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, suspenseful, interesting, visually appealing and clever films and TV shows about / with prison escape, prison, escape, storytelling, mentor, corruption, dialogue, crimes, chase and murder plots mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as prison escape: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Escape from Alcatraz (1979), Papillon (1973), Papillon (2017), Prison School (2015), Down by Law (1986), The Way Back (2010), Escape From Pretoria (2020), Escape Plan (2013), Escape at Dannemora (2018).

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: touching, clever, captivating, uplifting, inspirational ...
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, mexico, pacific ocean, maine
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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: realistic, suspense, atmospheric, exciting, social realism ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison escape, alcatraz, freedom, prison life, convict, punishment, warden, partners, confined, suicide, escape ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1962, year 1961 ...
Place: san francisco, 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 escape, prison, 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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 7.2
 49K
Papillon (2017)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: 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: factual, suspense, homoerotic, brutal
Plot: prison escape, prison life, prison, survival, human spirit, solitary, friendship, false accusation, rebelliousness, male friendship, brutality, male bonding ...
Time: year 1969, year 1970, 1930s
Place: south america, venezuela, france, colombia, paris france
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Prison School (2015)
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
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: gross out humor, entertaining, ecchi, sexy, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: teenage protagonist, prison, female nudity, punishment, teamwork, prison escape, school, masochism, escapades, romance, abuse, secret love ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan
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 7.8
 47K
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 escape, prison, pimp, escape, fight, friendship, partners, crimes, on the road, unlikely criminals, prison life, down on your luck ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa
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 7.3
 108K
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: wilderness, survival, freedom, journey, prison escape, escape, world war two, gulag, pow, danger, russian, human spirit ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: russia, india, himalaya, asia, siberia ...
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Escape From Pretoria (2020)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK, Australia, USA, South Africa
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, atmospheric, suspense, thought provoking, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison escape, apartheid, political persecution, escape, jail, escape plan, freedom, political prisoner, human rights, political activism, racism, human spirit ...
Time: 70s, year 1979, 20th century
Place: australia, south africa, africa, adelaide south australia, cape town south africa ...
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 6.7
 224K
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, lone hero, outsmarting, prison escape, escape, against the odds, escape plan, revenge, torture, resourceful, survival, convict ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, year 2013, 80s ...
Place: usa, morocco, miami, new orleans, los angeles ...
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Escape at Dannemora (2018)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 440 min.
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: based on true events, captivating, atmospheric, melancholic, twists and turns
Plot: prison escape, love triangle, prison life, crimes, crime, escape plan, deception, prisoner, love affair, prison guard, jail cell, sex scene ...
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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, hand to hand combat, betrayal, danger, teamwork, rubik's cube, gun, martial arts, robot, secret place, shooting ...
Time: 2010s
Place: atlanta georgia, chechnya, bangkok thailand, shanghai china, shanghai
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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, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, world war two, freedom, prison escape, pow, optimism, desperation, soldier, capture, escape attempt, officer, prisoner ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: germany, alps, switzerland, 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: kidnapping, hostage, prison escape, friendship, fugitives, runaway, manhunt, moral ambiguity, violence, dysfunctional family, prison, classic car ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: texas, usa, alaska, austin texas, california
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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: suspenseful, humorous, tense, exciting
Plot: heist, prison escape, bank robber, investigation, bank, smiling, fbi, bank robbery, false name, police detective, love, crimes ...
Time: 80s, year 1950, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s ...
Place: texas, missouri, dallas texas, california, milwaukee wisconsin ...
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 5.9
 3K
Maze (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Ireland, UK, Germany, Sweden
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Inspired by the true events of the infamous 1983 prison breakout of 38 IRA prisoners from HMP Maze, which was to become the biggest prison escape in Europe since World War II.
Style: suspense, psychological, tense, complex, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ira, prison escape, assassination attempt, terrorist, prison, male objectification, danger, murder, society, prison riot, hunger, father son relationship ...
Time: year 1983, contemporary
Place: northern ireland, ireland, belfast
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 7.0
 125K
Logan Lucky (2017)
Genre: 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, tense, exciting, captivating, cult film ...
Plot: heist, racecar driver, prison escape, prison, father daughter relationship, ex husband ex wife relationship, money problems, prison riot, loss of job, prison warden, brother brother relationship, nascar ...
Time: 2010s
Place: north carolina, west virginia
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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: humorous, road movie, entertaining, melancholic, surreal ...
Plot: adventure, obsessive quest, on the run, small town, creativity, prophecy, prison escape, ex spouse, criminal heroes, ex husband, runaway, seduction ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1937
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, southern usa
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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, thief, mayor, robbery, french revolution, prisoner, freedom ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: paris france, france, europe
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 7.0
 84K
Out of Sight (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Meet Jack Foley, a smooth criminal who bends the law and is determined to make one last heist. Karen Sisco is a federal marshal who chooses all the right moves … and all the wrong guys. Now they're willing to risk it all to find out if ...
Style: sexy, witty, romantic, entertaining, talky ...
Audience: date night, boys' night
Plot: bank robbery, opposites attract, heist, romance, outsmarting, prison escape, jewel theft, hot and sexy, criminal heroes, love and romance, partners in crime, robbery ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa, detroit, miami, florida
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 6.7
 16K
The Escapist (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Frank Perry is an institutionalized convict twelve years into a life sentence without parole. When his estranged daughter falls ill, he is determined to make peace with her before it's too late. He develops an ingenious escape plan, and ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, harsh, twists and turns ...
Plot: prison, crimes, crime, prison life, fugitives, prison escape, going straight, terminal illness, escape, tunnel, tragedy, brutality ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, europe, england
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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance ...
Style: stylized, offbeat, witty, atmospheric, melancholic ...
Plot: existentialism, twists & turns, hotel, inheritance, greed, adventure, escapades, mentor protege relationship, disorder, servant, friendship, cons and scams ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 30s ...
Place: europe, eastern europe, hungary, alps, central europe
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Born American (1986)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Finland
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Three American students vacationing in Finland, cross the border into Russia for fun of it. When they are spotted by the Russian soldiers who are shooting to kill, it's not fun anymore. Captured and thrown in jail, they find it's not fun ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, disturbing, rough, suspense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: prison, kgb, politics, false accusation, espionage, prison escape, prison life, state affairs, life is a bitch, confined, danger, blood ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, finland, helsinki finland, new jersey
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 7.3
 344K
Face/Off (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: An antiterrorism agent goes under the knife to acquire the likeness of a terrorist and gather details about a bombing plot. When the terrorist escapes custody, he undergoes surgery to look like the agent so he can get close to the agent's ...
Style: exciting, suspense, suspenseful, rough, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gunfight, fbi, master criminal, special agents, revenge, hidden identity, undercover, arch villain, boat chase, mexican standoff, prison, race against time ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, hong kong
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 7.2
 26K
Runaway Train (1985)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A hardened convict and a younger prisoner escape from a brutal prison in the middle of winter only to find themselves on an out-of-control train with a female railway worker while being pursued by the vengeful head of security.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, rough, suspense, intense ...
Plot: train, train ride, chases and races, prison warden, wilderness, survival, secret hideout, save the day, race against time, adventure, prison escape, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: alaska, usa
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 6.4
 38K
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, suspenseful, rough, serious, suspense ...
Plot: prison life, prison, prison warden, life is a bitch, rivalry, vengeance, warden, murder, good versus evil, prison escape, corruption, redemption ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
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 6.1
 2K
Lucky Break (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance
Country: UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Half-way through his 12-year prison sentence for an incompetent armed robbery, Jimmy Hands gets a lucky break: he's transferred to a prison from which he can probably escape. He convinces the governor to stage a musical in an old chapel next to ...
Style: feel good, semi serious, humorous, intense, touching ...
Plot: prison, romance, fall in love, prison life, confined, buddies, cons and scams, crimes, crime, social worker, prison escape, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: england
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 7.1
 27K
Ruby & Quentin (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 85 min.
Story: After hiding his loot and getting thrown in jail, Ruby, a brooding outlaw encounters Quentin, a dim-witted and garrulous giant who befriends him. After Quentin botches a solo escape attempt, they make a break together. Unable to shake the clumsy ...
Style: humorous, captivating, exciting, funny, witty ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: unlikely partners, odd couple, crime, crimes, french, criminal heroes, unlikely friendships, chase, prison escape, prison, on the run, car chase ...
Time: 2000s, contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france, poland, argentina
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 6.7
 139K
The Running Man (1987)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: By 2017, the global economy has collapsed and American society has become a totalitarian police state, censoring all cultural activity. The government pacifies the populace by broadcasting a number of game shows in which convicted criminals fight ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, chases and races, danger, dystopic future, tough heroes, deadly, rivalry, dishonesty, resistance, gadget, future dystopia, distopia ...
Time: future, 80s, 20th century, 2010s, near future ...
Place: los angeles, california
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 6.3
 109K
Despicable Me 3 (2017)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Gru and his wife Lucy must stop former '80s child star Balthazar Bratt from achieving world domination.
Style: funny, sweet, colourful, entertaining, light ...
Audience: kids, girls' night, teens
Plot: disney, twin brother, fantasy world, happy ending, brother brother relationship, fired from a job, villain, fired from the job, kidnapping, prison escape, rubik's cube, action figure ...
Time: 2010s
Place: new york
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Escape from Hell (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Country: Spain, Italy
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A women's prison camp is located deep in the tropical rain forest. Sadistic guards and a warden from hell make life almost unbearable for the inmates, and any infraction of the rules is dealt with swiftly and savagely. The camp doctor is ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, rough, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: jungle, prison, violence, death, murder, brutality, punishment, prison life, captivity, life is a bitch, partners, on the run ...
Time: 70s
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