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1970s Prison Movies

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A Clockwork Orange(1971)

R
| 2h 17min | Science Fiction, Drama
4.1/5 (with 4,820 votes)

In a near-future Britain, young Alexander DeLarge and his pals get their kicks beating and raping anyone they please. When not destroying the lives of others, Alex swoons to the music of Beethoven. The state, eager to crack down on juvenile crime, gives an incarcerated Alex the option to undergo an invasive procedure that'll rob him of all personal agency. In a time when conscience is a commodity, can Alex change his tune?

Papillon(1973)

PG
| 2h 31min | Crime, Drama
4.0/5 (with 651 votes)

A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.

Female Prisoner 701: Scorpion(1972)

1h 27min | Crime, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 38 votes)

After being cruelly set up by a crooked detective named Sugimi (Isao Natsuyagi), whom she loved, Nami Matsushima (aka Matsu the Scorpion) (Meiko Kaji) is sentenced to do hard time in a women's prison, which is run by sadistic and horny male guards. There are 700 other prisoners, making Matsu number 701. Her crime was making a failed attempt to stab Sugimi on the steps of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Headquarters because he used her to win favor with the Yakuza. While in prison she meets inmates like Yuki Kida (Yayoi Watanabe) who was committed for fraud and theft, Otsuka (Akemi Negishi), jailed for burglary and extortion, and Katagiri (Rie Yokoyama) who has been impounded for arson and illegally disposing of a body.

Scum(1979)

R
| 1h 38min | Crime, Drama, TV Movie
3.7/5 (with 58 votes)

This is the hard and shocking story of life in a British Borstal for young offenders. The brutal regime made no attempt to reform or improve the inmates and actively encouraged a power struggle between the 'tough' new inmate and the 'old hands'.

Midnight Express(1978)

R
| 2h 1min | Drama, Crime
3.8/5 (with 560 votes)

Billy Hayes is caught attempting to smuggle drugs out of Turkey. The Turkish courts decide to make an example of him, sentencing him to more than 30 years in prison. Hayes has two opportunities for release: the appeals made by his lawyer, his family, and the American government, or the "Midnight Express".

The Longest Yard(1974)

R
| 2h 1min | Crime, Comedy, Drama
3.4/5 (with 80 votes)

In this rough-and-tumble yarn, actually filmed on-location at the Georgia State Prision, the cons are the heroes and the guards are the heavies. Eddie Albert is the sadistic warden who'll gladly make any sacrifice to push his guards' semi-pro football team to a national championship.

There Was a Crooked Man...(1970)

2h 6min | Western
3.4/5 (with 38 votes)

Charismatic criminal Paris Pitman ends up in prison, then attempts to escape.

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz - With Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda, Burgess Meredith, Alan Hale, John Randolph of Roanoke, Arthur O'Connell, ...

Women in Cages(1971)

R
| 1h 21min | Action, Crime, Drama
2.6/5 (with 18 votes)

Carol Jeffries is a naive American woman staying in the Philippines. She is given ten years in prison after being set up by her drug-dealer boyfriend, Rudy. She endures the harsh conditions, sadistic head matron and attempts on her life, then convinces her cell-mates to try to escape with her through the jungle, in spite of the knowledge that ruthless trackers will be sent out after them.

Directed by Gerardo de León - With Pam Grier, Jennifer Gan, Roberta Collins, Judith C. Brown

The Big Doll House(1971)

R
| 1h 35min | Action, Drama
2.9/5 (with 22 votes)

Female prisoners in a Phillippine jail are being subjected to sadistic torture. Five of the women--along with the help of two men--plot an escape.

Directed by Jack Hill - With Roberta Collins, Pam Grier, Sid Haig, Christiane Schmidtmer, Jack Davis, Pat Woodell, ...

Porridge(1979)

PG-13
| 1h 33min | Comedy, Crime
3.4/5 (with 13 votes)

Times are hard for habitual guest of Her Majesty Norman Stanley Fletcher. The new prison officer, Beale, makes MacKay look soft and what's more, an escape plan is hatching from the cell of prison godfather Grouty and Fletcher wants no part of it. The breakout is set for the day of a morale-raising football match between a 'celebrity' football team and the inmates of Slade. Everything is going to plan until Godber is injured on the goal post. In the ensuing confusion, Fletcher finds himself on the wrong side of the prison walls and must now try and break back into prison.

Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable(1973)

1h 32min | Drama, Crime, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 18 votes)

Following her successful prison break, Scorpion begins this third episode in the series hiding out in a brothel. Her prostitute friend tries to keep her identity secret, but the brothel's madam discovers that Scorpion is the ex-girlfriend of the vice officer who killed her lover.

The Jericho Mile(1979)

1h 37min | Drama, TV Movie
3.3/5 (with 11 votes)

Rain Murphy is a man sentenced to life in prison, choosing to do his time in near-isolation, and engages in distance running when given the opportunity for free-time. While his form and speed capture the attention of prison officials who believe he could be competitive for the Olympics, Murphy expresses disinterest. But when the one man he has befriended is taken advantage of by political groups within the prison, Murphy decides to pursue the opportunity presented to him in his memory.

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Women in Cellblock 9(1978)

1h 15min | Drama, Action, Crime
2.2/5 (with 7 votes)

A group of female freedom-fighters led by Karine Levere is caught by the warden of a women's prison, located somwhere in the South American jungle. None of them will reveal the secrets of their organisation or the names of their collaborators in the cities, so they are handed over to Dr. Costa who, after four years inactivity in Europe, is delighted to be able to practice his torture techniques once more. Laverne fails to resist the inhuman treatments and reveals all. The only hope of saving the organization is for the girls to warn the city cell before it's too late. They trick the prison guard into having sex with them, knock him out and break out of prison. The warden and Dr. Costa must prevent them from revealing the practices inside the prison. The hunt is on and it's shoot to kill...

Female Prisoner Scorpion: #701's Grudge Song(1973)

1h 29min | Drama, Crime, Thriller
3.0/5 (with 14 votes)

Nami (Meiko Kaji) is once again on the run from the law but is saved by an old classmate who works at a strip club. Through a subsequent conversation they discover they both have a score to settle with a particular crooked cop. However, Nami has doubts about ever trusting a man.

Human Experiments(1979)

R
| 1h 22min | Horror, Crime
1.2/5 (with 3 votes)

A demented prison doctor performs gruesome shock therapy experiments on inmates.

Women in Cell Block 7(1973)

R
| 1h 40min | Crime, Drama
3.1/5 (with 3 votes)

A woman goes behind bars in order to save her father's life.

Let the Prisoners Go for It's Spring(1975)

1h 37min | Comedy
2.9/5 (with 11 votes)

Small and short Frida lives with her long, tall friend in a house in the countryside. Frida rejects the idea that people who have committed crimes should be locked up. One day their own house is burgled by Harald. He is sentenced to prison. Acting in accordance with her philosophy, Frida decides to use all means possible to make it possible for Harald to escape.

The Pursuit of Happiness(1971)

PG-13
| 1h 33min | Drama
3.3/5 (with 4 votes)

William Popper is the son of a stockbroker and is thoroughly disenchanted with "the system." So much so that even though he can prove that he ran over a woman in his car entirely by accident, he accepts a sentence for manslaughter.

I Escaped From Devil's Island(1973)

R
| 1h 27min | Action, Adventure
2.5/5 (with 5 votes)

In 1916, a group of prisoners plot their escape from the notorious fortress located in French Guiana.

Mean Dog Blues(1978)

R
| 1h 48min
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

A victim of circumstance, country and western musician Paul Ramsey finds himself on a Southern chain gang.

Cipollino(1973)

2.9/5 (with 3 votes)

In a world inhabited by anthropomorphic produce, Cipollino fights the unjust treatment of his fellow vegetable townsfolk by the fruit royalty (Prince Lemon and the overly proud Lord Tomato) in the garden kingdom.

The Superwitness(1971)

1h 44min | Comedy
2.8/5 (with 2 votes)

Comedy about a man (Tognazzi) who is sentenced to life imprisonment mainly because of a woman's (Vitti) testimony, but she later marries him during his sentence.

Antonio Gramsci: The Days of Prison(1977)

2h 7min
3.9/5 (with 2 votes)

Antonio Gramsci, sentenced to twenty years in prison by the fascist tribunals, relives the stages of his political career and private life.

The Hot Box(1972)

R
| 1h 25min | Adventure, Drama, Action
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Hot action and lust in the steamy tropical jungle, as heroines break out of a women's prison and start a local revolution.

Directed by Joe Viola - With Carmen Argenziano

Lyftet(1978)

1h 57min | Drama

Kennet, an incompetent thief and incorrigible petty criminal, longs to even 'the score,' which is not in his favor.

The First Circle(1973)

1h 38min | Drama

The story of the life of a political prisoner in a Russian gulag. Based on the book by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

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