Hostage situation movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant hostage situation movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out suspense, suspenseful, tense, realistic, exciting and serious films and TV shows about / with hostage situation, hostage, crimes, danger, violence, gun, police, swat team, kidnapping and hostage negotiator plots mostly in Thriller, Action and Drama genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as hostage situation: Money Heist (2017), Stockholm (2018), Captain Phillips (2013), Blood Red Sky (2021), Rampage: Capital Punishment (2014), Alien Raiders (2008), Below the Surface (2017), The Day (2018), My Hero Academia: Two Heroes (2018), Inside Man (2006).

List of hostage situation movies

Money Heist (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 70 min.
TV show
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: suspense, exciting, twists and turns, intense, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: heist, perfect crime, hostage situation, bank robbery, professor, master criminal, hostage, planning, criminal heroes, thief, strategy, stockholm syndrome ...
Place: spain, madrid, thailand
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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: captivating, tense, suspense, exciting, macabre
Plot: stockholm syndrome, hostage, hostage situation, bank, criminal as protagonist, criminal, bank robbery, negotiation, bank robber, bank vault, ransom, chief of police ...
Time: year 1973, 70s
Place: sweden, stockholm sweden, eastern europe
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Captain Phillips (2013)
Genre: Action, 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: realistic, suspense, tense, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: ship, hostage, kidnapping, pirate, u.s. navy, terrorism, rescue, survival, escapades, hostage situation, ocean, navy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2009, 2010s, 2000s
Place: somalia, africa, vermont, virginia, kenya ...
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Blood Red Sky (2021)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A woman with a mysterious illness is forced into action when a group of terrorists attempt to hijack a transatlantic overnight flight. In order to protect her son she will have to reveal a dark secret, and unleash the inner monster she has fought to ...
Style: suspense, captivating, tense
Plot: supernatural, terrorism, airplane, hostage situation, violence, vampire, terrorist attack, hijacker, woman, flying, hijacking, hidden identity ...
Place: germany
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Rampage: Capital Punishment (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Canada, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A man takes over a TV station and holds a number of hostages as a political platform to awaken humanity, instead of money.
Style: disturbing, serious, exciting, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, hostage situation, fighting the system, psychopath, siege, chaos, vigilantism, vengeance, losing-it hero, crimes, media, revolution ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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Alien Raiders (2008)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: It's the end of yet another night at Hastings Supermarket, a grocery store in Buck Lake, Arizona. But just before closing, a group of masked and armed to the teeth militants invades the store and take everyone hostage
Style: suspenseful, scary, suspense, tense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: survival, hostage, evil alien, hostage situation, paranormal phenomena, battles, alien, investigation, captivity, isolation, save the world, race against time ...
Time: 80s, future, contemporary
Place: arizona
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54 Hours: The Gladbeck Hostage Crisis (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 176 min.
TV show
Story: Based on the true story that shocked a nation in the summer of 1988 and revealed the scandalizing amount of errors committed by the media and the police in a half-baked attempt to rescue hostages.
Style: rough, stylized, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: hostage situation, bank robbery, media frenzy, graphic violence, fugitives, crimes, incompetent police, life & death, partners in crime, police, chases and races
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Below the Surface (2017)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Denmark
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: An early morning in October, 15 people are taken hostage from a subway train. This puts a huge hostage crisis in motion, and it changes Denmark forever.
Style: suspense, captivating, psychological, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: hostage situation, hostage, hostage negotiator, hijacker, hijacking, ransom demand, gang, captive, terrorist attack, terrorist, crimes, criminal gang ...
Time: 2010s, year 2017
Place: denmark, europe, scandinavia, atlantic ocean, copenhagen
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The Day (2018)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Belgium
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The nerve-racking events of a cold winter's day, seen from two different perspectives. The odd episodes tell the story of a team of police negotiators and special forces who respond to a hostage crisis in a small bank branch. The even episodes ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, tense, suspense
Plot: hostage situation, heist, robbery, hostage, bank, negotiation, rescue, trapped, survival, peril, crimes, daring rescue ...
Place: belgium, flanders
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My Hero Academia: Two Heroes (2018)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: All Might and Deku accept an invitation to go abroad to a floating and mobile manmade city, called 'I Island', where they research quirks as well as hero supplemental items at the special 'I Expo' convention that is currently ...
Style: exciting, suspense, feel good, humorous
Plot: super strength, superhero, school, heroes, supernatural ability, friendship, hostage situation, academy, adventure, teenager, goofy hero, fight ...
Place: japan
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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: tricky, surprise ending, suspense, clever, twists and turns ...
Plot: heist, bank robbery, robbery, hostage, bank, master criminal, perfect crime, crimes, thief, police, police detective, manipulation ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, contemporary
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa
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Hotel Mumbai (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Australia, USA, UK, 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, sad ...
Plot: terrorist, terrorist attack, terrorism, jihad, hotel, hostage, religious fanatic, courage, survival, counter terrorism, swat team, islam ...
Time: 2000s, year 2008
Place: india, mumbai india, pakistan, australia, bombay india ...
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Kops (2003)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A small Swedish village, Högboträsk, is so peaceful that crime is nonexistent. The police spend their shifts drinking coffee, eating hot dogs and chasing down runaway cows. This is all well and good for the village's own police, but the ...
Style: humorous, absurd, funny, suspenseful, parody ...
Plot: swat team, small town, friendship, police station, crimes, hostage situation, nothing goes right, save the day, workplace situations, dull life, workplace, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: eastern europe, sweden
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Mad City (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A misguided museum guard who loses his job and then tries to get it back at gunpoint is thrown into the fierce world of ratings-driven TV gone mad.
Style: thought provoking, intense, talky, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: hostage, politics, journalism, hostage situation, media, museum, journalist, society, crimes, investigation, injustice, fighting the system ...
Time: 90s
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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (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: absurd, humorous, satirical, cynical, funny ...
Plot: hostage, radio dj, satire, self involved, hostage situation, desire for fame, ambition, lifestyle, goofy hero, workplace, social awkwardness, confined ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, california
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Ransom (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Canada, France, USA, Germany
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Eric Beaumont's crisis negotiator team is brought in to save lives and resolve the most difficult kidnap and ransom cases when no one else can.
Style: tense, suspenseful, compassionate, twists and turns, brutal
Plot: hostage negotiator, ransom, criminal, hostage situation, abduction, salvation, violence, crimes, partners, police, catastrophe, swat team ...
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Crisis (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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: tense, serious, suspenseful, twists and turns, exciting ...
Plot: hostage, secret service, conspiracy, special agents, fbi, secret service agent, kidnapping, hostage situation, betrayal, confined, parents and children, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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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: twists and turns, suspenseful, suspense, tense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: kidnapping, hostage, home invasion, hostage negotiator, organized crime, swat team, crimes, one man army, small town, fbi, police investigation, hostage situation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california
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Daniel (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland
Duration: 138 min.
Story: HELD FOR RANSOM tells the true story of Danish photojournalist Daniel Rye who was held hostage for 398 days in Syria by the terror organization ISIS along with several other foreign nationals including the American journalist, James Foley. The film ...
Style: suspense, captivating, suspenseful, disturbing
Plot: isis, hostage, photographer, kidnapping, terrorist, hostage negotiator, hostage situation, terrorism, captivity, capture, captive, ransom ...
Time: year 2014, year 2013
Place: syria, denmark, turkey, middle east, copenhagen ...
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The Nine (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Nine people are caught in a bank robbery gone wrong and endure a 52-hour hostage standoff that will leave more than one person dead. They will be forever affected and intertwined because of it.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: haunted by the past, group of strangers, robbery, heist, hostage situation, crimes, thief, bank, hostage, life turned upside down, kidnapper kidnapped relationship, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles
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Standoff (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The series focused on an FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit whose members negotiated hostage situations and shared relationships.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, enigmatic, exciting ...
Plot: policewoman, fbi, negotiation, romancing partners, spouse in danger, partners against crime, federal bureau of investigation, hostage, coworker relationship, love and romance, workplace romance, hostage situation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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7 Days in Entebbe (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, France, Malta
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In 1976, four hijackers take over an Air France airplane with 248 passengers on board and force it to land in Entebbe, Uganda.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, tense, rough, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rescue mission, terrorist, airplane hijack, counter terrorism, politics, hijacking, airplane, death threat, hostage situation, terrorism, violence, culture clash ...
Time: year 1976, 70s
Place: israel, uganda, jerusalem, frankfurt germany, athens greece
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15 Minutes of War (2019)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 98 min.
Story: February 1976. Somalian rebels hijack a school bus carrying 21 French children and their teacher in Djibouti City. When the terrorists drive it to a no-man’s-land on the border between Somalia and French territory, the French Government sends out ...
Style: serious, suspense, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: sniper, french foreign legion, hostage, terrorist group, terrorist, terrorism, hostage situation, french history, child hostage, kids in trouble, terrorist attack, border ...
Time: year 1976, 70s
Place: somalia, africa
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House Under Siege (2010)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Two young boys and a girl commit a diamond robbery on Halloween. During escape the girl is fatally shot. One of the boys knows a doctor (Jeremy London) who has a private clinic in his house. They decide to go to his house instead of the hospital ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, tense, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: crime gone awry, on the run, crimes, confined, gang, chase, rivalry, dishonesty, fugitives, hostage situation, halloween, doctor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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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: tense, suspense, suspenseful, twists and turns, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, train, hijacking, heist, crimes, chase, terrorism, brutality, police investigation, caper, survival, kidnapping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, coney island brooklyn new york city, new jersey, usa, manhattan new york city ...
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Inside Man: Most Wanted (2019)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An NYPD hostage negotiator teams up with a federal agent to rescue dozens of tourists held hostage during a 10-hour seige at the U.S. Federal Reserve.
Style: suspense, captivating, unusual plot structure, twists and turns, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: bank robbery, heist, police officer, bank, hostage negotiator, hostage situation, gang, robbery, revenge, power, prison, police ...
Time: 2010s
Place: manhattan new york city, new york
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6 Days (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: New Zealand, UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In April 1980, armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy in Princes Gate, London and took all inside hostage. Over the next six days a tense standoff took place, all the while a group of highly trained soldiers from the SAS prepared for a raid the ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, suspense, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, military, embassy, counter terrorism, rescue, siege, hostage, violence, hostage situation, police, death, politics ...
Time: 80s, year 1980
Place: england, iran, london
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To Steal from a Thief (2016)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: Spain, Argentina, France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: On a rainy morning six armed men in disguise rob a bank in Valencia .But what seemed like an easy heist quickly goes wrong with nothing unfolding as planned, and mistrust quickly builds between the two leaders of the gang.
Style: suspense, tense, captivating, suspenseful, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bank, heist, secret, crimes, hostage, political corruption, hostage situation, bank robbery, secrets, dishonesty, gang of thieves, safecracker ...
Place: spain
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Wijster (2008)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 90 min.
Story: On 2 December 1975, a journalist is one of many passengers on the slow train that is kidnapped near Wijster by young South Moluccans. After some terrifying moments, he makes contact with the hijackers and starts acting as their go-between. ...
Plot: hostage situation, abduction, murder, train, execution, hostage, phone booth, railway station, female director
Place: netherlands
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SAS: Red Notice (2021)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: An off-duty SAS soldier, Tom Buckingham, must thwart a terror attack on a train running through the Channel Tunnel. As the action escalates on the train, events transpire in the corridors of power that may make the difference as to whether ...
Style: suspense, tense, captivating, exciting, surprise ending
Plot: hostage, swat team, soldier, underground, terrorism, hostile takeover, special agents, hostage situation, runaway, ends with a wedding, sniper, commando mission ...
Time: 2020s
Place: georgia, london, england, english channel, paris france
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