10 Movies like Sound of Freedom that you must watch

By Kieran Burt
Published: August 10, 2023 (Last updated: February 8, 2024)
10 Movies like Sound of Freedom that you must watch

We discuss 10 movies like Sound of Freedom you must watch. Add these well-recommended and highly-rated films to your watch list.

Sound of Freedom is the film that stormed the 2023 US summer box office, becoming an unexpected hit. It’s a rather controversial film, but in today’s polarising world, it’s unsurprising. It follows Tim Ballard (Jim Caviezel) as he embarks on a dangerous mission in the jungle to rescue a young girl from child traffickers. It’s based on a true story.

But while many of the film’s critics take aim at the film for its material, there have been several films before Sound of Freedom that focus on child and sex traffickers, both real and fictional.

Here are ten movies like Sound of Freedom you must watch.

10 Movies like Sound of Freedom

Taken (2008)

Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) is a former black ops operative, and now he is no longer working. He wants to use the time to reconnect with his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace). But disaster strikes when Kim and her friend Amanda are kidnapped by sex slavers shortly after they arrive in Paris for a holiday.

With time running out until they’re both auctioned off, Bryan must kill on his very particular skillset to save her.

The Whistleblower (2010)

The Whistleblower is based on a true story that happened in 1999. It follows American policewoman Kathryn Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz) as she’s sent as a UN peacekeeper to post-war Bosnia. While she is there, she discovers a sex-trafficking ring and corruption facilitated by other peacekeepers.

You Were Never Really Here (2017)

When a teenage girl goes missing, Joe (Joaquin Phoenix), a brutal and jaded enforcer steps in to perform a rescue mission. Along the way, he uncovers corruption and abuses of power at the highest levels. To accomplish his mission, Joe must use any means necessary to save the girl.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), a disgraced financial reporter, has a chance to redeem himself when he’s hired by the powerful and wealthy Swedish industrialist Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer) to solve the 40-year-old murder of Vanger’s niece, Harriet. Vanger thinks his niece was killed by a member of his own family.

Blomkvist works with Lisbeth Salander, a computer hacker, and the pair uncover more than they bargained for.

The Captive (2014)

Eight years after Cassandra, a young girl, disappeared without a trace and was presumed dead, two detectives find disturbing clues that indicate that she’s still alive and held in captivity.

Spotlight (2015)

Loosely based on the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston abuse scandal, Spotlight follows Marty Baron, editor of The Boston Globe, as he assigns a group of journalists to investigate allegations against John Geoghan, a priest accused of molesting over 80 boys.

Walter “Robby” Robinson (Michael Keaton) leads the team, with reporters Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Matt Carroll (Brian d’Arcy James), and Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams) interviewing victims and looking for sensitive documents.

The team is driven by their goal of exposing the cover-up in the Roman Catholic Church.

Girl in the Bunker (2018)

Girl in the Bunker is based on the true story of Elizabeth Shoaf, who was abducted and held captive in a hidden underground bunker. Julia Lalonde plays Shoaf in the movie.

Trade (2007)

Texas cop Ray Sheridan (Kevin Kline) joins forces with Jorge (Cesar Ramos) as he tries to help him find his sister, who was abducted and forced into prostitution by an international trafficking organization.

Beasts of No Nation (2015)

As civil war rages on in a West African country, a fierce warlord known as Commandant (Idris Elba) trains the young orphan Agu to join his group of guerilla soldiers to fight in the brutal war.

Trafficked (2017)

Trafficked follows three women who were forced into the international sex trade – Amba (Alpa Banker) from India,  Mali (Jessica Obilom) from Nigeria, and Sara (Kelly Washington) from the US – as they attempt to escape from a brothel in Texas.

Do you have any other recommendations for movies like Sound of Freedom? Let us know in the comments.

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