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Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
 7.6
 104K
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, bleak, serious, suspense, tense, dramatic, interesting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, alcatraz, prison life, island, suicide, convict, mouse, prison warden, nude fight, confined, partners, rebellion, buddies, prison guard, freedom, friends, against the odds, popularity, punishment, respect, newcomer, vicious, rebelliousness, criminal heroes, sadism ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1961, year 1962, year 1960
Place: san francisco, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, rough and intense films with plots about prison, brutality, mentor, corruption, violent, runaway and storytelling mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Escape from Alcatraz: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Papillon (1973), Chopper (2000), Cool Hand Luke (1967), Lock Up (1989). 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, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, freedom, prison life, false accusation, life is a bitch, life sentence, corruption, confined, survival, hopes, criminal heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, pacific ocean, mexico, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 8.0
 112K
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: prison, human spirit, prison life, false accusation, criminal heroes, escape attempt, prison escape, life is a bitch, life sentence, hopes, low lives, imprisonment ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: atlantic ocean, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 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, stylized, disturbing, cynical, serious ...
Plot: prison, brutality, stabbing, convict, murder, judge, prostitute, criminal, drug use, nightclub, tattoo, trial ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, year 1978, year 1986
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 147K
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, rough, atmospheric, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, rebelliousness, freedom, escape, dignity, escape attempt, punishment, death, convict, human spirit, loss of parent, respect ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 6.4
 35K
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: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Plot: prison life, prison, vengeance, life is a bitch, rivalry, prison warden, warden, murder, good versus evil, prison escape, corruption, redemption ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.1
 17K
No Escape (1994)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In the year 2022, a ruthless prison warden has created the ultimate solution for his most troublesome and violent inmates: Absolom, a secret jungle island where prisoners are abandoned and left to die. But Marine Captain John Robbins, convicted of ...
Style: futuristic, bleak, exciting, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: island, prison, jungle, survival, chase, prison guard, ex soldier, prisoner, adventure, confined, prison life, criminal heroes ...
Time: future, near future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: uplifting, captivating, sincere, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: prison, warden, redemption, alcatraz, life sentence, bird, birds, confined, criminal\'s rights, go public, criminal heroes, hopes ...
Time: 1910s, 50s, 30s, 40s, 20s ...
Place: usa, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, criminal heroes, fugitives, friendship, manhunt, prison escape, moral ambiguity, violence, dysfunctional family, prison, runaway ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: texas, usa, alaska, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 7.7
 59K
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, confined, prison riot, penitentiary, prison guard, rebellion, survival, criminal heroes, isolation, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.0
 380
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: exciting, rough, realistic, suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, partners, buddies, rebellion, captivity, prison life, rebelliousness, friends, fugitives, chases and races, life is a bitch, crimes ...
Time: 60s
Place: arizona, minnesota, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.2
 13K
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, disturbing, suspenseful, rough, tense ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: prison, vengeance, grudge, rivalry, neo noir, juvenile delinquency, youth, crime, society, prison life, urban ghetto, street kid ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, chicago illinois, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: disturbing, bleak, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: prison, lawyer, injustice, torture, brutality, escape attempt, sadism, rape, prison life, anger, racial slur, smuggling ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.5
 72K
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, serious, brutal, emotional, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, fist fighting, murder, prison riot, fighting the system, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, rivalry, tough heroes, police brutality, fight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 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: realistic, tense, serious, rough, atmospheric ...
Plot: prison, friendship, survival, human nature, crime, confined, fish out of water, prison warden, drugs, prison escape, friendship between men, gang leader ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, puerto rico, paris france, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, prison, violence, murder, racism, lowrider, criminal heroes, sexual abuse, friends, juvenile delinquency, crime, going straight ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 40s, 50s, year 1943 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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, captivating, thought provoking, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: prison, abuse, prison warden, fighting the system, politics, against the odds, prison life, society, warden, workplace intrigue, innocence lost, human spirit ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: arkansas, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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: disturbing, rough, suspenseful, serious, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, death row, murder, prison, redemption, crime, deadly, human nature, introspection, crimes, confined, criminal heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1930s, 1920s
Place: minnesota, new jersey, california, israel, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.4
 39K
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, therapist, power relations, parents and children, confined, family reunited, teenage life, youth, troublemaker, family relations, warden ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: britain, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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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: sexual, suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: prison, vengeance, sexual relations, criminal heroes, chases and races, crimes, crime, life is a bitch, confined, juvenile delinquency, gays and lesbians, rivalry ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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, thought provoking, rough, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: prison, murder, alcatraz, lawyer, courtroom, theft, warden, fighting the system, prison life, treatment, society, confined ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 30s, 1930s, year 1938 ...
Place: california, san francisco, usa, dungeon
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 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, atmospheric, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, tunnel, redemption, crime, overdose, confined, criminal heroes, heaven and hell, fugitives, parents and children, crimes, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.8
 37K
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: suspenseful, realistic, rough, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, alcatraz, militant, ransom, inspector, crime, police investigation, demotion, fighting the system, loss of partner, against the rules, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: san francisco, usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.5
 48K
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, disturbing, tense, serious ...
Plot: prison life, prison, human nature, experiment gone awry, switching roles, confined, psychology, violence, danger, brutality, punishment, moral ambiguity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Movie in collections
 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: serious, realistic, rough, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, martial arts, survival, prison life, murder, warden, isolation, redemption, prison riot, crimes, prison sentence, brutality ...
Time: contemporary
Place: russia, latin america, hong kong, california, ireland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.9
 184K
Carlito's Way (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: A Puerto-Rican ex-con, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him and lead on to a better life outside of NYC.
Style: rough, bleak, suspenseful, serious, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, tragic hero, disco, organized crime, violence, prison, drug dealing, ex convict, drug lord, crime, nightclub, starting over ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.0
 97K
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: rough, realistic, exciting, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, confined, thief, vacation, corruption, gunfight, crime, criminal heroes, cons and scams, dishonor among criminals, convict ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america, tijuana mexico, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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: realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: prison, military, sacrifice, chess, sadism, convict, sergeant, patriotism, soldier, fighting the system, prison life, warden ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: iraq, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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, tense, realistic, epic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: robbery, crime, mafia, organized crime, romancing a criminal, rise to the top, against the rules, gangsters, criminal heroes, ambition, mob boss, prison life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: france, europe, canada, arizona, quebec ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.6
 19K
Hoffa (1992)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Jack Nicholson's portrait of union leader James R. Hoffa, as seen through the eyes of his friend, Bobby Ciaro (Danny DeVito). The film follows Hoffa through his countless battles with the RTA and President Roosevelt all the way to a conclusion ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: labor union, politics, gangsters, crimes, rise and fall, political intrigue, political corruption, ambition, social activist, state affairs, rebellion, working class ...
Time: 70s, 1960s, 50s, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: detroit, michigan, new york, usa, las vegas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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: tense, suspenseful, disturbing, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, vengeance, police corruption, frame up, false accusation, drug dealing, gang, crimes, law enforcement, prison life, tough law enforcer, criminal heroes ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, new jersey, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%