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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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    The Green Mile

    Frank Darabont More
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    Released: 1999
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    Cool Hand Luke

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    Released: 1967
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    The Great Escape

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    Midnight Express

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    Released: 1978
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    Papillon

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    Released: 1973
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    Escape from Alcatraz

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    Released: 1979
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    Robert Aldrich More
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    Tony Kaye More
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    Joel Coen, Ethan Coen More
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    John Frankenheimer More
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    Tim Robbins More
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    Released: 1995
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    Rick Rosenthal More
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    Released: 1983
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    Rod Lurie More
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    Billy Wilder More
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    Simon West More
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    Stuart Rosenberg More
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    Released: 1980
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    Norman Jewison More
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    Paul W. S. Anderson More
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    Released: 2008
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    Steve McQueen More
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    Released: 2008
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    Sidney Poitier More
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    Released: 1980
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    Edward James Olmos More
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    Richard Thorpe More
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    Franklin J. Schaffner More
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    Jacques Audiard More
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    Peter Segal More
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    Ric Roman Waugh More
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    Released: 2008
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    Adrian Grunberg More
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    Jonathan Kaplan More
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    Released: 1999
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    Jim Sheridan More
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    Steve Buscemi More
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    Released: 2000
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    Nicolas Winding Refn More
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    Released: 2009
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    Mervyn LeRoy More
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    Released: 1932
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    Walter Hill More
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    Released: 2002
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    Alan Parker More
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    Michael Mann More
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    Isaac Florentine More
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    Released: 2005
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    Stuart Gordon More
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    Released: 1992
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    John Flynn More
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    Released: 1989
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    Joseph L. Mankiewicz More
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    Released: 1970
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    Marc Rocco More
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    Released: 1994
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    John Carpenter More
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    Ted Demme More
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    Héctor Babenco More
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    Released: 1985
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    Escape Plan

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