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51. 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: 35,857 | Gross: $22.10M

52. His Girl Friday (1940)

Passed | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 49,571 | Gross: $0.30M

53. Switching Channels (1988)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Crime

6.0
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A television news chief courts his anchorwoman ex-wife with an eleventh-hour story.

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Kathleen Turner, Burt Reynolds, Christopher Reeve, Ned Beatty

Votes: 3,144 | Gross: $9.13M

54. Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015)

PG | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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81 Metascore

When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.

Directors: Mark Burton, Richard Starzak | Stars: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid Djalili, Richard Webber

Votes: 33,992 | Gross: $19.38M

55. Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (2018)

R | 78 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.7
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In an alternative Victorian Age Gotham City, Batman begins his war on crime while he investigates a new series of murders by Jack the Ripper.

Director: Sam Liu | Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Jennifer Carpenter, Chris Cox, John DiMaggio

Votes: 11,431

56. The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

Not Rated | 106 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.5
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After being tricked and cast out of Bagdad by the evil Jaffar, King Ahmad joins forces with a thief named Abu to reclaim his throne, the city, and the Princess he loves.

Directors: Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan, Alexander Korda, Zoltan Korda, William Cameron Menzies | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Sabu, June Duprez, John Justin

Votes: 11,019 | Gross: $0.27M

57. Men Behind the Sun (1988)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, History, Horror

6.1
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Japanese troops round up Chinese and Russian prisoners of war and take them to a place called Squadron 731, where they are grotesquely tortured and experimented on to test new biological weapons.

Director: Tun Fei Mou | Stars: Jianxin Chen, Hsu Gou, Linjie Hao, Haizhe Jin

Votes: 5,441

58. Down by Law (1986)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.8
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75 Metascore

Two innocent people are arrested. An interesting third person, with broken English, joins them in their cell. On his idea, they decide to escape from the prison. Their journey is the rest of the movie.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi

Votes: 44,495 | Gross: $1.44M

59. One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

Not Rated | 141 min | Drama, Western

7.1
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After robbing a Mexican bank, Dad Longworth takes the loot and leaves his partner Rio to be captured but Rio escapes and searches for Dad in California.

Director: Marlon Brando | Stars: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Pina Pellicer, Katy Jurado

Votes: 8,969

60. Stakeout (1987)

R | 117 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.6
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69 Metascore

Two detectives observe an escaped convict's ex-girlfriend, but complications set in when one of them falls for her.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Emilio Estevez, Madeleine Stowe, Aidan Quinn

Votes: 21,947 | Gross: $65.67M

61. Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.4
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74 Metascore

The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met.

Director: David Lowery | Stars: Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Nate Parker

Votes: 19,697 | Gross: $0.39M

62. The Great Train Robbery (1978)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

6.9
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68 Metascore

In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train.

Director: Michael Crichton | Stars: Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland, Lesley-Anne Down, Alan Webb

Votes: 14,690 | Gross: $13.03M

63. Racer and the Jailbird (2017)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.4
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50 Metascore

Set against the background of a brutal crime gang in Brussels, a tragic love story between Gigi, a high-flying gangster, and Bibi, a young racing driver with very upper-class roots.

Director: Michaël R. Roskam | Stars: Matthias Schoenaerts, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Eric De Staercke, Jean-Benoît Ugeux

Votes: 3,375 | Gross: $0.05M

64. Ricochet (1991)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.2
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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: 15,072 | Gross: $21.76M

65. Dark Passage (1947)

Passed | 106 min | Film-Noir, Thriller

7.6
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A man convicted of murdering his wife escapes from prison and works with a woman to try and prove his innocence.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Bruce Bennett, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 16,366

66. Black Mama White Mama (1973)

R | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.6
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A black prostitute and a white revolutionary must form an uneasy alliance when they are busted out of prison and are pursued by guerrillas, bounty hunters and the army.

Director: Eddie Romero | Stars: Pam Grier, Margaret Markov, Sid Haig, Lynn Borden

Votes: 2,464

67. The Defiant Ones (1958)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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69 Metascore

Two escaped convicts chained together, white and black, must learn to get along in order to elude capture.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel, Charles McGraw

Votes: 12,250

68. Trapped in Paradise (1994)

PG-13 | 111 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

6.0
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Residents of a friendly Pennsylvania town foil three brothers' plan to rob a bank on Christmas Eve.

Director: George Gallo | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Jon Lovitz, Dana Carvey, Richard B. Shull

Votes: 11,674 | Gross: $5.78M

69. The Crow: Salvation (2000)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

4.9
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Alex Corvis returns to the world of the living to solve the murder of a young woman that he was wrongly accused of.

Director: Bharat Nalluri | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, William Atherton, Debbie Fan, Eric Mabius

Votes: 10,348

70. District 13: Ultimatum (2009)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.5
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64 Metascore

Damien and Leito return to District 13 on a mission to bring peace to the troubled sector that is controlled by five different gang bosses, before the city's secret services take drastic measures to solve the problem.

Director: Patrick Alessandrin | Stars: Cyril Raffaelli, David Belle, Philippe Torreton, Daniel Duval

Votes: 41,605 | Gross: $0.04M

71. Nirvana in Fire (2015– )

TV-14 | Action, Drama, Fantasy

9.0
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Story about a son's search for his family's lost honor.

Stars: Ge Hu, Yongdai Ding, Kai Wang, Lei Wu

Votes: 1,329

72. 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: 2,008 | Gross: $2.51M

73. Fire with Fire (1986)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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A young woman from a Catholic school and a young man from a nearby prison camp fall in love and must run away together to escape the law, the church and their parents.

Director: Duncan Gibbins | Stars: Craig Sheffer, Virginia Madsen, Jon Polito, J.J. Cohen

Votes: 1,400 | Gross: $4.64M

74. Colorado Territory (1949)

Approved | 94 min | Western

7.2
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In Colorado territory, outlaw Wes McQueen escapes jail to pull a railroad robbery but, upon meeting pretty settler Julie Ann, he wonders about going straight.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Joel McCrea, Virginia Mayo, Dorothy Malone, Henry Hull

Votes: 2,144

75. A Man Escaped (1956)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

8.3
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A captured French Resistance fighter during WWII engineers a daunting escape from a Nazi prison in France.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: François Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock, Roland Monod

Votes: 16,569

76. Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008)

R | 133 min | Action, Biography, Crime

7.5
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72 Metascore

The story of notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine.

Director: Jean-François Richet | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Ludivine Sagnier, Mathieu Amalric, Samuel Le Bihan

Votes: 27,087 | Gross: $0.28M

77. Take the Money and Run (1969)

PG | 85 min | Comedy, Crime

7.3
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67 Metascore

The life and times of Virgil Starkwell, inept bank robber.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Janet Margolin, Marcel Hillaire, Jacquelyn Hyde

Votes: 26,595 | Gross: $0.72M

78. The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

Approved | 93 min | Horror

6.6
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In 18th Century Spain, an adopted boy becomes a werewolf and terrorizes the inhabitants of his town.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Clifford Evans, Oliver Reed, Yvonne Romain, Catherine Feller

Votes: 4,813

79. 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

80. Bangkok Hilton (1989)

240 min | Drama, Thriller

7.9
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The story of Kat Stanton, an Australian woman searching for her father who, whilst travelling back from London to Australia via Thailand, makes friends with Arkie Ragan), a photographer. ... See full summary »

Stars: Nicole Kidman, Denholm Elliott, Hugo Weaving, Joy Smithers

Votes: 4,316

81. Maze (2017)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, History

5.9
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Inspired by the true events of the infamous 1983 prison breakout of 38 IRA prisoners from HMP, which was to become the biggest prison escape in Europe since World War II.

Director: Stephen Burke | Stars: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Barry Ward, Martin McCann, Eileen Walsh

Votes: 2,633 | Gross: $0.02M

82. And God Created Woman (1988)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

4.3
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In this variation on director Vadim's own, more acclaimed Et Dieu Créa La Femme (1956, the same title in French), the vamp Robin Shea marries charming carpenter Billy Moran, only to get out... See full summary »

Director: Roger Vadim | Stars: Rebecca De Mornay, Vincent Spano, Frank Langella, Donovan Leitch Jr.

Votes: 1,634 | Gross: $0.72M

83. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (I) (1959)

Not Rated | 208 min | Drama, War

8.5
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A Japanese pacifist, unable to face the dire consequences of conscientious objection, is transformed by his attempts to compromise with the demands of war-time Japan.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Chikage Awashima, Ineko Arima

Votes: 5,482

84. Grand Theft Auto III (2001 Video Game)

M | Action, Comedy, Crime

8.7
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A young bank robber escapes from police custody and works his way up through the mafia ladder of crime-ridden Liberty City, USA.

Stars: Frank Vincent, Joe Pantoliano, Michael Madsen, Michael Rapaport

Votes: 13,027

85. Le Trou (1960)

Not Rated | 131 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.6
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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: 13,298 | Gross: $0.03M

86. 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

87. Duets (2000)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.1
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40 Metascore

A professional karaoke hustler reconnects with his daughter and a bored suburban businessman turns outlaw karaoke singer, among other plotlines.

Director: Bruce Paltrow | Stars: Huey Lewis, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Giamatti, Andre Braugher

Votes: 8,880 | Gross: $4.73M

88. Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby (1999)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

5.7
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A teenage prostitute escapes from a juvenile prison with a 16-year-old serial killer and both go on a destructive road trip to Mexico in this twist on the "Hansel and Gretel" fairy tale.

Director: Matthew Bright | Stars: Natasha Lyonne, María Celedonio, David Alan Grier, Vincent Gallo

Votes: 2,572

89. The Sicilian Clan (1969)

GP | 122 min | Crime, Drama

7.4
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A young, ambitious mobster plans an elaborate diamond heist while seducing the daughter of a ruthless mob patriarch as a determined police commissioner closes in on all of them.

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, Lino Ventura, Irina Demick

Votes: 6,448 | Gross: $3.00M

90. The Invisible Man Returns (1940)

Passed | 81 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.5
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The owner of a coal mining operation, falsely imprisoned for fratricide, takes a drug to make him invisible, despite its side effect: gradual madness.

Director: Joe May | Stars: Cedric Hardwicke, Vincent Price, Nan Grey, John Sutton

Votes: 3,127

91. What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)

PG | 80 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

5.9
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63 Metascore

In Woody Allen's directorial debut, he took the Japanese action film Key of Keys (1965) and re-dubbed it, changing the plot to make it revolve around a secret egg salad recipe.

Directors: Woody Allen, Senkichi Taniguchi | Stars: Woody Allen, The Lovin' Spoonful, Frank Buxton, Louise Lasser

Votes: 8,742

92. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)

Passed | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.2
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Wrongly convicted James Allen serves in the intolerable conditions of a southern chain gang, which later comes back to haunt him.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Helen Vinson, Noel Francis

Votes: 10,797

93. The Hot Rock (1972)

PG | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.8
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Dortmunder and his pals plan to steal a huge diamond from a museum. But this turns out to be only the first time they have to steal it...

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Robert Redford, George Segal, Ron Leibman, Paul Sand

Votes: 4,623

94. Old Men in New Cars: In China They Eat Dogs II (2002)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.8
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Fresh out of a Danish prison, Harald bosses his old gang around, into visiting his hospitalized foster dad, who wants to see his bio son before dying. The son's in a Swedish prison. Then there's a money matter - robbing a bank.

Director: Lasse Spang Olsen | Stars: Kim Bodnia, Torkel Petersson, Tomas Villum Jensen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas

Votes: 8,470

95. Ozzy (2016)

G | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

5.2
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When his family goes on vacation, a young dog finds himself at a dog prison where he must escape with the help of his new friends.

Directors: Alberto Rodríguez, Nacho La Casa | Stars: Guillermo Romero, Dani Rovira, José Mota, Michelle Jenner

Votes: 1,821

96. The Talk of the Town (1942)

Approved | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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An escaped prisoner and a stuffy law professor vie for the hand of a spirited schoolteacher.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Ronald Colman, Edgar Buchanan

Votes: 6,708

97. Beneath Clouds (2002)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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Lena is the daughter of an Aboriginal mother and Irish father and Vaughn is a Murri boy doing time in a minimum security prison in North West NSW. Dramatic events throw them together on a journey with no money and no transport.

Director: Ivan Sen | Stars: Dannielle Hall, Damian Pitt, Jenna Lee Connors, Terry Dahlstron

Votes: 902

98. Alcatraz Escape: The Lost Evidence (2018 TV Movie)

83 min | Documentary

6.8
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The greatest prison break in history became America's most notorious cold case. The escape from Alcatraz in 1962 forced the government into a merciless manhunt. Still, the three inmates were never found.

Stars: Michael Dyke, Michael Esslinger, Art Roderick, David Widner

Votes: 27

99. Les vampires (1915)

Not Rated | 421 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.3
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An intrepid reporter and his loyal friend battle a bizarre secret society of criminals known as The Vampires.

Director: Louis Feuillade | Stars: Musidora, Édouard Mathé, Marcel Lévesque, Jean Aymé

Votes: 3,937

100. Le Deuxième Souffle (1966)

Not Rated | 150 min | Crime, Drama

8.0
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A gangster escapes jail and quickly makes plans to continue his criminal ways elsewhere, but a determined inspector is closing in.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Raymond Pellegrin, Christine Fabréga

Votes: 4,751



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