15 Best Kidnapping Movies on Netflix

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One of the most thrilling movie genres on Netflix is the one based on kidnapping stories. With the immediate suspense and tension involved in these scenarios, it’s no wonder they’ve grown so much in popularity over the years. In order to make it easier for our readers to find them, we’ve decided to compile a list of some of the best kidnapping movies on Netflix, with a few details and a basic plot description for each. Without any further ado, here are our top 15 selections:

15. The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq (2015)

Release Date on Netflix: 2016
Director: Guillaume Nicloux
Runtime: 1 hr 36 min
IMDb Rating: 6.8
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%
MPAA Rating: NR
Streaming on: All Netflix

This is a documentary built around the true story of Michel Houellebecq, a troubled French writer who disappeared during a publicized book tour. Huge amounts of speculation ran wild as to his whereabouts. It turns out he was captured by three amateur kidnappers who really had no idea what they were doing. The author himself provides interviews for this haunting documentary about his fear and struggle. It also follows how vastly media and “eyewitness” reports can vary from the reality in such a dramatic situation.

14. The Saint (2017)

Release Date on Netflix: 2017
Director: Simon West and Ernie Barbarash
Runtime: 1 hr 31 min
IMDb Rating: 4.7
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 24%
MPAA Rating: NR
Streaming on: Netflix USA

The master thief known as The Saint (Adam Rayner) is hired by a wealthy industrialist to find his daughter (Eliza Dushku), who has been kidnapped. While he searches for the missing woman, The Saint runs into mysterious strangers from his past, who haunt his steps the entire way. The film includes appearances by the original Saint, Ian Ogilvy, and one of the final movie appearances of legend Roger Moore.

13. Bad Asses on the Bayou (2015)

Release Date on Netflix: 2017
Director: Craig Moss
Runtime: 1 hr 24 min
IMDb Rating: 5.3
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 28%
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: Netflix USA

Old pals Frank and Ernie (Danny Trejo and Danny Glover) head home to Louisiana for a family wedding. However, when the bride gets kidnapped, they join her father (John Amos) in a search for her and for vengeance. With three Hollywood legends, fun action, and an interesting script, this film is well worth a view if you want a good kidnapping-themed flick.

12. Blindsided (2013)

Release Date on Netflix: 2014
Director: Joseph Ruben
Runtime: 1 hr 25 min
IMDb Rating: 4.1
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%
MPAA Rating: NR
Streaming on: Netflix USA

While trapped in her New York penthouse, a blind woman (Michelle Monaghan) has to fend off the attack of two hardened criminals (Michael Keaton and Barry Sloane). One of them is particularly smooth, and he torments her in more ways than one. She must fight them and her own fears to survive a dark night.

11. Last Passenger (2013)

Release Date on Netflix: November 8th, 2014
Director: Omid Nooshin
Runtime: 1 hr 37 min
IMDb Rating: 5.8
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: All Netflix

A tired father (Dougray Scott) is taking his son on a trip to visit his grandparen , when his train is taken over by a madman and his team of criminals. The father is separated from his son, and in a lone car, he and several other passengers are taken hostage. However, he soon begins to find out that each person is being targeted for a reason, and they all have a sinister background that drives their sadistic captors’ trial.

10. Meadowland (2015)

Release Date on Netflix: 2016
Director: Reed Morano
Runtime: 1 hr 35 min
IMDb Rating: 5.8
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: Netflix USA

When a young couple (Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson) have their child stolen at a rest stop, they end up shattered and both find very different ways of coping with their loss. The two of them spin toward the edge of madness, both questioning their own morals and taking their pain out on each other. They search for their child, life’s meaning, and a way back to loving one another. An additional great performance is provided by Elisabeth Moss in a supporting role.

9. Who Took Johnny (2014)

Release Date on Netflix: September 1st, 2016
Director: David Beilinson, Michael Galinsky, Suki Hawley
Runtime: 1 hr 21 min
IMDb Rating: 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes Score: N/A
MPAA Rating: NR
Streaming on: Netflix USA

Not so much a movie, as it is a documentary, this production details the famous disappearance of Iowa paperboy Johnny Gosch, who was the first missing child to ever appear on a milk carton. The absurd and emotional revelations from this case span three decades, which makes it one of the most intriguing missing person’s stories in the U.S. history.

8. Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015)

Release Date on Netflix: October 1st, 2016
Director: Daniel Alfredson
Runtime: 1 hr 35 min
IMDb Rating: 6.1
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 20%
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: Netflix USA

This movie was directed by Daniel Alfredson and tells the inside story of how beer tycoon Alfred “Freddy” Heineken got kidnapped, which remained famous in history as the largest ransom ever paid for an individual. While the script lacks in certain areas, the movie is saved by Anthony Hopkins, who gives a stellar performance as Mr. Heineken.

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