Prison movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant prison movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, suspense, intense, interesting and rough films and TV shows about / with prison, confined, prison life, murder, crimes, violence, corruption, convict, prisoner and brutality plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as prison: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Starred Up (2013), Prison Break (2005), Midnight Express (1978), Escape Plan (2013), Felon (2008), The Hurricane (1999), Shot Caller (2017), The Green Mile (1999), American History X (1998).

List of prison 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, realistic ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, false accusation, prison escape, freedom, prison life, life is a bitch, life sentence, criminal heroes, confined, hopes, plot twist ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, 40s ...
Place: usa, pacific ocean, maine, mexico
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 7.4
 42K
Starred Up (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: 19-year-old Eric, arrogant and ultra-violent, is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison facility as his estranged father. As his explosive temper quickly finds him enemies in both prison authorities and fellow inmates — and his already ...
Style: rough, captivating, serious, tense, psychological ...
Plot: prison, prison life, teenage life, confined, parents and children, warden, family relations, family reunited, juvenile delinquent, troublemaker, father son relationship, violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: britain, england
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 8.3
 454K
Prison Break (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 44 min.
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, fbi, self sacrifice, chases and races, manhunt, fighting the system, determination ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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, muslim, smuggling ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey, greece
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 6.7
 222K
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, revenge, torture, resourceful, survival, convict, tough heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2013, 2010s, 80s ...
Place: usa, colorado, morocco, miami, new orleans ...
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 7.4
 74K
Felon (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A family man convicted of killing an intruder must cope with life afterward in the violent penal system.
Style: brutal, realistic, serious, emotional, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, fist fighting, fighting the system, murder, prison riot, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, rivalry, tough heroes, police brutality, court ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
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 7.6
 89K
The Hurricane (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.
Style: thought provoking, touching, factual, inspirational, bleak ...
Plot: prison, boxing, freedom, prison life, false accusation, racism, courtroom, legal, friendship, fighting the system, injustice, prejudice ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 80s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: new jersey, toronto ontario canada, canada
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 7.3
 67K
Shot Caller (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A newly-released prison gangster is forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a major crime with a brutal rival gang on the streets of Southern California.
Style: clever, harsh, twist ending, suspense, tense
Plot: prison, prison gang, violence, desperation, criminal, gang, life is a bitch, murder, existentialism, criminal heroes, moral ambiguity, arrest ...
Time: 21st century
Place: california, usa
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 8.6
 1.1M
The Green Mile (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 189 min.
Story: A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cellblock's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, heartbreaking, serious ...
Plot: false accusation, life philosophy, prison, death row, human nature, supernatural, prison life, supernatural ability, convict, justice, confined, death sentence ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 90s, year 1999 ...
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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American History X (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for killing two thugs who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader ...
Style: rough, serious, tense, realistic, cerebral ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: skinhead, racism, prison, juvenile delinquency, nazism, prison rape, gang, youth, crimes, prejudice, violence spree, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, los angeles, california, venice beach california
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Wentworth Prison (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Bea Smith is locked up while awaiting trial for the attempted murder of her husband and must learn how life works in prison. A modern adaptation and sequel of the iconic Prisoner series.
Style: serious, tense, rough, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: women's prison, prison life, prison, lesbian, lesbian relationship, life is a bitch, women in prison, crimes, protest, sadism, crime, survival ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
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 7.7
 89K
The Experiment (2001)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Das Experiment is a shocking psycho thriller about the potential for brutality that humans hide. Even more shocking is the fact that it’s based on an actual occurrence—a 1971 psychological experiment at Stanford University that was aborted ...
Style: psychological, thought provoking, rough, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: torture, prison, experiment, rape, violence, disorder, surveillance, manipulation, humiliation, rivalry, power relations, abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: germany, canada
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Dead Man Walking (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A justice drama based on a true story about a man on death row who in his last days forms a strong relationship with a nun who teaches him forgiveness and gives him spirituality as she accompanies him to his execution.
Style: thought provoking, touching, emotional, serious, psychological ...
Plot: prison, death row, rape, lethal injection, nun, death penalty, redemption, warden, forgiveness, confession, court, death sentence ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: southern usa, louisiana
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 8.0
 118K
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, prison escape, human spirit, criminal heroes, false accusation, prison life, solitary, life sentence, escape attempt, adventure, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, 30s, 40s ...
Place: latin america, atlantic ocean
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Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.
Style: surprise ending, twist ending, serious, tense, exciting ...
Plot: vengeance, vigilantism, justice, master criminal, murder, fighting the system, prison, twists & turns, crime, death, mind game, perfect crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: philadelphia, usa
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Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
Genre: 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, island, punishment, warden, confined, partners, escape ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1960, year 1961 ...
Place: san francisco, usa
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 7.6
 62K
Cell 211 (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal.
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, twists and turns, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, prison guard, hidden identity, confined, convict, penitentiary, prison riot, reformatory, rebellion, survival, hostage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe
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Orange Is the New Black (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 59 min.
Story: A crime she committed in her youthful past sends Piper Chapman to a women's prison, where she trades her comfortable New York life for one of unexpected camaraderie and conflict in an eccentric group of fellow inmates.
Style: clever, realistic, humorous, cynical, witty ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: lesbian, lesbian relationship, prison life, lgbt, life turned upside down, prison, women's prison, gender, women in prison, drugs/alcohol, perversion, abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york state, new york
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 7.9
 91K
A Prophet (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 155 min.
Story: Sentenced to six years in prison, Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim) is alone in the world and can neither read nor write. On his arrival at the prison, he seems younger and more brittle than the others detained there. At once he falls under the sway of ...
Style: tense, bleak, rough, atmospheric, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, prison, gangsters, muslim, prison life, cruelty, convict, confined, racial slur, guilt, respect, rebellion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france, marseille, california
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 7.0
 122K
The Platform (2019)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Two people per level. An unknown number of levels. A platform with food for all of them. Are you one of those who think too much when they are up? Or of those who have no guts when they are down? If you discover it too late, you will not live out of ...
Style: suspense, disturbing, suspenseful, futuristic
Plot: confined, struggle for survival, cannibalism, prison, rivalry, social differences, social relations, society, fear, danger, food shortage, secrets ...
Time: future
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 7.0
 38K
Alcatraz (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Alcatraz is an American television series created by Elizabeth Sarnoff, Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt, and produced by J. J. Abrams and Bad Robot Productions. The series premiered on Fox on January 16, 2012, as a mid-season replacement. ...
Style: captivating, suspenseful, atmospheric, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: prison, time travel, uncover truth, investigation, crimes, police investigation, alcatraz, disappearance, island, warden, manhunt, prison life ...
Time: contemporary, 60s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: usa, san francisco
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 7.7
 6K
Superjail! (2007)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Crime, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 10 min.
Story: Superjail! is an American animated television series produced by Augenblick Studios the first season and Titmouse, Inc. the second and third season. The series follows the events that take place in an unusual prison. The pilot episode aired on ...
Style: not serious, surreal, humorous, adult animation, offbeat ...
Plot: prison, chaos and mayhem, odd, prison life, strong violent content, violence, confined, convict, androids and robots, mad, danger, monster ...
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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: entertaining, gross out humor, sexy, absurd, ecchi ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: female nudity, punishment, prison, teenage protagonist, masochism, teamwork, school, prison escape, romance, escapades, secret love, abuse ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan
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Bangkok Hilton (1989)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 240 min.
Story: The story of Kat Stanton (Kidman), an Australian woman searching for her father who, whilst travelling back from London to Australia via Thailand, makes friends with Arkie Ragan (Ehlers), a photographer. Kat is tricked into carrying some luggage ...
Style: serious, rough, disturbing, realistic
Plot: prison, smuggling, escape, heroin, false accusation, interracial relations, injustice, prison life, betrayal, father, life is a bitch, fighting the system ...
Time: 80s
Place: thailand, asia, london, bangkok thailand, england ...
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Prison Break: The Final Break (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The movie covers the events which occurred in between the downfall of The Company and the finale of the series. It details the arrest and incarceration of Sara Tancredi, the final escape plan which Michael devises for Sara. It also reveals the ...
Style: twists and turns, exciting, suspenseful, serious, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: prison, daring rescue, self sacrifice, escapades, crimes, fbi, twists & turns, runaway, prison escape, vengeance, happy ending, conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: florida, israel, new jersey, canada
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Murder in the First (1995)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Inspired by a true story. A petty criminal sent to Alcatraz in the 1930s is caught attempting to make an escape. As punishment he is put in solitary confinement. The maximum stay is supposed to be 19 days, but Henri spends years alone, cold and in ...
Style: thought provoking, emotional, realistic, touching, psychological ...
Plot: prison, murder, alcatraz, lawyer, courtroom, solitary, theft, warden, prisoner, fighting the system, crimes, dishonesty ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, 30s, year 1941 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa
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In the Name of the Father (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 133 min.
Story: A small time thief from Belfast, Gerry Conlon, is falsely implicated in the IRA bombing of a pub that kills several people while he is in London. He and his four friends are coerced by British police into confessing their guilt. Gerry's father ...
Style: emotional, realistic, thought provoking, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: prison, bomb, trial, irish, torture, rebellion, lawyer, terrorist, courtroom, terrorism, thief, family relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, england, europe, london, northern ireland ...
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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, soldier, escape attempt, officer, desperation, capture, prisoner ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: germany, switzerland, europe, alps, poland
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The Last Castle (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A Court Martialed general rallies together 1200 inmates to rise against the system that put him away.
Style: exciting, tense, rough, intense, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, fighting the system, military, convict, sadism, prison life, power struggle, rebellion, confined, rebelliousness, warden, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: iraq, new jersey
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 6.4
 37K
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, rough, serious, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: prison life, prison, prison warden, life is a bitch, rivalry, vengeance, warden, murder, good versus evil, prison escape, lone hero, corruption ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
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