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1990s Prison Movies

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Con Air(1997)

R
| 1h 56min | Action, Thriller, Crime
3.4/5 (with 1,790 votes)

Newly-paroled former US Army ranger Cameron Poe is headed back to his wife, but must fly home aboard a prison transport flight dubbed "Jailbird" taking the “worst of the worst” prisoners, a group described as “pure predators”, to a new super-prison. Poe faces impossible odds when the transport plane is skyjacked mid-flight by the most vicious criminals in the country led by the mastermind — genius serial killer Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom, and backed by black militant Diamond Dog and psychopath Billy Bedlam.

The Rock(1996)

R
| 2h 17min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 2,022 votes)

When vengeful General Francis X. Hummel seizes control of Alcatraz Island and threatens to launch missiles loaded with deadly chemical weapons into San Francisco, only a young FBI chemical weapons expert and notorious Federal prisoner have the stills to penetrate the impregnable island fortress and take him down.

Alien³(1992)

R
| 1h 54min | Science Fiction, Action, Horror
3.2/5 (with 2,482 votes)

After escaping with Newt and Hicks from the alien planet, Ripley crash lands on Fiorina 161, a prison planet and host to a correctional facility. Unfortunately, although Newt and Hicks do not survive the crash, a more unwelcome visitor does. The prison does not allow weapons of any kind, and with aid being a long time away, the prisoners must simply survive in any way they can.

Life(1999)

R
| 1h 48min | Comedy, Crime
3.3/5 (with 330 votes)

Two men in 1930s Mississippi become friends after being sentenced to life in prison together for a crime they did not commit.

Brokedown Palace(1999)

PG-13
| 1h 40min | Drama
3.2/5 (with 162 votes)

Best friends Alice and Darlene take a trip to Thailand after graduating high school. In Thailand, they meet a captivating Australian man, who calls himself Nick Parks. Darlene is particularly smitten with Nick and convinces Alice to take Nick up on his offer to treat the two of them to what amounts to a day trip to Hong Kong. In the airport, the girls are seized by the police and shocked to discover that one of their bags contains heroin.

The Hurricane(1999)

R
| 2h 26min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 604 votes)

The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.

No Escape(1994)

3.1/5 (with 171 votes)

In the year 2022, a ruthless prison warden has created the ultimate solution for his most troublesome and violent inmates: Absolom, a secret jungle island where prisoners are abandoned and left to die. But Marine Captain John Robbins, convicted of murdering a commanding officer, is determined to escape the island in order to reveal the truth behind his murderous actions and clear his name.

Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky(1991)

1h 32min | Comedy, Action, Thriller
3.4/5 (with 120 votes)

Hard man Ricky is incarcerated in a futuristic prison where ultra-violence is his only means of survival in the corrupt, sadistic system. He must battle his way quite literally 'through' the feared 'gang of four', and undergo multiple tortures before facing the governor in one of the goriest climaxes ever seen.

In the Name of the Father(1993)

R
| 2h 13min | Drama
3.9/5 (with 800 votes)

A small time thief from Belfast, Gerry Conlon, is falsely implicated in the IRA bombing of a pub that kills several people while he is in London. He and his four friends are coerced by British police into confessing their guilt. Gerry's father and other relatives in London are also implicated in the crime. He spends fifteen years in prison with his father trying to prove his innocence.

Out of Sight(1998)

R
| 2h 3min | Romance / Love, Comedy, Crime
3.3/5 (with 529 votes)

Meet Jack Foley, a smooth criminal who bends the law and is determined to make one last heist. Karen Sisco is a federal marshal who chooses all the right moves … and all the wrong guys. Now they're willing to risk it all to find out if there's more between them than just the law.

Freeway(1996)

R
| 1h 42min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller
3.2/5 (with 149 votes)

Following the arrest of her mother, Ramona, young Vanessa Lutz decides to go in search of her estranged grandmother. On the way, she is given a ride by school counselor Bob Wolverton. During the journey, Lutz begins to realize that Bob is the notorious I-5 Killer and manages to escape by shooting him several times. Wounded but still very much alive, Bob pursues Lutz across the state in this modern retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.

Murder in the First(1995)

R
| 2h 2min | Crime, Drama
3.6/5 (with 258 votes)

Inspired by a true story. A petty criminal sent to Alcatraz in the 1930s is caught attempting to make an escape. As punishment he is put in solitary confinement. The maximum stay is supposed to be 19 days, but Henri spends years alone, cold and in complete darkness, only to emerge a madman and soon to be a murderer. The story follows a rookie lawyer attempting to prove that Alcatraz was to blame.

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Fortress(1992)

3.0/5 (with 269 votes)

In the future, the inmates of a private underground prison are computer-controlled with cameras, dream readers, and devices that can cause pain or death. John (Christopher Lambert) and his illegally pregnant wife Karen (Loryn Locklin) are locked inside "The Fortress" but are determined to escape before the birth of their baby.

Island of Fire(1990)

R
| 1h 35min | Crime, Drama, Action, Thriller
3.1/5 (with 51 votes)

Someone in a prison run by a corrupt warden fakes the deaths of convicts to later use them as expendable assassins. A police officer is sent into the prison to gather evidence of the corruption.

Directed by Chu Yen-ping - With Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Andy Lau, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Jimmy Wang Yu

Prison on Fire II(1991)

1h 49min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 16 votes)

Ching is a prisoner in a Hong Kong jail that has a large population of Mainland Chinese prisoners. Ching escapes to see his young son, who he has been put in an orphanage. He surrenders himself to authorities, but the vengeful chief of security, Zau, arranges for Ching to be set up in the eyes of the Mainland gang.

Directed by Ringo Lam - With Chow Yun-fat, Roy Cheung

Moon 44(1990)

R
| 1h 38min | Science Fiction
2.5/5 (with 49 votes)

Year 2038: The mineral resources of the earth are drained, in space there are fights for the last deposits on other planets and satellites. This is the situation when one of the bigger mining corporations has lost all but one mineral moons and many of their fully automatic mining robots are disappearing on their flight home. Since nobody else wants the job, they send prisoners to defend the mining station. Among them undercover agent Stone, who shall clear the whereabouts of the expensive robots. In an atmosphere of corruption, fear and hatred he gets between the fronts of rivaling groups.

Against the Wall(1994)

1h 51min | Drama, History, TV Movie
3.0/5 (with 32 votes)

In 1971, a warden at Attica Penitentiary is caught up in a hostage crisis when inmates take over the prison to demand better living conditions.

Wedlock(1991)

2.9/5 (with 62 votes)

A male prison escapee heads for his hidden loot, electronically attached to a female prisoner.

Killer: A Journal of Murder(1996)

R
| 1h 31min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 19 votes)

Carl Panzram is sent to Leavenworth Prison for burglary. While there, he is brutally beaten by a guard. Neophyte guard Henry Lesser feels sympathy for Panzram, befriends him, and gets him to write his life story. Lesser learns that Panzram's past is much more violent than he thought, but also that he's capable of being a much better person than the rest of the prison staff believes - or so Lesser thinks.

Dragon in Jail(1990)

1h 37min | Action, Crime
3.4/5 (with 3 votes)

Andy Lau stars as a juvenile delinquent trying to escape life in the ghetto. After releasing from jail, he is bullied by a local tyrant, Ma Chao-wei, at last his jail mates help him to settle the problem. However, Ma takes revenge on him. His friendship with a rich jail mate (Ho Kar King) is his only way out!

Directed by Kent Cheng - With Andy Lau

Free Money(1998)

R
| 1h 33min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller
2.7/5 (with 19 votes)

The Swede, a prison warden, rules his family and his prison with an iron hand in one of the coldest parts of North Dakota. When an inmate dies under mysterious circumstances, however, the FBI sends in agent Karen Polarski to investigate. On the home front, the sons-in-law of the Swede, Larry and Bud accidentally discover that a train loaded with millions of dollars of unmarked currency slated to be destroyed will soon be passing through. The temptation is too great and the guys hatch a scheme to rob the train. Of course, the biggest obstacle in their way is the Swede.

Locked Up: A Mother’s Rage(1991)

1h 30min | Drama, TV Movie

This women in prison drama tells us a story about the mother of three children, who was falsely accused for a crime she did not commit (drug dealing), arrested and locked up behind bars.

Directed by Bethany Rooney - With Cheryl Ladd

Perfect Exchange(1993)

2.3/5 (with 2 votes)

Mindy Chan (Andy Lau) is a top-notched gambler/swindler. His girlfriend Lily (Christy Chung) and friend Ah Chi are card dealers at the casino where bad guy Lau and his mistress Mona (Anita Lee) frequent. Chor Hung (Tony Leung Ka-Fai), a play on the Chinese name for famed retired actress Cherie Chung, is a senior security guard at the local prison. During a card game, Ah Chi and Mindy swindle millions of dollars from Lau, but they are caught. Lau makes a deal with Mindy - in exchange for Ah Chi (who had been kidnapped), Mindy needs to go to prison and find out where a guy named Robinson (Kwan Hoi-San) has hidden $3 billion dollars worth of bonds.

Directed by Wong Jing - With Andy Lau

Everyone Off to Jail(1993)

1h 39min | Comedy
3.0/5 (with 10 votes)

A prison in Valencia hosts an event recognizing political prisoners jailed during Franco’s reign. The reunion proves more raucous than the organizers intended.

Reflections on a Crime(1994)

1h 34min | Thriller, Crime, Drama
3.2/5 (with 2 votes)

Seven years ago, Regina (Mimi Rogers) was tried for the death. On the night before she becomes the first woman in over 40 years to be executed in a federal penitentiary, she befriends the lone, curious prison guard Colin Reeves (Billy Zane), who has been assigned to watch over her. By telling Regina's story through flashbacks interwoven with her present situation, the film helps us understand this woman in a unique, disturbing and sympathetic way.

Directed by Jon Purdy - With Mimi Rogers, Billy Zane, John Terry

14 Days to Life(1997)

1h 45min | Drama
2.6/5 (with 5 votes)

Konrad von Seidlitz is a young yuppie lawyer currently celebrating his engagement with Cornelia, daughter of minister of justice Volkerts. As a public relations gag, he hasn't paid his parking fines for two years and now insists on being sentenced to jail for two weeks as punishment. Using his knowledge as a lawyer he makes the best out of his visit in jail still working, still in a splendid mood and not adapting to any rule. Probably a good way to get the desired public attention, but also a good way to make enemies inside the jail-house. One day before Konrad is to be released his booth is searched and two hundred grams of cocaine are found. That's a serious problem even for a brilliant lawyer like Konrad and even if you're innocent.

Pros & Cons(1999)

1h 44min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
1.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Framed for crimes they didn't commit, two small-timers are headed up the river without a paddle. Now, the only thing that can bail them out is a case of mistaken identity. It's the hysterical prison comedy that's so funny, it's criminal!

Directed by Boris Damast - With Tommy Davidson

I Want To Go To Prison(1998)

1h 34min | Comedy
3.1/5 (with 12 votes)

A nugget from Russia is hiding from the police in a Dutch prison.

Time Served(1999)

1h 34min | Thriller, Drama
0.5/5 (with 1 vote)

When a boy kills his abusive stepfather in self-defense, his mother takes the blame and gets sentenced to a long prison term. The warden is corrupt and forces hot inmates to work as strippers in a local nightclub. Is it a way out?

Directed by Glen Pitre

Prison of Secrets(1997)

PG-13
| 1h 32min | Drama, TV Movie
2.4/5 (with 2 votes)

Lynn Schaffer is willfully irresponsible once too often, gets fired and refuses a plea-bargain with her employer. She's now convicted and because of this uncooperative attitude gets the maximum sentence, 10 years in a women's jail wing. Model husband Larry, who wasn't informed of her dumb schemes is left running her appeal, the household and spoiled daughter who now feels abandoned. Since most inmates are junkies or prostitutes, sergeant Ed Crang and fellow corrupt jailers can run a 'favors in kind exchange'. For rebels, it gets worse. Larry however has his own radio show, so it all hangs on gathering proof.

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