Top Prison movies (personal)

The top 5 are my top 5, but the rest could be put in any order.
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1.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ My all-time favourite movie of any genre. ” - leg1ndyoll
 
2.
The Green Mile (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift. (189 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ My second all-time favourite movie of any genre. ” - leg1ndyoll
 
3.
Papillon (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape. (151 mins.)
“ Steve McQueen is in it, so it's got to be a good one don't you think? Hollywoodised true story. ” - leg1ndyoll
 
4.
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A man refuses to conform to life in a rural prison. (126 mins.)
“ Paul Newman... need I say more? ” - leg1ndyoll
 
5.
Life (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story of wrongfully convicted men (Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence) who discover the value of life after serving 65 years in prison. (108 mins.)
Director: Ted Demme
“ Funny and sad too. ” - leg1ndyoll
 
6.
Doing Time (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
This prison comedy is based on the popular British television series of the same name. Long time Slade... (93 mins.)
Director: Dick Clement
“ OK, so this is a strange one to put here BUT I LOVE IT. ” - leg1ndyoll
 
7.
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A surly convicted murderer held in permanent isolation redeems himself when he becomes a renowned bird expert. (147 mins.)
“ Hollywoodisation of a true story. ” - leg1ndyoll
 
8.
The Longest Yard (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A sadistic warden asks a former pro quarterback, now serving time in his prison, to put together a team of inmates to take on (and get pummeled by) the guards. (121 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
9.
The Longest Yard (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Prison inmates form a football team to challenge the prison guards. (113 mins.)
Director: Peter Segal
 
10.
Midnight Express (1978)
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Billy Hayes, an American college student, is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into prison. (121 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
 
11.
Brubaker (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate. (131 mins.)
 
12.
No Escape (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A soldier convicted for murdering his commanding officer is dumped and left to die on a prison island inhabited by two camps of convicts. (118 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
 
13.
Stir (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Filmed in the Clare Valley, Gladstone and the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, this prison movie was inspired by the true life prison riot at Bathurst Jail in 1974 and its subsequent Royal Commission into New South Wales Prisons. (101 mins.)
Director: Stephen Wallace
 
14.
McVicar (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
'John McVicar' was a London Bad Boy. he graduated to armed bank robbery and was Britain's "Public Enemy No... (112 mins.)
Director: Tom Clegg
 
15.
Scum (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Uncompromising story of life in a Borstal prison, a British juvenile offender institution in the 70's (98 mins.)
Director: Alan Clarke
 
16.
Lock Up (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
With only six months left of his sentence, inmate Frank Leone is transferred from a minimum security prison to a maximum security prison by a vindictive warden. (109 mins.)
Director: John Flynn