Prison Movies

List of the best movies about jail and prisoners, showing life and jailbreak: The Shawshank Redemption, Missing You, Trumbo, Certain Women, Muppets Most Wanted, Learning to Drive, Unbroken, Stockholm, I Am Not Madame Bovary, Lizzie.

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)
Mark
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.

Missing You (2016)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:26
CharactersManiacs, Serial killers, Fathers, Detectives
PlotRevenge, Investigation, Death, Justice, Freedom
PlacePrison, Korea
StylePsychological problems, Heavy, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

A girl who lost her father to a serial killer, a detective and a killer are intertwined in a chaotic relationship and are met with an unprecedented series of events.

Trumbo (2015)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:36
CharactersHorses, Jews, Writers, FBI
PlotOn real events, Investigation, Friendship, Cancer, Political
PlacePrison, Party, USA
TimeNew Year
StyleTwisted plot, Inspirational, Tense, Touching

The career of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo is halted by a witch hunt in the late 1940s when he defies the anti-communist HUAC committee and is blacklisted.

Certain Women (2016)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration02:05
CharactersDogs, Horses, Lesbians, Indians, Teachers
PlotLove, Dancing, Loneliness, Snow, Test
PlacePrison, School, Trains, Mountains, Forest
StyleFascinating, Makes me think

The lives of four women intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail.

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genrecomedy, family, music
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration01:47
CharactersFamily, Friends, Doubles, Frogs
PlotRobbery, Adventure, Prison Break, Friendship, Gems
PlacePrison, Trains
StyleExciting

While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick.

Learning to Drive (2014)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:30
CharactersTeens, Jews, Lawyers, Sisters
PlotDancing, Wedding, Friendship, Baseball, Computers
PlacePrison, Aircraft, Beach, USA, New York
StyleRomantic, To cry, Touching, Serious

As her marriage dissolves, a Manhattan writer takes driving lessons from a Sikh instructor with marriage troubles of his own. In each other's company they find the courage to get back on the road and the strength to take the wheel.

Unbroken (2014)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:17
CharactersSharks, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Survival
PlacePrison, Islands, Japan, Germany
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, Fascinating, Heavy, Epic, Depressive

A chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II.

Stockholm (2019)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genrecomedy, drama, crime, biography, history
CountryCanada, USA
CharactersSnipers, Criminals
PlotOn real events, Bank robbery, Hostage, Weapon, Stockholm syndrome
PlacePrison, Islands, Sweden
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense

Based on the extraordinary true story of the European city’s 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis that was documented in the 1974 New Yorker article “The Bank Drama” by Daniel Lang. The events grasped the world’s attention when the hostages bonded with their captors and turned against the authorities, giving rise to the psychological phenomenon known as “Stockholm Syndrome.”

I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryChina
Duration01:50
CharactersJudge, Cows
PlotThe Crusades, Snow, Divorce, Justice, Freedom
PlacePrison, Court, Mountains, China

Li Xuelian, a woman from the countryside is falsely accused by her husband of having an affair. To defend herself, Li moves from her small town to the big city until she reached the capital.

Lizzie (2018)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:00
CharactersLesbians, Gay, Lawyers, Photographers, Sisters
PlotOn real events, Money, Investigation, Friendship, Death
PlacePrison, Trains, Court
Time19th century
StyleAction, Fascinating, Tense

Massachusetts, 1892. An unmarried woman of 32 and a social outcast, Lizzie lives a claustrophobic life under her father's cold and domineering control. When Bridget Sullivan, a young maid, comes to work for the family, Lizzie finds a sympathetic, kindred spirit, and a secret intimacy soon blossoms into a wicked plan.

Colonia (2015)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryGermany, France, Luxembourg, United Kingdom, USA
Duration01:05
CharactersDogs, Military, Students, Soldier
PlotLove, On real events, Survival, Revolution, Religious
PlacePrison, Aircraft
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.

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
Markimdb: 5.2
Genrefantastic, action, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration04:31
CharactersDogs, Aliens, Monsters, Giants, Scientists
PlotWar, Survival, Apocalypse, End of the world, UFO
PlaceSpace, Prison, Ships, Spaceships, The White House
TimeFuture
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Tense

We always knew they were coming back. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

The Body (2012)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genrethriller, crime, detective
CountrySpain
Duration01:48
CharactersLovers
PlotLove, Revenge, Investigation, Mystery, Missing people
PlacePrison
StyleUnexpected ending, Action, Twisted plot, Atmospheric, Serious

A woman’s body disappears mysteriously from the morgue without a trace. Police inspector Jaime Peña investigates the strange occurrence with the help of Álex Ulloa, the widower of the missing woman.

Justice League (2017)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genrefantastic, action, fantasy, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration02:18
CharactersSuperhero, Horses, Hackers, Aliens, Gods
PlotRacing, Apocalypse, End of the world, Martial Arts, Superpowers
PlacePrison, Sea, Village, Aircraft, Ships
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, DC, Fascinating, Epic

Fuelled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince assemble a team of metahumans consisting of Barry Allen, Arthur Curry and Victor Stone to face the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf and the Parademons who are on the hunt for three Mother Boxes on Earth.

The Package (2013)
Markimdb: 5
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:35
CharactersSnipers, Gangsters, Hired assassins, Heroes, Couriers
PlotSurvival, Martial Arts, Motorcycles, Money, Death
PlacePrison
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Heavy, Tense, Serious

A courier for a local crime lord must deliver a mysterious package while being chased by a horde of unusual gangsters.

The Platform (2019)
Markimdb: 7
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama
CountrySpain
CharactersCannibals
PlotSurvival, Revolution, Recurring day, Cold, Hunger
PlacePrison, Kitchen
TimeFuture
StylePhilosophical, Deep Meaning, Tense, Gloomy, Disturbing

A mysterious place, an indescribable prison, a deep hole. An unknown number of levels. Two inmates living on each level. A descending platform containing food for all of them. An inhuman fight for survival, but also an opportunity for solidarity.

The Mauritanian (2021)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, drama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
CharactersTerrorists, Prisoner, Lawyers
PlotOn real events, Investigation, False accusations
PlacePrison, Afghanistan, Beach, USA
StyleBy books

A detainee at the U.S military's Guantanamo Bay detention center is held without charges for over a decade and seeks help from a defense attorney for his release.

Women of Mafia 2 (2019)
Markimdb: 3.8
Genreaction, drama, crime
CountryPoland
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Terrorists, Friends
PlotRevenge, Rivalry
PlacePrison, Yachts, Berlin, Poland
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Serious

After taking control of the capital, Nanny's gang prepares for the biggest smuggling action in the history of Poland.

Stealing Cars (2016)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genredrama
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens
PlacePrison
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense, Touching

A rebellious teenager navigates his way through the juvenile court system.

Haunting of Cellblock 11 (2014)
Markimdb: 4.4
Genrehorror, thriller
CountryUSA
Duration01:25
PlotInvestigation
PlacePrison

A group of ghost hunters must up their game to compete in the competitive world of paranormal TV shows, leading them to a truly haunted prison with a grisly past that proves to be more than they bargained for.




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