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The Shawshank Redemption(1994)

R
| 2h 22min | Drama, Crime
4.4/5 (with 9,762 votes)

Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be admired by the other inmates -- including an older prisoner named Red -- for his integrity and unquenchable sense of hope.

The Green Mile(1999)

R
| 3h 9min | Fantasy, Drama, Crime
4.3/5 (with 6,268 votes)

A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cell block's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, he tries desperately to help stave off the condemned man's execution.

American History X(1998)

R
| 1h 59min | Drama
4.2/5 (with 4,402 votes)

Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for killing two African-American men. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader of a violent white supremacist gang that committed acts of racial crime throughout L.A. and his actions greatly influenced Danny. Reformed and fresh out of prison, Derek severs contact with the gang and becomes determined to keep Danny from going down the same violent path as he did.

Alien³(1992)

R
| 1h 54min | Science Fiction, Action, Horror
3.2/5 (with 2,013 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.

Con Air(1997)

R
| 1h 56min | Action, Thriller, Crime
3.4/5 (with 1,487 votes)

When the government puts all its rotten criminal eggs in one airborne basket, it's asking for trouble. Before you can say, "Pass the barf bag," the crooks control the plane, led by creepy Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom. Watching his every move is the just-released Cameron Poe, who'd rather reunite with his family.

The Hurricane(1999)

R
| 2h 26min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 514 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.

The Man in the Iron Mask(1998)

PG-13
| 2h 12min | Adventure, Action, Drama
3.3/5 (with 1,473 votes)

Years have passed since the Three Musketeers, Aramis, Athos and Porthos, have fought together with their friend, D'Artagnan. But with the tyrannical King Louis using his power to wreak havoc in the kingdom while his twin brother, Philippe, remains imprisoned, the Musketeers reunite to abduct Louis and replace him with Philippe.

No Escape(1994)

3.1/5 (with 132 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.

In the Name of the Father(1993)

R
| 2h 13min | Drama
4.0/5 (with 608 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
3.4/5 (with 433 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.

Brokedown Palace(1999)

PG-13
| 1h 40min | Drama
3.3/5 (with 137 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.

Freeway(1996)

R
| 1h 42min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller
3.2/5 (with 124 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.

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Fortress(1992)

3.0/5 (with 220 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.

Life(1999)

R
| 1h 48min | Comedy, Crime
3.3/5 (with 272 votes)

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

Murder in the First(1995)

R
| 2h 2min | Crime, Drama
3.6/5 (with 199 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.

Island of Fire(1990)

R
| 1h 35min | Crime, Drama, Action, Thriller
3.0/5 (with 37 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.

Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky(1991)

1h 32min | Comedy, Action, Thriller
3.4/5 (with 88 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.

Moon 44(1990)

R
| 1h 38min | Science Fiction
2.5/5 (with 38 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.

Wedlock(1991)

2.9/5 (with 44 votes)

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

Letters from a Killer(1998)

1h 40min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
2.7/5 (with 23 votes)

A man 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 second court appearance, he is finally freed from prison only to be framed for yet 2 more murders which he did not commit. With the help of his former prison guard, he once again sets out to clear his name.

Against the Wall(1994)

1h 51min | Drama, History, TV Movie
3.2/5 (with 22 votes)

Based on the true story of the Attica Prison uprising of 1971.

Killer: A Journal of Murder(1996)

R
| 1h 31min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 15 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.

Chinese Midnight Express(1997)

1h 40min
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Tony Leung Chiu Wai heads to prison in Chinese Midnight Express, a harrowing prison drama from director Billy Tang. The setting is 1960s Hong Kong, and righteous reporter On (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) publishes an article exposing corruption in the police force. Unfortunately, he's framed for drug distribution and confesses to the charges when the corrupt cops (led by Ben Ng) threaten his family. Forced to undergo the rigorous hazing rites of all new inmates, On struggles to regain hope and rise above his situation. Meanwhile, On's loyal girlfriend (Pinky Cheung) is terrorized by the cops who put him away, and On faces new challenges, and even finds new allies, while stuck in prison.

Directed by Billy Tang - With Tony Leung, Law Kar-ying

Prison on Fire II(1991)

1h 49min | Action
3.3/5 (with 11 votes)

Ching is a prisoner in a Honk 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, led by the affable Dragon. Dragon and Ching both then escape separately, and while fugitives, hook up together and bond. Ching is recaptured and instigates a riot to save his own hide from the Mainlanders. In the chaos Ching gets revenge on Skull (who, working with Zau, set him up) and Zau.

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

14 Days to Life(1997)

1h 45min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 3 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.

Reform School Girl(1994)

R
| 1h 25min | Drama, TV Movie
2.3/5 (with 3 votes)

Donna is sent to a reform school to take the fall for bad boy Vince. Inside, she makes friends and learns about herself.

Directed by Jonathan Kaplan - With Aimee Graham

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)

2.0/5 (with 1 vote)

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

Karılar Koğuşu(1990)

2h 26min
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

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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
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