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Prison Movies and TV Shows

Try to name these movies and TV shows which take place in prisons, or where an important part of the story/plot takes place in a prison.
Includes prisoner of war films
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Movies
1986
Three very different men(Jack, Zach and Bob), two of whom are framed, find themselves locked up in a Louisiana prison together.
Down by Law
1967
A laid back Southern man is sentenced to two years in a rural prison, but refuses to conform and has trouble communicating.
Cool Hand Luke
1994
Chronicles the experiences of a formerly successful banker, Andy Dufresne, as a prisoner, after being found guilty of a crime he did not commit. Here he befriends a wise long term inmate named Red.
The Shawshank Redemption
1979
Based on the true story of 3 men who escape from one of the worlds most infamous island prisons.
Escape from Alcatraz
1939, 1977, 1998
The cruel King Louis XIV of France has a secret twin brother whom he keeps imprisoned.
The Man in the Iron Mask
1973, 2017
Two men befriend each other whilst serving time in prison on Devil's Island in French Guiana in the 1930s.
Papillon
1962
A surly convicted murderer held in permanent isolation redeems himself when he becomes a renowned bird expert.
Birdman of Alcatraz
1963
Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.
The Great Escape
1981
In the future (1997) Manhattan Island is one giant maximum security prison for the worst criminals. When the US President crashes on the Island, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him.
Escape From New York
1978
Billy Hayes, an American college student, is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into prison.
Midnight Express
1995
A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, tries to empathise with both the killer and his victim's families.
Dead Man Walking
1983
Chicago crime kid Mick O'Brien is sent to juvenile prison after accidentally killing a rival's kid brother.
Bad Boys
1997
When an open-minded Italian-Jewish librarian and his son are thrown into a concentration camp by the Nazis, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.
Life is Beautiful
1993
A man's coerced confession to an I.R.A. bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father as well. An English lawyer fights to free them.
In the Name of the Father
1981
As allied P.O.W.s prepare for a soccer game against the German National Team to be played in Nazi-occupied Paris, the French Resistance and British officers are making plans for the team's escape.
Victory
2000
Biopic of a notorious Australian criminal of the 1970s to 1990s, who wrote a series of autobiographical books whilst in Pentridge Prison.
Chopper
1957
After serving time for manslaughter, young Vince Everett becomes a teenage rock star.
Jailhouse Rock
1980
Skip and Harry are framed for a bank robbery and end up in prison. Their life in prison is made easier when the warden chooses Skip to ride in the inter-prison rodeo.
Stir Crazy
1974, 2005
A sadistic warden asks a former pro quarterback, now serving time in his prison, to put together a team of inmates to take on (and get pummeled by) the guards.
The Longest Yard
1957
British POWs are forced to build a railway bridge across a river for the Burma-Siam railway for the Japanese in WWII, not knowing that the allied forces are planning to destroy it.
The Bridge on the River Kwai
1983
During WWII, a British colonel tries to bridge the cultural divides between a British POW and the Japanese camp commander in order to avoid bloodshed.
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
2006
A U.S. fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War, and being held in a Vietnamese POW camp.
Rescue Dawn
1992
Biographical epic of an influential Black Nationalist leader, who goes from being a small time gangster, to becoming a Muslim in prison, to being a leading member of the Nation of Islam.
Malcolm X
1999
The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.
The Green Mile
2012
A career criminal nabbed by Mexican authorities is placed in a tough prison where he learns to survive with the help of a young boy.
Get the Gringo
2001, 2010
Based on a true story; 26 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control.
The Experiment
2008
Ex-con Jensen Ames is forced by the warden of a notorious prison to compete in our post-industrial world's most popular sport: a car race in which inmates must brutalize and kill one another on the road to victory.
Death Race
2000
A young man goes to prison and a tough, older convict takes him under his wing as a mentor.
Animal Factory
2003
An American is sentenced to a Russian prison where hardened criminals battle to the death for the wardens' entertainment.
In Hell
2012
A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.
Lockout
2008
A young man who was sentenced to seven years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending three decades in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by that of his alter-ego, an action movie star.
Bronson
 
 
 
Television
1979-1986
Follows the lives of inmates and employees of an Australian female prison.
Prisoner
2013-
Bea Smith is locked up while awaiting trial for the attempted murder of her husband and must learn how life works in prison.
Wentworth
2013-2019
Convicted of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend, normally law-abiding Piper Chapman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars.
Orange is the New Black
1998-2003
Chronicles the lives of prison inmates in the unusually designed and technologically advanced Emerald City prison complex.
Oz
1966-1971
The inmates of a German World War II prisoner of war camp Stalag 13 conduct an espionage and sabotage campaign right under the noses of their warders.
Hogan's Heroes
2005-2017
Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside.
Prison Break
1974-1977
The prison life of Fletcher, a criminal serving a five-year sentence, as he strives to bide his time, keep his record clean, and refuses to be ground down by the prison system.
Porridge
2009-2012
After 17 years in captivity, 3 Israeli soldiers return home to the country that made them national icons. They find it difficult to settle back into normal life. Meanwhile, the military psychiatrist assigned to them finds discrepancies in the soldiers' testimonies as to what happened to them.
Prisoners of War
 
 
 
Documentary/Reality
2006-
Chronicles the real life stories of people who are arrested whilst overseas, usually for trying to smuggle illegal drugs
Banged Up Abroad
2016-
Offers an unprecedented look at life behind bars at Indiana's Clark County Jail. Seven ordinary people volunteer to live among its general population, without fellow inmates or staff knowing about it.
60 Days In
2012-2013
Each episode of the series focuses on the real life story of a person sentenced to death for murder.
On Death Row
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