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 suspenseful, serious, realistic, suspense, exciting and rough films and TV shows about / with hostage, crimes, danger, violence, pistol, murder, held at gunpoint, blood, kidnapping and hostages 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: The Negotiator (1998), Killer Elite (2011), The Dark Hours (2005), Mother's Day (2010), No Good Deed (2002), Die Hard (1988), Masterminds (1997), The Chase (1994), The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009), A Perfect World (1993).

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: suspenseful, suspense, intellectual, serious, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, police corruption, false accusation, frame up, corruption, police, uncover truth, innocence, swat, conspiracy, hostages, murder ...
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, tense, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, spy, rescue, secret service, mentor, hostage, mercenary, violence, ex military, desert, secret society, assassination ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: london, middle east, england, europe, australia ...
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The Dark Hours (2005)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Dr. Samantha Goodman is a beautiful, young psychiatrist. Burnt out, she drives to the family’s winter cottage to spend time with her husband and sister. A relaxing weekend is jarringly interrupted when a terrifying and unexpected guest arrives. ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, psychological, suspense, serious ...
Plot: psychopath, hostage, psychiatrist, surrealism, obsession, mind game, vengeance, doctors and patients, crimes, deadly, snow, blood ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: canada
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 6.3
 15K
Mother's Day (2010)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Crazed members of a sadistic family return to their childhood home to terrorize the new owners.
Style: scary, rough, disturbing, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: mind game, hostage, psychopath, siblings relations, violence spree, mentally unstable, danger, crimes, deadly, confined, family problems, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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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, realistic, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: police detective, hostage, robbery, bank robbery, femme fatale, police, heist, crime, rivalry, manipulations, hostages, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1920s
Place: usa, canada, new york, san francisco
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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: suspenseful, exciting, serious, entertaining, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, heist, fbi, christmas, hostage, save the day, marital problem, race against time, terrorist, gunfight, confined, violence ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 5.2
 3K
Masterminds (1997)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Trapped in a Elite School which a gang of criminals has seized control, a young troublemaker fights a cat and mouse battle from inside.
Style: entertaining, funny, twist ending, absurd, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: hostage, ransom, heroes, mind game, adventure, good versus evil, youth, school, save the day, teenage life, rivalry, danger ...
Time: 90s, future
Place: san francisco, mine
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 5.8
 16K
The Chase (1994)
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: exciting, realistic, humorous, semi serious, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car chase, kidnapping, chase, hostage, on the run, violence, gunfight, crimes, danger, disorder, unlikely couple, escapades ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: mexico, california, usa, san francisco
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The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)
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, rough, twists and turns, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hijacking, hostage, train, race against time, ransom, mind game, master criminal, crimes, save the day, crime, danger, financial driven terrorism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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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, criminal heroes, manhunt, fugitives, friendship, prison escape, moral ambiguity, violence, dysfunctional family, prison, runaway ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: texas, usa, alaska, california
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 6.5
 166K
Air Force One (1997)
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: suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hijacking, airplane, secret service, prison, negotiation, one man army, hostage, conspiracy, president, head of state, political prisoner, white house ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: russia, moscow russia, afghanistan, kazakhstan
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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, psycho film ...
Plot: home invasion, killer, family in danger, hostage, deadly, blood, sociopath, serial killer, confined, danger, crime, maniac ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: georgia, usa, atlanta georgia, tennessee
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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, suspenseful, disturbing, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bank, fbi, police, crime, hostage, one day, crime gone awry, criminal heroes, bank robbery, nothing goes right, disorder, heist ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: new york, usa
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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, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hijacking, airplane, terrorism, rescue, hostage, explosion, violence, surveillance, bomb, deception, ransom, hand to hand combat ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: athens greece, washington d.c.
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 6.4
 15K
Beirut (2018)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A former U. S. diplomat returns to service in order to save a former colleague in Beirut.
Style: suspense, rough, suspenseful, bleak
Plot: israeli palestinian conflict, hostage, war, terrorism, heroes, arab, terrorist, fight, danger, mission, intrigue, betrayal ...
Time: year 1982, year 1972
Place: middle east, lebanon, israel, palestine
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Perfect Hideout (2008)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young couple on the run take a family father as a hostage and are shocked to realize that he actually is a serial killer who just murdered the family. With the police on the outside and the killer on the inside they now have nowhere to run and ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, captivating, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: psychopath, on the run, hostage, hostages, crime, criminal heroes, violence, crimes, police investigation, rivalry, chase, swat team ...
Time: contemporary
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2 Days in the Valley (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In a sleepy bedroom community of LA's San Fernando Valley, the murder of a professional athlete by two hit men sets into motion a chain of events that puts the mundane lives of a dozen residents on a collision course. This clever tale tells the ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, suspense, twist ending, witty ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, hitman, hostage, psychopath, attempted murder, crime, police investigation, gangsters, assassin, faked death, kidnapping, murder for hire ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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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: suspenseful, serious, twists and turns, suspense, tense ...
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, hostage, psychopath, maniac, family relations, parents and children, confined, crimes, crime, danger, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, new orleans, san francisco
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 4.4
 2K
Operator (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: When the daughter of veteran 911 call center operator Pamela, and her estranged husband Jeremy, a Senior Police Officer, is kidnapped and held hostage, they are left desperate, with no choice but to follow the kidnapper's rules: send messages ...
Style: suspense, surprise ending, psychological, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, police, hostage, haunted by the past, chaos, manipulation, criminal, danger, betrayal, redemption, police officer, survival ...
Place: atlanta georgia
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Midnight Special (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Greece
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A father and son go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers.
Style: suspenseful, serious, suspense, futuristic, atmospheric ...
Plot: chase, on the run, hostage, government, supernatural, parents and children, supernatural ability, family relations, danger, superhuman powers, imaginary, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 80s
Place: usa, louisiana, texas, atlanta georgia
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 7.2
 6K
Far from Men (2014)
Genre: Drama, War, Western
Country: France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A French teacher in a small Algerian village during the Algerian War forms an unexpected bond with a dissident who is ordered to be turned in to the authorities.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, suspense, suspenseful
Plot: journey, teacher, hostage, on the road, on the run, danger, misfit partners, political unrest, survival, rebellion, forced into action, war crime ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1954
Place: algeria, africa
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 6.1
 58K
Mystery Men (1999)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: When Champion City's hero Captain Amazing is kidnapped by the recently paroled supervillain Casanova Frankenstein, a trio of average, everyday superheroes -- Mr. Furious, the Shoveler and the Blue Raja -- assemble a new super team to save him.
Style: humorous, not serious, stylized, exciting, absurd ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: superhero, bowling, teenage superhero, hostage, superhero spoof, invisible man, save the day, heroic mission, crimes, master villain, daring rescue, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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 4.2
 11K
Fair Game (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Max Kirkpatrick is a cop who protects Kate McQuean, a civil law attorney, from a renegade KGB team out to terminate her
Style: realistic, stylized, serious, suspenseful, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, on the run, kgb, gunfight, police detective, hostage, foot chase, conspiracy, fbi, woman in danger, police protection, witnessing a crime ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: usa, florida, miami
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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, kidnapping, future dystopia, anti hero, race against time, rescue, hostage, cyberpunk, one man army, lone wolves, prison escape, loner ...
Time: future, 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey, california
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 4.8
 7K
7 Seconds (2005)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: UK, Romania, Switzerland, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When an experienced thief accidentally makes off with a Van Gogh, his partner is kidnapped by gangsters in pursuit of the painting, forcing the criminal to hatch a rescue plan.
Style: suspenseful, stylized, serious, realistic, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, one man army, tough heroes, criminal heroes, chases and races, rivalry, crime gone awry, disorder, dishonesty, kidnapping, daring rescue, hostage ...
Time: contemporary
Place: bucharest, romania
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The Killing Jar (2010)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A stranger armed with a shotgun takes seven patrons hostage in a remote roadside diner. But as the body count increases, the desperate survivors discover that one of the hostages may be even more dangerous than their captor.
Style: serious, atmospheric, suspenseful, tense, rough ...
Plot: murder, hostage, serial killer, crime gone awry, hostages, confined, rivalry, danger, isolation, deadly, crimes, splatter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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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: suspenseful, tense, captivating, clever, factual ...
Plot: cia, behind enemy lines, danger, american abroad, rescue mission, daring rescue, hostage, escapades, secret agents, life risking, government agency, race against time ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1979, year 1981, year 1980 ...
Place: usa, langley virginia, middle east, iran, tehran iran ...
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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, bloody, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vampire, stripper, priest, plot twist, crime gone awry, gory, bar fight, sheriff, hostage, criminal heroes, brutality, mexican american border ...
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, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, police corruption, race against time, police, rescue, one man army, crime, hostage, track down, twists & turns, conspiracy, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
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 5.3
 2K
Bel Canto (2018)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A famous opera singer is held hostage in South America by a guerrilla rebel group after performing at a Japanese businessman's lavish birthday party. Unexpected bonds are forged in the standoff that ensues.
Style: exciting, captivating, disturbing, suspense
Plot: hostage, kidnapping, flash forward, violence, murder, singing, military, singer, interracial romance, revolution, death threat, tragic love ...
Time: year 1996
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