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1. Murder in the First (1995)

R | 122 min | Drama, Thriller

7.3
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An eager and idealistic young attorney defends an Alcatraz prisoner accused of murdering a fellow inmate. The extenuating circumstances: his client had just spent over three years in solitary confinement.

Director: Marc Rocco | Stars: Christian Slater, Kevin Bacon, Gary Oldman, Embeth Davidtz

Votes: 22,555 | Gross: $17.38M

2. Brubaker (1980)

R | 131 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Robert Redford, Yaphet Kotto, Morgan Freeman, Jane Alexander

Votes: 12,500 | Gross: $37.10M

3. 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: 2,906

4. 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: 1,843 | Gross: $0.07M

5. 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932)

Unrated | 78 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.1
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Brash hoodlum Tom Connors enters Sing Sing cocksure of himself and disrespectful toward authority, but his tough but compassionate warden changes him.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Bette Davis, Arthur Byron, Lyle Talbot

Votes: 1,782

6. I Am Curious (Blue) (1968)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama

6.2
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The same movie with the same characters, cast and crew as I am Curious (Yellow), but with some different scenes and a different political slant. The political focus in Blue is personal ... See full summary »

Director: Vilgot Sjöman | Stars: Maj Hultén, Vilgot Sjöman, Lena Nyman, Börje Ahlstedt

Votes: 1,046

7. Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954)

Not Rated | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.0
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Fed up with the inhumane prison living conditions, a general prison riot breaks out, leading to hostage-taking, a stand-off with the guards and eventual negotiations with the prison administration officials.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Neville Brand, Emile Meyer, Frank Faylen, Leo Gordon

Votes: 1,152

8. Do Ankhen Barah Haath (1957)

143 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.4
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Progressive, reform-minded young warden gets permission to take six surly murderers from prison to dilapidated country farm, to rehabilitate it and themselves through hard work and kindly guidance.

Director: Rajaram Vankudre Shantaram | Stars: Rajaram Vankudre Shantaram, Sandhya, Ulhas, B.M. Vyas

Votes: 1,336

9. Milwaukee 53206 (2016)

55 min | Documentary

9.4
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A documentary that chronicles the lives of those affected by incarceration in America's most incarcerated zip code.

Director: Keith McQuirter | Stars: Beverly Walker, Dennis Walton, Chad Wilson, Muhibb Dyer

Votes: 16

10. Shackles (2005 Video)

R | 115 min | Drama

6.5
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An aspiring teacher (Hughley) takes the one job he's offered, a position at a school inside a prison.

Director: Charles Winkler | Stars: D.L. Hughley, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Daniel Louis Rivas, Barry Shabaka Henley

Votes: 457

11. San Quentin (1937)

Approved | 70 min | Drama, Film-Noir

6.6
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An army trainer becomes captain of the prison yard and in time, falls for the sister of a hardened inmate.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Pat O'Brien, Ann Sheridan, Humphrey Bogart, Barton MacLane

Votes: 1,364

12. San Quentin (1946)

Passed | 66 min | Drama, Romance

5.9
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Television viewer seeing this for the first time: Gee whiz, it's in black-and-white and was made in the 40's and is about crime and...Eureka!...another "noir" film is discovered. How about ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Lawrence Tierney, Marian Carr, Barton MacLane, Harry Shannon

Votes: 191

13. Factor 8: The Arkansas Prison Blood Scandal (2005)

91 min | Documentary, Crime, History

8.5
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A shocking expose of a prison blood donor program during the Clinton governorship in Arkansas. Infected prisoners slipped through the cracks and tainted blood made it into pharmaceuticals ... See full summary »

Director: Kelly Duda | Stars: Edwin Barron Jr., John Byus, Kelly Duda, Hezile Earl

Votes: 40

14. Ann Vickers (1933)

Passed | 76 min | Drama, Romance

6.2
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A prison reformer and a controversial judge fall in love and have a child out of wedlock.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Irene Dunne, Walter Huston, Conrad Nagel, Bruce Cabot

Votes: 449

15. Crime Doctor (1943)

66 min | Crime, Drama

6.4
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Amnesia victim, Robert Ordway, becomes the country's leading criminal psychologist. When he is hit on the head (by someone from his past) he suddenly remembers his previous life as a ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Warner Baxter, Margaret Lindsay, John Litel, Ray Collins

Votes: 260

16. Hell's Highway (1932)

Passed | 62 min | Crime, Drama

6.9
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Chain gang prisoners forced to construct a "liberty highway" for their overseer chasten under his brutal stewardship, causing Duke Ellis to mastermind a mass riot.

Director: Rowland Brown | Stars: Richard Dix, Tom Brown, Rochelle Hudson, C. Henry Gordon

Votes: 437

17. Convicted Woman (1940)

Approved | 65 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.5
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Jobless Betty Andrews, although innocent, is convicted of a department store theft and, despite the best efforts of her lawyer and noted social worker Mary Ellis and a reporter, Jim Brent ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Grinde | Stars: Rochelle Hudson, Frieda Inescort, June Lang, Lola Lane

Votes: 50

18. Girls Behind Bars (1949)

84 min | Drama

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Director: Alfred Braun | Stars: Petra Peters, Richard Häussler, Edelweiß Malchin, Susi Deitz

19. Santo Stefano (1997)

84 min | Crime, Drama

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In 1959, in the prison of Santo Stefano, located on an Italian island, Bruno D'Assisi, the just arrived new director, tries to make is best to improve prisoners' life conditions, with the ... See full summary »

Director: Angelo Pasquini | Stars: Lucio Allocca, Gaetano Amato, Claudio Amendola, Claudio Bigagli

20. Prisoners (1977)

27 min | Documentary, Short

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Personal testimony and statistics condemn the prison practices in New South Wales in the mid 1970s.

Director: Mark Stiles

21. The Right Way (1921)

Drama

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Two young boys get in trouble with the law and wind up in prison. One, who was raised in poverty in the slums, goes to a reformatory and picks up tips on how to become a master criminal. ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Olcott | Stars: Edwards Davis, Helen Lindroth, Joseph Marquis, Vivienne Osborne

22. The Prison Without Walls (1917)

Drama

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Helen Ainsworth, a young philanthropist, who is interested in a prison reform movement, is engaged to Norman Morris, administrator of the Ainsworth millions and the undiscovered "man higher... See full summary »

Director: E. Mason Hopper | Stars: Wallace Reid, Myrtle Stedman, William Conklin, William Elmer

23. Cutting Loose (2010)

40 min | Documentary, News

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An American prison artist pits creativity against negativity to make it on the outside.

Director: Joanne Caputo

24. The Big Valley (1965–1969)
Episode: Alias Nellie Handley (1969)

60 min | Western

7.6
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Victoria poses as a thief in order to become an inmate and investigate conditions at a women's prison. Once in, she finds it is a miserable place and that she may never be able to leave.

Director: Virgil W. Vogel | Stars: Richard Long, Peter Breck, Lee Majors, Linda Evans

Votes: 36

25. Longines Chronoscope (1951–1955)
Episode: Episode dated 14 February 1955 (1955)

History, News

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Lesueur and Crawford interview James V. Bennett, the Director to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Topics include penal reform, the current prison population and reasons for prison rioting.

Stars: James V. Bennett, Kenneth Crawford, Larry LeSueur

26. Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
Episode: The Box (1969)

Not Rated | 51 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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In Oahu State Prison, cons led by Big Chicken want to bring Swanson to heel because he doesn't show enough respect for "the system." But Swanson manages to shoot one of his attackers with ... See full summary »

Director: Seymour Robbie | Stars: Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Zulu, Kam Fong

Votes: 87

27. Days of Revolt (2015– )
Episode: The Revolutionary, Caged (2015)

News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Eddie Conway, Chris Hedges, Ojore Lutalo

28. Rattling the Bars (2015– )
Episode: U.S. Prison Strikes (2016)

Not Rated | 12 min | Talk-Show

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Stars: Talib Akbar, Elain Brown, Eddie Conway, Carl Fields