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List Rules Only movies featuring prison escapes.

A list of all the best prison escape movies ever made, ranked by movie fans. The order of this list changes dynamically based on who likes what -- so make your voice heard by voting for your favorite items.  Not a fan of "The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce" or "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"? Then give them a thumbs down so that the list counts your vote. If there are any movies about prison escape you believe we missed, please feel free to add them to the list yourself. The films on this list cover the most famous prison escape movies of all time.

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The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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Lee Kirby added Escape from Alcatraz Clint Eastwood, Danny Glover, Patrick McGoohan

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Lee Kirby added The Great Escape Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner

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Lee Kirby added Cool Hand Luke Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, George Kennedy

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Lee Kirby added Papillon Dustin Hoffman, Steve McQueen, Vic Tayback

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Lee Kirby added The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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

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Lee Kirby added Con Air Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi

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Shutter Island Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

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Lee Kirby added Stalag 17 William Holden, Peter Graves, Otto Preminger

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Escape Plan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Prison Escape Movies
KafilAhmʎd added Escape Plan Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, 50 Cent

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

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

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mainpleine added The Fugitive Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones

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Lee Kirby added Midnight Express John Hurt, Randy Quaid, Brad Davis

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Law Abiding Citizen Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Viola Davis

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Lee Kirby added Birdman of Alcatraz Burt Lancaster, Telly Savalas, Karl Malden

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Lee Kirby added Demolition Man Sandra Bullock, Sylvester Stallone, Jack Black

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Raising Arizona Nicolas Cage, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

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wiabux added The Next Three Days Olivia Wilde, Elizabeth Banks, Russell Crowe

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mainpleine added Tango & Cash Sylvester Stallone, Teri Hatcher, Kurt Russell

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ohdatt added Life Eddie Murphy, Poppy Montgomery, Martin Lawrence

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bojanthebest added Stir Crazy Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Craig T. Nelson

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PeteBoyle added The Grand Illusion Erich von Stroheim, Jean Gabin, Marcel Dalio

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bojanthebest added No Escape Ray Liotta, David Wenham, Lance Henriksen

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The Defiant Ones Sidney Poitier, Tony Curtis, Lon Chaney

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Von Ryan's Express Frank Sinatra, James Brolin, Trevor Howard

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Le Trou is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Prison Escape Movies
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Down by Law Tom Waits, Ellen Barkin, Roberto Benigni

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Makis Christidis added The Escapist Sheamus, Brian Cox, Damian Lewis

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mainpleine added Rescue Dawn Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies

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mainpleine added There Was a Crooked Man... Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda, Burgess Meredith

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mainpleine added Hart's War Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell, Terrence Howard

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Out of Sight Jennifer Lopez, George Clooney, Samuel L. Jackson

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bojanthebest added Wedlock Mimi Rogers, Rutger Hauer, Joan Chen