Top 10 Best Kidnapping Movies

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10. Along Came a Spider

Along Came a Spider is a 2001 American mystery film directed by Lee Tamahori. The screenplay by Marc Moss was adapted from the 1993 novel of the same title by James Patterson, but many of the key plot elements of the book were eliminated. Along Came a Spider was the first book in Patterson’s Alex Cross series, although the second one to be filmed, following Kiss the Girls in 1997.

After Washington, D.C. detective, forensic psychologist, and author Alex Cross (Morgan Freeman) loses control of a sting operation, resulting in the death of his partner, he opts to retire from the force. He finds himself drawn back to police work when Megan Rose (Mika Boorem), the daughter of a United States senator, is kidnapped from her exclusive private school by computer science teacher Gary Soneji (Michael Wincott). U.S. Secret Service Special Agent Jezzie Flannigan (Monica Potter), held responsible for the breach in security, joins forces with Cross to find the missing girl.


9. Commando

Retired Special Forces operative John Matrix (Schwarzenegger) is informed by Major General Franklin Kirby (Olson) that all the other members of his unit have been killed by unknown mercenaries. Despite being given protection, the mercenaries attack Matrix’s secluded mountain home and kill the guards, kidnapping his daughter Jenny (Milano) in the process. Matrix gives chase, but he’s also captured when he gets into a fight with a couple of the thugs, and is shot by Bennett (Wells), who was believed to have been assassinated also, with a tranquilizer gun, knocking him unconscious.


8. Misery

Famed novelist Paul Sheldon (James Caan) is the author of a successful series of novels involving a character called Misery Chastain. But Paul wants to branch out and has just finished the manuscript of a new unrelated novel. He departs from Silver Creek, Colorado to head west but is caught in a blizzard and his car goes off the road. He is rescued by a nurse, Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates), and brought to her remote home. Both of Paul’s legs are broken and he has a dislocated shoulder, so he is bedridden and incapacitated. Annie claims she is his ‘number one fan’ and talks a lot about him and his novels.

She is happy when Paul lets her read his new novel, but later admits she disliked the excessive swearing. While feeding him, she is angered and spills soup on him but regains control and apologizes. She buys a copy of Paul’s latest book, Misery’s Child, but after learning that he has “killed off” Misery, Annie flies into a rage, almost smashing a table on Paul’s head. She reveals that nobody knows where he is (contradicting what she had earlier told him). Annie leaves and Paul tries to escape from his room, but she has locked the door.


7. Nine to Five

9 to 5 is a 1980 American comedy film starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, and Dabney Coleman. The film concerns three working women living out their fantasy of getting even with, and their successful overthrow of, the company’s autocratic, “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot” boss. 9 to 5 was a hit, grossing over $3.9 million in its opening weekend in the U.S. and is the 20th highest-grossing comedy film. As a star vehicle for singer Parton, it launched her permanently into mainstream popular culture. Although a television series based on the film was less successful, a musical version of the film (also titled 9 to 5), with new songs written by Parton, opened on Broadway on April 30, 2009.


6. Man on Fire (2004 remake)

Former Force Recon Marine and CIA operative John Creasy (Denzel Washington) travels to Ciudad Juarez to visit his friend and former CIA colleague Paul Rayburn (Christopher Walken) who owns a private-sector security firm to protect business executives. Creasy confides that he has become an alcoholic, disillusioned with life because of the horrors of his past, and Rayburn offers his support, encouraging Creasy to take a job as a bodyguard in Mexico City.Because of the extremely high rate of kidnappings in Mexico City for the lucrative ransom money, businessman Samuel Ramos (Marc Anthony) hires Creasy to guard his nine year-old daughter Lupita “Pita” (Dakota Fanning) and Creasy reluctantly accepts.


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5. Man on Fire

In Italy, wealthy families often hire bodyguards to protect family members from the threat of kidnapping. A wealthy family that needs a bodyguard hires a burned-out ex-CIA agent to protect their daughter, Samantha “Sam” Balletto. The ex-CIA agent, John Creasy, has been broken down from all of the death and horror of combat he witnessed in the Vietnam War and in Beirut, Lebanon. Although Creasy is not interested in being a bodyguard, especially to a twelve year old youngster, he accepts the assignment because he has no better job offers.


4. The Searchers

The Searchers is a 1956 American Western film directed by John Ford, based on the 1954 novel by Alan Le May, and set during the Texas–Indian Wars. The picture stars John Wayne as a middle-aged Civil War veteran who spends years looking for his abducted niece (Natalie Wood), along with Jeffrey Hunter as his adoptive nephew, who accompanies him.


3. Ransom

While multi-millionaire airline owner Tom Mullen attends a science fair that his wife Kate is judging, their son, Sean, is kidnapped. Sean is taken to an apartment by Maris Conner, who previously worked for the Mullens as a caterer, along with small-time criminal Cubby Barnes, Cubby’s older brother Clark and high-tech criminal Miles Roberts. Tom and Kate receive an email from the kidnappers, demanding $2 million as ransom. Tom calls the FBI, who set up a base of operations in his penthouse.


2. Taken

Taken is a 2008 action thriller film produced by Luc Besson, starring Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, and Famke Janssen. The screenplay is written by Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, and was directed by Pierre Morel. Neeson plays Bryan Mills, a former Central Intelligence Agency SAD operative who sets about tracking down his daughter after she is kidnapped by Albanian sex traders while travelling in France.


1. Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime and horror genres. It was directed by Jonathan Demme and stars Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Ted Levine, and Scott Glenn. It is based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Harris, his second to feature Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer. In the film, Clarice Starling, a young FBI trainee, seeks the advice of the imprisoned Dr. Lecter to apprehend another serial killer, known only as “Buffalo Bill”.


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