Best Prison Movies

The Top Ten
1 The Shawshank Redemption The Shawshank Redemption Product Image

Fairytale escape saga. Wonderfully produced with deserved, broad appeal. And the narration! - Alexandr

One of the best Movies of all time, and definitely the best prison break movie of all time

(Spoiler alert! ) I loved seeing the Warden get arrested at the end!

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

2 Undisputed II - Last Man Standing Undisputed II - Last Man Standing Product Image

Great movie, maybe the best martial arts movie, and one of the greatest Jewels in prison film

3 Escape From Alcatraz Escape From Alcatraz Product Image

Faithful - or so it seems - account of the famous 1962 escape bid that just might have succeeded. - Alexandr

4 Lock Up Lock Up Product Image

One of the best performance of Sylvester Stallone. If you die before watching it, you'll die with regret.

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. - Alexandr

5 Cool Hand Luke Cool Hand Luke Product Image
6 Papillon Papillon Product Image
7 Undisputed III: Redemption Undisputed III: Redemption Product Image

Fight film in which the bad guy in Undisputed II becomes the sentimental favourite in this one. - Alexandr

8 The Green Mile The Green Mile Product Image

Want some cornbread - AngusCash

Second just to The Shawshank Redemption, this film will leave you wanting to know how long Mr. Jingles lived for!


9 Midnight Express Midnight Express Product Image

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

10 American History X American History X Product Image

Powerful film that tackles racism and hatred head on. - Alexandr

The Contenders
11 Cell 211 Cell 211 Product Image
12 Dead Man Walking Dead Man Walking Product Image

A committed nun fulfills her Christian duty by visiting a young, most unlovable murderer on death row. - Alexandr

13 Stalag 17 Stalag 17 Product Image

A Billy Wilder film with William Holden as a prisoner in a WWII German POW camp. Inspired the hit television series, Hogan's Heroes (1965) - Alexandr

14 The Great Escape The Great Escape Product Image
15 The Bridge on the River Kwai The Bridge on the River Kwai Product Image
16 Stone Stone Product Image

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

17 Alien 3 Alien 3 Product Image

Sigourney Weaver's space pod crashes on a remote prison planet. Let the mayhem begin. - Alexandr

18 Against the Wall Against the Wall Product Image

The 1971 Attica riot from the perspective of a new prison guard. - Alexandr

19 Bronson Bronson Product Image
20 Shot Caller Shot Caller Product Image


21 My Cousin Vinny My Cousin Vinny Product Image
22 The Life of David Gale The Life of David Gale Product Image

One of the most controversial films on the list. Stars Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslet. - Alexandr

23 Elite Squad Elite Squad Product Image
24 Carandiru Carandiru Product Image
25 Chicago Chicago Product Image
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