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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: 2,105,711 | Gross: $28.34M

2. A Simple Favor (2018)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.9
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67 Metascore

Stephanie is a single mother with a parenting vlog who befriends Emily, a secretive upper-class woman who has a child at the same elementary school. When Emily goes missing, Stephanie takes it upon herself to investigate.

Director: Paul Feig | Stars: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding, Andrew Rannells

Votes: 84,309 | Gross: $53.54M

3. Paddington 2 (2017)

PG | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.9
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88 Metascore

Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.

Director: Paul King | Stars: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins

Votes: 46,776 | Gross: $40.44M

4. 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: 65,545 | Gross: $18.21M

5. White Heat (1949)

Not Rated | 114 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.2
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A psychopathic criminal with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist. Shortly after the plan takes place, events take a crazy turn.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien, Margaret Wycherly

Votes: 24,587

6. Stir Crazy (1980)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Crime

6.8
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56 Metascore

Set up and wrongfully accused, two best friends will be sent to prison for a crime they didn't commit. However, no prison cell could keep them locked in.

Director: Sidney Poitier | Stars: Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Georg Stanford Brown, JoBeth Williams

Votes: 22,761 | Gross: $101.30M

7. A Prophet (2009)

R | 155 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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90 Metascore

A young Arab man is sent to a French prison.

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Reda Kateb

Votes: 88,234 | Gross: $2.08M

8. Death Race 2 (2010 Video)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

5.6
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Explores the origins of the first "Frankenstein" car driver, Carl "Luke" Lucas, who died in a race at the beginning of the first film.

Director: Roel Reiné | Stars: Furkan Bayraktar, Luke Goss, Lauren Cohan, Sean Bean

Votes: 28,962

9. Lock Up (1989)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.4
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52 Metascore

With only six months left of his sentence, inmate Frank Leone is transferred from a minimum security prison to a maximum security prison by a vindictive warden.

Director: John Flynn | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Donald Sutherland, John Amos, Sonny Landham

Votes: 35,119 | Gross: $22.10M

10. Wilson (I) (2017)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

5.8
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49 Metascore

A lonely, neurotic, and hilariously honest middle-aged man reunites with his estranged wife, and meets his teenage daughter for the first time.

Director: Craig Johnson | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Sandra Lee-Oian Thomas, Shaun J. Brown, James Robert Miller

Votes: 9,006 | Gross: $0.65M

11. The MacKintosh Man (1973)

PG | 98 min | Thriller

6.3
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A member of British Intelligence assumes a fictitious criminal identity and allows himself to be caught, imprisoned, and freed in order to infiltrate a spy organization and expose a traitor.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Paul Newman, Dominique Sanda, James Mason, Harry Andrews

Votes: 3,817

12. The Valachi Papers (1972)

R | 125 min | Crime, Drama

6.6
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Gangster Joe Valachi is a marked man in the same joint where mob boss Don Vito Genovese is imprisoned and he's forced to co-operate with the DA in exchange for protection.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Charles Bronson, Lino Ventura, Jill Ireland, Walter Chiari

Votes: 2,767 | Gross: $20.27M

13. Bare Behind Bars (1980)

X | 87 min | Crime, Drama

4.3
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In a prison, women rebel against the guards' sadism and sexual abuse and decide to run away. Some manage to escape and are chased by the Police.

Director: Oswaldo de Oliveira | Stars: Maria Stella Splendore, Neide Ribeiro, Márcia Fraga, Danielle Ferrite

Votes: 778

14. The Jericho Mile (1979 TV Movie)

97 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

7.4
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A prisoner gets a chance to take part in the Olympics.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Peter Strauss, Richard Lawson, Roger E. Mosley, Brian Dennehy

Votes: 1,284

15. The Thin Pink Line (1998)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy

3.9
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Mockumentary about Chauncey Ledbetter, an eccentric flamboyant male supermodel convicted of murder and sentenced to death. The filmmakers interview various people involved with him, the victim and the case to get to the truth.

Directors: Joe Dietl, Michael Irpino | Stars: Carrie Aizley, Jennifer Aniston, Layne Beamer, Andrea Bendewald

Votes: 287

16. Pardon Us (1931)

Approved | 56 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.0
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Two guys end up in prison after attempting to sell beer to a policeman during Prohibition.

Director: James Parrott | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, June Marlowe, Wilfred Lucas

Votes: 1,952

17. Caesar Must Die (2012)

Unrated | 77 min | Drama

7.3
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77 Metascore

Inmates at a high-security prison in Rome prepare for a public performance of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar."

Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani | Stars: Cosimo Rega, Salvatore Striano, Giovanni Arcuri, Antonio Frasca

Votes: 5,698

18. Angel of Evil (2010)

R | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.8
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48 Metascore

A biography of Milanese bank robber Renato Vallanzasca.

Director: Michele Placido | Stars: Kim Rossi Stuart, Filippo Timi, Valeria Solarino, Moritz Bleibtreu

Votes: 2,750

19. Ambush at Dark Canyon (2012)

R | 90 min | Western

4.9
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U.S. Marshall Duke Donovan is imprisoned, accused of being an accomplice in a bank robbery. After discovering that his partner is planning to kill his wife, he must escape prison in time to save his wife and clear his name.

Director: Dustin Rikert | Stars: Andrew W. Walker, Ernie Hudson, Sydney Penny, Abraham Benrubi

Votes: 378

20. Cedar Boys (2009)

100 min | Crime, Drama

6.4
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A journey into the lives of young Middle Eastern men from Sydney's outer west with dreams and desires to better themselves and fit in

Director: Serhat Caradee | Stars: Rachael Taylor, Martin Henderson, Bren Foster, Dan Mor

Votes: 493

21. Each Dawn I Die (1939)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.3
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A corrupt D.A. with political ambitions is angered by news stories implicating him in criminal activity and decides to frame the reporter who wrote them for manslaughter in order to silence him.

Director: William Keighley | Stars: James Cagney, George Raft, Jane Bryan, George Bancroft

Votes: 2,539

22. The Criminal Code (1930)

Passed | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.0
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After a failed attempt at running for governor, D.A. Mark Brady is appointed warden of the state prison where many of the criminals he prosecuted are incarcerated.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Walter Huston, Phillips Holmes, Constance Cummings, Boris Karloff

Votes: 820

23. The Second 100 Years (1927)

Passed | 20 min | Comedy, Short

7.0
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Thrown in prison for a hundred years, Little Goofy and Big Goofy finally break free, posing as an anarchic duo of undercover painters. Soon, the boys wind up in a private party as visiting French dignitaries; however, who are they kidding?

Director: Fred Guiol | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson, Tiny Sandford

Votes: 584

24. Bespredel (1989)

102 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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A drama from the life of the prisoners in a regular jail in Soviet Union.

Director: Igor Gostev | Stars: Andrey Tashkov, Anton Androsov, Aleksandr Mokhov, Lev Durov

Votes: 726

25. Randal's Monday (2015 Video Game)

Adventure, Comedy, Crime

8.3
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Randal is having a bad day. He stole his best friend's cursed wedding ring and now he's stuck in a time loop. His long darkly humorous quest to make things right involves Shawshank Redemption spoof, the Devil and Jay and Silent Bob.

Director: Mark Estdale | Stars: Jeff Anderson, Melanie Bond, Laurence Bouvard, Tom Clarke Hill

Votes: 26

26. Convicted (1950)

Passed | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.9
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A D.A. becomes the prison warden where he tries to help an inmate he prosecuted, because he believes his sentence was excessive.

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: Glenn Ford, Broderick Crawford, Millard Mitchell, Dorothy Malone

Votes: 630

27. Ring of Death (2008 TV Movie)

82 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.3
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Director: Bradford May | Stars: Johnny Messner, Stacy Keach, Charlotte Ross, Frank Sivero

Votes: 912

28. Brothers (1977)

R | 105 min | Drama

6.5
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Thinly disguised account of the relationship between radical black activist Angela Davis and Black Panther and prison inmate George Jackson, who was one of those killed in a failed 1971 prison breakout.

Director: Arthur Barron | Stars: Bernie Casey, Vonetta McGee, Ron O'Neal, John Lehne

Votes: 108

29. The Most Wanted Man (1953)

Unrated | 85 min | Comedy

6.0
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Joe Calvert (Fernandel) is a nearsighted, friendly man who works as a clerk in a large department store, who gets into embarrassing situations when he isn't wearing his glasses. Since Joe ... See full summary »

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Fernandel, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Louis Seigner, David Opatoshu

Votes: 230

30. Stir (1980)

101 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.9
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Filmed in the Clare Valley, Gladstone and the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, this prison movie was inspired by the true life prison riot at Bathurst Jail in 1974 and its subsequent Royal Commission into New South Wales Prisons.

Director: Stephen Wallace | Stars: Bryan Brown, Max Phipps, Dennis Miller, Gary Waddell

Votes: 204

31. And Give My Love to the Swallows (1972)

90 min | Biography, Drama, War

6.7
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Towards the end of 1942 a young prisoner Maruska (Magda Vásáryová) awaits in her cell in prison in Breslau (after war Polish Wroclaw) her execution. After death sentence it was ninety nine ... See full summary »

Director: Jaromil Jires | Stars: Magda Vásáryová, Viera Strnisková, Július Vasek, Václav Helsus

Votes: 127

32. Hay Road (2012)

90 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

6.1
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This is the story of a man who after living over ten years isolated away from his country, returns to avenge His brother's death. Inspired by the writings of Henry David Thoreau, he is ... See full summary »

Director: Rodrigo Areias | Stars: Vítor Correia, Nuno Melo, Inês Mariana Moitas, Ângelo Torres

Votes: 173

33. Love Crimes of Kabul (2011)

TV-14 | 71 min | Documentary

6.9
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LOVE CRIMES OF KABUL is an intimate portrait of three young Afghani women accused of committing "moral crimes" such as premarital sex and running away from home. As we follow them from ... See full summary »

Director: Tanaz Eshaghian

Votes: 183

34. Time of Fear (2009)

119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.3
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The widow piano teacher Lúcia and her unemployed teenage son Rafa move to a poor neighborhood in the periphery of São Paulo after the bankrupting of her pension plan. Rafa a.k.a. Pilot ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Rezende | Stars: Andrea Beltrão, Denise Weinberg, Lee Taylor, Eucir de Souza

Votes: 444

35. So You Think You're Not Guilty (1950)

Approved | 10 min | Comedy, Short

6.0
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Joe McDoakes (George O'Hanlon) pleads "not guilty" to a traffic violation but is convicted anyway. Handling this setback in his usual manner, the two-dollar fine quickly pyramids to a 10-year jail sentence.

Director: Richard L. Bare | Stars: George O'Hanlon, Phyllis Coates, Douglas Fowley, Don C. Harvey

Votes: 324

36. The Accusing Finger (1936)

Approved | 61 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.2
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An attorney is responsible for sending an innocent man to jail for a murder he did not commit. He soon gets a taste of his own medicine when his wife is murdered and no one will believe him... See full summary »

Director: James P. Hogan | Stars: Paul Kelly, Marsha Hunt, Kent Taylor, Robert Cummings

Votes: 24

37. Pardon My Stripes (1942)

Passed | 64 min | Comedy, Crime, Sport

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Football player Henry Platt (William Henry)mistakes a helmet for the football in his zeal to make a touchdown during a critical game, his error earns him the accolade of "Dope of the Year" ... See full summary »

Director: John H. Auer | Stars: William Henry, Sheila Ryan, Edgar Kennedy, Harold Huber

38. Over the Wall (1943)

Not Rated | 21 min | Short, Crime, Drama

7.2
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After a Catholic priest is unhappily transferred out of the prison he loves, he has an opportunity to help reform an escaped convict.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Dane Clark, Tom Tully, Clarence Muse, William B. Davidson

Votes: 14

39. Rób swoje, ryzyko jest twoje (2002)

95 min | Comedy

3.3
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Director: Marian Terlecki | Stars: Olaf Lubaszenko, Michal Milowicz, Anna Przybylska, Zbigniew Buczkowski

Votes: 181

40. Piasame tin kali (1955)

75 min | Comedy

4.8
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A jobless and kind countryman moves in Athens, only to lose yet another job; however, the lottery ticket in his hand could be the solution to his chronic problems. Will now the love of his life change her mind and reciprocate his feelings?

Director: Ioannis Triantafyllis | Stars: Georgia Vasileiadou, Kostas Hatzihristos, Mary Nikolaidou, Rena Stratigou

Votes: 27

41. Shadows of Sing Sing (1933)

Passed | 63 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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Muriel Rossi (Mary Brian), the sister of a racketeer, Al Rossi (Harry Woods), falls in love with Bob Martel (Bruce Cabot), the son of a police detective, Joe Martel (Grant Mitchell). Their ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Mary Brian, Bruce Cabot, Grant Mitchell, Harry Woods

42. Pekka ja Pätkä mestarimaalareina (1959)

79 min | Comedy

5.4
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Director: Armand Lohikoski | Stars: Esa Pakarinen, Masa Niemi, Siiri Angerkoski, Armas Jokio

Votes: 252

43. MacGyver (2016– )
Episode: Can Opener (2016)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.7
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MacGyver is tasked to go undercover as an inmate in a maximum security prison to break out El Noche, a notorious drug kingpin, using only batteries and salt, and track him to his cartel's secret location and dismantle it.

Director: Omar Madha | Stars: Lucas Till, George Eads, Sandrine Holt, Tristin Mays

Votes: 351

44. Riverdale (2017– )
Episode: Chapter Fifty-Seven: Survive the Night (2019)

TV-14 | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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After receiving mysterious invitations, the gang band together to confront the evils of their past once and for all; Edgar makes a chilling announcement.

Director: Rachel Talalay | Stars: K.J. Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse

Votes: 716

45. Jack of All Trades (2000)
Episode: Croquey in the Pokey (2000)

22 min | Adventure, Action, Comedy

7.1
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When Croque is suddenly arrested for conspiracy to assassinate his brother Napoleon, Emilia has Jack imprisoned to protect the governor while she ferrets out who forged the order.

Director: Chris Graves | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Angela Marie Dotchin, Stuart Devenie, Stephen Papps

Votes: 42

46. Ray Donovan (2013– )
Episode: Ding (2015)

TV-MA | 50 min | Crime, Drama

8.7
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Paige Finney calls on Ray to protect a quarterback from a Navy SEAL. Terry tries to fly under the radar in prison but winds up in a fight. Plus, Mickey attempts to take over Gary's business - and a frustrated Lena considers quitting.

Director: Ed Bianchi | Stars: Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok

Votes: 782

47. Perception (2012–2015)
Episode: Dirty (2014)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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Donnie wakes up next to dead Shelby, calls Pierce to help him. Pierce and Moretti tries to clear his name. Pierce's father gets mistaken as Ruby's husband. He asks him and Moretti to find her actual husband (a wanted gangster).

Director: LeVar Burton | Stars: Eric McCormack, Rachael Leigh Cook, Kelly Rowan, Arjay Smith

Votes: 127

48. Darkwing Duck (1991–1992)
Episode: Double Darkwings (1991)

TV-Y7 | Animation, Action, Adventure

5.6
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Jambalaya Jake uses a potion mixed up by Granny to take control of Launchpad - dressed as Darkwing Duck - and makes him do crimes.

Directors: Tad Stones, Alan Zaslove | Stars: Jim Cummings, Terence McGovern, Michael Gough, Billie Hayes

Votes: 57

49. Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
Episode: Episode #3.3 (2012)

TV-14 | 48 min | Drama, Romance

8.5
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The fate of Downton Abbey hinges on a letter from a dead man. Edith and Sir Anthony face their own fateful moment. Mrs. Hughes confronts a crisis.

Director: Andy Goddard | Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Brown Findlay, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter

Votes: 1,001

50. Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
Episode: Episode #3.6 (2012)

TV-14 | 48 min | Drama, Romance

8.3
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Things go badly amiss at Downton Abbey. Robert and Cora are not speaking. The servants are shunning Matthew's mother, Isobel. And Matthew and Robert have fallen out. Bates takes a gamble.

Director: Jeremy Webb | Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle

Votes: 945



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