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, suspense, serious, tense and intense films and TV shows about / with hostage, hostages, confined, crimes, mentor, dialogue, gun, runaway, violence and chase plots mostly in Thriller, Crime and Drama genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as hostage: Die Hard (1988), The Negotiator (1998), Funny Games (2007), Collateral (2004), Inside Man (2006), Speed (1994), Hostage (2005), The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009), The Ref (1994), Crisis (2014).

List of hostage movies

 8.2
 765K
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: intense, suspenseful, exciting, serious, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, hostage, gunfight, terrorist, heist, fbi, storage unit, courage, christmas, save the day, race against time, marital problem ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 7.3
 128K
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, serious, twists and turns, intellectual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, police, police corruption, frame up, uncover truth, false accusation, corruption, swat, negotiation, crime, law enforcement, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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 6.6
 89K
Funny Games (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France, UK, Austria, Germany, Italy
Duration: 111 min.
Story: When Ann, husband George and son Georgie arrive at their holiday home they are visited by a pair of polite and seemingly pleasant young men. Armed with deceptively sweet smiles and some golf clubs, they proceed to terrorize and torture the ...
Style: brutal, psychological, scary, rough, bad ending ...
Plot: psychopath, torture, hostage, home invasion, serial killer, danger, murder, torment, family in danger, savagery, maniac, bad guy wins ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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 7.5
 351K
Collateral (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Cab driver Max picks up a man who offers him $600 to drive him around. But the promise of easy money sours when Max realizes his fare is an assassin.
Style: tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, clever, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, taxi driver, hostage, crime, driving at night, killings, organized crime, merciless, crimes, anti heroes, danger, victim ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 7.6
 330K
Inside Man (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Bank robber Dalton Russell enters a Manhattan bank, locks the doors and takes hostages, working methodically and without haste. Detective Frazier is assigned to negotiate, but his mind is occupied with the corruption charges he is facing. With an ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, tricky, twists and turns, clever ...
Plot: heist, master criminal, hostage, bank robbery, bank, thief, perfect crime, crime, manipulations, crimes, twists & turns, police detective ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa, manhattan, new york city
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 7.2
 321K
Speed (1994)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Los Angeles SWAT cop Jack Traven is up against bomb expert Howard Payne, who's after major ransom money. First it's a rigged elevator in a very tall building. Then it's a rigged bus--if it slows, it will blow, bad enough any day, but ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, suspense, tense, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: hostage, danger, bomb, rescue, hostages, save the day, bus, hijacking, trapped, chases and races, highway, unlikely partners ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 6.6
 105K
Hostage (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 113 min.
Story: When a mafia accountant is taken hostage on his beat, a police officer – wracked by guilt from a prior stint as a negotiator – must negotiate the standoff, even as his own family is held captive by the mob.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, rough, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: hostage, kidnapping, hostage negotiator, hostages, fbi, crimes, small town, rescue, hostage situation, one man army, family problems, crime gone awry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california
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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: twists and turns, suspenseful, tense, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, hijacking, train, race against time, ransom, crimes, save the day, mind game, master criminal, 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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 6.9
 23K
The Ref (1994)
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: dark humor, humorous, talky, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: hostage, dysfunctional family, christmas, farce, holiday, robbery, dinner, christmas party, alcoholic, thief, blackmail, family problems ...
Time: 90s, 18th century
Place: usa, connecticut
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 7.2
 8K
Crisis (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: When Washington's most powerful players are pulled into an international conspiracy, an unlikely puppeteer will bring everyone from CEOs to The President of the United States to their knees by threatening the things they hold most dear.
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, exciting ...
Plot: hostage, secret service, fbi, special agents, kidnapping, conspiracy, parents and children, confined, betrayal, family relations, hostage situation, fear ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 7.0
 247K
Phone Booth (2002)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A slick New York publicist who picks up a ringing receiver in a phone booth is told that if he hangs up, he'll be killed... and the little red light from a laser rifle sight is proof that the caller isn't kidding.
Style: surprise ending, tense, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sniper, mind game, hostage, dishonesty, hostages, psychopath, phone booth, crimes, crime, murder, redemption, characters in danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Captain Phillips (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, 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: suspense, tense, suspenseful, realistic, exciting ...
Plot: ship, pirate, hostage, terrorism, rescue, hijacking, navy, kidnapping, hostages, u.s. navy, confined, team ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2009, 2000s, 2010s
Place: somalia, africa, usa, kenya, vermont ...
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 6.2
 115K
The Strangers (2008)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: After returning from a wedding reception, a couple staying in an isolated vacation house receive a knock on the door in the mid-hours of the night. What ensues is a violent invasion by three strangers, their faces hidden behind masks. The couple ...
Style: scary, tense, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: home invasion, slasher, hostage, survival, murder, serial killer, hostages, psychological thriller, confined, mysterious character, violence, isolation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2005
Place: usa
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 6.5
 176K
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, girls' night
Plot: hijacking, secret service, hostage, negotiation, airplane, terrorism, prison, conspiracy, president, head of state, political prisoner, white house ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: russia, afghanistan, kazakhstan, moscow russia
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 7.1
 121K
John Q (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: John Quincy Archibald is a father and husband whose son is diagnosed with an enlarged heart and then finds out he cannot receive a transplant because HMO insurance will not cover it. Therefore, he decides to take a hospital full of patients hostage ...
Style: twists and turns, thought provoking, emotional, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: hostage, hospital, injustice, financial problem, fighting the system, society, life is a bitch, crimes, doctors and patients, crime, family in crisis, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, illinois
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Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: When the White House (Secret Service Code: "Olympus") is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As the national ...
Style: exciting, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: terrorism, president, secret service, white house, one man army, terrorist attack, hostage, daring rescue, secret agents, save the day, danger, nuclear threat ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington d.c., usa, pentagon, north korea
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 7.6
 48K
Hotel Mumbai (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Australia, USA, UK, India, Singapore
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Based on the 2009 documentary Surviving Mumbai about the Mumbai attacks in 2008 at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in India.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, disturbing, factual, tense
Plot: terrorist attack, terrorist, terrorism, hostage, hotel, courage, religious fanatic, shooting, survival, survivor, siege, reporter ...
Time: 2000s, year 2008
Place: india, mumbai india, pakistan, australia, adelaide south australia ...
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 8.4
 258K
Money Heist (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 70 min.
Story: To carry out the biggest heist in history, a mysterious man called The Professor recruits a band of eight robbers who have a single characteristic: none of them has anything to lose. Five months of seclusion - memorizing every step, every detail, ...
Style: twists and turns, suspense, exciting, intense
Plot: bank robbery, perfect crime, heist, master criminal, hostage situation, professor, stockholm syndrome, criminal heroes, plot twist, planning, hostage, thief ...
Place: spain, thailand, madrid
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 6.5
 92K
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, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, race against time, hostage, police corruption, police, crime, crimes, rescue, track down, twists & turns, conspiracy, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
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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: hostage, bank robbery, bank, fbi, police, crime, crime gone awry, criminal heroes, crimes, nothing goes right, disorder, heist ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: new york, usa
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 6.7
 9K
Hostages (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Hostages is an American drama television series that airs on CBS as part of the 2013–14 American television season. The series is based on a similar Israeli series created by Alon Aranya, Omri Givon, and Rotem Shamir which will premiere on October ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic, suspense
Plot: hostage, surgery, political conspiracy, surgeon, moral dilemma, family in danger, hostages, doctors and patients, confined, danger, treason, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 5.1
 3K
Malevolence (2004)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: It's ten years after the kidnapping of Martin Bristol. Taken from a backyard swing at his home at the age of six, he is forced to witness unspeakable crimes of a deranged madman. For years, Martin's whereabouts have remained a ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, serious, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, serial killer, psychopath, slasher, heist, abandoned house, woman in danger, deadly, on the run, violence spree, criminal heroes, confined ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 80s, year 1989, 1990s ...
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 5.8
 13K
The Clearing (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA, UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When affluent executive, Wayne Hayes is kidnapped by a disgruntled employee and held for ransom in a forest, Wayne’s wife is forced to reckon with the FBI agents as they negotiate with the kidnapper.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, intense, twists and turns ...
Plot: hostage, kidnapping, ransom, negotiation, marital problem, marriage, psychopath, fbi, family life, haunted by the past, danger, infidelity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: pittsburgh, london
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From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Horror
Country: USA, Mexico
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, offbeat, scary, bloody, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vampire, hostage, priest, stripper, plot twist, crime gone awry, gory, bar fight, crimes, sheriff, criminal heroes, brutality ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: mexico, texas, usa, latin america
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 6.9
 246K
Non-Stop (2014)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France, USA, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Bill Marks is a burned-out veteran of the Air Marshals service. He views the assignment not as a life-saving duty, but as a desk job in the sky. However, today's flight will be no routine trip. Shortly into the transatlantic journey from New ...
Style: exciting, tense, twists and turns, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: air disaster, terrorism, airplane, hijacking, danger, save the day, hostage, false accusation, deadly, race against time, conspiracy, special agents ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, new york, iceland, london
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 5.9
 17K
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, humorous, realistic, semi serious, clever ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: car chase, hostage, chase, kidnapping, on the run, violence, gunfight, pursuit, crimes, disorder, danger, escapades ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, mexico, california, united states, los angeles ...
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New Police Story (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Sent into a drunken tailspin when his entire unit is killed by a gang of thrill-seeking punks, disgraced Hong Kong police inspector Wing (Jackie Chan) needs help from his new rookie partner, with a troubled past of his own, to climb out of the ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, rough, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, hostage, revenge, gang, redemption, partner, crimes, hostages, rivalry, haunted by the past, birthday, dark past ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: hong kong, china, asia, los angeles, tokyo
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 7.7
 561K
Argo (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
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, rescue mission, hostage, behind enemy lines, danger, secret agents, american abroad, daring rescue, hollywood, race against time, life risking, hidden identity ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, year 1979, year 1980 ...
Place: usa, middle east, langley virginia, iran, washington d.c. ...
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 6.3
 16K
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: rough, serious, suspenseful, scary, disturbing ...
Plot: hostage, mind game, psychopath, siblings relations, violence spree, mentally unstable, danger, crimes, deadly, confined, sadistic horror, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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 6.9
 29K
Alan Partridge (2013)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: UK
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: humorous, cynical, satirical, absurd, talky ...
Plot: hostage, radio dj, radio station, hostage situation, desire for fame, goofy hero, ambition, workplace, social awkwardness, lifestyle, crimes, boss and employee ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, california
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