Best Prison Movies


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The Top Ten

The Shawshank Redemption
Fairytale escape saga. Wonderfully produced with deserved, broad appeal. And the narration!


Best movie I've seen nothing is more powerful and inspirational made me look at things differently thoughout the years

2A Prophet

3Cell 211

4Undisputed II - Last Man Standing

5Elite Squad

6Lock Up
Brilliant drama with Sylvester Stallone. The story is gritty and involving, and the best scene is Sizemore's last bid for Stallone's friendship. Watch it and you'll know what I mean.


7Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

8Undisputed III: Redemption
Fight film in which the bad guy in Undisputed II becomes the sentimental favourite in this one.



10Escape From Alcatraz
Faithful - or so it seems - account of the famous 1962 escape bid that just might have succeeded.


The Contenders

11Midnight Express
The film that made allusions to ending up in a Turkish prison so much more evocative than, say, a Swiss prison.



13American History X
Powerful film that tackles racism and hatred head on.




16Dead Man Walking
A committed nun fulfills her Christian duty by visiting a young, most unlovable murderer on death row.


17Blood In, Blood Out

18The Green Mile

Questions about sin, morality and possible redemption in a taut prison drama.
Starring Edward Norton, Milla Jovovich and Robert De Niro


20Against the Wall
The 1971 Attica riot from the perspective of a new prison guard.


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