Ransom movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant ransom movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, suspense, suspenseful, serious, clever and interesting films and TV shows about / with kidnapping, ransom, crimes, murder, chase, confined, dialogue, storytelling, danger and runaway plots mostly in Thriller, Crime and Drama genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as ransom: Breakdown (1997), Trapped (2002), Fargo (1996), Juggernaut (1974), The Clearing (2004), Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964), Ruthless People (1986), A Life Less Ordinary (1997), Suicide Kings (1997), The Way of the Gun (2000).

List of ransom movies

 6.9
 44K
Breakdown (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When his SUV breaks down on a remote Southwestern road, Jeff Taylor lets his wife, Amy, hitch a ride with a trucker to get help. When she doesn't return, Jeff fixes his SUV and tracks down the trucker -- who tells the police he's never ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, psychological, scenic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, kidnapping, ransom, uncover truth, danger, chase, gang, deception, woman in danger, couples, surveillance, mind game ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: california, massachusetts, arizona, usa
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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, maniac, family relations, parents and children, confined, crimes, crime, danger, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, new orleans, san francisco
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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, interesting ...
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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 6.6
 4K
Juggernaut (1974)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A bomber has planted 7 bombs on a transatlantic cruise ship. While a crack bomb squad team try to defuse the bombs the police attempt to track down the mad bomber.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, rough, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: ransom, terrorism, race against time, cruise, ship, passenger, sea, bomb, interrogation, cruise ship, sea disaster, adventure ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, atlantic ocean, scotland yard, scotland, london
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 5.9
 13K
The Clearing (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
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, realistic, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, negotiation, infidelity, marriage, fbi, strangulation, marital problem, cabin, missing person, love, forest ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london
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Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Bill Savage is struggling to maintain his marriage to his increasingly unbalanced wife, Myra, who believes she is a medium. She plans a scheme that will make her famous, involving kidnapping then "psychically" locating a little girl.
Style: tense, psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric, disturbing ...
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, seance, family in danger, crime, crime gone awry, false accusation, psychopath, missing child, deadly, dishonesty, danger ...
Time: 60s
Place: england, europe, london
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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, clever, humorous, witty, not serious ...
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, farce, yuppie, vengeance, disorder, dishonesty, couples, social differences, crime, cons and scams, down on your luck ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, santa monica california
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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: surreal, witty, humorous, offbeat, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, angel, destiny, love, violence, robot, blood, karaoke, janitor, hostage, robbery ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, los angeles
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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, twists and turns, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, betrayal, neo noir, mansion, rain, alcoholic, poker game, pistol, hospital, hostage, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york, atlantic city new jersey
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The Way of the Gun (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Two criminal drifters without sympathy get more than they bargained for after kidnapping and holding for ransom the surrogate mother of a powerful and shady man.
Style: stylized, clever, realistic, twists and turns, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, gunfight, gunslinger, desert, hotel, criminal, drifter, money, surrogate mother, sperm bank, mexican standoff ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: mexico
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 8.4
 23K
High and Low (1963)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 143 min.
Story: An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped and held for ransom.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, realistic, captivating, serious ...
Plot: ransom, kidnapping, police, psychopath, neo noir, mistaken identity, chauffeur, emaciation, crime, confined, crimes, missing person ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: japan, tokyo
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The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A rich man's daughter is held captive in an abandoned apartment by two former convicts who abducted her and hold her ransom in exchange for her father's money.
Style: tense, suspenseful, psychological, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, sex, bondage, crime gone awry, manipulations, confinement indoors, crimes, hostages, confined, videotaping, disappearance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: england, europe
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 6.5
 28K
Unknown (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Five men wake up in a locked-down warehouse with no memory of who they are. They are forced to figure out who is good and who is bad to stay alive.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, disturbing, twists and turns ...
Plot: memory loss, kidnapping, amnesia, ransom, murder, confined, loss of friend, suicide, mystery, survival, hostages, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
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 7.8
 131K
Dirty Harry (1971)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When a madman dubbed 'Scorpio' terrorizes San Francisco, hard-nosed cop, Harry Callahan – famous for his take-no-prisoners approach to law enforcement – is tasked with hunting down the psychopath. Harry eventually collars Scorpio in ...
Style: serious, captivating, bleak, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, against the rules, psychopath, tough law enforcer, crimes, crime, ransom, police, investigation, gunfight, police brutality, police detective ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: san francisco, usa, california
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 6.3
 30K
Apostle (2018)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In 1905, a man travels to a remote island in search of his missing sister who has been kidnapped by a mysterious religious cult.
Style: bloody, scary, suspense, exciting, ambiguous ending
Plot: cult, ransom, violence, father daughter relationship, prophet, religion, brother, kidnapping, brutality, preaching, deity, deal with the devil ...
Time: 1900s
Place: wales
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 6.6
 110K
Ransom (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: When a rich man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then tries a unique tactic against the criminals.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, realistic, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: kidnapping, millionaire, rescue, ransom, reward, crime, danger, tough heroes, forced into action, parents and children, hostage, fbi ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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 7.0
 218K
Rush Hour (1998)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When Hong Kong Inspector Lee is summoned to Los Angeles to investigate a kidnapping, the FBI doesn't want any outside help and assigns cocky LAPD Detective James Carter to distract Lee from the case. Not content to watch the action from the ...
Style: humorous, exciting, buddy comedy, entertaining, funny ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: two man army, reluctant partners, martial arts, ransom, fish out of water, chase, police investigation, kidnapping, partners against crime, odd couple, verbal byplay, fbi ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, los angeles, hong kong, california, china
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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: hostage, ransom, heroes, mind game, adventure, good versus evil, youth, school, save the day, teenage life, rivalry, danger ...
Time: 90s, future
Place: san francisco, mine
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 7.7
 3K
War (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 120 min.
Story: During the bloody war in Chechnya, a British couple and two Russian soldiers are taken hostage by Chechen rebels. Two of the hostages are then released to bring the money for the British woman who is forced to wait for the ransom.
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, suspenseful, rough
Plot: rescue, gang, ransom, captivity, life is a bitch, heroes, interview, military officer, war violence, violence, kidnapping, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia, chechnya, moscow russia
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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, twists and turns, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hijacking, hostage, train, race against time, ransom, mind game, master criminal, crimes, save the day, crime, danger, financial driven terrorism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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 6.3
 5K
Nobel Son (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Soon after his insufferably arrogant father wins the Nobel Prize for chemistry, Barkley Michaelson is kidnapped by Thaddeus James, a young genius who claims to be Barkley's illegitimate half-brother. Motivated not so much by money as revenge, ...
Style: twists and turns, semi serious, dark humor, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: kidnapping, college, nobel prize, ransom, revenge, cons and scams, confined, family problems, dishonesty, crimes, parents and children, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: stockholm sweden
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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, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hijacking, airplane, terrorism, rescue, hostage, explosion, violence, surveillance, bomb, deception, ransom, hand to hand combat ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: athens greece, washington d.c.
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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, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: ransom, kidnapping, jungle, hostage, radio, mercenary, terrorism, sniper, helicopter, rescue, negotiation, insurance ...
Time: 90s
Place: latin america, south america, africa
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 7.2
 299K
Speed (1994)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Los Angeles SWAT cop Jack Traven is up against bomb expert Howard Payne, who's after major ransom money. First it's a rigged elevator in a very tall building. Then it's a rigged bus--if it slows, it will blow, bad enough any day, but ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, suspense, tense, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: hostages, bomb, danger, rescue, bus, hijacking, save the day, unlikely partners, ransom, twists & turns, terrorism, chases and races ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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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, hippie, mistaken identity, marijuana, disorder, stoners, dialogue, crime, vietnam veteran, millionaire ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, pasadena california, california, malibu california
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 6.0
 40K
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, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: babies and infants, mischievous children, danger, crime gone awry, disorder, kidnapping, fish out of water, nothing goes right, chase, young heroes, rescue, prank ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, illinois
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 6.8
 8K
Obsession (1976)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: New Orleans businessman Michael Courtland’s life is shattered when his wife and daughter are tragically killed in a botched kidnap rescue attempt. Many years later whilst visiting Italy he meets and falls in in love with Sandra Portinari, who ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, atmospheric, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: ransom, obsession, kidnapping, mistaken identity, incest, chase, crimes, couple relations, dangerous attraction, rescue, haunted by the past, missing person ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975, 1950s, year 1959
Place: italy, usa, europe, los angeles, florence ...
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 6.1
 11K
The Cottage (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In a remote part of the countryside, a bungled kidnapping turns into a living nightmare for four central characters when they cross paths with a psychopathic farmer and all hell breaks loose.
Style: dark humor, humorous, suspenseful, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: countryside, ransom, chase, danger, kidnapping, strangulation, murder, faked death, betrayal, cottage, farmer, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe, britain
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Killing Cabos (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: Mexico
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Oscar Cabos, a multimillionaire tycoon, is being held for ransom--only his captors have nabbed the wrong man. Now, to get their money, they must find the real Cabos--which could get tricky since he's been counter-kidnapped by his future ...
Style: realistic, offbeat, humorous, stylized, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, dwarf, chases and races, crimes, criminal heroes, escapades, crime, partners, drugs/alcohol, confined, mistaken identity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america
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A Lonely Place to Die (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A group of five mountaineers are hiking and climbing in the Scottish Highlands when they discover a young Serbian girl buried in a small chamber in the wilderness. They become caught up in a terrifying game of cat and mouse with the kidnappers as ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, tense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, kidnapping, extreme sport, wilderness, ransom, sniper, mountaineer, rescue, crimes, vacation, in the woods, group of criminals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: scotland, europe, scottish highlands
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