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1. Murder in the First (1995)

R | 122 min | Drama, Thriller

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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.

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

2. Brubaker (1980)

R | 132 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.

Writers: W.D. Richter, Arthur A. Ross, Joe Hyams, Thomas O. Murton | Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Robert Redford, Yaphet Kotto, Morgan Freeman, Jane Alexander

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

R | 126 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

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.

Writers: David Newman, Robert Benton | Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda, Hume Cronyn, Warren Oates

4. 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 »

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

5. 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 »

Writers: Thomas E. Gaddis, James Long, Tim Metcalfe | Director: Tim Metcalfe | Stars: James Woods, Robert Sean Leonard, Ellen Greene, Cara Buono

6. Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954)

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

7.0
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Producer Walter Wanger, who had just been released from a prison term after shooting a man he believed was having an affair with his wife, wanted to make a film about the appalling ... See full summary »

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

7. San Quentin (1937)

Approved | 70 min | Drama, Film-Noir

6.5
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An army trainer becomes captain of the prison yard and in time, falls for the sister of a hardened inmate.

Writers: Peter Milne, Humphrey Cobb, Robert Tasker, John Bright | Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Pat O'Brien, Ann Sheridan, Humphrey Bogart, Barton MacLane

8. 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932)

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

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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.

Writers: Lewis E. Lawes, Wilson Mizner, Brown Holmes, Courtney Terrett, Robert Lord | Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Bette Davis, Arthur Byron, Lyle Talbot

9. 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.

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

10. 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.

Writers: Samuel Ornitz, Robert Tasker, Rowland Brown | Director: Rowland Brown | Stars: Richard Dix, Tom Brown, Rochelle Hudson, C. Henry Gordon

11. San Quentin (1946)

Passed | 66 min | Drama

5.8
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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 »

Writers: Lawrence Kimble, Arthur A. Ross, Howard J. Green | Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Lawrence Tierney, Marian Carr, Barton MacLane, Harry Shannon

12. 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.

Writers: Jane Murfin, Sinclair Lewis | Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Irene Dunne, Walter Huston, Conrad Nagel, Bruce Cabot

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

91 min | Documentary, Crime, History

8.3
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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 »

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

14. 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 »

Writers: C. Graham Baker, Louis Lantz, Max Marcin, Jerome Odlum | Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Warner Baxter, Margaret Lindsay, John Litel, Ray Collins

15. Convicted Woman (1940)

Approved | 65 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.2
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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 »

Writers: Joseph Carole, Martin Mooney, Alex Gottlieb | Director: Nick Grinde | Stars: Rochelle Hudson, Frieda Inescort, June Lang, Lola Lane

16. Do Ankhen Barah Haath (1957)

143 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.3
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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.

Writer: G.D. Madgulkar | Director: Rajaram Vankudre Shantaram | Stars: Rajaram Vankudre Shantaram, Sandhya, Ulhas, B.M. Vyas

17. Girls Behind Bars (1948)

84 min | Drama

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Writer: Heinz Otto Jahn | Director: Alfred Braun | Stars: Petra Peters, Richard Häussler, Edelweiß Malchin, Susi Deitz

19. 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

20. The Right Way (1921)

Drama

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

21. 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.

Writers: Tony Green, Mark Stiles | Director: Mark Stiles

22. 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 »

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

23. 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

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

Not Rated | 51 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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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 »

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