Most Popular Held Hostage Movies and TV Shows
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1. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
TV-MA | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for thousands of years.
3. Hotel Mumbai (2018)
R | 123 min | Drama, History, Thriller
The true story of the Taj Hotel terrorist attack in Mumbai. Hotel staff risk their lives to keep everyone safe as people make unthinkable sacrifices to protect themselves and their families.
Votes: 36,442 | Gross: $9.65M
4. Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)
R | 141 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Early 1970s. Four strangers check in at the El Royale Hotel. The hotel is deserted, staffed by a single desk clerk. Some of the new guests' reasons for being there are less than innocent and some are not who they appear to be.
Votes: 107,082 | Gross: $17.84M
5. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Horror
Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in a truck stop populated by vampires, with chaotic results.
Votes: 270,235 | Gross: $25.75M
6. Escape from New York (1981)
R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In 1997, when the U.S. president crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him.
Votes: 115,581 | Gross: $25.24M
8. The Pacifier (2005)
PG | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
Having recovered from wounds received in a failed rescue operation, Navy SEAL Shane Wolfe is handed a new assignment: Protect the five Plummer kids from enemies of their recently deceased father -- a government scientist whose top-secret experiment remains in the kids' house.
Votes: 82,492 | Gross: $113.09M
9. Contagion (2011)
PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
Healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a worldwide epidemic as the CDC works to find a cure.
Votes: 204,572 | Gross: $75.66M
10. Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)
PG | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
When a shopping mall is taken over by a gang of organized crooks, it's up to a mild-mannered security guard to save the day.
Votes: 97,824 | Gross: $20.82M
11. The Belko Experiment (2016)
R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller
In a twisted social experiment, eighty Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia, and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company's intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed.
Votes: 40,037 | Gross: $10.16M
12. The Ultimate Gift (2006)
PG | 114 min | Drama, Family, Romance
A deceased billionaire leaves his spoiled adult grandson a series of odd tasks to perform in order to receive "the ultimate gift," with the resentful grandson having no idea what that might be.
Votes: 16,771 | Gross: $3.44M
13. Last Man Standing (1996)
R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A drifting gunslinger-for-hire finds himself in the middle of an ongoing war between the Irish and Italian mafia in a Prohibition era ghost town.
Votes: 50,973 | Gross: $17.60M
14. Tourist Trap (1979)
PG | 90 min | Horror
A group of young friends stranded at a secluded roadside museum are stalked by a masked assailant who uses his telekenetic powers to control the attraction's mannequins.
16. Black Butterfly (II) (2017)
R | 93 min | Mystery, Thriller
A hot altercation followed by a gallant rescue gets a lonely screenwriter a front-row seat to a tense backwoods drama when he decides to take in an ex-con drifter. Now, he is bent on making his host a better man. Will this nightmare end?
17. The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009)
R | 100 min | Crime, Thriller
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.
Votes: 24,093 | Gross: $0.17M
18. Salt and Fire (2016)
98 min | Thriller
A scientist blames the head of a large company for an ecological disaster in South America. But when a volcano begins to show signs of erupting, they must unite to avoid a disaster.
19. Fist of the North Star (1986)
Not Rated | 110 min | Animation, Action, Drama
A practitioner of the deadly martial art "Hokuto Shinken" allies with two children and an expert in "Nanto Suicho-Ken" to fight against the rivals who kidnapped his lover and threaten the prosperity of mankind.
20. House on the Edge of the Park (1980)
Not Rated | 91 min | Horror, Thriller
Two low-life punks invite themselves to a party at a posh villa and after being taunted by their snobbish hosts, hold everyone hostage and subject them to various forms of torture and mayhem.
21. The Big White (2005)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
To remedy his financial problems, a travel agent has his eye on a frozen corpse, which just happens to be sought after by two hitmen.
22. Rabid Dogs (1974)
Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Following a bungled robbery, three violent criminals take a young woman, a middle-aged man, and a child hostage and force them to drive them outside Rome to help them make a clean escape.
23. The Cokeville Miracle (2015)
PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, Family, History
Children who were held hostage in their elementary school tell stories of miraculous things, but many adults are skeptical that the Cokeville Miracle ever truly happened.
Votes: 1,936 | Gross: $1.35M
24. Blood Orange (2016)
Not Rated | 85 min | Thriller
Blood Orange stars Iggy Pop as Bill, an ageing rock star living with his beautiful and promiscuous young wife Isabelle (Kacey Barnfield). Into their peculiar paradise comes a dangerous ex-lover (Ben Lamb) hell bent on revenge.
25. Dark Waters (2003 Video)
R | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Horror
Moneyless, ocean-exploring gigolo and his worldly lady-friend are forced to take part in looking into the possibility that aggression - utilizing marine life - is being planned.
26. Rottentail (2018)
106 min | Comedy, Horror
Peter Cotton, a scientist that works on rabbits and infertility, learns that the military wishes to use his work to create superhuman soldiers. Cotton is bitten by an experimental mutant rabbit and changes into the evil Rottentail.
Votes: 120 | Gross: $0.00M
27. Cry in the Wild: The Taking of Peggy Ann (1991 TV Movie)
M | 90 min | Crime, Drama
Cry In The Wind is a true story of a young woman's abuction by a deranged loner that led to the largest manhunt in the history of Pennsylvania, USA. A mountain man kidnaps the 17 year old, ... See full summary »
28. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Hearts of Stone (2015 Video Game)
Action, Adventure, Crime
Geralt is forced by a seemingly harmless merchant with sinister powers to complete three difficult tasks for a bored immortal, once a troubled nobleman who made a deal with the devil.
29. Supremacy (I) (2014)
R | 110 min | Drama, Thriller
A just paroled white neo-nazi and his ruthless girlfriend kill a cop and take an African-American family hostage. Meanwhile the supremacist leader who oversees his criminal empire from behind bars, is not happy. Inspired by real events.
31. The Boys Club (1996)
R | 90 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama
Three teen boys find a man named Luke Cooper who clams to be a cop in their secret hideout. But can he be trusted? He seems nice at first, but when Luke becomes angry and starts threatening them, will the three teenagers stand together and fight back?
32. Rabid Dogs (2015)
Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
After a bank job goes badly wrong, three desperate criminals take a young woman and a father and child hostage - it's the beginning of a frantic and violent road trip that not all of them will survive.
33. Never on Tuesday (1989)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama
After their cars collide on a desert highway in the middle of nowhere, two friends and a woman they both like must wait for someone to pass by and help them. Unfortunately, those who do stop turn out to be criminals, eccentrics or wackos.
34. Lone Star (1952)
Approved | 94 min | Action, Adventure, History
Ex-President Andrew Jackson sends Texan Devereaux Burke back home on a mission to facilitate Sam Houston's drive for U.S. statehood.
35. Appleseed (1988 Video)
Not Rated | 71 min | Animation, Action, Crime
In a vast futuristic city, built on the ashes of the third world war, a police officer and her cyborg partner fight terrorism.
36. The Last Samurai (1990)
R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Following the trail of a samurai ancestor, two Japanese businessmen on a quest for spiritual fulfillment arrive in Africa with a group of tourists, only to get kidnapped by the local guerrilla leader. A tough mercenary must rescue them.
37. Tiger Raid (2016)
Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Two mercenaries ride a wave of pitch-black camaraderie as they travel through the desert night on their way to carry out a kidnapping in Iraq. As the raid progresses, their frenzied world ... See full summary »
38. The Pyx (1973)
R | 108 min | Horror, Thriller, Crime
A detective investigating the death of a heroin-addicted prostitute uncovers evidence pointing to the existence of a murderous devil cult.
39. Orphans (1987)
R | 115 min | Drama
The two brothers Treat and Philip lived alone since they were kids. Interdependent they dwell in a loft house and live on little thefts, until an aging minor criminal moves in with them and takes over the role of a father.
Votes: 755 | Gross: $0.25M
40. Peeper (1975)
PG | 87 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
In 1947, a smart-mouthed Brit working in L.A. as a private eye (or peeper) is on a case to find the long lost daughter of a shady client pursued by two dangerous goons. The case leads him to a rich oddball Beverly Hills family.
41. A Slit-Mouthed Woman (2007)
Not Rated | 90 min | Horror
A suburban town in Japan is the victim of what is supposedly just an urban legend, a woman's spirit with a horribly disfigured face who is intent on kidnapping children for unknown reasons.
42. Transformations (1988)
R | 84 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
Wolfgang is traveling in outer space when a monster, which he sees as a beautiful woman, appears in his spaceship and makes love with him. Then the ship is forced to land on a planet which ... See full summary »
45. Spitfire (1995)
R | 95 min | Action, Adventure
A sultry assassin is the target of two separate operatives in this globe-trotting action flick shot on location in the Bahamas, Athens, Rome and Hong Kong.
46. Gunhed (1989)
TV-14 | 100 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
In a cyberpunk future, Kyron-5 supercomputer attempts to exterminate the human race, but Gunhed mechs stop it. In 2038, five thieves break into a condemned island facility to steal Kyron's dead CPU. The place turns out to be a deathtrap.
47. The High Crusade (1994)
100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Roland Emmerich (Stargate, Independence Day, and Godzilla) brings you John Rhys-Davies in a Monty Pythonesque tale of a band of Crusaders who find themselves in possession of an Alien ship ... See full summary »
48. Catch Me Daddy (2014)
R | 112 min | Drama, Thriller
Laila, a girl on the run from her family is hiding out in West Yorkshire with her drifter boyfriend Aaron. When her brother arrives in town with a gang of thugs in tow, she is forced to flee for her life and faces her darkest night.
49. The Boy from Space (1971– )
Adventure, Drama, Family
Young siblings Dan and Helen must protect their new friend, a strange blue alien boy they name Peep-Peep, from the terrifying evil alien known only as The Thin (Space) Man, who's after him.
50. The Companion (1994 TV Movie)
R | 94 min | Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Writer catches her boyfriend cheating on her. Infuriated, she buys an android companion and takes him with her to a remote cabin in the woods to keep her company as she writes. She starts a romance with him, which turns into a nightmare.