Hostage Movies

List of the best hostage movies selected by visitors to our site: Run Hide Fight, Prime Time, No Exit, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, 15 Minutes of War, Speed, No Good Deed, White House Down, Snatched, 7 Days in Entebbe.

In the top there are new films of 2022, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Genre
Country
Markimdb: 6.4
Genreaction, thriller
CountryUSA
PlotMartial Arts, Skirmishes, Fight
StyleExciting, Disturbing

A 17-year-old girl uses her wits, survival skills, and compassion to fight for her life, and those of her fellow classmates, against a group of live-streaming school shooters.

Markimdb: 5.3
Genrethriller, drama
CountryPoland
PlotHostage, Blackmail
PlacePoland
StyleAction, Fascinating, Tense

On the last day of 1999, 20-year-old Sebastian locks himself in a TV studio. He has two hostages, a gun, and an important message for the world. The story of the attack explores a rebel’s extreme measures and last resort.

Genrethriller, drama
CountryUSA
PlotAbduction

Stranded at a rest stop in the mountains during a blizzard, a recovering addict discovers a kidnapped child hidden in a car belonging to one of the people inside the building which sets her on a terrifying struggle to identify who among them is the kidnapper.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration01:42
CharactersTerrorists, Heroes, Police
PlotAdventure, Investigation, Hostage
PlaceTrains, Helicopters, New York
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Heavy, Serious, For men

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.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryFrance, Belgium
Duration01:38
CharactersSnipers, Terrorists, Lifeguards
PlotOn real events, Hostage, Border
StyleTense, Depressive, Serious, Disturbing

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.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, thriller, melodrama, adventure, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:56
CharactersTerrorists
PlotDisasters, Hostage, Chase
PlaceUSA
StyleExciting, Action, Tense, For men, Disturbing

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 a nightmare in LA traffic. And that's still not the end.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genrehorror, action, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:24
CharactersManiacs, Serial killers
PlotSurvival, Hostage
PlaceUSA
StyleAction, Heavy, Serious, 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.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, thriller
CountryUSA
Duration02:11
CharactersSpecial Forces, Terrorists, Bodyguards, Presidential, Guards
PlotHostage, Betrayal, Conspiracies
PlaceThe White House, Helicopters, USA
StyleExciting, Tense, Serious, 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.

Markimdb: 4.5
Genreaction, comedy, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration02:24
CharactersSpecial Forces, Strong women, Tourists, Parents
PlotAdventure, Travel, Abduction, Hostage, Vacation
TimeSummer
StyleExciting, Light, For girls, Fascinating, 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.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, thriller, drama, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, France, Malta
Duration02:28
CharactersSpecial Forces, Terrorists, Lifeguards, Military, Bodyguards
PlotOn real events, Survival, Dancing, Cars, Aviation
PlaceAircraft, Israel
StyleUnexpected ending, Action, Heavy, Tense, For men

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

Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryRussia
Duration02:00
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, Hostage
PlaceChechnya, Russia
StyleHeavy, Depressive, Serious, Disturbing

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.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, comedy, drama, crime, biography
CountryArgentina, USA
CharactersThieves
PlotOn real events, Robbery, Bank robbery
StyleLight, Fascinating

In 2006, a group of thieves performed what is considered one of the most famous and smart bank heists in the history of Argentina. How they robbed the Rio bank is as surprising as what happened afterwards. This is their story.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrecomedy, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:50
CharactersDogs, Gangsters, Gangsters, Killers, Thieves
PlotAdventure, Skirmishes, Abduction, Cheating
PlaceParty, Deserts, Los Angeles
StyleExciting, Atmospheric, Smart, Tense, Fancy

A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, adventure
CountryUSA, Czech Republic
Duration01:50
CharactersSpecial Forces, Heroes, Military, Soldier, Blind
PlotRevenge, Technology, Conspiracies, Rivalry
StyleExciting, Serious, For men

Framed for crimes against the country, the G.I. Joe team is terminated by Presidential order. This forces the G.I. Joes into not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, thriller, drama, history
CountryUSA, Australia
Duration01:51
CharactersSpecial Forces, Terrorists, Cooks, Criminals, Businessmen
PlotOn real events, Survival, Hostage
PlaceIndia, Australia, Hotels
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.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genrecomedy, drama, crime, biography, history
CountryCanada, USA
CharactersSnipers, Criminals
PlotOn real events, Bank robbery, Hostage, Weapon, Stockholm syndrome
PlacePrison, Islands, Sweden
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense

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.”

Markimdb: 6.4
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:09
CharactersFriends, Partners, Bodybuilders
PlotOn real events, Adventure
StyleLight, Black humor, For background

Daniel Lugo, manager of the Sun Gym in 1990s Miami, decides that there is only one way to achieve his version of the American dream: extortion. To achieve his goal, he recruits musclemen Paul and Adrian as accomplices. After several failed attempts, they abduct rich businessman Victor Kershaw and convince him to sign over all his assets to them. But when Kershaw makes it out alive, authorities are reluctant to believe his story.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrehorror, thriller
CountryUSA
Duration01:28
CharactersPsychopath, Brothers, Strangers
PlotSurvival, Money, Sects, Quests
PlaceUSA
StylePsychological problems, Tense

A bright but meek salesman, drowning in debt as he's about to get married, receives a mysterious phone call informing him that he's on a hidden camera game show where he must execute 13 tasks to receive a multi-million dollar cash prize.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryGermany, USA, Mexico
Duration02:00
CharactersCriminals, Brothers, Mentors
PlotOn real events, Abduction, Slavery, Pursuit, Human trafficking
PlaceUSA
StyleAction, By books, Heavy, Serious, Disturbing

A Texas cop (Kevin Kline), whose own daughter might have been forced into sexual slavery, joins forces with a Mexican youth (Cesar Ramos) to find the boy's sister, who was abducted and forced into prostitution. Meanwhile, a Ukrainian woman who was promised a better life in America also becomes a victim.

Genrefantastic, comedy
CountryFrance
CharactersRobots

Humans have ceded most tasks to AI in 2045, even in nostalgic Alice's home. So when robots stage a coup, her androids protectively lock her doors.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrethriller, drama, biography, history
CountryGeorgia, Poland, Russia
Duration01:43
CharactersTerrorists, Military, Parents
PlotLove, On real events, Wedding, Friendship, Death
PlaceSea, Aircraft, Court, USSR, Beach
StyleAction, Heavy, Tense, For men, Disturbing

Soviet Georgia, 1983. Preparations for Nika and Ana's wedding are in full swing and it's a big day for both of their elite families. For the newlyweds and their friends, however, the celebrations are in fact part of a cover-up, as they plot an audacious escape from the Soviet Union.

Markimdb: 4.2
Genreaction, drama, crime
CountryRussia
CharactersTerrorists, Heroes
PlotLove, Survival, Hostage, Rivalry
PlaceIndia, Asia
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Tense, Serious

The house of culture “Mir” (from Russian: “Peace”) is being taken over by masked people. People who came to the premiere of the show have to face death. Now they are to pass a dreadful challenge, preserving their dignity and courage. This is a thriller about the struggle against the world evil, terrorism, and a win of the word over weapons. The dramatic and emotional story embraces everything — struggle, confrontation, betrayal, heroic deeds, and love!

Markimdb: 8.1
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:13
CharactersMusicians, Family
PlotLove, On real events, Survival, Travel, Abduction
PlaceUSA, New York
Time19th century
StyleExciting, Oscars, Atmospheric, Heavy, Depressive

In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryFrance, USA, Turkey, United Kingdom
Duration01:33
CharactersFamily
PlotAbduction, Chase, Human trafficking
PlaceParis, USA
StyleDisturbing

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 best years possibly behind him, the job may be more than he can handle.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genrethriller, drama, crime, biography
CountryIndia
Duration02:37
CharactersTerrorists, Strong women, Stewardesses
PlotOn real events, Death, Self-sacrifice
PlaceAircraft
StylePsychological problems, Action, Fascinating, Tense

Neerja is a portrayal on the life of the courageous Neerja Bhanot, who sacrificed her life while protecting the lives of 359 passengers on the Pan Am flight 73 in 1986. The flight was hijacked by a terrorist organization.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, biography
CountryUSA, Italy, United Kingdom, China
Duration02:08
CharactersMafia, Police, Rich, Old man, Billionaires
PlotLove, Abduction, On real events, Money, Investigation
PlaceItaly, USA
StyleAction, Fascinating, Heavy, Serious

The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:30
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Gangsters, Hired assassins, Strong women
PlotRobbery, Adventure, Bank robbery, Gambling, Skirmishes
PlaceUSA, Casino
StyleExciting, Action, Twisted plot, Light, Smart

A father is without the means to pay for his daughter's medical treatment. As a last resort, he partners with a greedy co-worker to rob a casino. When things go awry they're forced to hijack a city bus.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genrecomedy, adventure, family, crime
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration01:43
CharactersDogs, Animals, Heroes, Family, Friends
PlotAdventure, Friendship, Chase
PlaceEngland, London
StyleExciting, Cute

The Live action adaptation of a Disney Classic. When a litter of dalmatian puppies are abducted by the minions of Cruella De Vil, the parents must find them before she uses them for a diabolical fashion statement.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrethriller, drama, biography
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:00
CharactersCIA, Terrorists
PlotOn real events, Revolution, Hostage, Political, Cheating
StyleAction, Oscars, Fascinating, Smart, Disturbing

As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, drama, history
CountryFrance, Canada, USA
Duration02:44
CharactersCIA, Spy, Terrorists, Jews
PlotOn real events, Revenge, Death, Hostage, Political
PlaceIsrael
StyleHeavy, Depressive, For men, Disturbing

During the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, eleven Israeli athletes are taken hostage and murdered by a Palestinian terrorist group known as Black September. In retaliation, the Israeli government recruits a group of Mossad agents to track down and execute those responsible for the attack.





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