Movies like Penitentiary III

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Penitentiary III (1987)
 4.3
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Penitentiary III (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A man is framed for murder and sent to prison. He is beaten and tortured, then forced to fight the prison's worst killer, a martial-arts fighting midget called Thud.
Style: psychotronic, cult film
Plot: prison, martial arts, little people, fight, savage, wrestler, midget, prison guard, dwarf, duel, assassination attempt, murder, prisoner, blood, manslaughter, prison sentence, drugged, racial stereotype, fight scenes, blood splatter, blood spatter, boxing match, little person, african american protagonist, storyteller ...

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Most similar movies to Penitentiary III

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and suspenseful films with plots about prison, murder, violence, rivalry, crimes, fight and prison life mostly in Drama, Crime and Sport genres. Some movies like Penitentiary III: Penitentiary (1979), Penitentiary II (1982), Undisputed 3: Redemption (2010), The Philly Kid (2012), Blood and Bone (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 5.7
 850
Penitentiary (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A hitchhiker named Martel Gordone gets in a fight with two bikers over a prostitute, and one of the bikers is killed. Gordone is arrested and sent to prison, where he joins the prison's boxing team in an effort to secure an early parole and to ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, bleak, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, false accusation, boxing, criminal heroes, rivalry, gang, dishonesty, society, confined, crimes, manhunt, fugitives ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Penitentiary II (1982)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: An ex-con, on parole and trying to straighten his life out, decides to resume his boxing career when one of his prison enemies escapes and kills his girlfriend.
Style: bleak, rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, athlete's life, criminal heroes, contests and competitions, underdog, crime, haunted by the past, family in danger, vengeance, prison life, uninhibited rivalry, wrongfully committed ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
Undisputed 3: Redemption (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Russian inmate Boyka, now severely hobbled by the knee injury suffered at the end of Undisputed 2. No longer the feared prison fighter he was, he has declined so far that he is now good only for cleaning toilets. But when a new prison fight ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison fight, prison life, confined, fist fighting, prison, boxing, contests and competitions, tournament, convict, martial arts, heroes, blood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
The Philly Kid (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A former NCAA champion wrestler is paroled after 10 years in prison. Now, to save a friend's life, in a series of cage fights he must agree to do the impossible - lose.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ambition, rivalry, contests and competitions, fight, prisoner, prison, manslaughter, murder, martial arts, mixed martial arts, sport, profanity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Sequel to the 2002 film. This time, Heavyweight Champ George "Iceman" Chambers (White) is sent to a Russian jail on trumped-up drug charges. In order to win his freedom he must fight against the jailhouse fighting champ Uri Boyka (Adkins) ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: prison life, contests and competitions, fist fighting, boxing, martial arts, convict, heroes, jail, challenge, taekwondo, prison, russian ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, russia, new jersey, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.7
 31K
Blood and Bone (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In Los Angeles, an ex-con (White) takes the underground fighting world by storm in his quest to fulfill a promise to a dead friend.
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, inspirational, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: tournament, prison fight, fist fighting, martial arts, gangsters, streetfighting, fight, profanity, ambition, prison, rivalry, contests and competitions ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Jericho Mile (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Rain Murphy is a man sentenced to life in prison, choosing to do his time in near-isolation, and engages in distance running when given the opportunity for free-time. While his form and speed capture the attention of prison officials who believe he ...
Style: sincere, rough, uplifting, realistic, serious
Plot: prison, prison life, drug smuggling, race, running, revenge, fistfight, racism, gang, rehabilitation, sport, hopes ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.4
 74K
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: brutal, realistic, serious, emotional, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, fist fighting, life is a bitch, fighting the system, murder, prison riot, life turned upside down, rivalry, police brutality, prison gang, fight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Green Street Hooligans 2 (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When the top players of the Green Street Elite are imprisoned following a deadly battle with their archenemies Millwall every day becomes a fight for survival. On the inside, rival firms and prison guards will stop at nothing to make their lives a ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, tense, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, lifestyle, sport, gang, uninhibited rivalry, buddies, confined, violence, rivalry, society, mob violence, moral dilemma ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Circuit 2: The Final Punch (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Prisoners are dying at the Ogden Correctional Institution, a prison where a corrupt Warden has taken justice and business into his own hands. In the bowels of this prison, an underground fighting society has been formed. The Circuit is flourishing ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, one man army, martial arts, danger, heroes, criminal's revenge, investigation, chases and races, tough heroes, crimes, life is a bitch, journalism ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.0
 919
Animal 2 (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Now serving a life sentence for murder, James "Animal" Allen returns to fighting for cash in order to help his troubled son on the outside. However, with his newfound fame as a fighter, Animal uncovers a jailhouse conspiracy that threatens ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: prison, martial arts, false accusation, prison life, courtroom drama, frame up, murder, rivalry, society, life is a bitch, crimes, life sentence ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Chavez Cage of Glory (2013)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Barely being able to make ends meet and doing everything he can possibly do to cover his ill son's growing medical bills, Hector Chavez turns to his fighting roots in the underbelly of LA. His amateur Mixed Martial Arts videos go viral grabbing ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious
Plot: martial arts, doctors and patients, hospital, power relations, rivalry, ambition, fight, mixed martial arts, violence, live audience
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.2
 28K
Undisputed (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany, Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Monroe Hutchens is the heavyweight champion of Sweetwater, a maximum security prison. He was convicted to a life sentence due to a passionate crime. Iceman Chambers is the heavyweight champion, who lost his title due to a rape conviction to ten ...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, rough, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: prison, gangsters, murder, solitary, prison life, sport, african american, crimes, crime, dishonesty, contests and competitions, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nevada, usa, mojave desert, las vegas, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Live by the Fist (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Philippines, USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: A man is unjustly convicted of a brutal crime. In prison he must fight for survival, justice and freedom.
Style: cult film, psychotronic
Plot: bare breasts, prison, corruption, sailor, island, throat cut, solitary, throat slitting, frame up, attempted rape, topless, kung fu ...
Time: quarry
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Legacy of Rage (1986)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Brandon plays Brandon Ma, a regular working Joe who holds down two jobs, so he can support his girlfriend May and his dream of owning a motorcycle. Brandon's best friend is Michael, an ambitious and murderous dope peddler. Michael covets May ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, cult film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, heroes, revenge, murder, vengeance, friendship, kidnapping, prison life, wrongfully committed, rivalry, deadly, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 2.2
 351
Down Time (2001)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Slim Williams, a small-time dealer, is poised to make his big score with his partner Paulie. But the easy deal becomes a nightmare when Slim is caught in deadly police sting and ends up in a maximum-security penitentiary. Sold out by his partner, ...
Style: rough, tense, serious, realistic, cult film
Plot: prison, prison gang, jail, police, gang, racism, revenge, power, drug addict, grudge, murder, prison rape ...
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.2
 568
Prison Song (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Elijah has been bounced from group home to group home throughout his turbulent young life. What has sustained him is his art. After a promised scholarship is taken away, Elijah ends up in a fight that result in the death of another boy. Now, ...
Style: sincere, rough, serious, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: prison, injustice, hip hop, juvenile delinquency, criminal heroes, musician's life, redemption, prison life, crime, youth, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.2
 32K
Lionheart (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Lyon Gaultier is a deserter in the Foreign Legion arriving in the USA entirely hard up. He finds his brother between life and death and his sister-in-law without the money needed to heal her husband and to maintain her child. To earn the money ...
Style: exciting, rough, suspenseful, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, on the run, heroes, bet, drug dealer, ambition, rivalry, revenge, opponent, contests and competitions, family relations, tough heroes ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, north africa, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 7.3
 69K
Shot Caller (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A newly-released prison gangster is forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a major crime with a brutal rival gang on the streets of Southern California.
Style: clever, harsh, twist ending, suspense, tense
Plot: prison, prison gang, violence, desperation, criminal, gang, life is a bitch, murder, existentialism, criminal heroes, moral ambiguity, arrest ...
Time: 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story (1980)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 196 min.
Story: Filmed on location at Alcatraz Island, this two-part "whole story" actually concentrates on a handful of the denizens behind the cold grey walls of "The Rock". Michael Beck plays the real-life Clarence Carnes, an Oklahoma Choctaw ...
Plot: alcatraz, prison, escape, robbery, murder, criminal, convict, spanking, armed robbery, prisoner, prison life
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Redemption tells the story of Stan "Tookie" Williams, founder of the Crips L.A. street gang. Story follows his fall into gang-banging, his prison term, and his work writing children's novels encouraging peace and anti-violence ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting, bleak ...
Plot: redemption, death row, prison, gang, gangsters, human spirit, hopes, crimes, lethal injection, murder, deadly, journalism ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, future, 80s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.5
 35K
Mean Machine (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Disgraced ex-England captain (Danny 'Mean Machine' Meehan) is thrown in jail for assaulting two police officers. He keeps his head down and has the opportunity to forget everything and change the lives of the prisoners. These prisoners ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, exciting, inspirational, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soccer, prison, prison life, underdog, hopes, contests and competitions, redemption, ambition, rivalry, warden, sport, soccer match ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.8
 329
Martial Outlaw (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A DEA agent and his brother, a Los Angeles cop, battle the Russian mafia.
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious
Plot: martial arts, two man army, police shootout, maverick cop, kgb, siblings relations, police detective, crimes, crime, fighting crime, chases and races, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Backstreet Justice (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A P.I. is burdened by her late father's reputation as a corrupt cop.
Style: cult film
Plot: female police officer, maverick cop, murder, neo noir, neo-noir, police corruption, violence, female nudity, bare breasts, female protagonist, redhead, karate ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Longest Yard (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: In this rough-and-tumble yarn, actually filmed on-location at the Georgia State Prision, the cons are the heroes and the guards are the heavies. Eddie Albert is the sadistic warden who'll gladly make any sacrifice to push his guards' ...
Style: humorous, rough, captivating, semi serious, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, underdog, american football, sport, football, prison life, partners, contests and competitions, confined, rivalry, against the odds, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1930s
Place: florida, usa, georgia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Island of Fire (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Someone in a prison run by a corrupt warden fakes the deaths of convicts to later use them as expendable assassins. A police officer is sent into the prison to gather evidence of the corruption.
Style: suspenseful, bleak, rough, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroes, martial arts, prison, working undercover, death row, vengeance, murder, tough heroes, shrewd, anti hero, deadly, crime ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.2
 390
Crazy Joe (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The rise and fall of a Mafia gangster, based on the life of murdered New York gangster "Crazy" Joey Gallo.
Style: bleak, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: prison, gangsters, godparent, deadly, crime, society, gang, restaurant, psychopath, store, heist, murder ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 5.3
 575
Red Letters (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A college professor reluctantly hides an escaped female convict who tries to get him to help prove her innocent of a murder.
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, tense ...
Plot: college, prison, crimes, mystery, law enforcement, crime, dishonesty, obsession, destructive relationship, amateur detective, murder, escaped prisoner ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, mojave desert
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 3.4
 256
The Swap (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A political filmmaker finds himself in Long Island for a weekend where he finds himself entangled with a high-living, jet set crowd. At first it is exciting, but soon he finds himself disillusioned by their shallowness.
Plot: hit on the head, peanut butter, revenge, homosexual, grave, femme fatale, attempted murder, convertible, pornography, pill, knocked out, blackmail ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 5.7
 3K
Bloody Mama (1970)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Sexually abused as a young girl, Kate "Ma" Barker (Shelley Winters) grows into a violently powerful woman by the 1930s. She lovingly dominates her grown sons, and grooms them into a pack of tough crooks. The boys include the cruel Herman ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, cynical, rough ...
Plot: prostitute, gangsters, prison, kidnapping, murder, overdose, gory, tough heroes, losing-it hero, deadly, lovers on the run, crime ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, year 1929
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%