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, serious, suspense, suspenseful, tense and rough films and TV shows about / with hostage, crimes, danger, violence, kidnapping, pistol, dialogue, murder, blood and confined plots mostly in Thriller, Drama and Crime genres shot in USA, Germany, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as hostage: The Negotiator (1998), Die Hard (1988), Killer Elite (2011), The Dark Hours (2005), Mother's Day (2010), No Good Deed (2002), Masterminds (1997), The Chase (1994), The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009), A Perfect World (1993).

List of hostage movies

 7.3
 123K
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: false accusation, hostage, police corruption, frame up, corruption, police, uncover truth, innocence, swat, conspiracy, hostages, murder ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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 8.2
 729K
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, heist, christmas, fbi, save the day, marital problem, race against time, terrorist, gunfight, courage, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 6.5
 119K
Killer Elite (2011)
Genre: Action, 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, violence, ex military, desert, revenge, secret society, assassination ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 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, psychological, disturbing, suspense, rough ...
Plot: psychopath, hostage, psychiatrist, surrealism, obsession, mind game, doctors and patients, vengeance, crimes, deadly, cabin, mental patient ...
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: rough, suspenseful, serious, scary, disturbing ...
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, crimes, hostages ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1920s
Place: usa, new york, canada, san francisco
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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, exciting, absurd ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: hostage, ransom, heroes, mind game, adventure, youth, good versus evil, school, save the day, teenage life, rivalry, rescue ...
Time: 90s, future
Place: san francisco, mine
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 5.9
 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, chase, kidnapping, hostage, on the run, violence, gunfight, crimes, disorder, danger, escapades, unlikely couple ...
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, realistic, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hijacking, hostage, train, race against time, ransom, crimes, save the day, master criminal, mind game, crime, financial driven terrorism, danger ...
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, fugitives, friendship, manhunt, prison escape, moral ambiguity, violence, dysfunctional family, prison, runaway ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: texas, usa, alaska, california
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The Crying Game (1992)
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, tense, psychological, captivating, touching ...
Plot: tragic love, friendship, haunted by the past, hostage, sexuality, gender bending, soldier, redemption, terrorism, convict, fall in love, hidden identity ...
Time: 90s
Place: ireland, northern ireland, london, england, europe
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 6.5
 169K
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, hostage, conspiracy, president, head of state, political prisoner, white house, one man army ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: russia, moscow russia, afghanistan, kazakhstan
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 6.2
 5K
Stockholm (2018)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, History
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Based on the extraordinary true story of the European city’s 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis that was documented in the 1974 New Yorker article “The Bank Drama” by Daniel Lang. The events grasped the world’s attention when the hostages ...
Style: based on true events, tense, captivating, suspense, exciting
Plot: hostage, stockholm syndrome, bank robber, ransom, criminal as protagonist, hostage situation, american abroad, husband wife relationship, bank, police chief, criminal, getaway car ...
Time: year 1973
Place: stockholm sweden, sweden
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A Life Less Ordinary (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Fantasy, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A couple of angels, O'Reilly and Jackson, are sent to Earth to make sure that their next supervised love-connection succeeds. They follow Celine, a spoiled rich girl who has just accidentally shot a suitor and, due to a misunderstanding, is ...
Style: feel good, witty, humorous, semi serious, surreal ...
Audience: date night
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, angel, love, destiny, stockholm syndrome, hostage, robbery, romance, murder, fall in love, screwball ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, los angeles
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 5.6
 16K
No Good Deed (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Horror, 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, rough, suspenseful, serious, psycho film ...
Plot: killer, family in danger, hostage, sociopath, deadly, blood, serial killer, confined, danger, crime, home invasion, 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, captivating, disturbing, 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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 6.9
 22K
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: dysfunctional family, christmas, hostages, farce, holiday, hostage, robbery, dinner, thief, blackmail, christmas party, alcoholic ...
Time: 90s, 18th century
Place: usa, connecticut
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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, realistic, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hijacking, terrorism, airplane, rescue, hostage, violence, explosion, surveillance, ransom, deception, bomb, hand to hand combat ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: athens greece, washington d.c.
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 6.4
 16K
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: rough, bleak, suspense, suspenseful
Plot: israeli palestinian conflict, hostage, war, terrorism, heroes, terrorist, arab, fight, mission, danger, intrigue, betrayal ...
Time: year 1972, year 1982
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: exciting, captivating, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: psychopath, on the run, hostage, crime, hostages, criminal heroes, violence, crimes, rivalry, police investigation, chase, car accident ...
Time: contemporary
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 6.9
 2K
Skirt Day (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A troubled and emotionally fragile woman finds herself at the center of a firestorm, in this gut-wrenching psychological drama.
Style: psychological, disturbing, thought provoking, rough, emotional ...
Plot: teachers and students, hostage, juvenile delinquency, hardcase students, high school, mentally unstable, youth, breaking point, life is a bitch, society, police, negotiation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: france
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The In Between (2005)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Under the border leading into Mexico, within a labyrinth of caves, a deadly presence haunts all who enter. For four friends on an expedition, the caverns become an underground graveyard as the tortured ghosts prey upon them, one by one.
Style: scary, serious, psychological, suspenseful, bleak
Plot: ghost, hostage, cave, supernatural, deadly creature, friendship, gory, deadly, slasher, survival, danger, teenager ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, california, latin america, usa, texas
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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: humorous, semi serious, 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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 7.0
 25K
Suicide Kings (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Christopher Walken shines in this cult-favorite dark comedy as Charlie, a former mobster who is abducted by five privileged young men (Sean Patrick Flanery, Johnny Galecki, Jay Mohr, Jeremy Sisto, Henry Thomas) desperate to raise a $2 million ransom ...
Style: dark humor, suspenseful, tense, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, hostage, crime, mansion, crime gone awry, disorder, nothing goes right, confined, danger, buddies, manipulation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, atlantic city new jersey
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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, family relations, confined, parents and children, crimes, crime, danger, maniac, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, new orleans, san francisco
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 4.3
 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: surprise ending, suspense, captivating, psychological
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, police, hostage, haunted by the past, chaos, danger, criminal, manipulation, betrayal, redemption, rivalry, survival ...
Place: atlanta georgia
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Midnight Special (2016)
Genre: 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, family relations, supernatural ability, parents and children, superhuman powers, imaginary, danger, 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 run, on the road, misfit partners, danger, political unrest, survival, forced into action, rebellion, war crime ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1954
Place: algeria, africa
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 6.1
 59K
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, daring rescue, criminal's revenge, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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 6.9
 2K
Hitch Hike (1977)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A bickering couple driving cross-country pick up a murderous hitchhiker whom threatens to kill them unless they take him to a santuary, and in return agrees to split some bank loot he has on him.
Style: tense, suspenseful, suspense, serious, rough ...
Plot: psychopath, rape, hitchhiker, on the run, on the road, crimes, violence, hostage, violence spree, danger, survival, desert ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, southern california, arizona
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