The Best Prison Movies Films
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The Best Prison Movies

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

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 Shawshank Redemption

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    Released: 1994
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    Law Abiding Citizen

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    Hunger

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    Bad Boys

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    A Prophet

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    Con Air

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    Escape from New York

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    Fortress

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    The Life of David Gale

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    Lock Up

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    Murder in the First

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