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1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

R | 142 min | Drama

9.3
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80 Metascore

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler

Votes: 2,158,004 | Gross: $28.34M

2. The Green Mile (1999)

R | 189 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

8.6
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61 Metascore

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.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt

Votes: 1,049,142 | Gross: $136.80M

3. Shutter Island (2010)

R | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.1
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63 Metascore

In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 1,035,496 | Gross: $128.01M

4. The Longest Yard (2005)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Sport

6.4
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48 Metascore

Prison inmates form a football team to challenge the prison guards.

Director: Peter Segal | Stars: Adam Sandler, Burt Reynolds, Chris Rock, Nelly

Votes: 153,197 | Gross: $158.12M

5. Chicago (2002)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

7.1
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82 Metascore

Two death-row murderesses develop a fierce rivalry while competing for publicity, celebrity, and a sleazy lawyer's attention.

Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Taye Diggs

Votes: 204,458 | Gross: $170.69M

6. Holes (2003)

PG | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.0
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71 Metascore

A wrongfully convicted boy is sent to a brutal desert detention camp where he joins the job of digging holes for some mysterious reason.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Tim Blake Nelson

Votes: 71,675 | Gross: $67.41M

7. Demolition Man (1993)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

6.7
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34 Metascore

A police officer is brought out of suspended animation in prison to pursue an old ultra-violent nemesis who is loose in a non-violent future society.

Director: Marco Brambilla | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock, Nigel Hawthorne

Votes: 148,553 | Gross: $58.06M

8. Megamind (2010)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

7.2
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63 Metascore

The supervillain Megamind finally defeats his nemesis, the superhero Metro Man. But without a hero, he loses all purpose and must find new meaning to his life.

Director: Tom McGrath | Stars: Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey

Votes: 212,859 | Gross: $148.42M

9. Solarbabies (1986)

PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

4.8
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In a post-apocalyptic future ruled by the military, a group of renegade teenage orphans find a legendary orb, Bohdai, that can supposedly bring the rain back to dried up Earth.

Director: Alan Johnson | Stars: Richard Jordan, Jami Gertz, Jason Patric, Lukas Haas

Votes: 3,783 | Gross: $1.58M

10. Paddington 2 (2017)

PG | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.8
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88 Metascore

Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.

Director: Paul King | Stars: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins

Votes: 49,621 | Gross: $40.44M

11. Newsies (1992)

PG | 121 min | Drama, Family, History

7.0
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46 Metascore

A musical based on the New York City newsboy strike of 1899. When young newspaper sellers are exploited beyond reason by their bosses they set out to enact change and are met by the ruthlessness of big business.

Director: Kenny Ortega | Stars: Christian Bale, Bill Pullman, Robert Duvall, Ann-Margret

Votes: 17,574 | Gross: $2.82M

12. Capote (2005)

R | 114 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.3
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88 Metascore

In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel In Cold Blood, Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row.

Director: Bennett Miller | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Clifton Collins Jr., Catherine Keener, Allie Mickelson

Votes: 119,001 | Gross: $28.75M

13. The Producers (2005)

PG-13 | 134 min | Comedy, Musical

6.3
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52 Metascore

After putting together another Broadway flop, down-on-his-luck Producer Max Bialystock teams up with timid accountant Leo Bloom in a get-rich-quick scheme to put on the world's worst show.

Director: Susan Stroman | Stars: Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman, Will Ferrell

Votes: 39,056 | Gross: $19.38M

14. Death Race (2008)

R | 105 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.4
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43 Metascore

Ex-con Jensen Ames is forced by the warden of a notorious prison to compete in our post-industrial world's most popular sport: a car race in which inmates must brutalize and kill one another on the road to victory.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Jason Statham, Joan Allen, Tyrese Gibson, Ian McShane

Votes: 190,170 | Gross: $36.32M

15. He Got Game (1998)

R | 136 min | Drama, Sport

6.9
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63 Metascore

A basketball player's father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Milla Jovovich, Ray Allen, Rosario Dawson

Votes: 41,823 | Gross: $21.55M

16. 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932)

Passed | 78 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.9
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Brash hoodlum Tom Connors enters Sing Sing cocksure of himself and disrespectful toward authority, but his tough but compassionate warden changes him.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Bette Davis, Arthur Byron, Lyle Talbot

Votes: 2,207

17. The Longest Yard (1974)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.1
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61 Metascore

A sadistic warden asks a former pro quarterback, now serving time in his prison, to put together a team of inmates to take on (and get pummeled by) the guards.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, Ed Lauter, Michael Conrad

Votes: 15,862

18. Murder in the First (1995)

R | 122 min | Drama, Thriller

7.3
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An eager and idealistic young attorney defends an Alcatraz prisoner accused of murdering a fellow inmate. The extenuating circumstances: his client had just spent over three years in solitary confinement.

Director: Marc Rocco | Stars: Christian Slater, Kevin Bacon, Gary Oldman, Embeth Davidtz

Votes: 25,145 | Gross: $17.38M

19. Runaway Train (1985)

R | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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67 Metascore

Two escaped convicts and a female railway worker find themselves trapped on a train with no brakes and nobody driving.

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy | Stars: Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, Rebecca De Mornay, Kyle T. Heffner

Votes: 24,852 | Gross: $7.94M

20. City Island (2009)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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66 Metascore

The Rizzos, a family who doesn't share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find their delicate web of lies disturbed by the arrival of a young ex-con (Strait) brought ... See full summary »

Director: Raymond De Felitta | Stars: Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies, Steven Strait, Emily Mortimer

Votes: 29,649 | Gross: $6.67M

21. Porridge (1974–1977)

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy, Crime

8.2
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The prison life of Fletcher, a criminal serving a five-year sentence, as he strives to bide his time, keep his record clean, and refuses to be ground down by the prison system.

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde, Fulton Mackay, Richard Beckinsale

Votes: 4,922

22. Lock Up (1989)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.4
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52 Metascore

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.

Director: John Flynn | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Donald Sutherland, John Amos, Sonny Landham

Votes: 35,830 | Gross: $22.10M

23. See No Evil (2006)

R | 84 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

5.1
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17 Metascore

A group of delinquents are sent to clean the Blackwell Hotel. Little do they know reclusive psychopath Jacob Goodnight has holed away in the rotting hotel. When one of the teens is captured, those who remain - a group that includes the cop who put a bullet in Goodnight's head four years ago - band together to survive against the brutal killer.

Director: Gregory Dark | Stars: Glenn Jacobs, Christina Vidal, Michael J. Pagan, Samantha Noble

Votes: 24,788 | Gross: $15.03M

24. Death Race 2 (2010 Video)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

5.6
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Explores the origins of the first "Frankenstein" car driver, Carl "Luke" Lucas, who died in a race at the beginning of the first film.

Director: Roel Reiné | Stars: Luke Goss, Lauren Cohan, Sean Bean, Ving Rhames

Votes: 29,430

25. True Crime (1999)

R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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65 Metascore

Can an over-the-hill journalist uncover the evidence that can prove a death row inmate's innocence just hours before his execution?

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Isaiah Washington, LisaGay Hamilton, James Woods

Votes: 30,065 | Gross: $16.64M

26. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Crime

8.0
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A distant poor relative of the Duke of D'Ascoyne plots to inherit the title by murdering the eight other heirs who stand ahead of him in the line of succession.

Director: Robert Hamer | Stars: Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Valerie Hobson, Joan Greenwood

Votes: 32,502

27. A Man Called Sledge (1970)

R | 93 min | Western

5.9
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In the Old West, a gunfighting outlaw connives his way into a prison in hopes of getting his hands on a large shipment of gold stored there.

Directors: Vic Morrow, Giorgio Gentili | Stars: James Garner, Dennis Weaver, Claude Akins, John Marley

Votes: 1,001

28. Chained Heat (1983)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

4.9
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Young Carol Henderson ends up in prison where she must learn how to survive in an environment plagued by violence, murder, rape, racism, drugs and staff corruption and brutality.

Director: Paul Nicholas | Stars: Linda Blair, John Vernon, Sybil Danning, Tamara Dobson

Votes: 1,947 | Gross: $6.15M

29. Wanda, the Wicked Warden (1977)

X | 90 min | Drama, Horror

4.6
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A desperate young woman goes undercover to infiltrate the brutal warden Ilsa's mental health facility for the sexually deviant women, after the mysterious disappearance of her sister.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Dyanne Thorne, Tania Busselier, Lina Romay, Eric Falk

Votes: 1,964

30. The Funhouse Massacre (2015)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Horror

5.2
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Six of the world's scariest psychopaths escape from a local Asylum and proceed to unleash terror on the unsuspecting crowd of a Halloween Funhouse, whose themed mazes are inspired by their various reigns of terror.

Director: Andy Palmer | Stars: Robert Englund, Jere Burns, Scottie Thompson, Matt Angel

Votes: 2,946

31. The Big Doll House (1971)

R | 95 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.0
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Beautiful women prisoners are abused in a Philippine prison, until 5 of them plot an escape by taking the evil female warden hostage with the reluctant help of 2 male fruit vendors.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Roberta Collins, Pam Grier, Judith Brown, Brooke Mills

Votes: 2,021 | Gross: $10.00M

32. Kill Zone 2 (2015)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.8
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73 Metascore

While undercover officer Kit is taken prisoner by the syndicate, he befriends his keeper and discovers an organ trafficking ring.

Director: Soi Cheang | Stars: Tony Jaa, Jing Wu, Simon Yam, Jin Zhang

Votes: 5,563

33. House of Whipcord (1974)

R | 102 min | Horror

5.9
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An old man who lives in an old house conducts a correctional institute for girls. But he does not realize that the date is the present as he's been cooped up in the house. He is assisted by... See full summary »

Director: Pete Walker | Stars: Barbara Markham, Patrick Barr, Ray Brooks, Ann Michelle

Votes: 1,328

34. Reform School Girls (1986)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.3
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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.

Director: Tom DeSimone | Stars: Linda Carol, Wendy O. Williams, Pat Ast, Sybil Danning

Votes: 2,006 | Gross: $2.51M

35. Petta (2019)

Not Rated | 171 min | Action, Drama

7.3
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Though he works as a hostel warden, there is more to Kaali than meets the eye. Things take an interesting turn when Kaali's path crosses with a group of dreaded gangsters.

Director: Karthik Subbaraj | Stars: Rajinikanth, Vijay Sethupathi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, M. Sasikumar

Votes: 6,765

36. They Live by Night (1948)

Passed | 95 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Romance

7.5
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An escaped convict, injured during a robbery, falls in love with the woman who nurses him back to health, but their relationship seems doomed from the beginning.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Cathy O'Donnell, Farley Granger, Howard Da Silva, Jay C. Flippen

Votes: 6,152

37. Abducted: Fugitive for Love (2007 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.1
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[Spoilers ahead!] Jack, a man wrongly convicted of murder is sent to a prison where the unscrupulous warden has political aspirations. The warden manipulates his wife, his political adviser... See full summary »

Director: Richard Roy | Stars: Sarah Wynter, Andrew W. Walker, Eric Breker, Carl Marotte

Votes: 567

38. Barbed Wire Dolls (1976)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

4.5
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Women's prison tale, with Lina Romay as Maria who is jailed after killing her father, played by director Jess Franco, who tries to rape her. Lesbian wardens, torture, nudity, sex, insanity and conspiracy round out the formula.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Lina Romay, Paul Muller, Monica Swinn, Roger Darton

Votes: 1,030

39. Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

Not Rated | 147 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.8
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76 Metascore

A surly convicted murderer held in permanent isolation redeems himself when he becomes a renowned bird expert.

Directors: John Frankenheimer, Charles Crichton | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden, Thelma Ritter, Neville Brand

Votes: 14,860

40. Terminal Island (1973)

R | 88 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

5.3
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It's every man and woman for himself on an island where convicted murderers are dumped, rather than kept in prison.

Director: Stephanie Rothman | Stars: Don Marshall, Phyllis Davis, Ena Hartman, Marta Kristen

Votes: 705

41. Brute Force (1947)

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

7.6
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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: 8,077

42. Le Trou (1960)

Not Rated | 131 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.5
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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: 13,285 | Gross: $0.03M

43. Ruby & Quentin (2003)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Crime

7.1
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One prisoner tell to another that he hid a very large amount of money before the arrest. Together they manage to escape, but this is where their adventures are just beginning.

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Jean Reno, Richard Berry, André Dussollier

Votes: 25,494

44. Prison Heat (1993)

R | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

4.0
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Four American babes on vacation in the Middle East run into trouble when they are imprisoned by corrupt army officials.

Director: Joel Silberg | Stars: Rebecca Chambers, Lori Jo Hendrix, Kena Land, Toni Naples

Votes: 641

45. Dillinger (1973)

R | 107 min | Action, Biography, Crime

7.0
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John Dillinger and his gang go on a bank robbing spree across the midwest, but one G-Man is determined to bring him down.

Director: John Milius | Stars: Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, Michelle Phillips, Cloris Leachman

Votes: 4,348 | Gross: $2.00M

46. Bare Behind Bars (1980)

X | 87 min | Crime, Drama

4.2
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In a prison, women rebel against the guards' sadism and sexual abuse and decide to run away. Some manage to escape and are chased by the Police.

Director: Oswaldo de Oliveira | Stars: Maria Stella Splendore, Neide Ribeiro, Márcia Fraga, Danielle Ferrite

Votes: 788

47. Jailhouse Rock (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Music, Musical

6.5
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After serving time for manslaughter, young Vince Everett becomes a teenage rock star.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Elvis Presley, Judy Tyler, Mickey Shaughnessy, Vaughn Taylor

Votes: 7,221 | Gross: $4.00M

48. Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion (1972)

Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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After being used and betrayed by the detective she had fallen in love with, young Matsu is sent to a female prison full of sadistic guards and disobedient prisoners.

Director: Shun'ya Itô | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Rie Yokoyama, Yayoi Watanabe, Yôko Mihara

Votes: 2,911

49. Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (1972)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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After spending a year in solitary confinement, Matsu escapes from prison with six more convicts, followed by the guards led by the vengeful warden who wants her dead at all costs.

Director: Shun'ya Itô | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Fumio Watanabe, Yukie Kagawa, Kayoko Shiraishi

Votes: 2,180

50. Call Northside 777 (1948)

Approved | 112 min | Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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Chicago reporter P.J. McNeal re-opens a ten year old murder case.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb, Helen Walker

Votes: 7,393



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