Death row movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant death row movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough, psychological and bleak films and TV shows about / with death row, prison, crimes, murder, death sentence, deadly, crime, confined, redemption and life is a bitch plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, Canada, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as death row: The Green Mile (1999), Dead Man Walking (1995), The Life of David Gale (2003), True Crime (1999), The Paperboy (2012), Clemency (2019), The Executioner's Song (1982), Convicts 4 (1962), Beyond the Call (1996), Deathrow Gameshow (1987).

List of death row movies

 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, life philosophy, death row, supernatural, prison life, human nature, stephen king, convict, supernatural ability, death sentence, confined ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1935, 90s ...
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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Dead Man Walking (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A justice drama based on a true story about a man on death row who in his last days forms a strong relationship with a nun who teaches him forgiveness and gives him spirituality as she accompanies him to his execution.
Style: thought provoking, touching, emotional, serious, psychological ...
Plot: prison, death row, rape, court, lethal injection, death sentence, nun, death penalty, redemption, warden, forgiveness, confession ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: southern usa, louisiana
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The Life of David Gale (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, UK, Spain
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.
Style: thought provoking, surprise ending, serious, suspense, rough ...
Plot: fighting the system, death sentence, false accusation, professor, death, reporter, death row, who done it, investigation, suicide, murder, activist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, spain, houston texas, italy ...
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 6.6
 33K
True Crime (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Boozer, skirt chaser, careless father. You could create your own list of reporter Steve Everett's faults but there's no time. A San Quentin Death Row prisoner is slated to die at midnight – a man Everett has suddenly realized is innocent.
Style: suspenseful, serious, suspense, psychological, tense ...
Plot: death row, death sentence, race against time, investigation, false accusation, journalism, death penalty, crime, crimes, uncover truth, lethal injection, journal ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, california, oakland california, san francisco
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 5.8
 36K
The Paperboy (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: As investigative reporter Ward Jansen and his partner Yardley Acheman chase a sensational, career-making story with the help of Ward's younger brother Jack and sultry death-row groupie Charlotte Bless, the pair tries to prove violent ...
Style: serious, tense, captivating, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: small town, death row, investigation, reporter, injustice, crimes, dangerous attraction, prison, newspaper man, uncover truth, life is a bitch, journalism ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century ...
Place: florida, usa, everglades, miami
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Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Redemption tells the story of Stan "Tookie" Williams, founder of the Crips L.A. street gang. Story follows his fall into gang-banging, his prison term, and his work writing children's novels encouraging peace and anti-violence ...
Style: uplifting, emotional, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: redemption, death row, prison, gang, gangsters, human spirit, hopes, crimes, deadly, murder, journalism, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, future, 80s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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 6.5
 3K
Clemency (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams. As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, psychological, compassionate, disturbing ...
Plot: death row, prison, prison warden, retirement, lawyer, african american, prison guard, father son relationship, teacher, drunkenness, guilt, protest ...
Place: usa
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The Executioner's Song (1982)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: In this fact-based film, Gary Gilmore, an Indiana man who just finished serving a lengthy stay in prison, tries to start anew by moving to Utah. Before long, Gary begins an ill-advised romance with the troubled Nicole Baker, a teenage single mother. ...
Style: rough, bleak, realistic, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: murder, death sentence, death row, capital punishment, prison, price of justice, courtroom drama, journalism, legal, going straight, confined, crimes ...
Time: year 1976
Place: utah, usa
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 6.5
 399
Convicts 4 (1962)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: This movie is about the progression of John Resko's (Ben Gazzara) character as he is commuted from the death sentence for killing a man to life in prison. Not only is he transferred to a new facility, but his guard (Stuart Whitman), who ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, psychotronic
Plot: death row, murder, prison life, prison, crimes, going straight, deadly, store, redemption, pardon, hopes, confined ...
Time: 60s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: new york
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Beyond the Call (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Russell Gates (David Strahairn) is a Vietnam vet on death row for killing a policeman. His childhood sweetheart, Pam O'Brien (Sissy Spacek), is stunned to learn this and does not believe he could commit such a crime. She writes to him much to ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, clever, gloomy ...
Plot: death row, prison, friendship, lovers reunited, prison life, haunted by the past, family life, crumbling marriage, love and romance, old friends reunited, vietnam veteran, prisoner ...
Time: 90s, 80s, year 1989
Place: vietnam, asia, south carolina
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Deathrow Gameshow (1987)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Chuck Toedan's the host of a gameshow featuring death row convicts competeing in life-or-death contests in hopes of cheating the executioner or, at the very least, winning some nice prizes for their next of kin. Not surprisingly, Chuck has made ...
Style: rough, clever, witty, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: death row, tv show, satire, dark humor, striptease, fictional game show, media, crimes, rivalry, prison, media satire, ratings ...
Time: 80s
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 5.6
 4K
Body Parts (1991)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A criminal psychologist loses his arm in a car crash, and becomes one of three patients to have their missing limbs replaced by those belonging to an executed serial killer. One of them dies violently, and disturbing occurrences start happening to ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, scary, rough, slasher ...
Plot: police investigation, death row, murder, transplant, mind game, vengeance, supernatural, danger, serial killer, car accident, body horror, bar fight ...
Time: 90s
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Killer: A Journal of Murder (1995)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Carl Panzram is sent to Leavenworth Prison for burglary. While there, he is brutally beaten by a guard. Neophyte guard Henry Lesser feels sympathy for Panzram, befriends him, and gets him to write his life story. Lesser learns that Panzram's ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, death row, murder, prison, empathy, redemption, crimes, crime, human nature, prison life, introspection, deadly ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: minnesota, new jersey, california, israel, africa
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A Letter from Death Row (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A psychological thriller that takes you through the mind of convicted killer, Michael Raine, and his experiences on death row. Was he guilty of killing his girlfriend or was he a victim of a conspiracy to frame him for a crime he didn't commit? ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, bleak, rough, serious ...
Plot: death row, murder, destiny, frame up, manhunt, life is a bitch, crimes, wrongfully committed, who done it, riddles and clues, false accusation, prison life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: tennessee
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 2.1
 428
13 Dead Men (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 69 min.
Story: Set in a prison, a death row inmate has a secret and the warden will go to any lengths to get it. Things dont go as planned as you would expect. A good action film with alot of good fight scenes and an interesting twist at the end.What we have ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting, sexual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: death row, prison, criminal heroes, false accusation, confined, life is a bitch, partners, law enforcement, frame up, wrongfully committed, protagonist as suspect, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary
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 6.9
 246
Day Break (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Since the Islamic Revolution in Iran, capital punishment is carried out according to Islamic law, which gives the family of the victim ownership of the offender's life. Day Break - based on a compilation of true stories and shot inside ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: death row, prison, prison life, confined, pardon, society, life is a bitch, deadly, legal, legal action, law enforcement, injustice ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, middle east
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 3.1
 7K
Seed (2006)
Genre: Horror
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: After surviving the electric chair, convicted serial killer Max Seed is buried alive. He digs himself out of the grave and goes on a killing spree. Taking revenge on the men who put him there and random unfortunates alike.
Style: slasher, serious, disturbing, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: electric chair, serial killer, revenge, death row, sadistic horror, psychopath, gory, deadly, mind game, criminal's revenge, danger, master criminal ...
Time: 70s, year 1979
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 8.3
 5K
Virumandi (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 175 min.
Story: A reporter researching the death penalty in India is recounted the story of a farm owner Virumandi whose role in a clan feud between Naicker and Kothalla Devar leads him to death row. As the story unfolds, there is a riot in the jail, and the only ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: frame up, rivalry, prison riot, false accusation, village, death row, prison, death sentence, corporal punishment, deadly, crimes, confined ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
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Love Comes to the Executioner (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A young man is hired as the executioner at a prison where his brother sits on death row. Things get more surreal when he falls in love with his brother's ex-girlfriend -- who's imprisoned herself.
Style: humorous, semi serious, captivating, realistic, absurd
Plot: fall in love, dark humor, death row, prison, prison life, couples, family relations, love and romance, confined, crimes, romance, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: montana
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 6.0
 50K
The Condemned (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Jack Conrad is awaiting the death penalty in a corrupt Central American prison. He is "purchased" by a wealthy television producer and taken to a desolate island where he must fight to the death against nine other condemned killers from ...
Style: exciting, rough, intense, harsh, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: island, jungle, betrayal, chase, brutality, last man standing, battles, battle, death row, survival, surveillance, vengeance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
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Shot in the Heart (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: AND YOU'RE TO BLAME! Honey, you give love a bad name. (The story of a man coming to terms with the sins and secrets of his notorious brother and, in the process, exploring the legacy of violence in his own family.)
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, death row, prison, courtroom drama, prison life, dysfunctional family, tragic hero, parents and children, mormon, redemption, price of justice, deadly ...
Time: 70s
Place: utah, usa
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 5.9
 2K
Take (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The lives of two strangers - a struggling mother and a gambling addict - meet in tragedy. Years pass, and they must come to terms with themselves, and one another.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, non-linear, psychological
Plot: child in peril, death row, crimes, life is a bitch, crime gone awry, child abduction, addiction, family problems, gambling, clergy, dishonesty, society ...
Time: contemporary
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 6.4
 25K
Just Cause (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Bobby Earl is facing the electric chair for the murder of a young girl. Eight years after the crime he calls in Paul Armstrong, a professor of law, to help prove his innocence. Armstrong quickly uncovers some overlooked evidence to present to the ...
Style: rough, tense, twists and turns, psychological, mind bending ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, prison, psychopath, death row, police brutality, electric chair, mystery, crime, crimes, police detective, fighting the system ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: florida, usa, harvard university, miami, everglades ...
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The Widow of Saint-Pierre (2000)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In 1850, on the isolated French island of Saint-Pierre, a murder shocks the natives. Two fishermen are arrested. One of them, Louis Ollivier, dies in custody. The other, Neel Auguste, is sentenced to death by the guillotine. The island is so small ...
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, compassionate, atmospheric ...
Plot: murder, redemption, prison, death sentence, tragic love, island, death row, introspection, romance, isolation, destiny, social differences ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s, 50s, 1950s
Place: france, europe, paris france
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 5.6
 6K
Most Wanted (1997)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Sgt. James Dunn, who is wrongly accused of assassination of the officer he had a row with, is saved from death row and recruited for top-secret special operations squad led by Lt. Col Grant Casey. Their mission is to neutralize criminals who had ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: frame up, on the run, chase, manhunt, political conspiracy, assassination, false accusation, death row, top secret, crimes, betrayal, investigation ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
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The Crow: Salvation (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Alex Corvis returns to the world of the living to solve the murder of a young woman that he was wrongly accused of killing. Alex follows the crow into the police department's evidence room, where he discovers that Lauren was killed by a group ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful, neo noir ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: good versus evil, supernatural, electric chair, tragic hero, afterlife, murder, martial arts, vigilantism, false accusation, superhero, death, revenge ...
Time: 2000s, 1990s, 90s
Place: salt lake city utah
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 5.7
 4K
Last Dance (1996)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Upon taking a new job, young lawyer Rick Hayes is assigned to the clemency case of Cindy Liggett, a woman convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. As Hayes investigates the background for her case, the two begin to form a deep ...
Style: emotional, tense, serious, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: prison, murder, lethal injection, lawyer, death row, courtroom drama, life is a bitch, legal action, dedicated lawyer, prison life, false accusation, power relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: taj mahal, india, australia, texas, new jersey ...
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L.A. Law: The Movie (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Reunion movie from the popular TV series reunites most of the original cast from the Los Angeles law firm of McKenzie-Brackman. In the eight years since the series ended, the founding senior partner, Leland McKenzie, has retired and left Douglas ...
Style: captivating, psychological, suspenseful, serious
Plot: law firm, lawyer, reunion, legal, death row, courtroom
Place: los angeles
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 8.3
 25K
Rectify (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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Story: After 19 years on Death Row for the rape and murder of his teenage girlfriend, Daniel Holden is going home. His conviction has been vacated due to new DNA evidence. Now he has to return to a world he no longer knows and his reentry into the outside ...
Style: sincere, psychological, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: ex convict, wrongful conviction, freedom, innocence, family relations, lawyer, death row, miscarriage of justice, starting over, direction and purpose, homecoming, haunted by the past ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, georgia, southern usa, europe
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 7.8
 272K
The Fugitive (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Wrongfully accused of murdering his wife, Richard Kimble escapes from the law in an attempt to find her killer and clear his name. Pursuing him is a team of U.S. marshals led by Deputy Samuel Gerard, a determined detective who will not rest until ...
Style: suspenseful, neo noir, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: frame up, manhunt, escape, uncover truth, betrayal, protagonist as suspect, on the run, fugitives, framed for murder, death sentence, convict, doctor ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, illinois
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