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 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

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

3 Lock Up

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

4 Escape From Alcatraz

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

5 Undisputed III: Redemption

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

6 Midnight Express

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

7 The Green Mile

Want some cornbread - AngusCash

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


8 American History X

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

9 Cell 211
10 Dead Man Walking

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

The Contenders

11 Cool Hand Luke
12 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

13 Stone

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

14 Alien 3

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

15 Against the Wall

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

16 Bronson
17 Papillon
18 Shot Caller


19 My Cousin Vinny
20 The Life of David Gale

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

21 Elite Squad
22 Carandiru
23 Chicago
24 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

25 Birdman of Alcatraz
26 The Mannsfield 12
27 A Prophet
28 Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
29 Chopper
30 Blood In, Blood Out
31 Pusher
32 Escape Plan
33 Starred Up
34 The Great Escape
35 A Clockwork Orange
36 Toy Story 3
37 Felon
38 Brawl in Cell Block 99


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