Women in Prison Movies 1963 -1999

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1. Savage Island (1985)

R | 74 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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

Director: Ted Nicolaou | Stars: Anthony Steffen, Ajita Wilson, Cristina Lay, Linda Blair

Votes: 483

2. Hotel Paradise (1980)

101 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Girls kept prisoner under appalling conditions to dig emeralds for an evil tyrant are rescued by revolutionaries disguised as soldiers.

Director: Edoardo Mulargia | Stars: Anthony Steffen, Ajita Wilson, Cristina Lay, Stelio Candelli

Votes: 201

3. Escape from Hell (1980)

93 min | Adventure, Crime, Thriller

A women's prison camp is located deep in the tropical rain forest. Sadistic guards and a warden from hell make life almost unbearable for the inmates, and any infraction of the rules is ... See full summary »

Director: Edoardo Mulargia | Stars: Anthony Steffen, Ajita Wilson, Cristina Lay, Cintia Lodetti

Votes: 418

4. Women's Prison Massacre (1983)

Not Rated | 89 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Emanuelle, a reporter, comes just a little too close to exposing a corrupt official, and is sent to prison on trumped-up charges. In the prison, the inmates are constantly humiliated and ... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Mattei | Stars: Laura Gemser, Gabriele Tinti, Ursula Flores, Maria Romano

Votes: 759

5. Women in Fury (1984)

Unrated | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The young, pretty and shy Angela Duvall is jailed for murder in a Brazilian prison. Whilst there she is brutally "initiated" by the other inmates. The nice, honest and handsome prison ... See full summary »

Director: Michele Massimo Tarantini | Stars: Suzane Carvalho, Rossana Ghessa, Gloria Cristal, Henri Pagnoncelli

Votes: 357

6. Lust for Freedom (1987)

R | 92 min | Drama, Thriller, Crime

A former female cop is framed by corrupt police, acting in collusion with the local judge, and has to fight her way out of the pen, alone, against tough inmates, and the people in charge.

Director: Eric Louzil | Stars: Melanie Coll, William J. Kulzer, Judi Trevor, Howard Knight

Votes: 349

7. Women Behind Bars (1975)

Not Rated | 75 min | Crime, Thriller

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 »

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

Votes: 493

8. Reform School Girls (1986)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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.

Director: Tom DeSimone | Stars: Linda Carol, Wendy O. Williams, Pat Ast, Sybil Danning

Votes: 1,977 | Gross: $2.51M

9. Caged Women (1980)

Not Rated | 80 min | Adventure, Action

A bunch of delinquent women are shipped to an island prison run by the sadistic warden Carla. Forced into situations of sexual perversion and violence and torture, the prisoners band ... See full summary »

Director: Erwin C. Dietrich | Stars: Karine Gambier, Brigitte Lahaie, Nadine Pascal, France Lomay

Votes: 319

10. Barbed Wire Dolls (1976)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Women's prison tale, with Lina Romay as Maria who is jailed after killing her father, played by director Jess Franco, who tries to rape her. Lesbian wardens, torture, nudity, sex, insanity and conspiracy round out the formula.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Lina Romay, Paul Muller, Monica Swinn, Roger Darton

Votes: 1,016

11. Caged Women (1991)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Beautiful young American tourist Janet Cooper goes on vacation to a remote South American country. After being arrested by a corrupt cop and subsequently found guilty of a trumped-up charge... See full summary »

Director: Leandro Lucchetti | Stars: Pilar Orive, Isabel Libossart, Elena Wiedermann, Christian Lorenz

Votes: 198

12. Caged Women II (1996)

Not Rated | 82 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Nicole Clark, a young beautiful and talented aspiring singer finds that living in a big city is not all its "cracked up to be". After being sexually harassed by her record Producer and then... See full summary »

Director: Ivan Rogers | Stars: Patty Bender, John E. Blazier, Charlie Britman, Stephen J. Cohen

Votes: 36

13. Commando Fury (1986)

81 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Women prisoners are tortured, whipped, beaten and humiliated inside a WWII detention camp. The commander of the camp (Shou-Ping Tsui) and his aides (Yvonne Wang and Celia Kong) interrogate ... See full summary »

Director: Godfrey Ho | Stars: Li-Yun Chen, Shou-Ping Tsui, Chia-Fen Liu, Pauline Yuk-Wan Wong

Votes: 46

14. Chained Heat (1983)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Young Carol Henderson ends up in prison where she must learn how to survive in an environment plagued by violence, murder, rape, racism, drugs and staff corruption and brutality.

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

Votes: 1,924 | Gross: $6.15M

15. Chained Heat II (1993)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

An innocent woman is sent to a Czech prison, where the sadistic warden and guards rape and perform bizarre sex acts on the prisoners.

Director: Lloyd A. Simandl | Stars: Brigitte Nielsen, Paul Koslo, Kimberley Kates, Kari Whitman

Votes: 1,012

16. The Big Bird Cage (1972)

R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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

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

Votes: 1,910

17. The Big Doll House (1971)

R | 95 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

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.

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

Votes: 1,963 | Gross: $10.00M

18. 99 Women (1969)

Unrated | 86 min | Crime, Drama

New inmate Marie arrives at an island prison in the women's sector and receives the number 99. The inmates are controlled by the sadistic lesbian warden Thelma Diaz and Governor Santos and ... See full summary »

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Maria Schell, Luciana Paluzzi, Mercedes McCambridge, Herbert Lom

Votes: 1,145

19. Maggie's Stiletto Sisters (1975)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The leader of an inner city girl gang is challenged when a new girl moves into the neighbourhood.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Robbie Lee, Joanne Nail, Monica Gayle, Asher Brauner

Votes: 3,010 | Gross: $0.05M

20. Love Camp (1977)

Not Rated | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

A group of women are kidnapped by guerrillas and forced to serve as prostitutes for them in a jungle brothel. The sadistic female warden decapitates uncooperative girls.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Muriel Montossé, Ada Tauler, Monica Swinn, Esther Studer

Votes: 376

21. Thriller: A Cruel Picture (1973)

104 min | Action, Thriller

A young woman, muted after a sexual assault as a child, is trained to seek violent revenge on those who have wronged her after being kidnapped and forced to work as a prostitute.

Director: Bo Arne Vibenius | Stars: Christina Lindberg, Heinz Hopf, Despina Tomazani, Per-Axel Arosenius

Votes: 6,276

22. Black Mama White Mama (1973)

R | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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 »

Director: Eddie Romero | Stars: Pam Grier, Margaret Markov, Sid Haig, Lynn Borden

Votes: 2,410

23. Bad Girls Dormitory (1986)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Drama, Horror

Inmates at a women's prison run by a corrupt warden and her gang of sadistic guards plan a breakout.

Director: Tim Kincaid | Stars: Carey Zuris, Teresa Farley, Natalie O'Connell, Rick Gianasi

Votes: 271

24. Hellhole Women (1981)

Unrated | 67 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A newly-wed couple in love finds a seemingly desolate place to park the car and make love. Soon, they will face the fearsome warden Magda Urtado's cruel reality.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Ajita Wilson, Andrea Guzon, Ursula Buchfellner, Antonio Mayans

Votes: 841

25. Hell Hole (1978)

Not Rated | 82 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Sexy women must escape from jungle prison.

Director: Cirio H. Santiago | Stars: Ingrid Greer, Nanette K. Martin, Carry Nichols, Beate Williams

Votes: 62

26. Amazon Jail (1982)

Not Rated | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Women have been lured to Edgar's white slave market somewhere in the Amazon jungle of Brazil with promises of work. Edgar and his bisexual partner keep the girls in a corral and bring them ... See full summary »

Director: Oswaldo de Oliveira | Stars: Elizabeth Hartmann, Maurício do Valle, Sandra Graffi, Lígia de Paula

Votes: 554

27. Caged Fury (1990)

R | 95 min | Action

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.

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

Votes: 554

28. Caged Fury (1983)

R | 89 min | Crime, Drama

North American and Asian women are brainwashed into becoming suicide bombers in an evil Filipino POW camp

Director: Cirio H. Santiago | Stars: Bernadette Williams, Jennifer Lane, Taaffe O'Connell, Catherine March

Votes: 107

29. 1,000 Convicts and a Woman (1971)

R | 92 min | Drama

The daughter of a British prison governor returns from an American finishing school, and chases after the inmates her her Dad's prison.

Director: Ray Austin | Stars: Alexandra Hay, Sandor Elès, Harry Baird, Neil Hallett

Votes: 113

30. The Naked Cage (1986)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A young woman is falsely convicted of a bank robbery and sent to a maximum-security prison run by a corrupt warden, where she is forced to suffer various indignities.

Director: Paul Nicholas | Stars: Shari Shattuck, Angel Tompkins, Lucinda Crosby, Stacey Shaffer

Votes: 409 | Gross: $3.14M

31. Adam's Woman (1970)

M | 116 min | Drama

Adam (Beau Bridges) is a young American wrongly accused of being an accomplice to murder while on shore leave in Liverpool. He is sentenced to death by hanging, but the sentence is commuted... See full summary »

Director: Philip Leacock | Stars: Beau Bridges, John Mills, Jane Merrow, James Booth

Votes: 147

32. Against Their Will (1994 TV Movie)

91 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Behind prison walls, corruption, sex and power make criminals out of the guards and heroes out of the guarded. For more than a decade, the lawless guards inside a maximum security women's ... See full summary »

Director: Karen Arthur | Stars: Judith Light, Stacy Keach, Chelcie Ross, Tonya Pinkins

Votes: 153

33. Brokedown Palace (1999)

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

44 Metascore

Two women are arrested for smuggling while vacationing in Thailand.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Claire Danes, Kate Beckinsale, Bill Pullman, Jacqueline Kim

Votes: 20,724 | Gross: $10.11M

34. Caged Heat (1974)

R | 83 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

In a women's prison, a group of inmates band together to combat the repressive and abusive policies of the warden.

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

Votes: 1,823

35. Caged Heat 3000 (1995)

80 min | Action, Sci-Fi

It's the year 3000 AD. The world's most dangerous women are banished to a remote asteroid 45 million light years from earth. Kira Murphy doesn't belong; wrongfully accused of a crime she ... See full summary »

Director: Aaron Osborne | Stars: Lisa Boyle, Kena Land, Zaneta Polard, Don Yanan

Votes: 206

36. Captive Women 4 (1977)

Not Rated | 90 min | Thriller, War

To improve the morale of the German officers, a train with beautiful girls is arranged to entertain them when on leave.

Director: Patrice Rhomm | Stars: Malisa Longo, Olivier Mathot, Patrizia Gori, Pamela Stanford

Votes: 396

37. Cellblock Sisters: Banished Behind Bars (1995)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama

Sam Connor kidnaps his young daughters, April and May, sells them to strangers, and accidentally kills his wife when she attempts to intervene. Sixteen years later, April is an out of ... See full summary »

Director: Henri Charr | Stars: Annie Wood, Gail Thackray, Jenna Bodnar, Dean Howell

Votes: 346

38. Chasers (1994)

R | 102 min | Comedy

A hapless Navy grunt is assigned SP duty. The catch: he must escort a beautiful female prisoner on her way to prison for going UA. She in turn will try anything to escape.

Director: Dennis Hopper | Stars: Tom Berenger, Erika Eleniak, William McNamara, Crispin Glover

Votes: 5,257 | Gross: $1.60M

39. Condemned to Hell (1984)

85 min | Crime, Drama

Silvia is incarcerated in a corrupt women prison and forced to participate in drug distribution. When she refuses she is punished and her sister murdered. She will try to get free and get her revenge.

Director: Aníbal Di Salvo | Stars: Leonor Benedetto, Betiana Blum, Camila Perissé, Mirta Busnelli

Votes: 37

40. Condition Red (1995)

R | 83 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Prison guard falls in love with inmate. She wants him to let her escape.

Director: Mika Kaurismäki | Stars: James Russo, Cynda Williams, Paul Calderon, Victor Argo

Votes: 307

41. Hell Behind the Bars (1984)

82 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A woman murders her boyfriends and steals some diamonds he has smuggled. She gets found out though, and locked in a prison with an evil sadistic lesbian warden. She immediately sets about ... See full summary »

Director: Gianni Siragusa | Stars: Ajita Wilson, Rita Silva, Linda Jones, Alessandro Freyberger

Votes: 90

42. House of Whipcord (1974)

R | 102 min | Horror

An old man who lives in an old house conducts a correctional institute for girls. But he does not realize that the date is the present as he's been cooped up in the house. He is assisted by... See full summary »

Director: Pete Walker | Stars: Barbara Markham, Patrick Barr, Ray Brooks, Ann Michelle

Votes: 1,305

43. Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks (1976)

R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

In the vast deserts of the Middle East, the lascivious tigress Ilsa joins the white flesh slavery ring of a maniacal sheikh overlord.

Director: Don Edmonds | Stars: Dyanne Thorne, Max Thayer, Jerry Delony, Uschi Digard

Votes: 2,390

44. Wanda, the Wicked Warden (1977)

90 min | Drama

A desperate young woman goes undercover to infiltrate the brutal warden Ilsa's mental health facility for the sexually deviant women, after the mysterious disappearance of her sister.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Dyanne Thorne, Tania Busselier, Lina Romay, Eric Falk

Votes: 1,945

45. Maidens Revenge (1987)

93 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Two sisters plot for revenge against the drug-lord who murdered their family and took their home, now being used as a base for their experiments on aphrodisiacs. The older sister becomes a ... See full summary »

Director: Ackyl Anwari | Stars: Enny Beatrice, Yenny Farida, Harry Capri, Nina Anwar

Votes: 230

46. Prison Heat (1993)

R | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Four American babes on vacation in the Middle East run into trouble when they are imprisoned by corrupt army officials.

Director: Joel Silberg | Stars: Rebecca Chambers, Lori Jo Hendrix, Kena Land, Toni Naples

Votes: 630

47. Return to Paradise (1998)

R | 111 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

54 Metascore

Two friends must choose whether to help a third friend who was arrested in Malaysia for drug possession.

Director: Joseph Ruben | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Joaquin Phoenix, David Conrad

Votes: 12,924 | Gross: $8.29M

48. School for Unclaimed Girls (1969)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama

Nicki believes she caused her father's death. Her mother's new knight in shining armour is actually the flame that relights Nicki's nightmare from hell. She is then sent to a school for ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Hartford-Davis | Stars: Madeleine Hinde, Renée Asherson, Dennis Waterman, Patrick Mower

Votes: 130