Prison Films

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1.
Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
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Alcatraz is the most secure prison of its time. It is believed that no one can ever escape from it, until three daring men make a possible successful attempt at escaping from the most infamous prisons in the world. (112 mins.)
Director: Donald Siegel
 
2.
The Escapist (2008)
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Frank Perry is an institutionalized convict fourteen years into a life sentence without parole. When his estranged daughter falls ill... (102 mins.)
Director: Rupert Wyatt
 
3.
Everynight... Everynight (1994)
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(92 mins.)
 
4.
The Experiment (2010)
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26 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control. (96 mins.)
 
5.
The Experiment (2001)
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For two weeks, 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards in a prison. The "prisoners" have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the "guards" are told to retain order without using physical violence. (120 mins.)
 
6.
Felon (2008)
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A family man convicted of killing an intruder must cope with life afterward in the violent penal system. (104 mins.)
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
 
7.
Fortress (1992)
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A futuristic prison movie. Protagonist and wife are nabbed at a future US emigration point with an illegal baby during population control... (95 mins.)
Director: Stuart Gordon
 
8.
Gamer (2009)
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In a future mind-controlling game, death row convicts are forced to battle in a 'Doom'-type environment. Convict Kable, controlled by Simon, a skilled teenage gamer, must survive thirty sessions in order to be set free. Or won't he? (95 mins.)
Director: Neveldine, Taylor
 
9.
Ghosts... of the Civil Dead (1988)
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Prison gangs clash in a high-tech security jail where there are no rules. (93 mins.)
Director: John Hillcoat
 
10.
The Green Mile (1999)
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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
 
11.
Le Trou (1960)
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In prison four long-sentence inmates planning an elaborate escape cautiously induct a new inmate to join in their scheme which leads to distrust and uncertainty. (132 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker
 
12.
Hunger (2008)
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Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike. (96 mins.)
Director: Steve McQueen
 
13.
The Hurricane (1999)
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The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence. (146 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
14.
In Hell (2003)
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A man must survive a prison where hardened criminals battle to the death for the wardens' entertainment. (98 mins.)
Director: Ringo Lam
 
15.
In the Name of the Father (1993)
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A man's coerced confession to an IRA bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father as well. An English lawyer fights to free them. (133 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
 
16.
Jailbait (2004)
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Randy commits a crime that would normally get him probation and a hefty fine, but in the "three-strikes" world of justice... (90 mins.)
 
17.
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
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Luis Molina and Valentin Arregui are cell mates in a South American prison. Luis, a trans individual... (120 mins.)
Director: Hector Babenco
 
18.
The Last Castle (2001)
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A court-martialed general rallies together 1200 inmates to rise against the corrupt system that put him away. (131 mins.)
Director: Rod Lurie
 
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Last Light (1993 TV Movie)
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Movie about a killer who is waiting on death row, and finds an unlikely friend in a prison guard. (104 mins.)
 
20.
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
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A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal. (109 mins.)
Director: F. Gary Gray
 
21.
Lock Up (1989)
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With only 6 months left of his prison sentence inmate Frank Leone is transferred from minimum security to maximum security by a vindictive warden. (109 mins.)
Director: John Flynn
 
22.
Love Child (1982)
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It's an extraordinarily touching true-story about Terry Jean Moore, the determined, independent and... (96 mins.)
Director: Larry Peerce
 
23.
The Score (1978)
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Kennet, an incompetent thief and incorrigible petty criminal, longs to even 'the score,' which is not in his favor. (117 mins.)
Director: Anders Lönnbro
 
24.
Made in Britain (1982 TV Movie)
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Trevor is a 16 year old, sometimes-violent skinhead with no regard for authority, and would rather spend... (76 mins.)
Director: Alan Clarke
 
25.
Free Hands (2010)
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Barbara is a filmmaker who has been working in the prison environment for a few years now. She is preparing... (100 mins.)
Director: Brigitte Sy
 
26.
Manners of Dying (2004)
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Kevin Barlow will die on schedule and according to regulations. Harry Parlington, director of the Cantos execution facility... (104 mins.)
 
27.
Maundy Thursday (2006)
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A suicidal girl started to visit a convicted murderer awaiting execution every Thursday. (120 mins.)
Director: Hae-sung Song
 
28.
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
 
29.
Mrs. Soffel (1984)
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Peter Soffel is the stuffy warden of a remote American prison around the turn of the century. His wife... (110 mins.)
 
30.
Weeds (1987)
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A San Quentin inmate, sentenced to life without parole, writes a play that catches the interest of a reporter. (115 mins.)
Director: John Hancock
 
31.
Wedlock (1991)
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A male prison escapee heads for his hidden loot electronically attached to a female prisoner. (101 mins.)
Director: Lewis Teague
 
32.
The United States of Leland (2003)
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A young man's experience in a juvenile detention center that touches on the tumultuous changes that befall his family and the community in which he lives. (108 mins.)
 
33.
Undisputed (2002)
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When heavyweight champion George 'Iceman' Chambers lands in prison, the resident gangster arranges a boxing match with the reigning prison champ. (94 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
 
34.
Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing (2006)
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Sequel to the 2002 film. This time, Heavyweight Champ George "Iceman" Chambers is sent to a Russian Jail on trumped-up drug charges. (98 mins.)
 
35.
Undisputed 3: Redemption (2010)
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Boyka is back. This time he is fighting in the first ever inter-prison tournament with one knee. (96 mins.)
 
36.
The Loners (2009)
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This human drama centers around two loner Russian soldiers who are caught smuggling arms and consequently arrested... (92 mins.)
Director: Renen Schorr
 
37.
True Believer (1989)
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A cynical former civil liberties attorney now reduced to "specializing" in defending drug dealers becomes transformed by an eight-year-old murder case. (105 mins.)
Director: Joseph Ruben
 
38.
Stranger Inside (2001 TV Movie)
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A mother daughter reunion set in the harsh reality of a women's correctional facility (97 mins.)
Director: Cheryl Dunye
 
39.
Stir (1980)
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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
 
40.
Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture (1990 TV Movie)
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Raymond Eames, a small-time drug dealer, has been sentenced to death for the shooting death of a policeman... (104 mins.)
Director: Frank Pierson
 
41.
Short Eyes (1977)
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A child molester sent to prison finds that criminals exact harsher justice than society. (100 mins.)
Director: Robert M. Young
 
42.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
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Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
 
43.
A Sense of Freedom (1979)
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The life and imprisonment of Glasgow hard man and gangster Jimmy Boyle. (81 mins.)
Director: John Mackenzie
 
44.
Scum (1979)
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Uncompromising story of life in a Borstal prison, a British juvenile offender institution in the 70's (98 mins.)
Director: Alan Clarke
 
45.
Runaway Train (1985)
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Two escaped convicts and a female railway worker find themselves trapped on a train with no brakes and nobody driving. (111 mins.)
 
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The Rock (1996)
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A mild-mannered chemist and an ex-con must lead the counterstrike when a rogue group of military men, led by a renegade general, threaten a nerve gas attack from Alcatraz against San Francisco. (136 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
 
47.
Riot (1969)
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A riot in a state prison is staged to cover up an escape attempt, during which many inmates and guards are killed. Shot on location at Arizona State Prison. (96 mins.)
Director: Buzz Kulik
 
48.
The Pursuit of Happiness (1971)
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A young college student is sent to prison as much for killing a pedestrian with his car as for not paying his parking tickets... (93 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
 
49.
A Prophet (2009)
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A young Arab man is sent to a French prison where he becomes a mafia kingpin. (155 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
 
50.
Prison Song (2001)
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A young man lives and learns while growing up on the street and in and out of correctional facilities. (94 mins.)
Director: Darnell Martin
 
51.
Prison of Secrets (1997 TV Movie)
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Lynn Schaffer is willfully irresponsible once too often, gets fired and refuses a plea-bargain with her employer... (92 mins.)
Director: Fred Gerber
 
52.
Papillon (1973)
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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.)
 
53.
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1970)
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Fly-on-the-wall treatment of an ordinary day in the life of a prisoner in Stalin's Gulag. Closely adapted... (104 mins.)
Director: Caspar Wrede
 
54.
Out of Sight (1998)
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A career bank robber breaks out of jail and shares a moment of mutual attraction with a U.S. marshal he has kidnapped. (123 mins.)
 
55.
No Escape (1994)
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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
 
56.
Murder in the First (1995)
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An eager and idealistic young attorney defends an Alcatraz prisoner accused of murdering a fellow inmate. The extenuating circumstances: his client had just spent over three years in solitary confinement. (122 mins.)
Director: Marc Rocco
 
57.
Against the Wall (1994 TV Movie)
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Based on the true story of the Attica Prison uprising of 1971. (111 mins.)
 
58.
Alien³ (1992)
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After her last encounter, Ripley crash-lands on Fiorina Fury 161, a maximum security prison. When a series of strange and deadly events occur shortly after her arrival, Ripley realizes that she brought along an unwelcome visitor. (114 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
59.
American History X (1998)
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A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did. (119 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye
 
60.
American Me (1992)
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A Mexican-American Mafia kingpin is released from prison, falls in love for the first time, and grows introspective about his gangster lifestyle. (125 mins.)
 
61.
Animal Factory (2000)
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A young man goes to prison and a tough, older convict takes him under his wing as a mentor. (94 mins.)
Director: Steve Buscemi
 
62.
Bad Boys (1983)
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Chicago crime kid Mick O'Brien is sent to reform school after accidentally killing Paco Moreno's kid brother. (123 mins.)
Director: Rick Rosenthal
 
63.
Bangkok Hilton (1989 Mini-Series)
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The story of Kat Stanton (Kidman), an Australian woman searching for her father who, whilst travelling back from London to Australia via Thailand... (270 mins.)
 
64.
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
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A surly convicted murderer held in permanent isolation redeems himself when he becomes a renowned bird expert. (147 mins.)
 
65.
Blood In, Blood Out (1993)
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Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on half-brothers Paco and Cruz... (180 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
 
66.
Borstal Boy (2000)
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Irish writer and political activist Brendan Behan, is befriended as a teenager in a British labor camp by a liberal warden. (91 mins.)
Director: Peter Sheridan
 
67.
Brokedown Palace (1999)
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Two women are arrested for smuggling while vacationing in Thailand. (100 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Kaplan
 
68.
Bronson (2008)
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A young man who was sentenced to seven years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending three decades in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter-ego, Charles Bronson. (92 mins.)
 
69.
Brubaker (1980)
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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.)
 
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Captives (1994)
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A beautiful young dentist (Ormond) working in a tough British prison starts to become attracted to a... (100 mins.)
Director: Angela Pope
 
71.
Carandiru (2003)
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Brazilian MD Drauzio Varella starts AIDS prevention in Brazil's largest prison, Carandiru, in São Paulo... (145 mins.)
Director: Hector Babenco
 
72.
Cell 211 (2009)
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The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal. (113 mins.)
Director: Daniel Monzón
 
73.
Chopper (2000)
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Chopper tells the intense story of Mark "Chopper" Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a jail sentence in prison. His book, "From the Inside", upon which the film is based, was a best-seller. (94 mins.)
Director: Andrew Dominik
 
74.
Convicts 4 (1962)
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A semi-fictionalized version of John Resko's incarceration is presented. John is on death row at Sing Sing for murder... (105 mins.)
Director: Millard Kaufman
 
75.
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
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A man refuses to conform to life in a rural prison. (126 mins.)
 
76.
Concrete Jungle (1960)
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In UK, after pulling a racetrack robbery, repeat offender Johnny Bannion hides the loot in a farmer's field but the police and the local mob come looking for Johnny and for the money. (97 mins.)
Director: Joseph Losey
 
77.
Death Warrant (1990)
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The Canadian policeman Louis Burke is assigned in a jail to investigate in some murders of prisoners and jailors... (89 mins.)
Director: Deran Sarafian
 
78.
Dog Pound (2010)
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Three juvenile delinquents are sentenced to a correctional facility where they encounter gang violence, death, and harassment from staff and other inmates. (91 mins.)
Director: Kim Chapiron
 
79.
Oz (1997 TV Series)
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A series chronicling the daily activities of an unusual prison facility and its criminal inhabitants. (55 mins.)
Director: Gregory Dark
 
80.
Prison Break (2005 TV Series)
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Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside out. (44 mins.)
 
81.
Capadocia (2008 TV Series)
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It tells the stories of several women imprisoned for different reasons in an experimental penal complex in Mexico City.
Director: Carlos Carrera
 
82.
King of Devil's Island (2010)
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Norwegian winter, early 20th century. On the boys home Bastoy, a new inmate leads the boys to a violent uprising against a brutal regime. How far is he willing to go to attain freedom? (116 mins.)
Director: Marius Holst
 
83.
Alcatraz (2012 TV Series)
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In 1963, all the prisoners and guards mysteriously disappear from Alcatraz. In the present day, they resurface and a secret agency are tasked with re-capturing them. (60 mins.)