daddy comes home and they discover who she really is.

16. Whisper (I) (2007)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Sinister things begin happening to kidnappers who are holding a young boy for ransom in a remote cabin.

Director: Stewart Hendler | Stars: Jennifer Shirley, Blake Woodruff, Michael Rooker, Josh Holloway

Votes: 9,487

17. Cellular (2004)

PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

60 Metascore

A young man receives an emergency phone call on his cell phone from an older woman. The catch? The woman claims to have been kidnapped; and the kidnappers have targeted her husband and child next.

Director: David R. Ellis | Stars: Kim Basinger, Chris Evans, Jason Statham, William H. Macy

Votes: 98,856 | Gross: $32.00M

Honestly how can a movie be bad with Jason Statham as the sexy bad guy and Chris Evans as the sexy hero?! Cellular also packs action, non-stop suspense, and a good soundtrack!

18. The Missing (I) (2003)

R | 137 min | Adventure, Thriller, Western

55 Metascore

In 1885 New Mexico, a frontier medicine woman forms an uneasy alliance with her estranged father when her daughter is kidnapped by an Apache brujo.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood, Jenna Boyd

Votes: 35,122 | Gross: $26.90M

It's old school kidnapping! Back when if you wanted to kidnap some girls to sell them in Mexico to the sex trade you had to physically ride up on a horse and ride across the desert there were no computers to lure unsuspecting girls on the internet!

19. The Way of the Gun (2000)

R | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama

49 Metascore

Two criminal drifters without sympathy get more than they bargained for after kidnapping and holding for ransom the surrogate mother of a powerful and shady man.

Director: Christopher McQuarrie | Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Benicio Del Toro, Juliette Lewis, Taye Diggs

Votes: 33,086 | Gross: $6.06M

Perhaps my rating of this movie is hindered by my absolute undying love for both Ryan Philippe and Benicio Del Toro but who cares its my list and I shall put on it which ever films I please! Aside from the man candy it is actually a fairly decent movie with some suspence, action, mystery, and emotion.

20. Red Eye (2005)

PG-13 | 85 min | Thriller

71 Metascore

A woman is kidnapped by a stranger on a routine flight. Threatened by the potential murder of her father, she is pulled into a plot to assist her captor in a political assassination.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Brian Cox, Laura Johnson

Votes: 117,483 | Gross: $57.89M

Cillian Murphy is stunningly chilling as the terrorist who corners the ever so innocent Rachel McAdams during a suspenseful and intriguing middle of the night flight!

21. Firewall (2006)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

45 Metascore

A security specialist is forced into robbing the bank that he's protecting, as a bid to pay off his family's ransom.

Director: Richard Loncraine | Stars: Harrison Ford, Virginia Madsen, Paul Bettany, Carly Schroeder

Votes: 57,490 | Gross: $48.75M

Harrison Ford plays a desperate father looking to free his family from the cruel hands of Paul Bettany and his sleazy criminal associates. Worth a watch.

22. Ransom (1996)

R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

60 Metascore

Multi-millionaire Tom Mullen's son is kidnapped, but after initially agreeing to pay the ransom Mullen then decides to use the ransom money as a bounty.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Mel Gibson, Gary Sinise, Rene Russo, Brawley Nolte

Votes: 125,019 | Gross: $136.49M

23. The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009)

R | 100 min | Crime, Thriller

65 Metascore

A rich man's daughter is held captive in an abandoned apartment by two former convicts who abducted her and hold her ransom in exchange for her father's money.

Director: J Blakeson | Stars: Gemma Arterton, Eddie Marsan, Martin Compston

Votes: 26,267 | Gross: $0.17M

This movie grew on me. The first time I saw it I wasn't that impressed however it made a lasting impression as I found myself thinking of it weeks later. When I re-watched it I realized what a good thriller/suspense film it is.

24. Trespass (2011)

R | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

37 Metascore

As they're held for ransom, a husband and wife's predicament grows more dire amid the discovery of betrayal and deception.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Cam Gigandet, Ben Mendelsohn

Votes: 42,976 | Gross: $0.02M

Not quite sure how a movie with Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman flew under the radar especially when it was as good as Trespass!

25. Gardens of the Night (2008)

R | 110 min | Drama

43 Metascore

After being abducted as children, and suffering years of abuse, a teenage boy and girl find themselves living on the street.

Director: Damian Harris | Stars: Gillian Jacobs, John Malkovich, Ryan Simpkins, Tom Arnold

Votes: 4,362

Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. A stunning performance by all actors especially the talented young actors who played the abused children. Gardens of the Night is a must see for sure as it emotionally displays the never ending resilience of the human spirit.

26. P2 (2007)

R | 98 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

37 Metascore

A businesswoman is pursued by a psychopath after being locked in a parking garage on Christmas Eve.

Director: Franck Khalfoun | Stars: Rachel Nichols, Wes Bentley, Simon Reynolds, Philip Akin

Votes: 33,601 | Gross: $3.99M

Fairly entertaining horror.

27. The Candy Snatchers (1973)

R | 94 min | Crime, Thriller

A mute, autistic boy stumbles upon a teenage girl who has been kidnapped and buried alive by three young psychopathic criminals intent on extorting diamonds from her rich stepfather.

Director: Guerdon Trueblood | Stars: Tiffany Bolling, Ben Piazza, Susan Sennett, Brad David

Votes: 1,493

Perfect example of 1970s sexploitation genre-type films. Good performances all around, and a good plot.

28. Kidnapped (2010)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

49 Metascore

Three hooded Eastern-European criminals burst into a home in a Madrid gated community, holding the family hostage in its own home, and forcing the father to empty his credit cards.

Director: Miguel Ángel Vivas | Stars: Fernando Cayo, Manuela Vellés, Ana Wagener, Guillermo Barrientos

Votes: 7,658

Aka Secuestros Actually quite good foreign film.

29. Taken (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

51 Metascore

A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris.

Director: Pierre Morel | Stars: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Leland Orser

Votes: 587,466 | Gross: $145.00M

Not my personal favourite as I prefer to see the story from the hostage/kidnapped victim's point of view, but Liam Neeson certainly does kick ass which counts for something!

30. Saw (2004)

R | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

46 Metascore

Two strangers awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there, and soon discover they're pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell, Danny Glover, Ken Leung

Votes: 404,354 | Gross: $56.00M

31. Panic Room (2002)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

A divorced woman and her diabetic daughter take refuge in their newly-purchased house's safe room, when three men break-in, searching for a missing fortune.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart, Forest Whitaker, Dwight Yoakam

Votes: 272,640 | Gross: $96.40M

Not a fav in the kidnapping/hostage department but I was thoroughly entertained while watching this movie.

32. Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

36 Metascore

A jewel thief's daughter is kidnapped after he steals a collection of prized black diamonds, which aren't at all what they seem.

Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak | Stars: Jet Li, DMX, Mark Dacascos, Anthony Anderson

Votes: 44,376 | Gross: $34.71M

33. Bless the Child (2000)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

17 Metascore

Cody, a little girl abandoned by her mother and raised by her aunt, a nurse, is kidnapped. The girl's guardian, aided by an F.B.I. agent, learn that Cody has supernatural abilities, and the abductees are a Satanic cult willing to do anything to gain them.

Director: Chuck Russell | Stars: Kim Basinger, Jimmy Smits, Rufus Sewell, Holliston Coleman

Votes: 14,538 | Gross: $29.37M

34. The Transporter (2002)

PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

51 Metascore

Frank Martin, who "transports" packages for unknown clients, is asked to move a package that soon begins moving, and complications arise.

Directors: Louis Leterrier, Corey Yuen | Stars: Jason Statham, Shu Qi, Matt Schulze, François Berléand

Votes: 296,650 | Gross: $25.30M

I don't care what the movie is if it features Jason Statham performing martial arts 90% of it I am gunna love it! Especially the shirtless greased up in oil scene : )

35. Transporter 2 (2005)

PG-13 | 87 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

Transporter Frank Martin, surfaces in Miami, Florida and is implicated in the kidnapping of the young son of a powerful USA official.

Director: Louis Leterrier | Stars: Jason Statham, Amber Valletta, Kate Nauta, Alessandro Gassmann

Votes: 199,144 | Gross: $43.10M

Again, Jason Statham + kidnapping = me happy!

36. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Horror

48 Metascore

Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in a truck stop populated by vampires, with chaotic results.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Juliette Lewis, Quentin Tarantino

Votes: 303,263 | Gross: $25.75M

37. London to Brighton (2006)

R | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

55 Metascore

Desperate to evade an angry pimp, a London prostitute and a young girl flee by train to Brighton after an appointment with a powerful client goes violently wrong.

Director: Paul Andrew Williams | Stars: Lorraine Stanley, Georgia Groome, Johnny Harris, Nathan Constance

Votes: 8,385

38. Commando (1985)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

51 Metascore

A retired Special Forces colonel tries to save his daughter, who was abducted by his former subordinate.

Director: Mark L. Lester | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong, Dan Hedaya, Vernon Wells

Votes: 155,528 | Gross: $35.10M

A classic AHNOLD film! If you are a fan of the I am going to kill everyone and everything in my way to rescue my kidnapped daughter genre than by all means watch this movie.

39. The Betrayed (2008)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The story follows a young woman as she's put through a psychological journey under the thumb of a mysterious figure who suspects her husband of stealing millions from a crime syndicate.

Director: Amanda Gusack | Stars: Melissa George, Oded Fehr, Christian Campbell, Alice Krige

Votes: 2,306

Fairly decent b movie

40. An American Crime (2007)

R | 98 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s.

Director: Tommy O'Haver | Stars: Elliot Page, Hayley McFarland, Nick Searcy, Romy Rosemont

Votes: 34,176

41. Captivity (2007)

R | 96 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

24 Metascore

A man and a woman awaken to find themselves trapped in a cellar. As their kidnapper drives them mad, the truth about their horrific abduction is revealed.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Elisha Cuthbert, Daniel Gillies, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Michael Harney

Votes: 22,998 | Gross: $2.63M

42. Karla (2006)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Based on real events, Paul Bernardo and his wife, Karla Homolka, kidnap, sexually abuse, and murder three young girls.

Director: Joel Bender | Stars: Laura Prepon, Misha Collins, Patrick Bauchau, Emilie Jacobs

Votes: 6,027

Gripping biopic of the horrific crimes comitted by Karla Homolka and her husand Paul Bernardo of St. Catherines. As a resident of southern Ontario, I live about an hour away from St. Catherines, I need to point out that despite how very Canadian these atrocities were there is not one Canadian connection to this film. Take from it what you want I however do not believe that glorifying their crimes and exploiting those poor dead girls in the form of a feature film is in the least bit justified.

43. The Cottage (2008)

Unrated | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

A tough, cute woman is kidnapped for ransom and brought to a rural English cottage. David and two morons have way more to worry about than her crime boss stepdad, his two Asian killers and her.

Director: Paul Andrew Williams | Stars: Andy Serkis, Reece Shearsmith, Jennifer Ellison, Steven O'Donnell

Votes: 12,377

More so a comedy than horror however it does not fail to entertain. Andy Serkis and Reece Shearsmith as squabbling brothers attempting to pull off a kidnapping in the middle of the night unsuspectingly fall victim to a deranged farmer intent on having their heads.

44. Cape Fear (1991)

R | 128 min | Crime, Thriller

73 Metascore

A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis

Votes: 186,817 | Gross: $79.10M

45. Eden Lake (2008)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

65 Metascore

Refusing to let anything spoil their romantic weekend break, a young couple confront a gang of loutish youths with terrifyingly brutal consequences.

Director: James Watkins | Stars: Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender, Tara Ellis, Jack O'Connell

Votes: 82,262 | Gross: $0.01M

46. Dynamite (2004)

Not Rated | 95 min | Thriller

A woman's life is turned upside down when three armed robbers invade her home.

Director: Walter Baltzer | Stars: Mel Harris, Daniel Baldwin, Cameron Bowen, Derek Hamilton

Votes: 242

47. Excess Baggage (1997)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

34 Metascore

A bratty teenager fakes her own kidnapping, but gets mistakenly kidnapped for real instead.

Director: Marco Brambilla | Stars: Alicia Silverstone, Benicio Del Toro, Christopher Walken, Jack Thompson

Votes: 13,216 | Gross: $14.33M

More so a comedic love story than an intense kidnapping one but I do love Benicio and he and Alicia Silverstone are very cute together.

48. The Cell (2000)

R | 107 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi

40 Metascore

An F.B.I. Agent persuades a social worker, who is adept with a new experimental technology, to enter the mind of a comatose serial killer in order to learn where he has hidden his latest kidnap victim.

Director: Tarsem Singh | Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D'Onofrio, Colton James

Votes: 100,852 | Gross: $61.33M

49. The Truth (I) (2010)

Not Rated | 96 min | Thriller