American prison movies

List of Top American Prison Movies Selected by Visitors to Our Site: Armed Response, Flower, 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.

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Armed Response (2017)
Markimdb: 3.8
Genrehorror, action, thriller
CountryUSA
Duration01:38

The story follows a team of highly trained operatives who find themselves trapped inside an isolated military compound.

Flower (2018)
Markimdb: 6
Genrecomedy, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:12

Rebellious, quick-witted Erica Vandross is a 17-year-old firecracker living with her single mom, Laurie, and her mom's new boyfriend, Bob, in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley. When Bob's mentally unbalanced son, Luke, arrives from rehab to live with the family, Erica finds her domestic and personal life overwhelmed. With Luke and her sidekicks Kala and Claudine in tow, Erica acts out by exposing a high school teacher's dark secret.

Big Stan (2007)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, comedy
CountryUSA
Duration01:44

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.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Markimdb: 9.3
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration02:22

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.

Shot Caller (2017)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA

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.

Prison Break: The Final Break (2009)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genreaction, thriller, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:23

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.

Escape From Pretoria (2020)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genrethriller
CountryUnited Kingdom, Australia, USA, South Africa, Germany

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.

Bronson (2008)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, Cayman Islands, Denmark, USA
Duration01:32

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.

The Next Three Days (2010)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, thriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryUSA, France
Duration02:13

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.

Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:46

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.

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Con Air (1997)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:55

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.

The Informer (2019)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Canada
Duration02:34

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

Brubaker (1980)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:12

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

Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:48

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.

Papillon (2017)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, adventure, crime, biography
CountryUSA, Czech Republic, Spain
Duration01:00

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.

In Hell (2003)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, thriller, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:38

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

A Prayer Before Dawn (2018)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, drama, crime, biography, sport
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, China, Cambodia, USA, Germany
Duration02:05

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.

The Rock (1996)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genreaction, thriller, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration02:16

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.

Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:52

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.

Colonia (2015)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryGermany, France, Luxembourg, United Kingdom, USA
Duration01:05

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

Midnight Express (1978)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genrethriller, drama, crime, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:01

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".

Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:27

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.

The Great Escape (1963)
Markimdb: 8.2
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:52

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.

The Mustang (2019)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama
CountryFrance, Belgium, USA
Duration02:24

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.

Undisputed (2002)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, drama, crime, sport
CountryUSA, Germany, Japan
Duration01:36

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.

Riot (2015)
Markimdb: 5.2
Genreaction
CountryUSA

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.

Dead Man Walking (1995)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:02

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.

The Last Castle (2001)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, thriller, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:11

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

The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrethriller, drama, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:30

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.

Escape from New York (1981)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, adventure
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration01:39

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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