10 Best Movies About Kidnapping

The list of 10 best movies about kidnapping contains some films that are hilarious and some that are chilling. The list even has one animated film, and another where the cast is comprised of mostly Muppets. If you're in the mood for a good movie that involves disappearances, baby-snatching, or ransom, look no further.

  1. "Taken." This is the most recent of any of the movies about kidnapping to make the list. The film features Liam Neeson as a super-badass former CIA operative in search of his kidnapped teen daughter.
     
  2. "Labyrinth." Now a cult classic, "Labyrinth" stars David Bowie, a young Jennifer Connelly, and hundreds of awesome and/or creepy Muppets. Jennifer Connelly's character must rescue her baby brother, who has been kidnapped by Jareth the Goblin King.
     
  3. "Fargo." This movie about kidnapping was nominated for seven Academy Awards, and stars Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, and Steve Buscemi.

  4. "Kiss the Girls." The villain of the film in "Kiss the Girls" is a disturbing masked man who calls himself "Casanova" and is responsible for kidnapping a basement full of women.

  5. "Ransom." This is probably one of the first movies to enter someone's mind when they think of movies about kidnapping. This thriller starring Mel Gibson and directed by Ron Howard is an unforgettable depiction of abduction, ransom, and inconsolable parents.

  6. "Nine to Five." In this mad-cap revenge movie, three beleaguered women take their chauvinistic boss hostage. Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Fonda are hilarious in this classic movie about kidnapping.

  7. "Nightmare Before Christmas." Even though kidnapping is a relatively small part of this film, it had to be included on the list because the subject of the kidnapping is Santa Claus! The memorable animation, music, and story make this a film everyone should see at least once.

  8. "Man on Fire." Denzel Washington plays a bodyguard in Mexico City, where kidnapping rich children is a common occurrence. After his client, played by Dakota Fanning, is kidnapped, he will stop at nothing to kill everyone involved in the crime.

  9. "The Silence of the Lambs." Probably the creepiest film on the list, "The Silence of the Lambs" won five Academy Awards. Even people who have never seen the film are familiar with some of the kidnapper's famed quotes about putting the lotion in the basket.

  10. "Raising Arizona." "Raising Arizona" is the second Coen Brothers film to make the list (along with "Fargo"). Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter play a childless couple who decide to kidnap a quintuplet, and hilarity ensues.