Hostage movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant hostage movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, suspenseful, serious, suspense, tense and intense films and TV shows about / with hostage, dialogue, crimes, mentor, violence, danger, runaway, catastrophe, chase and kidnapping plots mostly in Thriller, Action and Crime genres shot in USA, Germany, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as hostage: Argo (2012), Killer Elite (2011), Cellular (2004), Misery (1990), Splinter (2008), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), Tomb Raider (2018), Breaking In (2018), 2001: A Space Travesty (2000), Die Hard (1988).
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Misery
Crime, Drama, Thriller
USA
107 min.
 7.8
Cellular
Action, Crime, Thriller
USA, Germany
94 min.
 6.5
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Easter
Crime, Drama, Mystery, War
USA
200 min.
Tomb Raider
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller
UK, USA
118 min.
 6.4

List of hostage movies

 7.7
 517K
Argo
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.
Style: suspenseful, tense, clever, factual, captivating ...
Plot: hostage, daring rescue, cia, u.s. embassy, behind enemy lines, government official, government agency, secret mission, politics, rescue mission, courage, american abroad ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1979, year 1980, year 2001 ...
Place: iran, middle east, usa, california, langley virginia ...
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 6.5
 115K
Killer Elite
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Based on a shocking true story, Killer Elite pits two of the world’s most elite operatives—Danny, an ex-special ops agent and Hunter, his longtime mentor—against the cunning leader of a secret military society. Covering the globe from ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, hostage, spy, secret service, assassination, mentor, mercenary, chase, secret society, car chase, violence, desert ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1980
Place: england, london, middle east, europe, australia ...
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 6.5
 85K
Cellular
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young man receives an emergency phone call on his cell phone from an older woman. She claims to have been kidnapped – and the kidnappers have targeted her husband and child next.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, tense, suspense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: police corruption, hostage, race against time, police, chase, conspiracy, kidnapping, crime, twists & turns, rescue, secrets, one man army ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
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 7.8
 157K
Misery
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Novelist Paul Sheldon crashes his car on a snowy Colorado road. He is found by Annie Wilkes, the "number one fan" of Paul's heroine Misery Chastaine. Annie is also somewhat unstable, and Paul finds himself crippled, drugged and at her ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, scary, atmospheric ...
Plot: obsession, obsessed fan, insanity, loneliness, hostage, brutality, mentally unstable, captivity, isolation, psychopath, rage, manic ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: colorado, usa
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 6.1
 30K
Splinter
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: When their plans for a nature trip go awry, Polly and boyfriend Seth decide to check into a motel. On their way, they're carjacked and kidnapped by low-rent crooks Dennis and Lacey, who take the victims and their SUV to a nearby gas station. ...
Style: bleak, bloody, scary, macabre, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: survival, zombie, isolation, death, virus, transformation, infected, creature, hit by a car, blood splatter, infection, hostage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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From Dusk Till Dawn
Genre: Action, Crime, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Seth Gecko and his younger brother Richard are on the run after a bloody bank robbery in Texas. They escape across the border into Mexico and will be home-free the next morning, when they pay off the local kingpin. They just have to survive ...
Style: scary, twists and turns, entertaining, bloody, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vampire, crime gone awry, brutality, plot twist, gory, criminal heroes, crime, hostage, stripper, priest, brothers, mexican american border ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: mexico, texas, usa, latin america, dungeon
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 6.4
 134K
Tomb Raider
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared.
Style: suspense, captivating, exciting, surprise ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: peril, father daughter relationship, female protagonist, missing person, female fighter, secret, search for father, secret organization, jungle, chase, gunfight, survival ...
Time: 2000s, 2010s
Place: hong kong, mine
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 5.3
 7K
Breaking In
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Shaun Russell takes her son and daughter on a weekend getaway to her late father's secluded, high-tech vacation home in the countryside. The family soon gets an unwelcome surprise when four men break into the house to find hidden money. After ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: home invasion, crimes, protective parent, heist, danger, mother, heist gone wrong, murder, security system, hostage, black people, overalls ...
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2001: A Space Travesty
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Leslie Nielsen once again plays a bumbling detective in the vein of the 'Naked Gun' movies, but this time as Marshall Richard 'Dick' Dix. When odd reports are received through official channels stating that the President of the ...
Style: humorous, not serious, exciting, light, captivating ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: parody, daring rescue, save the world, heroic mission, benign alien, race against time, save the day, alien encounter, intelligence, chases and races, danger, escapades ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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 8.2
 689K
Die Hard
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: NYPD cop, John McClane's plan to reconcile with his estranged wife is thrown for a serious loop when minutes after he arrives at her office, the entire building is overtaken by a group of terrorists. With little help from the LAPD, wisecracking ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, realistic, clever, witty ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, hostage, violence, gunfight, one man army, skyscraper, crime, police, terrorism, fbi, good versus evil, revenge ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 7.3
 119K
The Negotiator
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The police try to arrest expert hostage negotiator Danny Roman, who insists he's being framed for his partner's murder in what he believes is an elaborate conspiracy. Thinking there's evidence in the Internal Affairs offices that ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, exciting, surprise ending, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, police, conspiracy, corruption, police corruption, murder, crime, revenge, gunfight, assassination, hostages, kidnapping ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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Dog Day Afternoon
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: crime, crime gone awry, bank robbery, police, hostage, robbery, heist, bank, mob, hostages, fbi, transsexual ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
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 6.2
 52K
Proof of Life
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Alice hires a professional negotiator to obtain the release of her engineer husband, who has been kidnapped by anti-government guerrillas in South America.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, suspense, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: kidnapping, jungle, hostage, corruption, hostages, torture, love story, romance, confined, dialogue, crimes, mentor ...
Time: 90s
Place: latin america, africa, south america
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 6.4
 124K
The Last Stand
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Ray Owens is sheriff of the quiet US border town of Sommerton Junction after leaving the LAPD following a bungled operation. Following his escape from the FBI, a notorious drug baron, his gang, and a hostage are heading toward Sommerton Junction ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: small town, car chase, hostage, fbi, chase, violence, tough law enforcer, revenge, violent, weapons, gunfight, fighting crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s, 2010s
Place: usa, las vegas, california, mexico, arizona
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Albino Alligator
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Three petty thieves who the police believe to be major criminals are chased into a basement bar where they take five hostages including all the bar employees. The rest of the movie deals with the cops lurking outside the bar while the trio try to ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, suspense, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, crime gone awry, hostage, heist, police investigation, chase, hostages, neo noir, twists & turns, on the run, kidnapping, dialogue ...
Time: 90s
Place: new orleans, usa
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 5.8
 16K
The Chase
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Jack Hammond is sentenced to life in prison, but manages to escape. To get away from the police he takes a girl as hostage and drives off in her car. The girl happens to be the only daughter of one of the richest men in the state. In a while the car ...
Style: humorous, exciting, semi serious, realistic, idiotic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, kidnapping, car chase, police, hostage, fugitives, cars, unlikely couple, lawyer, police investigation, on the run, police corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: california, usa, san francisco, mexico
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The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Armed men hijack a New York City subway train, holding the passengers hostage in return for a ransom, and turning an ordinary day's work for dispatcher Walter Garber into a face-off with the mastermind behind the crime.
Style: suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: train, hostage, crime, chase, heist, race against time, car chase, murder, hijacking, urban, save the day, corruption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, manhattan new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city
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 6.9
 27K
Alan Partridge
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: UK, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Alan Partridge has had many ups and downs in life. National television broadcaster. Responsible for killing a guest on live TV. Local radio broadcaster. Nervous breakdown in Dundee. A self-published book, 'Bouncing Back', which was ...
Style: talky, humorous, witty, clever, not serious ...
Plot: hostage, radio, british, goofy hero, redemption, male nudity, culture clash, confined, television, media, sarcasm, parody ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
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A Perfect World
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A kidnapped boy strikes up a friendship with his captor: an escaped convict on the run from the law, headed by an honorable U.S. Marshal.
Style: emotional, road movie, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: crime, kidnapping, hostage, friendship, prison escape, moral ambiguity, violence, fugitives, prison, on the road, manhunt, father son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: texas, usa, california, alaska
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 5.7
 29K
Sudden Death
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: International action superstar Jean Claude Van Damme teams with Powers Boothe in a Tension-packed, suspense thriller, set against the back-drop of a Stanley Cup game.Van Damme portrays a father whose daughter is suddenly taken during a championship ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, terrorism, one man army, martial arts, lone hero, fight scenes, secret agents, explosions, assassin, secret service, violence, stadium ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: pittsburgh, usa
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Truth or Consequences, N.M.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Raymond Lembecke (Vincent Gallo) is a con just out of prison after serving time for selling drugs for his mob boss Tony Vago (Rod Steiger). (Lembecke was innocent and took the rap for Vago.) Lembecke thinks Vago owes him big time so, when his former ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, crime, gangsters, violence, hostage, heist, crime gone awry, on the road, robbery, hitman, gangster, drugs ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, new mexico, usa, mexico
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 6.9
 21K
The Ref
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Caroline and Lloyd are a married couple constantly at each other's throats, masters at crafting acid-tongued barbs at the other's expense. Indeed, they are so obsessed with belittling each other that they never stop -- not even at ...
Style: talky, humorous, clever, witty, biting ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, christmas, holiday, farce, hostage, kidnapping, marriage, hostages, sarcasm, crime, dialogue, family drama ...
Time: 90s, 18th century
Place: connecticut, usa
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The Crying Game
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Japan, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Irish Republican Army member Fergus (Stephen Rea) forms an unexpected bond with Jody (Forest Whitaker), a kidnapped British soldier in his custody, despite the warnings of fellow IRA members Jude (Miranda Richardson) and Maguire (Adrian Dunbar). ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, surprise ending, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: hostage, friendship, homosexuality, sexuality, kidnapping, plot twist, terrorism, strong sexual content, hidden identity, secrets, twists & turns, assassination ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, ireland, london, europe, northern ireland
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 6.5
 162K
Air Force One
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Russian terrorists conspire to hijack the aircraft with the president and his family on board. The commander in chief finds himself facing an impossible predicament: give in to the terrorists and sacrifice his family, or risk everything to uphold ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, suspense, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: secret service, terrorism, airplane, conspiracy, president, corruption, hostage, sacrifice, aviation, russian, hostages, negotiation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: russia, moscow russia, afghanistan, kazakhstan
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Captain Phillips
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, suspense, serious ...
Plot: kidnapping, poverty, hijacking, hostage, survival, ship, brutality, courage, pirate, culture clash, ocean or sea, ocean ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s, year 2009
Place: somalia, africa, united states, kenya, virginia ...
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Executive Decision
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Terrorists hijack a 747 inbound to Washington D.C., demanding the the release of their imprisoned leader. Intelligence expert David Grant (Kurt Russell) suspects another reason and he is soon the reluctant member of a special assault team that is ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, suspense, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: airplane, terrorism, hostage, surveillance, hijacking, conspiracy, rescue, survival, revenge, hostages, corruption, arms dealer ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: washington d.c., athens greece
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 5.5
 6K
No Good Deed
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Music, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: While doing a friend a favor and searching for a runaway teenager, a police detective stumbles upon a bizarre band of criminals about to pull off a bank robbery.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, sexy, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: crime, robbery, heist, hostage, runaway, neo noir, violence, hostages, murder, police detective, crimes, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, san francisco, new york, canada
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 5.9
 4K
S.F.W.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An alienated and misanthropic teenager gains sudden and unwanted celebrity status after he's taken hostage by terrorists where his indifference to their threats to kill him makes news headlines.
Style: clever, surreal, semi serious, humorous, biting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hostage, friendship, media, terrorism, store, violence, reality tv, crimes, danger, destiny, dialogue, weapons ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
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 6.2
 21K
Trapped
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When their daughter is kidnapped by experienced nappers (Bacon and Love), the Jennings' (Theron and Townsend) turn the tables on this seemingly foolproof plan.
Style: suspenseful, suspense, tense, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: kidnapping, crime, hostage, chase, ransom, hotel, brutality, betrayal, revenge, greed, confined, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, usa, new orleans, san francisco
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 6.5
 103K
Red Eye
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: After attending the funeral of her grandmother in Dallas, the Lux Atlantic Hotel manager Lisa is waiting for a flight to Miami. Due to the bad weather and consequent flight delay, she meets in the airport bar Jack Rippner, who is also in the waiting ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, exciting, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: airplane, terrorism, kidnapping, hostage, chase, assassin, hitman, hotel, airport, paranoia, murder, revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: dallas texas, texas, usa
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