Movies like Escape from Alcatraz

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Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
 7.6
 137K
Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
Genre: Action, 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: suspense, atmospheric, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, motivational, tense, thought provoking, clever, enigmatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison escape, alcatraz, escape, island, prison life, freedom, confined, partners, runaway, convict, punishment, warden, prison guard, imprisonment, gangsters, chase, prison warden, social realism, rebellion, buddies, violence, survival, revenge, loneliness ...
Time: 60s, year 1960, 20th century, year 1962, year 1961, 70s, 1960s
Place: san francisco, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, rough and suspense films with plots about prison, corruption, brutality, prison escape, crimes, redemption and mentor mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like Escape from Alcatraz: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Papillon (2017), Midnight Express (1978), Brubaker (1980), Papillon (1973). 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: inspirational, touching, philosophical, twist ending, uplifting ...
Audience: kids
Plot: prison, prison escape, freedom, existentialism, friendship between men, life, life sentence, hopes, life philosophy, plot twist, powerful ending, human spirit ...
Time: 1940s, year 1963, year 1965, year 1966, year 1947 ...
Place: usa, maine, pacific ocean, mexico
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 7.2
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Papillon (2017)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Czech Republic, Spain
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Henri "Papillon" Charrière is convicted in Paris for a murder he did not commit. Sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana, he becomes obsessed with escaping. After planning and executing a series of treacherous ...
Style: suspense, factual, motivational, homoerotic, brutal
Plot: prison, prison escape, escape, island prison, life sentence, solitary, friendship, survival, tattoo, wrongful conviction, human spirit, jungle ...
Time: year 1931, year 1969, 1930s, year 1970
Place: south america, france, venezuela, colombia, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, realistic, suspense, psychological, depressing ...
Plot: prison, brutality, escape, torture, court, injustice, lawyer, prison escape, escape attempt, convict, justice, drug smuggling ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1970, year 1972, year 1975 ...
Place: turkey, greece, istanbul turkey, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
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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, suspense, factual, harsh, serious ...
Plot: prison, corruption, abuse of power, fighting the system, prison warden, undercover, brutality, abuse, justice, liberal, politics, social change ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 60s
Place: california, louisiana, new jersey, arkansas, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: inspirational, psychological, realistic, dramatic, intense ...
Plot: prison escape, prison, human spirit, escape, runaway, survival, escape attempt, life philosophy, brutality, criminal heroes, escape plan, labor camp ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 70s, 1930s
Place: latin america, atlantic ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
 20K
In Hell (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
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: harsh, emotional, intense, brutal, stylized ...
Plot: martial arts, revenge, prison, prison violence, prison escape, murder, redemption, vengeance, prison life, corruption, violence, warden ...
Time: contemporary
Place: hong kong, latin america, california, new jersey, ireland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Lock Up (1989)
Genre: Action, 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: suspense, intense, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, prison warden, corruption, prison life, revenge, tough guy, torture, self sacrifice, life is a bitch, rivalry, vengeance ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 178K
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 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, atmospheric, serious, rough, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, freedom, prison escape, rebelliousness, death, escape, dignity, escape attempt, prison life, rebellion, punishment, convict ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s
Place: florida, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: suspense, exciting, bleak, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, island, survival, jungle, prison guard, prisoner, escape, chase, adventure, distopia, brutality, violent ...
Time: future, near future
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.7
 244K
Escape Plan (2013)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Ray Breslin is the world's foremost authority on structural security. After analyzing every high security prison and learning a vast array of survival skills so he can design escape-proof prisons, his skills are put to the test. He's ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, exciting, surprise ending, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison escape, escape, revenge, escape plan, lone hero, survival, outsmarting, prisoner, torture, ship, conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2013, 2010s, 80s ...
Place: morocco, usa, colorado, florida, miami ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.3
 535K
Prison Break (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside out.
Style: tense, exciting, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: prison, fugitives, determination, escape, prison life, confined, scheme, fbi, conspiracy, brother, self sacrifice, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: texas, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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, light, harsh, melancholic ...
Plot: prison, courtroom, alcatraz, lawyer, murder, justice, court, prison escape, legal, escape attempt, courtroom drama, torture ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1941, year 1938
Place: san francisco, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 46K
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: buddy movie, suspenseful, sexy, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, murder, male nudity, female nudity, buddy cop, serial killer, kidnapping, violence, police officer, police investigation, crimes, revenge ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: san francisco, usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Prison Break: The Final Break (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The movie covers the events which occurred in between the downfall of The Company and the finale of the series. It details the arrest and incarceration of Sara Tancredi, the final escape plan which Michael devises for Sara. It also reveals the ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, clever, intense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: prison, prison escape, woman in danger, self sacrifice, twists and turns, escape, fugitives, runaway, murder mystery, vengeance, survival, brutality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new jersey, israel, canada, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: intense, tense, exciting, rough, inspirational ...
Plot: prison, military, fighting the system, general, murder, military prison, prison life, prison riot, manipulation, sacrifice, convict, prison escape ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new jersey, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 68K
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: suspenseful, tense, psychological, intense, tricky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, survival, confined, trapped, prison guard, hostage, rebellion, gangsters, twists and turns, crimes, hidden identity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: realistic, serious, captivating, atmospheric, political ...
Plot: prison, bird, redemption, life sentence, warden, alcatraz, prison escape, rebel, self discovery, human spirit, isolation, rehabilitation ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1910s, 1920s, 1940s ...
Place: san francisco, kansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 (2008)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The story of Jacques Mesrine, France's public enemy No. 1 during the 1970s. After nearly two decades of legendary criminal feats -- from multiple bank robberies and to prison breaks -- Mesrine was gunned down by the French police in Paris.
Style: intense, suspense, realistic, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, robbery, french, chase, crimes, prison, organized crime, mafia, heist, character study, escape, mob boss ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: france, paris france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: After working as a drug courier and getting into a brutal shootout with police, a former boxer finds himself at the mercy of his enemies as they force him to instigate violent acts that turn the prison he resides in into a battleground.
Style: suspense, tense, brutal, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, maximum security prison, drugs, kidnapping, prison guard, murder, revenge, prison warden, prisoner, violence, interrogation, boxer ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Felon (2008)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
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: brutal, realistic, emotional, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, fighting the system, life is a bitch, convict, gangsters, prison gang, court, organized crime, prison riot, prison warden, neo nazi ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Mesrine: 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: bleak, tense, realistic, suspense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, mafia, rise to the top, against the rules, prison, robbery, prison escape, crimes, romancing a criminal, character study, heist ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 50s, 20th century
Place: france, paris france, canada, montreal, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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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, harsh, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Plot: prison escape, prison, escape, crimes, tragedy, brutality, survival, existentialism, loneliness, twists and turns, prison life, fugitives ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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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, bleak, atmospheric, disturbing ...
Plot: prison, friendship, drugs, crimes, gang, prison escape, adaptation, redemption, survival, depression, human nature, prison rape ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, california, new jersey, pennsylvania, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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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, psychological, suspense, intense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: prison, police corruption, gang, frame up, gunfight, mistaken identity, drug dealing, law enforcement, tough law enforcer, criminal heroes, crimes, prison life ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, san francisco, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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: road movie, sincere, suspense, touching, bleak ...
Plot: kidnapping, prison, friendship, fugitives, prison escape, coming of age, life philosophy, father son relationship, moral ambiguity, violence, dysfunctional family, crimes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: texas, usa, austin texas, california, birmingham alabama ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.2
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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: suspense, neo noir, realistic, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: prison, crimes, juvenile delinquency, youth, teenager, violence, nudity (full frontal - brief), prison escape, gangsters, rivalry, gang, society ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, california, chicago illinois, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.2
 30K
Runaway Train (1985)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A hardened convict and a younger prisoner escape from a brutal prison in the middle of winter only to find themselves on an out-of-control train with a female railway worker while being pursued by the vengeful head of security.
Style: road movie, suspenseful, suspense, intense, realistic ...
Plot: train, survival, runaway train, prison, disaster, prisoner, wilderness, violence, winter, prison warden, crime gone awry, snow ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: alaska, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: This film is based on the actual events that took place in 1971 when Stanford professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo created what became one of the most shocking and famous social experiments of all time.
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, psychological, tense, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: psychology, prison, university, human nature, human experiment, prisoner, experiment, confined, teachers and students, character study, student, disorder ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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Get the Gringo (2012)
Genre: Action, 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: intense, brutal, humorous, entertaining, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison escape, gunfight, tough guy, lone hero, prison gang, gang, gangsters, corruption, mafia, crimes, justice ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america, tijuana mexico, usa, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.1
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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: disturbing, realistic, talky, emotional, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, gang, crimes, sexual abuse, prison gang, gangsters, racism, rape, mafia, violence, juvenile delinquency, justice ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 70s, 50s, year 1943 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, san francisco
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19%