Prison escape movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant prison escape movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out suspense, realistic, entertaining, serious, visually appealing and captivating films and TV shows about / with prison escape, prison, escape, crimes, chase, murder, prisoner, violence, friendship and storytelling plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, China and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as prison escape: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Papillon (1973), Escape from Alcatraz (1979), Papillon (2017), Escape Plan (2013), The Way Back (2010), Escape From Pretoria (2020), Escape at Dannemora (2018), Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016), Prison School (2015).

List of prison escape 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: captivating, clever, touching, inspirational, realistic ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, human spirit, false accusation, freedom, hopes, prison life, powerful ending, existentialism, life is a bitch, justice, life sentence ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, year 1957 ...
Place: usa, maine, pacific ocean, mexico
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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: bleak, tense, captivating, suspense, inspirational ...
Plot: prison escape, prison, human spirit, runaway, criminal heroes, prison life, false accusation, labor camp, life sentence, solitary, escape attempt, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, 70s
Place: latin america, atlantic ocean
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Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Escape from Alcatraz tells the story of the only three men ever to escape from the infamous maximum security prison at Alcatraz. In 29 years, the seemingly impenetrable federal penitentiary, which housed Al Capone and "Birdman" Robert ...
Style: suspense, atmospheric, realistic, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison escape, prison, alcatraz, freedom, prison life, convict, island, punishment, warden, confined, partners, escape ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1962, year 1960, year 1961 ...
Place: san francisco, usa
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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: homoerotic, factual, suspense, brutal
Plot: prison escape, prison, island prison, survival, solitary, prison life, life sentence, safecracker, friendship, human spirit, escape, jungle ...
Time: year 1931, 1930s, year 1970, year 1969
Place: south america, france, colombia, venezuela, paris france
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Escape Plan (2013)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Ray Breslin is the world's foremost authority on structural security. After analyzing every high security prison and learning a vast array of survival skills so he can design escape-proof prisons, his skills are put to the test. He's ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, twists and turns, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison escape, lone hero, outsmarting, escape plan, escape, against the odds, revenge, torture, resourceful, survival, convict ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2013, 2010s, 80s ...
Place: usa, morocco, new orleans, miami, los angeles ...
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The Way Back (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates, Poland, India
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Peter Weir's follow-up to Master & Commander (2003) is the stark & brilliant The Way Back, which takes on the theme of man's struggle for freedom. At the dawn of WWII, several men escape from a Russian gulag. The film ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, bleak, epic ...
Plot: survival, freedom, wilderness, prison escape, gulag, escape, journey, pow, wartime, war, camp, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: russia, india, himalaya, asia, tibet ...
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Escape From Pretoria (2020)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia, USA, South Africa, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: South Africa, 1978. Tim Jenkin and Stephen Lee, two white political activists from the African National Congress imprisoned by the apartheid regime, put a plan in motion to escape from the infamous Pretoria Prison…
Style: tense, political, suspense, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison escape, apartheid, human spirit, political activism, maximum security prison, racism, political persecution, prison, jail, escape, freedom, prisoner ...
Time: 70s, year 1979, 20th century
Place: australia, cape town south africa, south africa, africa, adelaide south australia ...
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Escape at Dannemora (2018)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 440 min.
TV show
Story: The stranger-than-fiction account of a prison break in upstate New York in the summer of 2015, which spawned a massive manhunt for two convicted murderers who were aided in their escape by a married female prison employee with whom they both became ...
Style: melancholic, captivating, twists and turns, atmospheric
Plot: prison escape, prison life, love triangle, prison guard, escape, prison, prisoner, deception, crimes, love affair, escape plan, jail cell ...
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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: China, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name. On the run as a fugitive from the law, Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever.
Style: intense, exciting, suspense, tense, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: lone hero, prison escape, drug smuggling, chase, vigilante, false accusation of murder, one against many, female soldier, conspiracy, false accusation, corruption, assassination ...
Time: 2010s
Place: new orleans, alabama, afghanistan, washington d.c.
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Prison School (2015)
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: There was a time when the Hachimitsu Private Academy was a revered and elite all-girls' boarding school on the outskirts of Tokyo but a recent policy revision is allowing boys into the student body. On his first day, Kiyoshi Fujino discovers ...
Style: ecchi, entertaining, sexy, absurd, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: masochism, punishment, female nudity, gross out humor, teenage protagonist, school, teamwork, prison escape, prison, dominant woman, abuse, secret love ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan
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Escape Plan 2: Hades (2018)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: China, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Ray Breslin manages an elite team of security specialists trained in the art of breaking people out of the world's most impenetrable prisons. When his most trusted operative, Shu Ren, is kidnapped and disappears inside the most elaborate prison ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, exciting, bleak, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison escape, prison, teamwork, survival, betrayal, escape plan, robot, martial arts, secret place, artificial intelligence, friends, race against time ...
Time: 2010s
Place: chechnya, bangkok thailand, atlanta georgia, shanghai
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Logan Lucky (2017)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, China
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy and Clyde Logan set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Style: suspense, exciting, tense, captivating, surprise ending ...
Plot: prison escape, racecar driver, heist, money problems, father daughter relationship, prison, ex husband ex wife relationship, prison warden, brother brother relationship, prison riot, bag of money, loss of job ...
Time: 2010s
Place: north carolina, west virginia
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The Great Escape (1963)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 172 min.
Story: The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocates them to a high-security 'escape-proof' camp to sit out the remainder of the war. Undaunted, the prisoners ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, exciting, epic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, pow, world war two, prison escape, capture, freedom, prisoner, soldier, escape attempt, officer, desperation, camp ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, switzerland, alps, europe, poland
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A Perfect World (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A kidnapped boy strikes up a friendship with his captor: an escaped convict on the run from the law, headed by an honorable U.S. Marshal.
Style: road movie, touching, sincere, suspense, bleak ...
Plot: prison escape, kidnapping, hostage, friendship, fugitives, manhunt, moral ambiguity, life philosophy, violence, dysfunctional family, prison, criminal heroes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: texas, usa, alaska, austin texas, birmingham alabama ...
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Michiko & Hatchin (2008)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: The story takes place in a fictional country with cultural traces from South American countries, mostly from Brazil. The title's Michiko is a free-willed "sexy diva" who escapes from a supposedly inescapable prison fortress, while ...
Style: exciting, serious, captivating, touching, entertaining ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, prison escape, foster home, on the run, crimes, orphan, partners, friends, on the road, strong female presence, track down, ex convict ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, latin america, south america
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Jailbreak Pact (2020)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Chile
Duration: 135 min.
Story: During the last years of Pinochet's military regime, a group of militants from the "Manuel Rodríguez Patriotic Front" plan a prison break of political prisoners, through a tunnel that will take them 18 months to dig.
Style: tense, suspense, suspenseful, disturbing, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: prison escape, convict, escaped prisoner, society, escape, prison, violence, peril, fugitives, fighting the system, crimes, escape attempt ...
Time: 90s
Place: chile
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Down by Law (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A disc jockey, a pimp and an Italian tourist escape from jail in New Orleans.
Style: atmospheric, humorous, sincere, meditative, harsh ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, escape, pimp, fight, friendship, partners, crimes, unlikely criminals, prison life, on the road, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa
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Get the Gringo (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A career criminal (Gibson) nabbed by Mexican authorities is placed in a tough prison where he learns to survive with the help of a 9-year-old boy.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, intense, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lone hero, gunfight, prison, prison life, confined, prison escape, tough guy, prison gang, thief, gang, corruption, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america, san diego california, tijuana mexico, usa
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Lock Up (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Frank Leone is nearing the end of his prison term for a relatively minor crime. Just before he is paroled, however, Warden Drumgoole takes charge. Drumgoole was assigned to a hell-hole prison after his administration was publicly humiliated by ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Plot: prison, prison life, prison escape, prison warden, life is a bitch, rivalry, self sacrifice, vengeance, warden, murder, good versus evil, corruption ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
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The Lizard (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Reza is a petty thief who escapes jail by posing as a mullah. When he has to stay in disguise longer than he expected, he accidentally becomes the revered leader of a small-town mosque, bringing people flooding in with his on the hoof sermons ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, humorous, realistic
Plot: prison escape, prison, village, criminal heroes, hidden identity, society, crimes, fugitives, pretense, warden, religions or cults, small town life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran, middle east
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O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Music
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. On their journey they come across many comical characters and incredible situations. Based upon Homer's ...
Style: road movie, humorous, entertaining, melancholic, funny ...
Plot: adventure, obsessive quest, prison escape, on the run, small town, runaway, prophecy, criminal heroes, creativity, treasure hunt, country music, rescue ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1937
Place: mississippi, southern usa, usa
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Romeo Must Die (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Two warring gang families (one African-American, the other Chinese) maneuver for bragging rights to the Oakland, California, docks. Hang Sing and Trish O'Day uncover a trail of deceit that leaves most of the warring factions dead … or worse!
Style: suspenseful, exciting, rough, intense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gang war, gangsters, hip hop, murder, prison escape, vengeance, investigation, true love, love and romance, track down, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, hong kong, san francisco, oakland california ...
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T-34 (2018)
Genre: Action, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 139 min.
Story: In 1944, a courageous group of Russian soldiers managed to escape from German captivity in a half-destroyed legendary T-34 tank. Those were the times of unforgettable bravery, fierce fighting, unbreakable love, and legendary miracles.
Style: disturbing, suspense, uplifting, exciting, rough ...
Plot: tank, great patriotic war, prison escape, world war two, russian soldier, soviet soldier, fascist, captivity, battles, wartime, homecoming, heroes ...
Time: year 1941, year 1944, 1940s
Place: russia
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The Salena Incident (2007)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: After a mysterious, extraterrestrial object lands in the mining town of Salena, Arizona, the government dispatches a team of Marines to contain the possible threat. Meanwhile, a group of death row inmates ambush their prison bus and take the guards ...
Style: serious, scary, rough, suspense
Plot: bus, prison escape, alien, bounty hunter, criminal heroes, race against time, survival, heroes, hostage, confined, crimes, escapades ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: arizona, usa
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The Girl Who Got Away (2021)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Massena, New York, 1998. A decade of terror comes to a close with the capture of Elizabeth Caulfield, a woman who kidnapped five young girls and pretended they were her own. Only one girl, Christina Bowden, managed to get away with her life, the ...
Style: psychological, suspense, suspenseful, tense, captivating ...
Plot: prison escape, homicidal maniac, female assassin, vengeance, killing spree, serial killer, runaway, revenge, murderer, female sociopath, murder, killings ...
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High Security Vacation (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: Russia
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Two escaped convicts pose as children's summer camp staff in order to evade capture and learn about caring for others in the process. Sumrak has been in prison since he was 16 years old but is pushing thirty now, is well acquainted with prison ...
Style: humorous, light, realistic, captivating, entertaining ...
Plot: summer camp, adventure, social relations, starting over, self discovery, human relationship, convict, children, escape, changing lives, friendship between men, fugitives ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
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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: twists and turns, humorous, semi serious, funny, entertaining ...
Plot: life sentence, prison life, escape attempt, criminal, prison escape, redemption, african american, injustice, frame up, life is a bitch, crimes, partners ...
Time: 1930s, 90s, 20th century, year 1932
Place: mississippi, new york, usa, southern usa, new jersey
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Les Misérables (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Jean Valjean, a Frenchman imprisoned for stealing bread, must flee a police officer named Javert. The pursuit consumes both men's lives, and soon Valjean finds himself in the midst of the student revolutions in France.
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, bleak, sentimental ...
Plot: redemption, ex convict, going straight, hopes, rise to the top, prison escape, mayor, thief, robbery, prisoner, freedom, haunted by the past ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: paris france, france, europe
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Harry, Ron and Hermione return to Hogwarts for another magic-filled year. Harry comes face to face with danger yet again, this time in the form of escaped convict, Sirius Black – and turns to sympathetic Professor Lupin for help.
Style: dark fantasy, gothic, twists and turns, stylized, exciting ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: wizards and magicians, magical, friendship, magic, witch, young heroes, supernatural ability, chosen one, good versus evil, harry potter, werewolf, boarding school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1994, 90s, year 1993
Place: europe, england
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The Old Man & the Gun (2018)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The true story of Forrest Tucker, from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are a detective, who becomes ...
Style: captivating, suspenseful, exciting, humorous, tense ...
Plot: prison escape, heist, criminal, investigation, evidence, old man, widow, prison, chase, lie, secret, fbi ...
Time: 80s, year 1979, year 1945, year 1955, year 1966 ...
Place: texas, usa, missouri, dallas texas, montana ...
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