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Director: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan, Colm Feore, Amy Ryan, Michael Kelly, Peter Gerety, Jason Butler Harner, Denis O'Hare and Gattlin Griffith
Los Angeles, 1928: On a Saturday morning in a working-class suburb, Christine says goodbye to her son, Walter, and leaves for work. When she comes home, she discovers he has vanished. A fruitless search ensues and, months later, a boy claiming to be the nine-year-old is returned. Dazed by the swirl of cops, reporters and her conflicted emotions, Christine allows him to stay overnight. But in her heart, she knows he is not Walter.
As she pushes authorities to keep looking, she learns that in Prohibition-era L.A., women don’t challenge the system and live to tell their story. Slandered as delusional and unfit, Christine finds an ally in activist Reverend Briegleb, who helps her fight the city to look for her missing boy.
Based on the actual incident that rocked California’s legal system, 'Changeling' tells the shocking tale of a mother’s quest to find her son, and those who won’t stop until they silence her.
Director: Robert Schwentke
Starring: Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Sean Bean, Kate Beahan, Erika Christensen, John Benjamin Hickey, Christian Berkel, Greta Scacchi and Marlene Lawston
A bereaved woman and her daughter are flying home from Berlin to America. At 30,000 feet the child vanishes and nobody admits she was ever on that plane.
Director: Joe Roth
Starring: Julianne Moore, Samuel L. Jackson, Edie Falco and Ron Eldard
A black police detective must solve a strange case of an apparently kidnapped white boy and deal with a big racial protest.
Director: Heitor Dhalia
Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Carpenter, Wes Bentley, Michael Paré, Katherine Moennig, Emily Wickersham and Daniel Sunjata
Returning from her night job, Jill expects to find her sister Molly home in bed. When she doesn't, she knows just where to look - her own past abductor. But the police show little interest, so Jill sets off on her own to find her sibling in this chiller.
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
Director: Ben Affleck
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, John Ashton, Amy Madigan, Titus Welliver, Mark Margolis and Michael K. Williams
When 4 year old Amanda McCready disappears from her home and the police make little headway in solving the case, the girl's aunt Beatrice McCready hires two private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. The detectives freely admit that they have little experience with this type of case, but the family wants them for two reasons - they're not cops and they know the tough Boston neighborhood in which they all live. As the case progresses, Kenzie and Gennaro face drug dealers, gangs and pedophiles. When they are about to solve their case, they are faced with a moral dilemma that could tear them apart.
The Lovely Bones (2009)
Director: Peter Jackson
Based on the novel by Alice Sebold
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci and Susan Sarandon
14 year old schoolgirl Susie Salmon goes missing on her way home from school in suburban Pennsylvania and her distraught family almost falls apart as they try to come to terms with the idea that, even though her body has never been found, Susie has probably been murdered by an unknown killer.
In the meantime, Susie watches over her family - and her killer (one of her neighbors) - from purgatory. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.
Director: Costa Gavras
Starring: Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Mayron, John Shea and Charles Cioffi
When an idealistic writer disappears during the Right Wing military coup in 1973 Chile, his wife and American businessman father try to find him.
The Searchers (1956)
Director: John Ford
Starring: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond, Natalie Wood, John Qualen and Harry Carey Jr.
Ethan Edwards, returned from the Civil War to the Texas ranch of his brother, hopes to find a home with his family and to be near the woman he obviously but secretly loves. But a Comanche raid destroys these plans, and Ethan sets out, along with his 1/8 Indian nephew Martin, on a years-long journey to find the niece kidnapped by the Indians under Chief Scar. But as the quest goes on, Martin begins to realize that his uncle's hatred for the Indians is beginning to spill over onto his now-assimilated niece. Martin becomes uncertain whether Ethan plans to rescue Debbie...or kill her.
The Vanishing (1988)
Director: George Sluizer
Starring: Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Gene Bervoets, Johanna ter Steege, Gwen Eckhaus and Bernadette Le Saché
Young lovers Rex and Saskia are on holiday. They stop at a busy service station and Saskia disappears. Rex dedicates the next three years trying to find her. Then he receives some postcards from her abductor, who promises to reveal what has happened to Saskia. The abductor, Raymond Lemorne, is a chilling character to whom Rex is drawn by his intense desire to learn the truth behind his lovers disappearance. But the truth is more sinister than he dared imagine.
Without a Trace (1983)
Director: Stanley R. Jaffe
Starring: Kate Nelligan, Judd Hirsch, David Dukes, Danny Corkill, Keith McDermott, Bill Smitrovich and Stockard Channing
After a young boy goes missing, his distraught mother lashes out at the police, who treat her and her husband as suspects, even as she hounds them to find her child. She also drives away her husband and friends with her intensity and single-mindedness.
A list of my favorite films about missing persons.
Listed in alphabetical order.
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list by kathy
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