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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.

List Criteria: Films about set in prison or jail, or that star prisoners or convicts in the lead roles

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    The Shawshank Redemption

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    Released: 1994
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    Frank Darabont More
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    Alan Parker More
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    Don Siegel More
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    Tim Robbins More
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    Franklin J. Schaffner More
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    Steve McQueen More
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    Released: 2008
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    Billy Wilder More
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    Stuart Rosenberg More
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    Bad Boys

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    Released: 1983
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    A Prophet

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    Paul W. S. Anderson More
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    Released: 2008
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    Sidney Poitier More
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    Released: 1980
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    Peter Segal More
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    Ric Roman Waugh More
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    Michael Mann More
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    Adrian Grunberg More
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    Isaac Florentine More
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    Steve Buscemi More
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    Walter Hill More
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    Mervyn LeRoy More
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    Released: 1932
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    Alan Parker More
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    Lock Up

    John Flynn More
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    Released: 1989
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    There Was a Crooked Man...

    Joseph L. Mankiewicz More
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    Released: 1970
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    Jonathan Kaplan More
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    Released: 1999
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    John Carpenter More
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    Marc Rocco More
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    Fortress

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    Released: 1992
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    Escape Plan

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    Nicolas Winding Refn More
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    Released: 2009
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    Ted Demme More
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    Héctor Babenco More
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    Released: 1985
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