Movies about prison

List of the best movies about prison and prisoners, shows life and jailbreak: Kickboxer: Retaliation, Escape Plan 2: Hades, All Eyez on Me, A Prayer Before Dawn, Larceny, Lockout, The Next Three Days, Law Abiding Citizen, Cell 211, Broken Hill, Lion's Den, The Experiment, The Green Mile, American History X, The Shawshank Redemption, Lock Up, Escape from Alcatraz
GenreThriller, Drama, melodrama, crime
CountryUSA, France
CastRussell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Jason Beghe
DirectorPaul Haggis
Life for John and Lara Brennan (Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks) is miserable after she is convicted of a murder she says she did not commit. Three years later while struggling with the demands of work and raising his son alone, John is still trying to establish her innocence. When her final appeal is rejected, Lara becomes suicidal, forcing John to exercise the only option he has left: Break her out of prison.
GenreThriller, Drama, crime, biography
CastClint Eastwood, Larry Hankin, Jack Thibeau
DirectorDon Siegel
Escape from Alcatraz tells the story of the only three men ever to escape from the infamous maximum security prison at Alcatraz. In 29 years, the seemingly impenetrable federal penitentiary, which housed Al Capone and "Birdman" Robert Stroud, was only broken once - by three men never heard of again.
GenreDrama, biography
CastDemetrius Shipp Jr., Danai Jekesai Gurira, Katerina Graham (в титрах: Katerina Graham)
DirectorBenny Boom
The true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur (Demetrius Shipp Jr.), from his early days in New York to his status as one of the world's most recognized and influential voices. Against all odds, Shakur's raw talent, powerful lyrics and revolutionary mindset establish him as a cultural icon whose legacy continues to grow long after his death.
GenreAction, Drama, crime, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, China, USA
CastJoe Cole, Pornchanok Mabklang, Vithaya Pansringarm
DirectorJean-Stéphane Sauvaire
Based on the true life experience of young british Billy Moore who survived his Thai prison ordeal by becoming a Muay Thai boxing champion.
GenreAction, Thriller
CountryUSA, Mexico
CastDolph Lundgren, Corbin Bernsen, Louis Mandylor
DirectorR. Ellis Frazier
The CIA enlists a professional thief to break into the safe at Mexico's top secret Guantanamo Bay-style prison facility and retrieve sensitive information being stored there. All hell breaks loose when the local Cartel Boss, who's millions in confiscated cash is also being stored in the safe, sends waves of thugs and professionals to siege the facility and steal back the money before the Mexican Army arrives with backup.
GenreSci-fi, Action, Thriller, Drama
CastGuy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Vincent Regan
DirectorJames Mather, Stephen St. Leger
Emilie Warnock (Maggie Grace), the daughter of the American president, leads a humanitarian mission to MS One, an outer-space prison in which the 500 most dangerous criminals from Earth are kept in a state of artificial sleep. Just as Emilie arrives, the now-awakened prisoners stage a violent rebellion, and she and the MS One crew are taken hostage. Emilie's only chance for salvation lies with Snow (Guy Pearce), a wrongly convicted agent who has been promised his freedom if he saves her.
GenreThriller, Drama, crime
CastJamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, Colm Meaney
DirectorF. Gary Gray
Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) is an honorable family man, until the day his wife and daughter are murdered in a home invasion. He hopes for justice, but a rising prosecutor named Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx) cuts a deal with one of the killers in exchange for testimony. Ten years later, that man is found dead and Shelton coolly admits his guilt. Then he hands Rice an ultimatum: Fix the broken legal system or suffer the consequences.
GenreAction, Thriller
CountryChina, USA
CastSylvester Stallone, Dave Bautista, Huang Xiaoming
DirectorSteven C. Miller
Ray Breslin manages an elite team of security specialists trained in the art of breaking people out of the world's most impenetrable prisons. When his most trusted operative, Shu Ren, is kidnapped and disappears inside the most elaborate prison ever built, entirely computerized and constantly changing shape, Ray must track him down with the help of some of his former friends. Sequel to the 2013 film "Escape Plan".
GenreAction, Thriller, Drama
CountrySpain, France
CastLuis Tosar, Alberto Ammann, Antonio Resines
DirectorDaniel Monzón
An acclaimed spanish movie in which a newly hired prison officer (Alberto Ammann) finds himself in the midst of a prison riot after an unforeseen turn of events. With the inmates around him unaware of his position, he must pretend to be a prisoner to survive among the inmates ruled by tough Malamadre (Luis Tosar).
CountryArgentina, South Korea, Brazil, Spain
CastMartina Gusman, Elli Medeiros, Rodrigo Santoro
DirectorPablo Trapero
Julia, a 25 year-old university student, two weeks pregnant, with no criminal record, is sent to prison. Julia murdered the father of her child. This story addresses maternity, jail and Justice; confinement, guilt and solitude; but above all it deals with Julia and her son, Tomas, born inside an Argentinean prison.
GenreThriller, Drama
CastMoritz Bleibtreu, Christian Berkel, Oliver Stokowski
DirectorOliver Hirschbiegel
As part of a psychological research project, twenty recruits will be divided up into prisoners and guards. In a controlled penitentiary-like environment, "prisoners" are incarcerated and ordered to obey the rules, "guards" are instructed to keep order. They will be thrown head-first into a two-week long examination of the effects of assigned roles, power and control, and won't be the same when it's over. But it's just a simulation. Or is it?
Genrefantasy, Drama, crime, detective
CastTom Hanks, David Morse, Michael Clarke Duncan
DirectorFrank Darabont
Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) walked the mile with a variety of cons. He had never encountered someone like John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan), a massive black man convicted of brutally killing a pair of young sisters. Coffey had the size and strength to kill anyone, but not the demeanor. Beyond his simple, naive nature and a deathly fear of the dark, Coffey seemed to possess a prodigious, supernatural gift. Paul began to question whether Coffey was truly guilty of murdering the two girls.
GenreDrama, crime
CastEdward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo
DirectorTony Kaye
Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for killing two thugs who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader of a violent white supremacist gang that committed acts of racial crime throughout L.A. and his actions greatly influenced Danny. Reformed and fresh out of prison, Derek severs contact with the gang and becomes determined to keep Danny from going down the same violent path as he did.
GenreAction, Drama, crime
CastSylvester Stallone, Donald Sutherland
DirectorJohn Flynn
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.
GenreDrama, family
CountryUSA, Australia
CastLuke Arnold, Alexa PenaVega (в титрах: Alexa Vega), Rhys Wakefield
DirectorDagen Merrill
Tommy was born and raised on a rocky, drought-ridden sheep station in the middle of the Australian Outback.
GenreAction, Drama
CastAlain Moussi, Christopher Lambert, Jean-Claude Van Damme
DirectorDimitri Logothetis
One year after the events of "Kickboxer: Vengeance", Kurt Sloan has vowed never to return to Thailand. However, while gearing up for a MMA title shot, he finds himself sedated and forced back into Thailand, this time in prison. He is there because the ones responsible want him to face a 6'8" 400 lbs. beast named Mongkut and in return for the fight, Kurt will get two million dollars and his freedom back. Kurt at first refuses, in which a bounty is placed on his head as a way to force him to face Mongkut. Kurt soon learns he will have no other choice and will undergo his most rigorous training yet under some unexpected mentors in order to face Mongkut in hopes to regain his freedom.
GenreDrama, crime
CastTim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton
DirectorFrank Darabont
Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison for the murders of his wife and her lover and is sentenced to a tough prison. However, only Andy knows he didn't commit the crimes. While there, he forms a friendship with Red (Morgan Freeman), experiences brutality of prison life, adapts, helps the warden, etc., all in 19 years.