Prison Movies

List of the best movies for melodramas about prison and prisoners, showing life and jailbreak: Never Look Away, Cold War, If Beale Street Could Talk, Crown Heights, Brothers, Down by Love, My Grandmother Fanny Kaplan, Cyanide, The Next Three Days, I Love You Phillip Morris
In the top there are new films of 2018, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.
Never Look Away (2018)
Mark9.6 (imdb: 7.7)
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, history
PlotOn real events, Relationship, Love, Art

Inspired by real events and spanning three eras of German history, film tells the story of Kurt, a young art student who falls in love with fellow student, Ellie. Ellie’s father, Professor Seeband, a famous doctor, is dismayed at his daughter’s choice of boyfriend, and vows to destroy the relationship. What neither of them knows is that their lives are already connected through a terrible crime Seeband committed decades ago.

Cold War (2018)
Mark6.4 (imdb: 7.6)
Genremelodrama, drama, music
CountryPoland, United Kingdom, France
PlotLove, Dancing
TimeCold War

A man and a woman meet in the ruins of post-war Poland. With vastly different backgrounds and temperaments, they are fatally mismatched and yet drawn to each other.

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
Mark6.4 (imdb: 7.2)
Genremelodrama, drama
PlotLove, Investigation, Money

After her fiance is falsely imprisoned, a pregnant African-American woman sets out to clear his name and prove his innocence.

Crown Heights (2017)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genremelodrama, drama, crime, biography
PlotJustice, Weapon
PlacePrison, New York, USA, Court

When Colin Warner was wrongfully convicted of murder, his best friend Carl King devoted his life to proving his innocence.

Brothers (2016)
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, military
PlotWar, Relationship
PlacePrison, China

The film centers on the relationship between two brothers who used to have a bond for life but it is ripped apart through a civil war in 1936.

Down by Love (2016)
Mark7 (imdb: 5.9)
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryFrance, Belgium
PlotLove, Obsession

A man, a woman. A prison director, his inmate. An impossible love, a true story.

My Grandmother Fanny Kaplan (2016)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
PlotLove, Revolution, Obsession, Political
PlaceParis, Prison

The film focuses on the little-known love affair of the terrorist Fanny Kaplan with the brother of Vladimir Lenin, Dmitriy Ilyich Ulyanov, and questions whether she really tried to assassinate Lenin in 1918.

Cyanide (2013)
Markimdb: 6
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryCanada, Luxembourg

Thirteen years old Achille is waiting for his father to return from prison. Will everything go as planned and could the family survive?

The Next Three Days (2010)
Mark8.4 (imdb: 7.4)
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryUSA, France
PlotFalse accusations
PlacePrison, USA

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.

I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 6.6)
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, crime, biography
CountryFrance, USA
PlotPolitical, Betrayal

Steve Russell is a small-town cop. Bored with his bland lifestyle, Russell turns to fraud as a means of shaking things up. Before long, Russell's criminal antics have landed him behind bars, where he encounters the charismatic Phillip Morris. Smitten, Russell devotes his entire life to being with Morris regardless of the consequences.

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The United States of Leland (2003)
Mark8.4 (imdb: 7.1)
Genremelodrama, drama, crime

A withdrawn young man, Leland Fitzgerald is imprisoned for the murder of a mentally disabled boy, who also happened to be the brother of his girlfriend, Becky. As the community struggles to deal with the killing, Pearl Madison, a teacher at the prison, decides to write about Leland's case. Meanwhile, others affected by the murder, including Becky and her sister, Julie, must contend with their own problems.

Just Married (2003)
Mark10 (imdb: 5.5)
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryUSA, Germany
PlacePrison, Castle, France

Tom Leezak and Sarah McNerney fall in love and plan to get married, despite opposition from Sarah's uptight, rich family. When they do get married, and get a chance to prove Sarah's family wrong, they go on a European honeymoon and run into disaster after disaster. They have to decide whether the honeymoon from hell and a few pre-marital mistakes are worth throwing away their love and marriage.

He Got Game (1998)
Mark4 (imdb: 6.9)
Genremelodrama, drama, sport
PlacePrison, College

A basketball player's father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence.