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, bleak, rough and interesting films and TV shows about / with death row, prison, death sentence, crimes, murder, deadly, confined, redemption, death and life is a bitch plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as death row: The Green Mile (1999), Dead Man Walking (1995), Clemency (2019), The Life of David Gale (2003), Too Young to Die? (1990), True Crime (1999), The Executioner's Song (1982), Killer: A Journal of Murder (1995), The Fugitive (1993), Day Break (2005).

List of death row movies

 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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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, psychological, emotional, sad ...
Plot: prison, death row, rape, death sentence, court, nun, redemption, lethal injection, warden, lawyer, justice, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: louisiana, new orleans, southern usa
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 6.5
 4K
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: bleak, suspenseful, disturbing, compassionate, rough ...
Plot: death row, lethal injection, prison, prison warden, black american, retirement, drunkenness, demonstration, african american, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, protest ...
Place: usa
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The Life of David Gale (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Spain, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.
Style: surprise ending, thought provoking, suspense, twist ending, serious ...
Plot: fighting the system, death sentence, suicide, death row, murder, investigation, professor, death, activist, false accusation, rape, reporter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, austin texas, houston texas, usa, spain ...
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Too Young to Die? (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: An abused 15 year old is charged with a murder that carries the death penalty in this fact-based story.
Style: emotional, sad, neo noir, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: death row, teenage prostitute, murder, teenage prostitution, revenge, teenager, lawyer, death sentence, serial killer, courtroom, courtroom drama, age difference ...
Time: 80s
Place: oklahoma
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 6.6
 36K
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, psychological, suspense, serious, tense ...
Plot: death sentence, death row, crimes, investigation, race against time, lawyer, false accusation, prison, journalism, uncover truth, journal, reporter ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, oakland california, san francisco
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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: serious, realistic, thought provoking, bleak, rough ...
Plot: murder, death row, crimes, death sentence, prison, courtroom drama, price of justice, confined, journalism, legal, going straight, true crime ...
Time: year 1976
Place: utah, usa
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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, twists and turns, unusual plot structure, psychological, melancholic ...
Plot: serial killer, death row, crimes, prison rape, prison, murder, death sentence, jewish, greed, gangsters, violence, guilt ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, israel, california, minnesota, africa
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 7.8
 292K
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, twists and turns, suspense, cerebral ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night
Plot: on the run, betrayal, fugitives, escape, conspiracy, manhunt, framed for murder, frame up, protagonist as suspect, uncover truth, escapades, hospital ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, illinois
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 7.0
 304
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, serious, suspenseful, rough, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, death row, prison life, confined, pardon, society, legal, life is a bitch, injustice, legal action, law enforcement, forgiveness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, middle east
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 5.7
 38K
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: sexy, atmospheric, surreal, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: prison, reporter, small town, investigation, crimes, death row, dangerous attraction, bdsm, injustice, police investigation, newspaper man, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, year 1969
Place: florida, everglades, usa, miami
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 6.0
 52K
The Condemned (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 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, intense, harsh, stylized, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: island, survival, brutality, betrayal, death, death row, vengeance, chase, murder, last man standing, jungle, battles ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
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 5.8
 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, realistic, emotional, non-linear, psychological
Plot: child in peril, death row, crimes, crime gone awry, life is a bitch, child abduction, family problems, addiction, strange person, dishonesty, hopes, society ...
Time: contemporary
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 6.4
 27K
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: tense, twists and turns, psychological, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: serial killer, prison, murder, death row, mystery, psychopath, crimes, investigation, lawyer, revenge, legal investigation, courtroom ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: florida, new jersey, harvard university, usa, 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: emotional, compassionate, atmospheric, sincere, touching ...
Plot: murder, prison, island, death row, death sentence, romance, redemption, tragic love, fighting the system, introspection, social differences, destiny ...
Time: 19th century, 50s, 1850s
Place: france, paris france, europe
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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, talky, intense, serious, tense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: prison, lawyer, murder, death row, lethal injection, death sentence, justice, love story, courtroom drama, prison life, life is a bitch, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, texas, australia, india, taj mahal ...
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 8.4
 6K
Virumaandi (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, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: prison riot, frame up, death row, death sentence, corporal punishment, rivalry, false accusation, village, prison, journalism, life is a bitch, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia
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Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 120 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: emotional, uplifting, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: prison, gang, gangsters, redemption, death row, violence, brutality, adaptation, justice, hopes, human spirit, crimes ...
Time: future, 80s, contemporary, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 7.1
 89K
Monster's Ball (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Set in the southern USA, a racist white man, Hank, falls in love with a black woman named Leticia. Ironically, Hank is a prison guard working on Death Row who executed Leticia's husband. Hank and Leticia's inter-racial affair leads to ...
Style: sexy, depressing, psychological, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: racism, prison, interracial relations, electric chair, white male black female relationship, father son relationship, dysfunctional family, interracial sex, female nudity, eviction, redemption, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: georgia, usa, louisiana, southern usa
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 7.0
 83K
Fallen (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Homicide detective John Hobbes witnesses the execution of serial killer Edgar Reese. Soon after the execution the killings start again, and they are very similar to Reese's style.
Style: twist ending, surprise ending, neo noir, twists and turns, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, supernatural, murder, good versus evil, psychic, demon, devil, police detective, murder investigation, curse, execution, demonic possession ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york, philadelphia
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 6.6
 449
The Exonerated (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Six people tell their stories on a single subject - how they got wrongfully convicted to death penalty, but later got exonerated.
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, suspenseful
Plot: death row, false accusation, racism, injustice, fighting the system, human spirit, courtroom drama, hopes, life is a bitch, legal, confined, rebellion ...
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 2.3
 532
13 Dead Men (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 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, sexy, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, death row, criminal heroes, false accusation, confined, life is a bitch, partners, wrongfully committed, frame up, buddies, dishonesty, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: contemporary
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 5.5
 1K
Alive (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Tenshu is imprisoned and sentenced to death for murdering the men who raped his girlfriend. However, he manages to survive his execution and is presented with an option: face another execution attempt or subject himself to their bizarre and ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, rough, serious
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: death row, survival, experiment, vengeance, confined, martial arts, prison life, adventure, human experiment, prison, space and aliens, parasite ...
Time: future
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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: tense, realistic, serious, rough, psychological ...
Plot: death row, murder, injustice, false accusation, prison, who done it, wrongfully committed, destiny, frame up, riddles and clues, prison life, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: tennessee
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 7.6
 67K
Just Mercy (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: The powerful true story of Harvard-educated lawyer Bryan Stevenson, who goes to Alabama to defend the disenfranchised and wrongly condemned — including Walter McMillian, a man sentenced to death despite evidence proving his innocence. Bryan fights ...
Style: tense, disturbing, suspenseful, suspense, touching ...
Plot: lawyer, courtroom, false accusation of murder, defense attorney, murder, perjury, prison, convict, african american, innocence, death row, lie ...
Time: year 1987, 80s, year 1992, year 1993, 20th century
Place: alabama
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 6.0
 15K
The Chamber (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Having survived the hatred and bigotry that was his Klansman grandfather's only legacy, young attorney Adam Hall seeks at the last minute to appeal the old man's death sentence for the murder of two small Jewish boys 30 years before. Only ...
Style: thought provoking, suspense, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, ku klux klan, death sentence, crimes, murder, legal, prison, anti semitism, haunted by the past, courtroom, courtroom drama, lawyer ...
Time: 90s, year 1996, year 1967, 60s, 20th century
Place: usa, mississippi
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 7.9
 27K
In Cold Blood (1967)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A 1967 film based on Truman Capote's book of the same name. After a botched robbery results in the brutal murder of a rural family, two drifters elude police, in the end coming to terms with their own mortality and the repercussions of their ...
Style: disturbing, dramatic, tense, gloomy, neo noir ...
Plot: murder, courtroom, serial killer, true crime, death row, death sentence, crimes, justice, murder of family, killer, dysfunctional family, violence ...
Time: year 1965, 50s, 20th century, 60s, year 1960 ...
Place: kansas, usa, las vegas, midwest, texas ...
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 6.4
 455
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: realistic, semi serious, psychotronic, classic noir
Plot: death row, prisoner, prison life, murder, prison, pardon, crimes, hopes, confined, going straight, store, redemption ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, 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: realistic, serious, gloomy, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: death row, vietnam war, death sentence, prison, friendship, love and romance, crumbling marriage, lovers reunited, family life, prison life, haunted by the past, suicide attempt ...
Time: 90s, year 1989, 80s
Place: vietnam, asia, south carolina
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 4.3
 173
The Chair (2016)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: An innocent man on death row witnesses savage killings at the hands of the prison's sadistic Warden. To survive, he must match the brutality in the prison and confront his own horrifying past.
Style: suspense, scary, slasher, bleak, psychotronic
Plot: death row, murder, prison, police, halloween, torture, prison guard, death sentence, brutality, violence, psychopath, killing spree ...
Place: usa
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