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, suspenseful, rough, semi serious and clever films and TV shows about / with jail, prison, brutality, violence, blood, beating, mentor, vengeance, murder and death plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Romance genres shot in USA, Italy, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as jail: High Rollers (1976), Ocean's Twelve (2004), Just My Luck (2006), American History X (1998), Death Rides a Horse (1967), Johnny Firecloud (1975), Stuck! (2009), The Slams (1973), The Inmate (2007), Caged Women in Purgatory (1991).
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American History X (1998)
Crime, Drama
USA
119 min.
 8.5
The Night Of (2016)
Crime, Drama
USA
60 min.
 8.6
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Sacred Games (2018)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
India, USA
50 min.
 8.9
Keisari Aarnio (2018)
Crime, Drama
Finland
60 min.
 6.9

List of jail movies

 7.6
 3K
High Rollers (1976)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Belle Duke, in order to get revenge on her former lover Philip Bang, organize his jail break. But instead of Philip is the Italian Felice Brianza, AKAS Felix, to escape. Now Felix is obliged to help Philip to escape. He will succeeded and from that ...
Style: humorous, twists and turns, semi serious, cynical, realistic
Plot: cons and scams, crime, betrayal, criminal heroes, dishonesty, partners, friends, trick, strong female character, thief, jail, fake priest ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: france, europe
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 6.5
 321K
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Danny Ocean reunites with his old flame and the rest of his merry band of thieves in carrying out three huge heists in Rome, Paris and Amsterdam – but a Europol agent is hot on their heels.
Style: exciting, twists and turns, entertaining, intellectual, clever ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, teens
Plot: heist, perfect crime, crime, buddies, con artists, twists & turns, greed, jail, thief, storytelling, goon, art theft ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: amsterdam, europe, chicago illinois, new jersey, paris france ...
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 5.4
 49K
Just My Luck (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Manhattanite Ashley is known to many as the luckiest woman around. After a chance encounter with a down-and-out young man, however, she realizes that she's swapped her fortune for his.
Style: feel good, humorous, romantic, light, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: nothing goes right, fall in love, destiny, curses spells and rituals, life turned upside down, luck, bad luck, kiss, romance, masquerade, love and romance, urban ...
Time: 2000s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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American History X (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for killing two thugs who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader ...
Style: rough, serious, tense, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: racism, prison, juvenile delinquency, nazism, rape, violence spree, siblings relations, crime, rebelliousness, confined, redemption, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, california, los angeles, venice beach california
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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, serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, investigation, revenge, bank, shaving, senator, outlaw, fistfight, jail, cowboy, sheriff, explosion ...
Time: 19th century
Place: mexico
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Johnny Firecloud (1975)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An American Indian war veteran avenges the hanging of his grandfather by local thugs.
Plot: jail, rancher, dilemma, bag, native american reservation, racial injustice, corrupt sheriff, scalping, female teacher, modern western, degradation, self justice ...
Place: california
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 3.3
 166
Stuck! (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Beautiful young Daisy feels stuck working as a shopgirl by day and caring for her ailing mother by night. A suicide gone wrong leaves Daisy wrongly imprisoned, while the neighbor whose testimony put her away struggles with guilt. A tongue-in-cheek ...
Plot: prison, jail, women in prison, female nudity, guilt, overbearing mother, warden, prison guard, music box, death row, hanging, suicide by gunshot ...
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 5.9
 190
The Slams (1973)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Rival prison factions surround a Los Angeles convict (Jim Brown) who has $1.5 million stashed on the outside.
Plot: jail, heist, prison, african american
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 6.6
 81
The Inmate (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Philippines
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Set in two contrasting enivronments that undeline the same premise of imprisonment, Selda tells the story of Rommel (Sid Lucero), a young man who accidentally kills a boy, resulting in his incarceration. Inside the jail, he befriends another inmate, ...
Plot: jail, farmer, kiss, little girl, husband wife relationship, blood, prisoner, rape, death of daughter, handcuffs, friend, friendship ...
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Caged Women in Purgatory (1991)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Former Miss Spanish Basque Country, Pilar Orive, stars as American Janet Cooper who is drugged and shipped to a remote women's prison managed by a sleazy warden and a Nazi-type lesbian guard. 90 minute of graphic sexual abuse ensue
Plot: women in prison, jail, voyeurism, violence against a woman, mini dress, rape victim, misogyny, fortress, most dangerous game, sex in bed, violence, murder ...
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 6.2
 264
Wanted (1967)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, Western
Country: Italy
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Giuliano Gemma, elected sheriff by his small town, is unjustly accused of murder and forced to flee. The man behind the false charge is a lurid figure who leads a band of cattle rustlers. Our hero tries to prove his innocence by getting rid of his ...
Plot: card playing, damsel in distress, villain arrested, jail, small western town, false accusations, colt .45, henry rifle, bar fight, bar shootout, crooked sheriff, disarming someone ...
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Lonely Are the Brave (1962)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A fiercely independent cowboy arranges to have himself locked up in jail in order to then escape with an old friend who has been sentenced to the penitentiary.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, tense, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, jail, chase, on the run, bar fight, helicopter, anti heroes, buddies, independence, loyalty, escape, male friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s
Place: albuquerque new mexico, new mexico, california, texas
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Promised a Miracle (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: True story of a couple charged with manslaughter when their rejection of modern medicine in favor of religion to treat their diabetic child resulted in his death.
Plot: prayer, court, prison, faith, death, small town, preacher, jail, son, trial, insulin, diabetic ...
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 5.0
 110
Women's Prison (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 87 min.
Story: This film traces the prison life of a group of women who-rather than being prepared to reenter society-are brought to the limits of depravity. Martine, wrongly imprisoned will bear the scars of a prison system wrongly based on punishment rather than ...
Plot: women in prison, jail, humiliation, sadness, wrongful conviction, prison guard, hippie, group shower, gynecological exam, police, drugs, female full frontal nudity ...
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Un Quijote sin mancha (1969)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A lawyer trying to fix everyone's problems, instead causes problems, which always end up in funny situations.
Plot: jail, goat, telephone, lawyer, hippie, professor, justice, judge, law firm, secretary
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Street Fighters (1982)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: New York City factory worker Eddie Marino (Robert Forster, Oscar nominee for JACKIE BROWN) is a solid citizen and regular guy, until the day a sadistic street gang brutally assaults his wife and murders his child. But when a corrupt judge sets the ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, prison, vigilante, jail, rape, police, murder, revenge, drug dealing, factory, vigilantism, social decay ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
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A Harlot's Progress (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Drama looking at artist William Hogarth and his relationship with the prostitute that inspired his most famous piece.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, emotional, sexual
Plot: prostitute, starvation, dominatrix, adultery, orphan, brothel, jail, courtesan, artists and showbiz, couples, power relations, reform ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: england
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 5.8
 211
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: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: prison, estate, syringe, jail, going straight, drug abuse, crimes, dishonesty, life is a bitch, clergy, gang, gangsters ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Transistor Love Story (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: Thailand
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Phaen is a suburban young man with a great love for music. He never misses a chance to show off his voice at temple fairs in his village. It is at one of the fairs that he meets and falls in love with Sadao. On their wedding day, Phaen gives Sadao a ...
Plot: forgiveness, transistor radio, military draft, jail, village, drunkenness, singing, love, employer employee relationship, singer, marriage, singing competition ...
Place: thailand, bangkok thailand
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 4.9
 2K
You and I (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Russia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Two teenage girls, Janie who is American and Lana who is Russian, fall in love after meeting at a t.A.T.u concert and are swept into a dangerous world of obsession, drug abuse and murder.
Style: serious, sexual, realistic, sexy
Plot: coming of age, manager, underwear, concert, lesbian, photographer, nightclub, jail, abuse, friendship, drugs/alcohol, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
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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, serious, rough, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, prison, confined, fist fighting, contests and competitions, martial arts, tournament, fight, prison fight, jail, jail cell, shotgun ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Zatoichi the Outlaw (1967)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When a local gambling house kidnaps some peasants because they failed to pay their debts, a rival gambling house pays their debts and sets them free.
Style: semi serious
Plot: samurai, yakuza, jail, gambling, lone wolves, small town, crimes, adventure, dishonesty, heroes, rivalry, gangsters ...
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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: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, contests and competitions, prison life, jail, boxing, prison, convict, sport, confined, rivalry, tough heroes, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia, usa, new jersey, california, tokyo
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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: realistic, tense, bleak, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: torture, police corruption, police, politics, corruption, penitentiary, drug traffic, jail, execution, criminal, police car, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
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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, serious, exciting ...
Plot: murder, island, storm, suicide, village, small town, supernatural, god or devil, winter, voting, demon, sacrifice ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: maine, usa
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The King of Marvin Gardens (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Jason Staebler lives on the Boardwalk and fronts for the local mob in Atlantic City. He is a dreamer, who asks his brother David, a radio personality from Philadelphia to help him build a paradise on a Pacific Island, yet another of his ...
Style: clever, serious, tense, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: jail, boardwalk, island, embezzlement, parents and children, crime, siblings relations, sibling relationship, monopoly, cons and scams, family relations, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: philadelphia, usa, hawaii, atlantic city new jersey, new jersey ...
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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, cynical, dark humor, clever ...
Plot: coming out, gays and lesbians, prison, judge, confined, starting over, faked death, suicide attempt, dying, homosexual, deception, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2006, year 1998
Place: florida, texas, georgia, miami, usa
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I Like It Like That (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Lisette and husband Chino face marital difficulties. She is fed up with the kids, while he has job troubles. His mother Rosaria hates Lisette and the neighborhood tramp has designs on Chino. Things get even worse when Chino goes to jail and Lisette ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, touching, feel good ...
Plot: jail, theft, puerto rican, feminism, transsexual, nothing goes right, urban, city life, love, romance, family life, single parent ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, new jersey
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The House Bunny (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Shelley is living a carefree life until a rival gets her tossed out of the Playboy Mansion. With nowhere to go, fate delivers her to the sorority girls from Zeta Alpha Zeta. Unless they can sign a new pledge class, the seven socially clueless women ...
Style: feel good, humorous, funny, light, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: college life, college, love and romance, friendship, sorority, friends, makeover, coming of age, fall in love, rivalry, youth, starting over ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: campus, los angeles, usa, new jersey
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 8.5
 952K
The Green Mile (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 189 min.
Story: A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cellblock's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, heartbreaking ...
Plot: supernatural ability, death row, false accusation, prison life, supernatural, human nature, death sentence, healing power, confined, life philosophy, prison, magic realism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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