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, rough, intense, interesting and captivating films and TV shows about / with prison, prison life, confined, brutality, violence, corruption, mentor, redemption, storytelling and murder 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: Prison Break (2005), Wentworth Prison (2013), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Escape Plan (2013), Starred Up (2013), American History X (1998), The Hurricane (1999), Orange Is the New Black (2013), Felon (2008), Prison Break: The Final Break (2009).

List of prison movies

 8.4
 413K
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: suspenseful, tense, exciting, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, fugitives, confined, manhunt, chases and races, escape, fbi, scheme, fighting the system, self sacrifice, win over ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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: rough, serious, tense, bleak, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: prison, prison life, life is a bitch, crime, survival, protest, women in prison, lesbian, warden, sadism, power struggle, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
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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: clever, captivating, touching, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: human spirit, prison, prison life, freedom, false accusation, confined, life sentence, hopes, survival, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, justice ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 60s, 1940s, 50s ...
Place: usa, maine, mexico
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 6.7
 204K
Escape Plan (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi, 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, brutal, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison escape, against the odds, lone hero, survival, prison life, outsmarting, resourceful, convict, conspiracy, betrayal, escape plan ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, morocco, colorado
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 7.4
 38K
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: serious, rough, realistic, tense, psychological ...
Plot: prison, prison life, therapist, parents and children, juvenile delinquent, group therapy, gay father, confined, teenage life, youth, violence, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, britain
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American History X (1998)
Genre: Crime, 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, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: racism, prison, juvenile delinquency, nazism, rape, violence spree, siblings relations, crime, rebelliousness, confined, redemption, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, california, los angeles, venice beach california
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 7.6
 84K
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, serious ...
Plot: prison, injustice, false accusation, courtroom, fighting the system, racism, friendship, boxing, freedom, legal, human spirit, prejudice ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s, 1960s ...
Place: new jersey, toronto ontario canada, canada
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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, offbeat ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: prison life, prison, life turned upside down, lesbian, lesbian relationship, drugs/alcohol, fish out of water, women in prison, abuse, gender, confined, perversion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york state, new york
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 7.5
 71K
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: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, fist fighting, murder, crime, life turned upside down, rivalry, life is a bitch, tough heroes, fighting the system, innocence, killings ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
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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: exciting, suspenseful, serious, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, daring rescue, escapades, self sacrifice, crimes, twists & turns, fbi, runaway, woman in danger, prison escape, vengeance, happy ending ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: florida, israel, new jersey, canada
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Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Genre: 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: serious, exciting, tense, rough, psychological ...
Plot: vigilantism, fighting the system, vengeance, murder, crime, prison, master criminal, mind game, justice, danger, perfect crime, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: philadelphia, usa
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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: emotional, touching, captivating, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, death row, rape, nun, lethal injection, death penalty, redemption, court, forgiveness, confession, funeral, letter ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: louisiana
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 7.7
 85K
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, tense, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, experiment, rape, torture, prison life, humiliation, experiment gone awry, violence, disorder, warden, fist fighting, aggression ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, canada
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 7.0
 37K
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, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: prison, uncover truth, investigation, crimes, island, disappearance, police investigation, time travel, manhunt, prison life, alcatraz, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary, 60s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: san francisco, usa
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 8.5
 952K
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: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, heartbreaking ...
Plot: supernatural ability, death row, false accusation, prison life, supernatural, human nature, death sentence, healing power, confined, life philosophy, prison, magic realism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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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, freedom, escape, motorcycle, chase, barbed wire, optimism, prison guard, uniform, prisoner, war, claustrophobia ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: germany, switzerland, alps, europe, poland
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 6.4
 34K
Lock Up (1989)
Genre: 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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, entertaining ...
Plot: prison, prison life, vengeance, rivalry, life is a bitch, prison warden, murder, warden, buddies, redemption, human spirit, down on your luck ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
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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, disturbing, rough, realistic
Plot: prison, false accusation, heroin, interracial relations, smuggling, betrayal, prison life, injustice, fighting the system, destiny, life is a bitch, father ...
Time: 80s
Place: thailand, asia, england, australia, europe ...
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 7.9
 86K
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: realistic, tense, gloomy, bleak, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, prison, gangsters, muslim, prison life, confined, cruelty, crime, money, arab, protection, bribery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, marseille, paris france
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In the Name of the Father (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
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, serious, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, irish, torture, bomb, trial, rebellion, courtroom drama, courtroom, terrorism, faith, lawyer, false accusation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: ireland, england, europe, scotland, northern ireland ...
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 6.2
 38K
Big Stan (2007)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Rob Schneider writes and stars in this comedy about a nerdy con man whose swindling ways land him a stiff prison sentence. Terrified at the prospect of being raped in prison he enlists the aid of a mysterious kung-fu expert to teach him how to fight.
Style: humorous, not serious, exciting, funny, absurd ...
Plot: prison life, prison, martial arts, confined, dishonesty, corruption, master warrior, guru, warden, husband wife relationship, parody, mentor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 7.6
 9K
Scum (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: This is the hard and shocking story of life in a British Borstal for young offenders. The brutal regime made no attempt to reform or improve the inmates and actively encouraged a power struggle between the 'tough' new inmate and the ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: prison, juvenile delinquency, kids in trouble, society, youth, social relations, riot, racism, corruption, violence, revenge, suicide ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england
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Undisputed 3: Redemption (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Russian inmate Boyka, now severely hobbled by the knee injury suffered at the end of Undisputed 2. No longer the feared prison fighter he was, he has declined so far that he is now good only for cleaning toilets. But when a new prison fight ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, prison, confined, fist fighting, contests and competitions, martial arts, tournament, fight, prison fight, jail, jail cell, shotgun ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 4.3
 3K
Jailbait (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, 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, serious, rough, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: prison, prison life, women in prison, teenage life, confined, survival, isolation, juvenile delinquency, crime, murder, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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 7.7
 57K
Cell 211 (2009)
Genre: Action, 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: realistic, tense, serious, bleak, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, prison, hidden identity, confined, forced to strip, gagged, prison riot, prison guard, penitentiary, surveillance camera, walkie talkie, survival ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe
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 8.1
 142K
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: When petty criminal Luke Jackson is sentenced to two years in a Florida prison farm, he doesn't play by the rules of either the sadistic warden or the yard's resident heavy, Dragline, who ends up admiring the new guy's unbreakable ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, rough, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, rebelliousness, rebellion, death, egg, boxing match, escape, barbed wire, freedom, prison life, escape attempt, punishment ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
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 6.5
 47K
The Experiment (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: 20 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control.
Style: rough, psychological, tense, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: prison life, prison, human nature, experiment gone awry, confined, switching roles, psychology, violence, danger, brutality, moral ambiguity, bullying ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india
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 8.0
 108K
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, inspirational, suspense ...
Plot: human spirit, prison life, false accusation, prison, criminal heroes, escape attempt, adventure, hopes, life is a bitch, life sentence, low lives, prison escape ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1940s
Place: latin america, atlantic ocean
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Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: After killing a prison guard, convict Robert Stroud faces life imprisonment in solitary confinement. Driven nearly mad by loneliness and despair, Stroud's life gains new meaning when he happens upon a helpless baby sparrow in the exercise yard ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: prison, warden, alcatraz, redemption, bird, life sentence, rehabilitation, human spirit, rebel, prisoner, birds, isolation ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s ...
Place: usa, kansas
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 7.1
 14K
Brubaker (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, abuse, prison warden, fighting the system, prison life, politics, against the odds, society, human spirit, innocence lost, workplace intrigue, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new jersey, california
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