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, suspenseful, tense, suspense and entertaining films and TV shows about / with hostage, crimes, hostages, danger, kidnapping, mentor, violence, dialogue, confined and catastrophe plots mostly in Thriller, Drama and Action genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as hostage: The Negotiator (1998), Die Hard (1988), Proof of Life (2000), Killer Elite (2011), Mother's Day (2010), Alan Partridge (2013), No Good Deed (2002), Masterminds (1997), The Chase (1994), The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009).

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, frame up, police corruption, corruption, police, uncover truth, innocence, swat, hostages, conspiracy, 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, fbi, save the day, gunfight, race against time, marital problem, terrorist, christmas, confined, hostages ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 6.2
 53K
Proof of Life (2000)
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: exciting, suspenseful, sentimental, intense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: ransom, hostage, rescue, terrorism, jungle, mercenary, negotiation, group of criminals, couple relations, confined, danger, kidnapping ...
Time: 90s
Place: latin america, south america, africa
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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, suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, rescue, secret service, spy, mentor, hostage, violence, ex military, desert, revenge, secret society, assassination ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: middle east, london, england, europe, australia ...
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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, suspenseful, rough, serious, 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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 6.9
 28K
Alan Partridge (2013)
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: humorous, cynical, satirical, absurd, talky ...
Plot: hostage, radio dj, hostage situation, radio station, desire for fame, ambition, workplace, lifestyle, social awkwardness, goofy hero, forced into action, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, 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, realistic, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: police detective, hostage, robbery, bank robbery, femme fatale, police, heist, crime, rivalry, manipulations, hostages, confined ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1920s
Place: usa, canada, new york, 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, absurd, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: adventure, hostage, ransom, heroes, mind game, good versus evil, youth, 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, gunfight, violence, 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, realistic, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hijacking, hostage, train, race against time, ransom, mind game, master criminal, crimes, save the day, 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, touching, captivating ...
Plot: tragic love, terrorism, friendship, haunted by the past, hostage, sexuality, gender bending, soldier, redemption, fall in love, hidden identity, convict ...
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, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hijacking, airplane, secret service, negotiation, prison, hostage, conspiracy, president, head of state, political prisoner, white house, one man army ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: russia, kazakhstan, afghanistan, moscow russia
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 6.2
 7K
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, exciting, suspense
Plot: stockholm syndrome, hostage, bank robber, ransom, criminal as protagonist, hostage situation, american abroad, police chief, bank, husband wife relationship, waterfront, 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, home invasion, family in danger, hostage, deadly, sociopath, blood, serial killer, confined, danger, crime, maniac ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, georgia, atlanta georgia, tennessee
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 6.1
 4K
Benji (1974)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Benji is a stray who has nonetheless worked his way into the hearts of a number of the townspeople, who give him food and attention whenever he stops by. His particular favorites are a pair of children who feed and play with him against the wishes ...
Style: humorous, sentimental, semi serious, feel good, touching ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: rescue, dog, animal actor, kidnapping, friendship, hostage, family, adventure, family relations, animal life, disorder, hostages ...
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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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Truth or Consequences, N.M. (1997)
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: serious, suspenseful, exciting, rough, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: on the road, prison, heist, crime gone awry, hitman, robbery, hostage, chase, on the run, gangsters, crime, unlikely criminals ...
Time: 90s
Place: new mexico, las vegas, usa, mexico
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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: hostages, dysfunctional family, christmas, farce, holiday, hostage, robbery, blackmail, dinner, thief, 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, twists and turns, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hijacking, terrorism, airplane, rescue, hostage, violence, explosion, surveillance, bomb, deception, hand to hand combat, ransom ...
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: bleak, rough, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: israeli palestinian conflict, hostage, war, arab, terrorism, heroes, terrorist, fight, mission, danger, intrigue, betrayal ...
Time: year 1982, year 1972
Place: middle east, lebanon, israel, palestine
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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In New York, armed men hijack a subway car and demand a ransom for the passengers. Even if it's paid, how could they get away?
Style: realistic, tense, suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hijacking, hostage, danger, race against time, hostages, save the day, crime, confined, tunnel, law enforcement, train, mind game ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york
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 5.9
 1K
Sabotage (1996)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Former special services agent plays an intricate game of chess involving several federal agencies. Queen takes pawn.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, tense, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: betrayal, fbi, hostage, cia agent, sniper, bodyguard, mercenary, martial arts, assassin, violence, conspiracy, false accusation ...
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 6.1
 6K
Restraint (2008)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Two fugitives land in hot water when they take a hostage who poses a threat to their well-being.
Style: serious, psychological, suspenseful, realistic, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, psychopath, on the run, murder, hostage, seduction, lie, mansion, survival, mind game, isolation, danger ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia
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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, captivating, exciting, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: psychopath, on the run, hostage, crime, criminal heroes, hostages, violence, crimes, rivalry, police investigation, chase, surveillance camera ...
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, thought provoking, disturbing, rough, serious ...
Plot: teachers and students, hostage, juvenile delinquency, hardcase students, high school, youth, mentally unstable, breaking point, life is a bitch, society, police, negotiation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 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: serious, scary, suspenseful, psychological, bleak
Plot: ghost, hostage, cave, supernatural, friendship, deadly creature, gory, deadly, slasher, danger, survival, teenager ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america, usa, california, texas
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Of Gods and Men (2010)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: French drama based on the 1996 kidnapping and killing of seven monks in Algeria. A group of Trappist monks reside in the monastery of Tibhirine in Algeria, where they live in harmony with the largely muslim population. When a bloody conflict between ...
Style: sincere, captivating, thought provoking, meditative, realistic ...
Plot: monk, clergy, terrorism, monastery, hostage, faith, execution, muslim, evacuation, peace, political unrest, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1996, 1990s
Place: algeria, palestine, france
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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, realistic ...
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, negotiation, infidelity, marital problem, marriage, hostage, psychopath, fbi, haunted by the past, family life, danger ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london
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