Man hunt movies usually have the audience on the edge of their seat. When films show the authorities going after a dangerous criminal, the audience usually wants to see the bad guy get caught. However, when the police are chasing down the wrong person, the audience sides with the innocent victim. Here are five man hunt movies that are chasing the wrong man.
Dr. Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) is accused of murdering his own wife, but he's innocent and goes on the run. Kimble is being hunted by Samuel Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones) and the man hunt is intense. As Gerard closes in on Kimble, the doctor realizes he has to figure out who murdered his wife and he must get Gerard involved in the investigation. This movie was based on the classic '60s television show of the same name that starred David Janssen as Kimble.
"North by Northwest"
Advertising man Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) is just your average run-of-the-mill business executive. However, he is mistaken by a group of spies for a man named George Kaplan. Ringleader Philip Vandamm (James Mason) and his "muscle" Leonard (Martin Landau) are trying to hunt and murder Thornhill, while the police are trying catch Thornhill as well. Thornhill boards a train headed for Chicago where he meets Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint), who seemingly tries to help him. However, Kendall is not who she says she is. Thornhill finds a way to escape the man hunt in a dramatic scene at Mount Rushmore.
"The Bourne Identity"
Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is a rogue agent from the Treadstone Project, but he has no idea who he is because of a serious case of amnesia. The only hint he has is a number to a Swiss bank account that has been tattooed on his hip. He knows an assassin is chasing him, but has no idea why his being hunted. Bourne has to stay one step ahead of the assassin and figure out who he is at the same time.
"The Big Lebowski"
Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) is a slacker who gets mistaken for Jeffrey "The Millionaire" Lebowski (David Huddleston) because they have the same last name. The Dude is being stalked by thugs who "Millionaire" Lebowski owes a substantial amount of money. To get their point across, the thugs urinate on the Dude's valuable rug. The Dude gets away from the man hunt and gets help from bowling pal Walter Sobchak (John Goodman), who has an intimidating personality and a gun to help get the thugs off his friend's case.
Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) is going to a conference in Berlin with his wife Elizabeth (January Jones). After checking into his hotel, he proceeds to the conference. When he realizes he has left his briefcase at the hotel, he returns in the cab to retrieve it. However, the cab has an accident and Harris wakes up from a coma in the hospital four days later. He has no identification and his memory is hazy. When he finally gets back to his hotel, his wife no longer recognizes him and a second Martin Harris (Aidan Quinn) claims his identity. Authorities go on a man hunt to catch Harris, but he gets away and finally learns what they are after.