Best prison movies / books

A Listmania! list by D. Roberts "Hadrian12" (Battle Creek, Michigan United States)
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The list author says: "A list of movies that deal with people sent "downriver." Sometimes they're innocent, sometimes they're not-so-innocent, and sometimes they're a little of both."
The Shawshank Redemption
1.  The Shawshank Redemption DVD ~ Tim Robbins
The list author says:
  "One of Stephen King's best non-horror works.   Morgan Freeman & Tim Robbins are superb in this tale of an innocent man who is found guilty."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,240 customer reviews) | 10 customer discussions

The Last Castle
2.  The Last Castle DVD ~ Robert Redford
The list author says:
  "A bit far fetched, but if you are able to remain in the suspension-of-disbelief mode, this is quite a good movie.  The best Robert Redford project in a long while."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)

In the Name of the Father
3.  In the Name of the Father DVD ~ Daniel Day-Lewis
The list author says:
  "Certainly one of the more depressing movies on this list.  Demonstrates the miscarriage of justice that can take place when prejudice is given a role."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)

And God Created Woman
4.  And God Created Woman DVD ~ Rebecca De Mornay
The list author says:
  "Although very little of the film takes place in a prison, it does tell the story of a sultry vixen (played by Rebecca DeMornay) who is trying her best to stay OUT of prison!"
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Escape from New York
5.  Escape from New York DVD ~ Kurt Russell
The list author says:
  "Here is a novel John Carpenter concept:  in the future, New York City becomes the most dreaded prison on the planet!"
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (866 customer reviews) | 7 customer discussions

O Brother, Where Art Thou?
6.  O Brother, Where Art Thou? DVD ~ George Clooney
The list author says:
  "A wonderful, zany re-telling of Homer's ODYSSEY via.....a bunch of chain-gang escapees?  Whoa!  Now that one's new!"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,596 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Hart's War
7.  Hart's War DVD ~ Bruce Willis
The list author says:
  "A very different sort of war movie / prison movie that details WWII POWs in Germany."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (824 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Hanoi Hilton [VHS]
8.  Hanoi Hilton [VHS] VHS Michael Moriarty
The list author says:
  "ABSOLUTELY one of the most horrific movies you will ever see.  Details the plight of American POWs in Vietnam."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

Cool Hand Luke
9.  Cool Hand Luke DVD ~ Paul Newman
The list author says:
  "No prison movie list would be complete without Paul Newman's classic.   Luke is quite the enigmatic anti-hero."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (619 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Count of Monte Cristo
10.  The Count of Monte Cristo DVD ~ Jim Caviezel
The list author says:
  "This film (based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas) has the most far reaching scope of any prison film.  From the lowest of the low to the highest of the high!"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,280 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison
11.  Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison by Michel Foucault
The list author says:
  "Foucault outlines the principles of the modern prison system.  Surprisingly, prisons are a far more recent concept than most persons realize."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

Crime and Punishment (Bantam Classics)
12.  Crime and Punishment (Bantam Classics) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The list author says:
  "The story of a man who is heading towards Siberia.   Little does Rashlanikov realize that he is ALREADY a prisoner to his deeds, a prisoner to his fate, and a prisoner in his mind."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,084 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

The Stranger
13.  The Stranger by Albert Camus
The list author says:
  "Albert Camus' terse Existential masterpiece of a stranger in the strangest place one can imagine:  prison."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (873 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Con Air
14.  Con Air DVD ~ Nicolas Cage
The list author says:
  "Just about the most wild & whacky prisoner transport you're ever likely to see!   Features an all-star cast and a ridiculous plot.  An all-around fun movie!"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (448 customer reviews)

The Hurricane
15.  The Hurricane DVD ~ Denzel Washington
The list author says:
  "An eye opening look at how slanted the justice system can get when politics and race are factors.  Denzel Washington in one of his finest performances."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)

Banished Behind Bars
16.  Banished Behind Bars DVD ~ Annie Wood
The list author says:
  "If you like "B" prison movies, this one might be for you.  Is much more of a male fantasy than a straight prison film, but that's OK!"
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Prison of Secrets
17.  Prison of Secrets DVD ~ Stephanie Zimbalist
The list author says:
  "Most movies that are about women's prison are of the soft-core porn variety.  Not this one!  Based on a true story about a prison facility that is corrupt to the bone."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

Murder in the First
18.  Murder in the First DVD ~ Christian Slater
The list author says:
  "A disturbing tale of how things tend to snowball from rather small crimes."
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Caged Heat
19.  Caged Heat DVD ~ Juanita Brown
The list author says:
  "The Roger Corman B- movie classic which launched the genre of women-in-prison softcore erotica movies.  Well done!"
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There Was a Crooked Man...
20.  There Was a Crooked Man... DVD ~ Kirk Douglas
The list author says:
  "It's a prison-bust movie, wild-wild west style!  Kirk Douglas stars in this crazy farce.  It also has a cameo appearance by the lovely Pamela Hensley, who would later star in the BUCK ROGERS and MATT HOUSTON TV series."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

Gothika (Widescreen Edition)
21.  Gothika (Widescreen Edition) DVD ~ Halle Berry
The list author says:
  "A very different prison film;  a cross between a prison movie & a ghost story, complete with Halle Berry!"
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (296 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Lock Up
22.  Lock Up DVD ~ Sylvester Stallone
The list author says:
  "One of Sly's more obscure movies....but also one of his very best!"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

The Bridge on the River Kwai
23.  The Bridge on the River Kwai DVD ~ William Holden
The list author says:
  "It's WWII and the Brits have to build a bridge for the Japanese.   Good news:  they have Alec Guiness to lead them."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (576 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Reindeer Games
24.  Reindeer Games DVD ~ Ben Affleck
The list author says:
  "This story is about an inmate who is getting out of prison.  Unfortunately, he finds that life was a whole lot simpler & safer inside the joint!"
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Reader
25.  The Reader DVD ~ Kate Winslet
The list author says:
  "An unconventional prison movie where only a phase of the movie is about prison life.  This one focuses on MAIL CALL!"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,467 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Death Race (Unrated Edition)
26.  Death Race (Unrated Edition) DVD ~ Jason Statham
The list author says:
  "A remake of Roger Corbin's cult classic, it's a cross between NASCAR, RAMBO & a prison flick.  Interesting!"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (271 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Payback
27.  Payback DVD ~ Angie Everhart
The list author says:
  "The plot details the planned revenge of a convict against the police officer who put him behind bars.   Oh, and Angie Everhart is SMOKIN'!"
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2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Stone
28.  Stone DVD ~ Robert De Niro
The list author says:
  "This is what it's like to be locked-up in the great state of Michigan!   Er....sort of?"
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3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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