Movies like Penitentiary

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Penitentiary (1979)
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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 establish his dominance over the prison's toughest gang.
Style: rough, bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, false accusation, boxing, survival, crimes, prostitute, gang, athlete's life, confined, manhood, sexual abuse, injustice, prison life, life is a bitch, violence spree, on the run, fugitives, manhunt, murder, family in danger, society, dishonesty, redemption, criminal heroes, rivalry ...
Time: 70s

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Most similar movies to Penitentiary

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and suspenseful films with plots about prison, crimes, confined, life is a bitch, prison life, murder and dishonesty mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Penitentiary: The Escapist (2002), Breaking Point (1976), Jailbait (2004), Letters from a Killer (1998), The Ceremony (1963). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: realistic, serious, bleak, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, tough heroes, injustice, family in danger, wrongfully committed, haunted by the past, prison life, uninhibited rivalry, vengeance, crimes, heroes, criminal's revenge ...
Time: 80s
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 6.2
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The Escapist (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Denis Hopkins, a pilot, lives with his pregnant wife Valerie and has a comfortable lifestyle. When a gang of criminals led by the sadistic Ricky Barnes breaks into his home, he offers whatever the criminals want to protect his wife and unborn child, ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, tense, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: manhunt, vengeance, violence spree, confined, haunted by the past, gang, murder, crimes, tough heroes, criminal heroes, heroes, revenge ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.5
 305
Breaking Point (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The Mafia tries to take revenge against a man who testified against them in court.
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, mafia, vigilante, rivalry, rebellion, criminal heroes, crimes, legal, witnessing a crime, dishonesty, law enforcement, blind ambition ...
Time: 70s
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.8
 412
Jailbait (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Randy commits a crime that would normally get him probation and a hefty fine, but in the "three-strikes" world of justice, he finds himself locked up for 25 years. His cellmate Jake is a congenial yet remorseless lifer who casually informs ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic
Plot: prison, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, prison life, power relations, confined, fighting the system, going straight, murder, false accusation, sexual abuse, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Letters from a Killer (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A man is falsely convicted of the murder of his wife. During his time in jail, he finds comfort from four women with whom he corresponds. After his second court appearance, he is finally freed from prison only to be framed for yet 2 more murders ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, stalking, murder, false accusation, death row, prison, psychopath, best friends, law enforcement, womanizer, rivalry, manhunt ...
Time: 90s
Place: new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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The Ceremony (1963)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A man (Robert Walker) has an affair with his condemned brother's (Laurence Harvey) girlfriend (Sarah Miles) while plotting his escape in Tangier.
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, gloomy, suspenseful ...
Plot: death row, mistaken identity, beach, scapegoat, injustice, escape, amateur detective, legal, heroes, crimes, assassination, investigation ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, suspense, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, lifestyle, sport, gang, uninhibited rivalry, confined, buddies, society, rivalry, mob violence, woman in danger, moral dilemma ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Pursuit of Happiness (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: William Popper is the son of a stockbroker and is thoroughly disenchanted with "the system." So much so that even though he can prove that he ran over a woman in his car entirely by accident, he accepts a sentence for manslaughter.
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, psychological, bleak
Plot: escape, college, on the run, legal, courtroom, prison, manslaughter, car accident, obsessive quest, fighting the system, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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La Fuga (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, Argentina
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In the summer of 1928, several inmates from the National Penitentiary in Buenos Aires managed to escape. The film narrates the fate of each of these runaways in search of their destiny - tough men with their own ethical codes and ready to do ...
Style: rough, captivating, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: prison, on the run, starting over, criminal heroes, fugitives, destiny, society, prison life, couple relations, confined, couples, escape ...
Time: 1920s
Place: argentina, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.1
 265
Mean Dog Blues (1978)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Former TV documentary filmmaker Mel Stuart tries to inject an acceptable degree of verisimilitude in Mean Dog Blues. A victim of circumstance, country and western musician Paul Ramsey (Gregg Henry) finds himself on a Southern chain gang. Captain ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, rough, bleak ...
Plot: prison, false accusation, escape, injustice, tough heroes, power relations, life is a bitch, crimes, dishonesty, betrayal, confined, prison life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Doing Hard Time (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A father's eight year old son is murdered in a gangland shooting. The father (Boris Kodjoe) gets himself thrown into prison to avenge his son's death.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, criminal heroes, prison life, vigilantism, vengeance, confined, law enforcement, life is a bitch, dishonesty, prison, police investigation, redemption ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.1
 990
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, frame up, courtroom drama, murder, rivalry, animal life, life sentence, conspiracy, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.2
 3K
Lockdown (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Avery (Jones) returns to college as a competitive swimmer after getting his life back on track. But his life takes another unexpected turn when he and his two friends (Bonds, Casseus) are wrongly accused of murder and end up in prison.
Style: disturbing, rough, serious, realistic, bleak
Plot: false accusation, prison riot, prison, prison rape, prison life, criminal heroes, redemption, life is a bitch, confined, murder, vengeance, family life ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 3.9
 4K
Wild Seven (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In this darkly karmic vision of Arizona, a man who breathes nothing but ill will begins a noxious domino effect as quickly as an uncontrollable virus kills. As he exits Arizona State Penn after twenty-one long years, Wilson has only one thing on the ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, suspense, captivating, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, cons and scams, criminal's revenge, frame up, vengeance, going straight, crimes, false accusation, brutality, life is a bitch, escape, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Jackson County Jail (1976)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: This is a powerful drama about a young woman who stumbles into a nightmare land of hijacking and humiliation while driving cross-country from California to New York.
Style: road movie, realistic, serious, tense, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, prison rape, escape, prison, chase, injustice, on the road, police corruption, roadblock, hitchhiker, psychotic, car theft ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 4.9
 738
El padrino (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: In the streets of East Los Angeles, Manny is a formidable drug dealer. Impressed by his extravagant lifestyle and prowess, his young son, Kilo, yearns to follow in his footsteps. Kilo resolves to learn how to prosper in the drug world, and his new ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime boss, prison gang, gangsters, prison, criminal heroes, juvenile delinquency, prison life, life is a bitch, crimes, gang, drug dealing, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 5.3
 318
Marked Man (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A jailed auto mechanic must run for his life after he witnesses the murder of a fellow inmate by two prison guards.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Plot: frame up, murder, chase, injustice, righting the wronged, false accusation, death row, prison, wrongfully committed, prison life, crimes, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Hell's Kitchen (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When a robbery goes awry, the bandits all end up in a puddle of blood and only one lives and goes to jail for five years. Upon his release, the girlfriend wants her new boyfriend to kill him. Only trouble is the boyfriend knows that the fault was ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: crime gone awry, friendship, haunted by the past, murder, crimes, infidelity, heist, urban ghetto life, gang, dishonesty, criminal's revenge, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Black Mama White Mama (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Philippines, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: 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, still chained together, stumble, stab, and cat-fight ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, psychotronic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: women in prison, jungle, prostitute, racial tension, women's prison, prison, sexual desire, opposites attract, injustice, false accusation, sexual abuse, politics ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: the philippines, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 3.7
 299
Sugar Boxx (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Sugar State Women’s Prison. An Everglades hellhole where innocent girls are forced to slave in the swamps by day then turn tricks for the warden by night. A prison camp where corruption, brutality, and sexual abuse are all part of the daily ...
Style: realistic, suspense, captivating, psychological, semi serious ...
Plot: prison, crimes, secret identity, rivalry, confined, vengeance, injustice, sexual abuse, exploitation, nudity (full frontal - brief), investigation, journalist ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: prison, police corruption, false accusation, frame up, gang, drug dealing, vengeance, law enforcement, tough law enforcer, criminal heroes, crimes, prison life ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, new jersey, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.2
 740
Civil Brand (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Forced to work under slave-like conditions in a "prison for profit" program, the inmates of a mostly-African-American female prison, Whitehead Correctional, try to take over the institution. At the core of the story is Frances, who finds ...
Style: tense, disturbing, rough, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, prison, injustice, human spirit, prison life, social decay, juvenile delinquency, hopes, sexual abuse, racism, life is a bitch, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Another Pair of Aces: Three of a Kind (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A gambler, a Texas ranger and an FBI agent are investigating a series of vigilante murders.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: injustice, false accusation, vigilantism, old west, frame up, cons and scams, friendship, vengeance, murder, mystery, heroes, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: 19th century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 6.2
 32K
Undisputed (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany, Japan
Duration: 94 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: exciting, tense, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: prison, fight, life sentence, gangsters, heroes, murder, boxing, convict, racial slur, solitary, prison life, sport ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nevada, usa, mojave desert, las vegas, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: realistic, serious, uplifting, rough, sincere
Plot: prison, prison life, revenge, race, fistfight, racism, gang, escape, sport, hopes, rehabilitation, ambition ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
A Letter from Death Row (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A psychological thriller that takes you through the mind of convicted killer, Michael Raine, and his experiences on death row. Was he guilty of killing his girlfriend or was he a victim of a conspiracy to frame him for a crime he didn't commit? ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, rough, psychological ...
Plot: death row, murder, protagonist as suspect, life is a bitch, mystery, crimes, manhunt, dishonesty, confined, amateur detective, state affairs, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Women's Prison (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young woman about to get married discovers all too late that her spouse has mafia connections, when violence breaks out during her wedding. Caught up in the crossfire Lynn gets arrested and thrown into a women's prison.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, bleak, rough ...
Plot: prison, bookies, kids in trouble, false accusation, rebelliousness, frame up, prison life, vigilantism, wrongfully committed, escape, crimes, law enforcement ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.8
 2K
McVicar (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: John McVicar was a London Bad Boy. he graduated to armed bank robbery and was Britain's "Public Enemy No. 1". He was captured and put into a high security prison. Will even the highest security prison be able to hold him? This is the ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious
Plot: prison, criminal, prison life, escape, heist, human spirit, tough heroes, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, confined, rise and fall, crimes ...
Time: 60s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 2.3
 526
13 Dead Men (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Set in a prison, a death row inmate has a secret and the warden will go to any lengths to get it. Things dont go as planned as you would expect. A good action film with alot of good fight scenes and an interesting twist at the end.What we have ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting, sexy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: death row, prison, criminal heroes, false accusation, confined, life is a bitch, partners, wrongfully committed, frame up, buddies, dishonesty, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.2
 447
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: captivating, serious, realistic, bleak, rough ...
Plot: prison, gangsters, heist, store, murder, crimes, society, gang, criminal heroes, godparent, restaurant, psychopath ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%