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1980s Prison Movies

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Lock Up(1989)

R
| 1h 55min | Action, Crime
3.3/5 (with 311 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.

Runaway Train(1985)

R
| 1h 51min | Action, Thriller, Drama, Adventure
3.5/5 (with 155 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.

Bad Boys(1983)

R
| 1h 44min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 66 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.

Stir Crazy(1980)

R
| 1h 51min | Comedy
3.3/5 (with 123 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.

An Innocent Man(1989)

R
| 1h 53min | Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller, Comedy
3.1/5 (with 34 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.

Kiss of the Spider Woman(1985)

R
| 2h | Drama
3.5/5 (with 72 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.

Prison(1987)

R
| 1h 42min | Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
3.0/5 (with 34 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.

Made in Britain(1982)

1h 16min | Crime, Drama, TV Movie
3.6/5 (with 33 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.

True Believer(1989)

1h 45min | Crime, Drama
3.1/5 (with 26 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.

Mrs. Soffel(1984)

PG-13
| 1h 52min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 15 votes)

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

The Professor(1986)

2h 51min | Crime
3.7/5 (with 23 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.

Reform School Girls(1986)

R
| 1h 34min | Action, Comedy, Crime
2.9/5 (with 11 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.

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Caged Fury(1990)

1h 35min | Action, Thriller
2.0/5 (with 6 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.

Chained Heat(1983)

R
| 1h 39min | Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
2.8/5 (with 12 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.

Don't Let Them Shoot the Kite(1989)

1h 23min | Drama
4.1/5 (with 15 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.

Directed by Tunç Başaran - With Nur Sürer, Meral Çetinkaya

Marquis(1989)

R
| 1h 23min | Animation, Comedy
3.1/5 (with 14 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, ...

Violence in a Women's Prison(1982)

R
| 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.

The Concrete Jungle(1982)

R
| 1h 39min | Crime, Drama
2.3/5 (with 3 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.

Weeds(1987)

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

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

Prison on Fire(1987)

1h 41min | Thriller, Crime
3.4/5 (with 18 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.

Gulag(1985)

2h 10min | Drama, TV Movie
2.4/5 (with 2 votes)

Mickey Almon is a sports star turned reporter covering the athletics in Moscow. Framed by the KGB and forced to confess that he was spying for America, he is sentenced to detention in a Gulag, a barbaric prison camp in the wilds of Siberia. Unable to prove his innocence, Mickey must either put up with the inhuman conditions or engineer an escape.

Buy & Cell(1989)

R
| 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.

Vendetta(1986)

R
| 1h 29min | Action, Drama
2.7/5 (with 2 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

Gideon's Trumpet(1980)

1h 44min | Drama, Crime, History
3.1/5 (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.

Ghosts... of the Civil Dead(1988)

1h 33min | Crime, Drama
3.1/5 (with 10 votes)

The inmates and guards of a modern, clean and efficient maximum security wing are slowly and increasingly brutalized until they erupt in violence. Dark and macabre, and based in truth, the story is told in a traditional dramatic style combined with telephone interviews and narration.

Directed by John Hillcoat - With Nick Cave, David Field, Chris DeRose, Dave Mason, Mike Bishop

Love Child(1982)

R
| 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.

Penitentiary II(1982)

R
| 1h 48min | Action, Thriller
1.5/5 (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.

Stir(1980)

1h 37min | Thriller, Action, Drama
3.6/5 (with 4 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.

Bangkok Hilton(1989)

4h 25min | Drama
3.2/5 (with 7 votes)

The story of Kat Stanton (Kidman), an Australian woman searching for her father who, whilst travelling back from London to Australia via Thailand, makes friends with Arkie Ragan (Ehlers), a photographer. Kat is tricked into carrying some luggage through Thai customs for Arkie, only for the police to find drugs in his bag. Kat is sentenced to spend time in the horrific "Bangkok Hilton" prison, where she makes friends with fellow inmate Mandy Engels (Smithers), who has been sentenced to death. Whilst she endures the terrible conditions inside, Kat's lawyer Richard Carlisle (Weaving) and ex-patriot Hal Stanton (Elliott) battle with the authorities to have her freed.

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