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1. Prison Break (2005–2009)

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

8.6
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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 out.

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

2. 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.

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

3. Oz (1997–2003)

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

8.9
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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

4. 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.

Writers: William Nicholson, Nelson Mandela | Director: Justin Chadwick | Stars: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto, Robert Hobbs

5. Revolver (2005)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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25 Metascore

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

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

6. 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.

Writers: Paul Scheuring, Mario Giordano, Christoph Darnstädt, Don Bohlinger, Oliver Hirschbiegel | Director: Paul Scheuring | Stars: Adrien Brody, Cam Gigandet, Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace

7. Life (I) (1999)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.6
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63 Metascore

The story of two criminals (Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence) who discover the value of life after being sentenced to life imprisonment.

Writers: Robert Ramsey, Matthew Stone | Director: Ted Demme | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Obba Babatundé, Nick Cassavetes

8. Midnight Express (1978)

R | 121 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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

Writers: Billy Hayes, William Hoffer, Oliver Stone | Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli

9. Undisputed (2002)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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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.

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

10. 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

11. Prisoner: Cell Block H (1979–1986)

50 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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The lives of women behind bars in a female prison.

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

12. 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.

Writers: Sacha Gervasi, David N. White, Stephen Hamel | Director: Malcolm Venville | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Vera Farmiga, James Caan, Judy Greer

13. Superjail! (2007– )

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

8.2
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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.

Creators: Ben Gruber, Christy Karacas, Steve Warbrick | Stars: David Wain, Teddy Cohn, Christopher McCulloch, Christy Karacas

14. What Doesn't Kill You (2008)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama

6.7
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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.

Writers: Brian Goodman, Paul T. Murray, Donnie Wahlberg | Director: Brian Goodman | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Mark Ruffalo, Brian Goodman, Amanda Peet

15. 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.

Writers: Bille August, Bob Graham, James Gregory, Greg Latter | Director: Bille August | Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Dennis Haysbert, Diane Kruger, Patrick Lyster

16. Secret Agents (2004)

109 min | Crime, Action, Thriller

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

Writers: Yann Brion, Jean Cosmos, Olivier Douyère, Frédéric Schoendoerffer, Ludovic Schoendoerffer | Director: Frédéric Schoendoerffer | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Monica Bellucci, André Dussollier, Charles Berling

17. Fortress (1992)

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

5.8
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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 »

Writers: Troy Neighbors, Steven Feinberg, David Venable, Terry Curtis Fox | Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Loryn Locklin, Kurtwood Smith, Clifton Collins Jr.

18. 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.

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

19. 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 »

Writers: Hector Babenco, Fernando Bonassi, Victor Navas, Dráuzio Varella | Director: Hector Babenco | Stars: Enrique Diaz, Wagner Moura, Caio Blat, Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos

20. The Jericho Mile (1979 TV Movie)

97 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

7.5
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Rain Murphy is a man sentenced to life in prison, choosing to do his time in near-isolation, and engages in distance running when given the opportunity for free-time. While his form and ... See full summary »

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

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

93 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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Prison gangs clash in a high-tech security jail where there are no rules.

Writers: Nick Cave, Gene Conkie, Evan English, John Hillcoat, Hugo Race | Director: John Hillcoat | Stars: David Field, Mike Bishop, Chris DeRose, Kevin Mackey

22. Brute Force (1947)

Approved | 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.

Writers: Richard Brooks, Robert Patterson | Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Hume Cronyn, Charles Bickford, Yvonne De Carlo

23. 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 »

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

24. 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.

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

25. 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.

Writers: Irwin Yablans, C. Courtney Joyner | Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Lane Smith, Viggo Mortensen, Chelsea Field, Lincoln Kilpatrick

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

R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

5.5
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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.

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

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 »

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

28. Dead Leaves (2004)

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.

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

29. 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.

Writers: Renato Vallanzasca, Carlo Bonini, Antonella D'Agostino, Andrea Purgatori, Angelo Pasquini, Kim Rossi Stuart, Michele Placido, Antonio Leotti, Toni Trupia, Andrea Leanza | Director: Michele Placido | Stars: Kim Rossi Stuart, Filippo Timi, Valeria Solarino, Moritz Bleibtreu

30. 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 »

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

31. In Your Hands (2004)

101 min | Drama

7.0
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Writers: Kim Fupz Aakeson, Annette K. Olesen | Director: Annette K. Olesen | Stars: Ann Eleonora Jørgensen, Trine Dyrholm, Nicolaj Kopernikus, Sonja Richter

32. Short Eyes (1977)

R | 100 min | Drama

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53 Metascore

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

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

33. 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 »

Writers: Ernest Tidyman, Clarence Carnes, Don DeNevi | Director: Paul Krasny | Stars: Michael Beck, Art Carney, Alex Karras, Telly Savalas

34. Olga (2004)

141 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.4
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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 »

Writers: Rita Buzzar, Fernando Morais | Director: Jayme Monjardim | Stars: Camila Morgado, Caco Ciocler, Luís Melo, Eliane Giardini

35. Weeds (1987)

R | 115 min | Drama

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

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

36. Trial by Jury (1994)

R | 107 min | Thriller, Crime, Drama

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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.

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

37. A Sense of Freedom (1979)

81 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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Writers: Peter McDougall, Jimmy Boyle | Director: John Mackenzie | Stars: David Hayman, Jake D'Arcy, Sean Scanlan, Alex Norton

38. Die Konsequenz (1977)

100 min | Drama

7.2
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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 »

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

39. Unchained (1955)

75 min | Drama, Crime

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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.

Writers: Hall Bartlett, Kenyon J. Scudder | Director: Hall Bartlett | Stars: Elroy 'Crazylegs' Hirsch, Barbara Hale, Chester Morris, Todd Duncan

40. The Farm: Angola, USA (1998)

88 min | Documentary

7.8
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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.

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

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

Approved | 79 min | Drama, Crime

6.4
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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.

Writers: Robert Buckner, Don Ryan, Kenneth Gamet, Lewis E. Lawes, Jonathan Finn | Director: Lewis Seiler | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Gale Page, Billy Halop, John Litel

42. The Break (1997)

R | 96 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

5.8
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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 »

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

43. Last Rites (1999 TV Movie)

R | 90 min | Thriller, Crime, Drama

6.6
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A man (Quaid) is executed in the electric chair for having killed several women, but due to lightning striking a transformer at the moment of execution, he survives. As soon as he's well, ... See full summary »

Writers: Tim Frost, Richard Outten | Director: Kevin Dowling | Stars: Randy Quaid, Embeth Davidtz, A Martinez, Clarence Williams III

44. Shakespeare Behind Bars (2005)

93 min | Documentary

7.5
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74 Metascore

Twenty male inmates in a Kentucky prison form an unlikely Shakespearean acting troupe.

Writers: Hank Rogerson, Jilann Spitzmiller | Director: Hank Rogerson

45. 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.

Writer: Louis Theroux | Director: Stuart Cabb | Star: Louis Theroux

46. Symmetry (2003)

99 min | Drama, Thriller

7.7
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Writer: Konrad Niewolski | Director: Konrad Niewolski | Stars: Arkadiusz Detmer, Andrzej Chyra, Janusz Bukowski, Marcin Jedrzejewski

47. Zwölf Winter (2009 TV Movie)

85 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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Writers: Holger Karsten Schmidt, Thomas Stiller | Director: Thomas Stiller | Stars: Jürgen Vogel, Axel Prahl, Matthias Koeberlin, Wotan Wilke Möhring

48. Hoodwink (1981)

89 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.5
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True story about a jailed bank robber who pretends he's become blind to get an early release. Cops don't believe him, but a lonely minister's wife arrives to teach him how to live with his "condition". They fall in love. Big mistake.

Writer: Ken Quinnell | Director: Claude Whatham | Stars: John Hargreaves, Judy Davis, Dennis Miller, Wendy Hughes

49. The Quare Fellow (1962)

85 min | Drama

6.9
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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 »

Writers: Brendan Behan, Arthur Dreifuss, Jacqueline Sundstrom | Director: Arthur Dreifuss | Stars: Patrick McGoohan, Sylvia Syms, Walter Macken, Dermot Kelly

50. Convicts 4 (1962)

Approved | 105 min | Biography, Drama

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A semi-fictionalized version of John Resko's incarceration is presented. John is on death row at Sing Sing for murder. In December 1930, he killed a toy store shopkeeper over a teddy bear ... See full summary »

Writers: Millard Kaufman, John Resko | Director: Millard Kaufman | Stars: Ben Gazzara, Stuart Whitman, Ray Walston, Vincent Price