Life sentence movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant life sentence movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, captivating, rough, suspenseful and talky films and TV shows about / with life sentence, prison, life is a bitch, crimes, murder, confined, prisoner, crime, prison life and violence plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, France, Italy and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as life sentence: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Life (1999), Papillon (1973), The Wrath of Cain (2010), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), Prison Break (2005), Aayitha Ezhuthu (2004), 23rd March 1931: Shaheed (2002), Prison Song (2001), The Mulberry Tree (2010).

List of life sentence movies

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: touching, clever, captivating, inspirational, uplifting ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, false accusation, prison escape, freedom, prison life, life is a bitch, life sentence, plot twist, criminal heroes, hopes, confined ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, 40s ...
Place: usa, pacific ocean, maine, mexico
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 6.8
 45K
Life (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Two men in 1930s Mississippi become friends after being sentenced to life in prison together for a crime they did not commit.
Style: humorous, semi serious, twists and turns, funny, entertaining ...
Plot: life sentence, prison life, escape attempt, criminal, redemption, african american, injustice, frame up, crimes, partners, dishonesty, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1930s, 90s, 30s, 20th century, year 1932 ...
Place: mississippi, new york, usa, mississippi river, southern usa ...
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 8.0
 120K
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, captivating, tense, suspense, inspirational ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, human spirit, false accusation, criminal heroes, life sentence, prison life, solitary, escape attempt, adventure, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, 30s, 40s ...
Place: atlantic ocean, latin america
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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, life is a bitch, redemption, family problems, prison, hopes, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, parents and children, tough heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: After killing a prison guard, convict Robert Stroud faces life imprisonment in solitary confinement. Driven nearly mad by loneliness and despair, Stroud's life gains new meaning when he happens upon a helpless baby sparrow in the exercise yard ...
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: prison, bird, warden, solitary, redemption, life sentence, self discovery, alcatraz, rebel, human spirit, defiant, punishment ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1910s, 1920s, 1940s ...
Place: usa, kansas, san francisco
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 8.3
 466K
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, suspenseful, exciting, twists and turns, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, fugitives, escape, confined, scheme, conspiracy, chases and races, fbi, self sacrifice, manhunt, fighting the system ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Aayitha Ezhuthu (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 160 min.
Story: Three men and their accidental meeting on a bridge will change their lives forever.
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, suspenseful
Plot: domestic violence, love, idealist, wife beater, haunted by the past, life sentence, life turned upside down, small time, resilience, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, teenage boy, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india
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23rd March 1931: Shaheed (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: India
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Bhagat Singh, a freedom fighter, is arrested for killing the British official responsible for the death of his mentor Lala Lajpatrai. He is ultimately hanged for his misdeed.
Style: disturbing, rough, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: prison, vengeance, prison life, rebellion, politics, life is a bitch, deadly, legal, rebelliousness, life sentence, police brutality, trial ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 30s, 20s
Place: india, asia
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 6.3
 576
Prison Song (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Elijah has been bounced from group home to group home throughout his turbulent young life. What has sustained him is his art. After a promised scholarship is taken away, Elijah ends up in a fight that result in the death of another boy. Now, ...
Style: sincere, rough, serious, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: prison, injustice, hip hop, juvenile delinquency, criminal heroes, musician's life, redemption, prison life, crime, youth, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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The Mulberry Tree (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A drama centered on a young man working in Rhode Island's state corrections system and his relationship with a convicted murderer who is dying of AIDS and spending his remaining days on hospital detail.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, talky ...
Plot: hospital, redemption, hopes, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, terminal illness, prison, estrangement, one more chance, life sentence, family relations, murderer ...
Place: rhode island, usa
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Provoked: A True Story (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, India
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Provoked is the true story of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, a Punjabi woman who moved to London after her marriage with Deepak Ahluwalia. Her husband seemed caring at first but then began to beat her up. He started drinking a lot and sleeping around with ...
Style: serious, realistic, bleak, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: murder, arranged marriage, prison, hopes, deadly, hotshot lawyer, life sentence, life is a bitch, family problems, courtroom drama, fighting the system, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, london, europe
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 5.6
 31K
Death Race II (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: South Africa, Germany
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In the world's most dangerous prison, a new game is born: Death Race. The rules of this adrenaline-fueled blood sport are simple, drive or die. When repentant convict Carl Lucas discovers there's a price on his head, his only hope is to ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, twists and turns, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: car chase, car race, prison, survival, life sentence, chases and races, danger, criminal heroes, confined, deadly, contests and competitions, death ...
Time: future
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 6.1
 350
Like the Wind (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The last few years in the life of Armida Miserere, female jail director who committed suicide
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, non-linear
Plot: prison, prison life, fighting crime, society, life is a bitch, fish out of water, price of justice, feminism, government facility, government official, life sentence, prison guard ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s, 1990s, 2000s
Place: italy, europe, palermo italy
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Suburban Mayhem (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Can you really get away with murder? Welcome to the world of Katrina, a 19-year-old single mum who's planning to do just that. Katrina lives in a world of petty crime, fast cars, manicures and blow-jobs. A master manipulator of men living at ...
Style: dark humor, semi serious, realistic, suspense, humorous ...
Plot: family relations, murder, suburbs, teenage life, youth, single parent, crimes, deadly, intrigue, parents and children, planned murder, family feud ...
Time: contemporary
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Cruel & Unusual (2014)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Wrongly condemned for killing his wife, a man finds himself in a mysterious institution where he is sentenced to relive her death for eternity.
Style: mind bending, captivating, psychological, suspense, tense ...
Plot: false accusation, crimes, life is a bitch, deadly, dishonesty, life sentence, murder of wife, time loop, danger, violence, couple relations, wrongfully committed ...
Time: near future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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The Orange Thief (2007)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Living on the outer boundaries of society, the eponymous orange thief and some other country-wise ruffians steal fruit for sustenance, sale, and the sheer excitement of courting danger. After the thief ends up in a Sicilian jail, his life takes an ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, captivating
Plot: criminal heroes, life turned upside down, crimes, social misfits, society, against the rules, jail, prisoner, deal, life sentence, cell mate, thief ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, sicily
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 6.2
 29K
Undisputed (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany, Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Monroe Hutchens is the heavyweight champion of Sweetwater, a maximum security prison. He was convicted to a life sentence due to a passionate crime. Iceman Chambers is the heavyweight champion, who lost his title due to a rape conviction to ten ...
Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, rough, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: prison, gangsters, murder, solitary, prison life, sport, african american, human spirit, crimes, crime, dishonesty, contests and competitions ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nevada, usa, mojave desert, las vegas, new jersey ...
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Midnight Express (1978)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Billy Hayes is caught attempting to smuggle drugs out of Turkey. The Turkish courts decide to make an example of him, sentencing him to more than 30 years in prison. Hayes has two opportunities for release: the appeals made by his lawyer, his ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, suspense, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: prison, torture, injustice, lawyer, drug smuggling, escape, escape attempt, trial, brutality, convict, suprisingly clever, rape ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: turkey, greece, istanbul turkey
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 8.7
 87K
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, suspenseful, realistic, rough, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, confined, rape, prison, rapist, life is a bitch, convict, strong sexual content, violence spree, gang, racism, electric chair ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, 20th century, contemporary, 2000s ...
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Caesar Must Die (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Winner of the Golden Bear at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival, Caesar Must Die (Cesare Deve Morire), the scripted documentary shows inmates at a prison in Rome rehearsing for a performance of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.
Style: realistic, captivating, talky, tense, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, audition, hopes, actor's life, human spirit, confined, criminal heroes, introspection, prison life, rehearsal, prison sentence, prison warden ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, rome italy
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Family Business (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Jessie is an aging career criminal who has been in more jails, fights, schemes, and lineups than just about anyone else. His son Vito, while currently on the straight and narrow, has had a fairly shady past and is indeed no stranger to illegal ...
Style: serious, realistic, talky, complex, emotional ...
Plot: heist, family relations, family business, prison, criminal, life sentence, grandfather grandson relationship, crimes, crime, family life, cons and scams, bittersweet ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york
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The Confession (1970)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 139 min.
Story: The vice-minister of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia, knowing he's being watched and followed, is one day arrested and put into solitary confinement by his blackmailers.
Style: suspenseful, rough, disturbing, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: mind game, prison, life sentence, social decay, isolation, price of justice, false accusation, downfall, confined, dishonesty, power relations, totalitarianism ...
Time: 20th century, year 1968, 60s, 50s, 1960s ...
Place: czech republic, czechoslovakia, soviet union, prague czechoslovakia, prague
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 5.8
 3K
Charlie Says (2018)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Three young women were sentenced to death in the infamous Manson murder case, but when the death penalty was lifted, their sentence became life imprisonment. One young graduate student was sent in to teach them - and through her we witness their ...
Style: suspense, disturbing, psychological, rough, based on true events
Plot: cult leader, female nudity, cult, serial murder, confined, female assassin, manipulation, female murderer, naked in public, clothed female naked male, prison, life sentence ...
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 5.0
 921
Animal 2 (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Now serving a life sentence for murder, James "Animal" Allen returns to fighting for cash in order to help his troubled son on the outside. However, with his newfound fame as a fighter, Animal uncovers a jailhouse conspiracy that threatens ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: prison, martial arts, false accusation, prison life, courtroom drama, frame up, murder, rivalry, society, life is a bitch, crimes, conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary
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Machine Gun McCain (1969)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After serving 12 years behind bars for armed robbery, tough guy Hank McCain finds himself the pawn of a ruthless mob runt's rebellion against a high level don. When McCain discovers that he's been betrayed and abandoned by his new ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: casino, on the run, crimes, crime gone awry, politics, gang, prison, criminal heroes, love affair, gambling, heist, rivalry ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: las vegas, san francisco
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 6.8
 1K
Zoot Suit (1981)
Genre: Drama, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Part fact and part fiction, Zoot Suit is the film version of Luis Valdez's critically acclaimed play, based on the actual Sleepy Lagoon murder case and the zoot suit riots of 1940s Los Angeles. Henry Reyna is the leader of a group of ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, stylized, adaptation directed by original author
Plot: racism, murder, interracial relations, mexican american, rebellion, fighting the system, legal, society, life is a bitch, protagonist as suspect, law enforcement, crimes ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: los angeles, usa
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I Only Want You to Love Me (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The story of the young man Peter, who grew up during the economic miracle, bereft of parental care and love. Learning early on that interpersonal relationships are based on the principles of exchange or purchase, he abides by these rules and gives ...
Style: psychological, gloomy, bleak, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: couples, dysfunctional family, unlikely criminals, life sentence, family problems, estrangement, family relations, crime and punishment, injustice, crimes, life is a bitch, crime ...
Time: 70s
Place: europe, germany, munich germany
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Just Ask My Children (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Based on the true story of a modern-day witch hunt, in which a couple is falsely accused and imprisoned for molesting their own children.
Style: disturbing, emotional, thought provoking, serious, realistic ...
Plot: custody, fighting the system, courtroom drama, false accusation, reunion, parents and children, family problems, injustice, legal, life is a bitch, dishonesty, legal action ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
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Confusion of Genders (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Bisexual attorney Alain is bedding his female boss, his murderer client, the client's hairdresser girlfriend, and a precocious boy who knows what he wants and tries to convince Alain that he can 'have it all'.
Style: witty, humorous, sexy, erotic, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: obsession, love triangle, farce, dangerous attraction, looking for love, womanizer, couples, love affair, romance, dishonesty, destructive relationship, infidelity ...
Time: 90s
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Death Race: Inferno (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, South Africa
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Carl Lucas / Frankenstein has won four of his races and needs to win one more to win his freedom. Before his final race, Lucas and his team, car and all, are transferred to another prison where they will compete in a Death Race in the desert. Also, ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car chase, desert, car race, car, deadly, danger, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, chases and races, survival, future dystopia, tv show ...
Time: future
Place: south africa, africa
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