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1. Alien³ (1992)

R | 114 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.4
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59 Metascore

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.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance, Paul McGann

Votes: 219,196 | Gross: $55.47M

2. Papillon (1973)

R | 151 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.0
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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.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Victor Jory, Don Gordon

Votes: 100,537 | Gross: $53.27M

3. Banished (2015)

60 min | Drama, History

7.5
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British convicts have been sent to Australia as punishment for their crimes. As they try to live their new lives, they have to live with the new rules. The soldiers also have to adjust.

Stars: Orla Brady, Ewen Bremner, MyAnna Buring, Ryan Corr

Votes: 2,190

4. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

PG | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.2
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65 Metascore

On the eve of retirement, Kirk and McCoy are charged with assassinating the Klingon High Chancellor and imprisoned. The Enterprise crew must help them escape to thwart a conspiracy aimed at sabotaging the last best hope for peace.

Director: Nicholas Meyer | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

Votes: 58,042 | Gross: $74.89M

5. We're No Angels (1955)

106 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

7.5
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Three Devil's Island escapees hide out in the home of a kindly merchant and repay his kindness by helping him and his family out of several crises.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Aldo Ray, Joan Bennett

Votes: 6,424

6. No Escape (1994)

R | 118 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

6.1
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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.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Ray Liotta, Lance Henriksen, Stuart Wilson, Kevin Dillon

Votes: 16,265 | Gross: $15.34M

7. Van Diemen's Land (2009)

104 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.0
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The true story of Alexander Pearce, Australia's most notorious convict. In 1822, Pearce and seven fellow convicts escaped from Macquarie Harbour, a place of ultra banishment and punishment,... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan auf der Heide | Stars: Oscar Redding, Arthur Angel, Paul Ashcroft, Thomas M. Wright

Votes: 2,613

8. Strange Cargo (1940)

Passed | 113 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.9
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Convicts escaping from Devil's Island come under the influence of a strange Christ-like figure.

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Ian Hunter, Peter Lorre

Votes: 1,588

9. For the Term of His Natural Life (1983– )

520 min | Adventure, Drama

7.9
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In 1830's England, a young man from a good but troubled family is unjustly convicted of stealing a watch. He's transported to Van Dieman's Land (Tasmania) where he suffers under the enmity ... See full summary »

Stars: Anthony Perkins, Patrick Macnee, Samantha Eggar, Diane Cilento

Votes: 152

10. Proteus (2003)

97 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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47 Metascore

An interracial gay love story set in early 18th century South Africa about two men -- a black prisoner living in a Cape Town penal colony and a Dutch sailor -- who weather injustices as a result of their affair.

Directors: John Greyson, Jack Lewis | Stars: Rouxnet Brown, Shaun Smyth, Neil Sandilands, Kristen Thomson

Votes: 550

11. The Pirates of Blood River (1962)

Approved | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.4
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A group of ruthless pirates attack a 17th Century Huguenot settlement on the Isle of Devon in search of treasure and will stop at nothing to obtain it.

Director: John Gilling | Stars: Kerwin Mathews, Glenn Corbett, Christopher Lee, Peter Arne

Votes: 612

12. Botany Bay (1952)

Approved | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.2
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In 1787, American medical student Hugh Tallant and British convicts are sent from London to New South Wales on a ship commanded by the evil Captain Gilbert.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Alan Ladd, James Mason, Patricia Medina, Cedric Hardwicke

Votes: 340

13. Manhunt of Mystery Island (1945)

Not Rated | 219 min | Action, Sci-Fi

7.2
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A young couple journeys to Mystery Island to rescue the girl's father, who is being held prisoner by the evil Captain Mephisto, a pirate from 200 years ago who uses his Transformation ... See full summary »

Directors: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Yakima Canutt, Wallace Grissell | Stars: Richard Bailey, Linda Stirling, Roy Barcroft, Kenne Duncan

Votes: 89

14. New Eden (1994 TV Movie)

R | 89 min | Action, Sci-Fi

4.3
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Prisoners are dumped on a sand planet dubbed Earth 21-523 where most are immediately killed by the sand people and the remainder struggle for existence. That is until a new prisoner arrives... See full summary »

Director: Alan Metzger | Stars: Stephen Baldwin, Lisa Bonet, Tobin Bell, Michael Bowen

Votes: 290

15. I Escaped from Devil's Island (1973)

R | 89 min | Action, Adventure

5.0
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In 1916, A group of prisoners plot their escape from the notorious fortress located in French Guiana.

Director: William Witney | Stars: Jim Brown, Christopher George, Richard Ely, James Luisi

Votes: 244

16. Hell's Island (1955)

Approved | 84 min | Adventure, Drama, Film-Noir

6.0
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Down-on-his-luck Mike Cormack is hired to fly to a Caribbean island to retrieve a missing ruby. On the island, possibly involved with the ruby's disappearance, is his ex-girlfriend.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John Payne, Mary Murphy, Francis L. Sullivan, Eduardo Noriega

Votes: 166

17. Prestige (1932)

Passed | 71 min | Adventure, Drama

5.8
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A woman travels to a French penal colony in Indo China to be with her fiancée, the commander. She arrives to find that he is now an alcoholic.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Ann Harding, Adolphe Menjou, Melvyn Douglas, Ian Maclaren

Votes: 175

18. Devil's Island (1939)

Approved | 62 min | Drama, Thriller

6.5
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Unjustly condemned to Devil's Island and condemned to death, Dr. Gaudet's life is spared when his surgical skills save the life of the commandant's daughter.

Director: William Clemens | Stars: Boris Karloff, Nedda Harrigan, James Stephenson, Adia Kuznetzoff

Votes: 393

19. Women of Devil's Island (1962)

86 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

4.3
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Female prisoners are shipped to Devil's Island penal colony. They are indoctrinated into the prison life from abusive guards and then a new prison governor arrives with planned reforms.

Director: Domenico Paolella | Stars: Guy Madison, Michèle Mercier, Federica Ranchi, Marisa Belli

Votes: 158

20. Adam's Woman (1970)

M | 116 min | Drama

6.6
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Adam is a young American wrongly accused of being an accomplice to murder while on shore leave in Liverpool. He is sentenced to death by hanging but the sentence is commuted to twenty years... See full summary »

Director: Philip Leacock | Stars: Beau Bridges, John Mills, Jane Merrow, James Booth

Votes: 134

21. Captain Fury (1939)

Approved | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

6.1
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An Irish convict sentenced to hard labor in Australia escapes into the outback, and organizes a band of fellow escapees to fight a corrupt landlord.

Director: Hal Roach | Stars: Brian Aherne, Victor McLaglen, Paul Lukas, June Lang

Votes: 168

22. Rio (1939)

Passed | 77 min | Crime, Drama

6.6
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A crazed man escapes from prison to kill his wife's lover.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Victor McLaglen, Sigrid Gurie, Robert Cummings

Votes: 58

23. Island of Lost Souls (1974)

95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.7
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Director: René Cardona | Stars: Mario Almada, Eric del Castillo, Wolf Ruvinskis, Alejandro Ciangherotti

Votes: 61

24. For the Term of His Natural Life (1927)

101 min | Adventure, Romance

6.4
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A convict, wrongfully accused and sent a harsh prison colony, attempts to escape.

Director: Norman Dawn | Stars: George Fisher, Eva Novak, Dunstan Webb, Jessica Harcourt

Votes: 64

25. L'affaire Dreyfus (1899)

13 min | Short, Biography, Drama

5.9
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Dramatized re-enactments of the events of the Dreyfus-affair from 1894 to 1899.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 324

26. Isle of Missing Men (1942)

Approved | 67 min | Drama, Romance

5.8
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A penal colony governor invites a ravishing blond vagabond to join him for a week on his island prison grounds, unaware that she has manipulated their meeting for ulterior motives.

Director: Richard Oswald | Stars: John Howard, Helen Gilbert, Gilbert Roland, Alan Mowbray

Votes: 81

27. Patmos (1985)

72 min | Drama, History

5.2
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The elderly apostle John lives as a prisoner in the penal colony on the island of Patmos, where he gets inspiration to write the Book of Revelation.

Director: Jimmy Murphy | Stars: Louis Rolston, Mark Mulholland, Joe McPartland, John Hewitt

Votes: 6

28. L'affaire Seznec (1993 TV Movie)

196 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.2
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Director: Yves Boisset | Stars: Christophe Malavoy, Nathalie Roussel, Madeleine Robinson, Jean Yanne

Votes: 53

29. Escape from Devil's Island (1935)

Approved | 64 min | Drama, Romance

6.0
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Johanna Harrington waits eagerly at her cottage on the edge of the jungle that flanks the Devil's Island penal colony for the arrival of her father Steve Garrington, her sweetheart Dario, ... See full summary »

Director: Albert S. Rogell | Stars: Victor Jory, Florence Rice, Norman Foster, Stanley Andrews

Votes: 5

30. The Penal Colony (1970)

75 min

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Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: Luis Alarcón, Mónica Echeverría, Aníbal Reyna, Nelson Villagra

Votes: 39

31. Îles du diable - L'archipel des mondes perdus (2001 TV Movie)

58 min | Documentary, History

8.0
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Imagine the prison of Alcatraz, only 10 times worse, built on tropical, hellish and deadly islands, lost to the rest of the world. Three tiny castaway islands rise away from the coast of ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Christophe Jeauffre | Stars: Jean-Christophe Jeauffre, Frédéric Dieudonné, Jean Galfione, Christopher Lee

Votes: 25

32. Jean Galmot, aventurier (1990)

Biography, Drama, History

5.5
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Director: Alain Maline | Stars: Christophe Malavoy, Roger Hanin, Désirée Nosbusch, Jean-Michel Martial

Votes: 56

33. Aizliegta zona (1975)

66 min | Documentary

7.3
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Director: Herz Frank

Votes: 12

34. The Lovers of Manon Lescout (1954)

Drama, Romance

5.0
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Director: Mario Costa | Stars: Myriam Bru, Franco Interlenghi, Roger Pigaut, Aldo Silvani

Votes: 8

35. K (2002)

85 min | Drama, Fantasy

6.3
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Three stories. We see, but little is explained. In "The Married Couple," a salesman pays a call on an old customer who is with his wife in the upstairs bedroom of their ill adult son. ... See full summary »

Director: Shoja Azari | Stars: Oz Phillips, Shoja Azari, Shirin Neshat, Mohammed Ghaffari

Votes: 88

36. Captain Mephisto and the Transformation Machine (1966 TV Movie)

Approved | 100 min | Sci-Fi

3.9
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Truncated feature version of the serial 'Manhunt of Mystery Island (1945)', in which Captain Mephisto attempts to take over the world's supply of a valuable ore.

Directors: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Yakima Canutt, Wallace Grissell | Stars: Richard Bailey, Linda Stirling, Roy Barcroft, Kenne Duncan

Votes: 11

37. The Devil's Island (1899)

1 min | Short

5.1
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Former Captain Alfred Dreyfus paces in his prison, in a dramatization of the events surrounding the Dreyfus Affair, an actual historic event.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 126

38. Mise aux fers de Dreyfus (1899)

1 min | Short, Biography

5.1
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Captain Dreyfus is placed in leg irons as a dramatization of the events surrounding the Dreyfus Affair, an actual historic event.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 124

39. First Continuum

Sci-Fi, Thriller | Announced

In the far future an assassin decides the fate of the universe.

Director: Danny Torres

40. Un bagne en Afrique Orientale Allemande (1910)

Documentary, Short

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41. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993–1999)
Episode: Battle Lines (1993)

TV-PG | 46 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.6
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After showing Bajoran spiritual leader Kai Opaka the wormhole, she, Sisko, Bashir and Kira crash land on a moon. Kai Opaka dies and the three meet the unfriendly locals.

Director: Paul Lynch | Stars: Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Alexander Siddig, Terry Farrell

Votes: 737

42. Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)
Episode: Canamar (2003)

TV-PG | 43 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.9
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Archer and Trip are accused of smuggling and sent to the penal colony Canamar. While Enterprise manages to negotiate their release, a mutiny breaks out on the prison ship.

Director: Allan Kroeker | Stars: Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock, Dominic Keating

Votes: 472

43. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: Dagger of the Mind (1966)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

7.5
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Kirk and psychiatrist Helen Noel are trapped on a maximum security penal colony that experiments with mind control and Spock must use the Vulcan mind-meld to find a way to save them.

Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, James Gregory, DeForest Kelley

Votes: 1,653

44. The Campbells (1986–1990)
Episode: Disguises

Drama

Rebecca convinces Emma to dress like a man so she can travel more freely. Capt. Sims comes home unexpectedly, so Emma sneaks out dressed as a man. Thinking she's a thief, Sims pursues her. ... See full summary »

Director: Otta Hanus | Stars: Malcolm Stoddard, Amber Lea Weston, Eric Richards, Cedric Smith

45. Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)
Episode: Flight (1970)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.8
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The IMF must thwart a coup attempt to be triggered by a presidential assassination. The team apprehends the coup leader and employs an elaborate ruse to convince him to reveal the killer. ... See full summary »

Director: Barry Crane | Stars: Peter Graves, Leonard Nimoy, Lesley Ann Warren, Greg Morris

Votes: 42

46. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Episode: Power Play (1992)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

7.5
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A long-lost ship is found on a planet where cosmic storms prevented detection for 200 years. When a surface landing goes wrong, the away team is beamed back...with a few extra surprises.

Director: David Livingston | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn

Votes: 1,072

47. The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
Episode: Promised Land (1998)

45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.7
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On a future Earth, a group of alien settlers and group of escaped human slaves battle the environment and each other. As the casualties pile up, can they set aside their misunderstandings and learn to co-exist?

Director: Neill Fearnley | Stars: Caroline Goodall, Joseph Kell, Susan Hogan, Rene Auberjonois

Votes: 95

48. Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)
Episode: Snowball in Hell (1967)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.6
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Barney faces the cat o' nine tails and a cruel ex-guard at a former penal colony as the other IMF members work to trick the sadist out of a cheap substance that can be used for nuclear weapons.

Director: Lee H. Katzin | Stars: Steven Hill, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris, Peter Lupus

Votes: 109

49. Greatest Cities of the World (2008– )
Episode: Sydney (2010)

Documentary

6.2
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Griff visits Sydney, not the capital but the dominating metropolis of Australia, and its first city since that nation's foundation from a fabulous natural harbor as British penal colony, ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Fettis | Stars: Griff Rhys Jones, Mike Brown

Votes: 5

50. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964–1968)
Episode: The Ultimate Computer Affair (1965)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.6
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Thrush is developing an "ultimate computer," which, if it becomes fully operational, will mean the criminal organization even more formidable. The device is housed in a Thrush facility that... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll, Charles Ruggles

Votes: 55