Hostage Situations Movies and Shows

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1. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

68 Metascore

In New York, armed men hijack a subway car and demand a ransom for the passengers. Even if it's paid, how could they get away?

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam, Hector Elizondo

Votes: 24,146

2. Die Hard (1988)

R | 132 min | Action, Thriller

72 Metascore

An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

Votes: 730,126 | Gross: $83.01M

3. Die Hard 2 (1990)

R | 124 min | Action, Thriller

67 Metascore

John McClane attempts to avert disaster as rogue military operatives seize control of Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Bruce Willis, William Atherton, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

Votes: 316,562 | Gross: $117.54M

4. United 93 (2006)

R | 111 min | Drama, History, Thriller

90 Metascore

A real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on September 11th, 2001 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: David Alan Basche, Olivia Thirlby, Liza Colón-Zayas, J.J. Johnson

Votes: 93,674 | Gross: $31.57M

5. Speed (1994)

R | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

78 Metascore

A young police officer must prevent a bomb exploding aboard a city bus by keeping its speed above 50 mph.

Director: Jan de Bont | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Joe Morton

Votes: 307,975 | Gross: $121.25M

6. Executive Decision (1996)

R | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

62 Metascore

When terrorists seize control of an airliner, an intelligence analyst accompanies a commando unit for a midair boarding operation.

Director: Stuart Baird | Stars: Kurt Russell, Halle Berry, Steven Seagal, John Leguizamo

Votes: 47,185 | Gross: $56.57M

7. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

R | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation, which turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Al Pacino, John Cazale, Penelope Allen, Sully Boyar

Votes: 220,874 | Gross: $50.00M

8. Misery (1990)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

75 Metascore

After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth, Frances Sternhagen

Votes: 167,457 | Gross: $61.28M

9. Under Siege (1992)

R | 103 min | Action, Thriller

58 Metascore

An ex-Navy Seal turned cook is the only person who can stop a group of terrorists when they seize control of a U.S. battleship.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Steven Seagal, Gary Busey, Tommy Lee Jones, Erika Eleniak

Votes: 71,716 | Gross: $83.36M

10. Air Force One (1997)

R | 124 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

61 Metascore

Communist Radicals hijack Air Force One with The U.S. President and his family on board. The Vice President negotiates from Washington D.C., while the President, a Veteran, fights to rescue the hostages on board.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close, Wendy Crewson

Votes: 169,267 | Gross: $172.96M

11. The Ref (1994)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A cat burglar is forced to take a bickering, dysfunctional family hostage on Christmas Eve.

Director: Ted Demme | Stars: Denis Leary, Judy Davis, Kevin Spacey, Robert J. Steinmiller Jr.

Votes: 22,150 | Gross: $11.44M

12. Dead Calm (1989)

R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

70 Metascore

After a tragedy, John Ingram and his wife Rae are spending some time isolated at sea, when they come across a stranger who has abandoned a sinking ship.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill, Billy Zane, Rod Mullinar

Votes: 34,420 | Gross: $7.83M

13. Hostage (2005)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

44 Metascore

When a family is held hostage, former hostage negotiator Jeff Talley arrives at the scene. Talley's own family is kidnapped and Talley must decide which is more important: saving a family he doesn't even know or saving his own family.

Director: Florent-Emilio Siri | Stars: Bruce Willis, Kevin Pollak, Serena Scott Thomas, Jimmy Bennett

Votes: 103,057 | Gross: $34.64M

14. Alias (2001–2006)
Episode: The Box: Part 1 (2002)

TV-14 | 45 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

When former SD-6 agent McKenas Cole with his crew of bandits take over SD-6, Sydney has to forget her previous plan about quitting the agency and has to focus on her mission with Jack to ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Michael Vartan, Bradley Cooper

Votes: 404

15. Alias (2001–2006)
Episode: The Box: Part 2 (2002)

TV-14 | 45 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

Vaughn disobeys the CIA in order to infiltrate SD-6 when he receives a desperate plea for help from Dixon. At SD-6, Cole continues his vendetta against Sloane and his search for device in ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Michael Vartan, Bradley Cooper

Votes: 392

16. Homeland (2011– )
Episode: 13 Hours in Islamabad (2014)

TV-MA | 46 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The security breach at the Embassy has far reaching consequences.

Director: Daniel Attias | Stars: Claire Danes, Rupert Friend, Nazanin Boniadi, Laila Robins

Votes: 3,768

17. The Blacklist (2013– )
Episode: Anslo Garrick (No. 16) (2013)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The Team's Headquarters (Post Office Black Site) is attacked in an effort to assassinate Red (James Spader).

Director: Joe Carnahan | Stars: James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Ryan Eggold

Votes: 2,602

18. The Blacklist (2013– )
Episode: Anslo Garrick (No. 16): Conclusion (2013)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Red is kidnapped by terrorist Anslo Garrick. Will Elizabeth find him? What other secrets will be unveiled?

Director: Michael W. Watkins | Stars: James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Ryan Eggold

Votes: 2,259

19. Intelligence (2014)
Episode: Athens (2014)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Cybercom is under attack, as an interference with the chip makes Gabriel suffer from amnesia.

Director: Bill Eagles | Stars: Josh Holloway, Meghan Ory, John Billingsley, P.J. Byrne

Votes: 289

20. Hostages (2013–2014)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A premiere surgeon is blackmailed in a plot to assassinate the president after her family is taken hostage by a rogue federal agent.

Stars: Toni Collette, Tate Donovan, Rhys Coiro, Sandrine Holt

Votes: 9,298

21. 24 (2001–2010)
Episode: Day 6: 2:00 a.m.-3:00 a.m. (2007)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Russian ire worries the White House, while the Chinese take on CTU, and the damaged circuit board is in surprising hands.

Director: Bryan Spicer | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Peter MacNicol, Carlo Rota

Votes: 813

22. Passenger 57 (1992)

R | 84 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

An airline security expert must take action when he finds himself trapped on a passenger jet when terrorists seize control of it.

Director: Kevin Hooks | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Bruce Payne, Tom Sizemore, Alex Datcher

Votes: 42,552 | Gross: $44.07M

23. Burn Notice (2007–2013)
Episode: Bad Breaks (2009)

TV-PG | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Michael and former handler Jason Bly are trapped together in a bank robbery. The pair must work together in order to get out alive

Director: John T. Kretchmer | Stars: Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Sharon Gless

Votes: 541

24. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: Cops & Robbers (2011)

TV-PG | 45 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Castle and Martha are held hostage during a bank robbery and Beckett has to try to get them and the other hostages out.

Director: Bryan Spicer | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas

Votes: 1,259

25. Leverage (2008–2012)
Episode: The Bank Shot Job (2008)

TV-PG | 42 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

While Nate and Sophie try to con a corrupt Judge, they are taken hostage during a botched bank robbery.

Director: Dean Devlin | Stars: Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf

Votes: 643

26. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Monday (1999)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A woman desperately attempts to change the outcome of the events of a day she is forced to relive again and again in which her boyfriend explodes a bomb during a failed bank robbery killing everyone inside, including Mulder and Scully.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Carrie Hamilton

Votes: 2,948

27. The Nine (2006–2007)

45 min | Crime, Drama

Nine surviving hostages from a spectacular bank hold-up meet regularly. The memories keep haunting them, in flash-backs slowly revealing that story. Two surviving perpetrators in jail, ... See full summary »

Stars: Lourdes Benedicto, John Billingsley, Jessica Collins, Tim Daly

Votes: 1,388

28. Point Break (1991)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

58 Metascore

An F.B.I. Agent goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Lori Petty

Votes: 142,530 | Gross: $43.22M

29. Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

R | 119 min | Action, Thriller

41 Metascore

Disgraced Secret Service agent (and former presidential guard) Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett

Votes: 240,313 | Gross: $98.93M

30. Captain Phillips (2013)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

83 Metascore

The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S.-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Catherine Keener

Votes: 392,453 | Gross: $107.10M



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