Kidnapping movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant kidnapping movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful, suspense, tense and intense films and TV shows about / with kidnapping, crimes, brutality, murder, dialogue, violence, runaway, danger, storytelling and mentor plots mostly in Thriller, Crime and Drama genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as kidnapping: The Call (2013), Taken (2008), Split (2016), 3096 Days (2013), Fargo (1996), Alpha Dog (2006), Prisoners (2013), Man on Fire (2004), Gone (2012), The Sugarland Express (1974).
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Fargo (1996)
Crime, Drama, Thriller
USA, UK
98 min.
 8.1
Prisoners (2013)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
USA
153 min.
 8.1
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Killing Angels (2019)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
USA
Finding Her (2019)
Crime, Drama, Mystery
USA, Romania, Mexico
104 min.

List of kidnapping movies

 6.7
 101K
The Call (2013)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Jordan Turner is an experienced 911 operator but when she makes an error in judgment and a call ends badly, Jordan is rattled and unsure if she can continue. But when teenager Casey Welson is abducted in the back of a man's car and calls 911, ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, psychological, tense, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, serial killer, danger, woman in danger, fear, psycho, murder, cell phone, lifesaver, control room, underground, guilt ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 7.8
 526K
Taken (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: While vacationing with a friend in Paris, an American girl is kidnapped by a gang of human traffickers intent on selling her into forced prostitution. Working against the clock, her ex-spy father must pull out all the stops to save her. But with his ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, entertaining, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, one man army, vigilantism, chase, rescue, daring rescue, danger, car chase, young woman, track down, human trafficking, tough heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, paris france, arc de triomphe paris
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 7.3
 298K
Split (2016)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Though Kevin has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher, there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant ...
Style: twist ending, macabre, suspense, psychological, surprise ending ...
Plot: mental illness, kidnapping, insanity, serial killer, schizophrenia, violence, dissociative identity disorder, teenage girl, survival, paranoia, psychiatrist, held captive ...
Time: 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, philadelphia
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 6.4
 8K
3096 Days (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A young Austrian girl is kidnapped and held in captivity for eight years. Based on the real-life case of Natascha Kampusch.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, tense, rough
Plot: kidnapping, captivity, life is a bitch, rape, confinement indoors, missing child, confined, child abuse, teenage girl, mental illness, psychological torture, survivor ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 20th century, 21st century
Place: austria
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 8.1
 537K
Fargo (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to ...
Style: dark humor, atmospheric, suspense, interesting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, police investigation, psychopath, greed, ransom, snow, murder, americana, crime gone awry, small town, neo noir, police ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: north dakota, usa, minnesota, minneapolis minnesota
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 6.9
 93K
Alpha Dog (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Johnny Truelove likes to see himself as tough. He's the son of an underworld figure and a drug dealer. Johnny also likes to get tough when things don't go his way. When Jake Mazursky fails to pay up for Johnny, things get worse for the ...
Style: rough, serious, disturbing, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: kidnapping, gang, crime, friendship, debt, party, crimes, friends, buddies, parents and children, criminal heroes, society ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 2005, year 2003
Place: california, usa, albuquerque new mexico
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 8.1
 496K
Prisoners (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
Style: suspenseful, tense, bleak, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: kidnapping, missing child, investigation, police investigation, disappearance, crime, brutality, revenge, torture, vigilantism, vengeance, moral ambiguity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, boston
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 7.7
 297K
Man on Fire (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Jaded ex-CIA operative John Creasy reluctantly accepts a job as the bodyguard for a 10-year-old girl in Mexico City. They clash at first, but eventually bond, and when she's kidnapped he's consumed by fury and will stop at nothing to save ...
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, psychological, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, vengeance, daring rescue, vigilantism, friendship, danger, lone hero, mercenary, bodyguard, diary, cia, revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america
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 5.9
 38K
Gone (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Jill Parrish is trying to rebuild her life after surviving a terrifying kidnapping attempt. Though she is having a difficult time, she takes small steps toward normalcy by starting a new job and inviting her sister, Molly, to move in with her. ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, suspense, serious, twist ending ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: kidnapping, missing person, paranoia, woman in danger, crimes, danger, haunted by the past, track down, serial killer, police investigation, survival, vigilante ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, usa
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The Sugarland Express (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Married small-time crooks Lou-Jean and Clovis Poplin lose their baby to the state of Texas and resolve to do whatever it takes to get him back. Lou-Jean gets Clovis out of jail, and the two steal their son from his foster home, in addition to taking ...
Style: road movie, suspenseful, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: kids
Plot: kidnapping, police, chase, prison, on the road, convicted felon, hostage, texas ranger, stadium, crime, adoption, gas station ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 80s
Place: texas, usa, mexico, california
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 6.5
 85K
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, rescue, hostage, mobile phone, chase, one man army, track down, conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
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Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
Genre: Drama, Horror, War
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Four corrupted fascist libertines round up 9 teenage boys and girls and subject them to 120 days of sadistic physical, mental and sexual torture.
Style: erotic, psychological, bleak, rough, sexual ...
Plot: captivity, kidnapping, fascism, sexual relations, obsession, violence spree, sexual perversion, confined, deadly, crimes, sex, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: italy, europe
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Human Trafficking (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 176 min.
Story: When a sixteen-year-old girl from the Ukraine, a single mother from Russia, an orphaned seventeen-year-old girl from Romania, and a twelve-year-old American tourist become the victims of international sex slave traffickers, a specialized team of ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, slavery, prostitute, captivity, corruption, crime, crimes, small community, life is a bitch, mystery, immigrants, single parent ...
Time: contemporary
Place: eastern europe, asia, europe, russia, the philippines ...
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 6.0
 16K
No One Lives (2012)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A gang of ruthless highway killers kidnap a wealthy couple traveling cross country only to shockingly discover that things are not what they seem.
Style: scary, serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic
Plot: kidnapping, gang, psychopath, serial killer, crimes, danger, chase, crime gone awry, killing off one by one, hunt down, captivity, hostages ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, cross country
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 5.5
 11K
Nine Dead (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Communication is the key to the survival for nine strangers who have been kidnapped by a masked gunman and told that one of them will die every ten minutes until they discover how they are all connected. Who of the nine lives and who dies?
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: riddles and clues, danger, captivity, kidnapping, confined, crimes, deadly, survival, gory, crime, abduction, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new orleans
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Cleveland Abduction (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A single mother becomes Ariel Castro's first kidnapping victim, and finds herself trapped in his home with two other women for 11 years.
Style: psychological, serious, disturbing, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: kidnapping, captivity, sexual abuse, confined, survival, crimes, crime, true crime, isolation, woman in danger, danger, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ohio, usa
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 6.3
 265K
Taken 2 (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing
Plot: kidnapping, hostages, violence, one man army, police chase, albanian, teenage daughter, u.s. embassy, stealing a car, bag over head, danger, boyfriend ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: turkey, europe, asia, china, istanbul turkey ...
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 7.1
 6K
Cargo 200 (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A young woman is taken hostage by a police officer and subsequently abused by the lawman gone mad.
Style: rough, bleak, psychological, suspenseful, based on true events ...
Plot: sexual abuse, kidnapping, murder, sexual perversion, hostages, crimes, rape, isolation, woman in danger, sadism, kidnapped girl, teenage rape ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1984
Place: russia, afghanistan
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The Big Lebowski (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, a Los Angeles slacker who only wants to bowl and drink white Russians, is mistaken for another Jeffrey Lebowski, a wheelchair-bound millionaire, and finds himself dragged into a strange series of events ...
Style: humorous, surreal, talky, twists and turns, absurd ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nihilism, kidnapping, crime, mistaken identity, bowling, stoners, disorder, dialogue, hippie, buddies, marijuana, nothing goes right ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, malibu california, pasadena california
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 6.0
 39K
Baby's Day Out (1994)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Baby Bink couldn't ask for more; he has adoring (if somewhat sickly-sweet) parents, he lives in a huge mansion, and he's just about to appear in the social pages of the paper. Unfortunately, not everyone in the world is as nice as Baby ...
Style: humorous, not serious, funny, light, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: babies and infants, mischievous children, kidnapping, nothing goes right, crime gone awry, danger, disorder, fish out of water, chase, young heroes, escapades, prank ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: illinois, usa
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 5.8
 8K
Whisper (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Convicted felon Max Truemont (played by Josh Holloway) is hired to execute a kidnapping of the son of one of the richest women in the state. Along with his fiancée Roxanne (played by Sarah Wayne Callies), Max joins two other strangers who were also ...
Style: bleak, serious, suspenseful, scary, tense ...
Plot: kidnapping, isolation, mind control, murder, hostages, confined, danger, crime gone awry, partners in crime, criminal heroes, supernatural ability, evil child ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, new england, usa
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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, serious, suspenseful, tense, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: psychopath, stalking, kidnapping, obsession, isolation, escape attempt, torment, danger, survival, christmas eve, security guard, vicious ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Ruthless People (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A couple, cheated by a vile businessman, kidnap his wife in retaliation, without knowing that their enemy is delighted they did.
Style: offbeat, humorous, clever, witty, not serious ...
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, farce, yuppie, cons and scams, crime, confined, vengeance, crimes, dishonesty, couples, hostages ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
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A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, 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: suspenseful, tense, atmospheric, serious, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, murder, private detective, investigation, neo noir, alcoholic, crime, corpse, private investigator, mafia, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 1990s, 90s, 21st century, contemporary ...
Place: usa, new york
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The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Based on Wes Craven's 1977 suspenseful cult classic, The Hills Have Eyes is the story of a family road trip that goes terrifyingly awry when the travelers become stranded in a government atomic zone. Miles from nowhere, the Carter family soon ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, brutal, psychological, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: desert, slasher, survival, cannibalism, kidnapping, danger, victim, escape attempt, family in danger, trapped, fear, genetically altered ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2006
Place: new mexico, mine, usa
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 5.9
 35K
The Tall Man (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When her child goes missing, a mother looks to unravel the legend of the Tall Man, an entity who allegedly abducts children.
Style: suspenseful, scary, serious, twists and turns, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: missing child, kidnapping, uncover truth, danger, mysterious character, track down, mystery, children, urban legend, small town, family problems, rescue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington state
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 7.0
 24K
Suicide Kings (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Crime
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, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, betrayal, neo noir, hospital, poker game, alcoholic, mansion, pistol, hostage, rain, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, atlantic city new jersey, new york
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 8.2
 296K
Room (2015)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Ireland, Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Jack is a young boy of 5 years old who has lived all his life in one room. He believes everything within it are the only real things in the world. But what will happen when his Ma suddenly tells him that there are other things outside of Room?
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, heartbreaking, dramatic ...
Plot: kidnapping, mother son relationship, isolation, hospital, locked in a room, escape, imprisonment, carpet, skylight, dog, grandparents, captive ...
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 7.8
 29K
The Vanishing (1988)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: Netherlands, France, West Germany
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Rex and Saskia are enjoying a biking holiday in France when, stopping at a gas station, Saskia disappears. Confounded, Rex searches everywhere, but to no avail. Three years later, he's still obsessed with finding her, pleading his case on ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: kidnapping, missing person, obsession, mind game, mystery, crimes, vacation, disappearance, roadhouse, obsessive quest, rivalry, serial killer ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: france, europe, holland, california
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The Man from Nowhere (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 119 min.
Story: His only friend called him 'the man from nowhere'... Taesik, a former special agent becomes a loner after losing his wife in a miserable accident and lives a bitter life running a pawnshop. He only has a few customers and a friend named ...
Style: serious, emotional, brutal, rough, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, kidnapping, gang, daring rescue, missing child, fist fighting, crimes, rivalry, master warrior, martial arts, heroes, lone wolves ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea, seoul
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