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1.
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
 
2.
Pusher (1996)
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A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord. (110 mins.)
 
3.
A Prophet (2009)
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A young Arab man is sent to a French prison. (155 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
 
4.
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
 
5.
Elite Squad (2007)
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1997, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his occupation while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope comes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (115 mins.)
Director: José Padilha
 
6.
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)
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After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro, is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups. (115 mins.)
Director: José Padilha
 
7.
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
 
8.
The Heist (1976)
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In Mexico city, the most infamous jail "Lecumberri" three prisoners make a plan to introduce drugs. (83 mins.)
Director: Felipe Cazals
 
9.
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
 
10.
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.)
 
11.
Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008)
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The story of notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine. (133 mins.)
 
12.
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.)
 
13.
Animal Kingdom (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A seventeen year-old navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him. (113 mins.)
Director: David Michôd
 
14.
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
 
15.
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
 
16.
Day Break (2005)
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Since the Islamic Revolution in Iran, capital punishment is carried out according to Islamic law, which... (84 mins.)
Director: Hamid Rahmanian
 
17.
Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008)
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The story of french gangster Jacques Mesrine, before he was called Public Enemy N°1. (113 mins.)
 
18.
A Better Life (2011)
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A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give his son the opportunities he never had. (98 mins.)
Director: Chris Weitz
 
19.
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
 
20.
Reform School Girls (1986)
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Jenny is sent to a women's reform school. It is run by evil warden Sutter and her henchwoman Edna. Jenny... (94 mins.)
Director: Tom DeSimone
 
21.
Die Konsequenz (1977)
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Thomas is the son of a prison warden. He falls for and seduces Martin, who is older and one of the prison inmates... (100 mins.)
 
22.
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
 
23.
The Life of David Gale (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row. (130 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
 
24.
A Proper Violence (2011)
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When one man's dark secret becomes the obsession of three strangers, how far will they go to commit A Proper Violence? (102 mins.)
 
25.
Dog Pound (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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
 
26.
Poor Boy's Game (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Donnie Rose went to prison for beating a young man so brutally it left him handicapped for life. Nine years later... (104 mins.)
Director: Clement Virgo
 
27.
The Glass House (1972 TV Movie)
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A young guard and a college professor convicted of manslaughter both start their first day in prison. (90 mins.)
Director: Tom Gries
 
28.
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.)
 
29.
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.)
 
30.
The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
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Follows the lives of heroin addicts who frequent "Needle Park" in New York City. (110 mins.)
 
31.
Blood In, Blood Out (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
 
32.
The Basketball Diaries (1995)
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A teenager finds his dreams of becoming a basketball star threatened after he free falls into the harrowing world of drug addiction. (102 mins.)
Director: Scott Kalvert
 
33.
The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
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Three young Irish women struggle to maintain their spirits while they endure dehumanizing abuse as inmates of a Magdalene Sisters Asylum. (114 mins.)
Director: Peter Mullan
 
34.
On the Run (2002)
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After nearly fifteen years behind bars, lefty revolutionary Bruno escapes and heads back to Grenoble... (111 mins.)
Director: Lucas Belvaux
 
35.
Pixote (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The life of a boy in the streets of Sao Paulo, involved with little crimes, prostitution, etc (128 mins.)
Director: Hector Babenco
 
36.
Sherrybaby (2006)
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Sherry tries to integrate again into society and become a good mother. (96 mins.)
Director: Laurie Collyer
 
37.
R (2010)
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The R of the title stands for the young protagonist, Rune, fearlessly played by Pilou Asbæk. Imprisoned for violent assault... (99 mins.)
 
38.
Angst (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A troubled man gets released from prison and starts taking out his sadistic fantasies on an unsuspecting family living in a secluded house. (87 mins.)
Director: Gerald Kargl