Most Popular Prison Gang Movies and TV Shows
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1. Orange Is the New Black (2013–2019)
TV-MA | 59 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Convicted of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend, normally law-abiding Piper Chapman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars to face the reality of how life-changing prison can really be.
2. The Green Mile (1999)
R | 189 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy
The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.
Votes: 1,030,813 | Gross: $136.80M
4. Shot Caller (2017)
R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A newly released prisoner is forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a major crime with a brutal rival gang on the streets of Southern California.
6. Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)
R | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Bishop thought he had put his murderous past behind him, until his most formidable foe kidnaps the love of his life. Now he is forced to complete three impossible assassinations, and do what he does best: make them look like accidents.
Votes: 68,436 | Gross: $21.20M
7. Blood In, Blood Out (1993)
R | 180 min | Crime, Drama
Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on step-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo.
Votes: 26,891 | Gross: $4.50M
10. American Me (1992)
R | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A Mexican-American Mafia kingpin is released from prison, falls in love for the first time, and grows introspective about his gangster lifestyle.
Votes: 7,219 | Gross: $13.09M
11. Red Heat (1988)
R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A tough Russian policeman is forced to partner up with a cocky Chicago police detective when he is sent to Chicago to apprehend a Georgian drug lord who killed his partner and fled the country.
Votes: 59,626 | Gross: $34.99M
13. Get the Gringo (2012)
R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A career criminal nabbed by Mexican authorities is placed in a tough prison where he learns to survive with the help of a young boy.
16. Lock Up (1989)
R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
With only six months left of his sentence, inmate Frank Leone is transferred from a minimum security prison to a maximum security prison by a vindictive warden.
Votes: 35,352 | Gross: $22.10M
19. Jailbait (2014 Video)
TV-MA | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Anna Nix is sent to a juvenile prison for the murder of her abusive stepfather. In the prison, she discovers relationships, drugs, complex mental illness, and her eventual search for redemption.
20. Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)
Not Rated | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama
After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro, is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups.
Votes: 75,482 | Gross: $0.10M
21. Let's Go to Prison (2006)
R | 84 min | Comedy, Crime
When a career criminal's plan for revenge is thwarted by unlikely circumstances, he puts his intended victim's son in his place by putting him in prison...and then joining him.
Votes: 21,995 | Gross: $4.61M
24. South Central (1992)
R | 98 min | Crime, Drama
A former gangster fresh out of prison wants to change his life for the better and must save his 10 year old son whose already chosen a gang life.
Votes: 4,498 | Gross: $1.37M
27. True Believer (1989)
R | 108 min | Crime, Drama
A cynical former civil liberties attorney now reduced to "specializing" in defending drug dealers becomes transformed by an eight-year-old murder case.
Votes: 4,025 | Gross: $8.74M
28. Avlu (2018– )
120 min | Crime, Drama
A woman entering a prison trying to establish her own justice. These women who are forced to give up their freedom are struggling in Karakuyu against their own order and their own laws.
29. Born Innocent (1974 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 98 min | Drama
Young girl runs away from her abusive family only to end up in a juvenile detention center for girls where she's raped and brutalized by her sadistic peers. Only one honest social worker shows interest in helping her.
32. El padrino (2004)
R | 128 min | Action, Crime, Drama
In the streets of East Los Angeles, Manny is a formidable drug dealer. Impressed by his extravagant lifestyle and prowess, his young son, Kilo, yearns to follow in his footsteps. Kilo ... See full summary »
33. Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004 TV Movie)
R | 120 min | Drama, Crime
Redemption tells the story of Stan "Tookie" Williams, founder of the Crips L.A. street gang. Story follows his fall into gang-banging, his prison term, and his work writing children's ... See full summary »
34. Soldier Boyz (1995)
R | 90 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A group of prisoners are going to Vietnam to rescue the daughter of a V-I.P. The Ones who survive get their freedom back...but hell awaits them.
35. Screwed (I) (2011)
Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama
The film is a semi-biographical story based on the experiences of former prison guard Ronnie Thompson who spent seven years working in some of the UK's most dangerous prisons. Based on ... See full summary »
36. My Name Ain't Johnny (2008)
124 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The true story of João Guilherme Estrella ("Johnny"), a young middle-class bon vivant who became a big-time cocaine dealer in Rio de Janeiro in the early 1990s.
38. Cellblock Sisters: Banished Behind Bars (1995)
R | 95 min | Crime, Drama
Sam Connor kidnaps his young daughters, April and May, sells them to strangers, and accidentally kills his wife when she attempts to intervene. Sixteen years later, April is an out of ... See full summary »
40. Terra Nova (2008)
119 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
The year is 2013 and, with the abolition of the death penalty, prisons are overflowing across the globe presenting a major problem for the authorities. The solution is to ship a consignment... See full summary »
41. Racing for Time (2008 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 86 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
From Emmy-winning director and actor Charles S. Dutton, comes the true story of a guard (Dutton) at a Teen Correctional Facility-- who saw the cycle of destructive choices and racial ... See full summary »
43. Bilibid Gays (1981)
Helen, Dina and Daria were three gay friends who struggled to earn a living at a beauty salon. Unfortunately one day, they were framed for the murder of their boss and were sent to jail. ... See full summary »
44. ¡El que no corre... vuela! (1982)
85 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
After mistakenly going to jail, Maria makes friends with a woman whose kids live in the streets and Maria gets the idea to help them.
45. Rikers (2016)
70 min | Documentary
RIKERS provides powerful personal testimonies about the culture of violence and corruption that has plagued the notorious New York City jail for over three decades.
46. Down Time (2001)
R | 90 min | Drama, Crime
A street hustler who makes all the wrong moves finds himself doing hard time in the penitentiary in this hard-edged drama. Slim is a small time drug dealer who tries to make that one big ... See full summary »
47. Goliath (I) (2015)
Short, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Gang infighting leads a maximum security prison to install a 12' robotic guard: the GOLIATH. When the robot goes berserk, the prisoners must work together to shut it down.
48. Murder, Mayhem and Meditation (2014 TV Movie)
50 min | Documentary
A look inside California's maximum-security Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad to see the effects of the policy of "mass incarceration"l of the last 30+ years. Also shown is how one of ... See full summary »