Jail movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant jail movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, suspense, suspenseful, tense and captivating films and TV shows about / with jail, prison, crimes, murder, violence, vengeance, prisoner, dishonesty, storytelling and blood plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
jail movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as jail: The Platform (2019), I Love You Phillip Morris (2009), Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010), Chicago (2002), Besieged (1998), All the Pretty Horses (2000), Man Dancin' (2003), Storm of the Century (1999), Death Rides a Horse (1967), God Has a Rap Sheet (2003).

List of jail movies

The Platform (2019)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Two people per level. An unknown number of levels. A platform with food for all of them. Are you one of those who think too much when they are up? Or of those who have no guts when they are down? If you discover it too late, you will not live out of ...
Style: disturbing, suspense, suspenseful, futuristic, ambiguous ending ...
Plot: confined, struggle for survival, cannibalism, fear, prison, social relations, rivalry, social differences, society, danger, food shortage, secrets ...
Time: future
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I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: France, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Steve Russell is a small-town cop. Bored with his bland lifestyle, Russell turns to fraud as a means of shaking things up. Before long, Russell's criminal antics have landed him behind bars, where he encounters the charismatic Phillip Morris. ...
Style: humorous, offbeat, semi serious, romantic, cynical ...
Plot: gay love, gay relationship, gays and lesbians, gay lead character, gay couple, homosexual, prison, confined, gay, coming out, deception, prison life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, 90s, year 1998 ...
Place: miami, texas, florida, georgia, usa ...
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Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Brazil
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After a bloody invasion of the BOPE in the High-Security Penitentiary Bangu 1 in Rio de Janeiro to control a rebellion of interns, the Lieutenant-Colonel Roberto Nascimento and the second in command Captain André Matias are accused by the Human ...
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: corruption, reformatory, politics, political corruption, fighting the system, police corruption, torture, jail, organized crime, penitentiary, criminal, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america, south america
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Chicago (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Musical
Country: USA, Germany, Canada, UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.
Style: witty, stylized, captivating, semi serious, lyrical ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: femme fatale, prison, desire for fame, rising to stardom, jail, ambition, warden, crimes of passion, fame, uninhibited rivalry, jazz, media satire ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 1930s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, illinois
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Besieged (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When an African dictator jails her husband, Shandurai goes into exile in Italy, studying medicine and keeping house for Mr. Kinsky, an eccentric English pianist and composer. She lives in one room of his Roman palazzo. He besieges her with flowers, ...
Style: serious, erotic, melancholic, emotional, meditative ...
Plot: white male black female relationship, interracial relations, jail, politics, pianist, love, society, opposites attract, fall in love, social differences, unrequited love, sensuality ...
Time: 90s
Place: rome italy, italy, africa, europe, paris france ...
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All the Pretty Horses (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The year is 1949. A young Texan named John Grady finds himself without a home after his mother sells the ranch where he has spent his entire life. Lured south of the border by the romance of cowboy life and the promise of a fresh start, Cole and his ...
Style: sincere, touching, serious, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: false accusation, jail, prisoner, ranch, adventure, friends, life is a bitch, friendship, dishonesty, forbidden love, fall in love, coming of age ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: mexico, texas, latin america
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Man Dancin' (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Tough comedy drama set in Glasgow. Former enforcer Jimmy exits jail a changed man, but both his criminal boss and a corrupt copper think he's bluffing.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, psychological, rough ...
Plot: estate, jail, crimes, going straight, gangsters, gang, drug abuse, clergy, prison, brother brother relationship, tragic event, syringe ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
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Storm of the Century (1999)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 257 min.
Story: A very powerful blizzard hits the fictional small town of Little Tall Island off the coast of Maine. All access off the island is blocked, and no one is able to leave the island until the storm is over. While trying to deal with the storm, tragedy ...
Style: scary, tense, suspenseful, intense, exciting ...
Plot: village, storm, island, suicide, murder, blizzard, supernatural, secret, stranger, demon, jail, mysterious character ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: maine, usa
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Death Rides a Horse (1967)
Genre: Western
Country: Italy
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Death Rides a Horse (aka Da uomo a uomo, or As Man to Man) is a 1967 spaghetti western directed by Giulio Petroni, written by Luciano Vincenzoni, and starring Lee Van Cleef and John Phillip Law. Bill Meceita, a boy whose family was murdered in front ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, tense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: investigation, murder, frame up, vengeance, old west, betrayal, criminal, outlaw, bank robbery, fistfight, jail, martial arts ...
Time: 19th century
Place: mexico
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God Has a Rap Sheet (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: 8 men in a holding cell with a homeless man who claims to be god
Style: captivating, serious, psychological
Plot: homeless man, jail, devil, god, god complex, sodomy, female nudity, black panties, holding cell, male rape, orthodox jew, sex standing up ...
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Capone (1975)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The story of the rise and fall of the infamous Chicago gangster Al Capone and the control he exhibited over the city during the prohibition years.
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rise and fall, gangsters, police investigation, gunfight, jail, crimes, rivalry, criminal heroes, gang, murder, prohibition, street shootout ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 1930s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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Cell 211 (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, 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, bleak, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, prison guard, hidden identity, confined, convict, penitentiary, prison riot, reformatory, rebellion, survival, hostage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe
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Somnio (2016)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A man trapped in an automated prison must outsmart a computer in order to escape and try and find his way back to the outside world that may already be wiped out.
Style: suspense, psychological thriller, captivating, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: escape, artificial intelligence, prison, jail, prisoner, man versus machine, father son relationship, escape attempt, camera, mistaken identity, computer, repeated event ...
Time: near future
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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, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, prison, prison gang, sexual abuse, violence, criminal heroes, juvenile delinquency, racism, murder, crime, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 50s, 1940s, 40s ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, san francisco
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Juan & Ted: Wanted (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Action
Country: Philippines
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Fugitives Juan and Ted have tried to mend their ways after they bolted jail to escape execution from the hands of Hepe and Langku.They found work as school bus driver and conductor. They developed special bond with their bus riders who have problems ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, captivating
Plot: prisoner, jail, friendship, runaway, mistaken identity, frame up, rescue, school, disguise, escape, school bus, bus driver ...
Place: the philippines
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Almost Brothers (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, Chile, France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The strange friendship between two men of opposite social classes. Miguel is a senator. His childhood friend Jorge is a major drug-dealer. In the 1970s, they meet in prison: Miguel was there for political reasons, and Jorge, as a common criminal.
Style: realistic, serious, suspense
Plot: friendship, prison, social differences, drug dealing, youth, society, gang, politics, crimes, life is a bitch, rich and poor, social decay ...
Time: 70s, 50s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro
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A Woman's Way (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Greece
Duration: 111 min.
Story: George is released from prison after 14 years of incarceration for a murder he committed in his small Greek village. He spends his first night out in a cheap downtown hotel in Athens. There he meets Strella, a young transsexual prostitute. They ...
Style: sincere, emotional, serious, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: transsexual, prostitute, incest, starting over, love and romance, hopes, haunted by the past, lifestyle, gender, parents and children, jail, prostitution ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: greece, europe, athens greece
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A Cry in the Dark (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Lindy Chamberlain: During a camping trip to Ayers Rock in outback Australia, she claims she witnessed a dingo taking her baby daughter, Azaria, from the family tent. Azaria's body is never found. After investigations ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, disturbing, suspense ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, false accusation, injustice, trial, investigation, uncover truth, murder, legal action, dishonesty, crimes, legal ...
Time: 80s
Place: australia, sydney australia
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Wedding Daze (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After losing the woman of his dreams, Anderson is convinced he'll never fall in love again. But at the urging of his best friend, he spontaneously proposes to a dissatisfied waitress named Katie and an innocent dare evolves into the kind of ...
Style: touching, witty, humorous, semi serious, realistic
Audience: date night
Plot: wedding, fall in love, couple relations, proposal, hopes, couples, eccentric family, love and romance, romance, arrest, marriage proposal, jail ...
Time: contemporary
Place: atlantic city new jersey
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Bright Angel (1990)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Road-movie from Montana to Wyoming. A gullible, innocent young man (Mulroney) assists a versatile girl (Taylor) on her long quest to get her brother out of jail.
Style: road movie, suspenseful, serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: destructive relationship, on the road, family problems, crimes, life is a bitch, siblings relations, teenage life, dysfunctional family, parents and children, jail, brother, marital problem ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, montana, wyoming
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Love, Cheat & Steal (1993)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The beautiful Lauren gets married with an older man. She is unexpectedly confronted with her ex, an escaped criminal.
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: femme fatale, betrayal, dishonesty, revenge, power relations, frame up, crime, crimes, jail, vengeance, rivalry, cons and scams ...
Time: 90s
Place: caribbean
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Escape From Pretoria (2020)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK, Australia, USA, South Africa
Duration: 106 min.
Story: South Africa, 1978. Tim Jenkin and Stephen Lee, two white political activists from the African National Congress imprisoned by the apartheid regime, put a plan in motion to escape from the infamous Pretoria Prison…
Style: tense, atmospheric, suspense, thought provoking, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison escape, apartheid, political persecution, escape, jail, escape plan, freedom, political prisoner, human rights, political activism, racism, human spirit ...
Time: 70s, year 1979, 20th century
Place: australia, south africa, africa, adelaide south australia, cape town south africa ...
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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
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Deathrow (2000)
Genre: Crime, Action, Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A neglected and unloved orphan raised by poor relatives in the slums of Manila is wrongfully convicted of murder that resulted from a heist he was compelled to join. Unable to prove his innocence and his minor age, he is thrown into the cruel, ...
Style: tense, suspense, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: jail, prisoner, juvenile delinquent, murder, death sentence, lawyer, teenage boy, prison life, danger, alcohol abuse, death row, lethal injection ...
Place: the philippines
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Jailbirds (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In order to save the man she loves from jail, Mathilde takes his place by helping his break-out. While she exclusively relies on him to survive in this prison setting, Mathilde has not heard from him since her imprisonment. Isolated, with her son as ...
Style: realistic, psychological, captivating, sentimental
Plot: jail, women's prison, doctor, suicide, prison life, mother son relationship, self sacrifice, salvation, danger, fighting the system, rivalry, female director ...
Time: 21st century
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Mad Women (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A mother of three daughters (one died at the age of three) commits a crime of conscience and becomes radicalized in prison; she turns into an idealist run amok, determined to change her little corner of the world for the better. Her middle daughter, ...
Style: rough, psychological, captivating, disturbing
Plot: incestuous relationship, illness, jail, lesbian incest, husband wife relationship, memory, mother daughter relationship, dying mother, delusion, politics, mayor, storytelling ...
Place: new york
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Sivaji: The Boss (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Corrupt police and politicians target a computer engineer for trying to better the lives of less privileged citizens.
Style: realistic, serious, suspense, tense, political drama
Plot: politics, corrupt politician, hospital, fighting the system, rivalry, vengeance, fall in love, cons and scams, architect, jail, money laundering, good versus evil ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, india
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The Orange Thief (2007)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Living on the outer boundaries of society, the eponymous orange thief and some other country-wise ruffians steal fruit for sustenance, sale, and the sheer excitement of courting danger. After the thief ends up in a Sicilian jail, his life takes an ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, captivating, humorous
Plot: life turned upside down, criminal heroes, crimes, social misfits, society, against the rules, jail, prisoner, deal, life sentence, cell mate, thief ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, sicily
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The Camp: A Prison Story (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Story: Straightline Productions: All or Nothing. Presented by Transworld Snowboarding (2009)
Plot: jail, prison, prisoner
Place: moscow russia, russia
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8-Ball (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: 8-Ball tells the story of single mother Pike who, having just been released from prison, is trying to start her life anew. When her former boyfriend Lalli comes back from abroad, it opens a window into a past that Pike wants to put behind her.
Style: suspenseful, sincere, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: hopes, going straight, one more chance, starting over, haunted by the past, parents and children, single parent, crimes, family relations, drugs/alcohol, past, motherhood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: finland
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