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, tense, suspense and clever films and TV shows about / with kidnapping, crimes, murder, danger, violence, brutality, storytelling, runaway, dialogue and betrayal plots mostly in Thriller, Drama and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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kidnapping movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as kidnapping: Split (2016), Taken (2008), The Call (2013), 3096 Days (2013), Cleveland Abduction (2015), Prisoners (2013), Fargo (1996), Alpha Dog (2006), The Sugarland Express (1974), Man on Fire (2004).

List of kidnapping movies

 7.3
 356K
Split (2016)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Japan, 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, psychological, suspense, surprise ending ...
Plot: kidnapping, mental illness, serial killer, insanity, schizophrenia, violence, survival, mercilessness, teenage girl, paranoia, psychiatrist, held captive ...
Time: 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, philadelphia
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 7.8
 535K
Taken (2008)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 94 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, dark hero, rescue, young woman, danger, daring rescue, human trafficking, car chase, boat ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, france, paris france, arc de triomphe paris
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 6.7
 103K
The Call (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, 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, surprise ending, psychological, tense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, serial killer, psycho, woman in danger, danger, fear, murder, investigation, lifesaver, cell phone, control room, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 6.4
 9K
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: realistic, captivating, serious, tense, rough
Plot: kidnapping, pedophile, rape, life is a bitch, captivity, confinement indoors, missing child, child abuse, teenage girl, survivor, psychological torture, cellar ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 21st century, contemporary
Place: austria
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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, tense, serious, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: kidnapping, captivity, sexual abuse, confined, crimes, life is a bitch, woman in danger, survival, violence, true crime, friendship, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ohio, usa
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 8.1
 517K
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, bleak, psychological, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: kidnapping, missing child, police investigation, investigation, disappearance, crime, torture, brutality, revenge, vigilantism, maze, vigilante ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, boston, usa
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 8.1
 555K
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, suspenseful, cynical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, police investigation, greed, snow, ransom, psychopath, crime gone awry, murder, small town, police, neo noir, americana ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: north dakota, minnesota, usa, minneapolis minnesota
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 6.9
 95K
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, bleak, harsh ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: kidnapping, gang, friendship, youth, society, crimes, criminal heroes, party, debt, marijuana, crime, death ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 2005, year 2003
Place: california, usa, albuquerque new mexico
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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, realistic, captivating, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: kidnapping, chase, police, prison, sniper, gas station, on the road, helicopter, hostage, stadium, convicted felon, texas ranger ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1969, 1960s, 80s
Place: texas, usa, mexico, california
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 7.7
 305K
Man on Fire (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Mexico
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: tense, rough, exciting, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, vengeance, lone hero, daring rescue, friendship, mercenary, vigilantism, cia, diary, danger, warrior, vigilante ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america, mexico city
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 5.9
 39K
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, twist ending, serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: kidnapping, missing person, serial killer, paranoia, woman in danger, danger, crimes, haunted by the past, track down, vigilante, police, police investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oregon, usa
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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, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
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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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: psychological, bleak, rough, erotic, banned film ...
Plot: sex, kidnapping, rape, captivity, fascism, sexual torture, sexual relations, sexual perversion, obsession, violence spree, confined, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 18th century
Place: italy, europe, latin america
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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, rough, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, betrayal, neo noir, mansion, rain, alcoholic, poker game, pistol, hospital, hostage, crime ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, atlantic city new jersey
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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, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough
Plot: kidnapping, gang, psychopath, serial killer, trap, captivity, chase, crimes, killing off one by one, hostages, hunt down, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, cross country
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 6.9
 50K
The Rescuers (1977)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: What can two little mice possibly do to save an orphan girl who's fallen into evil hands? With a little cooperation and faith in oneself, anything is possible! As members of the mouse-run International Rescue Aid Society, Bernard and Miss ...
Style: touching, feel good, semi serious, light, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: kidnapping, mouse, rescue, friendship, adventure, mole, family, rescue mission, heroes, on the run, chase, danger ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new orleans
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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, surprise ending, scary ...
Plot: riddles and clues, kidnapping, captivity, danger, confined, gory, crimes, deadly, survival, crime, murder, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new orleans
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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, suspenseful, bleak, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, slavery, prostitute, captivity, corruption, woman in danger, danger, single parent, rescue, dishonesty, society, russian ...
Time: contemporary
Place: eastern europe, ukraine, russia, the philippines, asia ...
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 8.6
 15K
ERASED (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Satoru Fujinuma is a struggling manga artist who has the ability to turn back time and prevent deaths. When his mother is killed he turns back time to solve the mystery, but ends up back in elementary school, just before the disappearance of his ...
Style: psychological, captivating, tense, sentimental, uplifting
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, kidnapping, child abuse, childhood, friendship, death, murder, serial killer, dysfunctional family, abuse, abusive mother, supernatural ...
Time: 21st century, year 2006
Place: japan
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 6.3
 271K
Taken 2 (2012)
Genre: Action, 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: exciting, realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing
Plot: kidnapping, hostages, one man army, boyfriend, danger, violence, teenage daughter, stealing a car, u.s. embassy, police chase, bag over head, albanian ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: turkey, europe, paris france, istanbul turkey, asia ...
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 5.9
 36K
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, twists and turns, scary, surprise ending, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: missing child, kidnapping, mysterious character, track down, abduction, uncover truth, urban legend, danger, mystery, small town, parents and children, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington state
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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, isolation, hospital, mother son relationship, dog, imprisonment, skylight, escape, carpet, locked in a room, captive, child born of rape ...
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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: surreal, humorous, talky, twists and turns, offbeat ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nihilism, kidnapping, bowling, mistaken identity, hippie, marijuana, disorder, stoners, dialogue, crime, vietnam veteran, millionaire ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, pasadena california, malibu california
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A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, 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: tense, suspenseful, suspense, clever, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, kidnapping, private detective, investigation, crime, mafia, haunted by the past, serial killer, revenge, drug dealer, hostage, murder of wife ...
Time: 20th century, 1990s, contemporary, 21st century, 90s ...
Place: usa, new york
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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, murder, sexual perversion, kidnapping, hostages, crimes, sadism, rape, woman in danger, isolation, teenage rape, kidnapped girl ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1984
Place: russia, afghanistan
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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, tense, suspenseful, suspense, christmas horror ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: psychopath, obsession, stalking, kidnapping, torment, isolation, escape attempt, danger, survival, security guard, christmas eve, confinement indoors ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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 7.7
 3K
Kidnapped (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Story: Kidnapped is an American television drama series from Sony Pictures Television which aired on NBC from September 20, 2006, to August 11, 2007. The series returned on Universal HD in 2008.
Style: twists and turns, serious, suspenseful, realistic, suspense
Plot: kidnapping, crime, private detective, law enforcement, danger, search, fbi, negotiation, ransom, hopes, special agents, confined ...
Place: new york, usa
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Captain Phillips (2013)
Genre: Biography, 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: tense, suspenseful, realistic, suspense, intense ...
Plot: ship, hijacking, pirate, navy, kidnapping, hostages, confined, team, rescue, terrorism, ship captain, u.s. navy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2009, 2000s, 2010s
Place: somalia, africa, united states, virginia, vermont ...
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 5.8
 9K
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: scary, suspenseful, bleak, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: kidnapping, evil child, mind control, murder, hostages, confined, criminal heroes, partners in crime, danger, crime gone awry, ransom, isolation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa, new england
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The Cold Light of Day (2012)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, Spain
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After his family is kidnapped during their sailing trip in Spain, a young Wall Street trader is confronted by the people responsible: intelligence agents looking to recover a mysterious briefcase.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, twists and turns, serious, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, heroes, government, life turned upside down, danger, family in danger, crimes, police chase, unlikely hero, espionage, government agent, father son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain
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