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, suspense, serious, captivating, suspenseful and tense films and TV shows about / with jail, prison, prisoner, murder, dishonesty, crimes, brutality, blood, death and violence plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Action genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
jail movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as jail: The Camp: A Prison Story (2006), The Platform (2019), Locked Up (2015), Mad Women (2015), I Love You Phillip Morris (2009), The Green Mile (1999), The Bid (2021), The Inmate (2007), A Harlot's Progress (2006), Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010).

List of jail movies

The Camp: A Prison Story (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 2150 min.
TV show
Story: Straightline Productions: All or Nothing. Presented by Transworld Snowboarding (2009)
Style: suspense, tense
Plot: jail, false accusation, prison life, prison, prisoner, prison gang, confined, jailed, falsely accused, prison sentence, false accusation of rape, maximum security prison ...
Place: russia, moscow russia
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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: struggle for survival, food shortage, social differences, cannibalism, existentialism, fear, confined, prison, rivalry, secrets, social relations, hunger ...
Time: future
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Locked Up (2015)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
Story: Set up to take the blame for corporate fraud, young Macarena Ferreiro is locked up in a high-security women's prison surrounded by tough, ruthless criminals in this tense, provocative Spanish thriller.
Style: psychological, suspense, disturbing, rough, captivating ...
Plot: female prisoner, prison, prison guard, prisoner, jail, brutality, corruption, female homosexuality, life is a bitch, dishonesty, false accusation, lesbian ...
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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: captivating, disturbing, rough, psychological
Plot: incestuous relationship, lesbian incest, jail, lesbian relationship, memory, illness, husband wife relationship, mother daughter relationship, delusion, dying mother, political campaign, fictional city ...
Place: new york
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As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me (2001)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 158 min.
Story: The German soldier Clemens Forel - determined to be reunited with his beloved family - makes a dramatic escape through bitter cold winters, desolate landscapes, and life threatening ventures from a Siberian labor camp after World War II. 8000 miles ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, suspenseful, sincere ...
Plot: gulag, adventure, pow, captivity, world war two, getting home, survival, confined, human spirit, wehrmacht, fugitives, hopes ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1945, year 1944 ...
Place: ussr, siberia, poland, russia, alaska ...
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I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: France, USA
Duration: 98 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, semi serious, romantic, cynical, light ...
Plot: gay relationship, gay love, gay, gays and lesbians, gay lead character, gay couple, coming out, homosexual, lgbt, prison, deception, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, year 1998, year 2006
Place: miami, texas, florida, georgia, usa ...
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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: touching, emotional, sentimental, heartbreaking, serious ...
Plot: prison, false accusation, supernatural, life philosophy, convict, death row, prison life, confined, healing power, justice, death sentence, electric chair ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1935, 90s, year 1999
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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The Bid (2021)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Loaded with a hilarious cast of comedians and internet personalities, The Bid follows Maurquis Boone and Richard “Philly Filthy Rich” Harris serving time for a crime they didn’t commit. Locked up, Boone & Rich encounter a variety of ...
Style: humorous, funny, feel good, tense, psychological ...
Plot: jail, police, friendship between men, friendship, friends, wrongful imprisonment, prison life, human spirit, survival, redemption, dishonesty, false accusation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
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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, ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, psychological, rough
Plot: jail, farmer, friend, murder, prison, friendship between men, friendship, husband wife relationship, rape, prisoner, gay slur, death ...
Place: the philippines
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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: realistic, serious, captivating, emotional, sexy ...
Plot: prostitute, starvation, dominatrix, adultery, jail, brothel, couples, reform, brothel madam, kept woman, husband wife relationship, painter ...
Time: 18th century
Place: england, london
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Undisputed II: 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, realistic, serious, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: boxing, kickboxing, tournament, martial arts, prison life, challenge, contests and competitions, convict, jail, heroes, prison, taekwondo ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, russia, 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: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: corruption, political corruption, politics, police corruption, torture, jail, organized crime, criminal, crimes, poverty, fighting the system, reformatory ...
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: sexy, witty, stylized, cynical, captivating ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: femme fatale, desire for fame, prison, jazz, rivalry, court, execution, satire, showbiz, rising to stardom, jail, ambition ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 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, social differences, fall in love, society, opposites attract, 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, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: ranch, false accusation, jail, prisoner, adventure, life is a bitch, friends, friendship, dishonesty, fall in love, forbidden love, coming of age ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: mexico, texas, latin america
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Gloves of Stone (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: Mexico
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Abner is trapped in the rough life of Mexico City. His escape? Boxing. Dr. Frank Irwin (Martin Sheen) and his son Jimmy, a pro boxer, come together to teach Abner that the heart fuels the punches we throw in life.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, sincere, bilingual
Audience: boys' night
Plot: jail, boxing, athlete's life, ambition, rise to the top, parents and children, once promising, athlete and trainer, sport, lifestyle, rivalry, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america
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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, court, false accusation, injustice, jail, investigation, uncover truth, murder, legal action, dedicated lawyer, legal ...
Time: 80s, year 1980
Place: australia, sydney australia
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The Prince (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile, Argentina, Belgium
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The Prince, moved by jealousy and doubts about its sexuality, kills the Gipsy, his bestest friend. In jail he'll meet the Horse, a respected gangster in prison through which will discover, by force, the immense human need of love and being ...
Style: suspense, sexy, tense, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: gay, jail cell, mother son incest, jail, lgbt, gay relationship, male masturbation, female nudity, nudity (full frontal - brief), gay interest, friendship, love ...
Time: year 1970, 70s
Place: chile
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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, suspenseful ...
Plot: estate, jail, crimes, going straight, gang, gangsters, clergy, drug abuse, prison, brother brother relationship, tragic event, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
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Undisputed III: 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, realistic, serious, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison fight, prison, kickboxing, contests and competitions, prison life, confined, tournament, boxing, mixed martial arts, martial arts, convict, fight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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: captivating, exciting, tense, suspense, semi serious ...
Plot: yakuza, samurai, gambling, jail, adventure, rivalry, crimes, dishonesty, small town, martial arts, village, murder ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan
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Storm of the Century (1999)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 257 min.
TV show
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, serious ...
Plot: village, storm, blizzard, suicide, island, stranger, murder, supernatural, demon, dark and stormy night, jail, mysterious character ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: maine, usa
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Death Rides a Horse (1967)
Genre: Western
Country: Italy
Duration: 114 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: realistic, rough, serious, exciting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: investigation, murder, frame up, old west, vengeance, betrayal, criminal, fistfight, sheriff, jail, law enforcement, bounty hunter ...
Time: 19th century
Place: mexico
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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: psychological, realistic, sentimental, captivating
Plot: jail, women's prison, suicide, doctor, prison life, self sacrifice, mother son relationship, salvation, rivalry, fighting the system, female star appears nude, female masturbation ...
Time: 21st century
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Everlasting Moments (2008)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany
Duration: 131 min.
Story: In a time of social change and unrest, war and poverty, a young working class woman, Maria, wins a camera in a lottery. The decision to keep it alters her whole life.
Style: sincere, atmospheric, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, jail, photographer, family problems, artist, dysfunctional family, feminism, troubled marriage, female protagonist, female photographer, unrequited love, working class ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s
Place: europe, sweden, eastern europe
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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: psychological, captivating, serious
Plot: jail, homeless man, devil, god, god complex, sodomy, orthodox jew, transvestite, sex, male rape, female nudity, black dress ...
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Twin Murders: The Silence of the White City (2019)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country, Spain, 2016. Two corpses appear in the crypt of the Old Cathedral. Police officer Unai López de Ayala, an expert in criminal profiling, must hunt down the ritual murderer who has been terrorizing the city for two ...
Style: captivating, suspense, psychological, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: ritual murder, serial killer, investigation, journalist, police, jail, love triangle, corpse, church, sleuth, myth, crime solving ...
Place: basque country
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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: realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, rise and fall, police investigation, jail, gunfight, crimes, rivalry, criminal heroes, gang, murder, prohibition, brutality ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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Infinity Chamber (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, captivating, disturbing, touching, tense ...
Plot: escape, artificial intelligence, prison, jail, escape attempt, prisoner, father son relationship, man versus machine, computer, mistaken identity, political prisoner, prison escape ...
Time: near future
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Juan & Ted: Wanted (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Action
Country: Philippines
Duration: 118 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: captivating, realistic, semi serious, humorous
Plot: prisoner, jail, friendship, school, runaway, escape, frame up, rescue, mistaken identity, disguise, bus driver, judge ...
Place: the philippines
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