The Best Prison Movies Films
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The Best Prison Movies

List Criteria: Films set in prison or jails or that star prisoners or convicts.

Best prison movies is a list of the top jail films of all time. These are movies that take place within or around a penitentiary. This prison movies list also includes escape movies, as the plot sometimes revolves around a convict's escape attempt.

Jails create an interesting setting for filmmakers. Since prisons are self-encapsulated, prisons tend to form their own societies with their own rules, hierarchies, and etiquette. As such, the prisons become a veritable island for the prisoners inside.

The prison films on this list are some of the best, so there is bound to be at least one on here that you will enjoy. Make sure to vote for what you think is the greatest prison film ever and add your favorite movie set in jail if it's not on the prison movies list.

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    the people's #1 & most listed Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins Released: 1994

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    Tom Hanks, Sam Rockwell, Michael Clarke Duncan Released: 1999

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    Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, George Kennedy Released: 1967

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    Released: 1973

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    added by mrblond Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Charles Bronson

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    John Hurt, Randy Quaid, Brad Davis Released: 1978

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    ranked low on reranks Edward Furlong, Edward Norton, Beverly D'Angelo

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    ranked low on reranks Clint Eastwood, Danny Glover, Patrick McGoohan Released: 1979

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    George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

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    added by Lons Burt Reynolds, Bernadette Peters, Ray Nitschke

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    added by ryanmcw Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden, Telly Savalas

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    Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Jack Black Released: 1995

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    ranked low on reranks & added by wiabux Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Viola Davis

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    added by KimBrownsey Robert Redford, Mark Ruffalo, Robin Wright

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    added by GS69 Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman

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    added by PeteBoyle Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham, Stuart Graham Released: 2008

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    added by bojanthebest William Holden, Peter Graves, Otto Preminger

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    added by Lons Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Rod Steiger

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    Nicolas Cage, Morgan Freeman, Robert Redford Released: 1980

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    added by erwan Tahar Rahim, Leïla Bekhti, Niels Arestrup

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    added by oldguy07 Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

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    ranked low on reranks Sean Penn, Ally Sheedy, Clancy Brown Released: 1983

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    ranked low on reranks Nicolas Cage, Steve Buscemi, John Malkovich

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    Adam Sandler, Courteney Cox, Chris Rock Released: 2005

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    Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Craig T. Nelson Released: 1980

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    added by azzy_roth Elvis Presley, Dean Jones, Gloria Pall

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    added by PeteBoyle Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Natalie Martinez Released: 2008

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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson, Tom Wilkinson

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    ranked low on reranks Val Kilmer, Stephen Dorff, Marisol Nichols Released: 2008

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    Eddie Murphy, Poppy Montgomery, Martin Lawrence Released: 1999

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    Wesley Snipes, Master P, Ving Rhames Released: 2002

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    added by srjthnk Luis Tosar, Antonio Resines, Alberto Ammann

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    added by PeteBoyle Tom Hardy, Hugh Ross, Amanda Burton Released: 2009

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    Mel Gibson, Peter Stormare, Dean Norris

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    added by AdrianDanga Jon Voight, Rebecca De Mornay, Eric Roberts

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    Mickey Rourke, Edward Furlong, Willem Dafoe Released: 2000

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    Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon, Christian Slater Released: 1994

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    added by wiabux Michael Jai White, Scott Adkins, Ben Cross Released: 2005

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    Sidney Poitier, Tony Curtis, Carl Switzer

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    Kate Beckinsale, Claire Danes, Paul Walker Released: 1999

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    Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Preston Foster Released: 1932

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    William Hurt, Raúl Juliá, Sônia Braga Released: 1985

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    ranked low on reranks & added by BushWanker Jamie Lee Curtis, Kurt Russell, Ernest Borgnine

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    added by PeteBoyle Erich von Stroheim, Jean Gabin, Marcel Dalio

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    ranked low on reranks Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend, Jack O'Connell

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    Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann Released: 2009

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    Peter Strauss, Richard Lawson

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    Tom Courtenay, Alfred Burke, Eric Thompson

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    ranked low on reranks Sylvester Stallone, Donald Sutherland, Tom Sizemore Released: 1989

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    often listed & added by MariaVitóriaSantos Kate Winslet, Kevin Spacey, Melissa McCarthy

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