crime The Best Prison Movies  

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List Rules 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 Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins - Released: 1994

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The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell - Released: 1999

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Cool Hand Luke Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, George Kennedy - Released: 1967

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The Great Escape Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner

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Escape from Alcatraz Clint Eastwood, Danny Glover, Patrick McGoohan - Released: 1979

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Papillon Dustin Hoffman, Steve McQueen, Vic Tayback - Released: 1973

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American History X Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo

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Midnight Express John Hurt, Randy Quaid, Brad Davis - Released: 1978

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The Longest Yard Burt Reynolds, Bernadette Peters, Ray Nitschke

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O Brother, Where Art Thou? George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

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Birdman of Alcatraz Burt Lancaster, Telly Savalas, Karl Malden

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Law Abiding Citizen Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Viola Davis

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Dead Man Walking Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Jack Black - Released: 1995

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American Me Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

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Sleepers Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman

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The Last Castle Robert Redford, Mark Ruffalo, Robin Wright

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Stalag 17 William Holden, Peter Graves, Otto Preminger

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The Hurricane Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Rod Steiger

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Brubaker Nicolas Cage, Morgan Freeman, Robert Redford - Released: 1980

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Con Air Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi

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

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Hunger Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham, Stuart Graham - Released: 2008

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In the Name of the Father Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson, Tom Wilkinson

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Bad Boys Sean Penn, Ally Sheedy, Clancy Brown - Released: 1983

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A Prophet Leïla Bekhti, Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup

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The Longest Yard Adam Sandler, Courteney Cox, Chris Rock - Released: 2005

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Death Race Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Natalie Martinez - Released: 2008

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The Fugitive Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones

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The Rock Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Ed Harris

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Jailhouse Rock Elvis Presley, Dean Jones, Gloria Pall

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Bronson Tom Hardy, Amanda Burton, James Lance - Released: 2009

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Felon Val Kilmer, Anne Archer, Sam Shepard - Released: 2008

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The Dirty Dozen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Prison Movies
The Dirty Dozen Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson

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Brokedown Palace Kate Beckinsale, Claire Danes, Paul Walker - Released: 1999

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Escape from New York Jamie Lee Curtis, Kurt Russell, Ernest Borgnine

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Murder in the First Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon, William H. Macy - Released: 1994

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Life Eddie Murphy, Poppy Montgomery, Martin Lawrence - Released: 1999

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Scarface is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Prison Movies
Scarface Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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Undisputed Wesley Snipes, Master P, Peter Falk - Released: 2002

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The Count of Monte Cristo Henry Cavill, Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce

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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Prison Movies
Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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Holes Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Patricia Arquette - Released: 2003

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Tango & Cash Sylvester Stallone, Teri Hatcher, Kurt Russell

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The Defiant Ones Sidney Poitier, Tony Curtis, Lon Chaney

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Get the Gringo Mel Gibson, Peter Stormare, Dean Norris

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Lock Up Sylvester Stallone, Donald Sutherland, Tom Sizemore - Released: 1989

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Runaway Train Jon Voight, Rebecca De Mornay, Eric Roberts

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Animal Factory Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe, Edward Furlong - Released: 2000

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Let's Go to Prison Will Arnett, Michael Shannon, Bob Odenkirk - Released: 2006

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Cell 211 Luis Tosar, Carlos Bardem, Alberto Ammann