Penal colony movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant penal colony movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic, suspense, rough and psychotronic films and TV shows about / with penal colony, prison, murder, escape, convict, prisoner, confined, crimes, brutality and death plots mostly in Drama, Action and Adventure genres shot in USA, Australia, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as penal colony: Van Diemen's Land (2009), Banished (2015), Papillon (1973), Papillon (2017), Proteus (2003), The One (2001), No Escape (1994), Jailbait (2014), Adam's Woman (1970), The Pirates of Blood River (1962).

List of penal colony movies

Van Diemen's Land (2009)
Genre: Biography, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The true story of Australia’s most notorious convict, Alexander Pearce and his infamous journey into the beautiful yet brutal Tasmanian wilderness. A point of no return for convicts banished from their homeland, Van Diemen’s Land was a feared ...
Style: tense, rough, suspenseful, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: survival, cannibalism, wilderness, penal colony, murder, fugitives, life is a bitch, rivalry, confined, escapades, wanted, escaped prisoner ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: australia, tasmania
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For the Term of His Natural Life (1983)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 520 min.
TV show
Story: In 1830's England, a young man from a good but troubled family is unjustly convicted of stealing a watch. He's transported to Van Dieman's Land (Tasmania) where he suffers under the enmity of Lt. Frere while falling in love with ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: penal colony, wrongful imprisonment, mutiny, false accusation, prison, convict, society, confined, life is a bitch, adventure, dishonesty, crimes ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: australia, tasmania
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The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Australia, UK
Duration: 480 min.
TV show
Story: A young woman is transported to the New South Wales penal colony in 1788.
Style: serious, realistic, suspense, captivating, road movie
Plot: adventure, life is a bitch, survival, human spirit, against the odds, escapades, on the run, girl heroine, society, prisoner, sailboat, injustice ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era
Place: australia, england, europe
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Banished (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: At its heart, Banished is a story of survival. Though it is set in the stark historical reality of the founding of the penal colony in Australia in 1788 after the arrival of the First Fleet, it is not the story of Australia and how it came to be. ...
Style: serious, tense, realistic, captivating, epic
Plot: colony, confined, colonialism, life is a bitch, community, prison, moral dilemma, control, governor, brutality, penal colony, survival ...
Time: 18th century, 1780s, georgian era
Place: australia, england, new south wales
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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: inspirational, psychological, realistic, dramatic, intense ...
Plot: prison escape, prison, human spirit, escape, runaway, survival, escape attempt, life philosophy, brutality, criminal heroes, escape plan, labor camp ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 70s, 1930s
Place: latin america, atlantic ocean
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Papillon (2017)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, 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: suspense, factual, motivational, homoerotic, brutal
Plot: prison, prison escape, escape, island prison, life sentence, solitary, friendship, survival, tattoo, wrongful conviction, human spirit, jungle ...
Time: year 1931, year 1969, 1930s, year 1970
Place: south america, france, venezuela, colombia, paris france
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Proteus (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, South Africa
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An exquisite period piece that skillfully explores the intersections of sex, race and politics takes place in 18th century South Africa, telling the passionate (true) story of two men caught in an unjust system rife with racism, homophobia and ...
Style: serious, emotional, sincere, sexy, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, interracial relations, prison, racism, island, prison life, coming out, forbidden love, romance, rebellion, opposites attract ...
Time: 18th century
Place: south africa, africa, amsterdam
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The One (2001)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A sheriff's deputy fights an alternate universe version of himself who grows stronger with each alternate self he kills.
Style: exciting, stylized, serious, suspenseful, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, parallel universe, alternate universe, alternate dimension, cyberpunk, time travel, kung fu, law enforcement, alternate reality, multiverse, supernatural ability, daring rescue ...
Time: future, contemporary
Place: hong kong, china, los angeles
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No Escape (1994)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In the year 2022, a ruthless prison warden has created the ultimate solution for his most troublesome and violent inmates: Absolom, a secret jungle island where prisoners are abandoned and left to die. But Marine Captain John Robbins, convicted of ...
Style: suspense, exciting, bleak, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, island, survival, jungle, prison guard, prisoner, escape, chase, adventure, distopia, brutality, violent ...
Time: future, near future
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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, suspense, sexy ...
Plot: women's prison, women in prison, prison, prison sex, juvenile detention, female female relationship, survival, confined, teenage life, exploitation, life is a bitch, voyeur ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Adam's Woman (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Adam is a young American wrongly accused of being an accomplice to murder while on shore leave in Liverpool. He is sentenced to death by hanging but the sentence is commuted to twenty years in a convict settlement in Australia.
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: women in prison, penal colony, australian outback, convict, escape, rivalry, crimes, starting over, legal action, hotshot lawyer, confined, dishonesty ...
Time: 19th century
Place: australia, europe, england
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The Pirates of Blood River (1962)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A group of ruthless pirates attack a 17th Century Huguenot settlement on the Isle of Devon in search of treasure and will stop at nothing to obtain it.
Style: exciting, captivating, entertaining, light, tense ...
Plot: pirate, treasure hunt, adventure, escapades, rivalry, village, island, infidelity, gold, swashbuckler, greed, romance ...
Time: 17th century
Place: caribbean
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Fatal Conflict (2000)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Czech Republic, Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In a lawless futuristic society, a rebel must prevent a tandem of renegades from destroying Los Angeles. An ex-star pilot is forced to stop a mad criminal and his gang after they've hi-jacked a huge space freighter with the intent of crashing ...
Style: serious, exciting, rough, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: race against time, heroic mission, psychopath, survival, heroes, crimes, escapades, confined, vengeance, murder, fight, spacecraft ...
Time: future, 90s, 2020s
Place: los angeles
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The Penal Colony (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile
Duration: 75 min.
Story: A foreign journalist arrives on a small Pacific island 200 miles off the coast of South America. Once a leper colony, the island was later transformed into a prison and then, under U.N. mandate, made into an independent republic. Yet despite ...
Plot: dictator, penal colony, torture, president, absurdism, journalist, prison visit, military dictatorship
Place: chile
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Island of Lost Souls (1974)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: Mexico
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Rene Cardona directs the film version of Jose Leon Sanchez's best-selling novel, which relates the author's 20 years of imprisonment on an island ruled by brutality. When a sadistic man declares himself the boss of an island pueblo, an ...
Style: psychotronic
Plot: penal colony, revenge, dancer, rape, punishment, fire, murder, prison, dictator, insanity, hard labor, homosexual ...
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L'Affaire Seznec (1993)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 196 min.
Story: Guillaume Seznec and Pierre Quéméneur join forces to sell cars to the Soviets. It was then that the latter suddenly disappeared, while driving with the former about 30 kilometers from Paris. The body will never be found. Seznec quickly became the ...
Plot: deportation, penal colony, fight for freedom, family relations, false accusation of murder, prison
Time: 1920s
Place: brittany
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Women of Devil's Island (1962)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Italian costume drama about convicted women in France being sent to the penal colony on Devil's Island where they must wade through alligator-infested waters and find gold. Life on the island is tough for these buxom, beautifully-swept coiffed ...
Style: cult film
Plot: women in prison, prison, women's prison, pirate, attempted escape, penal colony, illness, revolutionary, sister sister relationship, alligator, female prisoner, captain ...
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Patmos (1985)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 72 min.
Story: As an older man, the Apostle John was sentenced to forced labor on the Island of Patmos. God honored John with His visions, faithfully transcribed to become the Book of Revelation.
Style: christian film
Plot: faith, apostle, revelation, apocalypse, christian, martyr, slave labor, roman, island, roman empire, religious persecution, exile ...
Time: 1st century
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The Little Convict (1979)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 77 min.
Story: In old New South Wales a new bunch of convicts arrives including the little convict, young Toby Nelson. Consigned to a Government farm they are subjected to the cruelty of Sergeant Billy Langdon and Corporal Weazel Wesley. Toby escapes and flees ...
Plot: village idiot, highwayman, australian aboriginal, corporal punishment, male female relationship, painting, servant, love, death, british soldier, boy, painter ...
Time: 19th century
Place: new south wales
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Jean Galmot, Adventurer (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: France
Duration: 135 min.
Story: No overview found.
Plot: flashback, dancing, court, exploitation, fire, courtroom, mayor, election, murder, politician, prison, politics ...
Time: turn of the century, 20th century, 1920s, 1910s
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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: On the eve of retirement, Kirk and McCoy are charged with assassinating the Klingon High Chancellor and imprisoned. The Enterprise crew must help them escape to thwart a conspiracy aimed at sabotaging the last best hope for peace.
Style: futuristic, exciting, saga, intense, epic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: star trek, space travel, conspiracy, alien, spacecraft, space opera, assassination, political conspiracy, teleportation, adventure, space adventure, space exploration ...
Time: future, 23rd century
Place: san francisco
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New Eden (1994)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Prisoners are dumped on a sand planet dubbed Earth 21-523 where most are immediately killed by the sand people and the remainder struggle for existence. That is until a new prisoner arrives with ideas of providing irrigation of the desert. But he ...
Plot: distopia, post apocalypse, prison, prisoner, planet, interracial couple, training, convict, nomad, farm, alien planet, engineer ...
Time: future
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I Escaped from Devil's Island (1973)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In 1916, A group of prisoners plot their escape from the notorious fortress located in French Guiana.
Style: exciting, captivating, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: escape, prison, raft, shark, brutality, leprosy, male homosexuality, graphic violence, friends, rebellion, adventure, dangerous animal ...
Time: 1910s
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Alien³ (1992)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: After escaping with Newt and Hicks from the alien planet, Ripley crash lands on Fiorina 161, a prison planet and host to a correctional facility. Unfortunately, although Newt and Hicks do not survive the crash, a more unwelcome visitor does. The ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric, scary, suspense ...
Audience: kids
Plot: alien, human versus alien, evil alien, deadly creature, prison, space travel, survival, cryogenics, monster, redemption, distopia, technology ...
Time: future, 22nd century
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The Nightingale (2018)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia, Canada
Duration: 136 min.
Story: In 1829, Claire, a 21-year-old Irish convict, chases a British soldier through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. She enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, psychological, art house, tense ...
Audience: date night
Plot: revenge, aborigine, female protagonist, rape, racial prejudice, rape and revenge, murder, brutality, outback, colonization, vengeance, rape revenge ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s
Place: australia, ireland, tasmania
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