Hostage Movies

List of the best hostage movies selected by visitors to our site: Snatched, The Assault, 7 Days in Entebbe, Bel Canto, Lockout, The Factory, Arizona, Final Score, Game Over, Man!, 15 Minutes of War.

In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Snatched (2017)
Markimdb: 4.5
Genreaction, comedy, adventure
CharactersParents, Tourists, Strong women, Special Forces
PlotAbduction, Hostage, Vacation, Adventure
StyleFor girls, For relax, Exciting, Light, Fascinating

When her boyfriend dumps Emily, a spontaneous woman in her 30s, she persuades her ultra-cautious mom to accompany her on a vacation to Ecuador. When these two very different women are trapped on this wild journey, their bond as mother and daughter is tested and strengthened while they attempt to navigate the jungle and escape.

The Assault (2011)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, thriller
CharactersSpecial Forces, Terrorists, Heroes, Military
PlotOn real events, Hostage
PlaceAircraft, France
TimeNew Year
StyleExciting, Fascinating, For men, Action, Heavy

Saturday 24th December 1994. Four GIA terrorists hijack an Air France A300 Airbus at the Algiers airport. The Airbus, bound for Paris, has 227 passengers on board. No one knows exactly what the terrorists’ intentions are, just that they are armed and extremely determined. They demand the liberation of their “brothers in arms” and want the aircraft to take off at once. After very lengthy and intense negotiations between the French and Algerian governments, the plane is finally allowed to leave. There are three main characters at the heart of the action: a member of the GIGN, Carole Jeanton, an ambitious technocrat willing to do anything it takes to achieve personal gain from the events, and Yahia Abdallah, a determined jihadist who grew up in the slums of Algiers and was being manipulated by an obscure GIA envoy, Ali Touchent.

7 Days in Entebbe (2018)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
CharactersSpecial Forces, Terrorists, Bodyguards, Lifeguards, Military
PlotDancing, On real events, Cars, Political, Survival
PlaceAircraft, Israel
StyleUnexpected ending, For men, Action, Heavy, Disturbing

In 1976, four hijackers take over an Air France airplane with 248 passengers on board and force it to land in Entebbe, Uganda.

Bel Canto (2018)
Markimdb: 5.4
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, music
CharactersTerrorists, Singers, Businessmen, Pianists, Military
PlotSoccer, Revolution, Chess, Hostage, Divorce
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Tense

A famous opera singer is held hostage in South America by a guerrilla rebel group after performing at a Japanese businessman's lavish birthday party. Unexpected bonds are forged in the standoff that ensues.

Lockout (2012)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, drama
CharactersLifeguards, Criminals
StyleFor men, For a group of friends

Set in the near future, Lockout follows a falsely convicted ex-government agent , whose one chance at obtaining freedom lies in the dangerous mission of rescuing the President's daughter from rioting convicts at an outer space maximum security prison.

The Factory (2018)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryRussia, France, Armenia
CharactersDogs, Special Forces, Journalists
PlotWeapon, Hostage, Skirmishes
StyleFascinating, Tense, Psychological problems

When a factory is bound to close, a group of workers decides to take action against the owner.

Arizona (2018)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genrethriller, comedy, crime
CharactersCriminals, Single mothers
PlotHostage, Debts
StyleTense, Black humor

Set in the midst of the 2009 housing crisis, the life of Cassie Fowler, a single mother and struggling realtor, goes off the rails when she witnesses a murder.

Final Score (2018)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genreaction, thriller
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersHackers, Special Forces, Terrorists, Bodyguards, Lifeguards
PlotMartial Arts, Soccer, Revolution, Motorcycles, Death
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Fascinating, Action, Tense

When a stadium is seized by a group of heavily armed criminals during a major sporting event, an ex-soldier must use all his military skills to save both the daughter of a fallen comrade and the huge crowd unaware of the danger.

Game Over, Man! (2018)
Markimdb: 5.4
Genreaction, comedy
CharactersTerrorists, Janitors, Friends, Losers, Gay
StyleNetflix, For a group of friends

Three friends are on the verge of getting their video game financed when their benefactor is taken hostage by terrorists.

15 Minutes of War (2019)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryFrance, Belgium
CharactersSnipers, Terrorists, Lifeguards
PlotOn real events, Hostage, Border
StyleDepressive, Disturbing, Tense, Serious

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 a newly formed elite squad to rescue the hostages. Within a few hours, the highly trained team arrives to the crisis area, where the Somalian National Army has taken position behind the barbed wire on the border. The French unit is left with very few options to rescue the hostages. As the volatile situation unravels, the French men quickly come up with a daring plan: carry out a simultaneous 5 men sniper attack to get the children and the teacher out safely. A true story.

Hunter Killer (2018)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genreaction, thriller
CharactersSubmariners, Lifeguards
PlotDisasters, Weapon, Hostage

Captain Glass of the USS Arkansas discovers that a coup d'état is taking place in Russia, so he and his crew join an elite group working on the ground to prevent a war.

Higher Power (2018)
Markimdb: 4.8
Genrefantastic, action, thriller
CharactersScientists, Heroes
PlotChase, Hostage, Superpowers
StyleExciting, For men, Disturbing, Serious, Tense

When the Universe decides what it wants, it's pointless to resist. With his family's life at stake, Joseph Steadman finds himself the unwilling test subject of a maniacal scientist in a battle that could save the world – or destroy it.

Bleach the Movie: Hell Verse (2010)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrecartoon, anime
CharactersFamily, Friends, Heroes
PlotTime travel, Adventure, Supernatural, Hostage, Rivalry

Hell – A place where beings that have committed mortal sins during their lifetime are sent. It is a realm where even Soul Reapers are forbidden to interfere. When a group of vicious Sinners plot to escape from this eternal prison, they discover that Substitute Soul Reaper Ichigo Kurosaki is the key to their freedom. The Sinners launch an attack and in the process kidnap Ichigo's younger sister Yuzu and take her to Hell. With the help of a mysterious man named Kokuto, Ichigo and his friends must now travel into the depths of Hell to stop the Sinners and save Yuzu, unaware that their actions could bring Hell to the World of the Living.

The Rock (1996)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genreaction, thriller, adventure
CharactersTerrorists, FBI, Partners
PlotWeapon, Chase, Hostage, Blackmail, Skirmishes
PlacePrison, Helicopters, Islands
StyleExciting, For men, Action, Tense, Serious

FBI chemical warfare expert Stanley Goodspeed is sent on an urgent mission with a former British spy, John Patrick Mason, to stop Gen. Francis X. Hummel from launching chemical weapons on Alcatraz Island into San Francisco. Gen. Hummel demands $100 million in war reparations to be paid to the families of slain servicemen who died on covert operations. After their SEAL team is wiped out, Stanley and John deal with the soldiers on their own.

The Boy She Met Online (2010)
Markimdb: 4.4
PlotLove, Internet, Hostage, Relationship, Cheating
StyleDisturbing, Serious

When teenager Cami Winters falls in love, she falls hard. Her single mother, Tori, has no idea that Cami has fallen in love with a boy named 'Jake' she met on a social networking website. Although Cami believes Jake's a 23 year-old college student, everything he's told her online is a lie.

Crimea (2017)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genreaction, drama
CharactersFriends, Journalists
PlotLove, Political, Hostage, Relationship, On real events

The film follows a romantic liaison between a young woman from Kiev, who is a supporter of the pro-European Maidan uprising, and a man from Sevastopol who joins the pro-Russian resistance in the aftermath of Maidan’s success in Kiev.

Die Hard 2 (1990)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, thriller
CharactersTerrorists, Police, Journalists, Reporters
PlotAdventure, Survival, Snow, Chase, Hostage
PlaceAircraft, USA
TimeNew Year
StyleExciting, For men, Action, Disturbing, Tense

John McClane is an off-duty cop gripped with a feeling of déjà vu when on a snowy Christmas Eve in the nation's capital, terrorists seize a major international airport, holding thousands of holiday travelers hostage. Renegade military commandos led by a murderous rogue officer plot to rescue a drug lord from justice and are prepared for every contingency except one: McClane's smart-mouthed heroics.

The Killing Jar (2010)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genrethriller, crime, detective
CharactersKillers, Police

A stranger armed with a shotgun takes seven patrons hostage in a remote roadside diner. But as the body count increases, the desperate survivors discover that one of the hostages may be even more dangerous than their captor.

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genrehorror, action, thriller, fantasy, comedy, crime
CharactersVampire, Brothers
PlotSurvival, Hostage, The escape

Seth Gecko and his younger brother Richard are on the run after a bloody bank robbery in Texas. They escape across the border into Mexico and will be home-free the next morning, when they pay off the local kingpin. They just have to survive 'from dusk till dawn' at the rendezvous point, which turns out to be a Hell of a strip joint.

Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genreaction, comedy, military
CharactersCIA, Soldier, Heroes, Military
PlaceJungle, Iraq
StyleExciting, Light, For men

Topper Harley is found to be working as an odd-job-man in a monastery. The CIA want him to lead a rescue mission into Iraq, to rescue the last rescue team, who went in to rescue the last rescue team—who went in to rescue hostages left behind after Desert Storm.