Prison Movies

List of the best movies about jail and prisoners, showing life and jailbreak: The Shawshank Redemption, Riot, Singh Saab the Great, The Experiment, Just Mercy, 5 Therapy, Son of Morning, Una, The Con Artist, Kill Your Friends.

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

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
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.

Riot (2015)
Markimdb: 5.2
PlotMartial Arts, Bank robbery, Obsession, Rivalry
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Serious, For men, Disturbing

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.

Singh Saab the Great (2013)
Markimdb: 5.6
Genreaction, drama
PlacePrison, India

A common man fights corruption and injustice.

The Experiment (2010)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genrethriller, drama
PlotOn real events, Survival, Experiments, Justice
StylePsychological problems, Action, Fascinating, Heavy, Depressive

20 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control.

Just Mercy (2019)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, crime, biography
CharactersLawyers, Photographers, Judge, Sheriffs, Singers
PlotOn real events, Investigation, Weapon, Computers, Justice
StyleAction, Tense, Touching, Disturbing

The powerful true story of Harvard-educated lawyer Bryan Stevenson, who goes to Alabama to defend the disenfranchised and wrongly condemned — including Walter McMillian, a man sentenced to death despite evidence proving his innocence. Bryan fights tirelessly for Walter with the system stacked against them.

5 Therapy (2017)
Markimdb: 7
PlotMeaning of life
StyleTense, Makes me think

The film is based on a series of novels by Stas Dombrowski, a former drug addict and criminal who learned that he was HIV positive in 17 years, and plunged into absolute self-destruction for next two decades. Only on his deathbed in prison therapy, knowing that he would die in two weeks, Stas understood that he wants to live more than anything in this world.

Son of Morning (2011)
Markimdb: 4
Genrecomedy, drama
PlotMental disorders
PlacePrison, Hotels

A young copywriter becomes the most famous man on the planet, overnight, when he is mistaken as the next messiah.

Una (2017)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrethriller, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, Canada, USA
CharactersTeens, Parents
PlotLove, Revenge, The escape, Mental disorders
PlacePrison, Hotels, Small cities
StylePsychological problems, Makes me think, Sad ones

When a young woman unexpectedly arrives at an older man’s workplace, looking for answers, the secrets of the past threaten to unravel his new life.

The Con Artist (2010)
Markimdb: 4.8
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, crime
PlacePrison, Ships, Canada

An ex-con finds his plan to go straight foiled by a loan shark who manipulates his target into taking on one last heist.

Kill Your Friends (2015)
Markimdb: 6
Genrethriller, comedy, crime, music
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersDogs, Sharks, Serial killers, Rappers, Lawyers
PlotDancing, Fight, Music, Money, Depression
PlacePrison, Aircraft, London, Hotels
StyleAction, Heavy, Tense, Black humor

In the late 1990s, a drug-addled nihilist resorts to murder to climb the ladder of the London music industry.

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Once a Gangster (2010)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, comedy, crime
CountryHong Kong
CharactersGangsters, Heroes, Friends
PlacePrison, College
StyleExciting, Heavy, Disturbing

Roast Pork joins the triad as a young man and ends up becoming a trusted lieutenant of boss Kerosene. However, his true passion is in his successful chain of restaurants, his loving wife, and his two children. So when Kerosene wants to promote his trusted right hand man to the top of the organization as a way to take on his financial debts, it's understandable why Roast Pork would want to refuse. Roast Pork comes up with an intricate scheme with his men that would take himself out of the running, but Kerosene's intervention causes it to fail. When all hopes appears to be lost, lifelong gangster Sparrow is released from jail after serving a 20-year sentence for committing a gang-related murder that earned him a guarantee for the leader spot. However, Sparrow has made his own plans to stay out of the gang, setting off a battle of wits between the two men.

The Fairy (2011)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryFrance, Belgium
CharactersDogs, Bartenders
PlotDancing, Poker, Fulfillment of desires
PlacePrison, Sea, France, Beach, Hotels
StyleRomantic, To cry, Fancy

A hotel clerk searches all over Le Havre for the fairy who made two of his three wishes come true before disappearing.

I Can Quit Whenever I Want 3: Ad Honorem (2017)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrecomedy, crime
PlacePrison, Italy

Has been an year since Pietro Zinni's gang got caught in the Sopox production laboratory and each of them locked up in different jails. From Regina Coeli jail, Pietro keep warning the authorities a fool syntetized nerve gas and he is ready to make a killing, but no one takes him seriously.

Breathing (2011)
Markimdb: 7
PlotMotorcycles, Death
StyleSoulful, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

A 19-year-old is coming out of prison and trying to build a new life but he can't deal with his guilt.

Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genreaction, thriller
CharactersHired assassins, Police
PlotLove, Martial Arts, Skirmishes, Abduction, Revenge
PlacePrison, Hotels
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Action, Twisted plot, Heavy

Arthur Bishop thought he had put his murderous past behind him when his most formidable foe kidnaps the love of his life. Now he is forced to travel the globe to complete three impossible assassinations, and do what he does best, make them look like accidents.

High Life (2018)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genrefantastic, thriller
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, Germany, Poland
CharactersDogs, Criminals, Babies, Astronauts
PlotSurvival, Loneliness, Death, Dolls, Experiments
PlaceSpace, Prison, Trains, Spaceships
StyleExciting, Psychological problems, Tense, Makes me think

Monte and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to the outer reaches of the solar system. They must now rely on each other to survive as they hurtle toward the oblivion of a black hole.

Need for Speed (2014)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genreaction, thriller, adventure, family, crime
PlotRacing, Cars, Justice, Competitions, Pads
StyleExciting, Tense, Serious, For men, Disturbing

The film revolves around a local street-racer who partners with a rich and arrogant business associate, only to find himself framed by his colleague and sent to prison. After he gets out, he joins a New York-to-Los Angeles race to get revenge. But when the ex-partner learns of the scheme, he puts a massive bounty on the racer's head, forcing him to run a cross-country gauntlet of illegal racers in all manner of supercharged vehicles.

Torrente 4: Lethal crisis (2011)
Markimdb: 5.4
Genrecomedy, crime
CharactersHeroes, Bodyguards, Losers
PlotRevenge, Investigation, Pads, False accusations, Rivalry
StyleExciting, For men

In Lethal Crisis, the world's most uncouth private eye is framed for a crime he didn't commit in the riotous fourth installment of the Torrente series.

A Haunted House 2 (2014)
Markimdb: 4.7
Genrehorror, comedy
CharactersDogs, Demons
PlotSupernatural, Ghosts
PlacePrison, Party

Having exorcised the demons of his ex, Malcolm is starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her two children. After moving into their dream home, however, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events.

My Brother 2 (2017)
Markimdb: 4.5
Genrecomedy, drama
PlotFight, Wedding, Funeral
PlacePrison, Turkey

Two famous brothers, Hakan and Ozan's friends Tato died. Two days later, Hakan's wedding was held, but they went to a friend's house to fulfill their last duties. Hakan will marry Didem, the daughter of Muzaffer, one of Rize's leading tea merchants. Muzaffer is a reaction to this marriage because Hakan is a famous singer. They find themselves in the Black Sea from the Aegean to Central Anatolia, beyond the borders as if they are not enough, and at the end of the journey filled with surprises.