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The Best R-Rated Prison Movies

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List of R-Rated prison movies, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. This list takes the best R-Rated prison movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest R-Rated Prison movie of all time is. This list of popular R-Rated prison movies includes information like who directed the film, when it was released and which actors starred in the movie. If you think the top R-Rated Prison movie isn't as high as it should be then be sure to vote it up so it can take its rightful place among the other great R-Rated Prison films on this list. If you're trying to find a specific R-Rated Prison film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.

List contains movies like Stir Crazy and Midnight Express.

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    Stir Crazy

    Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder
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    The Longest Yard

    Burt Reynolds, Bernadette Peters
    The Longest Yard is a 1974 American sports comedy film directed by Robert Aldrich. Written by...  more

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    South Central

    Glenn Plummer, Carl Lumbly
    South Central is a 1992 American crime drama film, written and directed by Stephen Milburn...  more

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    Brubaker

    Nicolas Cage, Morgan Freeman
    Brubaker is a 1980 American prison drama film starring Robert Redford, Yaphet Kotto and David...  more
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    Mean Machine

    Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones
    Mean Machine is a 2001 British comedy-drama film directed by Barry Skolnick. It stars former...  more
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    The Last Castle

    Robert Redford, Mark Ruffalo
    The Last Castle is a 2001 American action drama film directed by Rod Lurie, starring Robert...  more
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    The Shawshank Redemption

    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth
    The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont...  more

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    Civil Brand

    Mos Def, Lark Voorhies
    Civil Brand is a 2002 feature film written by Preston A. Whitmore II and Joyce Renee Lewis,...  more
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    Weeds

    Nick Nolte, Joe Mantegna
    Weeds is a 1987 American drama feature film about a prison inmate who writes a play that...  more
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    Caged Heat

    Barbara Steele, Desireé Cousteau
    Caged Heat is an exploitation film from 1974 of the "women-in-prison" film genre. It was...  more

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    Animal Factory

    Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe
    Animal Factory is a 2000 drama film about life in prison, set in San Quentin. The film was...  more
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    An Innocent Man

    Tom Selleck, Abraham Murphy
    An Innocent Man, is a 1989 crime thriller film directed by Peter Yates, and starring Tom...  more
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    The United States of Leland

    Kerry Washington, Ryan Gosling
    The United States of Leland is a 2003 American drama film written and directed by Matthew Ryan...  more
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    Levity

    Kirsten Dunst, Morgan Freeman
    Levity is a 2003 drama film directed by Ed Solomon. Its theatrical release was on April 4. The...  more
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    Lock Up

    Sylvester Stallone, Donald Sutherland
    Lock Up is a 1989 American prison action film directed by John Flynn. The film stars Sylvester...  more

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    Bloodfist III: Forced to Fight

    Richard Roundtree, Don "The Dragon" Wilson
    Bloodfist III: Forced to Fight is a 1992 action/adventure film starring Don "The Dragon"...  more
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    Felon

    Val Kilmer, Anne Archer
    Felon is a 2008 American prison film written and directed by Ric Roman Waugh. The film stars...  more
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    Bloodsport 4: The Dark Kumite

    Daniel Bernhardt, David McGrath
    Bloodsport 4: The Dark Kumite is the fourth film in the Bloodsport franchise. It was released...  more
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    Midnight Express

    John Hurt, Randy Quaid
    Midnight Express is a 1978 American-British prison drama film directed by Alan Parker,...  more

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    I Love You Phillip Morris

    Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor
    I Love You Phillip Morris is a 2009 comedy film based on the 1980s and '90s real-life story of...  more

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    13 Dead Men

    Lorenzo Lamas, Mystikal
    13 Dead Men is a 2003 film starring rapper Mystikal and Lorenzo Lamas. It was written and...  more
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    Beyond Re-Animator

    Elsa Pataky, Jeffrey Combs
    Beyond Re-Animator is a 2003 Spanish horror film directed by Brian Yuzna and starring Jeffrey...  more
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    The Informer

    Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike
    The Informer is a 2020 British film directed by Andrea Di Stefano, based on the novel Three...  more
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    Penitentiary 2

    Mr. T, Ernie Hudson
    Penitentiary II is a 1982 American Blaxploitation drama film, directed by Jamaa Fanaka....  more
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    Bottom of the 9th

    Joe Manganiello, Sofía Vergara
    Bottom of the 9th is a 2019 American drama film, directed by Raymond De Felitta. A...  more