Prison Escapes

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1. Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

PG | 112 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

Alcatraz is the most secure prison of its time. It is believed that no one can ever escape from it, until three daring men make a possible successful attempt at escaping from one of the most infamous prisons in the world.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan, Roberts Blossom, Jack Thibeau

Votes: 106,995 | Gross: $43.00M

2. A Man Escaped (1956)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

A captured French Resistance fighter during WWII engineers a daunting escape from a Nazi prison in France.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: François Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock, Roland Monod

Votes: 16,452

3. White Heat (1949)

Not Rated | 114 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A psychopathic criminal with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist. Shortly after the plan takes place, events take a crazy turn.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien, Margaret Wycherly

Votes: 25,407

4. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)

Approved | 102 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

Starting with a violent prison break, clever, ruthless Ralph Cotter corrupts everyone around him.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: James Cagney, Barbara Payton, Helena Carter, Ward Bond

Votes: 1,594

5. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)

Passed | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Wrongly convicted James Allen serves in the intolerable conditions of a southern chain gang, which later comes back to haunt him.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Helen Vinson, Noel Francis

Votes: 10,750

6. The Defiant Ones (1958)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama

69 Metascore

Two escaped convicts chained together, white and black, must learn to get along in order to elude capture.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel, Charles McGraw

Votes: 12,197

7. Strange Cargo (1940)

Passed | 113 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Convicts escaping from Devil's Island come under the influence of a strange Christ-like figure.

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Ian Hunter, Peter Lorre

Votes: 2,008

8. Passage to Marseille (1944)

Approved | 109 min | Adventure, Drama, War

Five patriotic convicts are helped to escape imprisonment in Devil's Island so they can fight for occupied Free French forces against the Nazis.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Claude Rains, Michèle Morgan, Philip Dorn

Votes: 3,670

9. Papillon (1973)

R | 151 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

58 Metascore

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.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Victor Jory, Don Gordon

Votes: 114,681 | Gross: $53.27M

10. Riot (1969)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A riot in a state prison is staged to cover up an escape attempt, during which many inmates and guards are killed. Shot on location at Arizona State Prison.

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: Jim Brown, Gene Hackman, Mike Kellin, Gerald S. O'Loughlin

Votes: 395

11. Le Trou (1960)

Not Rated | 131 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In prison four long-sentence inmates planning an elaborate escape cautiously induct a new inmate to join in their scheme which leads to distrust and uncertainty.

Director: Jacques Becker | Stars: André Bervil, Jean Keraudy, Michel Constantin, Philippe Leroy

Votes: 13,219 | Gross: $0.03M

12. Brute Force (1947)

Passed | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

At a tough penitentiary, prisoner Joe Collins plans to rebel against Captain Munsey, the power-mad chief guard.

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Hume Cronyn, Charles Bickford, Yvonne De Carlo

Votes: 8,034

13. Big House, U.S.A. (1955)

Approved | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Jerry Barker finds a lost boy whose rich father is extorted into paying a ransom for his return but the boy accidentally dies and Jerry goes to prison.

Director: Howard W. Koch | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Ralph Meeker, Reed Hadley, William Talman

Votes: 636

14. Crashout (1955)

Approved | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The survivors of a prison break set out on an arduous journey to retrieve some loot.

Director: Lewis R. Foster | Stars: William Bendix, Arthur Kennedy, Luther Adler, William Talman

Votes: 422

15. Canon City (1948)

Approved | 82 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Twelve inmates plan a prison break from the Colorado State Penitentiary but one of them reluctantly joins the group.

Director: Crane Wilbur | Stars: Scott Brady, Jeff Corey, Whit Bissell, Stanley Clements

Votes: 311

16. Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954)

Not Rated | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Fed up with the inhumane prison living conditions, a general prison riot breaks out, leading to hostage-taking, a stand-off with the guards and eventual negotiations with the prison administration officials.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Neville Brand, Emile Meyer, Frank Faylen, Leo Gordon

Votes: 1,470

17. Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (1951)

Approved | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

At California's Folsom Prison, escape attempts and riots are on the rise due to the old-school sadistic style of management of a brutal warden.

Director: Crane Wilbur | Stars: Steve Cochran, David Brian, Philip Carey, Ted de Corsia

Votes: 198

18. Black Tuesday (1954)

Approved | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Gangster Vincent Canelli and bank robber Peter Manning escape from Death Row minutes before their execution by electric chair.

Director: Hugo Fregonese | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Jean Parker, Peter Graves, Milburn Stone

Votes: 255

19. Betrayed Women (1955)

70 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The governor appoints lawyer Jeff Darrow to open an investigation on the reported cruelties inflicted on the inmates of the Bayou Reformatory For Women. The investigation is opposed by Mrs.... See full summary »

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Carole Mathews, Beverly Michaels, Peggy Knudsen, Tom Drake

Votes: 51

20. Women Without Men (1956)

Approved | 71 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

U.S. State Department agent Kent Foster, on the trail of a murderous traitor, Nick Randall, hopes to trap Randall through singer/stripper Angela Booth. The latter has promised to marry ... See full summary »

Director: Elmo Williams | Stars: Beverly Michaels, Jim Davis, Joan Rice, Richard Travis

Votes: 81

21. The White Trap (1959)

58 min | Crime, Drama

Serving a jail sentence for a crime he didn't commit, Paul Langley makes several attempts to escape from prison, in order to clear his name. He also has other problems, his wife is about to go into labor with their first baby.

Director: Sidney Hayers | Stars: Lee Patterson, Conrad Phillips, Michael Goodliffe, Jack Allen

Votes: 51

22. Escape by Night (1964)

75 min | Crime, Drama

A bus carrying prisoners on their way to jail, is hijacked by a gang, who want to free one of the passengers. The rest of the prisoners are locked in a petrol soaked barn, and warned not to... See full summary »

Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Terence Longdon, Jennifer Jayne, Harry Fowler, Peter Sallis

Votes: 144

23. Raw Deal (1948)

Approved | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Joe Sullivan has taken the rap for Rick who double-crosses him with a flawed escape plan and other means intended to get rid of him.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Claire Trevor, Marsha Hunt, John Ireland

Votes: 3,702

24. My Brother's Keeper (1948)

Approved | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

War hero turned villain George Martin escapes from prison, but he is handcuffed to a naive young crook Willie Stannard. After using a clever plan to obtain railway tickets, and with the ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred Roome | Stars: Jack Warner, Jane Hylton, George Cole, Bill Owen

Votes: 207

25. Escape (1948)

78 min | Thriller

A convict sentenced to three years for killing a detective escapes from a prison and goes on the run aided by a local girl.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Rex Harrison, Peggy Cummins, William Hartnell, Norman Wooland

Votes: 254

26. Jailbreak (1962)

Crime, Drama

A family of burglars and safecrackers plan a heist at a jewelry store. When one of the family--who is the safecracking expert--gets arrested and jailed, they hatch a plan to break him out so he can take part in the robbery.

Director: Francis Searle | Stars: Peter Reynolds, Avice Landone, David Kernan, Carol White

Votes: 59

27. Road to the Big House (1947)

Approved | 74 min | Crime, Drama

In 1929, middle-class bank clerk Eddie Clark, unhappy with his lot in life and jealous of prosperous George Bates, an ex-suitor of his loyal wife Agnes, steals $200,000 from his bank, with ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Colmes | Stars: John Shelton, Ann Doran, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Richard Bailey

Votes: 16

28. The Ceremony (1963)

Not Rated | 105 min | Crime, Drama

A bank robber is sentenced to prison for committing a murder during the robbery. His brother comes up with a plan to break him out of prison--but on the condition that his brother's girlfriend "date" him first.

Director: Laurence Harvey | Stars: Laurence Harvey, Sarah Miles, Robert Walker Jr., John Ireland

Votes: 101

29. Train to Alcatraz (1948)

Approved | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A group of prisoners being transported by train to Alcatraz prison plot an escape.

Director: Philip Ford | Stars: Don 'Red' Barry, Janet Martin, William Phipps, Roy Barcroft

Votes: 34

30. The Big House (1930)

Passed | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A convict falls in love with his new cellmate's sister, only to become embroiled in a planned break-out which is certain to have lethal consequences.

Directors: George W. Hill, Ward Wing | Stars: Chester Morris, Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone, Robert Montgomery

Votes: 1,666

31. The Criminal Code (1930)

Passed | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

After a failed attempt at running for governor, D.A. Mark Brady is appointed warden of the state prison where many of the criminals he prosecuted are incarcerated.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Walter Huston, Phillips Holmes, Constance Cummings, Boris Karloff

Votes: 848

32. Cool Hand Luke (1967)

GP | 127 min | Crime, Drama

91 Metascore

A laid back Southern man is sentenced to two years in a rural prison, but refuses to conform.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Paul Newman, George Kennedy, Strother Martin, J.D. Cannon

Votes: 151,352 | Gross: $16.22M

33. Up the River (1930)

Passed | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

When paroled trustee Steve and former inmate Judy who try to put their criminal lives behind them are blackmailed, two career criminals come to their rescue.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Claire Luce, Warren Hymer, Humphrey Bogart

Votes: 948

34. Prison Break (1938)

Approved | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Joaquin Shannon arrives home from a cruise on his fishing boat. His first mate, Charles Nelson, is to marry Shannon's sister the next day. Nelson gets drunk and Shannon finds him near the ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Barton MacLane, Glenda Farrell, Paul Hurst, Constance Moore

Votes: 222

35. Prison Train (1938)

Passed | 64 min | Crime, Drama

Frankie Terris and Mannie Robbins are the two most powerful gangsters in their city. Frankie has a young sister, Louise, whom he has kept at a boarding school away from the stench of his ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Wiles | Stars: Fred Keating, Dorothy Comingore, Clarence Muse, Faith Bacon

Votes: 115

36. McVicar (1980)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama

'John McVicar' was a London Bad Boy. He graduated to armed bank robbery and was Britain's "Public Enemy No. 1". He was captured and put into a high security prison. Will even the highest ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Clegg | Stars: Roger Daltrey, Adam Faith, Cheryl Campbell, Billy Murray

Votes: 1,723

37. Stir Crazy (1980)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Crime

56 Metascore

Set up and wrongfully accused, two best friends will be sent to prison for a crime they didn't commit. However, no prison cell could keep them locked in.

Director: Sidney Poitier | Stars: Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Georg Stanford Brown, JoBeth Williams

Votes: 23,179 | Gross: $101.30M

38. Mutiny in the Big House (1939)

Approved | 83 min | Crime, Drama

A young man forges a check in order to help his mother, but is caught and sentenced to 14 years in prison. The prison chaplain, seeing that the new arrival is a good man who's had some bad ... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Charles Bickford, Barton MacLane, Pat Moriarity, Dennis Moore

Votes: 50

39. Pardon Us (1931)

Approved | 56 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Two guys end up in prison after attempting to sell beer to a policeman during Prohibition.

Director: James Parrott | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, June Marlowe, Wilfred Lucas

Votes: 1,998

40. Escape from San Quentin (1957)

Approved | 81 min | Crime, Drama

An escaped convict decides to quit running and turn himself and his fellow escapee in to the authorities - but not without complications.

Director: Fred F. Sears | Stars: Johnny Desmond, Merry Anders, Richard Devon, Roy Engel

Votes: 48

41. You Can't Beat the Law (1943)

Approved | 61 min | Crime, Drama

Playboy Johnny Gray is framed and sent to prison after his stolen car is found at a holdup committed by Rico, and while the latter is not suspected, his henchman Harry, Creeper and Red are ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Edward Norris, Joan Woodbury, Jack La Rue, Milburn Stone

Votes: 47

42. Jailbreak (1936)

Approved | 60 min | Drama

Ex-racketeer slugs a cop and goes to prison to keep from being involved in crime again. On the day of his parole, his plans are dashed. It's up to a brash newspaper reporter to figure out what happened.

Director: Nick Grinde | Stars: Barton MacLane, June Travis, Craig Reynolds, Dick Purcell

Votes: 56

43. Duffy of San Quentin (1954)

Passed | 78 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A group of prisoners are planning an escape. They take hostages. Warden Duffy tries to convince one of the inmates that their plight is useless, and to give up.

Director: Walter Doniger | Stars: Louis Hayward, Joanne Dru, Paul Kelly, Maureen O'Sullivan

Votes: 80

44. Revolt in the Big House (1958)

79 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Gannon is an imprisoned racketeer kingpin who tries to manipulate his young cell mate into staging a riot and prison break, but the cell mate tries to back out when he realizes other inmates may be killed in the process.

Director: R.G. Springsteen | Stars: Gene Evans, Robert Blake, Timothy Carey, John Qualen

Votes: 77

45. Gang Busters (1955)

74 min | Crime, Drama

Hardened criminal repeatedly breaks out of Oregon State Prison, eluding police for prolonged periods afterwards.

Director: Bill Karn | Stars: Myron Healey, Don C. Harvey, Sam Edwards, Frank Gerstle

Votes: 87

46. Boys in Brown (1949)

Approved | 85 min | Crime, Drama

A slice of life in a British Borstal reform institution for young criminals.

Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Jack Warner, Richard Attenborough, Dirk Bogarde, Jimmy Hanley

Votes: 173

47. Onna shikeishû no datsugoku (1960)

78 min | Crime

Rich industrialist Imai wishes to marry his elder daughter Kyoko off to Aoki, who he sees as the ideal candidate to take over his business. Kyoko, however, prefers the rugged but poor Soichi to Aoki's goody-two-shoes.

Director: Nobuo Nakagawa | Stars: Miyuki Takakura, Tatsuo Terashima, Yôichi Numata, Takashi Wada

Votes: 63

48. Breakout (1959)

62 min | Drama

A government official arranges prison breaks as a sideline, but the police steps in and his gang is caught.

Director: Peter Graham Scott | Stars: Lee Patterson, Hazel Court, William Lucas, John Paul

Votes: 38