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1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

R | 142 min | Drama

9.3
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80 Metascore

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler

Votes: 2,104,210 | Gross: $28.34M

2. Escape Plan 2: Hades (2018)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

3.8
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Years after he fought his way out of an inescapable prison, Ray Breslin has organized a new top-notch security force. But when one of his team members goes missing, Breslin must return to the hell he once escaped from.

Director: Steven C. Miller | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Dave Bautista, Xiaoming Huang, Jesse Metcalfe

Votes: 20,438

3. Need for Speed (2014)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.5
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39 Metascore

Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins.

Director: Scott Waugh | Stars: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Kid Cudi

Votes: 155,076 | Gross: $43.58M

4. A Few Good Men (1992)

R | 138 min | Drama, Thriller

7.7
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62 Metascore

Military lawyer Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder. They contend they were acting under orders.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon

Votes: 214,820 | Gross: $141.34M

5. The Dirty Dozen (1967)

Not Rated | 150 min | Action, Adventure, War

7.8
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73 Metascore

During World War II, a rebellious U.S. Army Major is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, John Cassavetes

Votes: 61,857 | Gross: $45.30M

6. XY Chelsea (2019)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

4.2
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60 Metascore

A look at the life and career of Chelsea Manning, a trans woman soldier in the United States Army, who was sentenced to serve 35 years at an all-male military prison for leaking information about the country's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Director: Tim Travers Hawkins | Stars: Chelsea Manning, Nancy Hollander, Vincent J. Ward, Chase Strangio

Votes: 98

7. Ali's Wedding (2017)

TV-MA | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.9
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64 Metascore

After telling a white lie which spirals out of control, a neurotic, naive, musically gifted Muslim cleric's eldest son must follow through with an arranged marriage, even though he's madly in love with an Australian born-Lebanese girl.

Director: Jeffrey Walker | Stars: Osamah Sami, Don Hany, Helana Sawires, Robert Rabiah

Votes: 3,190

8. The Last Castle (2001)

R | 131 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.9
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43 Metascore

A court-martialed General rallies together twelve hundred inmates to rise against the corrupt system that put him away.

Director: Rod Lurie | Stars: Robert Redford, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Steve Burton

Votes: 65,521 | Gross: $18.21M

9. Ghoul (2018– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.2
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In a totalitarian near-future India, a mysterious prisoner is sent to a remote military interrogation center where he turns the tables on his captors by exposing their most shameful secrets and unleashing a demon from Arabic folklore.

Stars: Radhika Apte, Manav Kaul, Rohit Pathak, Ratnabali Bhattacharjee

Votes: 9,895

10. Armed Response (2017)

R | 93 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

3.8
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13 Metascore

A team of highly trained operatives find themselves trapped inside an isolated military compound after its AI is suddenly shut down. The crew begins to experience strange and horrific ... See full summary »

Director: John Stockwell | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Anne Heche, Dave Annable, Colby Lopez

Votes: 1,704

11. Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969)

G | 105 min | Action, Western

5.7
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A Mexican revolutionary hires an American gunslinger to organize the rescue of their leader from a brutal Army prison.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: George Kennedy, James Whitmore, Monte Markham, Reni Santoni

Votes: 2,105

12. American Ninja (1985)

R | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

5.4
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20 Metascore

American soldier, obviously very skilled in martial arts, single-handedly takes on mercenaries in the Philippines.

Director: Sam Firstenberg | Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Steve James, Judie Aronson, Guich Koock

Votes: 12,568 | Gross: $10.50M

13. The Recall (2017)

R | 90 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

4.4
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When five friends vacation at a remote lake house they expect nothing less than a good time, unaware that planet Earth is under an alien invasion and mass-abduction.

Director: Mauro Borrelli | Stars: Wesley Snipes, RJ Mitte, Jedidiah Goodacre, Laura Bilgeri

Votes: 6,220 | Gross: $0.02M

14. Mysterious Island (1961)

Not Rated | 101 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.8
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During the Civil War a group of Union soldiers and two Confederates escape the stockade using a hot air balloon and end up on a strange Pacific island.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Michael Craig, Joan Greenwood, Michael Callan, Gary Merrill

Votes: 5,775

15. The Hill (1965)

Approved | 123 min | Drama, War

7.9
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In a North African military prison during World War II, five new prisoners struggle to survive in the face of brutal punishment and sadistic guards.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Sean Connery, Harry Andrews, Ian Bannen, Alfred Lynch

Votes: 11,033

16. Maximum Conviction (2012)

R | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

4.9
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When former black ops operative Cross (Seagal) and his partner Manning (Austin) are assigned to decommission an old prison, they must oversee the arrival of two mysterious female prisoners.... See full summary »

Director: Keoni Waxman | Stars: Steven Seagal, Steve Austin, Michael Paré, Ian Robison

Votes: 6,125

17. Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977)

R | 146 min | Drama, Thriller

6.8
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An imprisoned rogue USAF general with a secret personal agenda, escapes the brig and takes over an ICBM silo, threatening to start WW3.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Roscoe Lee Browne, Joseph Cotten

Votes: 2,553

18. 10th & Wolf (2006)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.4
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36 Metascore

A former street tough returns to his Philadelphia home after a stint in the military. Back on his home turf, he once again finds himself tangling with the mob boss who was instrumental in his going off to be a soldier.

Director: Bobby Moresco | Stars: James Marsden, Giovanni Ribisi, Brad Renfro, Piper Perabo

Votes: 5,903 | Gross: $0.05M

19. The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission (1988 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Adventure, War

5.2
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A team of renegade soldiers in World War II tries to stop the creation of the Fourth Reich in the Middle East.

Director: Lee H. Katzin | Stars: Telly Savalas, Ernest Borgnine, Hunt Block, Matthew Burton

Votes: 921

20. The Green Elephant (1999)

90 min | Horror, Thriller

5.5
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Two Russian prisoners are abused mentally and physically.

Director: Svetlana Baskova | Stars: Sergey Pakhomov, Vladimir Epifantsev, Aleksandr Maslaev, Anatoliy Osmolovskiy

Votes: 1,780

21. The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission (1987 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Action, War

5.4
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During WW2, American General Worden orders Major Wright to pick 12 condemned soldiers from the brig and parachute into occupied France where they must destroy a Nazi nerve gas facility and extricate the foreign scientists working there.

Director: Lee H. Katzin | Stars: Telly Savalas, Ernest Borgnine, Vince Edwards, Bo Svenson

Votes: 852

22. Ten Tall Men (1951)

Approved | 97 min | Action, Adventure, War

6.3
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During the Rif War in Morocco, the French Foreign Legion's outpost of Tarfa is threatened by Khalif Hussein's tribes but Sergeant Mike Kincaid devises a plan of survival until the arrival of French reinforcements.

Director: Willis Goldbeck | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Jody Lawrance, Gilbert Roland, Kieron Moore

Votes: 751

23. The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936)

Approved | 96 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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The story of Dr. Samuel Mudd, who was imprisoned after innocently treating President Lincoln's assassin in 1865.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Warner Baxter, Gloria Stuart, Claude Gillingwater, Arthur Byron

Votes: 1,776

24. Captain Conan (1996)

129 min | Drama, War

7.3
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The war exploits of French captain Conan and his men during World War I and during the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War.

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Philippe Torreton, Samuel Le Bihan, Bernard Le Coq, Catherine Rich

Votes: 1,757

25. Parades (1972)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.5
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An American soldier sent to Vietnam goes AWOL and returns to his hometown. His parents turn him over to military authorities. He is court-martialled and sent to the toughest military prison... See full summary »

Director: Robert J. Siegel | Stars: Russ Thacker, Brad Sullivan, Lewis J. Stadlen, David Doyle

Votes: 41

26. Forest of the Hanged (1965)

154 min | Drama, Romance, War

8.3
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In 1916 as an officer in the Habsburg Army ethnic Romanian Apostol Bologa is torn between remaining loyal to the Habsburgs or deserting to the Romanian Army across enemy lines.

Director: Liviu Ciulei | Stars: Victor Rebengiuc, Liviu Ciulei, Stefan Ciubotarasu, György Kovács

Votes: 1,002

27. The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd (1980 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 145 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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Country doctor Samuel Mudd is unfairly punished by the U.S. Government after he unwisely shelters a wounded John Wilkes Booth during the night after Abraham Lincoln's assassination.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Dennis Weaver, Susan Sullivan, Richard Dysart, Michael McGuire

Votes: 133

28. Biribi (1971)

100 min | Drama

7.1
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Infantryman Jean Froissard is sentenced to two years in Biribi Military Prison in North Africa. He seems to get along, but as incompetence, corruption and sadism of his superiors (which ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Moosmann | Stars: Bruno Cremer, Georges Géret, Pierre Vaneck, Michel Tureau

Votes: 14

29. American Bomber (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.4
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A disgraced ex-soldier travels to New York City to become the first American born and raised suicide bomber, but an unexpected relationship complicates his plan.

Director: Eric Trenkamp | Stars: Michael C. Freeland, Rebekah Nelson, Brian Floyd, Pamela Tate

Votes: 41

30. Covert Action (1988)

Not Rated | 82 min | Action, War

3.7
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Inside the stately Senate Hearing Room, Frank White, professional soldier, Vietnam vet and CIA operative, is fighting the toughest battle of his life: he's on trial for the assassination of... See full summary »

Director: J. Christian Ingvordsen | Stars: Rick Washburn, J. Christian Ingvordsen, Stuart Garrison Day, Amanda Zinsser

Votes: 27

31. American Bomber: The John William Hidell Story (2011)

22 min | Short, Drama, Thriller

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A short, documentary-style film that explores the life and death of the first American born and raised suicide bomber.

Director: Eric Trenkamp | Stars: Jerrod Bogard, Troy Bynum, Josh Dunn, Michael C. Freeland

32. The Sun... the Sand... the Hill. (1965)

7 min | Documentary, Short

6.4
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A behind-the-scenes look at the shooting of the feature film The Hill (1965).

Director: Ronald Saland | Stars: Sean Connery, Sidney Lumet, Kenneth Hyman, Ossie Davis

Votes: 35

33. The Colonel (1978)

11 min | Short, Drama, War

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Director: Rolf de Heer | Star: Douglas Sayer

34. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013– )
Episode: The Bridge (2013)

TV-PG | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.1
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S.H.I.E.L.D. receives assistance from Mike Peterson as they take on Centipede once again.

Director: Holly Dale | Stars: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet

Votes: 2,829



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