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1. Den of Thieves (2018)

R | 140 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.0
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49 Metascore

An elite unit of the LA County Sheriff's Dept. and the state's most successful bank robbery crew clash as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank.

Director: Christian Gudegast | Stars: Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O'Shea Jackson Jr., 50 Cent

Votes: 76,247 | Gross: $44.95M

2. Inside Man (2006)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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76 Metascore

A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 319,726 | Gross: $88.51M

3. Captain Phillips (2013)

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

7.8
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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: 395,767 | Gross: $107.10M

4. Stockholm (I) (2018)

R | 92 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

6.2
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54 Metascore

Based on the absurd but true 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis in Stockholm that was documented in the New Yorker as the origins of the 'Stockholm Syndrome'.

Director: Robert Budreau | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Noomi Rapace, Mark Strong, Christopher Heyerdahl

Votes: 6,111 | Gross: $0.30M

5. The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)

R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.4
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55 Metascore

Armed men hijack a New York City subway train, holding the passengers hostage in return for a ransom, and turning an ordinary day's work for dispatcher Walter Garber into a face-off with the mastermind behind the crime.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Denzel Washington, John Travolta, Luis Guzmán, Victor Gojcaj

Votes: 177,110 | Gross: $65.45M

6. John Q (2002)

PG-13 | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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30 Metascore

John Quincy Archibald takes a hospital emergency room hostage when his insurance won't cover his son's heart transplant.

Director: Nick Cassavetes | Stars: Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, Gabriela Oltean, Kimberly Elise

Votes: 117,408 | Gross: $71.76M

7. Money Monster (2016)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.5
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55 Metascore

Financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor takes them and their crew as hostage.

Director: Jodie Foster | Stars: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O'Connell, Dominic West

Votes: 88,901 | Gross: $41.01M

8. Hostage (2005)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.6
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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: 103,540 | Gross: $34.64M

9. 6 Days (I) (2017)

R | 94 min | Action, Drama, History

6.2
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36 Metascore

In April 1980, armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy in Princes Gate, London and took all inside hostage. Over the next six days a tense standoff took place, all the while a group of ... See full summary »

Director: Toa Fraser | Stars: Jamie Bell, Mark Strong, Abbie Cornish, Martin Shaw

Votes: 15,382

10. Flashpoint (2008–2012)

TV-14 | 41 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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The missions and trials of a Toronto police tactical unit.

Stars: Hugh Dillon, Amy Jo Johnson, David Paetkau, Sergio Di Zio

Votes: 15,904

11. The Negotiator (1998)

R | 140 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.3
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62 Metascore

In a desperate attempt to prove his innocence, a skilled police negotiator accused of corruption and murder takes hostages in a government office to gain the time he needs to find the truth.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, David Morse, Ron Rifkin

Votes: 124,184 | Gross: $44.48M

12. Lockout (2012)

PG-13 | 95 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.1
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48 Metascore

A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.

Directors: James Mather, Steve Saint Leger | Stars: Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare, Vincent Regan

Votes: 90,536 | Gross: $14.33M

13. Metro (1997)

R | 117 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.5
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A Hostage Negotiator teams up with a Sharpshooter to bring down a dangerous jewel thief.

Director: Thomas Carter | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Michael Rapaport, Kim Miyori, Art Evans

Votes: 24,451 | Gross: $31.99M

14. Daniel (2019)

138 min | Drama

8.2
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The story of Danish photographer Daniel Rye, who was captured by ISIS in Syria in 2013 and held hostage for 398 days.

Directors: Niels Arden Oplev, Anders W. Berthelsen | Stars: Esben Smed, Toby Kebbell, Mikkel Aarestrup, Arbi Alviati

Votes: 620

15. Quick Change (1990)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Crime

6.8
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56 Metascore

Three thieves successfully rob a New York City bank, but making the escape from the city proves to be almost impossible.

Directors: Howard Franklin, Bill Murray | Stars: Bill Murray, Geena Davis, Randy Quaid, Dale Grand

Votes: 18,220 | Gross: $15.26M

16. Alan Partridge (2013)

R | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.9
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66 Metascore

When famous DJ Alan Partridge's radio station is taken over by a new media conglomerate, it sets in motion a chain of events which see Alan having to work with the police to defuse a potentially violent siege.

Director: Declan Lowney | Stars: Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Tim Key, Karl Theobald

Votes: 28,450 | Gross: $0.15M

17. The Final Option (1982)

R | 125 min | Action, Thriller

6.3
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It's suspected that a peace/anti-nuke organization in UK has some extremists willing to use terrorism. The action will probably be against an embassy in London. The SAS/Special Air Service try to get the organization infiltrated.

Director: Ian Sharp | Stars: Lewis Collins, Judy Davis, Richard Widmark, Edward Woodward

Votes: 2,631 | Gross: $2.67M

18. Amos & Andrew (1993)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Crime

5.7
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A Pulitzer prize writer buys a cabin. The neighbors get suspicious when a stranger "breaks in". They see a black man and call the police, who start shooting at him. The sheriff tries a cover-up involving a white petty crook. Bad idea.

Director: E. Max Frye | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Lerner, Margaret Colin

Votes: 8,158 | Gross: $9.75M

19. The Glorious Seven (2019)

93 min | Action

2.9
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Ex-military commander David Guerra is hired by shady millionaire Anthony Levin to rescue his wife Valentina who was kidnapped by Javier Martinez, leader of a guerrilla group.

Director: Harald Franklin | Stars: Jerry Kwarteng, Fernando Carrera, Maurice Nash, Fernando Corral

Votes: 236

20. How to Rob a Bank (and 10 Tips to Actually Get Away with It) (2007)

81 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

6.1
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27 Metascore

Caught in the middle of a bank robbery, a slacker and a bank employee become the ones who arbitrate the intense situation.

Director: Andrews Jenkins | Stars: Nick Stahl, Erika Christensen, Gavin Rossdale, Terry Crews

Votes: 5,844 | Gross: $0.00M

21. Light It Up (1999)

R | 99 min | Drama, Thriller

6.0
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43 Metascore

A group of teens are bent on improving the run-down conditions of their high-school.

Director: Craig Bolotin | Stars: Usher Raymond, Forest Whitaker, Rosario Dawson, Robert Ri'chard

Votes: 3,403 | Gross: $5.87M

22. Hijacked: Flight 285 (1996 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.0
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A convicted murderer is escorted by marshals on a regular flight from Phoenix to Dallas. Shortly after take-off, two of his aides, traveling as ordinary passengers, take control of the ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Correll | Stars: Susan Batten, James Brolin, Michael Gross, Anthony Michael Hall

Votes: 336

23. Les Cowboys (2015)

R | 104 min | Drama

6.7
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67 Metascore

When his daughter goes missing from their prairie town east of France, Alain and his young son, Kid, head out to find her. The journey takes the men to some far-off and unsettling places in what begins to feel like an endless quest.

Director: Thomas Bidegain | Stars: François Damiens, Finnegan Oldfield, Agathe Dronne, Ellora Torchia

Votes: 1,841 | Gross: $0.07M

24. Standoff (2006–2007)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.6
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A pair of hostage negotiators try to resist their budding attraction to each other.

Stars: Ron Livingston, Rosemarie DeWitt, Gina Torres, Michael Cudlitz

Votes: 2,016

25. A Mother's Greatest Fear (2018 TV Movie)

Unrated | 90 min | Thriller

4.5
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When her daughter is abducted with no demand for ransom, an ex-hostage negotiator will do anything to find her.

Director: Jared Cohn | Stars: Katrina Begin, Joey Lawrence, Lily Delamere, David Chokachi

Votes: 123

26. La journée de la jupe (2008)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

6.9
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'Skirt Day' is a fascinating psychological study, a socio-critical investigation - and Isabelle Adjani's first film in five years.

Director: Jean-Paul Lilienfeld | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Denis Podalydès, Khalid Berkouz, Yann Ebonge

Votes: 2,246

27. Waco: The Rules of Engagement (1997)

Not Rated | 165 min | Documentary, History

7.9
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A reassessment of the tragedy at Waco that left 76 members of the Branch Davidian religious sect dead.

Director: William Gazecki | Stars: Dan Gifford, Clive Doyle, Jack Harwell, Joseph Penno

Votes: 3,045

28. High Noon (2009 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Thriller

5.9
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Expert hostage negotiator Lieutenant Phoebe McNamara juggles her high-pressure career with the demands of raising her young daughter and contending with her agoraphobic mother, Essie.

Director: Peter Markle | Stars: Emilie de Ravin, Ivan Sergei, Brian Markinson, Ty Olsson

Votes: 1,284

29. Pups (1999)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.3
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Rebellious teenager Stevie finds his mother's gun, and along with his girlfriend impulsively decides to rob a bank. The pair find themselves in over their heads as they take hostages and the FBI negotiates Stevie's absurd demands.

Director: Ash Baron-Cohen | Stars: Mischa Barton, Cameron Van Hoy, Burt Reynolds, Adam Farrar

Votes: 1,605 | Gross: $0.00M

30. Slipstream (2005)

R | 89 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

4.6
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A scientist goes to a bank to meet a pretty bank-teller. His time-machine allows him to go 10 minutes back in time and correct his approaches to her. He's shadowed by 2 FBI agents and the bank gets robbed.

Director: David van Eyssen | Stars: Sean Astin, Vinnie Jones, Ivana Milicevic, Kevin Otto

Votes: 3,158

31. Murder Live! (1997 TV Movie)

96 min | Drama, Thriller

6.3
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Frank takes Pia Postman hostage on live TV, threatening to execute her after she accepts the blame for his daughter's suicide.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Marg Helgenberger, David Morse, Christine Estabrook, Lauren Tom

Votes: 284

32. Hostage Negotiator (2001 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Thriller

4.4
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A Former FBI Agent has to conduct the most important negotiation of her life.

Director: Keoni Waxman | Stars: Gail O'Grady, Michael Bowen, Brian Bloom, Don S. Davis

Votes: 156

33. Negotiator (2003 TV Movie)

107 min | Crime

7.1
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After a convenience store robbery, three unidentified men hold a group of people hostage in a hospital. Inspector Ishida and Captain Tohno handle the negotiations while one of their ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Hiroshi Mikami, Mayu Tsuruta, Shirô Sano, Ken'ichi Endô

Votes: 334

34. Held Hostage in Colombia (2003)

48 min | Documentary, War

8.6
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On February 12, 2003 a Pentagon-owned Cessna went down in the jungle of southern Colombia. At the crash site, guerillas from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Colombia's ... See full summary »

Directors: Jorge Enrique Botero, Victoria Bruce, Karin Hayes

Votes: 47

35. American Dad! (2005– )
Episode: A Jones for a Smith (2010)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

8.0
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Stan becomes addicted to crack, mistakenly thinking that it is cold medicine.

Directors: John Aoshima, Jansen Yee, Ron Hughart, Brent Woods | Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Scott Grimes, Rachael MacFarlane

Votes: 496

36. CollegeHumor Originals (2006– )
Episode: Bad Hostage Negotiator (2011)

TV-MA | 4 min | Comedy

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Director: Josh Ruben | Stars: Pat Cassels, Rob Corddry, Ed Jewett, Kevin Laibson

37. House of Cards (2013–2018)
Episode: Chapter 51 (2016)

TV-MA | 46 min | Drama

8.8
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Frank asks Conway to help deal with extremists threatening to murder hostages. Tom Hammerschmidt digs deeper into the allegations against Frank.

Director: Jakob Verbruggen | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Mahershala Ali

Votes: 2,892

38. House of Cards (2013–2018)
Episode: Chapter 52 (2016)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama

9.5
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As the hostage situation continues, Claire secretly negotiates with an extremist leader. Frank confronts Hammerschmidt.

Director: Jakob Verbruggen | Stars: Jayne Atkinson, Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly

Votes: 5,492

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

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

9.2
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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: 1,266

40. Dangerous Missions (1999–2002)
Episode: Counter Terrorist Teams

War

Reviews the history and evolution of terrorism and counter terrorism. Primary focus is on the more dramatic successes and failures since the 1972 murders of Israli Olympians in Munich by Palestinean terrorists.

Director: Annie Azzariti | Star: Beau Billingslea

41. InSecurity (2011)
Episode: El Negotiator (2011)

Comedy

5.9
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It's her first night off in ages, and all Alex wants to do is dance but, unfortunately for her, Mexican terrorists crashing the party have something else in mind.

Director: Robert de Lint | Stars: Natalie Lisinska, William deVry, Rémy Girard, Matthew MacFadzean

Votes: 15

42. Mindhunter (2017– )
Episode: Episode #1.1 (2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.9
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In 1977, frustrated FBI hostage negotiator Holden Ford finds an unlikely ally in veteran agent Bill Tench and begins studying a new class of murderer.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Jonathan Groff, Lee R. Sellars, David H. Holmes, Joanna Lowe

Votes: 5,659

43. Psych (2006–2014)
Episode: Gus Walks Into a Bank (2008)

TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

8.8
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When Gus is taken hostage inside the Santa Barbara Savings and Loan Bank, Shawn becomes the gunman's chief negotiator in the hopes of saving his best friend.

Director: Eric Laneuville | Stars: James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson, Maggie Lawson

Votes: 682

44. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: Number One Fan (2013)

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

8.5
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A woman wakes to find her boyfriend murdered in her apartment. She eludes police and takes hostages and waits for Castle to help her. Castle believes she has been framed, and works with the team to prove her innocence.

Director: John Terlesky | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas

Votes: 851

45. Masquerade (1983–1984)
Episode: Oil (1984)

60 min | Adventure, Thriller

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When Muslim terrorists capture an American-Kuwaiti oil field and threaten to kill the hostages if their demands aren't met, Lavender assembles a con man, coal miner, college professor, and special effects team to take on the bad guys.

Director: Phil Bondelli | Stars: Rod Taylor, Kirstie Alley, Greg Evigan, Pamela Susan Shoop

46. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Poisoned Motive (2013)

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

8.2
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Detective Rollins is shot by a sniper, and all of the sniper's victims have a connections to Fin and a disabled ex-partner who once took a bullet for him.

Director: Arthur W. Forney | Stars: Mariska Hargitay, Danny Pino, Kelli Giddish, Richard Belzer

Votes: 568

47. NCIS: New Orleans (2014– )
Episode: Powder Keg (2018)

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

7.9
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A group of volatile thieves hold Pride and his bar patrons hostage.

Director: Mary Lou Belli | Stars: Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Vanessa Ferlito, Rob Kerkovich

Votes: 154

48. NCIS: Los Angeles (2009– )
Episode: Rage (2015)

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

7.9
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Callen and Sam continue their undercover mission to take down a white supremacist group that it's believed to have procured nuclear material, while Kensi poses as Callen's tattooed biker ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Military | Stars: Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Eric Christian Olsen, Barrett Foa

Votes: 245

49. Zero Hour (2004– )
Episode: Shootout in Marseilles (2007)

55 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

8.8
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This episode tells the story of Air France Flight 8969 which was an Air France flight that was hijacked on December 24, 1994 at Houari Boumedienne Airport in Algiers by four armed men ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Wolochatiuk | Stars: Sean Pertwee, Jean Paul Borderie, Claude Burgniard, Yasmina

Votes: 14

50. Crash Canyon (2011–2013)
Episode: Station WNDL (2012)

TV-14 | Animation, Comedy

4.6
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Director: Greg Lawrence | Stars: Patrick McKenna, Jennifer Irwin, Bryn McAuley, Joanne Vannicola

Votes: 5



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