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, suspense, interesting and tense films and TV shows about / with jail, crimes, betrayal, storytelling, prison, mentor, crime, murder, runaway and dialogue plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, Germany, UK and other countries.
jail movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as jail: I Love You Phillip Morris (2009), Chicago (2002), All the Pretty Horses (2000), Cell 211 (2009), A Cry in the Dark (1988), Wedding Daze (2006), Bright Angel (1990), Love, Cheat & Steal (1993), Trumbo (2015), High Rollers (1976).

List of jail movies

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: coming out, gays and lesbians, gay relationship, prison, confined, deception, homosexual, prison life, fall in love, love and romance, hopes, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, year 2006, year 1998
Place: miami, texas, florida, georgia, usa ...
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Chicago (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Musical
Country: USA, Germany, Canada
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
Plot: femme fatale, prison, desire for fame, rising to stardom, jail, crimes of passion, fame, ambition, warden, uninhibited rivalry, jazz, media satire ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 1930s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, illinois
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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: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: false accusation, jail, prisoner, ranch, adventure, friends, life is a bitch, friendship, fall in love, dishonesty, forbidden love, coming of age ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: mexico, texas, latin america
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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, confined, prison riot, penitentiary, prison guard, rebellion, survival, criminal heroes, isolation, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, europe
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A Cry in the Dark (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Australia, USA
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: realistic, serious, thought provoking, disturbing, sincere ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, injustice, false accusation, trial, investigation, uncover truth, murder, legal action, legal, dishonesty, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: 80s
Place: australia, sydney australia
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Wedding Daze (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 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: humorous, witty, touching, semi serious, realistic
Audience: date night
Plot: fall in love, couple relations, proposal, couples, hopes, love and romance, arrest, eccentric family, romance, jail, wedding, marriage proposal ...
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, bleak ...
Plot: on the road, family problems, crimes, destructive relationship, parents and children, siblings relations, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, teenage life, jail, brother, americana ...
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: suspenseful, realistic, twists and turns, serious, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, femme fatale, dishonesty, revenge, power relations, vengeance, frame up, crime, jail, cheating wife, rivalry, cons and scams ...
Time: 90s
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Trumbo (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The career of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo is halted by a witch hunt in the late 1940s when he defies the anti-communist HUAC committee and is blacklisted.
Style: talky, factual, intense, touching, suspense ...
Plot: communism, communist, hollywood, movie business, politics, parent child relationship, jail, political persecution, prison, release from prison, screenwriter, mccarthyism ...
Time: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: usa
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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: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough ...
Plot: fugitives, pow, captivity, gulag, survival, confined, getting home, danger, human spirit, adventure, wehrmacht, state affairs ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 40s, year 1947, 1940s ...
Place: ussr, russia, mine, poland, soviet union ...
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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: cynical, twists and turns, semi serious, humorous, realistic
Plot: cons and scams, betrayal, crime, friends, partners, dishonesty, criminal heroes, trick, strong female character, treasure, jail, deception ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: france, europe
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The Post (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government. Inspired by true events.
Style: based on true events, factual, exciting, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: journalism, vietnam war, politics, cover up, truth, lie, expose, war violence, newspaper story, national security, wartime, husband wife relationship ...
Time: year 1971, year 1965, year 1966, 20th century, year 1949
Place: washington d.c., vietnam, usa
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The Sweeney (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Based on the '70s UK TV show, The Sweeney is an action-packed British police thriller from the director of Football Factory. Jack Regan (Ray Winstone), a hardened cop who doesn’t play by the rules, is confronted with a criminal from his past. ...
Style: realistic, exciting, suspenseful, serious, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, police brutality, partners, law enforcement, crimes, tough law enforcer, partners against crime, police corruption, investigation, murder, internal affairs, machismo ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london
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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, tense ...
Plot: neo noir, crimes, dictatorship, sex, jail, one night, society, life is a bitch, mystery, confined, crime, injustice ...
Time: year 1944, 20th century, 60s
Place: bulgaria, europe
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Taking Care of Business (1990)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: An uptight advertising exec has his entire life in a filofax organizer which mistakenly ends up in the hands of a friendly convict who poses as him.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, light, inspirational ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mistaken identity, prison, rich and poor, fish out of water, dishonesty, disorder, crimes, nothing goes right, cons and scams, prison life, misfit, happy ending ...
Time: 80s, 1990s
Place: malibu california, california, los angeles
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Rio Lobo (1970)
Genre: Adventure, Romance, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: After the Civil War, Cord McNally searches for the traitor whose perfidy caused the defeat of McNally's unit and the loss of a close friend.
Style: tense, rough, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: american civil war, old west, colonel, vengeance, betrayal, crimes, investigation, rivalry, gunfight, revenge, soldier, small town ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: texas, usa, ireland, new orleans
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Proximity (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When William Conroy (Rob Lowe), a former college professor, is sentenced to life in prison for vehicular manslaughter it seems his life is over. But when a fellow inmate tells him that in the past two years fourteen inmates have died at the prison, ...
Style: realistic, tense, serious, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: prison, crime, law enforcement, false accusation, frame up, dishonesty, protagonist as suspect, witnessing a crime, anti heroes, criminal heroes, confined, jail ...
Time: contemporary
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The Onion Field (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Greg Powell, a disturbed ex-con, recruits Jimmy Youngblood (Smith) a petty thief, as partner in crime. Powell panics when they two of are pulled over by two cops for tail lights. Powell decides to kidnap the cops and Smith goes along with his crazy ...
Style: realistic, psychological, disturbing, rough, serious ...
Plot: courtroom drama, police officer killed, police investigation, crimes, murder, kidnapping, law enforcer killer, confined, deadly, law enforcement, haunted by the past, legal ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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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, con artists, twists & turns, crime, buddies, thief, rivalry, jail, greed, goon, robbery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: europe, amsterdam, paris france, new jersey, chicago illinois ...
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A Murder of Crows (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After a lawyer gets disbared, he goes off to write a book about his experience. He meets a man who lets him read his manuscript. The man dies and the lawyer passes the book off as his. Just when the book becomes a big success. He gets arrested for ...
Style: psychological, serious, suspenseful, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, investigation, lawyer, who done it, uncover truth, writer's life, false accusation, police investigation, frame up, law enforcement, deadly ...
Time: 90s
Place: louisiana, florida
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Like Minds (2006)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia, UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A forensic psychologist must determine if a minor should be charged with murder.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, realistic, serious, suspense
Plot: investigation, mind game, murder, who done it, mysterious character, danger, psychopath, serial killer, teenage life, youth, school, mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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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: fall in love, kiss, nothing goes right, destiny, life turned upside down, luck, bad luck, romance, masquerade, urban, shopping, love and romance ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: usa, new york, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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Haven (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, USA, Spain
Duration: 115 min.
Story: During a weekend, two shady businessmen flee to the Cayman Islands to avoid federal prosecution. But their escape ignites a chain reaction that leads a British native to commit a crime that changes the nation.
Style: serious, suspenseful, stylized, realistic
Plot: island, prison, drug dealing, family relations, crimes, parents and children, interracial relations, drugs/alcohol, investigation, brother sister relationship, jail, master criminal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, miami, usa, caribbean
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Talk to Her (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Spain
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Two men share an odd friendship while they care for two women who are both in deep comas.
Style: psychological, sincere, captivating, surreal, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, rape, coma, suicide, tragic love, hospital, obsession, tragic event, ballet, life is a bitch, self destructing, starting over ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: spain, europe, madrid, jordan, latin america
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Ghosts of Mars (2001)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Melanie Ballard (Natasha Henstridge) is a hard nosed police chief in the year 2025. She and a police snatch squad are sent to Mars to apprehend a dangerous criminal James Williams (Ice Cube). Mars has been occupied by humans for some time and they ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, rough, futuristic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mars, ghost town, ghost, survival, martial arts, zombie, supernatural, danger, alien possession, jail, possession, battering ram ...
Time: future, 22nd century, 80s
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Getting Even with Dad (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Ray, an ex-con and widower, is planning a coin heist with two accomplices to help him to buy his own bakery. However, he doesn't expect his son Timmy, who was living with Ray's sister, to show up at the house right in the middle of ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, melancholic, satirical, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: heist, family, parents and children, disorder, going straight, single parent, crime gone awry, crime, nothing goes right, dishonesty, family life, father son relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco
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The Client (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A street-wise kid, Mark Sway, sees the suicide of Jerome Clifford, a prominent Louisiana lawyer, whose current client is Barry 'The Blade' Muldano, a Mafia hit-man. Before Jerome shoots himself, he tells Mark where the body of a Senator is ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, touching, tense ...
Audience: kids
Plot: witnessing a crime, witness protection, suicide, lawyer, investigation, fighting the system, lawyers and clients, danger, hotshot lawyer, surveillance, mafia, legal action ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, 20th century
Place: san francisco
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Changing Lanes (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A rush-hour fender-bender on New York City's crowded FDR Drive, under most circumstances, wouldn't set off a chain reaction that could decimate two people's lives. But on this day, at this time, a minor collision will turn two ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: lawyer, hotshot lawyer, human nature, down on your luck, losing-it hero, custody battle, legal, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, corruption, police arrest, bankruptcy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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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, prohibition, police investigation, tough heroes, crimes, criminal heroes, gang, rivalry, murder, brutality, street shootout ...
Time: 20s, 1930s
Place: usa
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16 Blocks (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An aging cop is assigned the ordinary task of escorting a fast-talking witness from police custody to a courthouse, but they find themselves running the gauntlet as other forces try to prevent them from getting there.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, gunfight, testimony, convict, race against time, crime, reluctant partners, witnessing a crime, deal, drinking problem, dishonesty, characters in danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, seattle washington, manhattan new york city
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