Best Prison Movies


The Top Ten

1 The Shawshank Redemption

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 MOIVIE ever

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2 Cell 211
3 A Prophet
4 Elite Squad
5 Undisputed II - Last Man Standing
6 Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
7 Lock 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. - Alexandr

8 Chopper
9 Bronson
10 Escape From Alcatraz

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

The Contenders

11 Undisputed III: Redemption

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

12 Carandiru
13 Midnight Express

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

14 American History X

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

15 Papillon
16 Dead Man Walking

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

17 The Green Mile


18 Blood In, Blood Out
19 Stone

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

20 Against the Wall

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

21 Alien 3

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

22 Cool Hand Luke
23 Pusher
24 My Cousin Vinny
25 The Life of David Gale

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

26 Stalag 17

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

27 Chicago
28 Paradise Lost - The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

No fiction writer would dare make an attempt at presenting such an unbelievable story of inept police work and plot implausibility. - Alexandr

29 Birdman of Alcatraz
30 The Mannsfield 12
31 Escape Plan
32 Starred Up
33 The Great Escape
34 Shot Caller


35 A Clockwork Orange
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Top Remixes

1. The Shawshank Redemption
2. Cell 211
3. The Green Mile
1. A Prophet
2. Cell 211
3. Elite Squad
1. Undisputed II - Last Man Standing
2. Lock Up
3. The Shawshank Redemption


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