These are the top films that take place primarily in a women's prison. The genre may not be as large as other, but there are still plenty of great movies about women and girls going to jail. While the setting and the characters may be different than typical movies that take place in prison, female prison movies still share many of the same motiffs and themes of the genre in general.
What's better, Escape from Hell or Women in Cellblock 9? The films on this list cover the most famous female prison movies. If we missed any movies that feature women how are incarcerated on this list, please add them to the list yourself.
Whether you're at home and want to watch these women in prison movies on DVD, streaming Blu-ray or streaming, or if you're seeing them in theaters for the first time, this is a list of good women in prison movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest women in prison movies, here is the full women in prison movies list, ordered from best to worst.
An American woman (Pam Grier) is convicted of murder in the Philippines and sentenced to a grim women’s prison in the jungle, where she and the other prisoners rise up against an abusive and sadistic warden. ...more
Actors: Pam Grier, Sid Haig, Christiane Schmidtmer, Jack Davis, Roberta Collins, + more
Initial Release: 1971
Directed by: Jack Hillsee more on The Big Doll House
Women in Cellblock 9 is a 1977 Swiss film directed by Spanish director Jesus Franco, starring Howard Vernon and Karine Gambier. Its main theme is women in prison. Unlike most of Franco's work this remains banned in the United Kingdom due to large amounts of sexual violence, and as one of the lead ...more
Actors: Howard Vernon
Initial Release: 1977
Directed by: Jesús Francosee more on Women in Cellblock 9
Caged Fury is a 1989 women in prison film about a group of prisoners who decide to escape from an all-female prison. The film was directed by Bill Milling, and stars Erik Estrada and James Hong. ...more
Actors: Janine Lindemulder, Ron Jeremy, Erik Estrada, Jack Carter, James Hong, + more
Initial Release: 1989
Directed by: Bill Millingsee more on Caged Fury
This delicious period piece, based on Sarah Waters’ 1999 novel of the same name, is a women-in-prison movie with a gothic Victorian twist. Upper-class Margaret (Anna Madeley), mourning her father’s recent death and looking for diversion, goes to Millbank Prison as a “Lady Visitor” — presumably to ...more
Actors: Anna Massey, Amanda Plummer, Nickolas Grace, Anne Reid, Sarah Crowden, + more
Initial Release: 2008
Directed by: Tim Fywellsee more on Affinity