Best Prison Movies

The Top Ten

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

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

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

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

Cool Hand Luke Cool Hand Luke Product Image
Papillon Papillon Product Image
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

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

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!


American History X American History X Product Image

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

The Contenders

Cell 211 Cell 211 Product Image
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

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

The Great Escape The Great Escape Product Image
The Bridge on the River Kwai The Bridge on the River Kwai Product Image
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

Alien 3 Alien 3 Product Image

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

Against the Wall Against the Wall Product Image

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

Bronson Bronson Product Image
Shot Caller Shot Caller Product Image


My Cousin Vinny My Cousin Vinny Product Image
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

Elite Squad Elite Squad Product Image
Carandiru Carandiru Product Image
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