Prison life movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant prison life movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, rough, intense, captivating and tense films and TV shows about / with prison life, prison, confined, violence, crimes, corruption, crime, prisoner, redemption and murder plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Action genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as prison life: Oz (1997), Wentworth (2013), Prison Break (2005), Orange Is the New Black (2013), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), The Green Mile (1999), Felon (2008), The Experiment (2010), The Wrath of Cain (2010), Cell 211 (2009).

List of prison life movies

 8.7
 91K
Oz (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: The daily lives of prisoners in Emerald City, an experimental unit of the Oswald Maximum Security Prison where ingroups - Muslims, Latinos, Italians, Aryans - stick close to their mutual friends and terrorizes their mutual enemies.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, realistic, rough, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, prison, confined, rapist, rape, life is a bitch, convict, strong sexual content, violence spree, gang, racism, electric chair ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, 20th century, contemporary, 2000s ...
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 8.6
 18K
Wentworth (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Bea Smith is locked up while awaiting trial for the attempted murder of her husband and must learn how life works in prison. A modern adaptation and sequel of the iconic Prisoner series.
Style: tense, serious, rough, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: women's prison, prison life, lesbian, prison, women in prison, lesbian relationship, life is a bitch, crimes, protest, power struggle, sadism, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
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 8.3
 489K
Prison Break (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside out.
Style: tense, exciting, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, escape, prison life, fugitives, determination, confined, fbi, scheme, self sacrifice, conspiracy, manhunt, chases and races ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Orange Is the New Black (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 59 min.
TV show
Story: A crime she committed in her youthful past sends Piper Chapman to a women's prison, where she trades her comfortable New York life for one of unexpected camaraderie and conflict in an eccentric group of fellow inmates.
Style: clever, realistic, humorous, mad, cynical ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: lesbian, lesbian relationship, lgbt, prison life, life turned upside down, prison, women in prison, strong female character, women's prison, perversion, lesbianism, lesbian sex ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york state, new york
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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, ...
Style: clever, captivating, touching, uplifting, inspirational ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, prison escape, false accusation, freedom, prison life, powerful ending, hopes, life is a bitch, existentialism, life sentence, confined ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, 40s ...
Place: usa, pacific ocean, maine, mexico
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 8.6
 1.2M
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: false accusation, prison, supernatural, life philosophy, death row, prison life, convict, human nature, stephen king, supernatural ability, death sentence, confined ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1935, 90s ...
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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 7.4
 76K
Felon (2008)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A family man convicted of killing an intruder must cope with life afterward in the violent penal system.
Style: brutal, realistic, serious, emotional, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, prison gang, fist fighting, life is a bitch, court, fighting the system, murder, prison riot, life turned upside down, rivalry, convict ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
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 6.4
 53K
The Experiment (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: 20 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control.
Style: psychological, rough, disturbing, tense, twists and turns ...
Plot: prison life, prison, experiment gone awry, human nature, psychology, confined, switching roles, violence, prison rape, danger, brutality, security guard ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india
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The Wrath of Cain (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A former kingpin of the streets, Miles “Cain” Skinner is doing life in prison. He is feared and respected among the inmates. When Cain learns that his sentence will be shortened only by brain cancer, his urgency to change his ways goes into ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: prison life, life sentence, prison, terminal illness, life is a bitch, redemption, family problems, hopes, uninhibited rivalry, rivalry, parents and children, father son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 7.6
 65K
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, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, hidden identity, prison guard, confined, convict, penitentiary, trapped, prison riot, reformatory, rebellion, survival ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, europe
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 7.4
 44K
Starred Up (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: 19-year-old Eric, arrogant and ultra-violent, is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison facility as his estranged father. As his explosive temper quickly finds him enemies in both prison authorities and fellow inmates — and his already ...
Style: rough, captivating, serious, tense, psychological ...
Plot: prison, prison life, juvenile delinquent, teenage life, confined, family reunited, family relations, warden, parents and children, troublemaker, father son relationship, violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: britain, england
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 6.2
 43K
Big Stan (2007)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Rob Schneider writes and stars in this comedy about a nerdy con man whose swindling ways land him a stiff prison sentence. Terrified at the prospect of being raped in prison he enlists the aid of a mysterious kung-fu expert to teach him how to fight.
Style: funny, humorous, not serious, exciting, parody ...
Plot: prison life, prison, gang, martial arts, guru, confined, dishonesty, master warrior, warden, corruption, anti hero, farce ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
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King of Devil's Island (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Norway, France, Sweden, Poland
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Based on a true story: Norwegian winter, 1915. On the island Bastøy, outside Oslo, a group of young boys aged 11 to 18, are held in an institution for delinquent youth, notorious for its sadistic regime. One day a new boy, Erling, arrives, ...
Style: tense, bleak, atmospheric, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: punishment, prison life, island, beating, child abuse, sexual abuse, juvenile detention, humiliation, riot, escape attempt, rebellion, fighting the system ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1915
Place: norway, eastern europe, scandinavia, poland, japan
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 4.2
 3K
Jailbait (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A gritty coming of age thriller about a young girl sent to juvenile prison for the murder of her abusive step father. The film follows Anna Nix's journey into the dark world of an all girls jail where she discovers complex relationships, drugs, ...
Style: rough, emotional, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: women's prison, women in prison, prison life, prison sex, prison, confined, teenage life, survival, juvenile detention, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, drugs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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 5.1
 2K
K-11 (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Raymond Saxx Jr., a powerful record producer, wakes from a drug-induced blackout to find himself locked up and classified "K-11." Plunged into a nightmarish world ruled by a transsexual diva named Mousey, Raymond is truly a fish out of ...
Style: psychological, serious, rough, bleak, tense ...
Plot: prison life, transsexual, prison, fish out of water, confined, hopes, gender, violence, misfit, power relations, gays and lesbians, sex maniac ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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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, rough, exciting, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison fight, fist fighting, prison life, prison, hand to hand combat, contests and competitions, confined, tournament, boxing, kickboxing, martial arts, fistfight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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The Longest Yard (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Pro quarter-back, Paul Crewe and former college champion and coach, Nate Scarboro are doing time in the same prison. Asked to put together a team of inmates to take on the guards, Crewe enlists the help of Scarboro to coach the inmates to victory in ...
Style: humorous, not serious, exciting, entertaining, funny ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: prison life, prison, american football, football, underdog, warden, ex athlete, sport, friends, contests and competitions, confined, prisoner ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, san diego california, latin america, new jersey
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 6.4
 39K
Lock Up (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Frank Leone is nearing the end of his prison term for a relatively minor crime. Just before he is paroled, however, Warden Drumgoole takes charge. Drumgoole was assigned to a hell-hole prison after his administration was publicly humiliated by ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious, suspense ...
Plot: prison, prison life, prison warden, life is a bitch, rivalry, prison escape, self sacrifice, vengeance, warden, murder, good versus evil, corruption ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
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 7.0
 105K
Get the Gringo (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A career criminal (Gibson) nabbed by Mexican authorities is placed in a tough prison where he learns to survive with the help of a 9-year-old boy.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, intense, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, lone hero, prison life, gunfight, confined, prison gang, thief, prison escape, gang, corruption, crime, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america, san diego california, tijuana mexico
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 7.2
 63K
Papillon (2017)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Czech Republic, Spain
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Henri "Papillon" Charrière is convicted in Paris for a murder he did not commit. Sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana, he becomes obsessed with escaping. After planning and executing a series of treacherous ...
Style: suspense, factual, homoerotic, brutal
Plot: prison escape, solitary, prison, prison life, survival, life sentence, safecracker, island prison, friendship, human spirit, jungle, escape plan ...
Time: year 1969, 1930s, year 1970
Place: south america, colombia, venezuela, france, paris france
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 6.4
 27K
Son of a Gun (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia, UK, Canada
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Locked up for a minor crime, 19 year old JR quickly learns the harsh realities of prison life. Protection, if you can get it, is paramount. JR soon finds himself under the watchful eye of Australia's most notorious criminal, Brendan Lynch, but ...
Style: tense, twists and turns, exciting, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, heist, prison life, crimes, crime, teaching the ways of the world, criminal heroes, betrayal, escapades, on the run, confined, master criminal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, melbourne australia, melbourne
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 5.6
 2K
Screwed (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The film is a semi-biographical story based on the experiences of former prison guard Ronnie Thompson who spent seven years working in some of the UK's most dangerous prisons. Based on Thompson's book of the same name, the project stars ...
Style: rough, disturbing, serious, tense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, violence spree, prison, fish out of water, life is a bitch, downfall, haunted by the past, corrupt officer, law enforcement, deadly, crime, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, britain, united kingdom
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 7.3
 7K
Four Minutes (2006)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Germany
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Jenny is young. Her life is over. She killed someone. And she would do it again. When an 80-year-old piano teacher discovers the girl’s secret, her brutality and her dreams, she decides to transform her pupil into the musical wunderkind she once ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, emotional, captivating, serious ...
Plot: women's prison, handcuffed woman, prison life, prison, classical music, piano, prodigy, teachers and students, haunted by the past, pianist, musician's life, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany
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 7.9
 95K
A Prophet (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 155 min.
Story: Sentenced to six years in prison, Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim) is alone in the world and can neither read nor write. On his arrival at the prison, he seems younger and more brittle than the others detained there. At once he falls under the sway of ...
Style: rough, tense, bleak, atmospheric, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, prison, gangsters, prison life, cruelty, convict, confined, racial slur, respect, guilt, muslim, power struggle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france, marseille, california
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 7.6
 93K
The Hurricane (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.
Style: thought provoking, factual, touching, inspirational, disturbing ...
Plot: prison, boxing, prison life, freedom, false accusation, racism, courtroom, legal, friendship, fighting the system, injustice, prejudice ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 80s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: new jersey, canada, toronto ontario canada
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 7.1
 123K
Bronson (2008)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Cayman Islands, Denmark, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A young man who was sentenced to 7 years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending 30 years in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter ego, Charles Bronson.
Style: surreal, realistic, rough, serious, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, social misfits, violence spree, society, robbery, crime, crimes, criminal heroes, confined, loneliness, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1974
Place: england, europe, united kingdom, london
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 8.0
 124K
Papillon (1973)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 151 min.
Story: A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.
Style: bleak, tense, captivating, suspense, inspirational ...
Plot: prison escape, prison, runaway, human spirit, prison life, false accusation, criminal heroes, life sentence, solitary, escape attempt, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 30s ...
Place: latin america, atlantic ocean
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 7.7
 7K
Superjail! (2007)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Crime, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 10 min.
TV show
Story: Superjail! is an American animated television series produced by Augenblick Studios the first season and Titmouse, Inc. the second and third season. The series follows the events that take place in an unusual prison. The pilot episode aired on ...
Style: odd, surreal, not serious, mad, humorous ...
Plot: prison, chaos and mayhem, prison life, androids and robots, violence, sadism, confined, convict, imaginary, strong violent content, alternate dimension, criminal ...
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 8.5
 152
Buried (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Buried is a British television drama series, produced by World Productions for Channel 4 and originally screened in 2003. The programme starred Lennie James as Lee Kingley, who is serving a long prison sentence in order to protect a member of his ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, prison, survival, confined, criminal heroes, life is a bitch, deadly, false accusation, warden, dishonesty, criminal psychologist, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
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Escape at Dannemora (2018)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 440 min.
TV show
Story: The stranger-than-fiction account of a prison break in upstate New York in the summer of 2015, which spawned a massive manhunt for two convicted murderers who were aided in their escape by a married female prison employee with whom they both became ...
Style: based on true events, melancholic, captivating, twists and turns, atmospheric
Plot: prison escape, prison life, prison guard, love triangle, escape, prison, crime, deception, prisoner, crimes, love affair, escape plan ...
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