The Best Prison Films of the 1990s

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The Shawshank Redemption

1994    Frank Darabont    Rated R

Buddy Film    Drama    Escape Film

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The Green Mile

1999    Frank Darabont    Rated R

Drama    Fantasy    Prison Film

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Out of Sight

1998    Steven Soderbergh    Rated R

Caper    Comedy    Crime

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Dead Man Walking

1995    Tim Robbins    Rated R

Crime    Crime Drama    Drama

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The Hurricane

1999    Norman Jewison    Rated R

Biopic    Courtroom Drama    Drama

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Murder in the First

1995    Marc Rocco    Rated R

Drama    Prison Film    Psychological Drama

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Story of Ricky

1991    Ngai Choi Lam    Not Rated

Action    Action Thriller    Based-on-Comics

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No Escape

1994    Martin Campbell    Rated R

Action    Escape Film    Prison Film

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Blood In Blood Out

1993    Taylor Hackford    Rated R

Crime    Crime Drama    Crime Thriller

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Brokedown Palace

1999    Jonathan Kaplan    Rated PG13

Drama    Melodrama    Prison Film

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Fortress

1993    Stuart Gordon    Rated R

Action    Dystopian Film    Prison Film

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American Me

1992    Edward James Olmos    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Crime

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Return to Paradise

1998    Joseph Ruben    Rated R

Drama    Prison Film    Political Drama

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Life

1999    Ted Demme    Rated R

Buddy Film    Comedy Drama    Crime

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Death Warrant

1990    Deran Sarafian    Rated R

Action    Prison Film    Martial Arts

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Cadence

1991    Martin Sheen    Rated PG13

Drama    Message Movie    Prison Film

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Ernest Goes to Jail

1990    John R. Cherry III    Rated PG

Comedy    Prison Film    Slapstick

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A Map of the World

1999    Scott Elliott    Not Rated

Courtroom Drama    Drama    Family Drama

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Captives

1994    Angela Pope    Rated R

Drama    Prison Film    Romance

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