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7 movies based on true events about girl kidnappings

If you like documentaries and podcasts about murderers and maniacs, then we will tell you about the most valuable films about the abduction of girls based on real events.


“Girl in the Basement” (2021)

A frame from the movie The Girl in the Basement

Sarah can’t wait for her 18th birthday so she can get away from her controlling father, Don. But she doesn’t even have time to blow out the candles before Don locks her in the basement of their home. The film is based on the true story of Elisabeth Fritzl, who was imprisoned and abused by her father Joseph for 24 years (from 1984 to 2008) in Amstetten, Austria.


“Room” (2015)

A frame from the movie “Room”

And this is also an adaptation of Elisabeth Fritzl’s story, but only from the point of view of one of her children born of incest. Little boy Felix never knew the outside world because he spent his whole life in captivity with his mother.


“The One That Got Away: The Black Robinson Story” (2023)

A still from the movie “The One Who Got Away: The Black Robinson Story”

The film follows teenager Kara Robinson, who survives kidnapping and rape and eventually comes to terms with a serial killer.


“Believe me. The Kidnapping of Lisa McVey” (2018)

A frame from the movie “Trust Me”. “Kidnapping of Lisa McVey”

On the night Lisa is about to commit suicide, a 17-year-old girl is kidnapped and forced to fight for her life. When he escapes and returns home, no one believes his story except a detective.


“3096 days” (2013)

A frame from the movie “3096 Days”

A young Austrian girl was kidnapped and held in captivity for eight years. The movie is based on the true case of Natasha Kampusch.


“Prisoners of Cleveland” (2015)

A still from the movie “Prisoners of Cleveland”

The first victim of kidnapper Ariel Castro, a single mother finds herself locked in his home for 11 years, eventually becoming the friend and sister of two other women held captive by Castro.


“53 Days: The Kidnapping of Mary Stauffer” (2019)

Still from the movie “53 Days: The Kidnapping of Mary Stauffer”

Teacher Mary Stauffer and her eight-year-old daughter Beth are held captive for 53 days by her possessed former student.

Source: People Talk

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