Kidnapping movie list

by juliette-beaulieu | created - 08 Jul 2014 | updated - 09 Jul 2014 | Public

This list contains my favorites movies about kidnapping / hostage movies. Some are "must-see" movies and others great kidnapping ones. If you really love kidnapping movies you will love this list !! Enjoy :)

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1. Captain Phillips (2013)

PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Biography, Crime

82 Metascore

The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S.-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Catherine Keener

Votes: 444,511 | Gross: $107.10M

2. Blind Flight (2003)

97 min | Drama

The true story of Irishman Brian Keenan and Englishman John McCarthy's extraordinary relationship as hostages of militias in Lebanon during the 1979-91 Civil War.

Director: John Furse | Stars: Ian Hart, Linus Roache, Kalim Koleilat, Nayef Rashed

Votes: 676

3. Black Snake Moan (2006)

R | 116 min | Drama, Music

52 Metascore

A God-fearing bluesman takes to a wild young woman who, as a victim of childhood sexual abuse, looks everywhere for love, never quite finding it.

Director: Craig Brewer | Stars: Christina Ricci, Samuel L. Jackson, Justin Timberlake, S. Epatha Merkerson

Votes: 62,943 | Gross: $9.40M

4. Captive (I) (2012)

120 min | Drama, Thriller

Follows the hostage crisis of the Dos Palmas kidnappings in the southern Philippines, the life of the hostages whose survivors were freed after an awful year in captivity.

Director: Brillante Mendoza | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Katherine Mulville, Marc Zanetta, Rustica Carpio

Votes: 781

5. 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: 98,824 | Gross: $32.00M

6. Hunger (2008)

Not Rated | 96 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Stuart Graham, Laine Megaw, Brian Milligan, Liam McMahon

Votes: 69,275 | Gross: $0.15M

7. Homefront (I) (2013)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

40 Metascore

A former DEA agent moves his family to a quiet town, where he soon tangles with a local meth druglord.

Director: Gary Fleder | Stars: Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth

Votes: 117,233 | Gross: $20.16M

8. Eden (I) (2012)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

63 Metascore

A young Korean-American girl, abducted and forced into prostitution by domestic human traffickers, cooperates with her captors in a desperate ploy to survive.

Director: Megan Griffiths | Stars: Jamie Chung, Beau Bridges, Matt O'Leary, Eddie Martinez

Votes: 8,684

9. Girls Against Boys (2012)

R | 93 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

17 Metascore

After a series of bad experiences with men, Shae teams up with her co-worker, Lu, who has a simple, deadly way of dealing with the opposite sex.

Director: Austin Chick | Stars: Nicole LaLiberte, Danielle Panabaker, Matthew Rauch, Liam Aiken

Votes: 3,670 | Gross: $0.01M

10. Freezer (2014)

R | 83 min | Action, Thriller

40 Metascore

After waking up in a refrigerated meat locker, a man engages in a battle of wits with his captors, a group of Russian gangsters.

Director: Mikael Salomon | Stars: Dylan McDermott, Yulia Snigir, Peter Facinelli, Andrey Ivchenko

Votes: 3,380

11. Escape Plan (2013)

R | 115 min | Action, Thriller

49 Metascore

When a structural-security authority finds himself set up and incarcerated in the world's most secret and secure prison, he has to use his skills to escape with help from the inside.

Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 50 Cent, Vincent D'Onofrio

Votes: 237,564 | Gross: $25.13M

12. Held Hostage (2009 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 86 min | Drama

Michelle a single mother is kidnapped by three masked men and held hostage until she is forced to rob a bank which is the only option she has to saving her only child's life while they are both wired to explode.

Director: Grant Harvey | Stars: Julie Benz, Brendan Penny, Natasha Calis, Tom Carey

Votes: 673

13. 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: 4,361

14. Fargo (1996)

R | 98 min | Crime, Thriller

85 Metascore

Minnesota car salesman Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

Votes: 654,238 | Gross: $24.61M

15. 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: 42,972 | Gross: $0.02M

16. Grand Piano (2013)

R | 90 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

61 Metascore

A pianist with stage fright endures a performance under the eyes of a mysterious sniper, who will shoot and kill him if a wrong note is played.

Director: Eugenio Mira | Stars: Elijah Wood, John Cusack, Kerry Bishé, Tamsin Egerton

Votes: 18,373 | Gross: $0.02M

17. Four (III) (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Thriller

The plan: Kidnap your wife's lover. Take him to a remote warehouse. Hurt him a little. Scare him a lot. Keep your hands clean - hire a detective for the dirty work. Simple? There's no such thing as simple.

Director: John Langridge | Stars: Martin Compston, Craig Conway, Sean Pertwee, Kierston Wareing

Votes: 677

18. 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: 94,960 | Gross: $1.29M

19. Hard Candy (2005)

R | 104 min | Drama, Thriller

58 Metascore

Hayley's a smart, charming teenage girl. Jeff's a handsome, smooth fashion photographer. An Internet chat, a coffee shop meet-up, an impromptu fashion shoot back at Jeff's place. Jeff thinks it's his lucky night. He's in for a surprise.

Director: David Slade | Stars: Patrick Wilson, Elliot Page, Sandra Oh, Odessa Rae

Votes: 158,804 | Gross: $1.01M

20. Final Move (2006)

R | 91 min | Thriller

A psychic and a cop track a serial killer who is copying a killer who just got executed.

Director: Joey Travolta | Stars: Matt Schulze, Lochlyn Munro, David Carradine, Daniel Baldwin

Votes: 455

21. 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: 90,440 | Gross: $32.75M

22. In the Blood (I) (2014)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

40 Metascore

When her husband goes missing during their Caribbean vacation, a woman sets off on her own to take down the men she thinks are responsible.

Director: John Stockwell | Stars: Gina Carano, Cam Gigandet, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Danny Trejo

Votes: 12,165

23. Labor Day (2013)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

52 Metascore

Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Clark Gregg

Votes: 44,937 | Gross: $13.36M

24. I Spit on Your Grave (2010)

R | 108 min | Horror, Thriller

27 Metascore

A writer who is brutalized during her cabin retreat seeks revenge on her attackers, who left her for dead.

Director: Steven R. Monroe | Stars: Sarah Butler, Jeff Branson, Andrew Howard, Daniel Franzese

Votes: 81,717 | Gross: $0.09M

25. I Spit on Your Grave 2 (2013)

R | 106 min | Horror, Thriller

When Katie innocently accepts an offer to have new photos taken for her portfolio, the experience quickly turns into a nightmare of rape, torture and kidnapping. Now, she will have to find the strength to exact her brutal revenge.

Director: Steven R. Monroe | Stars: Jemma Dallender, Joe Absolom, Yavor Baharov, George Zlatarev

Votes: 29,041 | Gross: $0.00M

26. 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: 26,266 | Gross: $0.17M

27. Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

R | 103 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

41 Metascore

Following Kick-Ass' heroics, other citizens are inspired to become masked crusaders. But Red Mist leads his own group of evil supervillains to get revenge, kill Kick-Ass and destroy everything he stands for.

Director: Jeff Wadlow | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey

Votes: 265,197 | Gross: $28.80M

28. Abducted (I) (2013)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Jessica and Dave along with three other young couples are kidnapped in Griffith Park by unseen Abductors and must fight to escape certain death only to discover the world will never be the same.

Directors: Lucy Phillips, Glen Scantlebury | Stars: Trevor Morgan, Tessa Ferrer, Jelly Howie, Ross Thomas

Votes: 529

29. Abduction (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

25 Metascore

A young man sets out to uncover the truth about his life after finding his baby photo on a missing persons website.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina, Jake Andolina

Votes: 79,491 | Gross: $28.09M

30. Love Sick Love (2012)

R | 83 min | Thriller

28 Metascore

A 'boy meets girl' romance that quickly turns into a twisted thriller. Dori, a sexy siren, traps Norman, a slick New York businessman, and forces him to live through a year of holidays to ... See full summary »

Director: Christian Charles | Stars: Lindsay Rose Binder, Jim Gaffigan, Dean Kapica, Megan Raye Manzi

Votes: 556

31. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

30 Metascore

Before being sent to serve in Vietnam, two brothers and their girlfriends take one last road trip, but when they get into an accident, a terrifying experience will take them to a secluded house of horrors, with a chainsaw-wielding killer.

Director: Jonathan Liebesman | Stars: Jordana Brewster, Matt Bomer, Diora Baird, Taylor Handley

Votes: 70,604 | Gross: $39.52M

32. 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: 272,582 | Gross: $96.40M

33. Prisoners (2013)

R | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

70 Metascore

When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo

Votes: 658,861 | Gross: $61.00M

34. 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: 109,454 | Gross: $34.64M

35. Martyrs (2008)

R | 99 min | Horror

A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.

Director: Pascal Laugier | Stars: Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï, Catherine Bégin, Robert Toupin

Votes: 89,904

36. Michael (II) (2011)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

Five months in the life of a pedophile who keeps a 10-year-old boy locked in his basement.

Directors: Markus Schleinzer, Kathrin Resetarits | Stars: Michael Fuith, David Rauchenberger, Christine Kain, Ursula Strauss

Votes: 4,784 | Gross: $0.02M

37. Megan Is Missing (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Two teenage girls encounter an Internet child predator.

Director: Michael Goi | Stars: Amber Perkins, Rachel Quinn, Dean Waite, Jael Elizabeth Steinmeyer

Votes: 11,707

38. Oldboy (2013)

R | 104 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

49 Metascore

Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for twenty years without reason.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharlto Copley

Votes: 73,706 | Gross: $2.19M

39. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

R | 158 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

71 Metascore

Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 448,971 | Gross: $102.52M

40. Mother's Day (I) (2010)

R | 112 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

34 Metascore

The sadistic members of a villainous family return to their childhood home to terrorize the new home owners and their guests.

Director: Darren Lynn Bousman | Stars: Rebecca De Mornay, Jaime King, Shawn Ashmore, Briana Evigan

Votes: 17,087

41. Penance (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

A young mother decides to become a stripper to earn some fast cash, only to find her worst nightmares are about to begin.

Director: Jake Kennedy | Stars: Marieh Delfino, Jason Connery, Michael Rooker, Graham McTavish

Votes: 1,090

42. 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: 23,673 | Gross: $0.06M

43. Self Medicated (2005)

R | 107 min | Biography, Drama

51 Metascore

A pill-popping mom has her drug-abusing teen son abducted into a private intervention facility that means well.

Director: Monty Lapica | Stars: Monty Lapica, Diane Venora, Michael Bowen, Greg Germann

Votes: 916 | Gross: $0.10M

44. Rapt (2009)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

A rich industrialist is brutally kidnapped. While he physically and mentally degenerates in imprisonment, the kidnappers, police and the board of the company of which he is director negotiate about the ransom of 50 million euro.

Director: Lucas Belvaux | Stars: Yvan Attal, Anne Consigny, André Marcon, Françoise Fabian

Votes: 2,048 | Gross: $0.05M

45. The Saratov Approach (2013)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Drama, Thriller