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, suspenseful and interesting films and TV shows about / with prison life, prison, confined, violence, brutality, corruption, blood, murder, vengeance and prisoner 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), Prison Break (2005), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), The Green Mile (1999), Orange Is the New Black (2013), Felon (2008), The Wrath of Cain (2010), The Experiment (2010), Wentworth Prison (2013), Big Stan (2007).

List of prison life movies

 8.7
 83K
Oz (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
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, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, confined, rape, prison, rapist, life is a bitch, strong sexual content, convict, violence spree, gang, racism, solitary ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 90s, contemporary, 1990s ...
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 8.3
 437K
Prison Break (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 44 min.
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, suspenseful, exciting, twists and turns, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, fugitives, confined, escape, scheme, fbi, manhunt, self sacrifice, chases and races, determination, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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: captivating, touching, clever, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, freedom, life is a bitch, false accusation, prison life, life sentence, survival, corruption, confined, criminal heroes, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, mexico, pacific ocean, maine
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 8.6
 1.0M
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, serious, heartbreaking ...
Plot: death row, prison, false accusation, prison life, human nature, life philosophy, supernatural, supernatural ability, healing power, justice, confined, convict ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1990s
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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Orange Is the New Black (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 59 min.
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, cynical, witty ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: lesbian, lesbian relationship, prison life, lgbt, prison, life turned upside down, drugs/alcohol, women's prison, gender, abuse, women in prison, strong female character ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york state, new york
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 7.4
 73K
Felon (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
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: realistic, serious, brutal, emotional, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, fist fighting, fighting the system, murder, prison riot, life turned upside down, life is a bitch, rivalry, tough heroes, police brutality, fight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
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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: serious, rough, realistic, captivating
Plot: prison life, life sentence, terminal illness, tough heroes, life is a bitch, uninhibited rivalry, parents and children, hopes, rivalry, family problems, redemption, prison ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 6.4
 49K
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, disturbing, tense, bleak ...
Plot: prison life, prison, human nature, psychology, experiment gone awry, switching roles, confined, violence, danger, brutality, punishment, moral ambiguity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india
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Wentworth Prison (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 45 min.
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, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: prison, lesbian, women's prison, prison life, sadism, life is a bitch, lesbian relationship, protest, crime, survival, power struggle, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
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 6.2
 40K
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, absurd ...
Plot: prison life, prison, martial arts, dishonesty, confined, master warrior, guru, warden, corruption, parody, husband wife relationship, gangs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
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 7.6
 60K
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, prison life, hidden identity, confined, convict, prison riot, penitentiary, prison guard, rebellion, survival, chaos and mayhem, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe
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 6.4
 35K
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, serious, rough, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: prison life, prison, prison warden, life is a bitch, rivalry, vengeance, warden, murder, good versus evil, prison escape, lone hero, corruption ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
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 7.4
 40K
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, teenage life, confined, family reunited, family relations, warden, parents and children, juvenile delinquent, troublemaker, father son relationship, violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: britain, england
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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
Plot: prison life, prison, football, sport, underdog, american football, warden, friends, contests and competitions, confined, prisoner, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, san diego california, mcdonald's restaurant, latin america ...
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 6.5
 25K
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, exciting, twists and turns, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, prison life, prison, car chase, crime, teaching the ways of the world, criminal heroes, betrayal, on the run, escapades, confined, master criminal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, melbourne, mine
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 7.0
 99K
Get the Gringo (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, 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: rough, suspenseful, exciting, intense, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, thief, crime, criminal heroes, group of criminals, gang, danger, cons and scams, dishonesty, confined, gunfight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america, tijuana mexico, san diego 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: bleak, tense, atmospheric, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: island, punishment, prison life, beating, child abuse, sexual abuse, violence, humiliation, juvenile detention, riot, escape attempt, rebellion ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1915
Place: norway, scandinavia, poland, japan
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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, serious, rough, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison fight, prison life, prison, fist fighting, boxing, confined, convict, martial arts, fight, tournament, carrot, brutality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: women in prison, prison life, prison, women's prison, survival, teenage life, confined, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, juvenile detention, exploitation, drugs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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 5.2
 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, bleak, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: prison life, prison, transsexual, confined, gender, hopes, gays and lesbians, fish out of water, misfit, power relations, violence, rape
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 7.1
 111K
Bronson (2008)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Cayman Islands
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, society, robbery, crime, loneliness, violence spree, confined, criminal heroes, crimes, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s, year 1974
Place: england, europe, london
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 8.0
 114K
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, inspirational, suspense ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, human spirit, prison life, false accusation, criminal heroes, escape attempt, life is a bitch, low lives, hopes, life sentence, imprisonment ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 40s, 30s, 1940s
Place: atlantic ocean, latin america
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 7.1
 39K
Papillon (2017)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: 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: based on memoir, suspense, factual, brutal
Plot: prison escape, prison, prison life, solitary, friendship, false accusation, survival, rebelliousness, human spirit, male bonding, brutality, wrongful conviction ...
Time: 1930s, year 1970, year 1969
Place: south america, venezuela, paris france, france, colombia
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 7.9
 89K
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, rough, atmospheric, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, prison, muslim, gangsters, prison life, cruelty, convict, confined, racial slur, guilt, respect, rebellion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france, marseille, california
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 7.6
 62K
Hunger (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The story of Bobby Sands, the IRA member who led the 1981 hunger strike in which Republican prisoners tried to win political status. It dramatises events in the Maze prison in the six weeks prior to Sands’ death.
Style: disturbing, bleak, sincere, rough, realistic ...
Plot: prison, suffering, prison life, prisoner, humiliation, protest, hunger, dying, fighting the system, idealism, rebellion, rebelliousness ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: northern ireland, ireland, europe
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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, tense, serious, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, downfall, fish out of water, life is a bitch, prison, corrupt officer, confined, violence spree, crime, haunted by the past, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
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Assassins Run (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Russia
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Maya becomes the target of the Russian mafia after her husband, a successful American businessman, is killed.
Style: serious, twists and turns, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, danger, ballet, gangsters, rescue, corrupt officer, crimes, track down, confined, crime, chases and races, frame up ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia, saint petersburg
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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: humorous, offbeat, semi serious, romantic, cynical ...
Plot: coming out, gays and lesbians, gay relationship, gay, prison, confined, gay couple, gay lead character, deception, homosexual, gay love, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, year 2006, year 1998
Place: miami, texas, florida, georgia, usa ...
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 6.4
 189K
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, suspenseful, serious, futuristic, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car chase, prison, ex convict, contests and competitions, tough guy, violence, prison life, police brutality, chases and races, corruption, survival, criminal\'s rights ...
Time: future, year 2012, 2010s, 2020s
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 5.9
 26K
Fortress (1992)
Genre: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A futuristic prison movie. Protagonist and wife are nabbed at a future US emigration point with an illegal baby during population control. The resulting prison experience is the subject of the movie. The prison is a futuristic one run by a private ...
Style: exciting, futuristic, rough, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, escape, fighting the system, mind control, rescue, heroes, heroic mission, rebellion, androids and robots, danger, isolation ...
Time: future, 80s
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