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Best prison movies / books

D. Roberts "Hadrian12"
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
The Shawshank Redemption
"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."
The Last Castle
The Last Castle
"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."
In the Name of the Father
In the Name of the Father
"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."
And God Created Woman
And God Created Woman
"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!"
Escape from New York
Escape from New York
"Here is a novel John Carpenter concept:  in the future, New York City becomes the most dreaded prison on the planet!"
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
"A wonderful, zany re-telling of Homer's ODYSSEY via.....a bunch of chain-gang escapees?  Whoa!  Now that one's new!"
Hart's War
Hart's War
"A very different sort of war movie / prison movie that details WWII POWs in Germany."
Hanoi Hilton [VHS]
Hanoi Hilton [VHS]
"ABSOLUTELY one of the most horrific movies you will ever see.  Details the plight of American POWs in Vietnam."
Cool Hand Luke
Cool Hand Luke
"No prison movie list would be complete without Paul Newman's classic.   Luke is quite the enigmatic anti-hero."
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo
"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!"
Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison
Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison
"Foucault outlines the principles of the modern prison system.  Surprisingly, prisons are a far more recent concept than most persons realize."
Crime and Punishment (Bantam Classics)
Crime and Punishment (Bantam Classics)
"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."
The Stranger
The Stranger
"Albert Camus' terse Existential masterpiece of a stranger in the strangest place one can imagine:  prison."
Con Air
Con Air
"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!"
The Hurricane
The Hurricane
"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."
Banished Behind Bars
Banished Behind Bars
"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!"
Prison of Secrets
Prison of Secrets
"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."
Murder in the First
Murder in the First
"A disturbing tale of how things tend to snowball from rather small crimes."
Caged Heat
Caged Heat
"The Roger Corman B- movie classic which launched the genre of women-in-prison softcore erotica movies.  Well done!"
There Was a Crooked Man...
There Was a Crooked Man...
"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."
Gothika (Widescreen Edition)
Gothika (Widescreen Edition)
"A very different prison film;  a cross between a prison movie & a ghost story, complete with Halle Berry!"
Lock Up
Lock Up
"One of Sly's more obscure movies....but also one of his very best!"
The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Bridge on the River Kwai
"It's WWII and the Brits have to build a bridge for the Japanese.   Good news:  they have Alec Guiness to lead them."
Reindeer Games
Reindeer Games
"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!"
The Reader
The Reader
"An unconventional prison movie where only a phase of the movie is about prison life.  This one focuses on MAIL CALL!"
Death Race (Unrated Edition)
Death Race (Unrated Edition)
"A remake of Roger Corbin's cult classic, it's a cross between NASCAR, RAMBO & a prison flick.  Interesting!"
Payback
Payback
"The plot details the planned revenge of a convict against the police officer who put him behind bars.   Oh, and Angie Everhart is SMOKIN'!"
Stone
Stone
"This is what it's like to be locked-up in the great state of Michigan!   Er....sort of?"