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 serious, suspense, suspenseful, tense, realistic and exciting films and TV shows about / with hostage, violence, murder, danger, mentor, chase, dialogue, shot to death, runaway and shot in the chest plots mostly in Thriller, Action and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as hostage: The Negotiator (1998), Killer Elite (2011), Die Hard (1988), No Good Deed (2002), A Perfect World (1993), No Good Deed (2014), Executive Decision (1996), Trapped (2002), Escape from New York (1981), Argo (2012).

List of hostage movies

 7.3
 121K
The Negotiator (1998)
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: suspense, suspenseful, intellectual, serious, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, police corruption, false accusation, frame up, corruption, police, uncover truth, innocence, hostages, conspiracy, murder, crime ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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 6.5
 117K
Killer Elite (2011)
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, suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, spy, mentor, rescue, secret service, hostage, mercenary, violence, desert, secret society, assassination, car chase ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1980
Place: london, middle east, mexico, england, europe ...
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 8.2
 711K
Die Hard (1988)
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, serious, entertaining, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, heist, hostage, save the day, violence, skyscraper, terrorist, fbi, race against time, marital problem, confined, machismo ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 5.5
 7K
No Good Deed (2002)
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, suspenseful, realistic, serious, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: police detective, hostage, robbery, bank robbery, femme fatale, police, crime, heist, hostages, manipulations, crimes, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1920s
Place: usa, new york, canada, san francisco
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A Perfect World (1993)
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: touching, sincere, road movie, suspense, bleak ...
Plot: kidnapping, hostage, manhunt, fugitives, friendship, criminal heroes, prison escape, moral ambiguity, violence, dysfunctional family, runaway, prison ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: texas, usa, alaska, california
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 5.6
 16K
No Good Deed (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Terri is a devoted wife and mother of two, living an ideal suburban life in Atlanta when Colin, a charming but dangerous escaped convict, shows up at her door claiming car trouble. Terri offers her phone to help him but soon learns that no good deed ...
Style: sadistic, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: killer, family in danger, hostage, home invasion, deadly, blood, sociopath, serial killer, confined, crime, danger, maniac ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: georgia, usa, tennessee, atlanta georgia
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Executive Decision (1996)
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: exciting, suspenseful, serious, rough, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hijacking, airplane, terrorism, rescue, hostage, explosion, violence, surveillance, bomb, hand to hand combat, ransom, deception ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: athens greece, washington d.c.
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 6.2
 22K
Trapped (2002)
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: suspense, suspenseful, serious, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, hostage, psychopath, maniac, crime, confined, crimes, parents and children, family relations, danger, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, new orleans, san francisco
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Escape from New York (1981)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In 1997, the island of Manhattan has been walled off and turned into a giant maximum security prison within which the country's worst criminals are left to form their own anarchic society. However, when the President of the United States crash ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, serious, rough, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, anti hero, kidnapping, future dystopia, cyberpunk, race against time, rescue, hostage, lone wolves, one man army, prison escape, brutality ...
Time: future, 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey, california
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 7.7
 530K
Argo (2012)
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: tense, suspenseful, captivating, clever, factual ...
Plot: cia, danger, behind enemy lines, american abroad, hostage, government agency, daring rescue, government official, u.s. embassy, hidden identity, secret agents, race against time ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1979, year 1980, year 1981 ...
Place: usa, iran, langley virginia, middle east, washington d.c. ...
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From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
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: twists and turns, scary, offbeat, entertaining, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vampire, priest, stripper, gory, crime gone awry, hostage, criminal heroes, brutality, plot twist, bar fight, mexican american border, sheriff ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: mexico, texas, usa, latin america, dungeon
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 6.5
 87K
Cellular (2004)
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: kidnapping, police corruption, police, race against time, crime, twists & turns, rescue, hostage, mobile phone, one man army, track down, conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
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 7.8
 162K
Misery (1990)
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: psychological, suspenseful, scary, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: obsession, mentally unstable, isolation, captivity, loneliness, psychopath, insanity, kidnapping, torture, escape attempt, rage, obsessed fan ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: colorado, usa
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 5.3
 9K
Breaking In (2018)
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: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: home invasion, mother, protective parent, hostage, crimes, heist, danger, heist gone wrong, security system, murder, black people, woman ...
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Game Over, Man! (2018)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Three friends are on the verge of getting their video game financed when their benefactor is taken hostage by terrorists.
Style: absurd, not serious, humorous, buddy comedy, talky
Plot: hostage, gay, hotel, terrorist, friends, video game, nothing goes right, goofy hero, fight scenes, stupidity, greed, buddies ...
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 6.5
 85K
Money Monster (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor takes over their studio.
Style: suspense, entertaining, clever, intense, tense ...
Plot: police, bomb, stock market, hostage, capitalism, surveillance, corruption, paranoia, conspiracy, money, revenge, sniper ...
Time: 2010s
Place: usa, mine, new york
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White House Down (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Capitol Policeman John Cale has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer. Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: white house, save the day, president, head of state, secret service, hostages, nuclear threat, ex military, conspiracy, siege, forced into action, terrorism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c., u.s. capitol building, pentagon, paris france ...
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 6.7
 132K
Commando (1985)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: John Matrix, the former leader of a special commando strike force that always got the toughest jobs done, is forced back into action when his young daughter is kidnapped. To find her, Matrix has to fight his way through an array of punks, killers, ...
Style: exciting, serious, tense, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, kidnapping, heroes, father, vengeance, gunfight, danger, commando, hostage, machismo, rescue, revenge ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, twentieth century, year 1985
Place: latin america, california
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 5.9
 29K
P2 (2007)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Angela, a corporate climber, gets stuck working late on Christmas Eve and finds herself the target of an unhinged security guard. With no help in sight, the woman must overcome physical and psychological challenges to survive.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, suspense, christmas horror ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: psychopath, obsession, stalking, kidnapping, isolation, danger, torment, security guard, escape attempt, christmas eve, woman in danger, survival ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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 6.1
 89K
Lockout (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Set in the near future, Lockout follows a falsely convicted ex-government agent , whose one chance at obtaining freedom lies in the dangerous mission of rescuing the President's daughter from rioting convicts at an outer space maximum security ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, rough, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: space station, outer space, hotshot hero, heroic mission, group of criminals, prison, usa president, convict, hostage, conspiracy, danger, confined ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c., new york
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 4.9
 4K
The Saint (2017)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: International master thief, Simon Templar, also known as The Saint, is asked by a desperate rich man to find his kidnapped daughter. However, in addition to evading the authorities, Simon must face a dangerous adversary from his past.
Style: exciting, captivating, tense, disturbing, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rescue, damsel in distress, danger, hostage, thief, haunted by the past, attempted murder, kidnapping, robbery, spy, conspiracy, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 2010s
Place: big ben london, san diego california, iraq, paris france, tower bridge london ...
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 6.1
 31K
Splinter (2008)
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: scary, bleak, bloody, macabre, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: survival, zombie, infected, death, hit by a car, creature, blood splatter, infection, weekend, partners in crime, hostage, torn in half ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 5.7
 60K
Cobra (1986)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Israel
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far reaching plans.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, tough heroes, murder, serial killer, rivalry, tough law enforcer, resistance, prosecution, law enforcement, fighting crime, crimes, police investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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London Has Fallen (2016)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: UK, Bulgaria, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In London for the Prime Minister's funeral, Mike Banning discovers a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, intense, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, terrorist attack, assassination, save the day, danger, heroes, president, surveillance, secret service, conspiracy, hostage, revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: england, london, nevada, scotland yard, tower bridge london ...
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Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
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: bank, fbi, police, hostage, transsexual, hostages, robbery, one day, gay, unhappy marriage, asthma, bank robbery ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: new york, usa
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 7.3
 1K
Greyzone (2018)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 45 min.
Story: When a brilliant drone engineer, Victoria, is taken hostage in her own home, a series of dangerous events are set into motion in this high octane thriller.
Style: suspense, exciting, disturbing, serious, brutal
Plot: terrorism, hostage, anxiety, criminal, danger, deal, investigation, extortion, blackmail, hi-tech, weapons, truck
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 6.3
 156K
Tomb Raider (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 119 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, exciting, surprise ending, captivating, entertaining ...
Plot: chase, courage, inheritance, island, peril, missing person, jungle, survival, rescue, female fighter, father daughter relationship, female protagonist ...
Time: 2010s, 2000s
Place: hong kong, mine
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The November Man (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: 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.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, tense, suspense, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cia, espionage, secret agents, undercover, agent, save the day, danger, heroes, retired, spy, law enforcement, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: switzerland, montenegro, usa, moscow russia, chechnya ...
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A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife.
Style: tense, suspenseful, suspense, clever, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, kidnapping, private detective, crime, investigation, mafia, serial killer, revenge, haunted by the past, drug dealer, murder of wife, ex cop ...
Time: 20th century, 1990s, contemporary, 21st century, 90s ...
Place: usa, new york
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 5.9
 70K
Into the Blue (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When they take some friends on an extreme sport adventure, the last thing Jared and Sam expect to see below the shark-infested waters is a legendary pirate ship rumored to contain millions of dollars in gold. But their good fortune is short-lived, ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: treasure hunt, island, treasure, shark, ocean or sea, shipwreck, danger, diving, underwater, adventure, gold, escapades ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: bahamas
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