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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.

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    Greenfingers

    Helen Mirren, Clive Owen

    Released2001

    Directed byJoel Hershman

    Greenfingers is a 2000 British comedy film directed and written by Joel Hershman. It is loosely based on a true story about the award-winning prisoners of HMP Leyhill, a minimum-security prison in...  more
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    Letters from a Killer

    Patrick Swayze, Bruce McGill

    Released1998

    Directed byDavid Carson

    Letters from a Killer is a 1998 film about a man who is falsely convicted of the murder of his wife. During his time in jail, he finds comfort from four women with whom he corresponds. After his...  more
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    The United States of Leland

    Kerry Washington, Ryan Gosling

    Released2003

    Directed byMatthew Ryan Hoge

    The United States of Leland is a 2003 American drama film written and directed by Matthew Ryan Hoge that follows a meek teenage boy, the eponymous Leland, who has inexplicably committed a shocking...  more
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    Live By The Fist

    George Takei, Jerry Trimble

    Released1993

    Directed byCirio H. Santiago

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    Beyond Re-Animator

    Elsa Pataky, Jeffrey Combs

    Released2003

    Directed byBrian Yuzna

    Beyond Re-Animator is a 2003 Spanish horror film directed by Brian Yuzna and starring Jeffrey Combs, Jason Barry, Simón Andreu, Elsa Pataky and Santiago Segura. It is the third installment of the...  more

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    Fortune and Men's Eyes

    Wendell Burton, Lázaro Pérez

    Released1971

    Directed byJules Schwerin, Harvey Hart

    Fortune and Men's Eyes is a 1967 play and 1971 film written by John Herbert about a young man's experience in prison, exploring themes of homosexuality and sexual slavery....  more
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    Penitentiary 2

    Mr. T, Ernie Hudson

    Released1982

    Directed byJamaa Fanaka

    Penitentiary II is a 1982 American Blaxploitation drama film, directed by Jamaa Fanaka. Released on April 2, 1982, the film is the sequel to 1979's Penitentiary. It was followed by another sequel,...  more
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    Back by Midnight

    Kirstie Alley, Gilbert Gottfried

    Released2005

    Directed byHarry Basil

    Back By Midnight is a 2005 comedy film starring Rodney Dangerfield, Phil LaMarr, Harland Williams, Randy Quaid, Gilbert Gottfried, and Kirstie Alley. The film was completed in 2002. It also features...  more
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    Black Mama White Mama

    Pam Grier, Sid Haig

    Released1972

    Directed byEddie Romero

    Black Mama White Mama is a 1973 women in prison film with elements of blaxploitation, starring Pam Grier and Margaret Markov, and directed by Eddie Romero. The film is also known as Women in Chains,...  more

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    Chained Heat 2

    Brigitte Nielsen, Kari Kennell

    Released1993

    Directed byLloyd Simandl

    Chained Heat 2 is a 1993 drama crime thriller film written by Chris Hyde and directed by Lloyd A. Simandl....
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    13 Dead Men

    Lorenzo Lamas, Mystikal

    Released2003

    Directed byArt Camacho

    13 Dead Men is a 2003 film starring rapper Mystikal and Lorenzo Lamas. It was written and directed by Art Camacho....  more
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    Bronson

    Tom Hardy, Amanda Burton

    Released2008

    Directed byNicolas Winding

    Bronson is a 2008 British fictionalised biographical psychological drama film co-written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and starring Tom Hardy. The film follows the life of notorious prisoner...  more

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    Death Warrant

    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dean Martin

    Released1990

    Directed byDeran Sarafian

    Death Warrant is a 1990 action movie starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. The film was written by David S. Goyer while a student at USC, and was Goyer's first screenplay to be sold and produced...  more
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    Punishment Park

    Carmen Argenziano, Fredrick Franklyn

    Released1971

    Directed byPeter Watkins

    Punishment Park is a 1971 film written and directed by Peter Watkins. It is a pseudo documentary of a British and West German film crew following National Guard soldiers and police as they pursue...  more
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    The Big Bird Cage

    Pam Grier, Sid Haig

    Released1972

    Directed byJack Hill

    The Big Bird Cage is a 1972 exploitation film of the "women in prison" subgenre. It serves as a non-sequel follow-up to the 1971 film The Big Doll House. The film was written and directed by Jack...  more

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    Prison Planet

    Dave Bean, Rhino Michaels

    Released1992

    Directed byArmand Gazarian

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    Penitentiary

    Badja Djola, Chuck Mitchell

    Released1979

    Directed byJamaa Fanaka

    Penitentiary is a 1979 American blaxploitation drama film film starring Leon Isaac Kennedy as Martel "Too Sweet" Gordone that deals with the wrongful imprisonment of a black youth. The film was...  more
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    Shadow: Dead Riot

    Tony Todd, Brian Anthony Wilson

    Released2006

    Directed byDerek Wan

    Shadow: Dead Riot is a 2006 horror film directed by Derek Wan....  more
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    In Hell

    Lawrence Taylor, Jean-Claude Van Damme

    Released2003

    Directed byRingo Lam

    In Hell is a 2003 American prison film directed by Ringo Lam, and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Lawrence Taylor. It is the third and final collaboration between Jean-Claude Van Damme and Hong...  more
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    Reform School Girls

    Wendy O. Williams, Sybil Danning

    Released1986

    Directed byTom DeSimone

    Reform School Girls is a 1986 American film, written and directed by Tom DeSimone. It stars Linda Carol, Wendy O. Williams, Pat Ast, Sybil Danning and Sherri Stoner, and depicts the story of Jenny, a...  more
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    Dante 01

    Lambert Wilson, Dominique Pinon

    Released2008

    Directed byMarc Caro

    Dante 01 is a 2008 science fiction film by French director Marc Caro. It is the first solo directing effort by Caro....  more
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    Sugar Boxx

    Tura Satana, Chip Z'Nuff

    Released2009

    Directed byCody Jarrett

    Sugar Boxx is a 2009 "women-in-prison" movie directed by Cody Jarrett....  more