American prison movies

List of Top American Prison Movies Selected by Visitors to Our Site: Big Stan, The Shawshank Redemption, Shot Caller, Prison Break: The Final Break, Escape From Pretoria, Bronson, The Next Three Days, Brawl in Cell Block 99, Con Air, The Informer.

In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

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Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, comedy
CountryUSA
Duration01:44
PlotDancing, Martial Arts, Revolution, Justice
PlacePrison
StyleExciting, By comics

Rob Schneider writes and stars in this comedy about a nerdy con man whose swindling ways land him a stiff prison sentence. Terrified at the prospect of being raped in prison he enlists the aid of a mysterious kung-fu expert to teach him how to fight.

Markimdb: 9.3
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration02:22
CharactersScammers, Prisoner, Friends, Good people
PlotSurvival, Prison Break, The escape, Freedom, Fate
PlacePrison, Mexico, USA
StyleInteresting, Popular, To cry, Atmospheric, Fascinating

Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be admired by the other inmates -- including an older prisoner named Red -- for his integrity and unquenchable sense of hope.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
CharactersCriminals, Tough guys
PlotCars, Death
PlacePrison, USA
StyleAction, Smart, Tense

A newly-released prison gangster is forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a major crime with a brutal rival gang on the streets of Southern California.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genreaction, thriller, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:23
PlotFreedom
PlacePrison
StyleTwisted plot

The movie covers the events which occurred in between the downfall of The Company and the finale of the series. It details the arrest and incarceration of Sara Tancredi, the final escape plan which Michael devises for Sara. It also reveals the ultimate fate of Gretchen Morgan.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrethriller
CountryUnited Kingdom, Australia, USA, South Africa, Germany
PlotPrison Break, On real events, Political, Freedom
PlacePrison, Africa, Australia
StyleAction, By books, Atmospheric, Tense, Makes me think

South Africa, 1978. Tim Jenkin and Stephen Lee, two white political activists from the African National Congress imprisoned by the apartheid regime, put a plan in motion to escape from the infamous Pretoria Prison.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, Cayman Islands, Denmark, USA
Duration01:32
PlacePrison, England

A young man who was sentenced to 7 years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending 30 years in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter ego, Charles Bronson.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, thriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryUSA, France
Duration02:13
CharactersLawyers
PlotLove, Prison Break, Freedom, False accusations
PlacePrison, USA
StyleAction, Disturbing

A married couple's life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of a murder. Lara Brennan is arrested for murdering her boss with whom she had an argument. It seems she was seen leaving the scene of the crime and her fingerprints were on the murder weapon. Her husband, John would spend the next few years trying to get her released, but there's no evidence that negates the evidence against her. And when the strain of being separated from her family, especially her son, gets to her, John decides to break her out. So he does a lot of research to find a way.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:46
CharactersFamily, Pregnant, Tough guys
PlotLove, Boxing, Abduction, Fight, Blackmail
PlacePrison
StyleExciting, Psychological problems, Action, Heavy, Tense

After working as a drug courier and getting into a brutal shootout with police, a former boxer finds himself at the mercy of his enemies as they force him to instigate violent acts that turn the prison he resides in into a battleground.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:55
PlacePrison, Aircraft, Deserts, Helicopters
StyleExciting, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

When the government puts all its rotten criminal eggs in one airborne basket, it's asking for trouble. Before you can say, "Pass the barf bag," the crooks control the plane, led by creepy Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom. Watching his every move is the just-released Cameron Poe, who'd rather reunite with his family.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Canada
Duration02:34
CharactersSpy, Killers, Police, Family, Fathers
PlotLove, Relationship, Investigation, Pursuit
PlacePrison
StyleTense

An ex-convict working undercover intentionally gets himself incarcerated again in order to infiltrate the mob at a maximum security prison.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:48
CharactersJudge
PlotRevenge, Death, Justice
PlacePrison, Court
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Psychological problems, Action, Serious

A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:12
CharactersCats
PlotOn real events, Political, Justice
PlacePrison
StyleFascinating, Heavy, Tense, Makes me think, Serious

The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, adventure, crime, biography
CountryUSA, Czech Republic, Spain
Duration01:00
CharactersThieves, Criminals
PlotOn real events, Survival, Prison Break, The escape, Friendship
PlacePrison, Jungle, Islands, Ships, France

Henri “Papillon” Charrière, a safecracker from the Parisian underworld, is wrongfully convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana, where he forges a strong friendship with Louis Dega, a counterfeiter who needs his protection.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, drama, crime, biography, sport
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, China, Cambodia, USA, Germany
Duration02:05
CharactersDogs, Hired assassins, Photographers
PlotLove, On real events, Survival, Martial Arts, Gambling
PlacePrison
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense, Disturbing

The true story of Billy Moore, an English boxer incarcerated in Thailand's most notorious prison. Thrown into a world of drugs and violence, he finds his best chance to escape is to fight his way out in Muay Thai tournaments.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, thriller, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:38
CharactersHeroes, Gladiators
PlotSurvival, Martial Arts, Skirmishes, Revenge, Karate
PlacePrison, Russia
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, Disturbing

A man must survive a prison where hardened criminals battle to the death for the warden's entertainment.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genreaction, thriller, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration02:16
CharactersTerrorists, FBI, Partners
PlotSkirmishes, Hostage, Weapon, Chase, Marine Corps
PlacePrison, Islands, Helicopters
StyleExciting, Action, Twisted plot, Tense, Serious

FBI chemical warfare expert Stanley Goodspeed is sent on an urgent mission with a former British spy, John Patrick Mason, to stop Gen. Francis X. Hummel from launching chemical weapons on Alcatraz Island into San Francisco. Gen. Hummel demands $100 million in war reparations to be paid to the families of slain servicemen who died on covert operations. After their SEAL team is wiped out, Stanley and John deal with the soldiers on their own.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:52
CharactersFriends, Mice, Partners, Prisoner
PlotOn real events, Prison Break, The escape, Freedom, Uprising
PlacePrison, Islands
StyleExciting, Atmospheric, Heavy, Tense, Depressive

Escape from Alcatraz tells the story of the only three men ever to escape from the infamous maximum security prison at Alcatraz. In 29 years, the seemingly impenetrable federal penitentiary, which housed Al Capone and "Birdman" Robert Stroud, was only broken once - by three men never heard of again.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genrethriller, drama, crime, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:01
CharactersLawyers
PlotOn real events, Prison Break
PlacePrison

Billy Hayes is caught attempting to smuggle drugs out of Turkey. The Turkish courts decide to make an example of him, sentencing him to more than 30 years in prison. Hayes has two opportunities for release: the appeals made by his lawyer, his family, and the American government, or the "Midnight Express".

Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryGermany, France, Luxembourg, United Kingdom, USA
Duration01:05
CharactersDogs, Horses, Military, Students, Soldier
PlotLove, On real events, Survival, Abduction, Slavery
PlacePrison, Aircraft, Forest
StylePsychological problems, Action, Atmospheric, Tense, Touching

A young woman's desperate search for her abducted boyfriend that draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody ever escaped from.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama
CountryFrance, Belgium, USA
Duration02:24
CharactersHorses, Indians, Cowboys, Psychologists, Photographers
PlotSoccer, Adventure, Friendship, Depression, Fate
PlacePrison, Nature
StyleExciting, To cry, Heartbreaking, Sad ones

While participating in a rehabilitation program training wild mustangs, a convict at first struggles to connect with the horses and his fellow inmates, but he learns to confront his violent past as he soothes an especially feisty horse.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:27
CharactersLosers, Birds
PlotOn real events
PlacePrison
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

After killing a prison guard, convict Robert Stroud faces life imprisonment in solitary confinement. Driven nearly mad by loneliness and despair, Stroud's life gains new meaning when he happens upon a helpless baby sparrow in the exercise yard and nurses it back to health. Despite having only a third grade education, Stroud goes on to become a renowned ornithologist and achieves a greater sense of freedom and purpose behind bars than most people find in the outside world.

Markimdb: 8.2
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:52
CharactersMilitary, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Prison Break, Motorcycles, Baseball
PlacePrison, Germany
TimeWorld War II
StyleFor men, Disturbing

The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocates them to a high-security 'escape-proof' camp to sit out the remainder of the war. Undaunted, the prisoners plan one of the most ambitious escape attempts of World War II. Based on a true story.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, drama, crime, sport
CountryUSA, Germany, Japan
Duration01:36
CharactersGangsters, Heroes, Tough guys
PlotGambling, Fight, Fights without rules, Hip Hop
PlacePrison
StyleExciting, Action, Heavy, Serious, For men

Monroe Hutchens is the heavyweight champion of Sweetwater, a maximum security prison. He was convicted to a life sentence due to a passionate crime. Iceman Chambers is the heavyweight champion, who lost his title due to a rape conviction to ten years in Sweetwater. WHen these two giants collide in the same prison, they fight against each other disputing who is the real champion.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, thriller, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:11
CharactersMilitary, Soldier, Generals
PlotChess, Uprising
PlacePrison
StyleExciting, Action, Heavy, Patriotic, Serious

A Court Martialed general rallies together 1200 inmates to rise against the system that put him away.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:02
CharactersNuns, Priests
PlotOn real events, Investigation, Friendship, Justice, Funeral
PlacePrison, Court
StyleAtmospheric, Makes me think, Touching, Serious

A justice drama based on a true story about a man on death row who in his last days forms a strong relationship with a nun who teaches him forgiveness and gives him spirituality as she accompanies him to his execution.

Markimdb: 5.2
Genreaction
CountryUSA
CharactersKillers, Heroes
PlotMartial Arts, Bank robbery, Revenge, Obsession, Rivalry
PlacePrison
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Serious, For men

Copper Jack Stone purposefully orchestrates a bank robbery in order to be thrown into prison with the notorious Russian kingpin Balam. Balam is more than just a mob criminal; he's a very cunning and dangerous lord who controls the police force from behind bars. Balam lives in prison as a cover for his real power, which is King of the city. His cell is a lavish private room built specifically for him, inaccessible to most in the depths of the prison structure. Even the warden fears venturing into his area of the prison. However, even surrounded by his loyal henchmen and guards in his sectioned off fortress, Balam doesn't know Jack is coming for him to avenge his family, who Balam murdered in cold blood. Balam is tough... but Jack is tougher.

Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryFrance, USA
Duration02:31
PlotOn real events, Survival, Adventure, Prison Break, Friendship
PlacePrison, Jungle, Islands
StyleAction, Inspirational, Fascinating, Tense, Depressive

A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:42
PlotSurvival, Friendship
PlacePrison, Forest, USA
StyleAction, Fascinating, Tense, Depressive, Serious

Louis Menkins is five weeks away from being released after 26 years in prison. He is faced with the decision to put his own release at risk in order to protect a young man named Beecher from growing gang controversies.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrethriller, drama, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:30
CharactersStudents, Psychologists
PlotOn real events, Experiments, Quests
PlacePrison, USA
StylePsychological problems, Action, Fascinating, Makes me think, Serious

This film is based on the actual events that took place in 1971 when Stanford professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo created what became one of the most shocking and famous social experiments of all time.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, adventure
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration01:39
CharactersHeroes, Presidential, Fish, Taxi drivers
PlotPrison Break, Hostage
PlacePrison, Islands, USA, New York
TimeFuture, Post apocalypse
StyleExciting, Heavy, Cyberpunk, Serious, For men

In 1997, the island of Manhattan has been walled off and turned into a giant maximum security prison within which the country's worst criminals are left to form their own anarchic society. However, when the President of the United States crash lands on the island, the authorities turn to a former soldier and current convict, Snake Plissken, to rescue him.





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