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, visually appealing, serious, intense and entertaining films and TV shows about / with prison escape, prison, crimes, chase, escape, murder, violence, storytelling, corruption and runaway plots mostly in Crime, Drama 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), The Way Back (2010), Escape Plan (2013), Prison School (2015), Escape at Dannemora (2018), Escape From Pretoria (2020), Logan Lucky (2017).

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, uplifting, inspirational ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, false accusation, prison escape, freedom, prison life, powerful ending, life is a bitch, confined, life sentence, existentialism, hopes ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, 40s ...
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, captivating, tense, suspense, inspirational ...
Plot: prison escape, prison, runaway, human spirit, false accusation, criminal heroes, prison life, life sentence, solitary, escape attempt, adventure, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 30s ...
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: realistic, suspense, atmospheric, exciting, social realism ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison escape, prison, alcatraz, freedom, prison life, convict, island, punishment, warden, partners, confined, escape ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1962, 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: suspense, factual, homoerotic, brutal
Plot: prison escape, solitary, prison, prison life, survival, island prison, safecracker, friendship, human spirit, life sentence, jungle, escape plan ...
Time: year 1969, 1930s, year 1970
Place: south america, colombia, venezuela, france, paris france
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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: wilderness, freedom, survival, escape, prison escape, journey, gulag, pow, danger, war, camp, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: russia, india, himalaya, asia, siberia ...
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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, twist ending, serious, exciting, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, outsmarting, lone hero, prison escape, escape plan, escape, against the odds, revenge, torture, resourceful, survival, convict ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, year 2013, future ...
Place: usa, los angeles, new orleans, miami, colorado ...
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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: female nudity, teenage protagonist, punishment, masochism, prison escape, gross out humor, teamwork, prison, school, secret love, escapades, abuse ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan
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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: based on true events, melancholic, captivating, twists and turns, atmospheric
Plot: prison escape, prison life, prison guard, love triangle, escape, prison, crime, prisoner, deception, crimes, love affair, escape plan ...
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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, political, atmospheric, suspense, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison escape, apartheid, maximum security prison, racism, human spirit, political persecution, prison, escape, jail, freedom, prisoner, rebelliousness ...
Time: 70s, year 1979, 20th century
Place: australia, south africa, africa, cape town south africa, south australia ...
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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, prison escape, racecar driver, prison, father daughter relationship, ex husband ex wife relationship, money problems, loss of job, brother brother relationship, prison warden, prison riot, bag of money ...
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, funny ...
Plot: adventure, prison escape, obsessive quest, on the run, runaway, small town, creativity, prophecy, criminal heroes, seduction, treasure hunt, country music ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1937
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, southern usa
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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, on the road, prison life, unlikely criminals, down on your luck ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa
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Michiko and 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, entertaining, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, prison escape, foster home, on the run, partners, orphan, crimes, 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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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, bleak, exciting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison escape, teamwork, hacking, betrayal, danger, survival, computer cracker, hand to hand combat, super computer, escape plan, gun ...
Time: 2010s
Place: chechnya, bangkok thailand, atlanta georgia, 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, epic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, world war two, freedom, prison escape, pow, optimism, escape attempt, soldier, capture, desperation, officer, prisoner ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 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: kidnapping, hostage, prison escape, friendship, fugitives, manhunt, moral ambiguity, violence, dysfunctional family, prison, classic car, runaway ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1963
Place: texas, usa, alaska, birmingham alabama, austin texas ...
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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, hidden identity, undercover, revenge, arch villain, boat chase, mexican standoff, prison escape, prison ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, hong kong
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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, alien, prison escape, survival, criminal heroes, heroes, bounty hunter, race against time, chases and races, danger, escapades, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: arizona, usa
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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: complex, psychological, suspenseful, tense, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ira, prison escape, assassination attempt, male objectification, terrorist, prison, murder, danger, society, prison riot, hunger, husband wife relationship ...
Time: year 1983, contemporary
Place: northern ireland, ireland, belfast
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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: prison, prison life, gunfight, confined, lone hero, thief, prison escape, gang, corruption, crime, crimes, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america, san diego california, tijuana mexico
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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, suspenseful, rough, serious, suspense ...
Plot: prison, prison life, prison warden, life is a bitch, rivalry, prison escape, self sacrifice, vengeance, warden, murder, good versus evil, corruption ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
Genre: Action, 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, neo noir ...
Audience: teens
Plot: drug smuggling, lone hero, female soldier, false accusations, conspiracy, chase, corruption, assassination, military, vigilante, prison escape, hitman ...
Time: 2010s
Place: new orleans, afghanistan, alabama, washington d.c.
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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: light, humorous, realistic, semi serious
Plot: summer camp, adventure, social relations, starting over, self discovery, human relationship, convict, ex cop, children, escape, prison escape, 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: humorous, semi serious, twists and turns, funny, entertaining ...
Plot: life sentence, prison life, escape attempt, criminal, prison escape, redemption, african american, injustice, dishonesty, life is a bitch, partners, crimes ...
Time: 1930s, 90s, 20th century, 30s, year 1932 ...
Place: mississippi, new york, 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, sentimental, bleak ...
Plot: redemption, ex convict, going straight, hopes, rise to the top, prison escape, mayor, thief, robbery, french revolution, prisoner, freedom ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, victorian era
Place: paris france, france, europe
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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: heist, bank robbery, opposites attract, romance, prison escape, kidnapper kidnapped relationship, love and romance, criminal heroes, partners in crime, hot and sexy, robbery, career criminal ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa, detroit, miami, florida
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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, captivating, humorous, tense, exciting ...
Plot: heist, prison escape, criminal, bank robber, prison, pursuit, chase, lie, widow, investigation, evidence, old man ...
Time: 80s, year 1950, 1950s, 1940s, 1960s ...
Place: texas, usa, san francisco, milwaukee wisconsin, oklahoma ...
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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, rough, suspenseful, 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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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: based on true events, suspense, disturbing, exciting, uplifting ...
Plot: tank, great patriotic war, fascist, russian soldier, world war two, prison escape, captivity, battles, soviet soldier, homecoming, wartime, danger ...
Time: year 1941, year 1944, 1940s
Place: russia
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The Prey (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A robber escapes from prison with a single objective in mind: to track down his former cellmate, a serial killer who intends to pin his crimes on him. A cop is sent after the robber who, despite his best efforts, soon becomes Public Enemy Number ...
Style: exciting, realistic, suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: manhunt, serial killer, prison, on the run, prison escape, crimes, crime, hidden identity, life is a bitch, false accusation, protagonist as suspect, family life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, europe
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