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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 The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Adapted from the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and ...more

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Lee Kirby added Escape from Alcatraz Clint Eastwood, Danny Glover, Patrick McGoohan Escape from Alcatraz is a 1979 American prison film, directed by Don Siegel and starring Clint Eastwood. It is based on true events. It dramatizes possibly the only successful escape attempt ...more

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Lee Kirby added The Great Escape Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner The Great Escape is a 1963 American World War II epic film based on an escape by British and Commonwealth prisoners of war from a German POW camp during World War II, starring Steve McQueen, ...more

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Lee Kirby added Cool Hand Luke Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, George Kennedy Cool Hand Luke is a 1967 American prison drama film directed by Stuart Rosenberg, starring Paul Newman and featuring George Kennedy in an Oscar-winning performance. Newman stars in the title ...more

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Lee Kirby added Papillon Dustin Hoffman, Steve McQueen, Vic Tayback Papillon is a 1973 prison film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, based on the best-selling autobiography by the French convict Henri Charrière. The film stars Steve McQueen as Henri ...more

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Lee Kirby added The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell The Green Mile is a 1999 American fantasy drama film directed by Frank Darabont and adapted from the 1996 Stephen King novel of the same name. The film is told in a flashback format and stars ...more

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Lee Kirby added Con Air Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi Con Air is a 1997 American action film directed by Simon West and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of The Rock. It stars Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, and John Malkovich. The film borrows ...more

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O Brother, Where Art Thou? George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a 2000 adventure comedy film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, and starring George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson, with ...more

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doremifasola added The Fugitive Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones The Fugitive is a 1993 American action film based on the 1960s television series of the same name created by Roy Huggins. The film was directed by Andrew Davis and stars Harrison Ford and Tommy ...more

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Lee Kirby added Escape from New York Jamie Lee Curtis, Kurt Russell, Ernest Borgnine Escape from New York is a 1981 American science fiction action film co-written, co-scored, and directed by John Carpenter. The film is set in a then near-future 1997 in a crime-ridden United ...more

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Lee Kirby added The Count of Monte Cristo Henry Cavill, Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce The Count of Monte Cristo is a 2002 adventure film directed by Kevin Reynolds. The film is an adaptation of the book of the same name by Alexandre Dumas, père and stars Jim Caviezel, Guy ...more

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Shutter Island Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo Shutter Island is a 2010 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese. The film is based on Dennis Lehane's 2003 novel of the same name. Production started in March 2008. ...more

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KafilAhmƎd added Escape Plan Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, 50 Cent The Tomb is a 2013 crime drama thriller film written by Miles Chapman and directed by Mikael Håfström.

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Lee Kirby added Stalag 17 William Holden, Peter Graves, Otto Preminger Stalag 17 is a 1953 war film which tells the story of a group of American airmen held in a German World War II prisoner of war camp, who come to suspect that one of their number is an informant. ...more

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Lee Kirby added Midnight Express John Hurt, Randy Quaid, Brad Davis Midnight Express is a 1978 American-British prison drama film directed by Alan Parker, produced by David Puttnam and starring Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli, Paul L. ...more

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Law Abiding Citizen Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Viola Davis Law Abiding Citizen is a 2009 American thriller film directed by F. Gary Gray from a screenplay written by Kurt Wimmer and stars Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler. The film takes place in ...more

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Lee Kirby added Birdman of Alcatraz Burt Lancaster, Telly Savalas, Karl Malden Birdman of Alcatraz is a 1962 film starring Burt Lancaster and directed by John Frankenheimer. It is a largely fictionalized version of the life of Robert Stroud, a federal prison inmate known ...more

The Best Serial Killer Movies

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Lee Kirby added Demolition Man Sandra Bullock, Sylvester Stallone, Jack Black Demolition Man is a 1993 American science fiction action film directed by Marco Brambilla in his directorial debut. The film stars Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes. The film was released in ...more

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Raising Arizona Nicolas Cage, John Goodman, Holly Hunter Raising Arizona is a 1987 American comedy film directed, written, and produced by the Coen brothers, and starring Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, William Forsythe, John Goodman, Frances McDormand, ...more

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wiabux added The Next Three Days Olivia Wilde, Elizabeth Banks, Russell Crowe The Next Three Days is a 2010 vigilante thriller film directed by Paul Haggis and starring Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks. It was released in the United States on November 19, 2010 and was ...more

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doremifasola added Tango & Cash Sylvester Stallone, Teri Hatcher, Kurt Russell Tango & Cash is a 1989 American buddy cop action comedy film directed by Andrei Konchalovsky, although Albert Magnoli took over in the later stages of filming, and starring Sylvester ...more

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ohdatt added Life Eddie Murphy, Poppy Montgomery, Martin Lawrence Life is a 1999 American comedy-drama film written by Robert Ramsey & Matthew Stone and directed by Ted Demme. The film stars Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence. The supporting cast includes ...more

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bojanthebest added Stir Crazy Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Craig T. Nelson Stir Crazy is a 1980 American comedy film directed by Sidney Poitier and starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor as down-on-their-luck friends who are given 125-year prison sentences after being ...more

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bojanthebest added No Escape Ray Liotta, David Wenham, Lance Henriksen No Escape, released in some countries as Escape from Absolom, is a 1994 American action/science fiction film directed by Martin Campbell and starring Ray Liotta, Lance Henriksen, Stuart Wilson, ...more

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PeteBoyle added The Grand Illusion Erich von Stroheim, Jean Gabin, Marcel Dalio La Grande Illusion is a 1937 French war film directed by Jean Renoir, who co-wrote the screenplay with Charles Spaak. The story concerns class relationships among a small group of French ...more

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Von Ryan's Express Frank Sinatra, James Brolin, Trevor Howard Von Ryan's Express is a 1965 World War II war adventure film about a group of Allied prisoners who after Italy's armistice with the Allies in September 1943, conduct a daring mass escape by ...more

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Down by Law Tom Waits, Ellen Barkin, Roberto Benigni Down by Law is a 1986 black-and-white independent film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. It stars Tom Waits, John Lurie, and Roberto Benigni. The film centers on the arrest, incarceration, ...more

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The Defiant Ones Sidney Poitier, Tony Curtis, Lon Chaney The Defiant Ones is a 1958 black and white film which tells the story of two escaped prisoners, one white and one black, who are shackled together and who must co-operate in order to survive. It ...more

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doremifasola added Rescue Dawn Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies Rescue Dawn is a 2006 American war drama film directed by Werner Herzog, based on an adapted screenplay written from his 1997 documentary film Little Dieter Needs to Fly. The film stars ...more

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doremifasola added Hart's War Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell, Terrence Howard Hart's War is a 2002 American thriller drama film about a World War II prisoner of war camp based on the novel by John Katzenbach. It stars Bruce Willis as Col. William McNamara and Colin ...more

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Makis Christidis added The Escapist Sheamus, Brian Cox, Damian Lewis The Escapist is a 2008 drama thriller starring Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes, Liam Cunningham, Seu Jorge, Dominic Cooper, Steven Mackintosh, Stephen Farrelly and Damian Lewis. It is directed and ...more

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doremifasola added There Was a Crooked Man... Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda, Burgess Meredith There Was a Crooked Man... is a 1970 western starring Kirk Douglas and Henry Fonda and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. It was written by David Newman and Robert Benton, their first script to ...more

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Out of Sight Jennifer Lopez, George Clooney, Samuel L. Jackson Out of Sight is a 1998 American crime comedy film based on the novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard and directed by Steven Soderbergh. The first of several collaborations between Soderbergh ...more

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bojanthebest added Wedlock Mimi Rogers, Rutger Hauer, Joan Chen Wedlock is a 1991 American science fiction-action television film from HBO Films, directed by Lewis Teague and starring Rutger Hauer, Mimi Rogers, Joan Chen and James Remar. It received an Emmy ...more