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1. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

PG-13 | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

7.7
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69 Metascore

In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman

Votes: 270,074 | Gross: $45.51M

2. Life (I) (1999)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.8
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63 Metascore

In 1932, two strangers are wrongfully convicted and develop a strong friendship in prison that lasts them through the 20th century.

Director: Ted Demme | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Obba Babatundé, Nick Cassavetes

Votes: 42,462 | Gross: $63.84M

3. Dead Man Walking (1995)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama

7.5
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80 Metascore

A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim's families.

Director: Tim Robbins | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Robert Prosky, Raymond J. Barry

Votes: 84,275 | Gross: $39.39M

4. Bad Boys (1983)

R | 123 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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53 Metascore

Chicago crime kid Mick O'Brien is sent to reform school after accidentally killing a rival's kid brother.

Director: Rick Rosenthal | Stars: Sean Penn, Reni Santoni, Jim Moody, Eric Gurry

Votes: 13,013 | Gross: $9.20M

5. Two Way Stretch (1960)

TV-PG | 78 min | Comedy, Crime

6.9
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Dodger Lane (Peter Sellers) has planned the perfect robbery while in prison. He intends to break out of prison, steal a fortune in diamonds, and break back into prison before anyone notices... See full summary »

Director: Robert Day | Stars: Peter Sellers, David Lodge, Bernard Cribbins, Wilfrid Hyde-White

Votes: 1,705

6. Brubaker (1980)

R | 131 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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54 Metascore

The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Robert Redford, Yaphet Kotto, Morgan Freeman, Jane Alexander

Votes: 14,833 | Gross: $37.12M

7. White Lightning (1973)

PG | 101 min | Action, Drama, Crime

6.4
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60 Metascore

An ex con teams up with federal agents to help them with breaking up a moonshine ring.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jennifer Billingsley, Ned Beatty, Bo Hopkins

Votes: 3,549

8. 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: 6,190

9. Nightmare in Badham County (1976 TV Movie)

R | 100 min | Drama, Thriller

6.2
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During a road trip, two UCLA coeds end up in a Southern prison farm on trumped-up charges brought on by a small town sex-crazed corrupt sheriff.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: Deborah Raffin, Lynne Moody, Chuck Connors, Fionnula Flanagan

Votes: 345

10. Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

6.3
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With her infant daughter Margaret Rose in tow, Georgette Thomas pulls up stakes from Tyler, Texas to head to Columbus, Texas to be reunited with her husband, Henry Thomas, who has just been... See full summary »

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Lee Remick, Steve McQueen, Don Murray, Paul Fix

Votes: 1,353

11. The Killer Is Loose (1956)

Approved | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.6
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An unhinged, deceptively mild-mannered bank robber escapes prison, seeking revenge on the cop who accidentally killed his wife during a gun battle.

Director: Budd Boetticher | Stars: Joseph Cotten, Rhonda Fleming, Wendell Corey, Alan Hale Jr.

Votes: 1,437

12. The Grave (1996)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Horror

5.8
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Two prisoners escape with the help of their jailer to search for a treasure that is supposedly buried with a dead millionaire.

Director: Jonas Pate | Stars: Craig Sheffer, Gabrielle Anwar, Josh Charles, Donal Logue

Votes: 941

13. Mean Dog Blues (1978)

R | 108 min | Drama, Action, Thriller

6.0
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When his friend injures a little girl in a small southern town while driving drunk, country singer Paul agrees to state in court he had been driving. But his lawyer betrays him, and he ends... See full summary »

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Gregg Henry, Kay Lenz, Scatman Crothers, Tina Louise

Votes: 210

14. Cellmates (2011)

TV-14 | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

5.7
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20 Metascore

Leroy Lowe, grand dragon of the Texas Ku Klux Klan confronts everything he's been taught to hate when he's sentenced to three years of hard labor on a prison work farm, where Warden ... See full summary »

Director: Jesse Baget | Stars: Tom Sizemore, Stacy Keach, Kevin P. Farley, Héctor Jiménez

Votes: 538

15. Under the Gun (1951)

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

6.9
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When a cunning, unscrupulous mobster is sentenced to a Florida prison farm, he launches a deadly escape plan.

Director: Ted Tetzlaff | Stars: Richard Conte, Audrey Totter, John McIntire, Sam Jaffe

Votes: 104

16. Factor 8: The Arkansas Prison Blood Scandal (2005)

91 min | Documentary, Crime, History

8.4
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A shocking expose of a prison blood donor program during the Clinton governorship in Arkansas. Infected prisoners slipped through the cracks and tainted blood made it into pharmaceuticals ... See full summary »

Director: Kelly Duda | Stars: Edwin Barron Jr., John Byus, Kelly Duda, Hezile Earl

Votes: 45

17. Duffy of San Quentin (1954)

Passed | 78 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.8
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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

18. Alias a Gentleman (1948)

Approved | 76 min | Comedy, Romance

6.3
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Aging ex-con tries to stop his daughter from getting involved with shady characters.

Director: Harry Beaumont | Stars: Wallace Beery, Tom Drake, Dorothy Patrick, Gladys George

Votes: 78

19. A Natural Born World-Shaker: Making 'Cool Hand Luke' (2008 Video)

29 min | Documentary, Short

7.6
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Director Stuart Rosenberg, in his final interview, enlivens this entertaining look at the creation of this chain-gang classic - the film that cemented Paul Newman's status as a screen icon.... See full summary »

Director: Gary Leva | Stars: Stuart Rosenberg, Eric Lax, Frank Pierson, Ralph Waite

Votes: 31

20. Women in Prison (1938)

Approved | 59 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.1
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The superintendent of a women's prison is pressured to pardon a member of a criminal gang. When she refuses, her daughter is framed on a manslaughter charge and sent to prison.

Director: Lambert Hillyer | Stars: Wyn Cahoon, Scott Kolk, Arthur Loft, Mayo Methot

Votes: 7

21. Lovejoy (1986–1994)
Episode: Just Desserts (1991)

52 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.1
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After Lovejoy is released from a low security prison after an eight month sentence for theft, he is determined to find out who framed him.

Director: Don Leaver | Stars: Ian McShane, Phyllis Logan, Dudley Sutton, Chris Jury

Votes: 45

22. Rescue 8 (1958– )
Episode: Smashout (1959)

30 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

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A prison inmate fakes a heart attack so he can escape and talk his wife out of divorcing him. He takes Wes and Skip along as hostages.

Stars: Jim Davis, Lang Jeffries, Harry Dean Stanton

23. Against the Wind (1978)
Episode: The Tree of Liberty (1978)

50 min | Drama, History

7.4
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Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Jon English, Mary Larkin, Don Barker, Don Barkham

Votes: 8

24. Against the Wind (1978)
Episode: When Kings Go Forth to Battle (1978)

Drama, History

7.4
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Director: George Miller | Stars: Jon English, Mary Larkin, Warwick Sims, Don Barker

Votes: 8



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