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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: 2,104,070 | Gross: $28.34M

2. Papillon (I) (2017)

R | 133 min | Adventure, Biography, Crime

7.1
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51 Metascore

Wrongfully convicted for murder, Henri Charriere forms an unlikely relationship with fellow inmate and quirky convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega, in an attempt to escape from the notorious penal colony on Devil's Island.

Director: Michael Noer | Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Damijan Oklopdzic, Christopher Fairbank, Jason Ryan

Votes: 33,072 | Gross: $2.34M

3. Oz (1997–2003)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.7
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A series chronicling the daily activities of an unusual prison facility and its criminal inhabitants.

Stars: Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen, Dean Winters

Votes: 81,779

4. Fast Five (2011)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.3
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66 Metascore

Dominic Toretto and his crew of street racers plan a massive heist to buy their freedom while in the sights of a powerful Brazilian drug lord and a dangerous federal agent.

Director: Justin Lin | Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster

Votes: 330,193 | Gross: $209.84M

5. I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

R | 98 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

6.6
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65 Metascore

A cop turns con man once he comes out of the closet. Once imprisoned, he meets the second love of his life, whom he'll stop at nothing to be with.

Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa | Stars: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro

Votes: 87,349 | Gross: $2.04M

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: 22,749 | Gross: $101.30M

7. Conviction (II) (2010)

R | 107 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.2
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61 Metascore

A working mother puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother, who has been wrongfully convicted of murder and has exhausted his chances to appeal his conviction through public defenders.

Director: Tony Goldwyn | Stars: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Melissa Leo, Thomas D. Mahard

Votes: 39,791 | Gross: $6.78M

8. Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

Not Rated | 147 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.8
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76 Metascore

A surly convicted murderer held in permanent isolation redeems himself when he becomes a renowned bird expert.

Directors: John Frankenheimer, Charles Crichton | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden, Thelma Ritter, Neville Brand

Votes: 14,553

9. Family Business (1989)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama

5.7
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An ex professor offers Adam $1,000,000 to "get" some plasma from a high tech company's lab. Adam asks his criminal grandpa for help. Can the 2 convince Adam's now honest dad to join?Let us see what happens.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman, Matthew Broderick, Rosanna DeSoto

Votes: 11,133 | Gross: $12.20M

10. Secret Smile (2005)

180 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.0
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Charming Brendan Block dates Miranda Cotton and gets seriously committed. But she dumps him, claiming he invaded her privacy. A few weeks later, Brendan gets engaged to Miranda's sister and... See full summary »

Stars: Claire Goose, Kate Ashfield, David Tennant, Jill Baker

Votes: 1,388

11. Killing for Love (2016)

Unrated | 130 min | Documentary, Crime, Romance

7.1
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The gruesome murders of Nancy and Derek Haysom in 1985 were an international media sensation. The Haysoms were wealthy, respected members of Virginia society, and the murder conviction of ... See full summary »

Directors: Marcus Vetter, Karin Steinberger | Stars: Imogen Poots, Daniel Brühl, Jens Söring, Chuck Reid

Votes: 1,189

12. Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs (2014 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Drama

5.7
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The true story of a Fundamentalist Mormon leader who spent more than a year on the FBI's "10 Most Wanted List" for unlawful flight on charges related to his alleged arrangement of illegal marriages involving underage girls.

Director: Gabriel Range | Stars: Tony Goldwyn, Molly Parker, Joey King, David Keith

Votes: 793

13. Black Legion (1937)

Passed | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.0
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When a hard-working machinist loses a promotion to a Polish-born worker, he is seduced into joining the secretive Black Legion, which intimidates foreigners through violence.

Directors: Archie Mayo, Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, Dick Foran, Erin O'Brien-Moore

Votes: 2,281

14. 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: 5,692

15. Virumandi (2004)

175 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

8.2
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A temperamental farmer gets embroiled in a bloody clan feud in a southern Tamil Nadu village.

Director: Kamal Haasan | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Abhirami, Pasupathy, Napolean

Votes: 3,613

16. The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982)

PG | 106 min | Western

7.0
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After he is accused of murdering a lawman in 1901 Texas, a Mexican-American farmer flees and manages to elude a large posse for two weeks before he is finally captured.

Director: Robert M. Young | Stars: Edward James Olmos, James Gammon, Tom Bower, Bruce McGill

Votes: 252

17. Gupt: The Hidden Truth (1997)

173 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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Governor Jaisingh Sinha is murdered and the needle of suspicion points towards his estranged son, Sahil Sinha who must prove his innocence.

Director: Rajiv Rai | Stars: Bobby Deol, Manisha Koirala, Kajol, Prem Chopra

Votes: 4,097

18. Cruel & Unusual (2014)

Unrated | 95 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.7
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Wrongly condemned for killing his wife, a man finds himself in a mysterious institution where he is sentenced to relive her death for eternity.

Director: Merlin Dervisevic | Stars: David Richmond-Peck, Bernadette Saquibal, Michelle Harrison, Monsour Cataquiz

Votes: 1,237

19. Bloodsworth: An Innocent Man (2015)

TV-14 | 82 min | Documentary, Crime, Thriller

6.8
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Charged. Convicted. Sentenced to Death. Innocent. Follows the 1st death row inmate exonerated by DNA in the US.

Director: Gregory Bayne | Star: Kirk Noble Bloodsworth

Votes: 50

20. Soldier Boyz (1997 Video Game)

Action, Adventure

6.0
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FMV game adaptation of the movie Soldier Boyz (1995). Billionaire hires a Vietnam vet and his team of desperate convicts sentenced to life in prison to save his daughter, who was kidnapped in Vietnam by a terrorist group.

Directors: Jed Weintrob, Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Michael Dudikoff, David Barry Gray, Nicole Hansen, Demetrius Navarro

Votes: 48

21. One (2002)

R | 117 min | Thriller, Crime, Drama

7.0
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75 Metascore

After nearly fifteen years behind bars, lefty revolutionary Bruno escapes and heads back to Grenoble, France. His plan? Settle some old scores, hook up with his foxy ex-lover, and avoid the... See full summary »

Director: Lucas Belvaux | Stars: Catherine Frot, Lucas Belvaux, Dominique Blanc, Ornella Muti

Votes: 1,106 | Gross: $0.06M

22. 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: 203

23. Terror's Advocate (2007)

Unrated | 135 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.2
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75 Metascore

A documentary on Jacques Vergès, the controversial lawyer and former Free French Forces guerrilla who has defending unpopular figures such as Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie and Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy.

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: Jacques Vergès, Klaus Barbie, Barbet Schroeder, Bassam Abu Sharif

Votes: 1,418 | Gross: $0.04M

24. Gladiator Days: Anatomy of a Prison Murder (2002 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

7.5
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This documentary is about 2 Arian Brotherhood members in prison lock down that trick a black man into a situation where they can murder him. It is a good documentary but beware the murder is on film via prison camers and very graffic.

Director: Marc Levin | Stars: Larry Blackmon, Lonnie Blackmon, Eric Daniel, Troy Kell

Votes: 330

25. Justice (I) (1999 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 103 min | Thriller, Crime, Drama

4.3
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A lawyer and her partner run from the Colombian Mafia and the corrupt U.S. marshals and attorneys assigned to protect them.

Director: Jack Ersgard | Stars: Charles Durning, Tracey Needham, JoBeth Williams, Tony Plana

Votes: 312

26. ...Sabik kasalanan ba? (1986)

120 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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Director: Angelito J. de Guzman | Stars: Joy Sumilang, George Estregan, Daria Ramirez, Tani Cinco

Votes: 25

27. Dangerous Company (1982 TV Movie)

100 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.9
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The true story of Ray Johnson, a convict who spent most of his life in and out of prison until he finally decided to turn his life around.

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Beau Bridges, Alan Autry, Karen Carlson, Jan Sterling

Votes: 19

28. Hagoku (2017 TV Movie)

108 min | Drama

5.7
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The year is 1942 and Japan is in the midst of World War II. Prison warden Susumu's prisoner Seitaro escapes from his cell through the thick of winter and disappears. He was serving a life ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshihiro Fukagawa | Stars: Isao Hashizume, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Masanobu Katsumura, Takeshi Kitano

Votes: 32

29. On Trial (1954)

110 min | Crime, Drama

6.9
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In this legal drama, told in flashbacks, the son of a judge, who had sentenced a man who may be innocent to 17 years in prison, tries to investigate the mysterious case.

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Daniel Gélin, Madeleine Robinson, Eleonora Rossi Drago, Anton Walbrook

Votes: 163

30. Life After Manson (2014)

TV-PG | 25 min | Documentary, Short, Crime

6.4
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Life After Manson is an intimate portrait of one of the world's most infamous crimes and notorious killers. An exclusive interview with Manson Family member Patricia Krenwinkel reveals an ... See full summary »

Director: Olivia Klaus | Stars: Patricia Krenwinkel, Dot Krenwinkel, Charles Manson, Leslie Van Houten

Votes: 78

31. Redeemer (2002 TV Movie)

85 min | Drama

5.7
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A writer is touched by the story of a former Black Panther who seams to have been wrongfully convicted to life imprisonment 20 years ago. The writer decides to try to help the now middle-aged convict get exonerated.

Director: Graeme Clifford | Stars: Matthew Modine, Obba Babatundé, Michele Greene, Bruce Dinsmore

Votes: 121

32. I Am the Law (1938)

Approved | 83 min | Crime, Drama

6.7
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Law professor John Lindsay is asked by a civic leader to become a special prosecutor to go after the racketeers in town.

Director: Alexander Hall | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Barbara O'Neil, John Beal, Wendy Barrie

Votes: 320

33. Nadzór (1985)

118 min | Drama

7.3
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A story of a young woman arrested by police on the day of her wedding for embezzlement, and promptly sentenced to life. She is already pregnant and has her baby in prison. Immediately after... See full summary »

Director: Wieslaw Saniewski | Stars: Ewa Blaszczyk, Teresa Sawicka, Grazyna Szapolowska, Gabriela Kownacka

Votes: 89

34. Children Who Kill with Susanna Reid (2018 TV Movie)

46 min | Documentary, Crime

6.9
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Susanna Reid investigates the murder of Maddie Clifton and follows the courtroom proceedings as her killer, Josh Phillips, appeals for his life sentence to be overturned.

Director: Wendie Ottewill | Stars: Bernie de la Rionda, William Taylor, Jessica Clifton, Sheila DeLongis

Votes: 15

35. The Fighting Marshal (1931)

Passed | 58 min | Action, Drama, Romance

5.0
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Tim Benton and Red Larkin escape from prison together before Tim learns he has been pardoned. His one desire is to return to Silver City and rob the mine payroll,which rightfully belongs to... See full summary »

Director: D. Ross Lederman | Stars: Tim McCoy, Dorothy Gulliver, Mary Carr, Matthew Betz

Votes: 37

36. Reckless Indifference (2000)

94 min | Documentary, Crime

7.1
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Reckless Indifference examines the tragic chain of events that led to the murder of a Los Angeles teenager who was also the son of an LAPD officer. At the end of an heated and emotional ... See full summary »

Director: William Gazecki | Stars: Robert Derham, Alan M. Dershowitz, Dick Detrich, Jim Farris Sr.

Votes: 124

37. The Orange Thief (2007)

84 min | Comedy

6.3
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Living on the outer boundaries of society, the eponymous orange thief and some other country-wise ruffians steal fruit for sustenance, sale, and the sheer excitement of courting danger. ... See full summary »

Directors: Vinnie Angel, Boogie Dean, Arthur Wilinski | Stars: Andrea Calabrese, Alessio Giottoli, Micaela Helvetica Saxer, Cesare Riatti

Votes: 105

38. Kadachit (2007)

127 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.0
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The relationship between Gayatri and her father, whom she accused of killing her mother. 20 years later, she feels that he might be innocent.

Director: Chandrakant Kulkarni | Stars: Ashwini Bhave, Sachin Khedekar, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Tushar Dalvi

Votes: 52

39. Hella W (2011)

82 min | Biography, Drama, History

5.3
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The life of a heroine. The life and work of Hella Wuolijoki. A poet, spy and millionaire, she turned into an internationally acclaimed businesswoman, politician and playwright, who ... See full summary »

Director: Juha Wuolijoki | Stars: Tiina Weckström, Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Matleena Kuusniemi, Maria Heiskanen

Votes: 314

40. Counsel for Crime (1937)

Approved | 61 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.6
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Law school graduate Paul Maddox, adopted son of Senator Robert Maddox, accepts an offer to join the law firm of William "Bill" Mellon, brilliant but unscrupulous criminal attorney. Mrs. ... See full summary »

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Otto Kruger, Douglass Montgomery, Julie Bishop, Thurston Hall

Votes: 8

41. Felonious Bolus (2017)

1 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

8.7
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A living ball is serving a sentence of 10 years in prison and tries to prove that he doesn't belong in it.

Director: PilotRedSun | Star: PilotRedSun

Votes: 19

42. Murder, Mayhem and Meditation (2014 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary

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A look inside California's maximum-security Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad to see the effects of the policy of "mass incarceration"l of the last 30+ years. Also shown is how one of ... See full summary »

Stars: Kaj Larsen, Stephen G. Breyer, J. Celaya, Darren Chamberlain

43. Bastardi 3 (2012)

97 min | Crime, Drama

2.5
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The teacher Tomás Majer, who came to one former special school in 2010, has disappeared. He came to the school a few months after his sister, also a teacher, was murdered. The boys that ... See full summary »

Director: Tomás Magnusek | Stars: Tomás Magnusek, Ilona Svobodová, Tomás Töpfer, Vlastimil Zavrel

Votes: 51

44. Razor Wire Rodeo (2006)

52 min | Documentary

6.1
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June 16th, 1995, Jerry Brown killed for a small bag of marijuana. He was sentenced to life in prison and sent to Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, America's most infamous and largest ... See full summary »

Director: Nicolas Pallay

Votes: 7

45. 15 to Life: Kenneth's Story (2013)

TV-PG | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

6.8
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Kenneth young just keep praying and everything will be alright

Director: Nadine Pequeneza

Votes: 31

46. Justice Takes a Holiday (1933)

Passed | 68 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

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After a judge sentences a man to prison, he uses his authority to adopt the mans's daughter then makes sure that the man will spend the rest of his life in prison. Outraged, the convict ... See full summary »

Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet | Stars: H.B. Warner, Patricia O'Brien, John Ince, Matty Kemp

47. The Ballad of Louis Taylor (2017)

4 min | Short, Music

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Director: Lesley Hoyt-Croft

48. Barred Wives (1994 Video)

54 min | Documentary, Crime

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Documentary examining four women and their relationships with their husbands who are prison inmates in correctional facilities.

49. No Escape (1994 Video Game)

MA-13 | Action, Sci-Fi

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Rotoscoped side-scrolling action platformer and loose adaptation of No Escape (1994). Capt. J.T. Robbins is sent to futuristic prison island, Absolom, from which no one has ever escaped. Robbins will be the first or die trying.

50. Crime Stories (1998– )
Episode: Alien Conspiracy (2004)

Documentary

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Police detectives investigating the murder of Girly Chew Hossencofft by her con man husband, Diazien Hossencofft, discover that he had two accomplices who believe in a reptilian alien invasion conspiracy.

Stars: Donna Arbogast, Jack Burkhead, Catherine Dickey, Barbara Flores



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