Prisoner movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant prisoner movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, suspense, serious, suspenseful, intense and rough films and TV shows about / with prisoner, prison, murder, violence, brutality, death, vengeance, nudity (full frontal - brief), storytelling and mentor plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, Spain and other countries.
prisoner movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as prisoner: Identity (2003), Shot Caller (2017), Locked Up (2015), Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017), The Green Mile (1999), Criminal (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), No Escape (1994), The Hateful Eight (2015), Escape Plan (2013).

List of prisoner movies

Identity (2003)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Complete strangers stranded at a remote desert motel during a raging storm soon find themselves the target of a deranged murderer. As their numbers thin out, the travelers begin to turn on each other, as each tries to figure out who the killer is.
Style: twist ending, scary, suspenseful, mind bending, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, mystery, murder mystery, mental disorder, investigation, motel, stranded, split personality, dissociative identity disorder, characters killed one by one, psychiatrist, psycho ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: nevada, usa, florida
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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, skinhead, gang, criminal, prisoner, prison life, criminal heroes, tattoo, organized crime, estranged father, prison violence ...
Time: 21st century
Place: california, usa
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Locked Up (2015)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
Story: Set up to take the blame for corporate fraud, young Macarena Ferreiro is locked up in a high-security women's prison surrounded by tough, ruthless criminals in this tense, provocative Spanish thriller.
Style: psychological, suspense, disturbing, rough, captivating ...
Plot: female prisoner, lesbian, prison guard, prison, prisoner, female homosexuality, brutality, jail, corruption, life is a bitch, dishonesty, false accusation ...
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Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: After working as a drug courier and getting into a brutal shootout with police, a former boxer finds himself at the mercy of his enemies as they force him to instigate violent acts that turn the prison he resides in into a battleground.
Style: suspense, tense, rough, brutal, psychological ...
Plot: prison, maximum security prison, revenge, violence, drugs, prisoner, prison guard, murder, prison warden, kidnapping, boxer, interrogation ...
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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, sad ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: prison, death row, false accusation, supernatural, life philosophy, convict, electric chair, death sentence, prison life, confined, justice, human nature ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1935, 90s, year 1999
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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Criminal (2016)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Bulgaria
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Bill Pope is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous ex-convict ...
Style: suspense, exciting, intense, disturbing, rough ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: cia, cia agent, prisoner, memory, violence, spy, convict, espionage, female agent, prison, death, brutality ...
Time: 2010s
Place: london, russia, big ben london, delaware, west virginia
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Suicide Squad (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: From DC Comics comes the Suicide Squad, an antihero team of incarcerated supervillains who act as deniable assets for the United States government, undertaking high-risk black ops missions in exchange for commuted prison sentences.
Style: entertaining, absurd, intense, humorous, sexy ...
Plot: superhero, dark hero, super villain, mission, female warrior, villain turns good, fight scenes, insanity, weapons, secret mission, tough girl, mutant ...
Time: 2010s
Place: washington d.c., louisiana, usa, pentagon
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No Escape (1994)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In the year 2022, a ruthless prison warden has created the ultimate solution for his most troublesome and violent inmates: Absolom, a secret jungle island where prisoners are abandoned and left to die. But Marine Captain John Robbins, convicted of ...
Style: suspense, exciting, futuristic, bleak, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, island, survival, jungle, prison guard, prisoner, escape, chase, adventure, future dystopia, island prison, ex soldier ...
Time: future, near future
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The Hateful Eight (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 168 min.
Story: Bounty hunters seek shelter from a raging blizzard and get caught up in a plot of betrayal and deception.
Style: captivating, stylized, bloody, suspense, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bounty hunter, dark humor, stagecoach, old west, murder, winter, brutality, gang, blizzard, hitman, revenge, prisoner ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: wyoming, usa
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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, suspense, twist ending, exciting, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison escape, lone hero, torture, revenge, escape plan, outsmarting, escape, prisoner, conspiracy, betrayal, ship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2013, 2010s, 80s ...
Place: morocco, usa, colorado, new orleans, miami ...
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Hunger (2008)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The story of Bobby Sands, the IRA member who led the 1981 hunger strike in which Republican prisoners tried to win political status. It dramatises events in the Maze prison in the six weeks prior to Sands’ death.
Style: disturbing, sincere, bleak, political, dark ...
Plot: prison, ira, prisoner, police brutality, protest, suffering, prison life, idealism, character study, prison escape, hunger, humiliation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981, 70s
Place: ireland, northern ireland, europe, belfast
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For Life (2020)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: A prisoner becomes a lawyer, litigating cases for other inmates while fighting to overturn his own life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit.
Style: captivating, psychological, disturbing, twists and turns, inspirational
Plot: confined, prisoner, lawyer, mind game, prison, wrongful conviction, vengeance, scheme, fighting the system, injustice, jail, confinement indoors ...
Time: contemporary
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In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: During the Bosnian War, Danijel, a soldier fighting for the Serbs, re-encounters Ajla, a Bosnian who's now a captive in his camp he oversees. Their once promising connection has become ambiguous as their motives have changed.
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, touching, romantic ...
Plot: bosnian war, soldier, prisoner, muslim, forbidden love, war, violence, escape, life is a bitch, love affair, love and romance, romance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: sarajevo, bosnia herzegovina, former yugoslavia, europe, bosnia
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The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: This film is based on the actual events that took place in 1971 when Stanford professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo created what became one of the most shocking and famous social experiments of all time.
Style: disturbing, psychological, thought provoking, tense, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: psychology, prison, university, human nature, prisoner, human experiment, confined, teachers and students, character study, student, experiment, disorder ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, california
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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, suspense, intense, road movie, realistic ...
Plot: train, survival, runaway train, prisoner, prison, disaster, wilderness, prison escape, violence, prison warden, crime gone awry, winter ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: alaska, usa
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Tango & Cash (1989)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Ray Tango and Gabriel Cash are narcotics detectives who, while both being extremely successful, can't stand each other. Crime Lord Yves Perret, furious at the loss of income that Tango and Cash have caused him, frames the two for murder. Caught ...
Style: humorous, intense, buddy movie, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, reluctant partners, crimes, prison, prisoner, police, buddies, buddy cop, law enforcement, warden, rivalry, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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White Slave (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Horror, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young woman seeks vengeance and finds love when her parents are killed in the Amazon and she is taken prisoner by an indigenous tribe of headhunters.
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, scary, disturbing ...
Plot: amazon, cannibal, jungle, prisoner, murder, nude fight, enslavement, survival, adventure, defloration, confined, exploitation ...
Time: 80s
Place: latin america, london, england
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15 Minutes (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: When Eastern European criminals Oleg and Emil come to New York City to pick up their share of a heist score, Oleg steals a video camera and starts filming their activities, both legal and illegal. When they learn how the American media circus can ...
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, tense, brutal, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, criminal, media, police investigation, journalism, prisoner, crimes, partners against crime, violence, justice, revenge, police detective ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, eastern europe
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Brothers (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Denmark, UK, Sweden, Norway
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A Danish officer, Michael (Thomsen), is sent away to the International Security Assistance Force operation in Afghanistan for three months. His first mission there is to find a young radar technician who had been separated from his squad some ...
Style: emotional, tense, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prisoner, courage, depression, brutality, relationships, politics, brother brother relationship, brothers, war, family problems, family relations, military ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: afghanistan, california, tokyo, europe, denmark
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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: epic, suspenseful, suspense, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing
Plot: prison, world war two, prison escape, war, pow, nazi, escape, military, freedom, soldier, capture, escape attempt ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, alps, switzerland
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The Longest Yard (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Pro quarter-back, Paul Crewe and former college champion and coach, Nate Scarboro are doing time in the same prison. Asked to put together a team of inmates to take on the guards, Crewe enlists the help of Scarboro to coach the inmates to victory in ...
Style: funny, entertaining, inspirational, humorous, not serious ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, boys' night
Plot: american football, prison, sport, prison life, underdog, prisoner, redemption, prison guard, happy ending, betrayal, adaptation, warden ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san diego california, austin texas, latin america, new jersey, texas ...
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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a ...
Style: emotional, touching, sad, heartbreaking, serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens
Plot: world war two, holocaust, concentration camp, jewish, childhood, nazi, war, friendship, nazism, against humanity, gas chamber, boy ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland
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Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.
Style: psychological, suspense, suspenseful, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, serial murder, maniac, prison, police investigation, killer as protagonist, murder, prisoner, violence, couples, necrophilia, serial killer as protagonist ...
Time: 70s, year 1975, year 1969, year 1978, year 1989 ...
Place: usa, seattle
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Bone Tomahawk (2015)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Western
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: During a shootout in a saloon, Sheriff Hunt injures a suspicious stranger. One of the villagers takes care of him in prison. One day they both disappear – only the spear of a cannibal tribe is found. Hunt and a few of his men go in search of the ...
Style: scary, brutal, macabre, suspense, bleak ...
Plot: wilderness, native american, rescue, violence, violent, survival, cannibalism, murder, brutality, cannibal, ambush, civil war veteran ...
Time: 70s, 19th century
Place: california
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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, motivational, brutal
Plot: prison escape, prison, survival, island prison, prison life, escape, life sentence, human spirit, solitary, safecracker, friendship, jungle ...
Time: year 1931, 1930s, year 1969, year 1970
Place: south america, france, colombia, venezuela, paris france
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If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: After her fiance is falsely imprisoned, a pregnant African-American woman sets out to clear his name and prove his innocence.
Style: inspirational, realistic, captivating, touching, tense
Plot: love, prison, racism, african american, sex scene, police, false accusation, lawyer, love story, black american, injustice, dating ...
Time: 70s
Place: puerto rico, harlem, manhattan new york city, new york
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Pitch Black (2000)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When their ship crash-lands on a remote planet, the marooned passengers soon learn that escaped convict Riddick isn't the only thing they have to fear. Deadly creatures lurk in the shadows, waiting to attack in the dark, and the planet is ...
Style: futuristic, suspense, tense, suspenseful, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: monster, survival, outer space, deadly creature, space travel, dark hero, mysterious planet, escape, creature, alien life-form, one man army, alien ...
Time: future
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Lilies (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: 1952: Bishop Bilodeau visits a québécois prison to hear the confession of a boyhood friend jailed for murder 40 years ago. The inmates force the prelate to watch a play depicting what really happened in 1912. We meet him as a young man, ...
Style: emotional, serious, enigmatic, captivating, sentimental ...
Plot: gay, homosexuality, prison, bishop, lgbt, prisoner, gender, vengeance, love triangle, tragedy, teachers and students, haunted by the past ...
Time: year 1952, 50s
Place: france
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Land of the Blind (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A soldier recounts his relationship with a famous political prisoner attempting to overthrow their country's authoritarian government.
Style: serious, bleak, psychological, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: politics, prisoner, terrorism, rebelliousness, against the odds, state affairs, haunted by the past, crimes, fighting the system, injustice, revolution, protest ...
Time: contemporary
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Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS (1975)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller, War
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Ilsa is a warden at a Nazi death camp that conducts experiments on prisoners. Ilsa's goal is to prove that woman can withstand more pain and suffering than men and should be allowed to fight on the front lines
Style: erotic, rough, sexy, disturbing, brutal ...
Audience: teens
Plot: female prisoner, sexploitation, world war two, rape, nazi, women's prison, sexual torture, sadism, captivity, prison, sexual abuse, women in prison ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany
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