Prison connected movies!

by aNdzelOt | created - 03 May 2016 | updated - 26 May 2018 | Public

Long time i acquired info, and thinking about making of this list, 'cause i totally found myself a favourite genre, imprisonment movies!

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1. American History X (1998)

R | 119 min | Drama

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: 982,077 | Gross: $6.72M

First Prison Movie that really got my attention and the whole cast and crew also, especially Norton, in my opinion his best part ever on a film. Prison here is told throught a story of changing your ideals, your charchter, to change perception and see from a bigger point of view 'cause you have a lot of time to think about the crime you did, also the humanity that present that every human under chains is slave in his own nature, human nature. This film brought a cult follow to the 'cause of fighting, racism, nazism... that's going on since WW2, and it kinda moved a struggle that people can still liberate individualy and not being hold blindfolded by some ideology! ''Life is too short to be pissed off all the time.'' such an important quote and movie!

2. Tattoo (1991)

132 min | Drama

After a quarrel with his wife, a man leaves their apartment with one suitcase only. Having slept in a train station, the police legitimates him and found him suspicious. Soon he'll find ... See full summary »

Director: Stole Popov | Stars: Meto Jovanovski, Ljiljana Medjesi, Stojan 'Stole' Arandjelovic, Svetozar Cvetkovic

Votes: 677

Now i want to show a movie that has no wider audience than the Balkans, but here is a Cult movie that has every reply memorized and used in everyday talking language, and situations, especially in the country of origins Macedonia. This has also brilliant cast, and a story that for me is untouchable in Macedonain Cinematography, it's about a systematic error in a country (Yugoslavia) falling appart that had all ruling stuctures changing at the time, so u can be picked up on the street and carried to prison under unclear conditions, and no case at all, it's just painfull to even imagine it, that were scary years, and u had to watch your back, and what are you saying, also where. 'Cause you might end up as the main charachter here Ilko who in prison almost loses his mind, as he's getting used to the harsh prison envoirment with a lot of weird fellows. Later on in there he will get a tattoo of Jesus Christ on his chest, and found a new faith, there's where the title is from. Anyway this holds so high in my archive so it's definatly a mandatory!

3. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

R | 142 min | Drama

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: 2,180,828 | Gross: $28.34M

Maybe the highest rated prison movie ever... a movie that represents a term that's a bit overused called 'Freedom'. The thing that we sure need in every moment, when someone is takin' it away we always feel it, but here is so direct and sensetive, so we can sense so much empathy for the unlucky bankar, who lost his wife and freedom in so short period. The whole cast, i won't comment, everyone did a marvelous job. And there's happy ending for a reason a think, 'cause hope is never a thing to give up, if u give up hope, u will get Institutionalized, and quickly when out of prison u have nothing to live for, it definitly gets deep into the prisoners mind, so it will stay as one of the films i always love to watch now and than, definitly a classic.

4. The Visit (I) (2000)

R | 107 min | Drama

60 Metascore

A young man dying in prison brings his family together for a fateful visit, and proceeds to put his life back together.

Director: Jordan Walker-Pearlman | Stars: Obba Babatundé, Rae Dawn Chong, Charmin Lee White, Terrell Mitchell

Votes: 205 | Gross: $0.19M

Easily Hill Harper's best role. African-American movie that really touched me from the bottom of my soul. It's very artistic expression, and strong philosophical approach in the discussions when Visited in prison, brings really something to hold on and build on too. Also the sickness he has, and knowing that he will die there, plus his rejected parole on top of everything... just a set of tragic motions. Getting closer with your relatives in prison than outside has been important subject for every prisoner who has nothing but time to kill. Definetly one of my favourite prison movies ever.

5. Animal Factory (2000)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama

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: 12,242 | Gross: $0.04M

Prison is no fairytale as we heard.. but this hard cast crew proves it to the core, as they're squishing together in a shithole with lousy or demented atmposphere. Young convicts are thrown right into the animals teeth, as the main Ron Decker who tries to resist it and help himself, but confused youths are pushed enough to get the hardest times. His luck changes when he meets Earl Copen and he's explaind about the jail condition or two... how to behave and mend into his surroundings. Earl make sure Ron's safe as he proves his loyalty and friendship. The best parts are the dopey scenes and whole lotta blues (Jake la Botz) with them, beside Rourke playing 'Jan the Actress' Rons cellmate whos role is right on the point. Rons perspective gets devastating after an incident/ and getting his sentence in court, but Earl doesn't let him down he's the inside guide for the joint knows it so well.. and in his words "Better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven.". Powerfull and realistic glimpse of the prison life. Nice work for Buscemi as director. Also Dafoes tough mentorship definitly delivers some of his best performance, and the duo with Furlong had much chemistry. 10/10 for me.

6. Buffalo '66 (1998)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

After being released from prison, Billy is set to visit his parents with his wife, whom he does not actually have. This provokes Billy to act out, as he kidnaps a girl and forces her to act as his wife for the visit.

Director: Vincent Gallo | Stars: Vincent Gallo, Christina Ricci, Ben Gazzara, Mickey Rourke

Votes: 44,185 | Gross: $2.38M

This movie almost hasn't got prison scenes, but prison plays big part in the main charachters life. That's the start of the movie, as he is let out of prsion and wanders through his home town to found a place to take a piss, that sure can bring him to a lot of akward situations. The moment that prison is important thing that happend in Bobby Brown's life is that his life already was *beep* as hell, no one carred for him even younger, practicly he has grown up in prison, which make him a lot tougher, but it all breaks down when he gots out and nothing has changed, maybe it became worse. This movie for me has some vibe that life is a low and unexpacted form that we could lose, although here Bobby already lost it all, he only breathes for revenge, but funny how can love complete our destiny. So love people!

7. Midnight Express (1978)

R | 121 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

59 Metascore

Billy Hayes, an American college student, is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into prison.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli

Votes: 68,230 | Gross: $35.00M

Performance for oscars the music, directing, producing, Acting! Midnight Express has filled out all the injustices in the world about illegal substances, it meant so much at the time i watched it... I was in likewise situation only in my home country, but to be prisoned abroad is equal to hell itself. The great speech scenes really makes you wonder how much can societies get corrupt as *beep* and how time passes by, everything loses a bit of it's sanity, so things aren't always as they seem in the first place. As for the tragic death of the main actor Brad Davis, he made a true remark in his carrier with this movie so he will be remmembered.

8. Down by Law (1986)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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: 44,871 | Gross: $1.44M

9. Dead Man Walking (1995)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama

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: 84,627 | Gross: $39.39M

10. Black Seed (1971)

82 min | Drama

The story of Macedonian soldiers who were captured by the Greek army and taken to the prison camps on Greek islands during Greek Civil War in 1946. Suspected of being communists, they are maltreated by the Greek officers running the camp.

Director: Kiril Cenevski | Stars: Darko Damevski, Aco Jovanovski, Risto Siskov, Pavle Vuisic

Votes: 199

11. Sleepers (1996)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

49 Metascore

After a prank goes disastrously wrong, a group of boys are sent to a detention center where they are brutalized. Thirteen years later, an unexpected random encounter with a former guard gives them them a chance for revenge.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Robert De Niro, Kevin Bacon, Brad Pitt, Jason Patric

Votes: 179,104 | Gross: $49.10M

12. Bronson (2008)

R | 92 min | Action, Biography, Crime

71 Metascore

A young man who was sentenced to seven years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending three decades in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter-ego, Charles Bronson.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Tom Hardy, Kelly Adams, Luing Andrews, Katy Barker

Votes: 113,488 | Gross: $0.10M

13. Shot Caller (2017)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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: 63,965

One of the newest I liked, really eclectic hardcore story. Just a reminder how one clumsy move can cost a friend's life and lifetime without parole for you. A very real view on life in prison, especially the maximum security one, where you can't go untouched or unnoticed. It's highly intellegently done, pushing the borders of human psychology and nature, also it defines how far a man is ready to go in order to protect the closest loved ones. Great score overall.

14. Papillon (1973)

R | 151 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

58 Metascore

A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Victor Jory, Don Gordon

Votes: 115,791 | Gross: $53.27M

15. Gangster No. 1 (2000)

R | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

60 Metascore

Chronicles the rise and fall of a prominent, and particularly ruthless English gangster.

Director: Paul McGuigan | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, David Thewlis, Paul Bettany, Saffron Burrows

Votes: 12,629 | Gross: $0.03M

16. 25th Hour (2002)

R | 135 min | Drama

67 Metascore

Cornered by the DEA, convicted New York drug dealer Montgomery Brogan reevaluates his life in the 24 remaining hours before facing a seven-year jail term.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Edward Norton, Barry Pepper, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rosario Dawson

Votes: 164,740 | Gross: $13.06M

17. American Heart (1992)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

An ex-convict is tracked down by his estranged teenage son, and the pair try to build a relationship and life together in Seattle.

Director: Martin Bell | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Edward Furlong, John Boylan, Greg Sevigny

Votes: 2,926 | Gross: $0.38M

18. Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

34 Metascore

A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Leslie Bibb, Colm Meaney

Votes: 259,393 | Gross: $73.34M

19. Double Jeopardy (1999)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

40 Metascore

A woman framed for her husband's murder suspects he is still alive; as she has already been tried for the crime, she can't be re-prosecuted if she finds and kills him.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones, Bruce Greenwood, Benjamin Weir

Votes: 68,209 | Gross: $116.74M

20. Malcolm X (1992)

PG-13 | 202 min | Biography, Drama, History

72 Metascore

Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee

Votes: 78,183 | Gross: $48.17M

21. What Doesn't Kill You (2008)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama

71 Metascore

Two childhood friends from South Boston turn to crime as a way to get by, ultimately causing a strain in their personal lives and their friendship.

Director: Brian Goodman | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Mark Ruffalo, Brian Goodman, Amanda Peet

Votes: 11,357

22. He Got Game (1998)

R | 136 min | Drama, Sport

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: 42,115 | Gross: $21.55M

23. Natural Born Killers (1994)

R | 118 min | Action, Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, Rodney Dangerfield

Votes: 205,738 | Gross: $50.28M

24. The Panic in Needle Park (1971)

PG | 110 min | Drama

74 Metascore

Follows the lives of heroin addicts who frequent "Needle Park" in New York City.

Director: Jerry Schatzberg | Stars: Al Pacino, Kitty Winn, Alan Vint, Richard Bright

Votes: 14,903

25. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke

Votes: 714,053

26. Mean Machine (2001)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

45 Metascore

A football 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: 34,135 | Gross: $0.09M

27. In Hell (2003)

R | 98 min | Action, Thriller, Drama

A man must survive a prison where hardened criminals battle to the death for the wardens' entertainment.

Director: Ringo Lam | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lawrence Taylor, Lloyd Battista, Carlos Gómez

Votes: 17,859

28. Once in the Life (2000)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama

52 Metascore

Street hustler Mike cooks up a drug rip-off with his estranged half-brother Torch. Simple robbery turns fatal bloodbath, so they hide out in a claustrophobic rat hole waiting for Mike's buddy Tony, who's "out of the life," or so he says.

Director: Laurence Fishburne | Stars: Eamonn Walker, Laurence Fishburne, Gregory Hines, Michael Paul Chan

Votes: 647 | Gross: $0.05M

29. Scarface (1983)

R | 170 min | Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

In 1980 Miami, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Votes: 690,371 | Gross: $45.60M

30. Goodfellas (1990)

R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco

Votes: 947,642 | Gross: $46.84M

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