Hostage Movies

List of the best hostage movies selected by visitors to our site: Redemption Day, Outside the Wire, Disturbing the Peace, Beneath Us, Alive, 15 Minutes of War, Stockholm, 3 from Hell, Hotel Mumbai, Mosul
In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.
Redemption Day (2021)
Markimdb: 4.9
Genreaction, thriller
CharactersTerrorists, Lifeguards, Military, Soldier
PlotHostage, Skirmishes
StyleExciting, Disturbing, For men

Having just returned home, decorated U.S. Marine Captain Brad Paxton's wife, Kate, is kidnapped by a terrorist group while working in Morocco. He is forced back into action for a daring and deadly operation to save the woman he loves.

Outside the Wire (2021)
CharactersPartners, Military, Soldier, Spy, Terrorists, Snipers, Pilots, Robots
PlotArtificial Intelligence, Weapon, War, Death, Martial Arts, Survival, Political, Bank robbery, Hostage, Fight
StyleNetflix, Unexpected ending, Cyberpunk

In the near future, a drone pilot is sent into a deadly militarized zone and must work with an android officer to locate a doomsday device.

Disturbing the Peace (2020)
Markimdb: 3.2
Genreaction, thriller, adventure, western
CharactersHeroes, Sheriffs, Criminals
PlotWeapon, Death, Justice, Money, Bank robbery, Hostage, Skirmishes, Robbery, Chase
StyleAtmospheric, Exciting, Tense, Fascinating

A small-town marshal who hasn't carried a gun since he left the Texas Rangers after a tragic shooting must pick up his gun again to do battle with a gang of outlaw bikers that has invaded the town to pull off a brazen and violent heist.

Beneath Us (2020)
Markimdb: 5.2
PlotHostage, Seduction

The American Dream becomes a nightmare for a group of undocumented day laborers hired by a wealthy couple. What they expect to be their biggest payday turns into a terrifying fight for survival.

Alive (2020)
Markimdb: 5.4
Genrehorror, thriller
PlotSurvival, Cheating, Fear, Obsession, Hostage, Abduction

A severely injured man and woman awake in an abandoned sanitarium only to discover that a sadistic caretaker holds the keys to their freedom and the horrific answers as to their true identity.

15 Minutes of War (2019)
Mark6.2 (imdb: 6.3)
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryFrance, Belgium
CharactersSnipers, Lifeguards, Terrorists
PlotHostage, On real events
StyleTense, Disturbing, Depressive

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.

Stockholm (2019)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genrecomedy, drama, crime, biography, history
CountryCanada, USA
CharactersSnipers, Criminals
PlotHostage, Weapon, Bank robbery, On real events
PlaceIslands, Prison
StyleAction, Exciting, Tense, Fascinating

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 bonded with their captors and turned against the authorities, giving rise to the psychological phenomenon known as “Stockholm Syndrome.”

3 from Hell (2019)
Mark6 (imdb: 5.5)
CharactersPolice, Clowns, Dogs, Cats, Lesbians, Serial killers, Snake, Monsters, Criminals
PlotDeath, Revenge, Depression, Dancing, Hostage
PlaceUSA, Prison, Deserts

After barely surviving a furious shootout with the police, Baby Firefly, Otis Driftwood and Captain Spaulding are behind bars. But pure evil cannot be contained. Teaming up with Otis’ half-brother Winslow, the demented Firefly clan escape to unleash a whole new wave of murder, madness and mayhem.

Hotel Mumbai (2019)
Mark10 (imdb: 7.6)
Genrethriller, drama, history
CountryUSA, Australia
CharactersCriminals, Businessmen, Cooks, Terrorists, Reporters, Special Forces
PlotSurvival, Hostage, On real events
PlaceIndia, Hotels, Australia
StyleTense, Disturbing

Mumbai, India, November 26, 2008. While several terrorists spread hatred and death through the city, others attack the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Both hotel staff and guests risk their lives, making unthinkable sacrifices to protect themselves and keep everyone safe while help arrives.

Mosul (2019)
Markimdb: 7.1
CharactersSoldier, Military, Orphans, Terrorists, Snipers, Special Forces
PlotDeath, Cheating, Hostage, On real events
StyleTense, Unexpected ending, Netflix

When ISIS took their homes, families and city, one group of men fought to take it all back. Based on true events, this is the story of the Nineveh SWAT team, a renegade police unit who waged a guerrilla operation against ISIS in a desperate struggle to save their home city of Mosul.

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Tailgate (2019)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genrehorror, thriller
CharactersSerial killers, Fathers, Hunters, Cyclists
PlotChase, Pursuit, Fear, Cars, Travel, Hostage, Fight

A cocksure, road-raging family man finds himself pursued and terrorized by the vengeful van driver he chooses to tailgate.

7 Days in Entebbe (2018)
Mark4.4 (imdb: 5.8)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
CharactersTerrorists, Lifeguards, Military, Bodyguards, Special Forces
PlotOn real events, Hostage, Political, Survival, Dancing, Cars
StyleTense, Action, Heavy, Disturbing, For men, Unexpected ending

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)
Mark9.4 (imdb: 5.4)
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, music
CharactersSingers, Terrorists, Military, Pianists, Businessmen
PlotHostage, Revolution, Divorce, Soccer, Chess
StyleExciting, Tense, Fascinating

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.

The Factory (2018)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 6.8)
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryRussia, France, Armenia
CharactersSpecial Forces, Dogs, Journalists
PlotHostage, Weapon
StyleTense, Fascinating

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

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)
Mark5.6 (imdb: 5.7)
Genreaction, thriller
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersSoldier, Lifeguards, Hackers, Bodyguards, Terrorists, Special Forces
PlotHostage, Survival, Death, Martial Arts, Motorcycles, Soccer, Revolution
StyleAction, Exciting, Tense, Fascinating, Unexpected ending

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)
Mark7.8 (imdb: 5.4)
Genreaction, comedy
CharactersLosers, Terrorists, Janitors, Friends, 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.

Hunter Killer (2018)
Mark8.4 (imdb: 6.6)
Genreaction, thriller
CharactersSubmariners, Lifeguards
PlotHostage, Disasters, Weapon

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)
Mark8 (imdb: 4.8)
Genrefantastic, action, thriller
CharactersScientists, Heroes
PlotHostage, Superpowers, Chase
StyleDisturbing, Exciting, For men

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.

Ride (2018)
Markimdb: 4.7
Genreaction, thriller
PlotWeapon, Cars, Hostage
StyleDisturbing, Fascinating

A night in Los Angeles becomes a psychological war for survival when an Uber driver, James, and his passenger, Jessica, pick up Bruno, who is charismatic but manipulative.

Snatched (2017)
Mark4.6 (imdb: 4.5)
Genreaction, comedy, adventure
CharactersParents, Strong women, Tourists
PlotHostage, Abduction
StyleFor girls, For relax

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.

Crimea (2017)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 6.8)
Genreaction, drama
CharactersJournalists, Friends
PlotLove, Hostage, Relationship, Political

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.

Tiger Zinda Hai (2017)
Mark10 (imdb: 5.9)
CharactersHorses, Wolves, Spy, Nurses
PlotHostage, Skirmishes, Snow

When a group of Indian and Pakistani nurses are held hostage in Iraq by the militant Abu Usman, Indian Intelligence (RAW) track down the reclusive agent, Tiger, 8 years after he fled with former Pakistani intelligence (ISI) agent, Zoya. Joining forces in the name of humanity, Tiger and Zoya lead a team of RAW and ISI agents to covertly enter the hospital where the nurses are trapped.

Happy Birthday (2016)
Markimdb: 5.2
Genrehorror, thriller
PlotHostage, Death
PlaceParty, Mexico
TimeNew Year

When two friends embark on a journey to Mexicali for a Birthday celebration, they soon realize their psychedelic shenanigans have taken a turn for the worse.

Take Down (2016)
Mark5 (imdb: 5.5)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, adventure, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom
PlotSurvival, Hostage, Confrontation, Parenting, Test

Sons and daughters of international billionaires are sent to an boot camp where they are taught basic survival skills in hopes it will teach them responsibility. When they are taken hostage and taken for ransom by kidnappers, they will need to utilize every skill they learned to survive.

Jim: The James Foley Story (2016)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genredocumentary, biography
CharactersFamily, Friends
PlotAbduction, Hostage

In August, 2014, a video of the public execution of American photojournalist James Foley rippled across the globe. Foley wore an orange jumpsuit as he knelt beside an ISIS militant dressed in black. That image challenged the world to deal with a new face of terror. And it tested one American family. Seen through the lens of filmmaker Brian Oakes, Foley’s close childhood friend, Jim takes us from small-town New England to the adrenaline-fueled front lines of Libya and Syria, where Foley pushed the limits of danger to report on the plight of civilians impacted by war.

The Teacher (2015)
Mark9 (imdb: 5.7)
Genreaction, drama, crime
PlaceSchool, Russia
StyleMakes me think, Heavy, Tense, Disturbing

A gunshot suddenly breaks the silence of the school hallways. A desperate history teacher holds her whole class hostage. But very soon the situation will change, and the teacher herself will become a hostage.

Non-Stop (2014)
Mark9 (imdb: 6.9)
Genreaction, thriller, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, USA
CharactersTerrorists, Pilots, Special agents, Heroes, Hackers, Stewardesses
PlotPads, Love, Mystery, Investigation, Hostage, False accusations
StyleAction, Heavy, Exciting

Bill Marks is a burned-out veteran of the Air Marshals service. He views the assignment not as a life-saving duty, but as a desk job in the sky. However, today's flight will be no routine trip. Shortly into the transatlantic journey from New York to London, he receives a series of mysterious text messages ordering him to have the government transfer $150 million into a secret account, or a passenger will die every 20 minutes.

Not My Day (2014)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.5)
Genreaction, comedy, adventure, crime
PlotHostage, Weapon, Bank robbery, Robbery, Cars
StyleExciting, Tense

When Banker Till (Axel Stein) is kidnapped during a bank robbery, he has the time of his life...

Transcendence (2014)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 6.3)
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, China, USA
PlotArtificial Intelligence, Computers, Technology, Hostage, Rivalry, Drug addict, On real events
StyleMakes me think, Action, Disturbing, For men

Two leading computer scientists work toward their goal of Technological Singularity, as a radical anti-technology organization fights to prevent them from creating a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain.

Rampage: Capital Punishment (2014)
Mark8 (imdb: 6.1)
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryCanada, Germany
PlotHostage, Revenge, Revolution, Uprising
StyleExciting, Depressive, Disturbing, For men

A man takes over a TV station and holds a number of hostages as a political platform to awaken humanity, instead of money.

No Good Deed (2014)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 5.6)
Genrethriller, crime
CharactersSerial killers, Maniacs
PlotSurvival, Hostage
StyleAction, Heavy, Disturbing

Terri is a devoted wife and mother of two, living an ideal suburban life in Atlanta when Colin, a charming but dangerous escaped convict, shows up at her door claiming car trouble. Terri offers her phone to help him but soon learns that no good deed goes unpunished as she finds herself fighting for survival when he invades her home and terrorizes her family.

The Green Inferno (2014)
Mark10 (imdb: 5.3)
Genrehorror, adventure
CountryChile, USA
CharactersCannibals, Amazons
PlotSurvival, Hostage
StyleDisturbing, Heavy, Tense, For men

A group of student activists travel from New York City to the Amazon to save the rainforest. However, once they arrive in this vast green landscape, they soon discover that they are not alone… and that no good deed goes unpunished.

Captain Phillips (2013)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 7.8)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
PlotHostage, On real events
StyleAction, Exciting, Tense, Disturbing, Fascinating

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.

Hostages (2013)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrethriller, drama
PlotHostage, Betrayal
StyleAction, Disturbing

A high-octane suspense drama that centers on Dr. Ellen Sanders, a premier surgeon thrust into a chilling political conspiracy when she and her family are held captive in their home by rogue FBI Agent Duncan Carlisle, a desperate man doing the wrong thing for the right reasons, who orders Dr. Sanders to assassinate the President when she operates on him.

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
Mark7.8 (imdb: 6.5)
Genreaction, thriller
CharactersGuards, Terrorists, Bodyguards, Presidential, Heroes
PlotHostage, Skirmishes
StyleHeavy, Exciting, For men

When the White House (Secret Service Code: "Olympus") is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As the national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning's inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President and avert an even bigger disaster.

White House Down (2013)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 6.4)
Genreaction, thriller
CharactersTerrorists, Presidential, Special Forces
PlotHostage, Betrayal
StyleExciting, Tense, Disturbing

Capitol Policeman John Cale has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer. Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation's government falling into chaos and time running out, it's up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country.

Family Weekend (2013)
Mark9 (imdb: 6.2)
Genrecomedy, drama
StyleLight, Fascinating

A 16-year-old girl takes her parents hostage after they miss her big jump-roping competition.

Police Story: Lockdown (2013)
Mark9.4 (imdb: 6.1)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryChina, Hong Kong
CharactersHeroes, Dogs, Snipers
PlotMartial Arts, Hostage, Rivalry, Survival, Dancing
PlaceChina, Asia
TimeNew Year
StyleExciting, For men, Disturbing

A man looking for the release of a long-time prisoner takes a police officer, his daughter, and a group of strangers hostage.

Commando - A One Man Army (2013)
Markimdb: 6.2
CharactersMilitary, Heroes, Tough guys
PlotMartial Arts, Hostage, Rivalry
StyleExciting, Disturbing

A disavowed Indian commando helps protect a woman from a local thug who is hellbent on forcing her to marry him.

Life of Crime (2013)
Mark6 (imdb: 5.8)
Genrecomedy, drama, crime
CharactersLovers, Partners
PlotAbduction, Hostage, Revenge
StyleAction, Tense, Disturbing, For men

Two common criminals get more than they bargained for after kidnapping the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer who shows no interest in paying the $1 million dollar ransom for her safe return.

Cold Comes the Night (2013)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CharactersDisabled people, Single mothers, Criminals
PlotHostage, Death
PlaceNew York
StyleHeavy, Disturbing

A struggling motel owner and her daughter are taken hostage by a nearly blind career criminal to be his eyes as he attempts to retrieve his cash package from a crooked cop.

Last Passenger (2013)
Mark6 (imdb: 5.7)
Genreaction, thriller, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersDemons, Tourists
PlotHostage, Revenge, Death, Ghosts, On real events
PlaceTrains, England, Hotels
StyleExciting, Tense, Disturbing, For men

Independent British thriller starring Dougray Scott and Kara Tointon. Lewis (Scott), an overworked doctor, is on his way home from London with his young son Max (Joshua Kaynama). Clearly exhausted from his work, Lewis decides to take a nap on the train while an attractive young woman (Tointon) watches over his son. When he wakes, all but a few passengers have alighted and he realises that the train is not stopping to let anyone else off. Determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, Lewis goes to investigate and finds that the train has been taken over by an unstable driver who is hellbent on destroying the vehicle along with all the remaining passengers on board.

Vehicle 19 (2013)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 4.9)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, South Africa
PlotHostage, Weapon, Justice, Chase
StyleExciting, For men, Disturbing

A parolee (Paul Walker) becomes the target of a massive police manhunt after inadvertently picking up a rental car with a female whistleblower tied up in the trunk. Now, as the police attempt to silence the woman before she can testify about the city's rampant corruption, the ex-con who just regained his freedom must defend her life, and clear his own name.

Event 15 (2013)
Markimdb: 4.8
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
CharactersMilitary, Soldier, Veterans, Terrorists
PlotSurvival, Hostage, Uprising
StyleAction, Heavy, Disturbing

Three soldiers get trapped in an elevator when terrorists set off a dirty bomb. But when White escapes, her world turns upside down as she realizes nothing is what it seems.

No One Lives (2013)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 6)
Genrehorror, thriller
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
CharactersSerial killers
PlotHostage, Chase

A gang of ruthless highway killers kidnap a wealthy couple traveling cross country only to shockingly discover that things are not what they seem.

The Last Stand (2013)
Mark9 (imdb: 6.3)
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CharactersSheriffs, Heroes, Gangsters, FBI
PlaceSmall cities
StyleExciting, Action, Heavy, Tense, Disturbing, For men

Ray Owens is sheriff of the quiet US border town of Sommerton Junction after leaving the LAPD following a bungled operation. Following his escape from the FBI, a notorious drug baron, his gang, and a hostage are heading toward Sommerton Junction where the police are preparing to make a last stand to intercept them before they cross the border. Owens is reluctant to become involved but ultimately joins in with the law enforcement efforts

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, France
PlotRadio, Hostage
StyleSmart, Fancy

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; and a self-published book that was subsequently recalled and pulped. Alan tries to salvage his public career while negotiating a potentially violent turn of events at North Norfolk Digital Radio.

The Marine 3: Homefront (2013)
Markimdb: 4.9
Genreaction, thriller
CharactersHeroes, Soldier, Military, Terrorists, Snipers
PlotRivalry, Martial Arts, Motorcycles, Bank robbery, Hostage
StyleHeavy, Exciting, Disturbing, For men

A Marine must do whatever it takes to save his kidnapped sister and stop a terrorist attack masterminded by a radical militia group.

Wrong Turn (2021)
Markimdb: 5.4
CountryGermany, USA, United Kingdom
CharactersLifeguards, Family, Strong women
PlotSects, Hostage, Survival
PlaceSmall cities, Nature, USA
StyleFor a group of friends

Jen and a group of friends set out to hike the Appalachian Trail. Despite warnings to stick to the trail, the hikers stray off course—and cross into land inhabited by The Foundation, a hidden community of mountain dwellers who use deadly means to protect their way of life.