1980s Prison Movies

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Chained Heat(1983)

| 1h 39min | Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
2.6/5 (with 17 votes)

Linda Blair plays Carol, a young woman who must serve 18 months in prison after driving drunk and killing a man. The prison turns out to be brimming with decadence, corruption and sleaze, where the other female inmates are sadistic crack-selling lesbian rapists and the guards and warden are no better.

Lock Up(1989)

| 1h 55min | Action, Crime
3.4/5 (with 385 votes)

Frank Leone is nearing the end of his prison term for a relatively minor crime. Just before he is paroled, however, Warden Drumgoole takes charge. Drumgoole was assigned to a hell-hole prison after his administration was publicly humiliated by Leone, and has now arrived on the scene to ensure that Leone never sees the light of day.

Bad Boys(1983)

| 1h 44min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 86 votes)

Mick O'Brien is a young Chicago street thug torn between a life of petty crime and the love of his girlfriend. But when the heist of a local drug dealer goes tragically wrong Mick is sentenced to a brutal juvenile prison where violence is a rite of passage and respect is measured in vengeance.

The Concrete Jungle(1982)

| 1h 39min | Crime, Drama
3.5/5 (with 20 votes)

An unfortunate and naive girl is set-up by her boyfriend and convicted of drug smuggling. She is sent to a women's correctional facility where she must constantly struggle to survive.

Runaway Train(1985)

| 1h 51min | Action, Thriller, Drama, Adventure
3.5/5 (with 179 votes)

A hardened convict and a younger prisoner escape from a brutal prison in the middle of winter only to find themselves on an out-of-control train with a female railway worker while being pursued by the vengeful head of security.

Stir Crazy(1980)

| 1h 51min | Comedy
3.3/5 (with 146 votes)

New Yorkers, Skip Donahue and Harry Monroe have no jobs and no prospects, so they decide to flee the city and find work elsewhere, landing jobs wearing woodpecker costumes to promote the opening of a bank. When their feathery costumes are stolen and used in a bank robbery, they no longer have to worry about employment—they're sent to prison.

Kiss of the Spider Woman(1985)

| 2h | Drama
3.6/5 (with 85 votes)

Luis Molina and Valentin Arregui are cell mates in a South American prison. Luis, a gay man, is found guilty of immoral behaviour and Valentin is a political prisoner. To escape reality Luis invents romantic movies, while Valentin tries to keep his mind on the situation he's in. During the time they spend together, the two men come to understand and respect one another.

An Innocent Man(1989)

| 1h 53min | Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller, Comedy
3.1/5 (with 40 votes)

Jimmie Rainwood was minding his own business when two corrupt police officers (getting an address wrong) burst into his house, expecting to find a major drug dealer. Rainwood is shot, and the officers frame him as a drug dealer. Rainwood is convicted of drug dealing, based on the perjured evidence of a police informant. Thrown into a seedy jail, fighting to prove his innocence is diffucult when he has to deal with the realities of prison life, where everyone claims they were framed.

Female Prisoner: Caged!(1983)

1h 8min | Drama, Crime
1.6/5 (with 3 votes)

A young woman who escaped from prison is eventually captured and brought back. The evil warden decides to make her a pet project and tries to break her down with torture, gang rape and by turning her friends against her.

Directed by Masaru Konuma - With Mina Asami

True Believer(1989)

1h 45min | Crime, Drama
3.2/5 (with 32 votes)

Eddie Dodd is a burnt out former civil rights lawyer who now specializes in defending drug dealers. Roger Baron, newly graduated from law school, has followed Eddie's great cases and now wants to learn at his feet. With Roger's idealistic prodding, Eddie reluctantly takes on a case of a young Korean man who, according to his mother, has been in jail for eight years for a murder he didn't commit.

Prison on Fire(1987)

1h 41min | Thriller, Crime
3.4/5 (with 23 votes)

Lo Ka Yiu, a young ad designer who is sentenced to jail for manslaughter, has gotten himself in trouble with the corrupted wardens and fellow inmates of Triad background. Chung Tin Ching, a veteran inmate and Yiu's mentor, is forced to confront his comrade's enemies time and again, leading up to the final showdown with the head of security.


| 1h 42min | Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
3.0/5 (with 39 votes)

After Charles Forsyth was sent to the electric chair for a crime he didn't commit, he forever haunts the prison where he was executed. Flash forward several years when the prison is reopened, under the control of its new warden Eaton Sharpe, a former security guard who framed Charlie. When prisoners are ordered to break down the wall to the execution room, they unknowingly release the angry spirit of Charles Forsyth, a powerful being distributing his murderous rage to all, leading up to the Warden himself.

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Made in Britain(1982)

1h 16min | Crime, Drama, TV Movie
3.6/5 (with 39 votes)

Trevor sometimes-violent skinhead with no regard for authority, and would rather spend his time stealing cars than sitting in the detention centre to which he is sent. His social worker, Harry Parker, tries to do his best, but Trevor is only interested when there’s something that he can get out of it. The authorities within the centre try to make Trevor conform to the norms of society, but he takes no notice, and would rather speak in a torrent of four-letter words and racial abuse.

Don't Let Them Shoot the Kite(1989)

1h 23min | Drama
4.0/5 (with 18 votes)

In Turkey, when a woman is sent to prison, her small children stay with her. In this film, Inci (say "Injee") is sent to prison for murder in self-defense (which warrants incarceration in Turkey), and while there, develops a special friendship with a little boy who is the son of another inmate.

Violence in a Women's Prison(1982)

| 1h 39min | Action, Thriller
2.5/5 (with 9 votes)

Emanuelle goes undercover into a prison to expose the corrupted officials who are brutalizing the inmates. Emanuelle is shocked by the horrors and humiliation the prisoners are subjected to, but when her true identity is discovered, she finds herself at the receiving end.

Reform School Girls(1986)

| 1h 34min | Action, Comedy, Crime
2.8/5 (with 14 votes)

Jenny is sent to a women's reform school. It is run by evil warden Sutter and her henchwoman Edna. Jenny will stop at nothing to escape but she also has to deal with Charlie the bully.

The Professor(1986)

2h 51min | Crime
3.6/5 (with 38 votes)

Vaguely inspired to the real story of boss of the Camorra's bosses Raffaele Cutolo, this is the story of the criminal career of "Il professore" (the professor). He is in prison, and by there he is able to build, step by step, an empire founded on murders and drugs. He starts a war to destroy all the old Camorra bosses and becoming the new "boss of the bosses". With his sister's help he manages to evade from prison and escape in New York. Here he starts immediately a new relationship with "Cosa Nostra" (Italian American Mafia). He is going to seat on the peak of the most powerful criminal organization, and the Italian authorities are almost impotent.


| 1h 55min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 6 votes)

A San Quentin inmate, sentenced to life without parole, writes a play that catches the interest of a reporter.

Mrs. Soffel(1984)

| 1h 52min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.3/5 (with 17 votes)

A prison warden's wife is seduced into helping a notorious killer escape.

The Rescue(1988)

1h 37min | Action, Adventure, Drama
2.8/5 (with 10 votes)

A team of Navy Seals are sent to destroy a disabled submarine so it will not fall into the "wrong" hands. They complete their mission, but are captured before they can return to their base. The U.S. Government will not mount a rescue mission to free the soldiers, so their teenage children take over. The kids find a way to venture into the foreign country and then must overcome many obstacles.

Directed by Ferdinand Fairfax

Caged Fury(1990)

1h 35min | Action, Thriller
2.0/5 (with 7 votes)

Kat arrives in Los Angeles to audition for movies. However, after meeting a sleazy producer, she and her new friend find themselves in a women's prison run by sadistic guards and a lesbian warden.


| 1h 23min | Animation, Comedy
3.1/5 (with 16 votes)

In pre-French Revolution Bastille, the Marquis is held being unjustly accused of working to overthrow the king. While his talking penis, Colin, longs for action, Marquis himself only desires to write his deviant stories in peace.

Directed by Henri Xhonneux - With Michel Robin, Bernard Cogniaux, François Marthouret, Jacques Bouanich, Nathalie Juvet, Philippe Dumond, ...

Slaughterhouse Rock(1988)

| 1h 30min | Horror
2.4/5 (with 5 votes)

A man visits Alcatraz prison after having dreams about all the people who died there. When he gets there, his brother is possessed by an evil cannibal demon. The ghost of a female heavy metal singer who was killed there tries to help the man fight the monster.

Penitentiary II(1982)

| 1h 48min | Action, Thriller
1.7/5 (with 3 votes)

An ex-con, on parole and trying to straighten his life out, decides to resume his boxing career when one of his prison enemies escapes and kills his girlfriend.

Love Child(1982)

| 1h 36min | Romance / Love, Drama, Crime
3.3/5 (with 1 vote)

It's an extraordinarily touching true-story about Terry Jean Moore, the determined, independent and young woman who is imprisoned for 7 years on account of a "five dollar" robbery. In the prison she will be pregnant by a jailer and she has to fight for bear and keep her child.

The First Time is the Last Time(1989)

2.5/5 (with 2 votes)

A very dark, realistic women-in-prison film from Angel director, Raymond Leung. Carrie Ng plays Winnie, a young woman who is jailed after avenging her boyfriend's death at the hands of some ruthless gangsters. Once in prison, Winnie befriends another inmate who, secretly because of the underworld massacre, wants her dead.

Buy & Cell(1989)

| 1h 35min
3.0/5 (with 2 votes)

Herbie Altman is framed for Stock fraud by his boss when the SEC starts investigating his company. Sent to prison, he helps a fellow inmate successfully invest his money. Soon all the inmates want his help. To manage all the money, he forms CON INC. and runs it from the prison under the noses of the warden and the guards. But when the IRS and SEC begin to investigate this successful company, it looks like he may be in trouble again.


| 1h 29min | Action, Drama
2.6/5 (with 4 votes)

A sexy stuntwoman gets herself thrown into prison to avenge the death of her sister.

Directed by Bruce Logan - With Sandy Martin, Roberta Collins, Marshall R. Teague, Will Hare


1h 37min | Thriller, Action, Drama
3.5/5 (with 5 votes)

Filmed in the Clare Valley, Gladstone and the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, this prison movie was inspired by the true life prison riot at Bathurst Jail in 1974 and its subsequent Royal Commission into New South Wales Prisons.

Gideon's Trumpet(1980)

1h 44min | Drama, Crime, History, TV Movie
3.2/5 (with 4 votes)

True story of Clarence Gideon's fight to be appointed counsel at the expense of the state. This landmark case led to the Supreme Court's decision which extended this right to all criminal defendants.

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