The Top 20 Prison Films of All Time

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1

The Shawshank Redemption

1994    Frank Darabont    Rated R

Buddy Film    Drama    Escape Film

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2

Cool Hand Luke

1967    Stuart Rosenberg    Not Rated

Drama    Prison Film

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3

The Green Mile

1999    Frank Darabont    Rated R

Drama    Fantasy    Prison Film

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4

Papillon

1973    Franklin J. Schaffner    Rated PG

Adventure    Adventure Drama    Based-on-a-True-Story

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5

A Man Escaped

1956    Robert Bresson    Not Rated

Docudrama    Drama    Escape Film

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7

Escape from Alcatraz

1979    Don Siegel    Rated PG

Action    Escape Film    Prison Film

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8

Midnight Express

1978    Alan Parker    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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9

A Prophet

2009    Jacques Audiard    Rated R

Crime    Crime Drama    Drama

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10

Out of Sight

1998    Steven Soderbergh    Rated R

Caper    Comedy    Crime

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11

Hunger

2008    Steve McQueen    Not Rated

Based-on-a-True-Story    Drama    Political Drama

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12

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

1932    Mervyn LeRoy    Not Rated

Drama    Message Movie    Pre-Code Hollywood

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13

Birdman of Alcatraz

1962    John Frankenheimer    Not Rated

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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14

The Longest Yard

1974    Robert Aldrich    Rated R

Comedy    Prison Film    Sports Comedy

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15

Bronson

2008    Nicolas Winding Refn    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Crime

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16

Dead Man Walking

1995    Tim Robbins    Rated R

Crime    Crime Drama    Drama

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17

Le trou

1960    Jacques Becker    Not Rated

Crime    Crime Drama    Drama

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18

Stir Crazy

1980    Sidney Poitier    Rated R

Buddy Film    Comedy    Comedy of Errors

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19

The Raid 2: Berandal

2014    Gareth Evans    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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20

Brute Force

1947    Jules Dassin    Not Rated

Crime    Crime Drama    Drama

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