If you’re a fan of Netflix’s The Beast, these 10 kidnapping thrillers are for you.
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This kidnapping thriller from Ludovico Di Martino has gotten a lot of attention thanks to Netflix. You’ll want to check out these other kidnapping thrillers next!
The Beast, Ludovico Di Martino’s Italian kidnapping thriller, has remained one of Netflix’s most popular films since its November 27, 2020, debut. As the story progresses, we learn more about Leonida Riva (Fabrizio Gifuni), an Italian soldier with a violent past who has become estranged from his family due to his lifestyle. His daughter was kidnapped, and he does everything in his ability to recover her and restore his family’s faith in him.
The Beast has received mixed reviews from both consumers and critics, despite its success on Netflix. Here are a few more instances of kidnapping thrillers on the big screen.
1. Taken (2008)
As a kidnapping thriller that generated two sequels and cemented Liam Neeson as the go-to vengeful action star, Taken is a must-watch.
Brian Mills (Neeson) is a former CIA agent who goes on a ballistic revenge mission across Europe to avenge his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace), whom he hasn’t seen in over a decade. Despite the lack of originality, the subgenre’s execution and Neeson’s performance make it a strong contender for best picture.
2. All The Money In The World (2017)
J. Paul Getty’s (Christopher Plummer) 16-year-old grandson was abducted and held for ransom in Rome in 1973, and All the Money in the World, directed by Ridley Scott, portrays the real-life story of the billionaire oilman.
A large part of the story revolves around the kidnapped boy’s mother, Gail (Michelle Williams), who does everything she can to get her father, Getty, to pay the ransom. Despite being the richest man in the world at the time, Getty refuses to give up his own money in order to save his grandchild.
3. Misery (1990)
In Rob Reiner’s brilliant adaptation of Stephen King’s iconic novel, Misery, Kathy Bates received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
In the film, Bates portrays Annie Wilkes, a dedicated Paul Sheldon admirer (James Caan). A snowy car-crash rescue leads to Annie taking Paul home, where she heals him back to health, and encourages him to work on his new novel. Paul is immediately subjected to physical torment by Annie, who becomes obsessed with him to the point of obsession.
4. You Were Never Really Here (2017)
You Were Never Really Here by Lynne Ramsay is a powerful character study that completely turns the kidnapping subgenre on its head. PTSD-stricken Gulf War veteran Joe (Joaquin Phoenix), who returns home and takes on the role of hunter of child abduction with barbaric savagery, is the star of the film.
Nina, the 13-year-old daughter of a well-known senator, is the first target of Joe’s newfound mission. With little leads to work with, Joe travels to the most dangerous corners of the city, where he faces his own demons by annihilating grown men who prey on female juvenile kidnapping victims.
5. Don’t Breathe (2016)
For the first half of Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe, the kidnapping thriller does not give away the plot. What begins as a home invasion robbery film quickly degenerates into a kidnapping story.
Because of the blind man’s skill in navigating his own home, the three young crooks who plan to steal from him have no idea what they’re in for. To make matters worse, a young woman has been held captive in the man’s basement as part of an evil plan to avenge the death of his own daughter, which he blames on the abducted woman.
6. Prisoners (2013)
Denis Villeneuve’s excellent 2013 kidnap thriller Prisoners, which earned Roger Deakins an Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography, is presently ranked #196 on IMDB’s Top 250.
Hugh Jackman plays Dover Keller, a hardworking Pennsylvania father whose daughter and a close friend were kidnapped in broad daylight on Thanksgiving. The case is assigned to Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal), but Dover takes over the investigation when no answers are given.
7. Fargo (1996)
At the 1997 Oscars, Joel and Ethan Coen’s inept kidnapping plot in Fargo was awarded best actress and original screenplay.
By the time Jerry Lundergaard has come up with a crazy plot to abduct his wife in order to get her rich father to hand over cash, the whole thing goes awry in spectacular fashion. Aside from hiring lousy kidnappers, Jerry is also pursued by pregnant Police Chief Marge Gunderson, who is an expert in tracking down kidnappers (McDormand).
8. High And Low (1963)
Akira Kurosawa’s 1963 film High and Low was one of the first great kidnapping thrillers of all time. Additionally, the picture presently ranks #82 on IMDB’s list of the best 250 movies of all time.
The executive of a shoe-making company whose chauffeur’s son is kidnapped while entertaining guests in Japan is the focus of this film. Ransom money is being sought from the businessman, and he must decide whether to help his employee’s son like his own or let him be hurt.
9. Oldboy (2003)
Chan-wook Park’s Oldboy is one of the greatest movies to come out in the last two decades, regardless of genre. 15 years after his initial arrest, an abducted man is finally let free and given five days to find his kidnappers in this gruesome vengeance story.
Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik) was kidnapped in 1988 and held for 15 years in a prison-like atmosphere. When Oh Dae-su is unexpectedly freed and given just a limited amount of time to exact revenge on his captors, he goes on a murderous spree.
10. The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs is a kidnapping thriller that has won the Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director, and Screenplay Oscars.
Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lecter (Jodie Foster) is the focus of much of the story, but Clarice Starling, a new FBI agent, is more concerned with locating Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine). He’s kidnapped Catherine Martin, the daughter of a senator, and has been torturing and murdering her ever since. There are just three films in Hollywood history to win all five of the Big Five Academy Awards, including this one.