Juvenile prison movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant juvenile prison movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, rough, emotional, bleak and psychological films and TV shows about / with juvenile prison, prison, violence, juvenile delinquent, juvenile delinquency, friendship, youth, coming of age, teenager and prison life plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as juvenile prison: Dog Pound (2010), Sleepers (1996), The Home of Dark Butterflies (2008), The Sheriff Behind Bars (1966), Shark: The Beginning (2021), Corpus Christi (2019), Stronger Than Blood (2010), Jailbait (2014), Grey Home (1984), Rainbow (2010).

List of juvenile prison movies

Dog Pound (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Canada, UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Three juvenile delinquents arrive at a correctional center and are put under the care of an experienced guard.
Style: serious, sincere, tense, realistic, social ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: prison, juvenile delinquency, juvenile prison, sodomy, male nudity, teenage protagonist, prison life, youth, going straight, teenage boy, reformatory, social relations ...
Time: 21st century
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Sleepers (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: Two gangsters seek revenge on the state jail worker who during their stay at a youth prison sexually abused them. A sensational court hearing takes place to charge him for the crimes.
Style: disturbing, sadistic, suspenseful, harsh, serious ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: lawyer, child abuse, childhood, vengeance, rape, courtroom drama, sexual abuse, haunted by the past, pedophilia, friendship, revenge, murder trial ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, new york yankees, manhattan new york city
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The Home of Dark Butterflies (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Haunted by his traumatic past and cautious about the prospects of an uncertain future, a fourteen year old boy named Juhani winds up in an isolated boys' home known as The Island. Juhani (Niilo Syvaoja) has been shuttled between foster homes ...
Style: serious, emotional, touching, realistic
Plot: teenager, isolation, friendship, island, juvenile prison, juvenile detention, youth, school, juvenile delinquent, bully, family relations, family problems ...
Time: 21st century
Place: finland
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The Sheriff Behind Bars (1966)
Genre: Drama
Country: Czechoslovakia
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A dramatic story from the setting of a youth de tention center. Youngster Jakub, out of delusory solidarity, gets convicted of theft and goes to prison in place ofthe "sheriff" of his gang. He naively hopes that the sheriff will appreciate ...
Plot: juvenile prison, chess, informant, jail cell, friendship between men, stuttering, masturbation, nude, friend, violence, female nudity, male nudity ...
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Shark: The Beginning (2021)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A bullied teenager who is locked up at a juvenile detention center due to an unexpected accident, meets a mixed martial arts champion to break through his own limits.
Style: captivating, disturbing, psychological
Plot: juvenile prison, juvenile detention, child abuse, martial arts, teenager, suspense, prison life, master warrior, revenge, violence, bullying, troubled youth
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Corpus Christi (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The story of a 20-year-old Daniel who experiences a spiritual transformation while living in a Youth Detention Center. He wants to become a priest but this is impossible because of his criminal record. When he is sent to work at a carpenter’s ...
Style: sincere, art house, ambiguous ending, thought provoking, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: prison, priest, catholic church, fake priest, juvenile prison, ex convict, car accident, fake identity, cemetery, mayor, funeral, fire ...
Place: poland, eastern europe
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Stronger Than Blood (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Fresh out of juvenile prison, Tommy has sworn off the drugs. But when the going gets tough, the only support he finds is from his best friend Sule - who has "the master plan": one last drug deal to finance their own auto body shop.
Plot: prison, juvenile prison, betrayal by friend, childhood friend, drug dealer, friendship between boys, friendship, drug traffic, singing in a car
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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: emotional, rough, erotic, art house, sexy ...
Plot: women's prison, women in prison, prison, prison sex, juvenile detention, female female relationship, lesbian cunnilingus, confined, survival, teenage life, exploitation, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century
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Grey Home (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: Yugoslavia
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: A rather grim depiction of life in home for juvenile delinquents. Stories follow young offenders and attempts of the educators to show them the right path, often facing defeats in changing their behavior, which mostly turns out to be a result of ...
Plot: juvenile prison, firefighting, robbery, reformatory, psychologist, education, pickpocket, escape, juvenile delinquent, police officer, life, male female relationship ...
Place: italy, former yugoslavia
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Rainbow (2010)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: About ten years after the Second World War, a group of juvenile offenders are sent to the Shounan Special Reform School, a kind of juvenile detention center, to deal with the atrocities and injustices they experienced in the war.
Style: anime, neo noir, psychological, exciting, tense ...
Plot: prison, prison violence, gay rape, pedophile, courage, friendship, freedom, male camaraderie, brutality, revenge, escape, prisoner ...
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Bad Boys (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Mick O'Brien is a young Chicago street thug torn between a life of petty crime and the love of his girlfriend. But when the heist of a local drug dealer goes tragically wrong Mick is sentenced to a brutal juvenile prison where violence is a ...
Style: neo noir, realistic, disturbing, tense, serious ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: prison, suspense, gang, teenager, juvenile delinquency, youth, prison escape, violence, gangsters, rivalry, confined, society ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, california, chicago illinois, new jersey
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Capernaum (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Lebanon, France, Cyprus, Qatar, UK
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Zain, a 12-year-old boy scrambling to survive on the streets of Beirut, sues his parents for having brought him into such an unjust world, where being a refugee with no documents means that your rights can easily be denied.
Style: social, sad, thought provoking, rough, cynical ...
Plot: poverty, traumatic childhood, slum, misery, child abuse, refugee, neglected child, child protagonist, child labor, low lives, life is a bitch, child neglect ...
Time: 2010s, future
Place: lebanon, beirut lebanon
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Scrubbers (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Two girls escape from an open borstal for two very different reasons; Annetta to attempt to visit her baby daughter, who is being raised in a convent; and Carol, who hopes to be recaptured and sent to a closed borstal where she knows her girlfriend ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, bleak, suspenseful
Plot: prison, women's prison, women in prison, survival, juvenile prison, prisoner, remorse, abbey, dark humor, monastery, lesbian relationship, teenage girl ...
Time: 80s
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Racing for Time (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Cleveland 'Stack' Stackhouse is a guard with the Texas Correctional Youth Authority who witnesses the cycle of destructive choices and racial tensions among female teen offenders and decides to do something about it. He gathers ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, serious
Plot: prison, rivalry, human spirit, against the odds, prison guard, rebellion, youth, society, hopes, ambition, confined, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century
Place: texas
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Beautiful City (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Akbar has just turned eighteen. He has been held in a rehabilitation centre for committing murder at the age of sixteen when he was condemned to death. Legally speaking, he had to reach the age of eighteen so that the conviction could be carried ...
Style: emotional, psychological, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: death sentence, redemption, prison, crime and punishment, confined, love and romance, youth, legal action, hopes, life is a bitch, boy, matchmaking ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: iran
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Salaam Bombay! (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: India, USA, France, UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Before Slumdog Millionaire came Salaam Bombay!, Mira Nair’s Oscar-nominated drama tells the moving story of life on the streets of Bombay as seen through the eyes of Chaipu, a twelve-year-old boy living rough in the city.
Style: realistic, touching, art film, art house, sad ...
Plot: coming of age, drug addiction, kids in trouble, childhood, youth, homeless, ethnic, sex, friendship, corruption, poverty, betrayal ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: india, asia, mumbai india, bombay india
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Breathing (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Austria
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A 19-year-old is coming out of prison and trying to build a new life but he can't deal with his guilt.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, gloomy
Plot: teenage boy, prison life, guilt, youth, self discovery, redemption, going straight, starting over, haunted by the past, introspection, society, confined ...
Time: 21st century
Place: austria, europe
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7 Virgins (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Tano is 16-years-old and is already sitting in jail. In 48 hours he’s a free man and off to the wedding of his brother. In the two days he recounts his neighborhood in a section of Sevilla.
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: wedding, juvenile delinquent, friendship, juvenile delinquency, self discovery, teenage life, rebellious youth, buddies, society, youth, kids in trouble, family relations ...
Place: spain, europe
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Nandha (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Nandha (Tamil: நந்தா) is a 2001 Indian Tamil drama film written and directed by Bala, starring Suriya and Laila in the leading roles, while Rajkiran, Saravanan and Rajshree play other supporting roles. The film also marked the debut of ...
Style: serious, touching, captivating
Plot: tragedy, ex convict, juvenile delinquent, patricide, deaf mute, murder, mother son relationship, suspense, boy, death of protagonist, poisoning, refugee ...
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Blood In, Blood Out (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on half-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo. It opens in 1972, as the three are members of an East L.A. gang known as the "Vatos Locos", ...
Style: intense, bad ending, entertaining, realistic, serious ...
Plot: gang, gangsters, street gang, prison, prison gang, drug abuse, drug addiction, violence spree, destiny, jail, police shootout, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, ecuador, guatemala ...
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American Me (1992)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Edward J. Olmos made his directorial bow with the powerhouse crime saga American Me. Olmos stars as street-gang leader Santana, who during his 18 years in Folsom Prison rules over all the drug-and-murder activities behind bars. Upon his release, ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, talky, emotional, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, gang, prison gang, sexual abuse, gangsters, racism, jail, mafia, rape, violence, juvenile delinquency, justice ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 70s, 50s, year 1959 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, san francisco
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