10 best movies like Escape From Pretoria (2020)

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Escape From Pretoria 2020
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.
List of the best movies like Escape From Pretoria (2020): The Siege of Jadotville, The Chamber, The Shawshank Redemption, Maze, Citizenfour, Jungle, Catch a Fire, Snowden, The Man with the Iron Heart, The Nightingale.

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The Siege of Jadotville (2016)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, military, biography, history
CountryRepublic of Ireland, South Africa
Duration02:07

Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan leads a stand off with troops against French and Belgian Mercenaries in the Congo during in the early 1960s.

The Chamber (1996)
Markimdb: 6
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:53

Idealistic young attorney Adam Hall takes on the death row clemency case of his racist grandfather, Sam Cayhall, a former Ku Klux Klan member he has never met.

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.

Maze (2017)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, history
CountryRepublic of Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden
Duration01:33

Inspired by the true events of the infamous 1983 prison breakout of 38 IRA prisoners from HMP Maze, which was to become the biggest prison escape in Europe since World War II.

Citizenfour (2014)
Markimdb: 8
Genrethriller, documentary, biography
CountryUSA, Germany, United Kingdom
Duration01:54

In June 2013, Laura Poitras and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely sui generis in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes. Poitras is a great and brave filmmaker, but she is also a masterful storyteller: she compresses the many days of questioning, waiting, confirming, watching the world’s reaction and agonizing over the next move, into both a great character study of Snowden and a narrative that will leave you on the edge of your seat as it inexorably moves toward its conclusion.

Jungle (2017)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrethriller, drama, adventure
CountryAustralia, Colombia, United Kingdom
Duration02:13

A mysterious guide escorts an enthusiastic adventurer and his friend into the Amazon jungle, but their journey turns into a terrifying ordeal as the darkest elements of human nature and the deadliest threats of the wild force them to fight for survival.

Catch a Fire (2006)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryFrance, United Kingdom, South Africa, USA

The true story of anti-apartheid activists in South Africa, and particularly the life of Patrick Chamusso, a timid foreman at Secunda CTL, the largest synthetic fuel plant in the world. Patrick is wrongly accused, imprisoned and tortured for an attempt to bomb the plant, with the injustice transforming the apolitical worker into a radicalised insurgent, who then carries out his own successful sabotage mission.

Snowden (2016)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrethriller, drama, crime, biography
CountryFrance, Germany, USA, United Kingdom
Duration02:23

CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.

The Man with the Iron Heart (2017)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genreaction, thriller, military, biography
CountryUSA, France, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Hungary
Duration02:07

With the Third Reich is at his peak in 1942, the Czech resistance in London plans the most ambitious military operation of WWII – Anthropoid. Two young recruits are sent to Prague to assassinate the most ruthless Nazi leader – Reinhardt Heydrich – head of the SS, the Gestapo and the architect of the Final Solution.

The Nightingale (2018)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrethriller, drama
CountryAustralia, USA

In 1825, Claire, a 21-year-old Irish convict, chases a British soldier through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. She enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.

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An American Haunting (2005)
Markimdb: 5.1
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, detective, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Canada, Romania, USA
Duration01:23

Based on the true events of the only case in US History where a spirit caused the death of a man.

Snitch (2013)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom
Duration01:52

Construction company owner John Matthews learns that his estranged son, Jason, has been arrested for drug trafficking. Facing an unjust prison sentence for a first time offender courtesy of mandatory minimum sentence laws, Jason has nothing to offer for leniency in good conscience. Desperately, John convinces the DEA and the opportunistic DA Joanne Keeghan to let him go undercover to help make arrests big enough to free his son in return. With the unwitting help of an ex-con employee, John enters the narcotics underworld where every move could be his last in an operation that will demand all his resources, wits and courage to survive.

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.

I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrehorror, thriller, drama
CountryRepublic of Ireland, United Kingdom, USA
Duration02:46

Fifteen-year old John Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it. He’s obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn’t want to become one. Terrible impulses constantly tempt him, so for his own sake, and the safety of those around, he lives by rigid rules to keep himself “good” and “normal”. However, when a real monster shows up in his town he has to let his dark side out in order to stop it – but without his rules to keep him in check, he might be more dangerous than the monster he’s trying to kill.

A Most Wanted Man (2014)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Germany
Duration02:02

A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg and becomes a person of interest for a covert government team which tracks the movements of potential terrorists.

The Imposter (2012)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, drama, documentary, crime, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:39

It’s 1994: a 13-year-old boy disappears from his home in San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later, he is found alive, thousands of miles away, in Spain. Disoriented and quivering with fear, he divulges his shocking story of kidnap and torture. His family is overjoyed to bring him home. But all is not what it seems. Sure, he has the same tattoos, but he looks decidedly different, and he now speaks with a strange accent. Why doesn't the family seem to notice these glaring inconsistencies? It's only when an investigator starts asking questions that this astounding true story takes an even stranger turn.

Child 44 (2015)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryCzech Republic, United Kingdom, USA, Russia
Duration02:21

Set in Stalin-era Soviet Union, a disgraced MGB agent is dispatched to investigate a series of child murders -- a case that begins to connect with the very top of party leadership.

Official Secrets (2019)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime, military, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Luxembourg, China
Duration01:37

The true story of British intelligence whistleblower Katharine Gun who—prior to the 2003 Iraq invasion—leaked a top-secret NSA memo exposing a joint US-UK illegal spying operation against members of the UN Security Council. The memo proposed blackmailing member states into voting for war.

The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genrethriller, drama, adventure
CountryGermany, USA
Duration01:50

Sir Robert Beaumont is behind schedule on a railroad in Africa. Enlisting noted engineer John Henry Patterson to right the ship, Beaumont expects results. Everything seems great until the crew discovers the mutilated corpse of the project's foreman, seemingly killed by a lion. After several more attacks, Patterson calls in famed hunter Charles Remington, who has finally met his match in the bloodthirsty lions.

First Reformed (2018)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Australia
Duration02:20

A pastor of a small church in upstate New York starts to spiral out of control after a soul-shaking encounter with an unstable environmental activist and his pregnant wife.

7 Days in Entebbe (2018)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, thriller, drama, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, France, Malta
Duration02:28

In 1976, four hijackers take over an Air France airplane with 248 passengers on board and force it to land in Entebbe, Uganda.

The Hunter (2011)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrethriller, drama, adventure
CountryAustralia
Duration01:44

Martin, a mercenary, is sent from Europe by an anonymous biotech company to the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for the last Tasmanian tiger.

The Fifth Estate (2013)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrethriller, drama, crime, biography
CountryUSA, India, Belgium
Duration02:08

A look at the relationship between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his early supporter and eventual colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and how the website's growth and influence led to an irreparable rift between the two friends.

The Desperate Hours (1955)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, drama, crime, film noir
CountryUSA
Duration01:52

Escaped convicts terrorize a suburban family they're holding hostage.

The Last King of Scotland (2006)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genrethriller, drama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Germany
Duration02:01

Young Scottish doctor, Nicholas Garrigan decides it's time for an adventure after he finishes his formal education, so he decides to try his luck in Uganda, and arrives during the downfall of President Obote. General Idi Amin comes to power and asks Garrigan to become his personal doctor.

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.

A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:54

Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife.

Thunderheart (1992)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genrethriller, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:59

An FBI man with Sioux background is sent to a reservation to help with a murder investigation, where he has to come to terms with his heritage.

Trade (2007)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryGermany, USA, Mexico
Duration02:00

A Texas cop (Kevin Kline), whose own daughter might have been forced into sexual slavery, joins forces with a Mexican youth (Cesar Ramos) to find the boy's sister, who was abducted and forced into prostitution. Meanwhile, a Ukrainian woman who was promised a better life in America also becomes a victim.

Balloon (2018)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, drama, family, history
CountryGermany, France, USA

Two families attempt a daredevil plan to escape the GDR with a homemade hot air balloon, but it crashes just before the border. The Stasi finds traces of this attempt to escape and immediately starts investigations, while the two families are forced to build a new escape balloon. With each passing day the Stasi is closer on their heels – a nerve-wracking race against time begins.




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