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, bleak and tense films and TV shows about / with jail, prison, violence, crimes, blood, brutality, vengeance, dishonesty, arrest and small town plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Action genres shot in USA, Italy, France and other countries.
jail movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as jail: Cell 211 (2009), High Rollers (1976), Green Book (2018), Zift (2008), Ocean's Twelve (2004), Just My Luck (2006), American History X (1998), Death Rides a Horse (1967), Johnny Firecloud (1975), Stuck! (2009).

List of jail movies

Cell 211 (2009)
Genre: Action, 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, psychological, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, prison, hidden identity, prison riot, confined, penitentiary, prison guard, survival, rebellion, jail, rebelliousness, unlikely partners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe
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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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Green Book (2018)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Tony Lip, a bouncer in 1962, is hired to drive pianist Don Shirley on a tour through the Deep South in the days when African Americans forced to find alternate accommodations and services due to segregation laws below the Mason-Dixon Line relied on ...
Style: road movie, exciting, captivating, touching
Plot: racism, prejudice, musician, travel, friendship, italian american, black american, piano playing, on the road, violence, personal assistant, friend ...
Time: 1960s, year 1962
Place: manhattan new york city, bronx new york city
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Zift (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Bulgaria
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Moth is freed on parole after spending time in prison on wrongful conviction of murder. Jailed shortly before the Bulgarian communist coup of 1944, he now finds himself in a new and alien world - the totalitarian Sofia of the 60s. His first night of ...
Style: dark humor, atmospheric, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Plot: neo noir, crimes, dictatorship, sex, jail, feces, one night, society, life is a bitch, crime, injustice, mystery ...
Time: year 1944, 20th century, 60s
Place: bulgaria, europe
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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, storytelling, goon, rivalry, museum ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: europe, amsterdam, chicago illinois, new jersey, paris france ...
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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: kiss, nothing goes right, fall in love, luck, bad luck, destiny, life turned upside down, romance, masquerade, urban, shopping, love and romance ...
Time: 2000s, contemporary, 21st century, 80s
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, realistic, tense, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: racism, prison, nazism, juvenile delinquency, rape, violence spree, siblings relations, crime, confined, redemption, skinhead, xenophobia ...
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, martial arts, jail, sheriff, explosion, dynamite, outlaw ...
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: rancher, jail, dilemma, bag, native american reservation, racial injustice, abuse of power, wrath, degradation, self justice, moral dilemma, hill ...
Place: california
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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, warden, prison guard, death row, music box, overbearing mother, guilt, women in prison, female nudity, hanging, suicide by gunshot ...
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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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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, friend, friendship, bicycle, gay slur, prison, murder, handcuffs, death of daughter, husband wife relationship, blood ...
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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, misogyny, mini dress, rape victim, fortress, most dangerous game, sex in bed, male nudity, violence ...
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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, bar fight, bar shootout, colt .45, henry rifle, disarming someone, crooked sheriff ...
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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: court, prison, prayer, faith, death, small town, preacher, jail, son, trial, insulin, diabetic ...
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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, gynecological exam, group shower, drugs, pubic hair, women's prison ...
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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, lawyer, telephone, 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, jail, vigilante, rape, police, revenge, murder, 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: serious, captivating, 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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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, military draft, transistor radio, village, jail, drunkenness, love, singing, singer, employer employee relationship, marriage, singing competition ...
Place: thailand, bangkok thailand
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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: sexual, serious, sexy, realistic
Plot: concert, underwear, lesbian, photographer, nightclub, abuse, jail, manager, friendship, coming of age, teenage life, drugs/alcohol ...
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, rough, serious, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, prison, confined, fist fighting, boxing, martial arts, contests and competitions, fight, prison fight, tournament, beating, blood splatter ...
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, boxing, contests and competitions, jail, prison life, 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, police car, criminal, 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: tense, scary, suspenseful, serious, exciting ...
Plot: murder, island, storm, suicide, village, small town, supernatural, secret, sacrifice, snow, blizzard, winter ...
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: offbeat, humorous, cynical, semi serious, dark humor ...
Plot: coming out, gays and lesbians, prison, judge, confined, faked death, suicide attempt, dying, homosexual, deception, jail, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2006, year 1998
Place: florida, texas, georgia, usa, miami ...
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