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1. Orange Is the New Black (2013– )

TV-MA | 59 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.1
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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.

Stars: Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles

Votes: 257,096

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: 1,024,070 | Gross: $136.80M

3. American History X (1998)

R | 119 min | Drama

8.5
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62 Metascore

A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.

Director: Tony Kaye | Stars: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo, Jennifer Lien

Votes: 956,713 | Gross: $6.72M

4. Shot Caller (2017)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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59 Metascore

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.

Director: Ric Roman Waugh | Stars: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Omari Hardwick, Lake Bell, Jon Bernthal

Votes: 59,708

5. Blood In, Blood Out (1993)

R | 180 min | Crime, Drama

8.0
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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.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Damian Chapa, Jesse Borrego, Benjamin Bratt, Enrique Castillo

Votes: 26,792 | Gross: $4.50M

6. El Recluso (2018– )

60 min | Drama, Thriller

7.2
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An American SPEC OPS infiltrates one of Mexico's toughest prisons in search of information on the whereabouts of an American politician's daughter.

Stars: Ignacio Serricchio, Ana Claudia Talancón, Flavio Medina, Luis Felipe Tovar

Votes: 1,033

7. Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)

R | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

5.7
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38 Metascore

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.

Director: Dennis Gansel | Stars: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh

Votes: 67,853 | Gross: $21.20M

8. Blood Father (2016)

R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.4
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66 Metascore

An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 17-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.

Director: Jean-François Richet | Stars: Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty, Diego Luna, Michael Parks

Votes: 52,551

9. Red Heat (1988)

R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.1
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61 Metascore

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.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Belushi, Peter Boyle, Ed O'Ross

Votes: 59,351 | Gross: $34.99M

10. Jailbait (2014 Video)

TV-MA | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

4.3
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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.

Director: Jared Cohn | Stars: Sara Malakul Lane, Erin O'Brien, Steve Hanks, Andray Johnson

Votes: 3,002

11. El Mariachi (1992)

R | 81 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.9
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73 Metascore

A traveling mariachi is mistaken for a murderous criminal and must hide from a gang bent on killing him.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Carlos Gallardo, Consuelo Gómez, Jaime de Hoyos, Peter Marquardt

Votes: 59,407 | Gross: $2.04M

12. Lock Up (1989)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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: 35,234 | Gross: $22.10M

13. Get the Gringo (2012)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.0
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60 Metascore

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.

Director: Adrian Grunberg | Stars: Mel Gibson, Kevin Balmore, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Jesús Ochoa

Votes: 98,263

14. American Me (1992)

R | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.2
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66 Metascore

A Mexican-American Mafia kingpin is released from prison, falls in love for the first time, and grows introspective about his gangster lifestyle.

Director: Edward James Olmos | Stars: Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Sal Lopez, Vira Montes

Votes: 7,181 | Gross: $13.09M

15. A Prophet (2009)

R | 155 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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90 Metascore

A young Arab man is sent to a French prison.

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Reda Kateb

Votes: 88,383 | Gross: $2.08M

16. 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: Furkan Bayraktar, Luke Goss, Lauren Cohan, Sean Bean

Votes: 29,034

17. Felon (2008)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama

7.5
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58 Metascore

A family man convicted of killing an intruder must cope with life afterward in the violent penal system.

Director: Ric Roman Waugh | Stars: Stephen Dorff, Marisol Nichols, Vincent Miller, Anne Archer

Votes: 72,433 | Gross: $0.04M

18. Mean Machine (2001)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.5
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45 Metascore

A soccer star jailed for assault leads a group of inmates in a match against prison guards.

Director: Barry Skolnick | Stars: Vinnie Jones, David Kelly, David Hemmings, Ralph Brown

Votes: 33,424 | Gross: $0.09M

19. Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)

Not Rated | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.0
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71 Metascore

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.

Director: José Padilha | Stars: Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos, André Ramiro, Milhem Cortaz

Votes: 75,299 | Gross: $0.10M

20. Ricochet (1991)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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A District Attorney is terrorized by the criminal he put away years ago when he was a cop.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Denzel Washington, John Lithgow, Ice-T, Kevin Pollak

Votes: 14,853 | Gross: $21.76M

21. Let's Go to Prison (2006)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Crime

6.0
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27 Metascore

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.

Director: Bob Odenkirk | Stars: Dax Shepard, Will Arnett, Chi McBride, David Koechner

Votes: 21,947 | Gross: $4.61M

22. South Central (1992)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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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.

Director: Stephen Milburn Anderson | Stars: Glenn Plummer, Byron Minns, Lexie Bigham, Vincent Craig Dupree

Votes: 4,473 | Gross: $1.37M

23. Avlu (2018– )

120 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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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.

Stars: Demet Evgar, Ceren Moray, Nursel Köse, Çagdas Onur Öztürk

Votes: 628

24. An Innocent Man (1989)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.4
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39 Metascore

A man is framed by two corrupt cops for drugs. After he gets out of prison, he comes after them.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Tom Selleck, F. Murray Abraham, Laila Robins, David Rasche

Votes: 5,675 | Gross: $20.05M

25. Animal Factory (2000)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama

6.6
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65 Metascore

A young man goes to prison and a tough, older convict takes him under his wing as a mentor.

Director: Steve Buscemi | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Edward Furlong, Danny Trejo, Mark Boone Junior

Votes: 11,988 | Gross: $0.04M

26. True Believer (1989)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama

6.7
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A cynical former civil liberties attorney now reduced to "specializing" in defending drug dealers becomes transformed by an eight-year-old murder case.

Director: Joseph Ruben | Stars: James Woods, Robert Downey Jr., Margaret Colin, Yuji Okumoto

Votes: 4,007 | Gross: $8.74M

27. The Merciless (2017)

Not Rated | 117 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.7
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53 Metascore

A young cop finds his loyalties divided after befriending a notorious criminal while undercover in prison.

Director: Sung-hyun Byun | Stars: Kyung-gu Sol, Si-wan Im, Kyeong-yeong Lee, Hye-jin Jeon

Votes: 1,495

28. Vendetta (1986)

R | 89 min | Action, Drama

5.7
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A sexy stuntwoman gets herself thrown into prison to avenge the death of her sister.

Director: Bruce Logan | Stars: Karen Chase, Sandy Martin, Kin Shriner, Roberta Collins

Votes: 255

29. The Jericho Mile (1979 TV Movie)

97 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

7.4
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A prisoner gets a chance to take part in the Olympics.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Peter Strauss, Richard Lawson, Roger E. Mosley, Brian Dennehy

Votes: 1,296

30. El padrino (2004)

R | 128 min | Action, Crime, Drama

4.9
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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 »

Director: Damian Chapa | Stars: Damian Chapa, Sal Lopez, Emilio Rivera, Jennifer Tilly

Votes: 643

31. Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King (2014 Video)

Not Rated | 14 min | Short, Action, Sci-Fi

7.4
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A documentary filmmaker interviews the now-famous Trevor Slattery from behind bars.

Director: Drew Pearce | Stars: Ben Kingsley, Scoot McNairy, Lester Speight, Sam Rockwell

Votes: 7,209

32. Born Innocent (1974 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

6.6
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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.

Director: Donald Wrye | Stars: Linda Blair, Joanna Miles, Allyn Ann McLerie, Mary Murphy

Votes: 795

33. Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004 TV Movie)

R | 120 min | Drama, Crime

6.5
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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 »

Director: Vondie Curtis-Hall | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Lynn Whitfield, Lee Thompson Young, Brenden Jefferson

Votes: 2,921

34. Screwed (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama

5.7
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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 »

Director: Reg Traviss | Stars: James D'Arcy, Noel Clarke, Frank Harper, Kate Magowan

Votes: 1,903

35. Soldier Boyz (1995)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

4.4
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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.

Director: Louis Morneau | Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Tyrin Turner, Jacqueline Obradors

Votes: 1,013

36. The Glass House (1972 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

7.4
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A young guard and a college professor convicted of manslaughter both start their first day in prison.

Director: Tom Gries | Stars: Vic Morrow, Alan Alda, Clu Gulager, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 537

37. My Name Ain't Johnny (2008)

124 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.2
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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.

Director: Mauro Lima | Stars: Selton Mello, Giulio Lopes, Júlia Lemmertz, Felipe Severo

Votes: 5,840

38. Cellblock Sisters: Banished Behind Bars (1995)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama

2.8
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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 »

Director: Henri Charr | Stars: Annie Wood, Gail Thackray, Jenna Bodnar, Dean Howell

Votes: 346

39. Racing for Time (2008 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 86 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

6.2
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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 »

Director: Charles S. Dutton | Stars: Charles S. Dutton, Yaya DaCosta, Zulay Henao, Alessandra Ford Balazs

Votes: 221

40. Bespredel (1989)

102 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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A drama from the life of the prisoners in a regular jail in Soviet Union.

Director: Igor Gostev | Stars: Andrey Tashkov, Anton Androsov, Aleksandr Mokhov, Lev Durov

Votes: 735

41. Terra Nova (2008)

119 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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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 »

Director: Aleksandr Melnik | Stars: Konstantin Lavronenko, Andrey Feskov, Marat Basharov, Pavel Sborshchikov

Votes: 1,573

42. Zinzana (1999–2005)

100 min | Crime, Drama

8.2
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The challenges faced by a group of prisoners and prison guards in and outside the prison walls.

Stars: Amnon Abutbul, Raida Adon, Bruria Albeck, Mazal Amzaleg

Votes: 41

43. Rikers (2016)

70 min | Documentary

7.7
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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.

Directors: Mark Benjamin, Marc Levin | Stars: Tariq Barnes, Barry Campbell, Hector Custodio, Candie Hailey-Means

Votes: 18

44. ¡El que no corre... vuela! (1982)

85 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.9
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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.

Director: Gilberto Martínez Solares | Stars: María Elena Velasco, Evita Muñoz 'Chachita', Freddy Fernández, Mario Alberto Rodríguez

Votes: 58

45. Down Time (2001)

R | 90 min | Drama, Crime

2.2
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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 »

Director: Sean Wilson | Stars: William Van Noland, Peter Quartaroli, Sam McBride, Joy Garner

Votes: 352

46. Goliath (I) (2015)

Short, Sci-Fi, Thriller

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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.

Director: Eric Bross | Stars: Sam Littlefield, Jordan Alcoba, Fernanda Andrade, James Ashby

47. Bilibid Gays (1981)

Comedy

5.8
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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 »

Director: Jose 'Pepe' Wenceslao | Stars: Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Al Tantay

Votes: 6

48. Gharche sammi (2002)

Drama

6.1
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Director: Rasool Mollagholi Poor | Stars: Jamshid Hashempur, Mitra Hajjar, Farhad Ghaemian, Amir Jafari

Votes: 115

49. VICE's Rainbow Warriors (2018 Video)

17 min | Short, News

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Star: Ethan Ralph

50. Murder, Mayhem and Meditation (2014 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary

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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 »

Stars: Kaj Larsen, Stephen G. Breyer, J. Celaya, Darren Chamberlain



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