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1. The Departed (2006)

R | 151 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.5
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86 Metascore

An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg

Votes: 884,392 | Gross: $132.37M

2. Oz (1997–2003)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.8
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A series chronicling the daily activities of an unusual prison facility and its criminal inhabitants.

Stars: Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen, Dean Winters

Votes: 67,692

3. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)

TV-14 | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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Inspector Morse has an ear for music, a taste for beer and a nose for crime. He sets out with Sergeant Lewis to solve each intriguing case.

Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, James Grout, Peter Woodthorpe

Votes: 6,528

4. The Producers (1967)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

7.7
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97 Metascore

Producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom make money by producing a sure-fire flop.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Estelle Winwood, Renée Taylor

Votes: 40,373 | Gross: $0.11M

5. The Number 23 (2007)

R | 101 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.4
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Walter Sparrow becomes obsessed with a novel that he believes was written about him. As his obsession increases, more and more similarities seem to arise.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen, Logan Lerman, Danny Huston

Votes: 165,749 | Gross: $35.06M

6. Malcolm X (1992)

PG-13 | 202 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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72 Metascore

Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee

Votes: 64,580 | Gross: $48.17M

7. 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: 97,670 | Gross: $53.27M

8. Dogville (2003)

R | 178 min | Crime, Drama

8.1
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59 Metascore

A woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly accepted in a small Colorado town. In exchange, she agrees to work for them. As a search visits town, she finds out that their support has a price. Yet her dangerous secret is never far away...

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Paul Bettany, Lauren Bacall, Harriet Andersson

Votes: 108,510 | Gross: $1.53M

9. Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)

Unrated | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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71 Metascore

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.

Director: José Padilha | Stars: Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos, André Ramiro, Milhem Cortaz

Votes: 67,249 | Gross: $0.10M

10. Capote (2005)

R | 114 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.4
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88 Metascore

In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel In Cold Blood, Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row.

Director: Bennett Miller | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Clifton Collins Jr., Catherine Keener, Allie Mickelson

Votes: 101,454 | Gross: $28.75M

11. Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.4
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74 Metascore

The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met.

Director: David Lowery | Stars: Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Nate Parker

Votes: 16,067 | Gross: $0.39M

12. Lock Up (1989)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.3
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52 Metascore

With only 6 months left of his prison sentence inmate Frank Leone is transferred from minimum security to maximum security by a vindictive warden.

Director: John Flynn | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Donald Sutherland, John Amos, Sonny Landham

Votes: 30,010 | Gross: $22.10M

13. Gothika (2003)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.8
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38 Metascore

A repressed female psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the asylum where she worked, with no memory of why she is there or what she has done.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Halle Berry, Penélope Cruz, Robert Downey Jr., Charles S. Dutton

Votes: 90,174 | Gross: $59.59M

14. The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.1
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99 Metascore

A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.

Directors: Charles Laughton, Robert Mitchum, Terry Sanders | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason

Votes: 65,284

15. All the Pretty Horses (2000)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Romance, Western

5.8
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55 Metascore

Two Texas cowboys head to Mexico in search of work, but soon find themselves in trouble with the law after one of them falls in love with a wealthy rancher's daughter.

Director: Billy Bob Thornton | Stars: Matt Damon, Penélope Cruz, Henry Thomas, Angelina Torres

Votes: 11,466 | Gross: $15.53M

16. Cell 211 (2009)

113 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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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.

Director: Daniel Monzón | Stars: Luis Tosar, Alberto Ammann, Antonio Resines, Manuel Morón

Votes: 50,448

17. Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead (2009 Video)

Unrated | 92 min | Horror

4.6
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When their transfer bus crashes in a West Virginia forest, a group of convicts and a corrections officer meet a rafter who is on the run from cannibalistic hillbillies who have murdered her friends.

Director: Declan O'Brien | Stars: Tom Frederic, Janet Montgomery, Gil Kolirin, Christian Contreras

Votes: 17,101

18. Charlie Bartlett (2007)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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54 Metascore

A rich kid becomes the self-appointed psychiatrist to the student body of his new high school.

Director: Jon Poll | Stars: Anton Yelchin, Robert Downey Jr., Hope Davis, Kat Dennings

Votes: 56,939 | Gross: $3.95M

19. In Cold Blood (1967)

Approved | 134 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.0
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89 Metascore

After a botched robbery results in the brutal murder of a rural family, two drifters elude police, in the end coming to terms with their own mortality and the repercussions of their vile atrocity.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe, Paul Stewart

Votes: 19,188

20. Freeway (1996)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.9
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61 Metascore

A twisted take on 'Little Red Riding Hood' with a teenage juvenile delinquent on the run from a social worker traveling to her grandmother's house and being hounded by a charming, but sadistic, serial killer/pedophile.

Director: Matthew Bright | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Kiefer Sutherland, Bokeem Woodbine, Paul Perri

Votes: 22,363

21. Gloria (1999)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.1
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26 Metascore

Sharon Stone plays a street-wise, middle-aged moll standing up against the mobs, all of which is complicated by a 6 year old urchin with a will of his own who she reluctantly takes under ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Sharon Stone, Jean-Luke Figueroa, Jeremy Northam, Cathy Moriarty

Votes: 4,485 | Gross: $4.16M

22. Beyond Re-Animator (2003)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

5.9
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Everyone's favorite mad scientist Herbert West is currently in jail after having state's evidence turned against him by his former assistant, Dan Cain. While being led away, some re-agent ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Yuzna | Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Tommy Dean Musset, Jason Barry, Bárbara Elorrieta

Votes: 8,849

23. Animal Factory (2000)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama

6.6
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65 Metascore

A young man goes to prison and a tough, older convict takes him under his wing as a mentor.

Director: Steve Buscemi | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Edward Furlong, Danny Trejo, Mark Boone Junior

Votes: 10,706 | Gross: $0.04M

24. Prison (1987)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

5.9
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The spirit of a long-dead prisoner returns for revenge, haunting the prison's new governor.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Lane Smith, Viggo Mortensen, Chelsea Field, Lincoln Kilpatrick

Votes: 2,742 | Gross: $0.35M

25. There Was a Crooked Man... (1970)

R | 126 min | Western

7.1
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A charming but totally ruthless criminal is sent to a remote Arizona prison. He enlists the help of his cellmates in an escape attempt with the promise of sharing his hidden loot.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda, Hume Cronyn, Warren Oates

Votes: 2,785

26. The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1991)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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A tangled triangle. In the rural South of the early 20th century, Miss Amelia is the town eccentric, selling corn liquor and dispensing medicine. She takes in her half-sister's son, a ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Callow | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Keith Carradine, Cork Hubbert, Rod Steiger

Votes: 523 | Gross: $0.18M

27. Punishment Park (1971)

R | 88 min | Drama, Thriller

7.9
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"Punishment Park" is a pseudo-documentary purporting to be a film crews's news coverage of the team of soldiers escorting a group of hippies, draft dodgers, and anti-establishment types ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Watkins | Stars: Patrick Boland, Kent Foreman, Carmen Argenziano, Luke Johnson

Votes: 4,671

28. Captain America II: Death Too Soon (1979 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

4.0
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The star spangled hero must battle a villain's plan to poison America with a chemical that horrifically accelerates the aging process.

Director: Ivan Nagy | Stars: Reb Brown, Connie Sellecca, Len Birman, Christopher Lee

Votes: 705

29. Short Night of Glass Dolls (1971)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery

6.8
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An American journalist in Prague searches for his girlfriend who has suddenly disappeared.

Director: Aldo Lado | Stars: Ingrid Thulin, Jean Sorel, Mario Adorf, Barbara Bach

Votes: 1,568

30. Killer: A Journal of Murder (1995)

R | 91 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.4
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Carl Panzram is sent to Leavenworth Prison for burglary. While there, he is brutally beaten by a guard. Neophyte guard Henry Lesser feels sympathy for Panzram, befriends him, and gets him ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Metcalfe | Stars: James Woods, Robert Sean Leonard, Ellen Greene, Cara Buono

Votes: 1,801 | Gross: $0.07M

31. The Fixer (1968)

M | 132 min | Drama

7.0
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In Czarist Russia, around 1911, a Russian-Jewish handyman, Yakov Bok, is wrongly imprisoned for a most unlikely crime.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Alan Bates, Dirk Bogarde, Georgia Brown, Hugh Griffith

Votes: 888

32. Chattahoochee (1989)

R | 97 min | Biography, Drama

6.4
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In 1955 Florida, a Korean vet has a breakdown and is incarcerated in a "maximum security" mental health prison, where patients are abused.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Gary Oldman, Dennis Hopper, Frances McDormand, Pamela Reed

Votes: 1,413 | Gross: $0.26M

33. If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (2010)

Unrated | 94 min | Drama

7.2
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64 Metascore

Two weeks before his release, a teenage prisoner learns that his mother has returned home. Meanwhile, he finds himself in love with a student working in the penitentiary as an intern.

Director: Florin Serban | Stars: George Pistereanu, Ada Condeescu, Mihai Constantin, Clara Voda

Votes: 5,254 | Gross: $0.01M

34. The Trial of Billy Jack (1974)

PG | 170 min | Action, Drama, Music

4.6
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After Billy Jack in sentenced to four years in prison for the "involuntary manslaughter" of the first film, the Freedom School expands and flourishes under the guidance of Jean Roberts. The... See full summary »

Director: Tom Laughlin | Stars: Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor, Victor Izay, Teresa Kelly

Votes: 955

35. Unspeakable (2002)

R | 108 min | Horror, Thriller

3.2
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A woman battles an unspeakable terror.

Director: Thomas J. Wright | Stars: Pavan Grover, Michelle Wolff, Mark Voltura, Marco Rodríguez

Votes: 1,110

36. Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story (2011)

145 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.1
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Tondo. The Ancient Gangland. Year 1950. Gang wars were in. Violence was the name of the game. Gangsters carried Thompsons and grease guns in a bayong... See full synopsis »

Director: Tikoy Aguiluz | Stars: Jorge Estregan, Roi Vinzon, Danny Labra, Eddie Tuazon

Votes: 153

37. Each Dawn I Die (1939)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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A corrupt D.A. with gubernatorial ambitions is annoyed by an investigative reporter's criticism of his criminal activities and decides to frame the reporter for manslaughter in order to silence him.

Director: William Keighley | Stars: James Cagney, George Raft, Jane Bryan, George Bancroft

Votes: 2,124

38. The Family (2011)

88 min | Horror, Thriller

3.8
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Its hard for a family to stay together when killing is in their blood!

Directors: Joe Hollow, Wolfgang Meyer | Stars: Mark Hanson, Joe Hollow, Angie Savage, Shannon Lark

Votes: 327

39. The Home of Dark Butterflies (2008)

108 min | Drama

6.9
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Juhani, 14 years old and tormented by a childhood trauma, has changed several foster parents from the age of eight. He is taken to an island, where there is a boys' home, run by a strict ... See full summary »

Director: Dome Karukoski | Stars: Niilo Syväoja, Tommi Korpela, Kristiina Halttu, Kati Outinen

Votes: 1,978

40. You Can't Get Away with Murder (1939)

Approved | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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Youthful tough Johnny Stone has fallen under the influence of petty crook Frank Wilson, who involves him and robbery and murder using his sister's boyfriend's stolen gun.

Director: Lewis Seiler | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Gale Page, Billy Halop, John Litel

Votes: 571

41. Doin' Time (1985)

R | 81 min | Comedy

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Duke Jarrett is sent to jail at the John Dillinger prison. However, the prison looks more like a zoo, more or less ruled by the prisoners themselves.

Director: George Mendeluk | Stars: Muhammad Ali, Jeff Altman, Henry Bal, Gene Bell

Votes: 155

42. Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (1951)

Approved | 87 min | Crime, Drama

6.7
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Another in a unrelated series of Warner's penitentiary tours in three different decades. This one is California's notorious Folsom Prison prior to its 1944 reformation make-over. Ben Rickey... See full summary »

Director: Crane Wilbur | Stars: Steve Cochran, David Brian, Philip Carey, Ted de Corsia

Votes: 152

43. Johnny Apollo (1940)

Approved | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.0
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The son of a jailed Wall Street broker turns to crime to pay for his father's release.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Tyrone Power, Dorothy Lamour, Edward Arnold, Lloyd Nolan

Votes: 755

44. A Long Ride from Hell (1968)

R | 94 min | Western

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Mike Sturges and his younger brother, Roy, are sentenced to Yuma Penitentiary on a trumped-up train robbery charge. Both endure cruel treatment before Mike escapes to extract revenge on their enemies.

Director: Camillo Bazzoni | Stars: Steve Reeves, Wayde Preston, Guido Lollobrigida, Mimmo Palmara

Votes: 144

45. The Last Gangster (1937)

Passed | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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A organized crime big shot is jailed for ten years after his wife becomes pregnant and becomes bitter when she divorces him and remarries.

Director: Edward Ludwig | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, James Stewart, Rose Stradner, Lionel Stander

Votes: 956

46. Why (1971)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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The surveyor Giuseppe Di Noi experiments the troubles of the Italian Justice System of the '70s while back in Italy for a vacation.

Director: Nanni Loy | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Elga Andersen, Andrea Aureli, Lino Banfi

Votes: 503

47. Moonbase (1997)

R | 89 min | Action, Sci-Fi

3.6
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The most dangerous criminals in the universe escape from the Off-World Penitentiary and stow away to the quiet Moonbase Waste Disposal Plant. Hidden beneath the lunar surface lies an ... See full summary »

Director: Paolo Mazzucato | Stars: Scott Plank, Jocelyn Seagrave, Robert O'Reilly, Kurt Fuller

Votes: 247

48. Angel Dust (1994)

116 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

6.9
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Every Monday at 6 pm a young woman is murdered in the subway. The psychiatrist Setsuko Suma is called in to assist the police. The trail leads to another psychiatrist - Dr Rei Aku - who ... See full summary »

Director: Gakuryû Ishii | Stars: Kaho Minami, Takeshi Wakamatsu, Etsushi Toyokawa, Ryoko Takizawa

Votes: 712

49. El año del tigre (2011)

82 min | Drama

5.9
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A prison inmate escapes from his wrecked penitentiary during Chile's February 2010 earthquake.

Director: Sebastián Lelio | Stars: Luis Dubó, Sergio Hernández, Viviana Herrera

Votes: 73

50. Stir (1980)

101 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.9
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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.

Director: Stephen Wallace | Stars: Bryan Brown, Max Phipps, Dennis Miller, Gary Waddell

Votes: 166