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Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
 7.6
 100K
Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Escape from Alcatraz tells the story of the only three men ever to escape from the infamous maximum security prison at Alcatraz. In 29 years, the seemingly impenetrable federal penitentiary, which housed Al Capone and "Birdman" Robert Stroud, was only broken once - by three men never heard of again.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, atmospheric, rough, serious, bleak, suspense, tense, dramatic, interesting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, alcatraz, island, buddies, mouse, prison warden, nude fight, confined, partners, prison guard, rebellion, convict, suicide, freedom, against the odds, prison escape, rebelliousness, criminal heroes, friends, pubic hair, violence, solitary, warden, punishment ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1960, year 1962, year 1961
Place: san francisco, usa

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Most similar movies to Escape from Alcatraz

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and intense films with plots about corruption, mentor, brutality, prison, storytelling, crime and runaway mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Escape from Alcatraz: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Papillon (1973), Cool Hand Luke (1967), Lock Up (1989), A Perfect World (1993). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, ...
Style: captivating, touching, clever, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: human spirit, prison, freedom, prison life, false accusation, life sentence, confined, hopes, survival, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, wrongful imprisonment ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, maine, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 108K
Papillon (1973)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 151 min.
Story: A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.
Style: bleak, captivating, tense, inspirational, suspense ...
Plot: human spirit, prison, prison life, false accusation, criminal heroes, escape attempt, hopes, life is a bitch, life sentence, low lives, prison escape, imprisonment ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1940s
Place: atlantic ocean, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.1
 142K
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: When petty criminal Luke Jackson is sentenced to two years in a Florida prison farm, he doesn't play by the rules of either the sadistic warden or the yard's resident heavy, Dragline, who ends up admiring the new guy's unbreakable ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, rough, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, rebelliousness, rebellion, death, egg, boxing match, escape, barbed wire, freedom, escape attempt, punishment, dignity ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.4
 34K
Lock Up (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Frank Leone is nearing the end of his prison term for a relatively minor crime. Just before he is paroled, however, Warden Drumgoole takes charge. Drumgoole was assigned to a hell-hole prison after his administration was publicly humiliated by ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, entertaining ...
Plot: prison, prison life, vengeance, prison warden, rivalry, life is a bitch, murder, good versus evil, warden, prison escape, revenge, mentor ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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A Perfect World (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A kidnapped boy strikes up a friendship with his captor: an escaped convict on the run from the law, headed by an honorable U.S. Marshal.
Style: touching, sincere, road movie, suspense, bleak ...
Plot: kidnapping, hostage, manhunt, fugitives, friendship, criminal heroes, prison escape, moral ambiguity, violence, dysfunctional family, runaway, prison ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: texas, usa, alaska, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: After killing a prison guard, convict Robert Stroud faces life imprisonment in solitary confinement. Driven nearly mad by loneliness and despair, Stroud's life gains new meaning when he happens upon a helpless baby sparrow in the exercise yard ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: prison, warden, alcatraz, redemption, bird, life sentence, rehabilitation, human spirit, rebel, prisoner, birds, isolation ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s ...
Place: usa, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.2
 12K
Bad Boys (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Mick O'Brien is a young Chicago street thug torn between a life of petty crime and the love of his girlfriend. But when the heist of a local drug dealer goes tragically wrong Mick is sentenced to a brutal juvenile prison where violence is a ...
Style: realistic, twists and turns, serious, bleak, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: prison, vengeance, neo noir, juvenile delinquency, crime, rivalry, youth, grudge, uninhibited rivalry, prison life, urban ghetto, criminal heroes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, chicago illinois, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.5
 71K
Felon (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A family man convicted of killing an intruder must cope with life afterward in the violent penal system.
Style: realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, fist fighting, murder, crime, life turned upside down, prison riot, tear gas, court, tattoo, fight, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Midnight Express (1978)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Billy Hayes is caught attempting to smuggle drugs out of Turkey. The Turkish courts decide to make an example of him, sentencing him to more than 30 years in prison. Hayes has two opportunities for release: the appeals made by his lawyer, his ...
Style: realistic, bleak, disturbing, rough, serious ...
Plot: prison, injustice, lawyer, torture, brutality, prison life, escape, escape attempt, smuggling, muslim, sadism, rape ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: turkey, greece, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.7
 57K
Cell 211 (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal.
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, psychological, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, prison, hidden identity, prison riot, confined, penitentiary, prison guard, survival, rebellion, jail, rebelliousness, unlikely partners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.9
 370
Riot (1969)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A riot in a state prison is staged to cover up an escape attempt, during which many inmates and guards are killed. Shot on location at Arizona State Prison.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, buddies, prison riot, adventure, captivity, prison life, chases and races, confined, partners, rebellion, criminal heroes, fugitives ...
Time: 60s
Place: arizona, minnesota, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.1
 14K
Brubaker (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.
Style: realistic, rough, serious, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, abuse, prison warden, fighting the system, prison life, politics, against the odds, society, human spirit, innocence lost, workplace intrigue, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.2
 7K
American Me (1992)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Edward J. Olmos made his directorial bow with the powerhouse crime saga American Me. Olmos stars as street-gang leader Santana, who during his 18 years in Folsom Prison rules over all the drug-and-murder activities behind bars. Upon his release, ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, serious, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, violence, prison, lowrider, racism, criminal heroes, crime, murder, friends, juvenile delinquency, sexual abuse, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 70s, 1940s ...
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Killer: A Journal of Murder (1995)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: 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 to write his life story. Lesser learns that Panzram's ...
Style: rough, serious, disturbing, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, death row, prison, murder, redemption, crime, prison life, criminal heroes, confined, crimes, deadly, human nature ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s
Place: minnesota, new jersey, california, israel, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.4
 38K
Starred Up (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: 19-year-old Eric, arrogant and ultra-violent, is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison facility as his estranged father. As his explosive temper quickly finds him enemies in both prison authorities and fellow inmates — and his already ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: prison, prison life, parents and children, juvenile delinquent, gay father, group therapy, confined, teenage life, youth, violence, family relations, therapist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: britain, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.8
 36K
The Enforcer (1976)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Dirty Harry Callahan returns again, this time saddled with a rookie female partner. Together, they must stop a terrorist group consisting of angry Vietnam veterans.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: alcatraz, kidnapping, inspector, crime, militant, ransom, police investigation, tough law enforcer, urban, unlikely partners, damage, against the rules ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: san francisco, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.8
 128K
Dirty Harry (1971)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When a madman dubbed 'Scorpio' terrorizes San Francisco, hard-nosed cop, Harry Callahan – famous for his take-no-prisoners approach to law enforcement – is tasked with hunting down the psychopath. Harry eventually collars Scorpio in ...
Style: serious, captivating, tense, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, against the rules, tough law enforcer, crime, crimes, ransom, urban, police, violence, gunfight, chase ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: san francisco, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.8
 16K
The Escapist (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Frank Perry is an institutionalized convict twelve years into a life sentence without parole. When his estranged daughter falls ill, he is determined to make peace with her before it's too late. He develops an ingenious escape plan, and ...
Style: tense, realistic, atmospheric, rough, serious ...
Plot: prison, crime, tunnel, fugitives, redemption, parents and children, prison life, criminal heroes, confined, crimes, family relations, going straight ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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 6.5
 47K
The Experiment (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: 20 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control.
Style: rough, psychological, tense, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: prison life, prison, human nature, experiment gone awry, confined, switching roles, psychology, violence, danger, brutality, moral ambiguity, bullying ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.6
 12K
Animal Factory (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young man goes to prison and a tough, older convict takes him under his wing as a mentor.
Style: bleak, realistic, tense, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: prison, friendship, guitar, survival, strike, innocence lost, crime, prison warden, prison life, confined, human nature, fish out of water ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, paris france, puerto rico, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.0
 96K
Get the Gringo (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A career criminal (Gibson) nabbed by Mexican authorities is placed in a tough prison where he learns to survive with the help of a 9-year-old boy.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, confined, prison escape, vacation, crime, thief, drugs/alcohol, anti heroes, corruption, criminal heroes, gunfight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america, san diego california, tijuana mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Reform School Girls (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: 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.
Style: rough, serious, sexual, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: prison, juvenile delinquency, going straight, crime, sexual abuse, vengeance, sexual relations, prison life, confined, rivalry, youth, power relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Murder in the First (1995)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Inspired by a true story. A petty criminal sent to Alcatraz in the 1930s is caught attempting to make an escape. As punishment he is put in solitary confinement. The maximum stay is supposed to be 19 days, but Henri spends years alone, cold and in ...
Style: emotional, serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: prison, alcatraz, courtroom, lawyer, murder, warden, theft, dedicated lawyer, fighting the system, prison life, mistreatment, murder trial ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 30s, 1930s, year 1941 ...
Place: california, usa, san francisco, dungeon
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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 6.8
 3K
Hellsinki (2009)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Besides the journey of Tomppa and Krisu, the main characters of the film, Rööperi tells the story of Gypsy Kari, Arska, Bisquit, Uki and a bunch of other bad boys and criminals; it tells of their memorable and unscrupulous journey from crime and ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: crime, drug abuse, gangsters, prison, heist, crimes, delinquent, gang of thieves, criminal heroes, going straight, drugs, petty criminal ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: finland, helsinki finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Last Castle (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A Court Martialed general rallies together 1200 inmates to rise against the system that put him away.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: prison, military, sacrifice, soldier, chess, patriotism, sergeant, convict, sadism, rebelliousness, fighting the system, military life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iraq, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.3
 17K
In Hell (2003)
Genre: Action, Thriller, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A man must survive a prison where hardened criminals battle to the death for the warden's entertainment.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: prison, martial arts, survival, murder, prison life, isolation, vengeance, redemption, prison riot, prison sentence, crimes, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
Place: russia, latin america, hong kong, california, ireland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Canada, Italy
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Jacques Mesrine, a loyal son and dedicated soldier, is back home and living with his parents after serving in the Algerian War. Soon he is seduced by the neon glamour of sixties Paris and the easy money it presents. Mentored by Guido, Mesrine turns ...
Style: rough, epic, tense, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: robbery, crime, against the rules, mafia, organized crime, gangsters, rise to the top, pimp, domestic violence, torture, romancing a criminal, realism ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: france, europe, canada, quebec, montreal quebec ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Johnny Handsome (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A career criminal who has been deformed since birth is given a new face by a kindly doctor and paroled from prison. It appears that he has gone straight, but he is really planning his revenge on the man who killed his mentor and sent him to prison.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, plastic surgery, robbery, new identity, murder, crime, rehabilitation, betrayal, gangsters, vengeance, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge ...
Time: 80s
Place: new orleans, usa, seaport, texas, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.2
 34K
Chopper (2000)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The true and intense story of Mark 'Chopper' Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a jail sentence in prison.
Style: dark humor, disturbing, stylized, cynical, serious ...
Plot: prison, brutality, murder, nightclub, tattoo, trial, drug use, criminal, prostitute, crime, judge, stabbing ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1978, year 1986
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
An Innocent Man (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Jimmie Rainwood was minding his own business when two corrupt police officers (getting an address wrong) burst into his house, expecting to find a major drug dealer. Rainwood is shot, and the officers frame him as a drug dealer. Rainwood is ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, gang, police corruption, vengeance, drug dealing, false accusation, crime, tough law enforcer, survival, prison life, criminal heroes, confined ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, new jersey, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%