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1. Orange Is the New Black (2013– )

TV-MA | 59 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.3
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The story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money to her drug-dealing girlfriend.

Stars: Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles

Votes: 198,124

2. Prison Break (2005–2009)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.5
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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.

Stars: Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco, Robert Knepper

Votes: 343,119

3. The Green Mile (1999)

R | 189 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

8.5
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61 Metascore

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.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt

Votes: 810,807 | Gross: $136.80M

4. Oz (1997–2003)

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

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: 68,897

5. The Experiment (2010)

R | 96 min | Drama, Thriller

6.4
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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.

Director: Paul Scheuring | Stars: Adrien Brody, Cam Gigandet, Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace

Votes: 42,602

6. Midnight Express (1978)

R | 121 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.7
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Billy Hayes, an American college student, is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into prison.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli

Votes: 55,034 | Gross: $35.00M

7. Revolver (2005)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.5
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25 Metascore

Gambler Jake Green enters into a game with potentially deadly consequences.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Vincent Pastore, André Benjamin

Votes: 75,338 | Gross: $0.08M

8. Life (I) (1999)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.7
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63 Metascore

The story of wrongfully convicted men (Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence) who discover the value of life after serving 65 years in prison.

Director: Ted Demme | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Obba Babatundé, Nick Cassavetes

Votes: 34,775 | Gross: $63.84M

9. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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60 Metascore

A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

Director: Justin Chadwick | Stars: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto, Robert Hobbs

Votes: 21,852 | Gross: $8.32M

10. Undisputed (2002)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.2
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58 Metascore

When heavyweight champion George 'Iceman' Chambers lands in prison, the resident gangster arranges a boxing match with the reigning prison champ.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Ving Rhames, Peter Falk, Michael Rooker

Votes: 22,102 | Gross: $12.40M

11. Bad Girls (1999–2006)

90 min | Crime, Drama

8.1
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Drama about the staff and inmates of a women's prison.

Stars: Kika Mirylees, Victoria Alcock, Helen Fraser, Jack Ellis

Votes: 1,511

12. 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.

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

Votes: 66,539

13. Fortress (1992)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

5.9
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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. The resulting prison experience is the subject of ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Loryn Locklin, Kurtwood Smith, Clifton Collins Jr.

Votes: 23,689 | Gross: $6.74M

14. Prisoner (1979–1986)

50 min | Crime, Drama

8.2
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The lives of women behind bars in a female prison.

Stars: Elspeth Ballantyne, Betty Bobbitt, Sheila Florance, Maggie Kirkpatrick

Votes: 1,286

15. Henry's Crime (2010)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.0
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49 Metascore

Released from prison for a crime he didn't commit, an ex-con targets the same bank he was sent away for robbing.

Director: Malcolm Venville | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Vera Farmiga, James Caan, Judy Greer

Votes: 15,698 | Gross: $0.10M

16. Superjail! (2007– )

TV-MA | 10 min | Animation, Comedy, Crime

7.9
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In a surreal world, a large maximum security prison, which houses thousands of dangerous inmates is run by an eccentric warden and his equally odd staff.

Stars: David Wain, Teddy Cohn, Christopher McCulloch, Christy Karacas

Votes: 4,400

17. K-11 (2012)

88 min | Drama

5.2
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21 Metascore

A record producer comes around after binging on drink and drugs. He finds himself in a section of the Los Angeles County Jail reserved for homosexuals, which is ruled by a transsexual named Mousey.

Director: Jules Stewart | Stars: Goran Visnjic, Kate del Castillo, D.B. Sweeney, Portia Doubleday

Votes: 1,381

18. 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: 2,809 | Gross: $0.35M

19. What Doesn't Kill You (2008)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama

6.6
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71 Metascore

Two childhood friends from South Boston turn to crime as a way to get by, ultimately causing a strain in their personal lives and their friendship.

Director: Brian Goodman | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Mark Ruffalo, Brian Goodman, Amanda Peet

Votes: 9,816

20. Carandiru (2003)

R | 145 min | Drama, Crime

7.6
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71 Metascore

Brazilian MD Drauzio Varella starts AIDS prevention in Brazil's largest prison, Carandiru, in São Paulo, where the population is nearly double its 4,000 maximum. Doc learns from experience ... See full summary »

Director: Hector Babenco | Stars: Enrique Diaz, Wagner Moura, Caio Blat, Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos

Votes: 14,331 | Gross: $0.21M

21. The Color of Freedom (2007)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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GOODBYE BAFANA is the true story of a white South African racist whose life was profoundly altered by the black prisoner he guarded for twenty years. The prisoner's name was Nelson Mandela.

Director: Bille August | Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Dennis Haysbert, Diane Kruger, Patrick Lyster

Votes: 10,345

22. Brute Force (1947)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.7
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At a tough penitentiary, prisoner Joe Collins plans to rebel against Captain Munsey, the power-mad chief guard.

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Hume Cronyn, Charles Bickford, Yvonne De Carlo

Votes: 6,563

23. Angel of Evil (2010)

R | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.8
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48 Metascore

A biography of Milanese bank robber Renato Vallanzasca.

Director: Michele Placido | Stars: Kim Rossi Stuart, Filippo Timi, Valeria Solarino, Moritz Bleibtreu

Votes: 2,385

24. Ruby & Quentin (2003)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Crime

7.1
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After hiding his loot and getting thrown in jail, Ruby, a brooding outlaw encounters Quentin, a dim-witted and garrulous giant who befriends him. After Quentin botches a solo escape attempt... See full summary »

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Jean Reno, Richard Berry, André Dussollier

Votes: 22,034

25. Agents secrets (2004)

109 min | Crime, Action, Thriller

5.5
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Moles threaten to foil a team of secret agents' plan.

Director: Frédéric Schoendoerffer | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Monica Bellucci, André Dussollier, Charles Berling

Votes: 3,853

26. Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby (1999)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

5.6
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A teenage prostitute escapes from a juvenile prison with a 16-year-old serial killer and both go on a destructive road trip to Mexico in this twist on the "Hanzel Gretel" fairy tale.

Director: Matthew Bright | Stars: Natasha Lyonne, María Celedonio, David Alan Grier, Vincent Gallo

Votes: 2,258

27. Kill Kill Faster Faster (2008)

97 min | Thriller

4.4
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Recently paroled after serving a long stretch for his wife's murder, Joey One-Way aligns himself with a producer who has optioned the play he wrote in prison. As he sets about adapting his ... See full summary »

Director: Gareth Maxwell Roberts | Stars: Gil Bellows, Lisa Ray, Esai Morales, Shaun Parkes

Votes: 612

28. Against the Wall (1994 TV Movie)

R | 111 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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Based on the true story of the Attica Prison uprising of 1971.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Samuel L. Jackson, Clarence Williams III, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 1,781

29. Short Eyes (1977)

R | 100 min | Drama

7.1
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53 Metascore

A child molester sent to prison finds that criminals exact harsher justice than society.

Director: Robert M. Young | Stars: Bruce Davison, José Pérez, Nathan George, Don Blakely

Votes: 789

30. On the Inside (I) (2011)

R | 95 min | Drama, Thriller

5.3
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A decent but troubled young man is sent to a psychiatric institution for the criminally insane and soon finds himself in a fight for his life battling ghosts inside his head and very real enemies all around him.

Director: D.W. Brown | Stars: Nick Stahl, Dash Mihok, Olivia Wilde, Pruitt Taylor Vince

Votes: 1,788

31. The Jericho Mile (1979 TV Movie)

97 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

7.5
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Larry "Rain" Murphy is stuck in Folsom Prison for life on a first-degree murder charge. An inmate who prefers to be alone, Murphy spends much of his time running around the facility's track... See full summary »

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Peter Strauss, Richard Lawson, Roger E. Mosley, Brian Dennehy

Votes: 1,047

32. Weeds (1987)

R | 115 min | Drama

6.0
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A San Quentin inmate, sentenced to life without parole, writes a play that catches the interest of a reporter.

Director: John D. Hancock | Stars: Nick Nolte, Rita Taggart, Ernie Hudson, Mark Rolston

Votes: 697 | Gross: $2.33M

33. Ghosts... of the Civil Dead (1988)

93 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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Prison gangs clash in a high-tech security jail where there are no rules.

Director: John Hillcoat | Stars: David Field, Mike Bishop, Chris DeRose, Kevin Mackey

Votes: 1,445

34. Olga (2004)

141 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.5
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Based upon the true story of Olga Benário, the German-born wife of Brazilian communist leader Luís Carlos Prestes. During the dictatorship of Getúlio Vargas (1930-1945) she was arrested and... See full summary »

Director: Jayme Monjardim | Stars: Camila Morgado, Caco Ciocler, Luís Melo, Eliane Giardini

Votes: 2,377

35. Animal (2005 Video)

R | 93 min | Drama, Action

6.0
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When the violent gangster James "Animal" Allen is arrested and sent to prison, his teenage son Darius is left with his mother, but she is assassinated and the boy is raised alone on the ... See full summary »

Director: David J. Burke | Stars: Ving Rhames, Terrence Howard, Chazz Palminteri, Jim Brown

Votes: 1,743

36. The Farm: Angola, USA (1998)

88 min | Documentary

7.6
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Documentary depicting day to day life in Angola Prison mostly from an inmate's perspective. Interviews are with several inmates including one with a life sentence who is about to die.

Directors: Liz Garbus, Wilbert Rideau, Jonathan Stack | Stars: Bernard Addison, Burl Cain, George Crawford, Wilbert Rideau

Votes: 612

37. A Sense of Freedom (1979)

81 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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The life and imprisonment of Glasgow hard man and gangster Jimmy Boyle.

Director: John Mackenzie | Stars: David Hayman, Jake D'Arcy, Sean Scanlan, Alex Norton

Votes: 316

38. Dead Leaves (2004)

Not Rated | 55 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.3
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Two awaken on Earth with no recollection of their past and embark on a devastating crime spree but are sent to an infamous lunar penitentiary named Dead Leaves.

Director: Hiroyuki Imaishi | Stars: Kappei Yamaguchi, Takako Honda, Yûko Mizutani, Mitsuo Iwata

Votes: 2,629

39. Trial by Jury (1994)

R | 107 min | Thriller, Crime, Drama

5.3
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Valerie is a juror in the trail of a mob boss. When her young son's life is threatened, she has no option other than to see that justice isn't done.

Director: Heywood Gould | Stars: Joanne Whalley, Armand Assante, Gabriel Byrne, William Hurt

Votes: 1,439 | Gross: $6.97M

40. Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story (1980 TV Movie)

196 min | Action, Drama, Crime

7.2
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Somewhat fact-based story of the lives and attempted 1962 escape of several inmates in the famous correctional facility. Young inmate Clarence Carnes masterminds a grand escape involving ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Krasny | Stars: Michael Beck, Art Carney, Alex Karras, Telly Savalas

Votes: 221

41. Die Konsequenz (1977)

100 min | Drama

7.3
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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. After Martin is released, They try to build a relationship and a life ... See full summary »

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Ernst Hannawald, Werner Schwuchow, Hans-Michael Rehberg

Votes: 522

42. Unchained (1955)

75 min | Drama, Crime

7.1
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A convict in a medium-security prison is torn between his need to finish his sentence and get back to his wife and family, and his desire to escape the confines of prison.

Director: Hall Bartlett | Stars: Elroy 'Crazylegs' Hirsch, Barbara Hale, Chester Morris, Todd Duncan

Votes: 94

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

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

6.3
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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: 573

44. Castle on the Hudson (1940)

Approved | 77 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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Mobster Tommy Gordon isn't worried about being sentenced to Sing Sing prison because his political pals have promised him a quick parole. A troublesome prisoner, he finally concedes that ... See full summary »

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: John Garfield, Ann Sheridan, Pat O'Brien, Burgess Meredith

Votes: 386

45. Justice (I) (1999 TV Movie)

103 min | Thriller, Crime, Drama

4.4
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A lawyer and her partner run from the Colombian Mafia and the corrupt U.S. marshals and attorneys assigned to protect them.

Director: Jack Ersgard | Stars: Charles Durning, Tracey Needham, JoBeth Williams, Tony Plana

Votes: 292

46. Louis Theroux: Behind Bars (2008 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

7.8
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For two weeks, Theroux visits the San Quentin State Prison.

Director: Stuart Cabb | Star: Louis Theroux

Votes: 1,211

47. Last Rites (1999 TV Movie)

R | 90 min | Thriller, Crime, Drama

6.5
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He should be allowed to walk out of the death chanber alive.

Director: Kevin Dowling | Stars: Randy Quaid, Embeth Davidtz, A Martinez, Clarence Williams III

Votes: 533

48. The Break (1997)

R | 96 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

5.9
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Dowd, who's IRA, escapes an Irish prison in a bloody jailbreak, making his way to New York City where he lives alone, avoids Irish hangouts, and works as a dishwasher. When a good deed gets... See full summary »

Director: Robert Dornhelm | Stars: Stephen Rea, Alfred Molina, Rosana Pastor, Brendan Gleeson

Votes: 305

49. Forbrydelser (2004)

101 min | Drama

7.0
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Anna is a recent graduate theologian who are in search of a job. When she is offered a temporary job as a priest at a women's prison, she sees no reason to say no. There she meets Kate, a ... See full summary »

Director: Annette K. Olesen | Stars: Ann Eleonora Jørgensen, Trine Dyrholm, Nicolaj Kopernikus, Sonja Richter

Votes: 980

50. The Quare Fellow (1962)

85 min | Drama

6.7
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Thomas Crimmins is a new warder, or guard, in an Irish prison. He is young, naive, and idealistic, determined to serve his country by his part in meting out justice to criminals. His ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Dreifuss | Stars: Patrick McGoohan, Sylvia Syms, Walter Macken, Dermot Kelly

Votes: 252