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1. Zodiac (2007)

R | 157 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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78 Metascore

A San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac killer.

Writers: James Vanderbilt, Robert Graysmith | Director: David Fincher | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards

2. Chicago (2002)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

7.2
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82 Metascore

Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.

Writers: Bill Condon, Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb, Maurine Dallas Watkins | Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Taye Diggs

3. The Reader (2008)

R | 124 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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58 Metascore

Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.

Writers: David Hare, Bernhard Schlink | Director: Stephen Daldry | Stars: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz, Jeanette Hain

4. Gothika (2003)

R | 98 min | Horror, Thriller

5.8
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38 Metascore

A repressed female psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the asylum where she worked with no memory of why she is there and what she has done.

Writer: Sebastian Gutierrez | Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Halle Berry, Penélope Cruz, Robert Downey Jr., Charles S. Dutton

5. The Tall Man (2012)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

6.0
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52 Metascore

When her child goes missing, a mother looks to unravel the legend of the Tall Man, an entity who allegedly abducts children.

Writer: Pascal Laugier | Director: Pascal Laugier | Stars: Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, William B. Davis, Stephen McHattie

6. Dancer in the Dark (2000)

R | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

8.0
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61 Metascore

An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film.

Writer: Lars von Trier | Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare

7. Double Jeopardy (1999)

R | 105 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.3
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40 Metascore

A woman framed for her husband's murder suspects he is still alive; as she has already been tried for the crime, she can't be re-prosecuted if she finds and kills him.

Writers: David Weisberg, Douglas Cook | Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones, Bruce Greenwood, Benjamin Weir

8. White Oleander (2002)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama

7.2
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61 Metascore

A teenager journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother goes to prison for committing a crime of passion.

Writers: Janet Fitch, Mary Agnes Donoghue | Director: Peter Kosminsky | Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Renée Zellweger, Robin Wright, Alison Lohman

9. Lady Vengeance (2005)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

7.7
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75 Metascore

After thirteen and half years in prison for kidnapping and murdering the boy Park Won-mo, Geum-ja Lee is released and tries to fix her life. She finds a job in a bakery; she orders the ... See full summary »

Writers: Seo-Gyeong Jeong, Chan-wook Park | Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Yeong-ae Lee, Min-sik Choi, Shi-hoo Kim, Yea-young Kwon

10. Brokedown Palace (1999)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.4
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44 Metascore

Two women are arrested for smuggling while vacationing in Thailand.

Writers: Adam Fields, David Arata | Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Claire Danes, Kate Beckinsale, Bill Pullman, Jacqueline Kim

11. Freeway (1996)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.9
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61 Metascore

A twisted take on 'Little Red Riding Hood' with a teenage juvenile delinquent on the run from a social worker traveling to her grandmother's house and being hounded by a charming, but sadistic, serial killer/pedophile.

Writer: Matthew Bright | Director: Matthew Bright | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Kiefer Sutherland, Bokeem Woodbine, Paul Perri

12. Nothing But the Truth (I) (2008)

R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller

7.3
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64 Metascore

In Washington, D.C., a female reporter faces a possible jail sentence for outing a CIA agent and refusing to reveal her source.

Writer: Rod Lurie | Director: Rod Lurie | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Vera Farmiga, Angela Bassett

13. Prisoner: Cell Block H (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

14. Sugar & Spice (2001)

PG-13 | 81 min | Comedy, Crime

5.5
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48 Metascore

A popular high school cheerleader becomes pregnant with the star quarterback's child, only to find herself turning to crime to support the lifestyle she wants to live.

Writer: Mandy Nelson | Director: Francine McDougall | Stars: Marla Sokoloff, Marley Shelton, Melissa George, Mena Suvari

15. House of D (2004)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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33 Metascore

By working through problems stemming from his past, Tom Warshaw, an American artist living in Paris, begins to discover who he really is, and returns to his home to reconcile with his family and friends.

Writer: David Duchovny | Director: David Duchovny | Stars: David Duchovny, Téa Leoni, Robin Williams, Anton Yelchin

16. The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)

R | 150 min | Action, Biography, Crime

7.4
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76 Metascore

A look at Germany's terrorist group, The Red Army Faction (RAF), which organized bombings, robberies, kidnappings and assassinations in the late 1960s and '70s.

Writers: Bernd Eichinger, Uli Edel, Stefan Aust | Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Martina Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu, Johanna Wokalek, Bruno Ganz

17. House of Women (1962)

85 min | Crime, Drama

5.8
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Drama about a young woman, Erica, who is wrongly implicated in a crime and sent to prison for five years, where she faces deplorable conditions. With the aid of the warden, she sets out to prove her innocence.

Writer: Crane Wilbur | Directors: Walter Doniger, Crane Wilbur | Stars: Shirley Knight, Andrew Duggan, Constance Ford, Barbara Nichols

18. A Map of the World (1999)

R | 125 min | Drama

6.6
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65 Metascore

A woman's life falls apart after she's blamed for an accident on her property.

Writers: Jane Hamilton, Peter Hedges, Polly Platt | Director: Scott Elliott | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Julianne Moore, Dara Perlmutter, David Strathairn

19. Caged (1950)

96 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.8
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A naive nineteen year old widow becomes coarsened and cynical when she is sent to a woman's prison and is exposed to hardened criminals and sadistic guards.

Writers: Virginia Kellogg, Bernard C. Schoenfeld | Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Eleanor Parker, Agnes Moorehead, Ellen Corby, Hope Emerson

20. 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.

Creators: Maureen Chadwick, Ann McManus, Eileen Gallagher | Stars: Victoria Alcock, Kika Mirylees, Helen Fraser, Jack Ellis

21. Vera Drake (2004)

R | 125 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
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83 Metascore

Abortionist Vera Drake finds her beliefs and practices clash with the mores of 1950s Britain--a conflict that leads to tragedy for her family.

Writer: Mike Leigh | Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Imelda Staunton, Jim Broadbent, Heather Craney, Richard Graham

22. Prison Girls (1972)

X | 93 min | Drama

4.3
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Six female prisoners are given a weekend furlough to prepare them for their upcoming parole. While out, they all have miscellaneous sexual experiences, some good, some bad. One returns to ... See full summary »

Writer: Lee Walters | Director: Tom DeSimone | Stars: Jacqueline Giroux, Annik Borel, Tracy Handfuss, Maria Arnold

23. Hellhole Women (1981)

Unrated | 67 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

4.7
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Writers: Jesús Franco, Günter Ebert | Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Ajita Wilson, Andrea Guzon, Ursula Buchfellner, Antonio Mayans

24. Women Behind Bars (1975)

75 min | Crime, Thriller

3.9
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A small-time hood brings the attention of the law with an insurance scam and diamond theft, but things become even more interesting when his moll murders him and is slammed behind bars ... See full summary »

Writer: Marius Lesoeur | Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Lina Romay, Martine Stedil, Nathalie Chape, Roger Darton

25. The Other Side of Midnight (1977)

R | 165 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

6.0
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A Greek tycoon's mistress tries to track down and find her ex-World War II lover.

Writers: Herman Raucher, Sidney Sheldon, Daniel Taradash | Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Marie-France Pisier, John Beck, Susan Sarandon, Raf Vallone

26. Barbed Wire Dolls (1976)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

4.7
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Writers: Jesús Franco, Connie Grau, Christine Lembach | Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Lina Romay, Paul Muller, Monica Swinn, Roger Darton

27. The Rapture (1991)

R | 100 min | Drama, Mystery

6.6
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A telephone operator living an empty, amoral life finds God and loses him again.

Writer: Michael Tolkin | Director: Michael Tolkin | Stars: Mimi Rogers, David Duchovny, Darwyn Carson, Patrick Bauchau

28. Civil Brand (2002)

R | 95 min | Drama, Thriller, Crime

5.2
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29 Metascore

Women prisoners strike up a friendship with a young law student who works as a part-time prison guard. Together they discover that a corporation funds and is profitting from the ... See full summary »

Writers: Preston A. Whitmore II, Joyce Renee Lewis | Director: Neema Barnette | Stars: LisaRaye McCoy-Misick, N'Bushe Wright, Mos Def, Monica Calhoun

29. Chained Heat (1983)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

4.7
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Linda Blair plays Carol, a young woman who must serve 18 months in prison after killing a man (by accident). The prison turns out to be brimming with decadence, corruption and sleaze, where... See full summary »

Writers: Aaron Butler, Paul Nicholas | Director: Paul Nicholas | Stars: Linda Blair, John Vernon, Sybil Danning, Tamara Dobson

30. Savage Island (1985)

R | 74 min | Action, Drama

3.4
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Women who have been captured and sold as slave labor to a South American emerald mine hatch a plan for revolution and revenge.

Writers: Nicholas Beardsley, Mischa Tomski | Director: Nicholas Beardsley | Stars: Anthony Steffen, Ajita Wilson, Cristina Lay, Linda Blair

31. Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder (2009 Video)

89 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

7.3
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Dark forces older than time itself are on the attack, hell-bent on stopping the dawn of a wondrous new green age. Don't you hate when that happens? Even more shocking: Bender's in love with... See full summary »

Writers: Matt Groening, David X. Cohen, Ken Keeler | Director: Peter Avanzino | Stars: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille

32. Too Young to Die? (1990 TV Movie)

R | 92 min | Drama, Crime

5.9
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An abused 15 year old is charged with a murder that carries the death penalty in this fact-based story.

Writers: David Hill, George Rubino | Director: Robert Markowitz | Stars: Michael Tucker, Juliette Lewis, Brad Pitt, Alan Fudge

33. I Want to Live! (1958)

Approved | 120 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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A prostitute, sentenced to death for alleged murder, pleads her innocence.

Writers: Nelson Gidding, Don Mankiewicz, Ed Montgomery, Barbara Graham | Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Susan Hayward, Simon Oakland, Virginia Vincent, Theodore Bikel

34. The Big Bird Cage (1972)

R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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Grier and Haig are thieving mercenaries who engineer a prison break from the outside.

Writer: Jack Hill | Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Pam Grier, Anitra Ford, Candice Roman, Teda Bracci

35. Wanda, the Wicked Warden (1977)

90 min | Horror

4.5
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Ilsa, now a vicious warden, runs a mental-hospital for young women. A girl deliberately "checks" in to the hospital to find out what has happened to her sister who stayed there. Meanwhile ... See full summary »

Writers: Erwin C. Dietrich, Jesús Franco | Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Dyanne Thorne, Tania Busselier, Lina Romay, Eric Falk

36. Bikini Chain Gang (2005 Video)

80 min | Comedy

4.2
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Jessie, a waitress in a sleazy bar, is framed for robbing the place and gets a five-year stretch in prison. The prison is run by a corrupt warden and a butch-lesbian head guard, and the ... See full summary »

Writer: Fred Olen Ray | Director: Fred Olen Ray | Stars: Beverly Lynne, Nicole Sheridan, Voodoo, Jay Richardson

37. Bangkok Hilton (1989 TV Mini-Series)

240 min | Drama, Thriller

7.9
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The story of Kat Stanton (Kidman), an Australian woman searching for her father who, whilst travelling back from London to Australia via Thailand, makes friends with Arkie Ragan (Ehlers), a... See full summary »

Stars: Nicole Kidman, Denholm Elliott, Hugo Weaving, Joy Smithers

38. Caged Heat (1974)

R | 83 min | Action, Drama

5.4
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A girl is caught in a drug bust and sent to the hoosegow. The iron-handed superintendent takes exception to a skit performed by the girls and takes punitive steps, aided by the sadistic ... See full summary »

Writer: Jonathan Demme | Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Juanita Brown, Erica Gavin, Roberta Collins, Ella Reid

39. Paradise Road (1997)

R | 122 min | Drama, History, War

6.8
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48 Metascore

Fact-based recounting of a group of women who are imprisoned on the island of Sumatra by the Japanese during World War II and used music as a relief to their misery.

Writers: David Giles, Martin Meader, Bruce Beresford, Betty Jeffrey | Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Glenn Close, Frances McDormand, Pauline Collins, Cate Blanchett

40. If Tomorrow Comes (1986 TV Mini-Series)

304 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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This mini-series focuses on two people, Tracy Whitney and Jeff Stevens. In the beginning, Tracy was an innocent, who was in love and pregnant, with the son of an affluent family. Obviously ... See full summary »

Stars: Madolyn Smith Osborne, Tom Berenger, David Keith, Jack Weston

41. Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS (1975)

96 min | Horror, War

5.2
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Ilsa is an evil Nazi warden at a death camp that conducts "medical experiments". Ilsa's goal is to prove that women can withstand more pain and suffering than men and therefore should be ... See full summary »

Writers: Jonah Royston, John C.W. Saxton | Director: Don Edmonds | Stars: Dyanne Thorne, Gregory Knoph, Tony Mumolo, Maria Marx

42. Reform School Girls (1986)

R | 94 min | Drama, Thriller, Crime

5.0
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Jenny is sent to a women's reform school. It is run by evil warden Sutter and her henchwoman Edna. Jenny will stop at nothing to escape but she also has to deal with Charlie the bully.

Writers: Jack Cummins, Tom DeSimone, Daniel Arthur Wray | Director: Tom DeSimone | Stars: Linda Carol, Wendy O. Williams, Pat Ast, Sybil Danning

43. The Big Doll House (1971)

R | 95 min | Action, Drama

6.0
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Beautiful women prisoners are abused in a Philippine prison, until 5 of them plot an escape by taking the evil female warden hostage with the reluctant help of 2 male fruit vendors.

Writer: Don Spencer | Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Roberta Collins, Pam Grier, Judith Brown, Brooke Mills

44. The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)

Unrated | 116 min | Drama, Film-Noir

7.5
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A ruthless, domineering woman is married to an alcoholic D.A., her childhood companion who is the only living witness to her murder of her rich aunt seventeen years earlier.

Writers: Robert Rossen, John Patrick | Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott, Kirk Douglas

45. Caged Fury (1990)

R | 95 min | Action

3.8
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Discontent leads to a daring escape plan in a women's prison where the inmates are all lingerie clad models and the lesbian warden demands unusual favours for early parole.

Writer: Bill Milling | Director: Bill Milling | Stars: Kascha, Gregory Scott Cummins, Elizabeth Hicks, Sydney Coale

46. Last Dance (1996)

R | 103 min | Drama, Thriller

5.8
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Upon taking a new job, young lawyer Rick Hayes is assigned to the clemency case of Cindy Liggett, a woman convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. As Hayes investigates the ... See full summary »

Writers: Steven Haft, Ron Koslow | Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Sharon Stone, Rob Morrow, Randy Quaid, Peter Gallagher

47. Capadocia (2008– )

Drama

7.9
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It tells the stories of several women imprisoned for different reasons in an experimental penal complex in Mexico City.

Stars: Dolores Heredia, Juan Manuel Bernal, Aida López, Marco Treviño

48. Black Mama White Mama (1973)

R | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.6
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When two troublemaking female prisoners (one a revolutionary, the other a former harem-girl) can't seem to get along, they are chained together and extradited for safekeeping. The women, ... See full summary »

Writers: H.R. Christian, Joe Viola, Jonathan Demme | Director: Eddie Romero | Stars: Pam Grier, Margaret Markov, Sid Haig, Lynn Borden

49. Longford (2006 TV Movie)

93 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.8
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A portrait of Lord Longford, a tireless British campaigner whose controversial beliefs often resulted in furious political debate and personal conflict.

Writer: Peter Morgan | Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Lee Boardman, Jim Broadbent, Tam Dean Burn, Lindsay Duncan

50. Tenko (1981–1984)

50 min | Drama, War

7.9
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WWII drama follows a group of British, Dutch, and Australian women; from the bombing of Singapore to their years spent in prison camps and eventually to the end of the war where the survivors try to readjust to civilian life.

Creator: Lavinia Warner | Stars: Ann Bell, Stephanie Cole, Claire Oberman, Emily Bolton