Published Nov. 17, 2019

Top 5 Prison Movies

5. Law Abiding Citizen

Rating: R

Year: 2009

Run time: 1h 49m


Rotten Tomatoes: 26%

Audience Score: 75%

Critics don't seem to like this movie because "the blood is unnecessary," but critics don't like Billy Madison or Top Gun either so don't trust them. 

This movie is about a man named Clyde, played by Gerard Butler, who was attacked one day by criminals. He was forced to watch them kill his wife and child. Ten years later, he can finally pull off his genius plan for revenge. He films himself brutally killing a man. He gets caught and his interrogator, Nick, played by Jamie Foxx, tries to get a confession out of him. Clyde sneaks his way out of the interrogation without needing a confession. 

Nick thinks that he won, but he realizes that Clyde planned to personally attack his family before Nick was even his interrogator. This spirals Nick into a lot of rage against Clyde, and tries to find out his secrets and whats going to happen next.  

What makes this movie amazing is that Clyde, even though he is in prison when the movie takes place, many things happen in the outside world. He scares the entire city without being outside. It's all part of his plan he has been working on for years. 

4. The Green Mile

Rating: R

Year: 1999

Run time: 3h 9m


Rotten Tomatoes: 79%

Audience Score: 94%

This might not be the prison movie that you think of when you think about prison, it has a different message. This movie isn't violent, it's not full of cussing or other disturbing scenes. 

The Green Mile is set in 1935 in a death row prison. One day, the prison gets a new death row prisoner. His name is John, played by Michael Clarke Duncan. Everyone thought he was guilty because he is this huge, black man. He was accused of murdering two young sisters and sent to death row for it. 

The head prison guard, Paul, played by Tom Hanks, must watch over the prisoners. Instead, he builds a relationship with John and slowly believes that he was wrongly convicted.    

3. Escape From Alcatraz 

Rating: PG

Year: 1979

Run time: 1h 52m


Rotten Tomatoes: 96%

Audience Score: 85%

Clint Eastwood plays Frank Morris, one of the only three men in history to escape the maximum security prison, Alcatraz. This is based off of a true story of how Frank got to Alcatraz after escaping many other prisons.

It seems like Frank has no business of breaking out of this prison. He doesn't think about breaking out until he hears that the prison is inescapable. We watch as Frank figures out how to use his fellow inmates, resources, and genius ideas to break out. 

Alcatraz ended up closing less than a year after the three broke out, according to the film.  

2. Escape Plan

Rating: R

Year: 2013

Run time: 1h 55m 


Rotten Tomatoes: 50%

Audience Score: 55%

Sylvester Stallone plays Breslin, he has one of the most interesting jobs in the world. His job is to go to different prisons and break out of them. He does this without the prison owners knowing. This is to test if the prison is unbreakable or not. 

Breslin writes a book on his findings of his job. 

Later, he has another prison to break out of. This time, he is unconscious so he doesn't know where he is going. He wakes up in the most unbreakable prison in the world. The owner of the prison used Breslin's book to make the perfect prison. 

Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Rottmayer, an inmate in the prison that helps Breslin try to break out of the prison he made. How will he find the flaws of his idea of the perfect prison?

What makes this movie amazing is that Breslin has the most intellegent ways to get out of all the prisons he tested. What's great about these very genius ideas Breslin has is that it shows that the writers put a lot of effort into the story.    

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1. The Shawshank Redemption

Rating: R 

Year: 1994

Run time: 2h 22m

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%

Audience Score: 98%

The most classic and highest rated prison movie of all time. It may have the same story as many other prison movies, but this one pulls it off the best. 

Andy, played by Tim Robbins, was wrongly accused of murder. He got two life sentences for it. He went to the prison called Shawshank Prison. He makes a friend named Ellis Boyd who goes by Red, played by Morgan Freeman, that shows him Shawshank. As he watches inmates come and go, he wonders how he can escape the prison. 

Red tells him one way, and that's by making a hole in the wall leading out of the prison. 

Watch how Andy figures out how it's done.

Est. Nov. 9, 2019