Prison Movies

List of the best movies about jail and prisoners, showing life and jailbreak: The Next Three Days, Escape From Pretoria, The Shawshank Redemption, Triple 9, The Dark Knight Rises, Prison Break: The Final Break, The Experiment, Shot Caller, King of Devil's Island, A Prayer Before Dawn.

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

Genre
Country
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.

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.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
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.

Triple 9 (2016)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:13

A gang of criminals and corrupt cops plan the murder of a police officer in order to pull off their biggest heist yet across town.

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Markimdb: 8.4
Genrefantastic, action, drama, adventure
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:45

Following the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman assumes responsibility for Dent's crimes to protect the late attorney's reputation and is subsequently hunted by the Gotham City Police Department. Eight years later, Batman encounters the mysterious Selina Kyle and the villainous Bane, a new terrorist leader who overwhelms Gotham's finest. The Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.

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.

The Experiment (2001)
Duration01:54

Das Experiment is a shocking psycho thriller about the potential for brutality that humans hide. Even more shocking is the fact that it’s based on an actual occurrence—a 1971 psychological experiment at Stanford University that was aborted prematurely when the experimenters lost control.

Shot Caller (2017)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, thriller, 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.

King of Devil's Island (2010)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryNorway, France, Sweden, Poland
Duration01:56

Based on a true story: Norwegian winter, 1915. On the island Bastøy, outside Oslo, a group of young boys aged 11 to 18, are held in an institution for delinquent youth, notorious for its sadistic regime. One day a new boy, Erling, arrives, determined to escape from the island. After a tragic incident, he ends up leading the boys in a violent uprising. When the boys manage to take over the island, 150 soldiers are sent in to restore order.

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.

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A Prophet (2009)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, crime
CountryFrance, Italy
Duration02:29

Sentenced to six years in prison, Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim) is alone in the world and can neither read nor write. On his arrival at the prison, he seems younger and more brittle than the others detained there. At once he falls under the sway of a group of Corsicans who enforce their rule in the prison. As the 'missions' go by, he toughens himself and wins the confidence of the Corsican group.

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.

Dog Pound (2010)
Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, crime
CountryFrance, Canada, United Kingdom
Duration01:31

Three juvenile delinquents arrive at a correctional center and are put under the care of an experienced guard.

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.

Cell 211 (2009)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, thriller, drama, adventure, crime
CountrySpain, France
Duration01:48

The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal.

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.

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.

Clemency (2019)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama
CountryUSA

Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams. As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.

Small Crimes (2017)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration02:50

A disgraced former cop, fresh off a six-year prison sentence for attempted murder - returns home looking for redemption but winds up trapped in the mess he left behind.

The Scent of Rain & Lightning (2018)
Markimdb: 5.1
Genredrama, western, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:49

When a young woman learns her parents' killer has been released from jail, she is forced to revisit old wounds while discovering the destructive power of hate and the true cost of family secrets fully revealing themselves.

Good Behavior (2016)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:55

Letty Dobesh is a thief and con artist fresh out of prison whose life is always one wrong turn and bad decision from implosions — just how she likes it. But when she overhears a hitman being hired to kill a man’s wife, she sets out to derail the job, launching her on a collision course with the killer, entangling them in a dangerous and seductive relationship.

True Story (2015)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrethriller, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:34

A drama centered around the relationship between journalist Michael Finkel and Christian Longo, an FBI Most Wanted List murderer who for years lived outside the U.S. under Finkel's name.

The Post (2018)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:31

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government. Inspired by true events.

Win It All (2017)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrecomedy
CountryUSA
Duration01:57

A gambling addict faces a conflict when entrusted with keeping a bunch of money that isn't his.

Eye for an Eye (2019)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrethriller, drama
CountrySpain, France, USA

Mario, an exemplary man, lives in a village on the Galician coast. In the old people’s home, where he works as a nurse, everyone appreciates him. When the best known narco in the area, Antonio Padín, recently released from prison, enters the residence, Mario tries to make Antonio feel at home. Now, Padín's two sons, Kike and Toño, are in charge of the family business. The failure of an operation will put Kike in jail and cause them to owe a large debt to a Colombian supplier. Toño will turn to the nurse to try to convince his father to assume the debt. But Mario has his own plans.

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.

Infinity Chamber (2016)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrefantastic, thriller
CountryUSA

A man trapped in an automated prison must outsmart a computer in order to escape and try and find his way back to the outside world that may already be wiped out.

Dark Places (2015)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, France
Duration02:31

A woman who survived the brutal killing of her family as a child is forced to confront the events of that day.

The Preppie Connection (2016)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genredrama, crime
CountryPuerto Rico, USA
Duration02:09

A student at a private school uses his connections to establish a drug trafficking network.

Boys of Abu Ghraib (2014)
Markimdb: 5.4
Genrethriller, drama, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:42

An American soldier deployed at Abu Ghraib finds himself behind the walls of the infamous Hard Site, where he develops a secret friendship with an Iraqi detainee.




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