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, suspense, intense and suspenseful films and TV shows about / with prison, prison life, confined, violence, corruption, brutality, redemption, crimes, prison escape and vengeance 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: Wentworth (2013), Oz (1997), Orange Is the New Black (2013), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Prison Break (2005), The Green Mile (1999), King of Devil's Island (2010), The Wrath of Cain (2010), The Experiment (2010), Cell 211 (2009).

List of prison life movies

 8.6
 22K
Wentworth (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
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: serious, tense, rough, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: lesbian, prison, women in prison, prison life, lesbian relationship, women's prison, crimes, power struggle, protest, life is a bitch, survival, government facility ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
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 8.7
 98K
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, realistic, suspenseful, rough, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, prison, confined, rapist, gay, life is a bitch, prison rape, rape, strong sexual content, gang, violence spree, convict ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, 20th century, contemporary, 2000s
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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: humorous, clever, realistic, erotic, witty ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: lesbian, lgbt, lesbian relationship, prison life, women in prison, life turned upside down, prison, strong female character, women's prison, lesbian romance, gender, lesbian sex ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york state, usa, 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: inspirational, touching, philosophical, uplifting, twist ending ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, freedom, human spirit, hopes, friendship between men, life, existentialism, wrongful imprisonment, life sentence, false accusation, prison life ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, year 1965, year 1963, year 1966 ...
Place: usa, maine, pacific ocean, mexico
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 8.3
 525K
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, teens
Plot: prison, escape, fugitives, prison life, determination, confined, scheme, conspiracy, fbi, self sacrifice, siblings relations, brother ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, texas, usa
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 8.6
 1.3M
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, sad ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: prison, death row, false accusation, supernatural, life philosophy, convict, electric chair, death sentence, prison life, confined, justice, human nature ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1935, 90s, year 1999
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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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: bleak, tense, atmospheric, visually appealing, serious ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: prison life, punishment, island, juvenile detention, sexual abuse, prison, reform school, child abuse, rebellion, isolation, survival, riot ...
Time: 1910s, 1920s, 20th century, year 1915
Place: norway, scandinavia, poland, eastern europe, japan
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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, redemption, rivalry, hopes, life is a bitch, uninhibited rivalry, family problems, parents and children, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 6.4
 55K
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: rough, psychological, tense, disturbing, twists and turns ...
Plot: prison life, prison, psychology, survival, experiment gone awry, human nature, violence, gay rape, prison rape, brutality, moral ambiguity, bullying ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india
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 7.6
 68K
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: suspenseful, twists and turns, psychological, tense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, hidden identity, prison guard, survival, confined, trapped, hostage, rebellion, gangsters, crimes, convict ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe
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 7.4
 79K
Felon (2008)
Genre: Crime, 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, emotional, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, fighting the system, prison gang, life is a bitch, convict, gangsters, organized crime, prison riot, court, survival, life turned upside down ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
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 7.2
 74K
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, motivational, brutal
Plot: prison escape, prison, survival, island prison, prison life, escape, life sentence, human spirit, solitary, safecracker, friendship, jungle ...
Time: year 1931, 1930s, year 1969, year 1970
Place: south america, france, colombia, venezuela, paris france
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 7.3
 46K
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, tense, psychological, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: prison, violence, prison life, juvenile delinquent, father son relationship, male nudity, attempted murder, manipulation, character study, confined, teenage life, gay ...
Time: 70s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: britain, england
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 6.4
 43K
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: suspense, intense, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, prison life, prison warden, corruption, vengeance, revenge, self sacrifice, murder, tough guy, torture, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
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 5.0
 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, confined, fish out of water, prison, hopes, gender, transsexual, violence, gays and lesbians, misfit, power relations, gay ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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 7.8
 98K
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: tense, bleak, rough, atmospheric, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, mafia, gangsters, prison life, muslim, prison gang, confined, cruelty, convict, prison escape, gang, racial slur ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france, marseille, california
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 7.6
 97K
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: inspirational, thought provoking, touching, factual, compassionate ...
Plot: prison, boxing, racism, prison life, courtroom, legal, court, friendship, freedom, fighting the system, injustice, prejudice ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1940s ...
Place: new jersey, canada, toronto ontario canada
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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: funny, entertaining, inspirational, humorous, not serious ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, boys' night
Plot: american football, prison, sport, prison life, underdog, prisoner, redemption, prison guard, happy ending, betrayal, adaptation, warden ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san diego california, austin texas, latin america, new jersey, texas ...
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Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Escape from Alcatraz tells the story of the only three men ever to escape from the infamous maximum security prison at Alcatraz. In 29 years, the seemingly impenetrable federal penitentiary, which housed Al Capone and "Birdman" Robert ...
Style: suspense, atmospheric, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison escape, alcatraz, prison life, escape, island, freedom, convict, confined, partners, runaway, punishment ...
Time: 60s, year 1960, 20th century, year 1961, year 1962 ...
Place: san francisco, usa
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 6.1
 45K
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, entertaining, parody, humorous, absurd ...
Plot: prison, prison life, gang, martial arts, corruption, mentor, transformation, justice, revolution, fight scenes, guru, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
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 7.1
 2K
The Yard (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 120 min.
TV show
Story: After a fateful domestic clash, a devoted mother finds herself in prison and fighting to survive in hopes of reuniting with her daughter.
Style: captivating, psychological, suspense, tense
Plot: women's prison, women in prison, prison life, drug addict, prison, murder, prison gang, judge, courtroom, lesbian, drug dealing, police ...
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
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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, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, prison, violence spree, downfall, life is a bitch, fish out of water, misfit, law enforcement, confined, crimes, corrupt officer, haunted by the past ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, united kingdom, britain
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 6.7
 2K
Terra Nova (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A story, which takes place in 2013, describes the world overflowing with "dangerous" criminals due to the official termination of death penalty. The UN "blue helmets" under the directive from the central authority (i.e., One ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful, sadistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, survival, prison, friendship, life is a bitch, rivalry, confined, leadership, future dystopia, serial killer, island, heroic mission ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia
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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: romantic, light, sweet, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: gay, gay relationship, lgbt, gay love, gay couple, prison, gays and lesbians, gay lead character, homosexual, coming out, prison life, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, year 2006, year 1998
Place: texas, virginia, miami, georgia, usa ...
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 6.4
 209K
Death Race (2008)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Terminal Island, New York: 2020. Overcrowding in the US penal system has reached a breaking point. Prisons have been turned over to a monolithic Weyland Corporation, which sees jails full of thugs as an opportunity for televised sport. Adrenalized ...
Style: exciting, serious, visually appealing, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, car chase, car race, tough guy, tough heroes, car, street racing, prison life, contests and competitions, survival, death, revenge ...
Time: future, 2010s, year 2012, 2020s
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 7.0
 131K
Bronson (2008)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Denmark
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, disturbing, brutal, harsh, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, brutality, male nudity, crimes, prison life, social misfits, character study, alter ego, violence, society, violence spree, gangsters ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1974
Place: england, london, europe, united kingdom
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 6.4
 28K
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, stylized, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, heist, prison life, robbery, crimes, betrayal, prison escape, gunfight, love story, police chase, criminal heroes, teaching the ways of the world ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, melbourne australia
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 6.9
 108K
Get the Gringo (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
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: intense, brutal, twists and turns, humorous, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison escape, gunfight, lone hero, tough guy, gang, prison life, confined, gangsters, justice, mafia, corruption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america, tijuana mexico, usa, san diego 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, realistic, serious, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison fight, prison, martial arts, kickboxing, fight, boxing, prison life, mixed martial arts, contests and competitions, tournament, confined, capoeira ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 8.0
 130K
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: inspirational, psychological, bleak, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: prison escape, prison, human spirit, runaway, escape attempt, prison life, criminal heroes, survival, escape, false accusation, life sentence, brutality ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1940s, 70s
Place: latin america, atlantic ocean
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