What is the Greatest Escape?

by john-hitchcock | created - 11 Jun 2014 | updated - 12 Jun 2014 | Public

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1. Escape (1948)

78 min | Thriller

A convict sentenced to three years for killing a detective escapes from a prison and goes on the run aided by a local girl.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Rex Harrison, Peggy Cummins, William Hartnell, Norman Wooland

Votes: 252

2. Escape from Fort Bravo (1953)

Passed | 99 min | Western

During the Civil War, a group of Confederates escapes from the Union POW camp at Fort Bravo but has to contend with the desert, the Mescalero Apaches and the pursuing Union troops.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: William Holden, Eleanor Parker, John Forsythe, William Demarest

Votes: 2,201 | Gross: $1.45M

3. No Escape (1953)

Approved | 76 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

When the available evidence in a murder case points to a young woman as the main suspect, her boyfriend, a police detective, arranges for a struggling songwriter who is playing piano in a ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Bennett | Stars: Lew Ayres, Sonny Tufts, Marjorie Steele, Lewis Martin

Votes: 267

4. A Man Escaped (1956)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

A captured French Resistance fighter during WWII engineers a daunting escape from a Nazi prison in France.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: François Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock, Roland Monod

Votes: 16,271

5. The Great Escape (1963)

Not Rated | 172 min | Adventure, Drama, History

87 Metascore

Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson

Votes: 207,022 | Gross: $12.10M

6. Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)

G | 98 min | Action, Sci-Fi

69 Metascore

The world is shocked by the appearance of three talking chimpanzees, who arrived mysteriously in a U.S. spacecraft. They become the toast of society, but one man believes them to be a threat to the human race.

Director: Don Taylor | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Bradford Dillman, Natalie Trundy

Votes: 29,714 | Gross: $12.30M

7. Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)

G | 97 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Two mysterious orphan children have extraordinary powers and are chased by a scheming millionaire. But where do these kids really call home?

Director: John Hough | Stars: Eddie Albert, Ray Milland, Donald Pleasence, Kim Richards

Votes: 8,361 | Gross: $20.00M

8. Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

PG | 112 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

Alcatraz is the most secure prison of its time. It is believed that no one can ever escape from it, until three daring men make a possible successful attempt at escaping from one of the most infamous prisons in the world.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan, Roberts Blossom, Jack Thibeau

Votes: 106,190 | Gross: $43.00M

9. Escape from New York (1981)

R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

76 Metascore

In 1997, when the U.S. president crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 113,570 | Gross: $25.24M

10. Escape Clause (1996 TV Movie)

R | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A man finds out from a would be killer that his wife has paid $10,000 to have him killed. But is this mysterious man telling the truth? When both the killer and the wife turn up dead, ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith | Stars: Andrew McCarthy, Paul Sorvino, Connie Britton, Kate McNeil

Votes: 509

11. Escape from L.A. (1996)

R | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

54 Metascore

Snake Plissken is once again called in by the United States government to recover a potential doomsday device from Los Angeles, now an autonomous island where undesirables are deported.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi, Stacy Keach, Peter Fonda

Votes: 64,932 | Gross: $25.48M

12. No Escape (1994)

R | 118 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

A soldier convicted for murdering his commanding officer is dumped and left to die on a prison island inhabited by two camps of convicts.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Ray Liotta, Lance Henriksen, Stuart Wilson, Kevin Dillon

Votes: 17,660 | Gross: $15.34M

13. The Escapist (2002)

R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The skilled pilot Denis Hopkins lives with his pregnant wife Valerie and has a comfortable lifestyle. When the gang of criminals headed by the sadistic Ricky Barnes breaks in his seaside ... See full summary »

Director: Gillies MacKinnon | Stars: Jonny Lee Miller, Andy Serkis, Gary Lewis, Jodhi May

Votes: 1,549

14. Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)

R | 104 min | Adventure, Comedy

57 Metascore

After being mistaken for terrorists and thrown into Guantánamo Bay, stoners Harold and Kumar escape and return to the U.S., where they proceed to flee across the country with federal agents in hot pursuit.

Directors: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg | Stars: John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris, Rob Corddry

Votes: 125,536 | Gross: $38.09M

15. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

PG | 89 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

61 Metascore

The Madagascar animals fly back to New York City, but crash-land on an African nature reserve, where they meet others of their own kind, and Alex especially discovers his royal heritage as prince of a lion pride.

Directors: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath | Stars: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith

Votes: 187,027 | Gross: $180.01M

16. Blitzkrieg: Escape from Stalag 69 (2008 Video)

Not Rated | 120 min | Horror, War

Enter Stalag 69, where torture is just the Beginning for this bloody band of Nazi Butchers! Germany, 1945. Stalag 69, a POW camp ruled by the sadistic SS commandant Helmet Schultz, is ... See full summary »

Director: Keith J. Crocker | Stars: Steve Montague, Tatyana Kot, Minerva Borack, Gordana Jenell

Votes: 115

17. The Escapist (2008)

Not Rated | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

56 Metascore

Frank Perry is an institutionalized convict fourteen years into a life sentence without parole. When his estranged daughter falls ill, he is determined to make peace with her before it's ... See full summary »

Director: Rupert Wyatt | Stars: Brian Cox, Damian Lewis, Joseph Fiennes, Seu Jorge

Votes: 15,912 | Gross: $0.01M

18. Escape from New Jersey (2010)

45 min | Short, Action, Adventure

Picking up right where John Carpenter's "Escape From New York" ended, we find Snake Plissken stuck in New Jersey with his new found freedom on the line when his path crosses that of Armando... See full summary »

Director: Chris R. Notarile | Stars: Hector De La Rosa, Kim Santiago, Roberto Lombardi, William Kucmierowski

Votes: 199

19. Escape Plan (2013)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

49 Metascore

When a structural-security authority finds himself set up and incarcerated in the world's most secret and secure prison, he has to use his skills to escape with help from the inside.

Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 50 Cent, Vincent D'Onofrio

Votes: 213,940 | Gross: $25.13M

20. Escape from Tomorrow (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

58 Metascore

In a world of fake castles and anthropomorphic rodents, an epic battle begins when an unemployed father's sanity is challenged by a chance encounter with two underage girls on holiday.

Director: Randy Moore | Stars: Roy Abramsohn, Elena Schuber, Katelynn Rodriguez, Jack Dalton

Votes: 8,738 | Gross: $0.17M

21. Escape from Planet Earth (2013)

PG | 89 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

35 Metascore

Astronaut Scorch Supernova finds himself caught in a trap when he responds to an SOS from a notoriously dangerous alien planet.

Director: Cal Brunker | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, Rob Corddry

Votes: 23,491 | Gross: $57.01M



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