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1. Escape Plan (2013)

R | 115 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

6.8
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49 Metascore

When a structural-security authority finds himself set up and incarcerated in the world's most secret and secure prison, he has to use his skills to escape with help from the inside.

Writers: Miles Chapman, Jason Keller | Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 50 Cent, Vincent D'Onofrio

2. American History X (1998)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama

8.6
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62 Metascore

A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.

Writer: David McKenna | Director: Tony Kaye | Stars: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo, Jennifer Lien

3. Get the Gringo (2012)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.0
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A career criminal nabbed by Mexican authorities is placed in a tough prison where he learns to survive with the help of a young boy.

Writers: Mel Gibson, Stacy Perskie, Adrian Grunberg | Director: Adrian Grunberg | Stars: Mel Gibson, Kevin Hernandez, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Jesús Ochoa

4. Blood In, Blood Out (1993)

R | 180 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.9
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Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on half-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo. It opens in 1972, as the three are members... See full summary »

Writers: Ross Thomas, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Jeremy Iacone, Floyd Mutrux | Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Damian Chapa, Jesse Borrego, Benjamin Bratt, Enrique Castillo

5. Felon (2008)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama

7.5
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58 Metascore

A family man convicted of killing an intruder must cope with life afterward in the violent penal system.

Writer: Ric Roman Waugh | Director: Ric Roman Waugh | Stars: Stephen Dorff, Marisol Nichols, Vincent Miller, Anne Archer

6. A Prophet (2009)

R | 155 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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90 Metascore

A young Arab man is sent to a French prison where he becomes a mafia kingpin.

Writers: Thomas Bidegain, Jacques Audiard, Abdel Raouf Dafri, Nicolas Peufaillit | Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Reda Kateb

7. Death Race 2 (2010 Video)

R | 96 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.7
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Explores the origins of the first "Frankenstein" car driver, Carl "Luke" Lucas, who died in a race at the beginning of the first film.

Writers: Paul W.S. Anderson, Tony Giglio | Director: Roel Reiné | Stars: Luke Goss, Lauren Cohan, Sean Bean, Ving Rhames

8. Lock Up (1989)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.3
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52 Metascore

Frank Leone is nearing the end of his prison term for a relatively minor crime. Just before he is paroled, however, Warden Drumgoole takes charge. Drumgoole was assigned to a hell-hole ... See full summary »

Writers: Richard Smith, Jeb Stuart, Henry Rosenbaum | Director: John Flynn | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Donald Sutherland, John Amos, Sonny Landham

9. El mariachi (1992)

R | 81 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.0
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73 Metascore

A traveling mariachi is mistaken for a murderous criminal and must hide from a gang bent on killing him.

Writer: Robert Rodriguez | Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Carlos Gallardo, Consuelo Gómez, Jaime de Hoyos, Peter Marquardt

10. 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.

Writers: Bráulio Mantovani, José Padilha, Rodrigo Pimentel | Director: José Padilha | Stars: Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos, André Ramiro, Milhem Cortaz

11. Mean Machine (2001)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

6.5
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45 Metascore

A soccer star jailed for assault leads a group of inmates in a match against prison guards.

Writers: Tracy Keenan Wynn, Charlie Fletcher, Chris Baker, Andrew Day | Director: Barry Skolnick | Stars: Vinnie Jones, David Kelly, David Hemmings, Ralph Brown

12. Red Heat (1988)

R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.0
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61 Metascore

A tough Russian policeman is forced to partner up with a cocky Chicago police detective when he is sent to Chicago to apprehend a Georgian drug lord who killed his partner and fled the country.

Writers: Walter Hill, Harry Kleiner, Troy Kennedy-Martin | Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Belushi, Peter Boyle, Ed O'Ross

13. Let's Go to Prison (2006)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Crime

6.0
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27 Metascore

When a career criminal's plan for revenge is thwarted by unlikely circumstances, he puts his intended victim's son in his place by putting him in prison...and then joining him.

Writers: Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, Michael Patrick Jann, Jim Hogshire | Director: Bob Odenkirk | Stars: Dax Shepard, Will Arnett, Chi McBride, David Koechner

14. Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King (2014)

14 min | Short, Action, Sci-Fi

7.5
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A documentary filmmaker interviews the now-famous Trevor Slattery from behind bars.

Writer: Drew Pearce | Director: Drew Pearce | Stars: Ben Kingsley, Scoot McNairy, Lester Speight, Sam Rockwell

15. American Me (1992)

R | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.2
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66 Metascore

A Mexican-American Mafia kingpin is released from prison, falls in love for the first time, and grows introspective about his gangster lifestyle.

Writers: Floyd Mutrux, Desmond Nakano | Director: Edward James Olmos | Stars: Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Sal Lopez, Vira Montes

16. South Central (1992)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama

6.7
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A man is sent to prison for 10 years. Coming out of prison he wants to live a normal life and stop crime but his son has now followed the criminal path of his father.

Writers: Stephen Milburn Anderson, Donald Bakeer | Director: Stephen Milburn Anderson | Stars: Byron Minns, Glenn Plummer, Lexie Bigham, Vincent Craig Dupree

17. Ricochet (1991)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.1
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An attorney is terrorized by the criminal he put away years ago when he was a cop.

Writers: Fred Dekker, Menno Meyjes, Steven E. de Souza | Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Denzel Washington, John Lithgow, Ice-T, Kevin Pollak

18. An Innocent Man (1989)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.4
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Jimmie Rainwood was minding his own business when two corrupt police officers (getting an address wrong) burst into his house, expecting to find a major drug dealer. Rainwood is shot, and ... See full summary »

Writer: Larry Brothers | Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Tom Selleck, F. Murray Abraham, Laila Robins, David Rasche

19. True Believer (1989)

R | 108 min | Drama, Crime

6.7
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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.

Writer: Wesley Strick | Director: Joseph Ruben | Stars: James Woods, Robert Downey Jr., Margaret Colin, Yuji Okumoto

20. 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.

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

21. Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004 TV Movie)

R | 120 min | Drama, Crime

6.5
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Redemption tells the story of Stan "Tookie" Williams, founder of the Crips L.A. street gang. Story follows his fall into gang-banging, his prison term, and his work writing children's ... See full summary »

Writer: J.T. Allen | Director: Vondie Curtis-Hall | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Lynn Whitfield, Lee Thompson Young, Brenden Jefferson

22. El padrino (2004)

R | 128 min | Action, Crime, Drama

4.8
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In the streets of East Los Angeles, Manny is a formidable drug dealer. Impressed by his extravagant lifestyle and prowess, his young son, Kilo, yearns to follow in his footsteps. Kilo ... See full summary »

Writers: Troy Barker, Damian Chapa, Carlton Holder | Director: Damian Chapa | Stars: Damian Chapa, Sal Lopez, Emilio Rivera, Jennifer Tilly

23. The Glass House (1972 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

7.3
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A young guard and a college professor convicted of manslaughter both start their first day in prison.

Writers: Truman Capote, Wyatt Cooper, Tracy Keenan Wynn | Director: Tom Gries | Stars: Vic Morrow, Alan Alda, Clu Gulager, Billy Dee Williams

24. Screwed (I) (2011)

110 min | Crime, Drama

5.5
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The film is a semi-biographical story based on the experiences of former prison guard Ronnie Thompson who spent seven years working in some of the UK's most dangerous prisons. Based on ... See full summary »

Writers: Ronnie Thompson, Colin Butts | Director: Reg Traviss | Stars: James D'Arcy, Noel Clarke, Frank Harper, Kate Magowan

25. Locked Up (2004)

Not Rated | 96 min | Adult, Crime, Drama

5.1
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Dennis is a new inmate. Mike is an older black inmate. Together the two face hostile prison officals and inmates in their attempts to become a loving couple.

Writers: Jörg Andreas, Peter Oehl | Director: Jörg Andreas | Stars: Marcel Schlutt, Mike Sale, Ralph Steel, David Parik

26. Cellblock Sisters: Banished Behind Bars (1995)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama

2.6
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Sam Connor kidnaps his young daughters, April and May, sells them to strangers, and accidentally kills his wife when she attempts to intervene. Sixteen years later, April is an out of ... See full summary »

Writers: Henri Charr, Jess Mancilla, Robert Newcastle | Director: Henri Charr | Stars: Annie Wood, Gail Harris, Jenna Bodnar, Dean Howell

27. Terra Nova (2008)

119 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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Writer: Arif Aliev | Director: Aleksandr Melnik | Stars: Konstantin Lavronenko, Andrey Feskov, Marat Basharov, Pavel Sborshchikov

28. Racing for Time (2008 TV Movie)

86 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

6.2
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From Emmy-winning director and actor Charles S. Dutton, comes the true story of a guard (Dutton) at a Teen Correctional Facility-- who saw the cycle of destructive choices and racial ... See full summary »

Writers: Glenn German, Adam Rodgers | Director: Charles S. Dutton | Stars: Charles S. Dutton, Yaya DaCosta, Zulay Henao, Alessandra Balazs

29. My Name Ain't Johnny (2008)

124 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.3
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The true story of João Guilherme Estrella ("Johnny"), a young middle-class bon vivant who became a big-time cocaine dealer in Rio de Janeiro in the early 1990s.

Writers: Guilherme Fiúza, Mariza Leão, Mauro Lima | Director: Mauro Lima | Stars: Selton Mello, Giulio Lopes, Júlia Lemmertz, Felipe Severo

30. Goliath (2014)

Short, Sci-Fi, Thriller | Post-production

Gang infighting leads a maximum security prison to install a 12' robotic guard: the GOLIATH. When the robot goes berserk, the prisoners must work together to shut it down.

Writer: Matt Lazarus | Director: Eric Bross | Stars: Sam Littlefield, Luis Moncada, Daniel Moncada, Cesar Garcia

31. Bespredel (1989)

102 min | Drama

7.4
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Writers: Igor Gostev, Leonid Nikitinskij | Director: Igor Gostev | Stars: Andrey Tashkov, Lev Durov, Aleksandr Mokhov, Sergey Garmash

32. Down Time (2001)

R | 90 min | Drama, Crime

2.1
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A street hustler who makes all the wrong moves finds himself doing hard time in the penitentiary in this hard-edged drama. Slim is a small time drug dealer who tries to make that one big ... See full summary »

Writers: Larry Loy, Sean Wilson | Director: Sean Wilson | Stars: William Van Noland, Peter Quartaroli, Sam McBride, Joy Garner

33. The Outer Gate (1937)

Approved | 62 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

5.5
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Bob Terry is in love with Lois Borden the daughter of his employer, John Borden. When some bonds are missing from the office, Bob is accused and because of Borden's strong sense of ... See full summary »

Writers: Octavus Roy Cohen, A. Laurie Brazee | Director: Raymond Cannon | Stars: Ralph Morgan, Kay Linaker, Ben Alexander, Eddie Acuff

34. Mutiny in the Big House (1939)

Approved | 83 min | Crime, Drama

5.6
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A young man forges a check in order to help his mother, but is caught and sentenced to 14 years in prison. The prison chaplain, seeing that the new arrival is a good man who's had some bad ... See full summary »

Writers: Robert Hardy Andrews, Martin Mooney | Director: William Nigh | Stars: Charles Bickford, Barton MacLane, Pat Moriarity, Dennis Moore

35. Bilibid Gays (1981)

Comedy

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Writer: Roger Fuentebella | Director: Jose 'Pepe' Wenceslao | Stars: Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Al Tantay

36. Gharche sammi (2002)

Drama

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Writer: Rasool Mollagholi Poor | Director: Rasool Mollagholi Poor | Stars: Jamshid Hashempur, Farhad Ghaemian, Amir Jafari, Roya Taymourian

37. Ross Kemp on Gangs (2006– )
Episode: Cape Town (2007)

46 min | Documentary, Crime

7.2
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Director: Guy Harris | Stars: Ross Kemp, Chris Malgas, Andre Standing

38. Sons of Anarchy (2008– )
Episode: Laying Pipe (2012)

TV-MA | Crime, Drama, Thriller

9.0
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A desperate situation tests familial and club bonds.

Creator: Kurt Sutter | Director: Adam Arkin | Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior, Dayton Callie

39. Lockup (2005– )
Episode: Lockup Raw: The Convict Code (2008)

Documentary, News

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Stars: Daniel Bell, Pamela Braswell, Danica Cox, John Dixon

40. My Name Is Earl (2005–2009)
Episode: My Name Is Inmate #28301-016: Part 1 (2007)

TV-PG | Comedy

8.3
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Earl begins to serve his prison sentence. While he's there, he runs into Sonny, who teaches Earl the best way to go unnoticed. Meanwhile, Joy and Darnell are forced to take care of Randy while Earl is gone.

Writers: Gregory Thomas Garcia, Michael Pennie | Director: Michael Fresco | Stars: Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly, Nadine Velazquez

41. My Name Is Earl (2005–2009)
Episode: My Name Is Inmate #28301-016: Part 2 (2007)

TV-PG | Comedy

8.1
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Writers: Gregory Thomas Garcia, Kat Likkel, John Hoberg | Director: Michael Fresco | Stars: Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly, Nadine Velazquez

42. The Streets of San Francisco (1972–1977)
Episode: No Place to Hide (1975)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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The wife of a prison inmate is shot and killed in a laundromat in what looks like a professional hit. Stone and Keller determine that it was the work of a prison gang that is using outside ... See full summary »

Writers: Robert M. Young, Edward Hume, Carolyn Weston | Director: Virgil W. Vogel | Stars: Karl Malden, Michael Douglas, Stefanie Powers, Chris Robinson

43. Tatort (1970– )
Episode: Singvogel (1994)

90 min | Crime

6.6
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Writer: Willi Voss | Director: Michael Knof | Stars: Manfred Krug, Charles Brauer, Mark Keller, Elisabeth Schwarz

44. My Name Is Earl (2005–2009)
Episode: The Gangs of Camden County (2007)

TV-PG | Comedy

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The warden offers Earl a month off his sentence if he can negotiate a truce between the African-American gang and the Latino gang. But during the negotiations, he learns that the the two leaders are actually in love.

Writers: Gregory Thomas Garcia, Victor Fresco | Director: Michael Fresco | Stars: Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly, Nadine Velazquez