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1. Orange Is the New Black (2013– )

TV-MA | 59 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.1
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Convicted of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend, normally law-abiding Piper Chapman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars to face the reality of how life-changing prison can really be.

Stars: Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles

Votes: 255,345

2. Wentworth (2013– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Crime, Drama

8.6
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Bea Smith is locked up while awaiting trial for the attempted murder of her husband and must learn how life works in prison.

Stars: Kate Atkinson, Celia Ireland, Robbie Magasiva, Katrina Milosevic

Votes: 14,312

3. Zodiac (2007)

R | 157 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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78 Metascore

In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree.

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

Votes: 392,275 | Gross: $33.08M

4. The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)

R | 118 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

6.9
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47 Metascore

The world's top bodyguard gets a new client, a hitman who must testify at the International Criminal Court. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.

Director: Patrick Hughes | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Elodie Yung

Votes: 161,973 | Gross: $75.47M

5. Chicago (2002)

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

7.2
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82 Metascore

Two death-row murderesses develop a fierce rivalry while competing for publicity, celebrity, and a sleazy lawyer's attention.

Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Taye Diggs

Votes: 201,192 | Gross: $170.69M

6. 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.

Director: Stephen Daldry | Stars: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz, Jeanette Hain

Votes: 217,982 | Gross: $34.19M

7. Double Jeopardy (1999)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.4
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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.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones, Bruce Greenwood, Benjamin Weir

Votes: 66,198 | Gross: $116.74M

8. Side Effects (I) (2013)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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75 Metascore

A young woman's world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has unexpected side effects.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Votes: 168,551 | Gross: $32.17M

9. Gothika (2003)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.8
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38 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 100,527 | Gross: $59.69M

10. 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.

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

Votes: 93,759 | Gross: $4.18M

11. Lady Vengeance (2005)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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75 Metascore

After being wrongfully imprisoned for thirteen years and having her child taken away from her, a woman seeks revenge through increasingly brutal means.

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

Votes: 64,541 | Gross: $0.21M

12. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963)

Not Rated | 119 min | Comedy, Romance

7.3
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Stories about three very different women and the men they attract.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Aldo Giuffrè, Agostino Salvietti

Votes: 6,621

13. 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.

Director: Peter Kosminsky | Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Renée Zellweger, Robin Wright, Alison Lohman

Votes: 28,221 | Gross: $16.35M

14. Locked Up (I) (2017 Video)

TV-MA | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

3.9
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When an American teenager gets bullied at her school in Southeast Asia, she fights back--and gets sent to a reform school. But the "school" is more like a prison, and the young teenager ... See full summary »

Director: Jared Cohn | Stars: Kelly McCart, Katrina Grey, Jared Cohn, Kat Ingkarat

Votes: 592

15. Freeway (1996)

R | 102 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 travelling to her grandmother's house and being hounded by a charming, but sadistic, serial killer and pedophile.

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

Votes: 24,754 | Gross: $0.30M

16. 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

Votes: 1,522

17. In Her Skin (2009)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

6.5
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The parents "Guy Pearce, Miranda Otto" of a missing girl launch a frantic search for their daughter, unaware that the child's former baby sitter "Ruth Bradley" has murdered her. A true tale of jealousy turned to murder.

Director: Simone North | Stars: Guy Pearce, Miranda Otto, Ruth Bradley, Sam Neill

Votes: 4,358

18. Bad Girls (1999–2006)

90 min | Crime, Drama

8.0
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British hard-hitting drama about the staff and inmates of a women's prison.

Stars: Kika Mirylees, Victoria Alcock, Helen Fraser, Jack Ellis

Votes: 1,711

19. 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.

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

Votes: 20,690 | Gross: $10.11M

20. You, Me and the Apocalypse (2015)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.7
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When a group of ordinary people learn that an eight-mile-wide comet is on a collision course with Earth, they hunker beneath the town of Slough to watch the end of the world on television.

Stars: Mathew Baynton, Jenna Fischer, Joel Fry, Gaia Scodellaro

Votes: 6,429

21. House of Whipcord (1974)

R | 102 min | Horror

5.9
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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: 1,294

22. The Tall Man (2012)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

5.9
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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.

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

Votes: 36,345

23. The Big Bird Cage (1972)

R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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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: 1,897

24. Sugar & Spice (2001)

PG-13 | 81 min | Comedy, Crime

5.7
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48 Metascore

A popular high-school cheerleader becomes pregnant by the star quarterback and turns to crime to support her desired lifestyle.

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

Votes: 12,764 | Gross: $13.28M

25. 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.

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Martina Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu, Johanna Wokalek, Bruno Ganz

Votes: 33,570 | Gross: $0.48M

26. Caged Heat (1974)

R | 83 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

5.3
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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: 1,819

27. High Heels (1991)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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51 Metascore

A girl's mother returns after 15 years to find her daughter has married one of her (the mother's) old boyfriends. They try to mend their broken mother/daughter relationship and deal with ... See full summary »

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Victoria Abril, Marisa Paredes, Miguel Bosé, Anna Lizaran

Votes: 12,285 | Gross: $1.71M

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

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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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.

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

Votes: 34,205 | Gross: $0.00M

29. 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.

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

Votes: 22,445 | Gross: $3.75M

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

R | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

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 allowed to fight on the front lines.

Director: Don Edmonds | Stars: Dyanne Thorne, Gregory Knoph, Tony Mumolo, Maria Marx

Votes: 6,574

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

R | 92 min | Crime, Drama

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.

Director: Robert Markowitz | Stars: Michael Tucker, Juliette Lewis, Brad Pitt, Alan Fudge

Votes: 3,469

32. Maggie's Stiletto Sisters (1975)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.6
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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: 2,996 | Gross: $0.05M

33. Chained Heat (1983)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

4.9
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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: 1,917 | Gross: $6.15M

34. Scottish Mussel (2015)

96 min | Comedy

5.4
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Ritchie is a Glaswegian chancer with low hopes and no prospects. Disillusioned with city life, he goes undercover at a Highland conservation centre to make his fortune as an illegal pearl ... See full summary »

Director: Talulah Riley | Stars: Martin Compston, Talulah Riley, Morgan Watkins, Joe Thomas

Votes: 410

35. 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.

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

Votes: 8,441 | Gross: $0.37M

36. Lady Snowblood (1973)

Not Rated | 97 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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A young girl is born and raised to be an instrument of revenge.

Director: Toshiya Fujita | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Toshio Kurosawa, Masaaki Daimon, Miyoko Akaza

Votes: 10,606

37. Reform School Girls (1986)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.2
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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.

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

Votes: 1,964 | Gross: $2.51M

38. The Big Doll House (1971)

R | 95 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

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.

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

Votes: 1,949 | Gross: $10.00M

39. The Rapture (1991)

R | 100 min | Drama, Mystery

6.4
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A telephone operator living an empty, amoral life finds God and loses him again.

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

Votes: 4,562 | Gross: $1.28M

40. Marquis de Sade's Justine (1969)

R | 90 min | Drama, Horror

5.3
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Without a family, penniless and separated from her sister, a beautiful chaste woman will have to cope with an endless parade of villains, perverts and degenerates who will claim not only her treasured virtue but also her life.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Romina Power, Maria Rohm, Rosemary Dexter

Votes: 1,387

41. The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)

Unrated | 116 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

7.5
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A man is reunited with his childhood friend and her husband, who believe he knows the truth about the death of her rich aunt years earlier.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott, Kirk Douglas

Votes: 7,225

42. 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.

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

Votes: 550

43. Bangkok Hilton (1989)

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

Votes: 4,249

44. Sweet Sugar (1972)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama

5.4
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Prostitute Sugar is set up by a corrupt politician. She is convinced of the futility of appealing her case in the courts and signs on to a chain gang run by the notorious Dr. John who ... See full summary »

Director: Michel Levesque | Stars: Phyllis Davis, Ellaraino, Timothy Brown, Pamela Collins

Votes: 414

45. 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 »

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

Votes: 2,399

46. Chained Heat II (1993)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

3.1
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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: 1,007

47. Terminal Island (1973)

R | 88 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

5.3
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It's every man and woman for himself on an island where convicted murderers are dumped, rather than kept in prison.

Director: Stephanie Rothman | Stars: Don Marshall, Phyllis Davis, Ena Hartman, Marta Kristen

Votes: 684

48. Women in Cages (1971)

R | 81 min | Action, Crime, Drama

4.9
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American women prisoners in a foreign country. Sex and action.

Director: Gerardo de Leon | Stars: Judith Brown, Roberta Collins, Jennifer Gan, Pam Grier

Votes: 1,172

49. I Want to Live! (1958)

Approved | 120 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Susan Hayward, Simon Oakland, Virginia Vincent, Theodore Bikel

Votes: 5,235

50. The Beast in Heat (1977)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror, War

3.4
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This is one of many so called Video Nasties about fictionalized World War 2 Nazi POW camp atrocities. A beautiful, nefarious senior female SS officer/doctor (Magall) creates a genetic, ... See full summary »

Director: Luigi Batzella | Stars: Macha Magall, Gino Turini, Edilio Kim, Xiro Papas

Votes: 1,310



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