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The Best Kidnapping Movies on The Criterion Channel

Finding a good Kidnapping movie to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Kidnapping movies of all time streaming on The Criterion Channel.

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1. High and Low

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8.5/10
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81/100
Released: 1963
Crime, Drama

What it's about: An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped and held for ransom.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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2. Escape from New York

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7.2/10
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81/100
Released: 1981Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Cult

What it's about: In 1997, the island of Manhattan has been walled off and turned into a giant maximum security prison within which the country's worst criminals are left to form their own anarchic society. However, when the President of the United States crash lands on the island, the authorities turn to a former soldier and current convict to rescue him.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 4 others).

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3. Samurai Rebellion

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8.4/10
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77/100
Released: 1967Rated: G
Drama, History

What it's about: Toshiro Mifune stars as Isaburo Sasahara, an aging swordsman living a quiet life until his clan lord orders that his son marry the lord's mistress, who has recently displeased the ruler. Reluctantly, father and son take in the woman, and, to the family’s surprise, the young couple fall in love. But the lord soon reverses his decision and demands the mistress’s return. Against all expectations, Isaburo and his son refuse, risking the destruction of their entire family. Director Masaki Kobayashi's Samurai Rebellion is the gripping story of a peaceful man who finally decides to take a stand against injustice.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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4. Seance on a Wet Afternoon

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7.7/10
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70/100
Released: 1964
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Bill Savage is struggling to maintain his marriage to his increasingly unbalanced wife, Myra, who believes she is a medium. She plans a scheme that will make her famous, involving kidnapping then "psychically" locating a little girl.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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5. The Hit

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7.1/10
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68/100
Released: 1984Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Ex-gangster Willie Parker has betrayed his former "colleagues" and now lives in Spain where he thinks he can hide from their vengeance...

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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6. Jamaica Inn

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6.3/10
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56/100
Released: 1939
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: In coastal Cornwall, England, during the early 19th Century, a young woman discovers that she's living with a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecking for profit.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (SnagFilms), stream on a subscription service (Fandor, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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7. A Straightforward Boy

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6.2/10
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34/100
Released: 1929
Comedy, Crime

What it's about: A kidnapped boy proves to be more than his abductor can handle.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).