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, serious, suspenseful, rough, suspense and exciting films and TV shows about / with prisoner, prison, murder, brutality, violence, runaway, corruption, dialogue, vengeance and mentor plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Action genres shot in USA, UK, Denmark and other countries.
prisoner movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as prisoner: Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017), Hunger (2008), Bone Tomahawk (2015), Top Secret! (1984), Brothers (2004), Death Warrant (1990), Land of the Blind (2006), Fortress 2 (2000), For Life (2020), Criminal (2016).

List of prisoner movies

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: rough, suspense, psychological, tense, exciting
Plot: prisoner, maximum security prison, prison, interrogation, murder, police shootout, revenge, prison warden, extreme violence, boxer, fight, violence ...
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Hunger (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
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, bleak, sincere, serious, rough ...
Plot: prisoner, prison, ira, suffering, prison life, protest, humiliation, hunger, police brutality, dying, fighting the system, idealism ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981, 70s
Place: northern ireland, ireland, europe, belfast
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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: brutal, scary, bleak, suspense, bloody ...
Plot: native american, violence, prisoner, murder, survival, rescue, sheriff, civil war veteran, cannibalism, redemption, brutality, wilderness ...
Time: 70s
Place: california
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Top Secret! (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Popular and dashing American singer Nick Rivers travels to East Germany to perform in a music festival. When he loses his heart to the gorgeous Hillary Flammond, he finds himself caught up in an underground resistance movement. Rivers joins forces ...
Style: not serious, humorous, funny, absurd, light ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: parody, espionage, prisoner, goofy hero, heroic mission, daring rescue, selflessness, double agent, musical tour, occupation, disorder, undercover ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: east germany, germany
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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, serious, disturbing, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prisoner, family problems, presumed dead, war, brother, family drama, courage, brutality, depression, politics, runaway, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: afghanistan, europe, denmark, california, tokyo
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Death Warrant (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The Canadian policeman Louis Burke is assigned in a jail to investigate in some murders of prisoners and jailors. When in jail, Lois, using his outstandings martial arts is able to save his life and make himself respected in that violent world. At ...
Style: exciting, rough, suspenseful, tense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: prison, murder, investigation, martial arts, prisoner, serial killer, undercover, partners against crime, master criminal, track down, deadly, working undercover ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles
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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, disturbing, bleak, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: terrorism, politics, prisoner, rebelliousness, against the odds, state affairs, danger, haunted by the past, injustice, fighting the system, crimes, political corruption ...
Time: contemporary
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Fortress 2 (2000)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: Luxembourg, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: 7 years on from the original Fortress movie, Brennick and his family are still on the run. Finally, they give in, and surrender, only to find themselves imprisoned in a new, more sophisticated fortress prison in outer space. But Brennick's not ...
Style: serious, futuristic, suspenseful, disturbing, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, escape, on the run, prisoner, chase, rivalry, isolation, anti hero, race against time, anti heroes, heroes, surveillance ...
Time: future, near future
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For Life (2020)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
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
Plot: prisoner, lawyer, confined, prison, wrongful conviction, mind game, vengeance, legal system, corruption, fighting the system, injustice, danger ...
Time: contemporary
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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, disturbing, intense, rough ...
Plot: memory, brutality, prisoner, convict, cia, espionage, surveillance, chase, criminal, death, prison, danger ...
Time: 2010s
Place: london, west virginia, delaware, big ben london, russia
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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, realistic, rough, suspenseful, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: reluctant partners, police detective, prison, crime, crimes, buddies, prisoner, law enforcement, dishonesty, rivalry, warden, organized crime ...
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: suspenseful, rough, serious, scary, realistic ...
Plot: amazon, murder, jungle, prisoner, violence, survival, danger, adventure, confined, hostage, enslavement, cannibal ...
Time: 80s
Place: latin america, england, london
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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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Angel of Evil (2010)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, France, Romania
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Set in Italy in the 1970s, VALLANZASCA is the true story of the Italian underworld’s most infamous outlaw. A criminal by age 9, Renato Vallanzasca grew up to become the country’s most notorious mobster before the age of 27. Vallanzasca and his ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, bleak, controversial ...
Plot: prisoner, criminal, bank robber, gangsters, murder, kidnapping, crimes, gang, master criminal, confined, romancing a criminal, prison ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: italy, europe, milan italy
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Accused (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 103 min.
Story: On the surface Henrik and Nina Christofferson are an ordinary family living happily. But they have a problem. Their daughter, Stine, a difficult 14 year old, has a habit of telling lies in class. When Stine accuses her father of sexual abuse, and is ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, prisoner, lawyer, family relations, child abuse, parents and children, under the surface, family problems, youth, life is a bitch, incest, degradation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark
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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, realistic, contemplative, bleak ...
Plot: police investigation, violence, journalism, prisoner, police detective, media, paranoia, death, video camera, criminal, fear, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, eastern europe
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The Last Stand (2013)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Ray Owens is sheriff of the quiet US border town of Sommerton Junction after leaving the LAPD following a bungled operation. Following his escape from the FBI, a notorious drug baron, his gang, and a hostage are heading toward Sommerton Junction ...
Style: exciting, realistic, tense, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car chase, sheriff, hostage, small town, drug lord, fbi, escape, prisoner, crimes, fighting crime, law enforcement, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, year 2013, 80s
Place: usa, las vegas, arizona, california, mexico
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Terminal Invasion (2002)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Aliens in human disguise commandeer a rural airport during a snowstorm. To survive, the people trapped inside must determine which of their own is not of this Earth.
Style: suspenseful, serious, surprise ending, exciting, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: airport, anti heroes, anti hero, alien invasion, prisoner, survival, save the world, danger, supernatural, confined, isolation, alien encounter ...
Time: contemporary
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The Package (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Experienced Green Beret sergeant Johnny Gallagher is escorting a prisoner, Airborne Ranger Thomas Boyette, back to the US, but Boyette escapes and Gallagher must risk life and limb to catch him.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, military, investigation, soldier, airport, assassination attempt, sergeant, prisoner, politics, conspiracy, state affairs, government agency ...
Time: 80s
Place: germany, europe, chicago illinois, russia, berlin germany ...
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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: futuristic, bleak, exciting, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: island, prison, jungle, prison guard, escape, survival, chase, prisoner, adventure, confined, uninhibited rivalry, prison life ...
Time: future, near future
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The Girl of Your Dreams (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A company of Spanish movie makers leaves Franco's Spain and moves to Hitler's Germany to make a film in co-production. Soon some problems start to arise...
Style: humorous, semi serious, entertaining, light, captivating ...
Plot: prisoner, showbiz, couples, love and romance, politics, jewish, film within a film, actress, couple relations, political unrest, artists and showbiz, infidelity ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, year 1938
Place: spain, germany, europe, berlin germany
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Breakheart Pass (1975)
Genre: Mystery, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: At the height of the frontier era, a train races through the Rocky Mountains on a classified mission to a remote army post. But one by one the passengers are being murdered, and their only hope is the mysterious John Deakin, who's being ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, suspense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: train ride, murder, train, investigation, prisoner, u.s. marshal, governor, track down, crime, danger, crimes, frame up ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, utah, ireland, california
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All the Pretty Horses (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The year is 1949. A young Texan named John Grady finds himself without a home after his mother sells the ranch where he has spent his entire life. Lured south of the border by the romance of cowboy life and the promise of a fresh start, Cole and his ...
Style: sincere, touching, serious, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: false accusation, jail, prisoner, ranch, adventure, friends, life is a bitch, friendship, dishonesty, forbidden love, fall in love, coming of age ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: mexico, texas, latin america
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3 from Hell (2019)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After barely surviving a furious shootout with the police, Baby Firefly, Otis Driftwood and Captain Spaulding are behind bars. But pure evil cannot be contained. Teaming up with Otis’ half-brother Wilson, the demented Firefly clan escape to ...
Style: suspense, rough, scary, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: violence, psychopath, death, murder, panic, prisoner, sadist, evil, brutality, criminal, massacre, insanity ...
Time: 80s, year 1988
Place: mexico, texas
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Juan & Ted: Wanted (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Action
Country: Philippines
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Fugitives Juan and Ted have tried to mend their ways after they bolted jail to escape execution from the hands of Hepe and Langku.They found work as school bus driver and conductor. They developed special bond with their bus riders who have problems ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, captivating
Plot: prisoner, jail, friendship, runaway, mistaken identity, frame up, rescue, school, disguise, escape, school bus, bus driver ...
Place: the philippines
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Gulliver's Travels (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Travel writer Lemuel Gulliver takes an assignment in Bermuda, but ends up on the island of Liliput, where he towers over its tiny citizens.
Style: not serious, exciting, humorous, satirical, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, teens
Plot: adventure, island, princess, goofy hero, fish out of water, giant, getting home, prisoner, imaginary kingdom, misfit, escapades, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 18th century
Place: new york
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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: humorous, not serious, exciting, entertaining, funny ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: prison life, prison, american football, football, underdog, ex athlete, warden, sport, friends, contests and competitions, confined, prisoner ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, san diego california, latin america, new jersey
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Berlin Is in Germany (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When Martin, a former GDR citizen, is released from jail, he lately becomes confronted with the consequences of the German re-unification.
Style: realistic, touching, humorous, emotional, serious
Plot: taxi driver, fish out of water, estrangement, society, social differences, friendship, prisoner, unsociability, berlin wall, jail, bittersweet, desperation ...
Time: 90s, 21st century
Place: europe, germany, german democratic republic, berlin germany
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Locked Up (2015)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 53 min.
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, rough, disturbing, suspenseful
Plot: female prisoner, prison, corruption, false accusation, brutality, dishonesty, life is a bitch, female homosexuality, prisoner, prison guard, danger, hopes ...
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American Heart (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Jack is now out of jail and he meets Nick, his adolescent son. Their relationship will be complicated, because Jack has a problem with alcohol. But his love for Nick will help him to get over the past and reach his dreams.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: starting over, family relations, estrangement, going straight, society, hopes, parents and children, human nature, prisoner, father son relationship, adaptation, complex characters ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: usa, seattle, alaska, seattle washington, california
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